Orange Truffle Abduction
Pipeworks Brewing Company

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,963
Ranked #7,648
3.99 | pDev: 9.02%
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
Orange Truffle AbductionOrange Truffle Abduction
Notes: Earth, both rich and refreshing, the bright juices of your primordial civilizations quench even the coldest desires of deep space. Succumb and offer us the sweet orange flesh of your humanity and the chocolate longing of your young will. This batch is rich, and chocolatey with a delicate orange tang.
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Photo of GuyFawkes
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fall 2014 vintage; drank 11/21/14 @ the Yarchives.

Black/brown hue.

Dark tan head; decent lace.

Banana & fresh earth nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Banana, mild orange citrus & mocha flavors up front; this tastes like a fruit forward Belgian stout!

Candle wax & orange notes emerge as this warms, as does a mild booze heat.

Not as revelatory as I remembered, but certainly worth a quaff.

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GuyFawkes from Illinois, Jun 26, 2019
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3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2017 bottle consumed 12/10/17. Black pour with thin, fizzy head, no retention, no lacing. Nose of chocolate and vanilla. Taste bring a hint of orange that meshes well with the chocolate, slight booziness. Above average body and higher than expected carbonation.

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Photo of ccg
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Batch 547-550, bottled 2014-10-31.
There's a bit of head initially, but it quickly disappears, after which the only sign of carbonation is a few tiny bubbles around the edge. The bulk of the stout looks dark and heavy, but it is oddly watery-looking around the edges. There's no lacing, but the legs look gritty and sugary.
The smell is almost all chocolatey, roasty malt. There might be a hint of orange in the background, but it's subtle. Then again, this bottle is two years old, so the orange may have faded.
Flavor is similar. Bitter, dark chocolate. Roasted malt. Hint of smoke. Barely any orange.
Mouthfeel is probably the best part. It's soft and chewy.
It's not my favorite in the Abduction series, but it's a good stout. I don't know how often Pipeworks brews this variant, but if you find one, drink it fresh. It'll survive being cellared, but the extra time doesn't add anything.

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ccg from District of Columbia, Nov 14, 2016
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3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is ok, but probably my least favorite in the abduction series. The orange comes through on the nose and the finish, but I don't know if it pairs very well with the stout flavors.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Smell - The nose gives me the impressions of oranges, with a hint of chocolatey malts.

Taste - Bitter chocolate grabs my attention initially. The orange is drier and perhaps slightly sweet. Some may suggest this is like chocolate covered oranges. I do not think the orange has enough "umph". The finish is dry orange.

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

Overall - I love the abduction, but found this one a little weak in terms of the support band.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours of black with a light khaki colored head. Maybe a hint of citrus zest and orange liqueur. Not much chocolate. Dry and medium thin mouthfeel. Little bit of sweetness. Pretty good.

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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts, Apr 21, 2015
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4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really dark brown with a small light mocha string, leaving pretty lacing on the glass.
Slices of sweet oranges smothered in chocolate on the nose, a really nice contrast, backed by rich roasted malt, light dark fruit, extra cocoa powder with a light alcoholic kick. Faint vanilla and coffee.
Rich chocolate and raw cocoa beans in the taste, with a really nice citrus zestiness. A bit of boozy plum and raisin. Roasted malts, kept from being too heavy by the orange zest, but bringing nice coffee notes. Vanilla, licorice and some American hop to close it up. Light roast, not ashy.
Aftertaste has cocoa and coffee powder, overripe orange pulp, hop. Medium bodied, medium carbonated, slightly smooth.
A surprisingly refreshing imperial stout, great zesty-chocolatey mix, really tasty, really complex.

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dcmchew from Romania, Feb 09, 2015
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3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black as night with a finger layer of thick tan foam.

Heavy oragne/citrus, chocolate, vanilla, and coffee notes.

Heavy roasted notes, coffee, vanilla, and orange.

Heavy-bodied, light-medium carbonation, roasty bitterness, fruity, thin.

Overall, the orange aroma and flavor is off, just something odd about it, the thin mouthfeel doesn't help either.

