Raspberry Truffle Abduction | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Humans. Dear sweet, sweet, precious humans, with all of your hopes and dreams and fears, and blah blah blah. Enough of your earthly babble. We've come for your rich, velvety, Raspberry Truffle Abduction Imperial Stout. It's so luscious, and brewed with so many raspberries, and cacao, and vanilla...we have found nothing like it on any other planet...WHICH IS WHY WE MUST GET ALL OF YOURS. End alien transmission.

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Reviews: 62 | Ratings: 657
Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into glass. No bottling date information found.
Black colored body, with a thin edge of dark brown back lit highlights. One finger tan, creamy head, sticks around but provides a bubbly reduction show as the thickness dissipates. Leaves behind a sheet of lacing on the glass.
Aroma has a combination of dark roasted malts and bright raspberry, with a touch of chocolate.
Taste is dark roasted malts and dark fruit raspberry, with a addition of chocolate and vanilla. Minimal bitterness.
Very creamy mouth feel, medium plus weight. As label describes, this has velvet qualities.
A delicious sipper, that delivers dark notes, plus the raspberry fruit and the chocolate.

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Photo of tigg924
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque, jet black in color with minimal head. Taste is chocolate syrup, raspberry, baker's chocolate, and vanilla on the finish. Heavy bodied, sweet, roasty, and low carbonation. Makes for a really good, raspberry forward stout. One of the better Abductions. Would get this again

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Photo of GrumpyGas
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (only date I can find is a ©2018) poured into a tulip glass shows a dense, opaque, beep dark brown with a ruddy tint at the edges. A light cocoa colored whisp of bubbles floats in islands and spotted lacing falls slowly back to the body.

Aroma is dominated by tart berry, chocolate and vanilla join with warmth. Underlying hints of brown sugar, roast malt, and something I don't want to call rubber band float underneath and add complexity.

Flavor is again raspberry tart dominant and is joined by dark chocolate, cocoa, an unidentified roastiness, molasses, and vanilla.

Mouthfeel is not quite tongue coating, but it does have the creaminess I expect. The finish is clean with no lingering aftertaste.

Overall a very nice fruited stout to finish a even an everyday meal.

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Photo of beerguy04
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a coffee black, with a thin tan lacing on tap. No real head. Smell is roasted coffee with faint smell of raspberries. Taste is of coffee and chocolate with a soft raspberry aftertaste. Mouthfeel is lighter for a stout making it easy to drink. Overall, another good one from Pipeworks.

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Photo of darktronica
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Fresh bomber from a new batch. Pours moderately thick and nearly black, with a thin layer of cocoa-powder head that quickly dissipates. Lightly sweet fruit notes on the nose, with more chocolate rising to the surface as it approaches room temperature. The raspberry truffle is really apparent on the initial swig, with a jammy presence on the tongue that is great if you're into that sort of thing. I dig it.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint from the bottle.

Appearance: Super dark brown-black body. Head is dark tan rising just over a finger's length off the body with medium bubbles.

Smell: Sweet warm brown sugar.

Taste: Sweet complex and heavy dose of fruit. You taste molasses and vanilla with a definite note of raspberries or cherries.

Mouth: Syrupy and soft caramel....very sticky. Carbonation is just right and light coffee after feel.

Overall: Good brew. Might

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Photo of superspak
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big juicy and lightly tart/tangy raspberries, fruit skin, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, cream, fudge, and dark/brown bread; with light notes of coffee, molasses, and smoke. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, raspberries, cocoa, and vanilla notes; with great strength. Taste of big juicy and lightly tart/tangy raspberries, fruit skin, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, cream, fudge, and dark/brown bread; with light notes of coffee, molasses, and smoke. Mild herbal/roast bitterness and fruit tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of raspberries, fruit skin, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, cream, fudge, dark/brown bread, and light coffee/molasses/smoke on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, raspberries, cocoa, and vanilla flavors; with a nice roasted bitter/sweet and tart/tangy fruit balance; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Very slight dryness from roast bitterness and tart/tangy fruit. Medium carbonation and full body; with a very smooth, creamy, silky, velvety, and rich mouthfeel that is fantastic. Slight slickness, chalky roast, and fruit tang/acids. Zero warming alcohol for 10.5%. Overall this is an outstanding fruit imperial milk stout! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, raspberries, cocoa, and vanilla flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV. I am a big fan of fruit stouts. Not as much raspberry as I expected vs some others I've had, but still plenty enough. Very rich and spot on base imperial milk stout, with complementing tart/tangy fruit presence. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of metter98
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is very close to being jet black in color; only traces of dark red are visible near the edges of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a light beige head.
S: Moderate aromas of raspberries and chocolate are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has balanced flavors of raspberries and chocolate.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is like a liquid dessert—it's almost like biting into a chocolate that is filled with raspberry filling on the inside.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

These abduction beers are good overall, though seem to be lacking a bit in mouthfeel and don't have some of the roast character I like to see in a stout. This one may be my favorite, the raspberry is nice.

