Coffee Break Abduction
Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #425
Ranked #1,453
4.23 | pDev: 7.8%
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
Coffee Break AbductionCoffee Break Abduction
Notes: Think yourself entitled to some brief respite human? Think again! Our coffee version of Abduction Imperial Stout, uses local craft roast coffee from our friends at lpsento and whole vanilla beans, to take your away once more. Which, depending on your penchant for a probing may be just what you need. Beware the skies for this robust, richly flavored Latte Imperial Stout may. just. scoop. you. up...
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Taste: bold notes of dark chocolate, coffee beans, roasted malts, some sweet, some vanilla beans, smooth with a boozy kick. Same with the nose. Black, opaque, tan head and lace. Full body. A rich after dinner stout.

Feb 28, 2019
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jet black brew with a short brown head that recedes to the edges and hangs around. Only a few random spots of lacing are left behind. The aroma is sweet, roasted malt with a ton of coffee and a bit of vanilla. The flavor is like the nose with sweet, roasty malt, tons of coffee and a nice touch of vanilla. Very tasty.

Dec 08, 2018
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Growler poured into a glass

Jet black motor oil, pencil thin brown foam cap that quickly fades

Aroma is coffee, vanilla, roasted malts

Taste is vanilla, coffee, roast malts, bit of chocolate on the finish

Low sudsing, bit of alcohol

Good beer

Jul 31, 2018
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque dark brown in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is big coffee, roasted malt, and a nice vanilla and cracker backbone. Heavy bodied, roasty, and light carbonation. Doesn't overwhelm with coffee. Very balanced and one of the better Abduction beers I have had.

Mar 24, 2018
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BlurryVisi0n from New York

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a goblet fight from the bottle.

Appearance: Thick dark black motor oil color, brown to black body with medium bubbles with a subtle tan head rising maybe one tenth of a finger's length.

Smell: Light warm brown sugar scent with a touch of coffee bean. Really good but really light.

Taste: Sweet molasses and doses of coffee which isn't overly bitter. I thank god it's not like dessert and definitely hits well with appetizing malts. Lightly bitter and complex which is a brew very hard to let go.

Mouth: Medium to full body, sticky but subtle at the same time without the overwhelming power of some imperial stouts.

Overall: Little pricey considering what else you can find but granted you get a lot of quality behind what you pay for. Personally if you see it on a shelf or a bar, grab's an incredible hidden gem that most connoisseurs would appreciate. Beer review 1100 in the books and going to sleep, always in a glass...Salud!

Oct 20, 2017
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orcrist_cleaver from New York

3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Near black, dark brown head...vanishes quickly. Smell reminds me of my grandmother's cran-raisin walnut fudge brownies. Thick and lush. Moderately high carbonation with decent carbonic bite. Donut dough dusted with sugar, raspberry puree filling. Dark cherries give it a bit of dimension. Aftertaste of coffee, which takes the edge off the sweetness. Vanilla is very floral and even carries a medicinal bitterness. To reiterate, I feel like the coffee is an afterthought. It's predominantly a sweet stout

Jul 27, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i wasnt as in love with this one as i had hoped to be. i didnt realize there was vanilla in it too, and its intense and sweet, and makes this more of an over flavored dessert kind of thing than a coffee beer i want to drink a whole bottle of. disappointed a little, but its on me, and the beer is still great, just very different than what i was expecting from it. thick black beer from the bottle, motor oily textured, with a puffy tan head rising up and staying in place. aroma is sweet chocolate and vanilla, and bitter coffee, almost fully fresh. the vanilla takes over a little, and the depth of the grain base and the intensity of the coffee are both lost to it a little bit. thats true in the flavor too, which this tastes more like brownies than anything else, some bitterness i suppose from the coffee, but its sweet first. vanilla is authentic though, whole beany kind of thing, and tastes really good, i just think it comes at the expense of the dark matter coffee, which i really wanted to taste unimpeded in this beer. the coffee is still there though, and there is some dark roast to the grain that really highlights it. the booze here is also a lot, this would be better in the 8% abv range i think, its hot, and with the sweet vanilla, i find myself awfully glad i am sharing the bottle around a few ways. pipeworks does these flavored beers really well, and i dig this for what its worth, but i was expecting something much different. this has me excited to try some of the other variants they do, the cinnamon could be amazing...

