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Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
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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

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893
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
8.47%
 
 
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Photo of Rifugium
2.86/5  rDev -30.8%
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 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 cpetrone84
3.3/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pour is cola colored with caramel colored head. Nose is heavy coffee roast, light vanilla and a strange mix of olive and chocolate that doesn't go well together. Taste is a little better. More balanced, stronger chocolate fudge note with balanced coffee and hint of vanilla. Medium body and gentle carbonation with a linger coffee roast.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.32/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bomber (don't recall what batch, may have been 89) split with a friend, in my Bell's snifter glass yesterday 4/13/13.

Aroma: Cold coffee, hints of vanilla. Not a whole lot else. I don't get any roast barley malt. Not a particularly pungent nose, very thin on the scent. Not a beer that smells pleasurable at all to me. (2)

Colour: Definitely a nice looking beer, nose not withstanding. Pours a jet black body, illuminates dark cola brown just ever so subtly with a very nice looking 2cm beige head that settles down quickly. The lacing is there with a decently sized collar, but it all disappears back into the beer quickly. (4)

Flavour: It's.. interesting. Unlike the nose, I can get more flavour profiles out of it. It however tastes like oxidation, a bit of wet cardboard flavour in it that's not the most pleasant but it is just another flavour in the midst of others including coffee which has the most presence here. There is some roast malt that makes me think of some burnt sugar, but not a ton. A little bit of what my tastebuds think is dark chocolate. And a definite presence of vanilla, especially as the beer warms up. It's a complex hodgepodge of flavours that go together decently well, but the oxidized wet cardboard component definitely detracts away from really enjoying this beer. (4)

Mouthfeel: This beer is definitely thick bodied and feels smooth and thick in my mouth. It's smooth and creamy and easy to swirl in my mouth and swallow. Carbonation is somewhat flat as expected for a RIS. Aftertaste is mostly wet cardboard and some vanilla, with a smooth, clean finish that isn't dry or bitter. For the most part, the feeling of drinking this beer is great. (4)

Overall: This just didn't come together well. I don't know if its because of the oxidized flavours that I got in this bottle or if all the flavours just didn't meld together. There wasn't much of a recognizable nose either. But it does look great and feels great in the mouth- its just that the smell and taste- which are the most important parts of the beer- are not very impressive. Not Pipeworks' best effort, but well you can't always bat 1.000 anyway. (3)

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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 blankenhoney
3.43/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 336-338, bottled 2/28/14. Poured into a snifter.

A: Very dark with some browning around the edge. Nice foamy brown head. Looks great.

S: Sweet milky coffee; light baker's chocolate; a very faint cinnamon or brown sugar spice is in there, too.

T: Very sweet on the front end, like coffee with too much cream and sugar. Approaching the flavor of a vanilla latte. Milk duds and malted milkshakes. Milky sweetness was dominant, with coffee almost as an afterthought. Nice and boozy as it warmed up.

M: Substantial; coats the mouth nicely without being too viscous.

O: Too sweet for my palate. I like my coffee beers somewhere between Coffee Bender (which is like an unsweetened ice coffee (and awesome!)) and this one. Terrapin WnB is probably the finest non-BA coffee beer I've had. Mouthfeel on this one was a winner, and smell was quite pleasant. But I'd like a stronger coffee flavor.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.47/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color, not quite black, just as much in common with an imperial brown or porter as an imperial stout.

Aroma was lacking in the coffee department. It was there, but it was kind of an old coffee left in the pot for half a day kind of coffee, and it wasn't anything special.

Taste, was nicer than the aroma, minimal chocolate, the coffee was completely non descript. It did hide the alcohol well and had no off flavors. There was some vanilla to it as well. The coffee just was average at best. The malt bill seems more akin to a brown ale as well, just in a much larger proportion. The chocolate is of a lighter, milk chocolate variety. It can be enjoyable and chewy in the mouthfeel, that is until you think about the price for it, and that it is supposed to be an upper echelon coffee stout. Its a good, not great beer.

Expensive and overpriced for what you get.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at jmgrub's tasting.

