Coffee Break Abduction | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

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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Ratings: 909 |  Reviews: 114
Photo of tigg924
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of MNBeer1017
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AirBob
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Gregf51
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of petermethot
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jcb7472
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of elkinbrown
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
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!

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Photo of Warren2621
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
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

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Photo of hockeypuck
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hoosier222002
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bammer21
3.54/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tobelerone
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
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 -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of needMIbeer
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of YvesB
4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CHickman
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
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 -9%
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 -15.2%
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 +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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