Raspberry Truffle Abduction
Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #773
ABV:
10.5%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,149
Avg:
4.17 | pDev: 9.35%
Reviews:
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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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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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Photo of BMMillsy
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml shared at the Swamp Head Bottle Drop. Pours dark brown to black with a small khaki head. Aroma is huge chocolate covered raspberries, really nice, with just a hint of roast. Flavor follows as expected with big raspberry flavor, some dark chocolate, and more raspberry. This almost drinks like a fruit beer with a little extra heft. Not too sweet, and tastes like raspberries rather than cough syrup, but just touches the border onto the medicinal side. Very very sweet nonetheless. Medium plus body, adequate carbonation. Don’t need much of this to get the gist, and definitely one to share. Very glad I got a chance to try it.

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

750ml bottle into a snifter

dark black pour with a slight whitish head. smell is huge on raspberries with a tad of smokiness. taste has a ton of raspberry flavor even after about a year, and is very smooth especially for the ABV. there is some chocolate thrown in at the back end as well. body is not that thick but not too thin either, hard to get a huge body with no barrel. carbonation is mild and appropriate.

overall probably the best fruit abduction...not world class or anything though.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.35/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pour is dark brown, almost black with a bubbly light brown head. Nose is heavy raspberry purée. A hint of roasted malt and chocolate but not much else and dominated by raspberries. Taste has a bit more malt, still loads of raspberry. Hint of chocolate, and roasted ashy malt. Body is creamy, light carbonation and medium body. Sweet towards the back and lingers through the finish.

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Photo of bcerv-ca
4.73/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Not sure when this was bottled, but handwritten batch# 120 (any help on the bottling date would be much appreciated).

Pours midnight black. The edges have a beautiful black-purple flow. Dark brown head also has a purple hue.

Smells like a bag full of raspberry tootsie pops. Backed by dark chocolate.

Tastes like a tart raspberry tootsie pop. Raspberry is not as prominent on the palate as on the nose. Also get hints of milk chocolate, like a milk stout.

Mouthfeel is creamy and slightly sour at the same time. Good carbonation helps keep beer from being too oily or sticky.

This is a must try if you enjoy stout variants. If/when it is released again I will abducting some from Chicagoland.

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Photo of jscheuf
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I Fucking Love this beer. Insane amounts of chocolate with rasberry tartness to round out the flavors.
I still think the cherry is fantastic but this is defiantly my favorite out of the abductions so far
Defiantly an after dinner dessert beer! Enjoy with good friends

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Photo of Beerisheaven
3.71/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cracked open a bottle in advance of the upcoming snow storm. Another of the Abduction series from Pipeworks.

A-pours dark brown with a fairly modest head that settles quickly into the glass. Slightly oily.

S-T - Fits the profile of the flavor abductions in that you have to search long and far for the flavor. It is there like a piece of chocolate that has some fruit background but the base abduction dominates with only a slight hint of raspberry behind it.

M- Not overly thick, decent but not noteworthy.

O - I have had all of these and by far the best is the coffee. Given the popularity of the flavor ones, I would not search out and trade much for them. They need to figure out what they want from these beers. Not saying they need to be fruit bombs, but they need to consider some recipe change to take them to the next level.

Cool bottle artwork, but when that might be the best part of the beer, probably tells you something.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle of the most recent batch. Don't remember the batch number, but its definitely in the last 2 months or so. Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 11/2/2013.

Pours a standard imperial stout, looks just like Abduction except its a bit more effervescent and foamy. Dark black body, opaque with a nice dark mocha head, good retention.

Smells quite tart- I wasn't sure at first if it was infected or not, but I think its just that chocolate covered raspberry character. Smells somewhat sweet, tart with a bit of underlying roast sweetness.

I'm not a fan of how this actually integrates into the flavour profile. Its dark chocolate with a non-descript fruit flavour that borders on the verge of buttery and thin. I think this is what Pipeworks intended, but it just doesn't do it for me.

Medium bodied, on the thinner side. A bit watery. OK carbonation. Smooth and silky and not that hard to drink. Got a bit of fruity dark chocolate on the back end which is nice.

Its just not my jam, to be honest. Orange Truffle was a lot better in how the orange zest complemented the base imperial stout. This one is what its purported to be- chocolate covered raspberries- but it kind of suffers in the flavour and mouthfeel for that reason.

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Photo of cvm4
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch #181

A - Pours pretty black, doesn't seem "thick" and has a tan two finger head to it.

S - Raspberries are prominent with powdered cocoa on the backend.

T - Raspberries are tart and to the front at first. Followed by a healthy dose of cocoa. It's not complex, but the flavors are well melded together and definitely work.

M - Light bodied for a stout with low carbonation. Has a wet finish to it.

O - Like I said, it's not complex. But, it's very fruity with the raspberries. For a guy who likes sours, this stout really hits the spot for me.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch # 181

Pours very black and a noteworthy head.

Definite raspberry aromas with nuances of cocoa.

Taste is fruit tarty raspberry and chocolate. The taste of raspberry is very genuine and delicious.

Not thick at all but leans towards the lighter side with mild carbonation lingering around.

