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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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859
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
8.19%
 
 
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Photo of portia99
3.86/5  rDev -7%
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 maximum12
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
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 twiggamortis420
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle courtesy of clewis901 pours a rich black color with a light tan head. Fine bubbled head sticks around a fair amount and leaves just a bit of lace.

Nose is mocha coffee with a few pirouette rolled wafers in it. Pretty good smelling brew.

Wow, taste is really nice, great coffee flavors without being overly bitter. Sweet chocolate helps that and provides some nice complexity. Hops are there a bit and dry things out on the back end. Overall a very nice coffee beer.

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Photo of mhksuccess
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour from a bottle in russian river glass
dark no head and no lacing
smell is heavy roasty coffee
and the taste follows very similar roasty and heavy coffee
not acidic coffee but smooth mountain blend (LOL)
it is pretty one dimesional but has a lot of flavor
mouthfeel is not thick/thin but a nice medium body making it very drinkable
overall a nice offering

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Photo of Rope
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance-
Good void factor of complete darkness. Thing faded tan head.

Smell-
A creamy vanilla floats in the back of a peppery coffee smell I have come to associate with the coffee stout genre.

Taste-
A sweet vanilla meets you at the tip, and then a bold coffee flavor follows. These two flavors dangerously mask most beer and alcohol taste. Is that a good thing? Depends on the person, but I am enjoying it.

Mouthfeel-
Slick and oily until the the astringent coffee bitters help clear the coating and leave a rich aftertaste.

Overall-
This coffee stout is unique, in that I do not taste the aforementioned pepper like any other I have tried. As previously mentioned, it really is all coffee in flavor.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
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 wpqx
4.74/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Real coffee flavor without an overpowering alcohol taste. Smooth body with a very pleasant aroma. This single-handedly changed my opinion of Pipeworks Brewing. I had it in a bottle poured into a tulip. Jet black color, very smooth finish, and distinct coffee flavor. This is truth in advertising and a very pleasant surprise.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.47/5  rDev -16.4%
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 thinkinflicka
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 once bomber poured into a 2 tulip shared with my girlfriend
My first Pipeworks beer
batch 169 i think its hard to read the handwriting

Pour is black with small brown colored head

Smell is of dark malts and strong roasted coffee with a slight vanilla presence

Taste of strong coffee hint of chocolate and lots of dark malts and some hops, a good amount of vanilla in the end round it all out quite well.

The mouth feel is perfect for a big stout, smooth and full

Over all we loved this beer,often coffee stouts don't balance out right or the coffee taste weak.
This gets almost everything right just a little bit too hoppy, really strong flavors that all complement each other well

I have heard a lot about Pipeworks and they did not disappoint.
Thanks to my brother for bringing me this from Chicago, can't wait to try more

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Photo of Phelps
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into my Lost Abbey stemware.

Pitch black, but a little thin-looking. One finger of oak-colored head fizzles away pretty quickly.

Heavily burnt beans are a little acrid, though smoother espresso comes out upon deeper inspection. Toasty wood, a little smoke, peanut skins, some dark chocolate, a touch of vanilla. Dark, roasty stuff.

Very green, woodsy flavor, for a stout. Tons of pine, bitter espresso, campfire smoke, a little toast, some chocolate mixed with vanilla bean. Behind the major pine and coffee flavors, a nice bit of sweet s'mores.

Much thicker mouthfeel than I expected from the appearance. Oily. Medium-full, mild but peppery carbonation. Some tang settles into the sides of the tongue while big bitterness sets up in the back.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.9/5  rDev -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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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz, Batch 112
8oz Tired Hands fluted glass (consumed with friends at brewpub in Ardmore, PA)

A: Dark black. Creamy light tan head. Some alcohol feet. Not a lot of lacing. Good carb.

S: Definitely getting that coffee. More coffee grounds. Some soft vanilla. Really subdued. Chocolate, like bakers dark chocolate.

T: Sharp coffee up front. Vanilla sweetness for sure. Sweet roasted malts. Long finish.

M: Full bodied. Creamy.

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Photo of mynie
4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I didn’t very high hopes for Coffee Abduction, so I figured I’d just go ahead and crack it open. That was dumb of me. This is capital-A Amazing.

Tastes eerily simliar to the first few vintages of Darkness: definite coffee nodes, overall pretty vinous,but mostly you’re just floored by the audacity of the dry and aggressive American hop profile.
I drank this right after a Speedway–there was still some Speedway in my ladyfriend’s cup–and it was intense enough that I absolutely could not taste the Speedway after just a sip of this. Yet it never gets cloying or stupidly intense. It’s just a rough, hoppy imperial stout with some slight coffee nodes. Excellently done.

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Photo of timc100
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Batch 113

A: Very dark brown with a minimal foamy beige head

S: Not too aromatic. Fresh medium roast coffee, subtle vanilla, and bitter dark chocolate. A little bit of heat

T: Tastes like chocolate cake donut with chocolate drizzle frosting dipped into a fresh, rich cup of coffee. Incredibly smooth - great balance between sweetness and bitterness. The vanilla is there and enhances the chocolate, adds a rounding out sweetness.