Mar 23, 2017
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CHickman from New York

3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours pitch black color with a brown head that faded slowly and left minimal spotty lacing, typical stout looks.

Smells and tastes of roasted coffee, caramel, vanilla, espresso, piney hops, brown sugar, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, raisins, dark fruit and sweet sugary notes. The vanilla is too much and takes away from the coffee, which was the main reason I wanted to try this brew (for the coffee). I liked the smooth feel and bitter coffee finish, but the vanilla and overall sweetness took away from the overall experience. For me this was a big letdown because the coffee was just an accent and not the star of the show. It did however hide the ABV quite well.

Feb 05, 2017
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Nugganooch from California

3.84/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle can my Stone RIS snifter glass
Notes taken on 11/28/15

From trade with mdfb79

I am with some of the other reviews here in that I really wanted to love this but needs more coffee. While the vanilla takes this in a different direction it is still a pretty basic RIS overall. Does hide the alcohol strength well though.

The pour is about as black as can be with a shade of brown washed in and develops a smallish layer of dark khaki espresso foam. The retention is weak with very little stick action is noted. Smell is of dark roasted malt and grains, fudge brownie, dark berry, vanilla crème, brown sugar, and mild coffee aromas.
The taste tends to become a bit jumbled and indiscernible for me with an overall fudge brownie likeness. Still offers a fair blend of coffee, vanilla cream, bakers chocolate, dark fruits/berries, and some fruity alcohol and yeasty esters. Rounded out with some moderate earthy roast and spice and a touch of char bitterness in the finish. For its size the alcohol is definitely well conserved here. Thick and full bodied with a slick/sticky viscous feel that coats the palate upon each sip. Warming and filling keeps this one in sipper status all the way through.

I haven’t experienced any of the other abduction variants but ultimately this one didn’t quite live up to expectations. It is a nice brew with some good qualities for an RIS but I just wanted more of that rich/robust coffee to take me away. Sadly this never even seemed to get off the ground.

Feb 02, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Forgot who I got this through in a trade, then as an extra, but enjoyed both times.

Pours dark brown, 1/3" lighter brown head. Aroma is coffee.

Taste isn't as much coffee, the roast on both coffee and malt is respectable, the vanilla takes a bit of the coffee edge away and lets the beer not be a one trick pony, but in some ways I'd rather it dominate. Its pretty generic overall, it does hide the alcohol well. But the bomber format, $10 a pop, I just can't see making a return on this beer when I could just get a six pack of something similar for the same price.

Ultimately its a good beer in a genre full of good beers and this one doesn't do anything really exceptional other than hide the abv quite well, but other than that, it finishes above average.

Jan 26, 2017
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into the glass.

Dark brown/black hue.

Dark khaki head; nice lace.

Light roasted coffee & milk chocolate nose.

Thick mouthfeel.

Vanilla up front, slight hot pepper & smoke finish. Bitter coffee hovers around the periphery. Good not great.

Dec 30, 2016
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mjpolzin from Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid coffee stout. I can't say that it would stand out against other beers of the style though. But the coffee wasn't overly bitter and the mouthfeel was decent enough.

Dec 17, 2016
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kojevergas from Louisiana

3.3/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Regrettably brief impressions from a 1 pint 6 fl oz bottle:

Pours a weak but soft looking and nicely coloured tan head that dissipates within 2 minutes. Body is a predictable opaque black. No yeast/lees are visible within.

Aroma brings a generic dark malt sweetness, specialty chocolate malt, and forgettable coffee character devoid of any interesting roasty or rich java characteristics. I detect little vanilla, if any. Aromatic intensity is average.