Not complex if your looking for more. It is exactly what it says it is. Quality product put forward and might I add--noteworthy!

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Photo of portia99
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml waxed bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A - Pours a mostly opaque body that shows brown highlights around the edges. A finger of foam sits on top for a short time and falls leaving a medium collar and light lacing on the glass.

S - Raspberries are noticeable up front over the top of cocoa powder. Not really all that complex, but what is there does smell really nice.

T - Tart and fruity raspberry flavor with some roasted malt flavors and cocoa powder. Again, nice if not very complex.

M - A touch thin in body only managing a light/medium level. Lower carbonation level that just shows some life to the beer. Dry and powdery feeling.

O - Good...not great. Fruity and berry filled in aroma and flavor. Chocolatey and cocoa-y. Not much complexity. This is nice, but really pretty lacking in dimension in both aroma and flavor. Enjoyable, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get this again.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to snifter. Batch #117.

A - Deep black with a thin layer of light brown head.

S - Intense roast aroma with semi-sweet chocolate and a nice fresh raspberry aroma.

T - Raspberry comes to the forefront in the palate without tasting artificial or jam-like as many raspberry beers tend to turn out. Cocoa and roast play secondary roles with a bitter finish that helps to balance out the sweetness.

M - Medium to full body. Light carbonation.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into a Darkness snifter bottle number 182 out of ?

A- Pours a pitch black color, no light gets through whatsoever. One finger brown head, dissipates to a think brown ring around the glass. Lacing is very sticky, coats the glass.
S- The aroma is very nice, cocoa, chocolate upfront, slight roast, the raspberries come out as it warms up, really like the fruit notes combined with the cocoa roast.
T- The taste is really nice as well, chocolatey sweetness upfront, the raspberries are subtle but are present in the back end. Roasty bitterness as it goes down, pretty rich.
M- Big mouthfeel, coats your palate, smooth as it goes down, and filling. The alcohol is no where to be seen. Dry finish.
O- Im very impressed with this beer. My first pipe works beer wish i would of grabbed more while i was in Chicago, love he chocolate and raspberry in this stout, great dessert beer.

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Photo of MCain04
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Waxed 750ml bottle from 4/30/13, served about 50 degrees into Half Acre snifter.

Dark walnut body with a thin light cream head which dissolves quickly, riming retention around the periphery of the glass.

Heavy roast with alcohol on the nose, some earthiness, raspberry is surprisingly subdued.

Flavor is much heavier on the raspberry and is present from start to finish. No sour overtones which is nice. Roasty chocolate character lends itself well to the raspberry notes. Not as hot as I would have expected. The truffle is pretty subdued but is present in some earthiness which is present. Definitely enjoying this.

John: "straight raspberry up the asshole on this." He is really drunk at this point.

Mouthfeel is fuller than the first release of this which is an improvement. Still medium-full body though and could be fuller. Carbonation is medium and pretty appropriate. Sticky finish.

Overall, I enjoy this and am very glad to have tried it. It could be better, but is great as it is.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with a nice khaki head. Good surface wisps and a thick collar.

Smell - Raspberry and dark chocolate. Slight tang to it. Cuts the sweetness.

Taste - Dark chocolate. Lots of well incorporated raspberry. Bitter coffee roasted malts. Not as sweet.

Mouthfeel - Not as viscous as the others. Roasted and the burnt character comes out more.

Overall - I enjoy this more than the others. The raspberry cuts a lot of the sweetness and helps round out the flavor.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick black with a 1.5 finger tan head that has great retention. Very faint red hue when holding it up to light.

Nose is like candy. Tart fresh raspberrys with loads of dark chocolate. Dark malt adds to the sweetness. Smells incredibally balanced, like dessert in a glass.

Wow taste is unbeleivable. Even more raspberry and chocolate in the taste. It would be like drinking dessert if the tartness from the raspberry didn't balance it out perfectly. Subtle Mild roast malt in the finish ties it all together.

Mouthfeel is great perfect amount of thickness and carbonation with a tart feel that evens everything out.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle (1 pint 9.4 fl oz.) batch #182 handwritten on the bottle. Super stoked to have gotten a bottle of this finally. Expectations are high based on Pipeworks Brewing Co.'s reputation for great beers, and since I loved the Pipeworks Coffee Break Abduction.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours two and a half fingers of beautiful mocha colored froth for a head. Body color is an opaque black; no light shines through. Looks pretty sexy. Some nice thin stringy lacing.

S - Smell is pretty promising also. Deep dark creamy chocolate, and tart juicy natural raspberries. A simple aroma, but hits it's mark indefinitely.

T - Taste follows the nose: silky milk chocolate, tart juicy chocolate covered raspberry, some powdery cocoa, and some warming alcohol presence on the finish. The authentic raspberry - chocolate combination is truly delicious.

M - Feel is silky smooth, a bit dry, with some lingering raspberry tartness and a hint of alcohol warmth.

Overall, while it might not be as ridiculously complex and amazing as Pipeworks Coffee Break Abduction, this beer is good enough to stand on it's own. Delicious natural raspberry smell and taste is nice, maybe even on par with Founders Rübæus, and is complimented so very well by the creamy milk chocolate. Another winner from Pipeworks; it seems these guys can do no wrong. I can't wait to try Pipeworks Orange Truffle Abduction.