P: Incredibly smooth - drinks wonderfully. Medium to full in body, soft carbonation. Lingers a long while

O: A fantastic coffee stout - great breakfast stout

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. (1 pint 6 fl oz) bottle, batch #113, bottled sometime in 2012. I have only tried two beers from Pipeworks so far, and this is my first bottle that I bought for myself. Expectations are fairly high, I've been looking forward to drinking this beer for a while now.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours an opaque oily black, with a small tan coffee colored fuzz. Hint of cola caramel brown near the top.

S - Bitter, dark roasted coffee bean goodness. A simple nose, but to the point.

T - Wow, mind-blowing authentic brewed coffee goodness paired with the natural creamy vanilla bean. Smooth, creamy vanilla coffee. No alcohol presence, considering this beers intense 10.50% abv. Light hop presence is buried and subdued, but it is in there.

M - Feel is smooth and milky, yet finishes with a strong bitter coffee bean finish. Very appealing.

Overall, highly palatable and drinkable, even with this beer's intense 10.50% abv. Well-balanced, and well-rounded. A beer I want to session. This is one of the tastiest imperial coffee stouts that I've ever tried, one I hope I can try again and again and again. Here's to hoping that they brew this beauty again.

Pipeworks Coffee Break Abduction ---4.5/5

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black, with a nice medium mocha colored head. Lace was pretty and had really great retention. Aroma was all up In your face with coffee. Roasted malts, cocoa, slight vanilla too. No surprises in the taste: coffee bomb. Nice fresh roasted coffee at that, plenty of chocolate too. Creamy mouthfeel, full body, nice and rich and substantial on the palate. The regular had a touch of booze to it, but this didn't have any signs of alcohol, masked very well by the hearty flavors and aromas. Drinkability is high.

Can't argue with this one. Further prof coffee makes anything better.

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Photo of vic21234
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Surprised to find this one at my local bottle shop today. 1 bottle now, 1 bottle for the cellar. 22oz oz bomber poured into a snifter. Batch 113.

A- Pours black with a small amount of light brown/ khaki colored head that quickly fades. Lacing is apparent along the sides of the glass.

S- Smells just as I expected; coffee and roasted malts. I'm kind of disappointed in the smell though, thought the coffee would have popped more.

T- A very nice coffee stout. Starts off with a smooth hop presence before the roasted malts and coffee dominate the rest of the palate. Some dark fruits and vanilla tones are noted as well. The flavors work very well together.

M- Heavy, carbonated well, slightly bittering from the hops, smooth and very drinkable. It drinks well for 10.5% ABV.

Other than the smell being a bit disappointing, this is a very nice stout from Pipeworks. They are putting out some good stuff.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.32/5  rDev -20%
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 TriageStat
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into tulip glass. Batch 66.

A: Poured a deep dark chocolate color, almost black. Had a two inch mocha colored, creamy head with lacing that began as soon as you started drinking.

S: Roasted coffee, chocolate, and a hint of vanilla.

T: Same as the smell. Overwhelming coffee flavor, with chocolate and vanilla that lingers.

M: Smooth and creamy, almost like velvet. Minimal amount of carbonation.

O: A delicious beer, will definitely seek it out again.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mateuszkxxpl for this one - I've had a few things by Pipeworks and I've really enjoyed all of them. Pours a deep black color with a halfway beige colored head that appears pretty creamy and starts leaving lacing right as it starts receding.

From the first whiff, I'm reminded of a deep, French roast coffee, very light on the cream and sugar. We're talking coffee beans that have been double or triple roasted; so deep, rich, dark, and bitter. The malts in the background are present and roasted as well, although they bring a very small bit of sweetness to the table, too. The sweetness gets eaten up pretty well by the burnt-ass coffee, but it does what it can to provide a counter-point. I'm a big fan of coffee-forward stouts, and even more so, ones that ride on the bitter and heavily roasted side, so I'm digging the nose on this one.

I take my first sip and even more than the flavor, the mouth feel on this one really catches my attention. Super creamy, silky, chewy, velvety... Wow. Very impressive, welcoming, and inviting to the coffee explosion that lies ahead. Heavy coffee flavor right away - shocking, right?! Big, bad-ass roasted coffee beans, borderline espresso-like with a surprisingly balanced mix of "bitter-roast" and "creamy-sweet". I say surprising because the aroma led me to be believe it would be leaning far towards the bitter side, but the influx of sweetness from the malt cuts through nicely and gives incredible balance. But.... in the end, the dry and bitter roast wins out and lasts longer.

Though this is entirely coffee-heavy, that's not to say there aren't other flavors bumbling about. A mild booziness comes to life, especially upon warming of the beer - somewhat expected at 10.5% ABV. A light licorice and very dark plum sweetness squirts in occasionally, alongside a dark-cocoa flavor profile that also seems to flash in and out sporadically. This beer actually gets a little bit sweeter as it warms up but still retains that nice dry and roasty flavor compound. Though the flavors are definitely intense, they work together pretty harmoniously to provide an easy going and manageable drinking experience.

I'm a big fan of coffee stouts, and this one definitely did not let me down. Good roast, good sweetness, great balance, and just all around tasty. If I could get this all the time, I probably would.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
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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Coffee Break Abduction from Pipeworks Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.
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