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Photo of Gambyt20
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Definitely my favorite of the pipework abduction collection that I have had so far. Very well balance stout and taste like a chocolate covered raspberries melded into a robust stout.

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Photo of amano_h
4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pungent bouquet of dried raspberries on the nose. Hints of chocolate and balance out some of the tart fruity raspberries undertones and reminds you that the raspberry infused drink you're about to enjoy is not a framboise.

Pipeworks delivers again; raspberries and rich truffle chocolate are the dominant sensations on the palate, with chocolate overpowering the raspberry as it would in real life. Roasty, slightly nutty, with a bit of tart tangy raspberry toward the end.

Medium-bodied, nice creamy mouthfeel as you would expect from any respectable brewing company, with gentle tongue-tickling carbonation; the bottle gushed slightly at first due to being close to room temp and being shook nine ways from Monday on the plane, and smelled a bit sour-ish coming out of the bottle which made me think "infection!" but turned out it was just the raspberries.

Absolutely loving the "what you see is what you get" concept as usual from Pipeworks; now I'm really curious about their other Abduction series offerings...

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Loved this beer. So, so very delicious. Flavored beers can be hit or miss, but this one is perfect. The raspberry tastes like real raspberry and it does not over power the beer itself. Excellent overall

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

Poured into 12 oz Pipeworks NvU snifter. Dark, very light reddish head on edges of glass. Get the usual chocolate stout notes I always get from the Abduction series. Fruit also present on nose and taste, light mouthfeel and aftertaste. Another good experiment with their stouts.

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Photo of Roland7792
3.62/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Well brewed stout in terms of look and feel. Aroma is full of raspberry. Taste is overly sweet and raspberry with a chocolate finish. Too sweet for me but if you like pdub stouts and rasberry, you should give a try

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

Appearance - The beer was black with a modest tan head crowning the glass.

Smell - The nose is a pleasant wave of raspberry.

Taste - My initial impression is chocolate and seedy raspberry. The raspberry is fairly realistic. The raspberry does fade quickly, but leaves behind a chocolate coating

Mouthfeel - The carbonation level of on target for the style and allows the taste to linger.

Overall - This is probably my third favorite abduction behind mocha and coffee.

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Photo of mmmbeerNY
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall a good to great beer that is probably really great if you like tartness and raspberry flavor in your stout. Certainly a tasty stout that was a little more carbonated and tart then I would have liked but it did have a good raspberry flavor with a lighter bitter chocolate taste in the blend

If you are in Chicago, certainly a brewery to check out offerings from

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to @Kevinpitts for this Chicago gem.

Well I was excited to try my 2nd in the Abduction line from Pipeworks.

The pour was opaque and luscious. Dark, tempting, mahogany.

OOhhh the raspberry comes leaping out of the glass as the pour begins.

Taste, raspberry leads the charge. Tart, juicy raspberry. Hmm what else? More raspberry, a hint of sweet and roast, and...more raspberry. Now I love raspberry. One of my absolute favorites blended in strong ales. But, I'm still seeking chocolate. Where's the chocolaty truffle characteristics? Finishes with a tongue to pallet scraping of raspberry. MMmmmm raspberry.

The finish is more of the same, dominated by the raspberry tartness. Feel is medium weight, fine. But the raspberry even comes through in the "feel" of this one. Alcohol is not noticable.

Overall, I like it, but since it's called Raspberry Truffle Abduction, I would've liked a hint of chocolate. Still a damn good beer. Would gladly drink it again, but knowing i might not get any chocolate.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pipeworks Brewing Raspberry Truffle Abduction.

Poured from a bomber into my trusty CBS snifter. Served at cellar temp, and enjoyed by the fire on my patio.

A) A black colored brew as expected. The pour generated a big tan head. The head settled to a thin dusting. This has some legs.

S) Man am I loving the raspberry on the nose with this brew. I've always enjoyed the combination of raspberry and chocolate, and this brew is definitely bringing it.

T) As stated above.... This stout has such an incredible combination of raspberry and chocolate. The flavor reminds me of this candy bar I ate while walking around in Mannheim Germany. It's also worth noting the alcohol is amazingly well hidden.