Pipeworks Raspberry Truffle Abduction ---4.5/5

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Photo of timc100
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch 181

A: Dark brown with a ruby hue. Sits like midnight in a glass with a beautiful mocha head - incredibly cream, leaves an enticing full film on the sides of the glass.

S: More-tart-than-sweet natural and fresh raspberry jam dominates the foreground along with lush milk chocolate sweetness and dark chocolate bitterness, fresh roasted coffee beans in the background. The more it warms up to room temp the more complex the raspberry becomes, a greater variety of fruit appears - light orange and blueberry

T: Very fresh tart raspberry, some sweetness as well. It's a very natural fruit flavoring. Some bitter dark chocolate and rich milk chocolate, roast, and very subtle coffee. Less complex than the aroma.

P: Fuller side of medium, very creamy, velvety carbonation.

O: A much improved batch from 94. I am not the biggest fan of fruit infused beer, but this was done excellently. The raspberry was very dominate but it was fresh and natural tasting, and more tart than sweet.

Batch 94

A: Pours like regular abduction with a dark red hue. Sits pitch black in the glass with a nice, dark mocha head. Looks delicious

S: Big roasted coffee beans, dark bakers chocolate, smooth and sweet milk chocolate with a little bit of raspberry jam sweetness. Not nearly as raspberry forward as I had expected, but a nice nuance for sure.

T: Much like the nose. The base beer is almost completely dominant until the end when a big, sweet, jammy wave of raspberry comes through with a tart kick. There is more sweet milk chocolate and deeper dark chocolate than the base which pairs well with the raspberry. For my tastes, the raspberry is too jammy than tart.

P: Medium body - thinner and smaller than a 10.5 imperial stout ought to be, but it doesn't detract from the taste much at all. However, I think a more viscous body would have rounded out the beer overall

O: Very interesting varient. This was their first batch and I am certain it will get much better the more they toy around with the recipe.

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Photo of Powderhornphil
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Black and slick. Khaki head two fingers from a moderate pour. Little lacing.

S- tart raspberry is most prominant. You have really got to get your nose in there but some chocolate is present. Perhaps some earthy hop notes.

T - Again raspberry is most prominant. Followed by bitter dark chocolates. Nice enough but really not finding it all that complex beyond the two flavors mentioned.

M- O- Comes across as sticky and sweet. Medium body with carbonation on the lower side. Enjoyable but would not seek out as it is not available in my market.

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Photo of KDawg
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark brown color with a foamy head.

Jam packed with rich and deep aromas of raspberries, truffles, black berries, malts, and some espresso beans.

Full bodied and very smooth with deep and rich notes of raspberries, malts, espresso beans, and truffles.

This is a really damn good imperial stout. There is a lot of depth on this and it holds everything really well. It's big without being overdone or too rich.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black, brown finger of head, very murky, bits of brown lace. Aroma is very chocolaty, with slight raspberry fruitiness, coffee backing, roast, light smoke. Chocolate taste, bitter finish, though I think that's the cacao. Raspberry adds a fruity layer, balances nicely. Body is full, rich and silky. Not much to complain about.

Hard to say whether I liked this better than coffee break...but it's delicious!

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, Batch 117
Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip

A: Pitch black in color. Lower carbonation. Basically a collar of light tan. Some lacing bits.

S: Smells of raspberry for sure. Dark chocolate. Not roasty at all. Sweet bomb, but I like it.

T: Really interesting brew. Really forward raspberry flavor. Covers up any roast. Dark cocoa and raspberry. Creamy. Finish is dry. Lingering flavors.

M: Full bodied. Creamy.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is dark but not opaque brown head that leaves minimal retention and lacing. The nose is somewhat acidic with notes of tart raspberry up front followed by heavy cacao notes. Taste has a strong raspberry presence up front with bitter chocolate to follow and some remnants of berry on the finish. Mouthfeel is big with a touch of stickiness and moderate carbonation. Overall' a tasty fruited imperial stout with nice essence of raspberry. I wish the chocolate played a bigger role here, but that is just ersonal preference.

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Photo of tut2528
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: typical black stout body, it creates about 1 fingers worth of dark mocha colored head formation. lacing was present and a couple of swirls gets the head to rise again. nothing really out of the ordinary here

S: massive chocolate characters right up front assaults the nose. this is complimented by a nice robust coffee note and the raspberry tartness is also present. lacks complexity, but it smells amazing.

T: the chocolate is much more tamed here when compared to the nose. raspberries come out and are the big player here. their tartness is quite nice and is fairly well balanced with the chocolate and coffee grounds.

M: this is where the brew is slightly disappointing. its much to thin in my opinion. but it leaves a nice tartness on the palate with an ever so touch of bitter dark chocolate.

O: nice beer all the way around, and it would be amazing if I was able to pair this with some type of chocolate covered oranges, or chocolate covered fruit. i really enjoyed the aroma on this one, just wish the body was a bit heavier

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Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 659 ratings