Batch # 248 250 252.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and coffee aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and coffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the coffee presence is somewhat mild all around.

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Photo of brock125
3.54/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Batch 248 250 252

A-dark appearance with very little carbonation.

S-the coffee is strong along with the chocolate. only a tiny bit of vanilla was present.

T-the coffee stands out. it's sweeter than i expected compared to other coffee stouts. the chocolate is the other dominating flavor.

M-not too thick, not too thin. it was hotter than expected. i liked the minimal carbonation.

O-this beer was somewhat of a disappointment. i expected a great beer based on the past reviews but it was just another coffee stout to me. this was the second Pipeworks beer i've tried (the other being Imperial End of Days) and this is the second disappointment. this beer is decent but didn't live up to the hype. i'm not sure if i'd purchase it again.

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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 ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle thanks to LSMroz, appreciate it. Inky black, standard imperial stout appearance. Aroma is pure coffee grounds, wet ones at that. Flavor is slightly bitter coffee and a hint of sweetness, not much else. This was a pretty decent beer but very one dimensional and I'm not sure the coffee flavor was to my taste.

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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 Phyl21ca
3.66/5  rDev -11.4%
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 cvm4
3.66/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch # 248 250 252

A - Pours black, doesn't seem thick, with a light khaki head. Not really any retention.

S - Coffee (not huge), roasted malts and vanilla sweetness.

T - The coffee notes aren't huge and take a back seat here. Good amount of roasted malts and sweet vanilla. There's some hints of dark fruits and licorice.

M - Medium bodied and carbonation. Really creamy body. The sweetness is a little cloying to me.

O - Not overly impressed with this one. Coffee notes are weak and the sweetness is a bit much.

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Photo of chanokokoro
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle marked Batch #66

Pours the darkest brown possible capped with a bone white fluffy head. Good retention and some lacing. Big roasted espresso, light vanilla, and roasted malt on the nose. Opens with roasted coffee, hints of charred malt, creamy milk chocolate and light vanilla. Finishes with some lightly sweet vanilla cream and bitter coffee. Full bodied and smooth. A good beer, but not as complex as the original Abduction. The base beer has a hard time fighting through the added ingredients here. Am I getting burnt out on coffee stouts with the occassional vanilla bean addition? Possibly...

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Photo of maximum12
3.72/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to SuperTraderDeluxe beerisheaven for this bottle, which might be my first Pipeworks, & I'd remember that if I didn't drink to much. Lots of that I blame on b-heaven. Someday I'm going to tally up the ounces he's forced me to drink. Meanwhile, I'm gonna open this 22 oz. bottle & split it with my wife.

Pour is black with a spitoon of carbonation. Nose is spot on: lovely chocolate, & there is a balance of coffee that's cut just enough with vanilla. Coffee in the name of a beer sometimes leads to alarming cold Folgers: doesn't look like that's where we're headed.

Coffee Break Abduction Gets the Balance Right (I'll take 80s songs for 400, Alex). Plenty of advertised coffee, pressed & steamed, but the vanilla was a very good choice, balancing it out nicely (I felt like I just wrote this). Roast in the middle if distinct from the coffee & I like it. Closes with a cutting bitterness. Drinks lower than 10.5%, I'd have believed this was a porter if you'd told me so.

Nice coffee stout that's solid. Nothing otherworldly or out of the ordinary, but well made & hits the spot. Good beer.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
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 Knapp85
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This pours out as a black colored brew, very little head on top with a thin retention and no lacing. The smell of the beer has a bit of coffee on the nose with some roasted malts. Te taste of the beer has a little bit of coffee but not nearly as flavorful as I expected. The mouthfeel is drinkable, pretty smooth with a soft carbonation. Overall this beer is decent, I don't think its as flavorful as it should be. It's decent but not as good as the rating shows.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours almost completely black with a small thin looking beige head receding to a wisp after a few minutes. Little lacing.

A moderate amount of coffee on the nose. I get a lot of milk chocolate as well as some stone fruits and licorice as well.