M) Full bodied and smooth. If it were a tad thicker, I'd be fine with that, like say the mouthfeel of their Coffee Break Abduction. Love the raspberry aftertaste.

O) Absolutely loved this beer start to finish. I mean not the kind of love that a man has for their wife and kids, or even a professional football team, but the kind of love you have for a beer. If you enjoy raspberry and chocolate, you need to try this beer.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 22oz bomber in a trade with ksecler and poured into a stemmed tulip glass.

An amazingly smooth, tart, and fruity imperial stout. Pours midnight black with a fat fluffy tan head that lingers with decent lacing. Aroma is tart raspberry up front - you can tell they put a shit load in this beer - dark chocolate and just a hint of booze. Flavor is similar to the aroma - a lot of dark chocolate, nutty, toasted malt, with a big dose of tart raspberry that lingers on the palate. Hardly any trace of the high abv - as it warms you start to feel it though. Mouthfeel is soft and velvety, medium bodied, with a fairly dry finish. A great balance of flavors that layer one another perfectly. This would be so amazing barrel aged.......just sayin!

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%

A: porter-black ale with a couple of fingers of tan foam

S: dark roasty malt chocolates sparkling with bright berry notes

T: dark juicy berries pop right through; as you drink, smoother chocolaty flavors settle in; left impressions of creamy cocoa with bright red berries on top

M: smooth, almost light and fluffy; sparkle of tart berry on the tongue; no cloying sweetness at all; bittersweet chocolate is subtle...

O: an excellent stout - impossible not to enjoy - makes me think of what Bourbon County Bramble and Backyard Rye ales might taste like without the rye or bourbon...

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Photo of gangstafaceclay
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-Pours a very dark brown almost black with small tan head.

Smell- raspberry, chocolate, and roasted coffee.

Taste- tart chocolate covered raspberries, nice roasted coffee and some faint smokey and saltiness. I love the roastyness to this beer.

Mouthfeel-med-full bodied, silky and just enough carbonation.

Overall-another fantastic one by pipeworks. I really love this local brewery.

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Photo of sportstsar
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Bottled ordered online from Craft Beer Temple in Chicago. Poured into a snifter after being warmed up a few minutes. Batch #487-490

A: Pours dark brown but not quite black. Small ring of foam makes and appearance and then fades away.

S: First thing that hits you is an INTENSE raspberry smell. If I didn't know any better, I would have thought I was smelling a very fruited sour. After the initial rush passes, a more chocolatey aroma makes its presence known and sticks around.

T: Just the perfect balance between the raspberry and chocolate. Couldn't ask for anything more. Neither are overpowering. Super smooth.

M: Since it's not barrel aged, the mouthfeel is not that heavy. More roasty than bitter. Surprisingly easy to put down given the bold flavors in a 10.5% imperial stout.

O: This definitely exceeding expectations and might have been the best "fruited" stout I have ever tried. The raspberry and chocolate are there in just the right amounts and work in perfect harmony. My biggest problem with beers like this are that their components usually punch you square in the mouth, but this one is just a pleasure to drink all the way til the end.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark brown with a very noticeable raspberry red hue.

Smells heavy on the raspberry, easy on the chocolate.

Wow, this is something sweet to say the least. Lush chocolate paired with a refreshing tart bite from the plentiful raspberries.

Mouthfeel is thick, rich, and dessert like a perfect stout feel.

Overall, a little too sweet for my taste, but delicious either way.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer pours an opaque black body with a big bubble mat of cocoa colored head.

S- The fresh tart raspberries mix with an earthy rich chocolate malt aroma even during the pour.

T- The fresh bright tart raspberries leads to a mellow dark roasted malt flavor that grows as the beer opens. There is a dark cocoa flavor in the finish that has just a touch of sweetness to it. The berry tartness lingers for a moment with some raspberry leaf tea that could be just some soft hop character but adds another dimension.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slightly slippery texture and no real alcohol heat.

O- This beer has a great fresh raspberry flavor and some delicious chocolate flavor with no chocolate nougat character typical of beers with nibs added. Really balanced and easy to drink.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 3.26.14
Batch #94

A - Pours a dark brown with a fluffy light brown head that fades very slowly.

S - Lots of raspberry and chocolate malts.

T - Tons of raspberry through out, bitter-dry chocolate keeps it from being overly sweet.

D - Good carbonation with a heavy body.

O - Nice raspberry and not super sweet. Best of the series for me.

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