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Coffee Break Abduction | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States | website

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
Reviews:
95
Ratings:
844
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
24.82%
 
 
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Photo of mschrei
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of eifster82
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of FBarber
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
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

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch 165

Pours molasses in consistency with a pitch black color and a half finger fine frothy tan head.

Nose has a nice creamy roasted malt character with big fresh brewed coffee aromas, mild vanilla and a hint of dark fruit. Alcohol is hidden well but detectable.

Taste is unbeleivable. follows the nose, with a creamy roasted malt and smooth coffee. A great vanilla sweetness overlays the whole beer but is balanced perfectly with a faint tart dark fruit note.

Mouthfeel is great for an imperial stout, thick as molasses feel with a nice mild tartness to balance it out.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1 PINT, 6 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black. It is topped with an inch of mocha head that leaves no lacing.

The smell is coffee and anise. This is an older bottle, so I am sure the coffee is not at its full glory.

There is still plenty of coffee flavor. The underlying stout gets a chance to come through. I get some anise and roasted malt. The base malt is reminiscent of Expedition Stout.

Full mouthfeel

I hope to someday to try this beer fresh. I had a friend get me some beer on a recent trip to Chicago, so I can't complain too much. This is a tasty beer that has past its prime, only a little bit.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 11/14/15 notes. 22 oz. bottle purchased for $12 at Top Hops that day in NYC. Poured into a snifter.

Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with two inches of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident
Coffee, milk, vanilla, cream, roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate, and milk chocolate. Medium body and low carbonation, super smooth and creamy.

Overall I thought this was really good; I'll buy it all the time if I can find it on the shelves.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.66/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of strong dry bitter coffee notes with some roasted malt is dominant. Taste is also dominated by strong dry coffee notes that also veered into astringency territory. Some black chocolate notes are also perceptible. Body is about average with nice level of carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not bad but coffee notes are almost too powerful for the overall balance of this beer.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer was black with a modest tan head crowning the glass.

Smell - The nose is strong coffee.

Taste - My initial impression is that this beer has pleasant coffee notes with hints of vanilla and a certain level of creaminess. The aftertaste is a slightly dry coffee impression.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation level of on target for the style and allows the taste to linger.

Overall - This is probably my second favorite abduction after mocha.

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Photo of brentk56
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a modest bubble show that creates a one inch layer of foam; spotty lacing

Smell: Chocolate, vanilla, roast and coffee tones; surprising how strongly the vanilla comes through

Taste: Vanilla and chocolate, up front, with some roast and coffee tones developing; there is an underlying sweetness that builds through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body; low to moderate carbonation

Overall: There are so many PIpeworks beers out there I have given up keeping track; I have had some pretty decent ones but it has been awhile since I have really been impressed by one; this is no different

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: black ale body, darkly stout in the snifter, coupla fingers of mocha head left some motes down the glass

S: aromas suggestive of old hot coffee sitting on a burner, chocolaty malts charred bittersweet and dry, something herbal and vanilla

T: tasted a little green on the open, but warmed into a smoother drink; the vanilla has a taut edge that cuts into some of what I'd expected to be a mellower coffee; coffee flavors are mild and semisweet, backed by a bittersweet and slightly tight dark malt

F: medium-bodied, modest carbonation - rather smooth, but with a crisp edge of bitter vanilla and coffee char

O: delivers what you'd expect - straightforward Imperial stout supplemented by coffee at work; the vanilla flavors present in different ways over the course of the drink. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Awesome beer. More than held it's own for flavor against big Coffee Stouts including some well known BACSs in a blind side by side. The base stout, the coffee used and the vanilla were absolutely top notch. Remarkably better than most coffee stouts.
Seek this one out.

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Photo of Ryanster8
4.74/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Nice and dry finish. Coffee, vanilla and subtle berry scent in the nose. Heavy coffee and roasted qualities in the taste with nice layering of vanilla. Very well balanced and almost no booze in the taste for being 10.5%.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from ScottO in a recent box. Had just tried the passion fruit version a week before and then this one shows up on my doorstep. The passion fruit was awful, so couldn’t wait to try this one out.