Taste brings a nice but simple blend of muted vanilla (not recognizably genuine vanilla bean, but not as artificial as many vanillin flavours), generic dark malt sweetness, specialty chocolate malt, and a blip of shallow coffee flavour. No roasted barley, rich java notes, roasty coffee, or anything else that would make this more complex and interesting. It's a very paint by numbers forgettable build for a coffee stout, barely ticking the boxes to attempt to deliver on its banal premise.

Average flavour duration and intensity.

Texture is medium-bodied, smooth, wet, well-carbonated, and a biteen syrupy. Not chewy, overly viscous, or overbearingly thick.

Overall, it's an enjoyable but generic coffee imperial stout, failing to deliver much in terms of depth of flavour wherein the vanilla and coffee are concerned. The kind of pretty good but not great brew I'd expect to find in a Sierra Nevada variety box or the like. I'll enjoy finishing the bottle, but it's far from stellar and in a style as oversaturated as the coffee & vanilla imperial stout, you really have to do more to stand out. It does hide its ABV well, and were it offered at more reasonable prices in less cash-grabby formats (i.e. 11.2-12oz bottle 6 packs) it might be a beer I'd return to occasionally. Definitely above average as-is, but there's no lack of vastly superior more widely available imperial stouts offered at a fairer price.

B- (3.30) / WORTHY

Dec 09, 2016
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Ricelikesbeer from Colorado

3.4/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

love the combo of coffee and vanilla beans in dark beers. I like the bitter/sweet balance this combo can bring when pulled off.

L: jet black beer with white/off white lacing. nice head retention.

S: expecting a big coffee hit here, and really sort of disappoints. not fresh brewed coffee or beans, more like slight earthy funk. Not very fragrant in general. a faint booze whiff at the end is there.

T: nice smack of booze, chocolate, and caramel up front. well balanced. Not much of a vanilla coffee suggestion here. the beer underwhelms despite the initial caramel sweetness.

F: slick/oily mouthfeel, good carbonation and balance.

O: This one is ok or decent, but not one I'd buy again, especially for the format/price. It's slightly better than average or middle of the road. I'd seek out other coffee or vanilla dark beers if I could, there are far better options out there.

Nov 14, 2016
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DenverHopHead from Colorado

3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter.
Appearance- thick black sits in the glass with a few tiny bubbles coming up along the sides to form a very thin ring of caramel colored head. Lacing is spotty at best.
Smell - a hint of bakers chocolate, vanilla and I'm picking up a touch of ancho chili.
Taste - sweet and bitter chocolate, and the ancho is still there along with some roasted coffee that finally makes an appearance.
Feel - very odd blend of sweetness, bitterness and spice. At 10.5 ABV, the booze isn't all that detectable, likely because I'm focused on the wild interaction elsewhere.
Overall - I feel like this is a bust, however, there are some unique qualities that I'm just not used to that leads me to believe I'm being closed minded.

Oct 21, 2016
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EMH73 from New York

4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a one inch tan head that dissipated quickly and left a ring of lacing. Smell is predominately coffee and roasted malts with notes of vanilla and chocolate. Tastes follows the nose with coffee being first and foremost and the additional note of a mild cream sweetness. Full bodied, thick mouth feel, lightly carbonated. ABV well hidden, a very good beer however it is a little heavier on the coffee than most.

Oct 08, 2016
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metter98 from New York

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down, leaving some wisps of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of coffee beans are present in the nose; these become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of cold brew coffee along with notes of vanilla beans and hints of roasted malts. The coffee and vanilla linger into the finish. Little if any bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite drinkable because it does a very good job at hiding any traces of alcohol from the taste.

Serving type: bottle

Aug 13, 2016
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SpeedwayJim from New York

3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber into a Surly teku. Shared with schen9303.

Nose is espresso, chocolate, coca cola and chewy fudge. Solid. Beer is chocolate, roast, fudge, coca cola and espresso and mocha in the back. Sweet with overtones of molasses and tobacco. Syrupy at the finish. Medium to full bodied in the mouth and smooth and rich going down if with a little more carbonation than is appropriate.

I'd love to try the other Abduction variants as this is very solid. I'd like a little more coffee but ultimately, this is a beer worth trying.