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larryarms847 from Illinois, Jan 23, 2015
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3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

December 25, 2014

22 oz bomber, snifter

A – Pretty much black, with only the faintest brown highlights. Barely a trace of some light tan head, what’s there has zero retention. Slightly thin in appearance.

S – Roasted, bitter malt. Maybe a hint of fruit but hard to pick out much orange or anything specific. Some dark chocolate comes through as the beer warms. A bit of earthy hops far, far in the background.

T – Definitely picking up some of the orange peel here, though I would not consider it prominent. Chocolate and roasted malt flavors, some sweeter chocolate flavor, are the stars. Hops are hidden.

M – Very thin, with low carbonation, though a certain silkiness is there throughout. A decent balance of sweetness and bitterness.

O – Not a bad beer at all, but a bit thin for the style. A bit more carbonation and a little stronger on the orange peel, and this would have satisfied the expectations I had coming in and brought the beer as a whole up a notch. As is, it doesn’t differentiate from similar offerings.

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Photo of rlee1390
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The orange zest did not dominate but was over powering. The chocolate was there as well with a little bit of roasted malt. But the coffee and vanilla flavors present in the base beer were not to be found.

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rlee1390 from Indiana, Dec 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

This one was unique to say the least. I haven't tasted so.ething like it before. I struggled the entire time to decide if I liked it or not. The orange flavor came through pretty decently and went pretty well with the sweetness this beer has but it tasted a bit generic of a flavor. It was good beer and (to me) not a flop like passionfruit was but it is a very hate it or love it flavor to me. Glad I got to try it but I wouldn't seek it out again.

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Flight317 from Indiana, Dec 11, 2014
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2.9/5  rDev -27.3%

Pour is black with a tight caramel colored head. Nose is heavy roast light up front, orange citrus liquor, faint notes of chocolate malt, more lingering almost burnt roasted malts. Taste is a bit messy, lots of booziness throughout, orange citrus liquor, roast isn't quite as over cooked as the nose, not acrid which I thought it would be, malts are a bit richer mid palate, but lots of sugar and sweetness through the back end mixing with the orange citrus. Full body, a bit slick, moderate carbonation, semi dry finish with some bitter chocolate through the finish.

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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania, Nov 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Consumed fresh on 11/2/2014

Well, I wouldn't kick it out of bed for eating crackers, but I think a birthday or two may be what she needs. A little heavy on the orange and thin on the body, but still quite delicious. I bought a couple of extra to cellar, with any luck this will gain about a 1/4 of a point in rating per year. There'a a lot of great breweries in Chicago, but these guys put out world class beers more consistently than any of the other guys (in my humble opinion).

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Tridement from Wisconsin, Nov 11, 2014
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3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Attribute: Pours a fudge brown color with a bit of a bubble show that creates a modest head and dots of lace

Smell: Chocolate fudge, sugary caramel and a vague hint of orange (although I probably wouldn't have picked this up absent the label)

Taste: Sugary chocolate fudge, up front, with some vanilla and orange flavor (much more pronounced than in the aroma) developing; the finish is like a chocolate covered creamsicle, packed with a sugary finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, with moderate carbonation, though the sugar almost bothers my teeth

Overall: I wish I could have enjoyed this more than I did, but I am finding all of the PIpeworks stouts to be too sweet for my tastebuds

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brentk56 from North Carolina, Sep 28, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev -2.3%

A-dark brown black color with a smallish tan head and little lacing

S-dark malt, orange, cocoa, coffee

T-dark roasted malt, chocolate, orange cream, coffee, slight char

F-medium to full body with light carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-decent stout variation, but not as enjoyable as some other flavored varieties

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MDDMD from Pennsylvania, Sep 07, 2014
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4.39/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Rich dark pour with cascading effervescence into a one inch mocha head. Recedes in a short amount of time and decent lacing compared to other quality stouts.

Now if I didn't know there was orange in here I never would of nailed it. But since it is an orange truffle, there it is. Seriously though folks, bittered orange blended with milk chocolate. Sweetened aroma with faintish hop. Quality coffee roast. Long enough, more dark cocoa pulls through. All in all I'd say it holds it's own among many fine stouts.

