Coffee Break Abduction | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
pdubs.net

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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...

Added by BeerMeFitz on 01-02-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
893
Reviews:
111
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
8.47%
 
 
Wants:
215
Gots:
140
For Trade:
19
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Photo of Dankacheese
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
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...

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of needMIbeer
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of YvesB
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CHickman
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.84/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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Photo of Jonnydrinker
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bcbs4040
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of delgotit99
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BenBreeg
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GuyFawkes
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of mjpolzin
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of 22Blue
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kojevergas
3.3/5  rDev -20.1%
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

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of zekeman17
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brbrocc
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Ricelikesbeer
3.4/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DenverHopHead
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of Barracudas
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dirtyhalos
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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