From a bomber into a snifter
Batch 347-348
Imperial stout with coffee and vanilla added

APPEARANCE: A transparent black pour yields a two finger, medium looking, foamy tan head with great retention. Black body with lower levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a full wisp and clings to the sides of the glass. A ring remains until the end but leaves no real lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Lots of coffee all over the place. Raw coffee beans with hints of vanilla and some dark chocolate as well, but the roasted coffee beans definitely take center stage here. It’s rather enticing as well.

TASTE: Roasted flavors and black roasted coffee beans up front. Medium strength beginning with more roasted flavors, some caramel sweetness and vanilla notes at the swallow. Bold finish of burnt and roasted malts, bitter black coffee, some pure dark chocolate and sweet vanilla cream linger on the palate. The coffee takes the lead here for sure, but it’s complimentary to the base stout and some other nuances creep through as the beer lingers on the palate. Good stuff.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. A touch lighter in weight, semi-creamy on the palate, goes down smooth enough and finishes sweet and sticky. Some heat lingers.

OVERALL: This was the same idea as Passion Abduction. Let’s brew a stout and then adjunct the crap out of it. Well, while passion fruit is obviously a terrible choice for that type of game, coffee will certainly work great, and it did. The coffee addition was perhaps a touch overdone, as I’d expected going into this, but coffee is a character that we see in stouts as it is, so it meshed well with the base grains. Moreover, the vanilla lent its own part to the brew, meaning this variant had a nice balance of roasted and sweet flavors, creating a multi leveled profile rather than simple one-dimensional domination. Would like to try some of the other variants in this series, but since these guys seem to over-adjunct, I would probably seek out variants with adjuncts that mesh with the imperial stout style and avoid those that clash. Thanks again for the brews ScottO. This was enjoyable and emptied far too quickly.

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Photo of Lucnifter
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brown, verging on black in the glass. Thin head recedes quickly to bubbles lining the glass. Assertive coffee aroma with alcohol as co-star. Mouthfeel is medium. Solid coffee stout.

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Photo of KevSal
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Been holding onto this for a while, its stout day, figured why not. thanks to iadler!

vintage 2013, figured to drink it before the coffee and vanilla dissapear, great choice. holy crap, is this beer delcious, everything comes together just right, coffee and vanilla fully present. Reminds me of founders breakfast stout buy im digging this more. vanilla teqlly brings it home. pipeworks is killing it, check this one out, even with a year on it!

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Photo of Tone
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of a tan color. Decent retention and poor lacing. Smells of oatmeal, coffee, sweetness from lactose, sweet malt, hops, hint of roasted malt, and alcohol. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, alcohol, coffee, sweetness from lactose, hint of liquor, and a hint of hops. Overall, weak appearance, good aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Bottle shared by Rob and Lisa, thanks for the opportunity.
Huge coffee and brown sugary roasted grain goodness. The sweetness compliments the coffee flavor very nicely. Great brew!

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%

Out of a bottle into my tulip. Picked up in trade from Kevinpitts (Thanks Kevin!)

A – Deep and dark brown on the pour with a finger of milk chocolate lacing that settles down nicely.
S – Roasted malts, coffee, vanilla and cream. Nice.
T – Just a nice roasted malt character out of the gate. Follows up with flavors of dark chocolate, vanilla, espresso, cream and molasses. Touch of trace bitterness that mixes with a cream like sweetness that balance each other nicely. Breathy alcohol at the end.
M – Medium to full bodied. Medium carbonation. Leaves a nice click creamy taste on the palate.
O – So this beer is all in my wheelhouse so I may be bias. I love beer and coffee and this mixes it very well. Nice strong coffee flavor that doesn’t overpower the beer. Even the person who doesn’t dig coffee will find something to like here. Just a fine brew all around. Pick this up if you can. You will not be sorry.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours heavy and thick with not much head to speak of, but a thin golden brown.

