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Coffee Break Abduction | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,028
Reviews:
113
Ratings:
901
pDev:
8.06%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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2.5/5  rDev -40.8%

Photo of Raziel313
2.76/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Rifugium
2.86/5  rDev -32.2%
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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3/5  rDev -28.9%

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3/5  rDev -28.9%

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3/5  rDev -28.9%

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3/5  rDev -28.9%

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3/5  rDev -28.9%

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3/5  rDev -28.9%

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3/5  rDev -28.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -23%

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3.25/5  rDev -23%

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3.25/5  rDev -23%

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3.25/5  rDev -23%

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3.25/5  rDev -23%

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3.3/5  rDev -21.8%
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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3.3/5  rDev -21.8%
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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3.32/5  rDev -21.3%
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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3.4/5  rDev -19.4%
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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3.43/5  rDev -18.7%
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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3.47/5  rDev -17.8%
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 Jhfinn
3.49/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PatrickCT
3.49/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beergorrilla
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of jackieT
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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Coffee Break Abduction from Pipeworks Brewing Company
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