Orange Truffle Abduction | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Orange Truffle AbductionOrange Truffle Abduction

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Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by bcm75 on 06-24-2013

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours almost solid dark black. There is a thin quarter finger dark tan head that retains nicely. There is a lot if nice lacing left all around the glass.

Smell has deep notes of roasted coffee and creamy dark chocolate along hints of fresh crisp orange. Malt is very rich with great toffee notes and a light sweetness.

Taste is awesome. Rich creamy notes of chocolate is forward with roasted malt and lightly roasted coffee. A slight orange sweetness is somewhere near the middle of the sip before a nice light char bitterness which persists into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is great. Really thick and velvety. Moderate small bubble carbonation over a juicy sweet sticky feel gives it a smooth creamy body. A very mild char bitterness in the finish.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to the few awesome traders who sent me some bottles of this... much appreciated. Basically black, with only the faintest shimmer of deep brown trim near the top of the brew. Sitting on top is a mild, dark-beige or light-tan head that hastily drops itself down to a chunky collar and measly skin that's stretched across the beer. Not much to speak of in terms of lacing.

One whiff and it's like I'm sitting in a hipster diner, filled with creamy, brew-house quality coffee, sweet half and half creamer, a moderate hint of roasted malt, a very faint dusting of orange zest, and a bit of bittersweet chocolate to finish things off. The orange aspect is nicely done... It's much more mild than, say, the raspberry in Raspberry Truffle Abduction, but I'm starting to think it's a good thing. This smells like a sweet-ish roasted coffee stout with a *touch* of orange zest.

Hmmm... tasty. The first sip reminds me of some expensive, cool iced coffee drink that you'd get from a place like Starbucks... only, in a more beer-y way. Creamy, mildly sweet coffee beans backed up with that little bit of orange zest - noticeable, but far from intrusive. Top it all off with a bit of mocha drizzle, just for good measure. I'm sticking with my original notion - this is a "coffee" stout first, and an "orange" stout second. I'm okay with that.

A good finishing touch of cocoa beans, lightly roasted malt, and a kiss of creamy sweetness leaves your palate a little on the dry side; moderately coated and thirsting for more. The aftertaste contains almost no orange, due to the coffee and roast dominance... The orange is more of a cameo that peaks its head in and scoots out early. Medium mouth feel... not as deliciously creamy as Coffee Break Abduction, but still pretty nice. Ample carbonation for a stout.

Reminds me of a slightly more sweet, less roasty version of Coffee Break Abduction with the little extra bit of orange zest thrown in. I thought it was done quite nicely... Too much orange runs the potential for a messy brew, but this one turned out very tasty. Enough orange to make an impact without stealing the show. Makes for a very nice and somewhat unique coffee stout when all is said and done.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Second bottle opened on 3.24.14
Batch #146

A - Pours a dark brown with a small light brown, fine head with good retention.

S - Roasted chocolate malts, some subtle orange.

T - Lots of orange and chocolate. Good.

D - Lower carbonation with a heavy body.

O - Great flavors, orange and chocolate both shine through.

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Photo of Florida9
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Fully opaque black in color. Forms a moderate sized dark tan head that sticks around for a little while before reducing to a thin, but stable, ring around the edge and some patchy surface coating. Moderate lacing.

S: Aroma is pleasant. Mostly deep, dark chocolate and dark malts, with some lighter notes of bright, sweet orange.

T: Taste is very similar to the aroma. Loads of dark chocolate flavors. Mildly sweet. Chocolate and cocoa dominate. Then there are some mildly sweet dark malts. Somewhat roasty, but more sweet than roasted. On the finish, there is a hint of orange, but it quite subtle.

M: Full bodied, but the heavier carbonation ligthens this up a bit. Mild chalky mouthfeel. Mild bitterness.

O: A nice Imperial Stout. Not a whole lot of orange, but then again I prefer not having a lot of orange to having an annoying artificial orange taste. Never-the-less, a good beer.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black and kinda viscous. Khaki head. Medium collar.

Smell - Dark chocolate. Bright aroma that isn't overtly orange-y, but I get it. Sweet caramel.

Taste - Dark chocolate, the orange flavor lends a brightness to the flavor that I appreciate, but it isn't really a strong orange. Sweet.

Mouthfeel - Thick and sweet. Medium carbonation.

Overall - I was hoping for more orange. It's really an afterthought.

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Photo of jokemon
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle

pours black with a minimal head, brown toasty colored foam that dissipates quickly.

taste is bitter chocolate, like a really dark chocolate with very little orange. I was expecting a lot more orange sweetness from this but instead its really just a bitter chocolaty dark beer with a roasted malty oat taste to it.

Overall I was expecting more orange, so I was pretty disappointed with the beer. It taste of for a plain stout but I wanted orange.

Use more orange!!!

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Handwritten Batch # 146 written on the side of the bottle. Super excited to try this, the third and final variation of the original beer, Pipeworks Abduction, which I have not yet tried.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours a thick viscous oily black colored body; no light shines through this bad boy. First pour yields basically no head whatsoever; second pour yields a luscious creamy one finger of mocha foam which dissipates quickly.

S - Smell is entirely tame compared to what I was expecting here. Some big roasty notes happening, chocolate cake, some cream, maybe a hint of vanilla, and some alcohol fumes on the back end. Not smelling any orange, to my disappointment, but it is still a great smelling beer.

T - Taste follows the nose: big roasted coffee bean presence, rich creamy dark chocolate, powdery cocoa nibs, hint of smooth vanilla, slightest touch of alcohol warmth, and perhaps just the faintest hint of citric zest, although I could just be imagining it. A fabulous tasting beer, even without the orange presence.

M - Feel is creamy, sleek, & smooth. A delicious beer, with perfect low lying carbonation.