Similar flavors although I wish the coffee were a tad bit stronger. Leans toward the sweet side of the palate despite the presence of coffee. Dark fruits are a little too heavy for my taste in stouts. Also some anise and a bit of smokiness are evident in the background.

A little bit thin bodied although not horrible. Lowish appropriate carbonation. Alcohol is hidden very well. Would not have guessed the ABV from the taste.

Not too bad, but at the same time doesn't really wow me in any regard. Better than I remember the base being, but still wish there were a bit more roastiness and coffee to balance out some of the sweet fruity flavors. It's close to being something good so I'm curious to re-visit this with a future batch.

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Photo of brentk56
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
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 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 portia99
3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle (batch 16??? - handwritten and hard to decipher with any certainty) poured into an Idle Hands tulip.

A - A firm pour into the center of the glass yields an opaque black body with a short finger of dense foamy mocha head with a minute or two of retention before dropping to the surface and leaving a sparse lace trail behind and a thick collar.

S - Rich coffee roast up front with a good intensity. Creamy vanilla smoothes out the coffee a bit, revealing some dark chocolate and hints of booze. Coffee is showcased really nicely here.

T - Strong coffee flavor from the first sip...intense, bitter, roasty. A little bit astringent, very reminisient of black coffee. A slightly off-putting aspect of the flavor is a rather strong metallic taste that comes on the back end of each sip. A slight cherry-ish fruity flavor accompanies the metallic, confusing the issue a bit. No trace of alcohol or vanilla in the flavor.

M - Medium body, foamy mid-level carbonation. Nice roasty black coffee up front moving towards highly metallic in the middle thru to the finish. Metallic nature makes this a little bit tough to take.

O - Looks good, smells great. Plenty of coffee up front started the flavor off well. Really fell apart in the middle with the heavy metallic flavors. This had all of the makings of a great coffee beer, except for the metals.

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.89/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Deep dark brown leaning toward black. Slight tawny hues. Thick, creamy, smooth, cafe head. Decent retention with a nice lacing.

S - Good amount of coffee, more of a cold brewed medium roast. Roasted and earthy aroma. Touches of sweetness but it pales to the roasted aroma. Slight herbal/pine hop aroma.

T - Not nearly as much coffee as I was expecting. Don't get me wrong, there is coffee flavor but it lacks that big, bold dark roast or the coffee bean aroma. Get some of the typical stout flavors of roastedness and earthiness. A hint of anise or dark fruit but not much. A bit more creamy/vanilla sweetness than the nose on the back of the tongue. A touch of herbal/pine on the finish.

M - Medium body. Good carbonation though it feels a bit on the thin side (that might just be because most other coffee beers I've had are either big, thick barrel-aged ones or have oat).

D - Easy to drink. Alcohol is well hidden and no flavor is too dominant or off-putting. That said, I'm not exactly amped to get another sip.

Notes: Batch 248, 250, 252, reviewed from notes on 11/21. Good, albeit slightly disappointing beer. Not as strong on either coffee or vanilla as I had hoped. The flavors are there, and balanced but it seemed like just a slight addition to a regular stout. I guess this should be expected since it is not a barrel aged beer, nor is it a big oatmeal stout like many coffee beers. I enjoyed it, but for the price I probably won't get another.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Sc0pey for opening this one to share during our trade. Reviewed from notes. Poured from waxed bomber into a CCB snifter at the tasting room.

A: Very dark brown with a thin tan head and a few stray bubble of visible carbonation.

S: Roast coffee, vanilla, some cacao, some brown-roasted malts. Some alcohol on the nose becomes more evident as it warms. Overall impression is pretty sweet.

T: Coffee, vanilla, dark chocolate, with hints of nuttiness and the cardboard flavor I get from a lot of brown malt-dominant beers. Finish is drier than expected.

M: Light body for a double stout. I thought when I was writing notes that this was a coffee stout, and considered the mouthfeel average for that style. Alcohol noticeable but doesn't detract. Low carbonation sensation.

O: Not bad for a big coffee beer, but there are better examples out there. Still very glad to have tried it, and I wouldn't refuse another.

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