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Coffee Break AbductionCoffee Break Abduction

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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...

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
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 +15.5%
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 +3.4%
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 +10.2%
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 +3.4%
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 +0.7%
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 -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)

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Photo of TriageStat
4.56/5  rDev +10.4%
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 +4.6%
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.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
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 -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.

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Photo of Justin_Neff
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle - batch 72

A: Pours a dark, dark, brown - almost black, but not quite. Initial pour results in no head, but a quick rush of bubbles billows up to a small, tan, velvet-like head. Appears a bit thin and under carbonated.

S: Strong, dark coffee blast. Some sweet hints of fruits, licorice, and predominant vanilla. Cinnamon, Mocha, and definitely wafts of a good malt character.

T: Tastes like vanilla flavored coffee, black. There is a high amount of bitterness. Tons of chocolate. Sweet malts and dark fruit flavors to balance the coffee bitterness well. A bit of booze on the finish.

M: if there is any downfall,here it is. It has a nice creaminess,but is definitely a bit thin. Full body. Boozy, and little carbonation.

O: I haven't had the base Abduction yet, so I'm looking forward to that after trying this. This was chalk full of flavor and aroma. A total coffee bomb. The balance and complexity was nice. A little thin for my liking, but that is really the only blemish in my opinion.

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark brown that becomes opaque. Little to no head

S - Good amount of coffee on the nose, but smells deeply of dark fruits and raisins. A tinge of licorice. FInishes with sweet mocha.

T - Wow. Incredibly full taste. Full mouth of coffee. Sweet fruits keep it from being overpoweringly bitter. Incredibly complex taste. Wow. Delicious.

M - Very robust, well carbonated.

Overall - I wasn't blown away by the look or smell, but the taste...phenomenal. A truly great beer here.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours almost completely black with a small thin looking beige head receding to a wisp after a few minutes. Little lacing.

A moderate amount of coffee on the nose. I get a lot of milk chocolate as well as some stone fruits and licorice as well.

Similar flavors although I wish the coffee were a tad bit stronger. Leans toward the sweet side of the palate despite the presence of coffee. Dark fruits are a little too heavy for my taste in stouts. Also some anise and a bit of smokiness are evident in the background.

A little bit thin bodied although not horrible. Lowish appropriate carbonation. Alcohol is hidden very well. Would not have guessed the ABV from the taste.

Not too bad, but at the same time doesn't really wow me in any regard. Better than I remember the base being, but still wish there were a bit more roastiness and coffee to balance out some of the sweet fruity flavors. It's close to being something good so I'm curious to re-visit this with a future batch.

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Photo of kevanb
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, shared with FosterJM on his chicago trip, poured into a snifter glass, reviewed from notes.

Pours thickly, jet black in color, with subtle touches of browns around the rim of the glass, a thin caramel colored head pops up momentarily before receding into a film, no lacing visible. The aroma is of nice roasted coffee, bitter dark chocolate with some strong vanilla, fairly artificial though with some tart fruit at the finish. Despite the artificial nature of the vanilla, I'm still intrigued by this and it's quite inviting. Coffee hits the tongue with great intensity, roasted nicely, lightly bitter, helps bring out some dark chocolate cocoa flavor behind it as well. The vanilla comes out again, a bit sugary and artificial, but not as bad as the nose lead on. Some sweet malt, a bit chewy, comes out at the end, helps to balance the bitter and roasty flavors from the chocolate and coffee. The body is nice, syrupy and thick, coats the mouth well, a bit of a weaker finish, but still smooth.

Verdict: A very nice stout from Pipeworks, arguably one of their best beers. I'd say this is a nice change of pace from the base Abduction, but not a vastly superior beer. Definitely worth checking out for anyone who loves a coffee stout.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1743rd Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter

Thanks to KevanB for sharing

App- When this poured out it was a bit like coffee mixed with some Hersheys syrup. A little brown. A little black and a bit thick at times. A dense center with some lighter edges make it a bit of anamoly. The head was a nice 1/2" off tan head with a couple lines of cling.

Smell- The coffee on this was just right. Not too overbearing but created a nice smell with a bit of fresh pressed with some rich bitter on this nose. Balanced malts with a bit of chocolate syrup and sugars rounded out the nose.

Taste- This was a good coffee stout. Well layered without being WAY to coffee forward as some are. This balanced well with the chocoalte and the malts and even brought a little of the bitter from the aroma to the party. The smoothness of the malts is what got me the most.

Mouth- A bit of thicker medium with a medium carbonation. Thicker bubbles dance across the palate with a merryment of a morning cup of joe. The coffee is really what remains with touches of cream, sugar and grainy bakers chocolate.

Drink- I think it was a very well done stout. The addition of the coffee was good, but as mentioned, was not overdone and in your face. Would to me be a good choice to BA and put against BCBCS. Just a Chi-town throwdown. Why not?

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Photo of KFBR392
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a dark brown color but appeared pitch black in glass. Thin head which dissipated quickly to a slight ring on outside edge. A thick creamy lacing crept down the glass as I enjoyed this brew.

Smell: Smells like a light roasted cup of coffee. Probably due to the role of the vanilla evening out the heavier coffee accents. Some dark chocolate aroma hidden in the balanced coffee/vanilla body. You can almost feel the hops but seem to get lost in the other aspects here.

