Coffee Break Abduction | Pipeworks Brewing Company

BA SCORE
92
outstanding
109 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Coffee Break AbductionCoffee Break Abduction
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
Reviews:
109
Ratings:
889
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
8.47%
 
 
Wants:
220
Gots:
143
For Trade:
19
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 109 | Ratings: 889
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.

 624 characters

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.

 463 characters

Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down, leaving some wisps of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of coffee beans are present in the nose; these become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of cold brew coffee along with notes of vanilla beans and hints of roasted malts. The coffee and vanilla linger into the finish. Little if any bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite drinkable because it does a very good job at hiding any traces of alcohol from the taste.

Serving type: bottle

 764 characters

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.

 1,142 characters

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

 633 characters

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

 1,893 characters

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.

 493 characters

Photo of emerge077
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch #66

Dark brownish black into a tulip glass, nice reverse cascade effect as the head settles. Soft halo of lacing and spotty bits that cling to the sides of the glass.

Coffee aroma is dominant, though mellow. Mild roasted beans and dark toast.

Creamy and smooth feel with well-intertwined rich flavors of silky chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Light coffee bitterness in the aftertaste. Sticky on the lips, though the coffee overrides the minimal chocolate/vanilla sweetness. Overall very nicely put together, it's pretty seamless and a tasty beer.

 556 characters

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.

 642 characters

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.

 972 characters

Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Sweetwater mini-snifter.

I know I like to take short coffee breaks during my invasions and abductions... This stuff pours a deep, dark black-brown topped by a half-finger of tan foam. The nose comprises sweet coffee, cocoa, roasted malts, and light earthy greens. The taste brings in more of the same, with those elements that can coming through a touch more bitter. Still, everything comes together well. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a very nice stout, one where the coffee doesn't o'erwhelm the base, but rather compliments it well. Good times.

 642 characters

Photo of mdfb79
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

 456 characters

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black without looking as viscous as the regular. Decent khaki head.

Smell - Nice coffee aroma. Chocolate malt. Sweet caramel.

Taste - The coffee flavor is quite good. Gets brighter and fruitier throughout. Chocolate malt. Sweet.

Mouthfeel - Sweet, medium carbonation. Kinda heavy, but the coffee seems to cut it.

Overall - Nice coffee, really improves the base.

 418 characters

Photo of johnnnniee
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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!

 180 characters

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

Bottle shared by Chris (spycow). Served in a small snifter, consumed next to regular Abduction.

A - Less foam on this one, with a thin tan head settling to a collar, wisps, and a few specks of lace. Near-black body that may also be a shade darker than the base beer.

S - Big coffee with milk and sugar aroma, with dark fruits and anise pushed into the periphery. Roasted intertwines with coffee, and the alcohol seems to be blunted here; not sure if it was the coffee or this batch was just a bit more restrained in general.

T - The taste is also a step up from regular Abduction, with a nice blend of coffee, vanilla, chocolate, dark fruits, berries, and and fruity yeast. Moderate anise and char bitterness in the finish, but the latter seems better integrated thanks to the coffee flavors mid-palate. The base gets a bit overwhelmed, but that's not really a bad thing in my opinion.

M - Similar feel to regular Abduction, but with a tad less carbonation. Not as boozy either.

D - A definite improvement from the base beer, although still not the easiest stout to drink in large volumes. Roast bitterness and alcohol still make this a sipper that is best consumed in 6-8oz servings. Perhaps as they dial in the recipe this beer will make the same leap forward that End of Days did.

 1,289 characters

Photo of Tone
4.13/5  rDev 0%

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.

 484 characters

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jeff for this bottle. Batch #74.
Poured in to snifter.

A - Black with half a finger of light to medium brown head.

S - Bitter dark roasted coffee, sweet vanilla and a touch of roast. A slight piney hop profile int he background.

T - Espresso up front giving way to a piney a slight citric hop bitterness. Some roast and a light vanilla presence that adds a layer of complexity without dominating as vanilla often does.

M - Full body. Some sticky hop oils. Light to moderate carbonation. A great mouth feel.

 521 characters

Photo of BillRoth
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

 270 characters

Photo of rudzud
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip. Bottled only nine days ago...11/15/13!

A - Pours a nice rich dark brown nearly black hue with a thin one finger head that faded awfully quick to leave a thin blanket. Not much lacing either.

S - Aromas of a fair amount of bright dark coffee. nice and black and rich, though relatively one note. Not getting any chocolate, malts, or whatnot. Do get some alcohol though. I also don't get much, if any vanilla. Think it is overpowered by the coffee.

T - Taste is better than the nose, much more rounded out. Good light chocolate, almost faint sweet dark fruits, lots of coffee here which is front and center. The vanilla is there dancing around throughout which is nice. Glad to see it. Malts are a bit on the sweeter side.

M - Mouthfeel is really nice for the ABV. Lower carbonation, smooth.

O - Overall, this was a good beer. Appearance is relatively average for the style, and the smell is pretty one dimensional. Taste is pretty good with a solid mouthfeel. Maybe its TOO fresh? Was expecting more.

 1,068 characters

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

(Served in a globe glass)
Batch 112
A- This beer pours an inky black body with a thick cocoa tan head that last a god bit with a top layer of thick bubbles.

S- The aroma of cold espresso ground has a slight capsicum note with some earthy dark roasted malt notes to follow.

T- The rich espresso has a slight spicy capsicum note to it with a black roasted malt flavor to follow. There is some chocolate nougat flavors that start to come through then a dry finish with some fruity ester hints leading to a mellow inky black malt flavor that lingers a bit.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a soft alcohol bite in the finish.

O- The coffee flavor does a very nice job of enhancing the stout. Very drinkable with a nice alcohol note complementing the dark black malt.

 771 characters

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.

 770 characters

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)

 2,155 characters

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 3.20.13
Batch 72

A - Pours a motor oil black with a one inch dark tan head with good retention.

S - Strong coffee, hard to pick up anything else since the coffee is so strong.

T - Strong coffee, silky milk chocolate, roasted-burnt malt.

D - Good carbonation with a heavier body and super smooth.

O - Lots of coffee and really smooth. Silky and nice.

 371 characters

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.

 886 characters

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.

 1,103 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Coffee Break Abduction from Pipeworks Brewing Company
4.13 out of 5 based on 889 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    No fake news here. Get real beer content delivered to your doorstep every month.

    Subscribe