Smells like a coffee house, some roasted malt, earthy, and sweet.

Tastes like a dark chocolate infused dark roast coffee blend, very sweet, but very tasty.

Mouthfeel is rich and smooth, definitely a dessert brew.

Overall, I'd be happy to pick this up again! Would love to try this on draft once they open their taproom here in Chicago.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not simply relying on the roasted character of common stout to carry its flavor, a heaping helping of coffee and vanilla is injected into the Abduction Imperial Stout for even greater depth, complexity and a special latte type of charm.

Its incredibly dark brown pour is somewhat intimidating in its hazy depth. But once its sultry aromas captivate the nose, the scent of dark chocolate, espresso and burnt sweetness make the first taste alluring and inviting. Coaxed with bold mocha latte flavor, its vanilla cream and singed caramels further reinforce its decadence.

As the creamy roast wraps around the tongue, a milkshake taste ensues- woven together with bittersweet chocolate, walnut, campfire and an earthen chicory root thread. Its creamy texture is like silk against the tongue and is only balanced by its own coffee-type bitterness.

Its warm and gently rolling finish is somewhat like Kahlua as its high roast flavor and dryness continues to be held in check by enduring vanilla and malt structure. Its an effortless taste, however its viscosity lends itself to after dinner sipping sessions rather than high rate of consumption.

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Photo of AmericanPaleMale666
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Jet black body with minimally visible carbonation. The lack of a head is my only gripe with this brew. I poured pretty vigorously and still barely anything.

N - Magnificent. Vanilla, Chocolate, Roasted Coffee.

M - Light, but with creamy deliciousness.

T - Up front you have sweet roasty coffee followed by vanilla and cocoa hints with a smoother than smooth finish.

O - The best stout I have had to date. Took Stones IRS's place. Again I wish the appearance was a little more pleasing but hey with the nose and taste being so outstanding I can deal with it.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown, opaque, red / amber tones at the edges as you tilt the beer. An inche or so of mocha head fizzes out quickly leaving the beer ultimately flat in appearance. Not all that appealing. Aroma has a definite alcohol presence and a rather green, vegetal coffee note that I get from a lot of Pipeworks stouts. Taste is sweet, flat, the vegetal note dissappears but your left with flavor that is pretty generic coffee with a lot of vanilla. Coffee stouts like this make me think that the people making them don't really respect coffee - they think of it as something simple. Imagine how beer people would feel if someone said "this is beer flavored." They'd retaliate .... "what kind of beer? not all beer tastes the same!" This is a coffee flavor that seems to evoke what non-coffee people think of as "coffee flavor." It's like an extract. Not a lot of depth, a subtle savory / umami (soy sauce) element in the finish.

It's drinkable but far from outstanding.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.86/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

2013 vintage consumed June, 2014.

Medium brown-black color, like an English stout or darker brown ale, topped with a small tan head. In the aroma, old coffee and dry dark malts. Roasty bitterness in the taste, flavors were kind of thinned out, dark malts, old coffee grounds, vanilla just barely coming through as more of a sour cream sensation. Mouthfeel was way too light and thin for the style, and somewhat chalky, alcohol was neutral. This beer was pretty messy, and I had no desire to have more than a small sample. Maybe it's better fresh, but I can't imagine a beer starting out good and then turning into this in a mere year's time.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a dense black color with a one finger cream colored head. The head drops down fairly quickly, but this definitely looks pretty solid.

S: Earthy, dark roasted coffee laced with just a hint of cherry. Espresso, dark chocolate and fudge. Faint when it's cold, but the smell really starts to shine once this warms up.

T: Coffee and cream, a light nuttiness, caramel and very faint vanilla. Steady roast note throughout and some chocolate syrup and dark chocolate on the finish with a lingering roasted coffee note. Very good stuff.

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Coffee Break Abduction from Pipeworks Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.
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