Raspberry Truffle Abduction
Pipeworks Brewing Company

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #720
Ranked #2,106
4.17 | pDev: 9.35%
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
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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Reviews: 63 | Ratings: 658
Photo of KFBR392
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours above average heavily bodied with some dark red accents on a dark color. Head is a tan darkness that got to about half a finger at most. No lacing, heavily drags down the glass. Low carbonation.

Smell: Some dark chocolate accents with faint raspberry presence. Smokey maltness with some chewy molasses. Overall the aroma is very subdued.

Taste: The raspberries jump out on the front of this brew. Very well done, some sweetness without losing the characteristics of an imperial stout. The middle is a medium bodied very smooth sticky molasses and dark chocolate kiss. Some roasted coffee accents hit toward the end of the body and carry through to the aftertaste. A sticky malty aftertaste lingers in a very traditional imperial stout flavor. The sweetness/bitterness of this stout comes off a little on the red wine level. Overall, I could use a little more character here, a lot going on but nothing is on an elite level.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly drinkable, medium body makes it go down very smooth.

Overall: I enjoyed the regular abduction and coffee break abduction more then this one, but I am definitely glad I got to try this one. I think this beer struggles to really identify itself as a flavored stout or a more traditional stout. Props to Pipeworks for being such a young brewery that is willing to try some unique things.

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4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to MCain04 for this one. I enjoyed the Coffee Break Abduction quite a bit, so when I heard about the Raspberry Truffle, I had to try and get my hands on some. Did a back-to-back with this and Lindley Park with Mike. This one pours a deep and dark brown color out of the bottle, appearing almost completely black when grouped together in the glass. A dark-ish tan head slowly grows on the pour and is easy to conjure up just by swirling it around a bit.

The aroma is pretty solid right from the start - lots of roasted malts to lay out the foundation. I can definitely draw similarities between this beer and the Coffee Break Abduction after just one whiff. Chocolate and cocoa nibs are strongly reinforced with a blanket of sweet raspberries. The raspberry character is light and mellow at first, but it becomes evermore dominant as the beer gets warmer. It smells pretty robust once it has the chance to warm up a bit, too - lightly boozy without being overpoweringly so.

After one sip, there's no mistaking the raspberry character at all. The first thing I get is a nice handful of boozy raspberry. Fields of roasted malts and light cocoa beans stand behind the raspberry and give it a solid base with which to build upon. A second or two after taking the sip, the raspberry your palate with a slight tartness; not quite sour, not quite sweet. Just a solid level of tart. It quickly transitions into an almost juicy sweetness which meshes well with the chocolate and roast, but some more mild tartness makes it's way back into the finish. The aftertaste is also full of dark, DARK-ass chocolate, raspberry jam, and a tiny bit of molasses. Body is thinner than I would expect, lightly sticky and slick with less than average carbonation.

Pretty damn good raspberry stout. It's hard to mesh roasty flavors and fruity flavors elegantly, but Pipeworks pulled it off here. The best thing about this is how easy it is to drink, especially considering the 10.5% ABV. Goes down like a champ with a nice and fresh raspberry tartness.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color with a noticeable red hue on the edges. Small brown head.

I just love the aroma. I'm a huge fan of chocolate raspberry desserts and this nails it. The raspberry scent is slightly jammy and the chocolate sweet. I'll admit it's two dimensional, but the aroma is huge.

Tart and bitter play well of each other. Raspberry truffle is right. Nice roast flavor to go along.

Mouthfeel was a tad light, but still smooth.

I thought this was a great beer and can't wait for them to bottle it again, if they do.

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Photo of Duff27
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Short head reveals a mocha cap and collar. Dark brown/black body.

Raspberries come out in the nose as it warms. Perhaps some milk chocolate.

Good raspberry taste, very little chocolate. Heightened hop presence for a stout. Would guess around 11%abv.

Medium mouthfeel, high carbonation for the style.

Reminiscent of Lindley Park to me. Thanks egrace84!

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Photo of Rainblows
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into a Pipeworks tulip. Dark almost black pour with a reddish ruby like gleam in the light, good finger of an off white (grayish, almost purple hued) head forms and quickly diminishes.
Smell is roast chocolate and coffee in the forefront followed by sweet raspberry.
Taste is roasted coffee and chocolate followed by sharp, tart raspberry with some lingering roasted notes and sweetness. Want more integration of the chocolate and raspberry notes, less coffee and tartness. Thinking just a little age will help the flavors in this mellow and blend.
Mouthfeel is slightly thin, want more a bit more viscosity from the raspberry. Decent carbonation level. Again, some age might be all that's needed to get this where it wants to be.

Paired with a homemade cheesecake & blueberry sauce :)
Overall, impressed yet again by Pipeworks & think this is a solid first batch. Going to sit on a bottle and try it again in a few months to a year.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.51/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by leftyhyzer

A - Dark chocolate brown with milk chocolate head that sits on the sides of the glass.

S - Roasted chocolate with slight burnt malt. There is only a slight raspberry presence to it as not much comes through.

T - Milk chocolate up front with a roasted dark chocolate and espresso. There is also a slightly smoky malt presence to it. The raspberry comes through in the middle to give is a slight tart and fruity aspect to it. The roasty and chocolate aspects are definitely the main aspect as you only get a light hint of the raspberry.

M - Medium body with light syrupiness to it. The finish is slight bitter coffee astringency

O - Overall a decent raspberry stout but there is not as much raspberry as I was hoping for. The smoky and roasted aspects of it really take over and prevent the raspberry from shining through.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a tulip when the party started to turn towards debauchery.

A - A finger-plus of tan foam settles to a thick collar, wisps, and minimal lacing. Very dark brown body.