Nice syrupy Hershey style milk chocolate and torte. It's very hard to find orange. Bittering agent is present. I'm getting so impressed with the milky chocolate presence more so than any orange truffle. I'm ready to dip strawberries in this. And yet 70% dark cocoa is there on the finish.

Creamy and silky all in one. Luxurious mouthfeel and thick.

I thought the raspberry stout by Pipeworks was so one dimensional with that tartness kick, but this has impressive levels of chocolate. Orange more of a bittering agent but scant. Turns out to be a fine stout and one of the finest mouthfeel experience since GI bourbon counties. This is a chocolate lovers dream and the stout for the adult kicker. A number of poo pooers holding this down but this is a real freakin' treat. Get over your orange craving and accept that it rounds out this fine stout. Put this in bourbon barrels and fuugetaboutit. Outstanding!

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joeseppy from Illinois, Mar 23, 2014
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3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Batch 217/218, thanks to rudzud for sharing.
Nice dark colored smaller head covering fades pretty quickly, light lacing and decent legs, just about pitch black with yeast chunks.

Nose dark choc, cocoa, roast, booze, weird orange cream aroma in the background, weird peanut butter like nutty aroma, little candied orange.

Taste rich and creamy, quite creamy and fairly lush, lots of dark choc and milk choc, velvety melting choc, little cocoa dust, hint of roast, little mint note and nutty flavours. Little orange cream in the background but not a lot. Fair amount of booze but not too bad, little solventy and oily, little Oreo cookie too. Finish is semi sweet and sticky, quite boozy and solventy more cocoa and mild orange cream.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, little creamy and lush, mild carb, fairly boozy and solventy.

Overall not bad, interesting dark malts, orange has faded a lot, mouth is nice, other unique characters like nuts and mint, interesting but not amazing.

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jlindros from Massachusetts, Jan 26, 2014
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3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Overall this seems like a pretty standard stout. I'm picking up only the slightest hint of orange. There is a decent amount of chocolate flavor, and a pretty heavy alcohol burn. There's nothing that really stands out as spectacular, but nothing bad, either.

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ScotNH from New Hampshire, Dec 26, 2013
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3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bomber poured into a perfect pint glass. 12/4

Pours jet black, very still, no bubbles. Liquid tar. Thin ring of foam. Rich roasted nose, hints of orange. Mild. Taste is an astringent bitter, a little syrupy. Barkeywine like bitter. Boozy. Subtle citrus fruit blended in. The oranges for sure. Good. Heavy.

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KTCamm from New Jersey, Dec 21, 2013
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3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bomber courtesy of robbiemoy13 pours a dark brown with a small cap of tan head. Spotty lace and retention is ok.

Nose is not really very appealing, chocolate and one of those Terry's Chocolate Oranges at holiday time.

Taste is better than the aroma as orange flesh meets spruce tips and roasty coffee. Some lighter cocoa as it warms and a sharp lime peel. Not bad, but I dont really get much chocolate truffle action...more of an earthy, musty orange mixed with old coffee.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz, Batch 217-218 (fall 2013)
DFH signature glass

A: Pours deep dark black. Thin spotty collar of medium tan head. Some lacing bits.

S: Big orange zest character. Really comes up first. Milk chocolate. Some malt ball notes.

T: Dark chocolate with that bitter orange zest is there. Chocolate malt ball flavors, as with the nose. I will be marking this higher than others, because I found it to be more pleasant than expecting.

M: Medium side of full. Not epically thick.

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inlimbo77 from Delaware, Dec 05, 2013
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4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the June release, Batch #146 I guess? Served in a pint glass at Lily LeBlanc's birthday.

A - Tan foam settles to a thin collar, wisps, and specks of lace. Pitch black body, with perhaps a hint of color at the edges of the glass.

S - Reminds me of those chocolate oranges you get at Christmas; as you'd expect there is a good deal of orange and chocolate truffle. Base beer imparts characteristic anise, dark fruits, and a dollop of caramel. A tad boozy still.

T - Very roasty, with notes of dark chocolate, vanilla, anise, and dark fruits amid the more charry and burnt flavors. Orange shows up in the finish, and alcohol is better concealed at this juncture.