Taste: Yeah baby! The front is a smooth coffee presence which then combines with the vanilla beans and this beer takes off and takes this beer to another level. The lighter coffee accents come back toward the end of the beer as the vanilla backs off. A pleasant hop dryness settles in toward the end of this brew. The chocolate presences lean toward a milk chocolate taste over the darkness that was found in the aroma.

Mouthfeel: A medium bodied lacing covers the palette. Not overly heavy but still makes the touch feel a bit heavy. The flavors linger but none outshine the other, creating a very balanced mouthfeel.

Overall: Pipeworks has continually impressed me. This was my favorite of what I've had so far. There is no doubt there is a ton of coffee and vanilla in this beer but at the same time does not have a gimmicky feel to it. I could drink this beer a lot, and I just might.

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Photo of Jagen
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours pitch black, as expected. the tiniest of white-brown head forming a very thing film on top. light lacing on the side. looks like a standard pretty stout. very opaque.

S - very nice, sweet chocolatey roast. cocoa...almost a slight dark fruit aroma.

T - very similar to smell. vanilla at the front with coffee overpowering at the end. this is really delicious. very complex, hard to describe. taste is a better version of the smell + more.

M - thick and viscous. coating. creamy.

O - very awesome, going to go back to the store and hope there is more.

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Photo of chanokokoro
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle marked Batch #66

Pours the darkest brown possible capped with a bone white fluffy head. Good retention and some lacing. Big roasted espresso, light vanilla, and roasted malt on the nose. Opens with roasted coffee, hints of charred malt, creamy milk chocolate and light vanilla. Finishes with some lightly sweet vanilla cream and bitter coffee. Full bodied and smooth. A good beer, but not as complex as the original Abduction. The base beer has a hard time fighting through the added ingredients here. Am I getting burnt out on coffee stouts with the occassional vanilla bean addition? Possibly...

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Photo of sleuthdog
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch #74 poured into Bruery tulip

Pour: Black with no light penetration. Head maybe 1/4 finger size and beige-light brown. Surface appears as though like an oil slick.

Smell: Fresh ground coffee with a hint of vanilla. Bitter chocolate, caramel, but the coffee is where its at as it dominate the smell in a great way.

Taste: One of the best up front clean tasting coffee stouts I have ever had. Again this one is all about the coffee. Very rich almost gourmet tasting coffee with vanilla, cocoa, some caramel sweetness. Vanilla is present as a great compliment to the coffee. This is one rich tasting imperial coffee stout.

Mouthfeel: More so on the heavy side with some mild carbonation. A slick, oily beer that coats the entire mouth with coffee goodness. I actually think a bit more carbonation would be nice but just a touch and this is actually picking it apart.

Overall: If you do not enjoy coffee do not, I repeat do not try this beer. It does not disappoint as a coffee forward stout. Outstanding clean, fresh tasting coffee in this one. Really well done Pipeworks! You guys have done it again!

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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.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, batch 72 with green wax, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours black with a thin khaki head, some spotty lacing.

S- Very fresh, pungent coffee bean aroma, dark chocolate, roasted malt and mild fruit are also present, but the coffee definitely dominates the aroma.

T- Starts out with huge bittersweet coffee flavor, very fresh and earthy coffee bean flavors. There's also a nice amount of dark chocolate and vanilla, some hints of fruit and some roasted grain. The coffee flavor on this is really, really awesome.

M- Medium-full body, smooth, creamy feel with moderate carbonation.

O- Awesome stuff, this is seriously one of the best coffee stouts around, easily up there with Peche Mortel / Beer Geek, the coffee flavors are huge and vibrant and work well with Abduction, another great beer from Pipeworks.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into founders snifter.

Very weak head... Perhaps 1/4 finger managed to bubble up before disposing into a collar with a slight oil slick film in the middle. Very dark body, looks much less viscous than the regular Abduction-- which is certainly a good thing.

Lots of bitter cocoa, some sweet malt, big roasty notes, and coffee. The beer is MUCH better than the regular version. The body has thinned out from the non-coffee version, and the coffee adds a great element to the flavor profile.

This is quite well done. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of emyers
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #66. 22 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter.

Appearance: Black with a very thin beige head dissipating almost immediately into a thin lacing.

Smell: Freshly brewed coffee. Vanilla makes a strong appearance. More coffee. A bit of caramel, cocoa, and a very slight touch of citrus hops. And more coffee. This is really all about the coffee, and it's damn good.

Taste: Wow. Intense, rich coffee flavor up front. One of the best pure coffee flavors I've ever experienced in a beer. Definitely vanilla in there along with caramel and some cocoa. Again, this is all about the coffee. And it's flat out incredible.

Mouthfeel: Heavy-bodied, medium carbonation. My only complaint with this beer is the carbonation level - I feel a lower carbonation level could be magical, but it's a minor complaint.

Overall: Phenomenal. Flat out phenomenal. If you're looking for a coffee stout that will punch you in the mouth with coffee, look no further.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch 66

A - Near black with a thin mocha head and stringy, wispy lacing everywhere.

S - Big coffee, milk sugar and vanilla aroma. Roasted malt & milk chocolate. Very appealing.

T - Strong coffee and vanilla. Bitter dark chocolate, roasted malts with maybe a touch of char and creme brulee. The vanilla makes it seem fairly sweet but the roast and bitter chocolate balance it somewhat.

M - Thick and fully bodied with lower carbonation. Creamy.

D - Very tasty. A great dessert beer. Nice combo of coffee and vanilla.

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Coffee Break Abduction from Pipeworks Brewing Company
4.13 out of 5 based on 893 ratings.
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