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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

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100
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859
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
8.19%
 
 
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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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Photo of Rutager
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Coffee and vanilla bean stout? Yes please! Big thanks to Liamt07. Batch 169 is the best I can make out the handwritten #.

Appearance. Pours quite black and a bit viscous but not that deep oily black you sometimes see with this type of beer. It's topped with a half finger of orangy-khaki head that fades to a ring fairly quickly.

Smell. Slightly astringent dark roasted coffee with a small shot of rum and hints of vanilla. Smells appealing but not knocking it out of the park.

Taste. Sweetened coffee, light burnt sugar and molasses. Slight bitterness in the end from the dark roasted coffee and some lingering vanilla notes (though I wouldn't have guessed it as an ingredient). Alcohol pretty well hidden.

Mouthfeel. Full body, creamy low carbonation. Very nice.

Overall. A good coffee stout I'd happily drink again. Would make a fantastic breakfast beer.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pipeworks Coffee Break Abduction.

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a CBS snifter. Served at cellar temperature.

A) Coffee black with a nice tan head. The head had better retention than I anticipated, as this slowly settled to a collar. This has some feet.

S) Fresh ground coffee, roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla bean, and a splash of milk. Very nice aroma...

T) Follows the nose... This beer has a pleasant sweetness, but the fresh coffee and perhaps a little hops give it enough balance for my tastes. The drinkability is off the charts. The 10.5% ABV is ridiculously well hidden.

M) A soft supple full bodied brew with lighter carbonation. This is so smooth. You combine the smoothness with the hidden alcohol, and this goes down with dangerous ease. Nice aftertaste too.

O) Quite frankly.... I need more Pipeworks beer in my life. Enjoyed this start to finish.

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Photo of ncketchum
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter at cellar temp

A - pours an opaque jet black, finger of dark head which fades almost immediately

S - honestly not much here, little bit of coffee, tiny bit of vanilla, and some stale crackers

T - wow, this beer really redeems itself here from the aroma. Coffee forward, subtle vanilla, chocolate, solid maltiness

M - smooth. Goes down waaay too easy for 10.5%

O - aside from an almost off-putting aroma, this is fantastic. not sure of the disconnect here, but the rest definitely makes up for it. another great brew from Pipeworks.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: midnight body, finger oatmeal head, solid lacing

S: big coffee roasted, strong vanilla, hint of chiles, boozy

T: same as the nose, very nice malt middle
mild spice bit, rather boozy vanilla finish

M: med/heavy body, creamy/smooth mouth

O: Another extremely strong offering from Pipeworks.
I should lay down a bottle and share with worthy friends.

AMAZING; TREAT YOURSELF!

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Photo of OldRickSputin
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Coffee and vanilla? Did I get the wrong beer?

This stout's primary flavor is of chilies.

Aside from the switcheroo, this is a very tasty Imperial stout. I was hoping for something a little sweeter and more mellow but the surprise was not a let down.

Overall- It's very good- certainly above average. And I might buy another bottle or two, depending on what else is available, but it's not one I'd pick up on every trip to the store.

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

This presented a glowing black appearance with a good stiff thick head that laced in a sheet.

The nose is a strong coffee and roast with a little chocolate but the coffee is pleasurable and simple.

The flavor is spicy with near raw habenero chilies. The coffee flavor then comes through with a dry smoky roast, chocolate malt and a peppy spiciness.

The feel is dry but velvety, smooth and easy.

This was a bit surprising as there was no mention of chilies, and I got huge spiciness, and a mention of vanilla, and I got none. None the less I loved it.

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Photo of blankenhoney
3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
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 sully11277
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- jet black with a very little head that goes away pretty fast.

S- You get a lot of a roast and sweetness. When cold you get more sweetness then as it warms that nice coffee roast comes through. You get a lot of vanilla, chocolate, roast, and coffee.

T/M- You get a nice sweetness upfront you get milk chocolate, vanilla, and a nice coffee taste that last for a long time. It is very smooth you can not even taste the 10.5 % ABV.

O- A great stout that I am aging 2 of them. I can not wait to try the rest of the abduction series.

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Photo of jbwimer
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle that was in a generous box from Jaycase. Phenomenal trader and all-around BA. I love my coffee stouts, so we will see how this holds up. From a 2014 batch, so it is quite fresh. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a standard snifter.

A- Pour yielded a small, light brown head that doesn't last long at all. Not the most light-resistant stout I've had. Browning around the edges. Hardly any lacing to speak of, though this beer does have legs.

S- Not getting nearly as much coffee as I had hoped. Dominated by vanilla and lactose sweetness. Milk chocolate comes through as it warms. Faint roast and coffee aromas peek through. However, I could definitely ask for more. Alcohol is masked really well, and that helps this beer a lot.

M- Best part of the beer. Very smooth on the palate. Subtle warming from the alcohol. Real nice.

O- Coffee stouts must have coffee. Flat out. This beer was certainly tasty, but undoubtedly needed more influence from the coffee and roasted malts. Enjoyable, but not worth the ratings it gets on here. To each their own! Cheers.

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Photo of Karl_M
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very good. Toasty. Long chocolate finish.

Deep cherry nose and big vanilla on the palate- not that sweetened vanilla but the vanilla extract flavor.

Very warming at 10+%

Take your time with this and have a friend to enjoy it with.

Perfect for Chicago Spring 2014.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.3/5  rDev -20.5%
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 cvm4
3.66/5  rDev -11.8%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
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 FreshHawk
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
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 gueuzedreg
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Roasty dark brown. Nothing jet black. Thin lacing with poor retention.

S- Coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, burnt wood, char

T- Probably the highlight of this beer. Just the right amount of carbonation to not fk it up, unlike other pipeworks that I have had. Coffee, malt, chocolate, toffee.

M- Just the right amount of carbonation for this. Just about the right amount of viscosity for this beer. Maybe a little thin of that.

O- The best Pipeworks I have had. I don't really seek their stuff out. Its pretty good.

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Photo of brock125
3.54/5  rDev -14.7%
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 rlee1390
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Black in the glass but clear brown around the edges when pouring and not much carbonation or head.

S-Lots of coffee, good deal of vanilla roasted malt and some chocolate.

T-After letting it warm a little bit it is wonderful. Lots of coffee and vanilla wonderfully mixed. Some chocolate and roasted malt round it out.

M-Heavier but not much carbonation. Really the lack of carbonation is the only knock on it.

O-A really good beer. The coffee and vanilla go together greatly.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Waxed 22oz bottle from Beer Temple (Chicago, IL). 9.99. Batch 112; no bottling date but I bought this back in April. Served in a Terrapin snifter.

Pours near black with a finger and a half tan head that forms a thin halo around the glass and laces fairly well.

Aromas of sweet creamed coffee, vanilla and chocolate malts. Simple and nice.

Taste follows the nose well. Creamed coffee, milk chocolate malted milk balls, vanilla, caramel, faint burnt sugar, a little molasses and a dollop of booze. Delicious interplay between the roasty coffee and sweet vanilla.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Bitter coffee and mild vanilla aftertaste.

Far from the most complex stout I've had but really tasty. I may not go hunting for it but I'd probably buy another bottle if I came upon it.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours near black with half a finger of light chocolate head, medium outer ring with minimal lacing. Retention is a bit weak.

S - lots of roasty coffee, tons of sweet chocolate, licorice, lots of great coffee aromas. Almost a bit of boozyness

T - Exactly as it smells, sans the booze

M - smooth thick with minimal carb

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Photo of rudzud
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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92 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.
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