M - Silky smooth medium-full body with pleasant carbonation. Lightly sticky finish with some tannins from the orange addition. Again, a bit of alcohol warmth; I always feel like this Abduction variants are closed to 12%, but who knows.

D - I liked this better than the Raspberry and Coffee versions, and I like all them all better than the base beer. Still, I'm a much bigger fan of what Pipeworks is doing with their Milk Stouts than I am of the Abduction lineup. Could use a bit more time to mellow, although I'm concerned that will be at the cost of orange flavor. Definitely a beer you'd want to share with friends.

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MasterSki from Ontario (Canada), Nov 27, 2013
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4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Received this in a trade. No wax. Batch # Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice deep dark brownish black hue with a half finger mocha head thanks to a rather higher pour. Fades to leave some light wisps and faint sudsy mocha bubbles. Solid appearance for the ABV.

S - Aroma is basically what I expected, though I do wish there was more orange. This smells of those chocolate oranges you smash down on the counter top to break into segments. Rich milk and dark chocolate, thick and creamy, faint vanilla, orange peel/zest. Almost extract like, this really smells like a chocolate orange confection and with a hint more orange this would be perfect.

T - Taste is delicious. Just delicious. More of that rich, creamy chocolate. The vanilla is very muted almost replaced with a little bit of booze. The orange extract type intermingles wonderfully with the chocolate. The taste is like I am letting an orange truffle melt across my tongue. As it warms though the alcohol comes out much more and becomes prevalent on the finish. Its not really hot, but its clearly an alcohol finish. That alcohol really, really hurts this beer for me. Taste is a 4.5 maybe even a 4.75...but the finish is way too strong.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit more carbonated than I would typically like. Want it a bit more silky, the alcohol is noticeable too, which is a bit of a shame.

O - Overall, this started out very, very well. Loved the nose and that initial sip was great. As it warms though this becomes basically a booze bomb. I do feel like the orange aspect comes though better here than in fresh Hill Farmstead Daybreak. With this much alcohol though a 22oz bottle is a chore to get through, wish it was masked effectively.

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rudzud from Massachusetts, Oct 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Batch # 145.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and subtle orange aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and slight orange flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but the orange presence is very subdued all around.

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UCLABrewN84 from California, Oct 28, 2013
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4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Orange Truffle Abduction pours a very dark brown into the glass with about a quarter finger’s worth of a dark tan head that doesn’t stick around for very long. After a minute or so the head recedes to a thin hoop of bubbles around the edges of the glass. The beer sits very plain.

The smell is interesting, I was expecting a giant nose full of roasty, dark goodness but instead was greeted with this rather complex, citrusy-chocolate smell. There is this almost musty layer to the odor, but musty in a good way. Musty like the way wine barrel houses smell musty, except instead of barrels of wine, maybe these barrels are filled with orange juice. I don’t want to overstate the orange smell however, it is quite faint, there but not THERE. As the beer continues to warm up the smell reminds me a lot of the way shisha can smell as it’s being packed into a hooka bowl; earthy, fruity, sweet, subtle.

The taste, at first, is a lot of roasty malt, as to be expected. The roast then transitions to a faintly chocolate-orange flavor (which totally had me thinking of those Terry’s Chocolate Orange candy things that always seemed to find their way into my parents’ house around the holidays), a sweet and earthy chocolate. Finally there is a tad of malty sweetness that gives way to a boozy heat as you swallow.

The mouth on this beer is very good, quite smooth or velvety with a certain amount of thickness. The beer coats the tongue and mouth without making me feel like I needed to go brush my teeth. The booze heat, again, is also a clear component and rounds out the taste.

I am impressed with the beer and consider it very good. My notes show that I initially jotted down an overall 4.5/5, I guess you need to leave plenty of room at the top.

Orange Truffle Abduction from Pipeworks Brewing Co. is a great beer albeit a bit on the expensive side. I think it’s a very good example of the direction Chicago beer seems to be headed and suggests that the young Pipeworks Brewing Company is headed in the right direction. I would buy and enjoy it again.

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Orange Truffle Abduction from Pipeworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 378 ratings