S - As you'd expect, there is a good dose of chocolate and raspberry jam, but there's also an odd peanut butter note that gives this a Reese's kind of vibe. Roasted grains, light anise, some mild savory truffle, and sugary Tootsie Pop vibe as well.

T - The taste has a little more in the way of raspberry to it, with roast and anise mid-palate before moving to a dark chocolate finish. Loses the odd peanut butter cup vibe to it (which I actually liked), but pops a bit less as well.

M - Smooth, medium-full body, lower carbonation, silky smooth, with minimal alcohol warmth. Much mellower and creamier than regular Abduction.

D - Good stuff, and probably the best Abduction variant I've had so far. I wasn't a big fan of the base beer, and here the raspberry and chocolate helps blunt the flavors I found off-putting. We had no problem drinking the whole 750ml bottle.

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

750 ml waxed bottle served in a Pipeworks snifter. Batch #94.

A: Pours a dark black color with a light khaki head forming on the pour. It recedes quickly to a thin, bubbly ring. Soapy looking lace is left down the glass.

S: Rich dark chocolate with a great blast of raspberry jam. Very sweet and fruity. Faint fruity yeasty in the background that's reminiscent of regular Abduction. A little roasted malt with some milk chocolate.

T: Tart raspberry jam. There's a rich sweetness with a faint tart aspect to it. Dark chocolate engulfs the raspberry flavor profile and is complimented by a light roasted malt. The base Abduction is there with the normal dark fruit yeast and accompanying chocolaty tootsie roll.

M: Heavier bodied with a silky and oily mouthfeel. Medium low carbonation with a sweet and tart raspberry finish. Very rich and creamy as well. Highly drinkable.

O: I'm glad this has a tart aspect to it with out being sour. Fruit and chocolate go really well together and Pipeworks fucking nailed it. Decadent and rich, this is a win in my book. I actually like the bottled version more than the tap version I had at this years Stout Fest. Booze is very well hidden and it makes for a very drinkable beer.

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4.93/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in Tulip glass from my brother in law's house

Appearance is dark thick with a hint of purple

Smell is fruity tart with hints of chocolate

Taste is tart upfront with more chocolate as it warms. It is amazing!

Mouthfeel is a little thick but not too thick. No burn what so ever. Just a little carbonation. Just really balanced.

Overall I love this beer! By far the best of the Abduction series. Pipeworks really did this beer perfectly. I love Bramble Rye but thought this was just as good if not better. If you can get it, I'd suggest let it warm up just a little bit from taking it out of the fridge.

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Photo of emerge077
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours placidly into a tulip glass, black with a significant buildup of tan foam and subsequent rings of lace forming in the glass. Smattering of a skim across the surface as well.

Chocolate aroma, sweet milk chocolate, not a whole lot of distinctive fruit in the nose. Some light ashy roast, seemingly dry when swirled.

Raspberry is present in the flavor, though it's fairly subdued and second to the big roasty base stout of Abduction. Some dry bakers chocolate emerges in the long lingering aftertaste. Raspberry tootsie-pop flashed across my frontal cortex. Body is full and somewhat chewy, (meaning it makes your mouth go through the motions of chewing, in case you're dim-witted enough to start a thread about it). Not sweet at all, the raspberry is an accent and compliment to Abduction, though it's mellow and not a wildy different variation.

Love the bottle art (heavy Communion/Whitley Strieber vibes), and look forward to future batches.

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Photo of emyers
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch 94. 750 ml bottle poured into a Founders snifter.

Appearance: Pours black with a very thin light brown head dissipating quickly into a thin lacing.

Smell: Well, raspberry truffles. It pretty much nails the smell - sweet, tart raspberries swallowed in dark chocolate.

Taste: Delicious. It really does taste like a raspberry truffle - and boy do I love raspberry truffles. Raspberries and dark chocolate, which are both very strong flavors yet very well balanced - the fruit and the roast complement rather than oppose (which is a flaw I've seen a lot in fruit stouts). It's not a particularly complex flavor profile, but it's damn delicious. No alcohol heat. Fruit is more on the tart side than sweet, which I feel is an important plus.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. A hint of tartness lingers from the raspberries (very subtle). Carbonation is quite low, which adds even more to the smoothness.

Overall: I have not been particularly impressed by any fruit stouts I've had before this beer. They tend to have an awkward clash between sweet and tart fruit and roasted malt. This one, however, is perfectly executed. The raspberry is very apparent, but complements the roasted malt base as opposed to clashing with it.

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4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A - pours dark with little head

S - raspberries, tart, sweet, roasty, chocolate, slight hop presence.

T - smooth, chocolate cake with raspberry filling, nice sour/tart taste mixed with velvety chocolate, roasted malt, a bit of coffee

M - thin. Thinner than expected as this beer envokes thoughts of Lindley Park and Cherry Rye so I guess I was expecting a thicker, fuller body and mouthfeel. But thats not a bad thing, it stays true to Coffee Break and regular Abduction.

O - this is a very good beer. As mentioned it reminds me of Cherry Rye or Lindly Park; it has a nice fruity tartness and a nice chocolately stout. I really like the truffle aspect as it lends a slightly different creamy chocolatiness than just roasted malts alone.

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4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Pipeworks snifter.

A- pours black with a 2" mocha head. Big blotches and trails of lacing.

S- chocolate, coffee, pine and big raspberry juice notes.

T- roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, sweet raspberries, and bitter pine finish.

M- medium body and carbonation. Lighter feel, drinks very easy.

O- nice first batch of this. Love the raspberry flavor and aromas. Thicker mouthfeel would make this a amazing beer.

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Raspberry Truffle Abduction from Pipeworks Brewing Company
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