Aug 13, 2016
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Speiglau Stout glass.

Look is pitch black with a tan coffee colored head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is a lot of roast with a slight milky sweetness at the end.

Taste is roast bitter with lots of coffee and chocolate. Ends with a lactose sweet note.

Delicious beer. Ddfinitley can't taste the 10% alcohol.

Aug 08, 2016
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stortore from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle into a tulip snifter. Bottled 6/22/16.

Pours a very dark brown, opaque, with a one inch head of dark foam, loose, oily lacing. Smell is coffee, roasted malt, some chocolate, some vanilla. Taste also leads with the coffee, more lightly roasted malt than the nose, vanilla, some chocolate, espresso, light cocoa. Light bitterness on the finish. Smooth, creamy, fairly full bodied, lots of carbonation.

Have had before, and it's still my favorite of the Abduction series. Well blended, lots of coffee aroma and flavor. Like the creaminess, too. Well worth a purchase, when it comes around.

Aug 03, 2016
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BSiegs from Illinois

3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black pour with dark brown head comprised of tiny bubbles. Retention and lacing are average for the style, leaving a strong ring around the edge with a small layer across. Aroma is strong vanilla and moderate coffee, with a slight sweetness. A bit more subdued that I expected. On taste, the vanilla comes first with slight roast, chocolate, and sweetness. The coffee comes through stronger on the aftertaste. The body is medium full with moderate carbonation. The finish is balanced, with some slight bitterness lingering. Overall, a very nice coffee/vanilla stout.

Jul 24, 2016
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mschrei from Illinois

4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into "stout snifter". Typical looking stout, very little in the way of retaining foam or lacing. Coffee and vanilla notes are very subtle on the nose, but big on the taste without being too overpowering. Smooth and not oily at all. Alcohol is disguised rather well on the taste. Overall a very enjoyable coffee flavored stout.

Jul 20, 2016
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eppie82 from Illinois

3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From bomber bottle into a snifter.

Pours dark black with very little to no foam head. Aroma is powerful coffee, taste is coffee and feel is coffee. I'm sure there is beer in there somewhere but this is basically coffee. Personally, I prefer a coffee stout to have a balance of coffee and beer, but this is very imbalanced toward coffee and no other flavors can really come through. Some may like this kind of a beer a lot but that person isn't me.

Jul 03, 2016
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FBarber from Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(6/22/16 batch - brewed with Dark Matter Coffee)

Pours pitch black, opaque and viscous. However, there is no head to speak of outside of some spotty foam along the top. Would love more of a head.

Smell is out of this world. A beautiful robust aroma of some of the best smelling coffee just bursts out of the bottle when you open it. The coffee smells like a freshly brewed cup of top quality coffee - and I'd expect no less from Dark Matter coffee. Hints of vanilla and and chocolate are also noted.

Taste follows the nose with a gentle blend of rich dark roasted coffee, not acidic, but really quite roasty and chocolatey. Flavors of chocolate and vanilla interplay with the coffee to give it a slightly sweet, but rich flavor.

Feel has a gentle carbonation with a nice thick mouthfeel. The coffee gives it a velvety feel to it.

Overall this is the rare beer that stands out in a crowded field of very good beers. Lots of good coffee stouts out there, but this one was just a step above. Excellent aromas and great flavor profile. Drink it fresh to get the coffee notes and you won't be disappointed.

Jul 01, 2016
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a snifter
Batch 689-690

A- pours jet black in color with a small creamy khaki colored head that retains for a while before setting into a ring around the edge of the glass

S- big earthy coffee notes front intermingle with notes of mocha fudge, vanilla beans, sweet cream & a hint of anise

T- earthy and herbal coffee flavor up front gives way to sweet notes of roasted malt, vanilla whipping cream, mocha fudge & caramelized brown sugar. Finishes with hints of dark fruit and a linger of sweet chocolate and coffee

M- medium-heavy body wit moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a velvety finish, just a hint of abv warmth on the linger

O- solid coffee stout all around with just enough sweetness to balance the bitterness of the coffee

Apr 25, 2016
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Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 925 ratings