Raspberry Truffle Abduction
Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,161
Ranked #4,024
4.16 | pDev: 9.38%
Dec 02, 2020
Mar 07, 2013
Raspberry Truffle AbductionRaspberry Truffle Abduction
Notes: 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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4 by Jdells09 from New Jersey on Dec 02, 2020
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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by rex_4539 from Greece

L: Jet black color, minimal head and lacing, no visible carbonation.

S: Raspberry, chocolate, sweet.

T: Raspberry, chocolate, sweet, lots of alcohol. Very good.

F: Medium bodied, nicely flavored.

O: Good imperial stout from Pipeworks.

Nov 15, 2020
4.23 by ummswimmin from New Jersey on Dec 22, 2019
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4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey

Been looking for this for a while. It was simple serendipity that I found this. Hiding at the back of a top shelf in the notorious Cable Beverages in Rockland County, NY.

Poured a dark cola brown with sneaky red hues on the edges. Half a finger of khaki head. Swirling it around also creates this reddening effect in the foam. Weird. It's like a trick of the eye. Foam dissipates quickly with some mild lacing.

Smell is a lot of tart raspberry at first. Like a strong sour. Then followed up by dark chocolate. Some malt.

Taste is...interesting to say the least. The tart from the raspberry and the bitterness from the chocolate clash, no, battle for dominance on your pallet. Your taste buds become a war torn battleground and its a little off putting. But fortunately it rounds out the more you drink it. The raspberry calms down and gets sweeter and the dark chocolate becomes milder and more accommodating. It tastes like a chocolate jelly ring that you would find in a candy store. It's good but a tad linear. This would be good paired with something. By itself though it starts to lose its impact towards the end.

Fine bubbles and full body. Looked thinner on the pour but turned out to be a nice consistency.

Overall this is a well executed beer but it doesn't quite stand alone in my opinion. This would be great if consumed with a food that it could properly compliment.

Sep 15, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

From old, undated notes. Poured from the bottle.

Inky black liquid.

Dark khaki head; no lace.

Supple raspberry nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Strong raspberry flavor with a hint of dark chocolate. Tasty & bold.

Aug 15, 2019
4.26 by samEBC from Belgium on Jun 14, 2019
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4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

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.

Feb 03, 2019
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4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by tigg924 from Massachusetts

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

Jan 12, 2019
4.18 by MI_beerdrinker from Texas on Jan 07, 2019
4.09 by Bowers-Brew from Illinois on Jan 05, 2019
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4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by GrumpyGas from Illinois

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.

Nov 09, 2018
4.07 by RollDamnTide from Florida on Nov 04, 2018
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4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by beerguy04 from Illinois

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.

Nov 02, 2018
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4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by darktronica from Indiana

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.

Oct 24, 2018
4.47 by Diura from New York on Oct 21, 2018
3.83 by edthehead from New York on Jun 29, 2018
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4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by ScruffySouthpaw from New York

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

Apr 03, 2018
4.09 by TheGent from New Jersey on Feb 07, 2018
4.25 by paulish from New York on Feb 03, 2018
4 by petermethot from New Jersey on Jan 17, 2018
4.04 by RickyBfromCT from Connecticut on Jan 15, 2018
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4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by superspak from North Carolina

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.

Jan 13, 2018
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4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by metter98 from New York

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

Dec 03, 2017
4.21 by smithj4 from New York on Dec 03, 2017
4.12 by dbrauneis from North Carolina on Dec 03, 2017
3.83 by Bammer21 from Illinois on Nov 28, 2017
4.2 by elkinbrown from Tennessee on Nov 26, 2017
3.91 by BeerLover99 from Illinois on Nov 10, 2017
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3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

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.

Oct 17, 2017
3.95 by nmann08 from Virginia on Aug 27, 2017
4.06 by Gregf51 from Ohio on Jul 12, 2017
4.43 by MurphDog14 from Illinois on Jun 08, 2017
4.05 by Sammy from Canada (ON) on Apr 02, 2017
4.18 by Bunuelian from Minnesota on Mar 28, 2017
3.8 by skaboom420 from Pennsylvania on Mar 25, 2017
4.67 by kreg02 from Illinois on Jan 04, 2017
4.18 by chewy6935 from Michigan on Dec 28, 2016
4.16 by Thirstygoat from Illinois on Dec 18, 2016
4.24 by Zonian1 from Ohio on Oct 30, 2016
4.25 by Dicers from Colorado on Sep 25, 2016
Raspberry Truffle Abduction from Pipeworks Brewing Company
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