Overall, I thought this was a fabulous beer, although disappointing in the sense that I was expecting some intense bursts of chocolate covered oranges, and there is basically none of that here. The flavors that are present however, are mighty delicious. Big 10.50% abv is hidden expertly well, this beer goes down way smooth for being so big. Definitely a beer I would try again, but some improvements could be made.

Pipeworks Orange Truffle Abduction ---4/5.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark brown color with minimal sandy colored head that quickly reduces to a surface ring.

The nose is mostly coffee and fudge. There are earthy notes with a faint whiff of orange.

The orange really pops in the flavor, and I'm glad it does. It doesn't overtake the base and is the perfect dose. It tastes like an orange tootsie pop and I fucking love orange tootsie pops. Light leathery flavor in the middle. The finish is a bitter coffee.

Super creamy mouthfeel. Spot on carbonation. The 10% abv isn't noticeable at all.

I absolutely love this beer and is my favorite abduction variant to date.

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Photo of harrymel
2.74/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottled: unk
Batch 145

It's black with some light tan foam sheet with some breaks. Smells of lots a cocoa, coffee, a little coffee, and as it warms the orange zest comes through a bit. Flavor is leather, robust bittersweet coffee and quite a bit of cola flavors. Don't really care for the flavor. really dry beer with lighter than usual body and moderate carb. I'm none too impressed with this particular beer; flavor is too much cola character, body too thin and the nose is a little lackluster.

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Photo of DmouthCaliBrewz
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Batch no. 146 written in sharpie :)

A: Pours that I99% of the way to opaque, but still maybe brown" color with a finger of mocha head that instantly recedes to a ring around the edges with moderate lacing.

S: Mellow coffee, dark fruits, cocoa and orange zest.

T: At first sip I get equal parts mellow coffee and sweet dark fruits. The body and higher sweetness give it an almost lactose-like sweetness, making this drink almost like a spiced latte. After a moment the orange zest comes to life and bathes the palate in citrus and a slight tartness that is backed by subtle notes of chocolate, coffee, and a heavy sweetness. Finish slightly cloying and tart from the oranges, with a hint of coffee. MMM its just like a truffle.

M: The mouthfeel of this was perfect. It was thick but yet velvety, full bodied yet not viscous. Almost reminded me of nitro carbonation - it was soft yet heavy at the same time. Great carb, and deliciously sticky. Mouthfeel definitely made me think "orange truffle."

This is my first pipeworks beer. I'm a believer, to say the least. This would have been all too easy to fuck up, but they hit it spot on. Can't wait to try the ninjas I have in the fridge.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to TATURBO for sharing this brew!

Poured into tulip/snifter hydrid glass.

Appearance: dark black bodied beer with 2 fingers of medium khaki head that slowely drops to thin and uneven cap. Spotty lace on the glass.

Smell: Chocolates, cocoa, and more chocolates! Hint of fudge brownies and hot cocoa. On the backend a nice mellow, but assertive note of orange zest.

Taste: Chocolate, cocoa, and fudge. Orange zest and spiciness on the backend of the beer. Simple yet very effective. Very well balanced. I dont think that I would want much more orange flavors in this stout, its just right!

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low end of moderate carbonation levels. Really smooth brew with well hidden ABV. Slightly chewy and silky. Thick and rich flavors that coat the palate.

Overall: Fantastic brew! It exceeded my expectations. This is the best varient of Abduction Stout yet to date! Bravo Pipeworks! You guys did it again with another stellar beer!

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Photo of Treebs
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle served in a Pipeworks snifter. Batch #146.

A: Pours a dark black color with a khaki head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin ring that leaves some mild splotches of lace down the glass.

S: Not much orange on the nose. I'm getting a nice char with some solid roasted malts. That light chocolaty sweetness with a minimal dark fruit character. Very light vanilla notes as well.

T: The orange comes in on the finish with a nice zest, but it dissipates rather quickly. It does almost have an underlying twang throughout the sip, but you couldn't pick the flavor profile if done blind. Lots of normal Abduction char and roast with some minimal bitter baker's chocolate. Finish has more dry roasted malts.

M: Medium carbonation with a roasty finish. Medium body leaning towards the heavy side. Nice slick coating on the mouth

O: I would have liked more of the orange in this one. Too much twang, not enough orange flesh/juice character. I actually like regular Abduction more than this. Still a solid beer though.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pour with a medium bodied heaviness. Very light head on the pour, dissipates and is not present while drinking. Dark brown accents on the edges of the glass but sits with a pitch black body. Pretty average overall.

Smell: Sweet malt front. Charred oaky body which mixes very well with the brighter accents. Dark hoppy body, again leaning on the lighter side of the imperial stouts. The hops and malt really make this beer pop. The orange is very faint in the aroma, can be detected on the back but more the most part is not a major player.

Taste: The front drinks like the regular Abduction from Pipeworks. Clean chocolate bitterness with some dark accents of fruit, coffee, and tobacco. The carries into the body of the beer, providing for a very tasty imperial stout. The finish is where you get the orange in this brew. The end brightens up, but still carries many of the traditional stout accents found earlier. The finish is slightly dry from the sweet fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Doesn't weigh the palette down too much. The orange fruity accents dry off the palette.

Overall: I really liked this brew. I could really use some more depth and complexity but this beer hits many of the checkpoints I look for out of an imperial stout. Good dark malt character and hop presence. I was surprised how well the orange played along in this beer. It was not a major player, instead was a very pleasant addition. Can't get enough of these Pipeworks beers, thrilled to have such easy access to them.

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Photo of interkin3tic
4.62/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I feel like these Pipeworks pints change from beginning to end, both in terms of temperature and in terms of how drunk I am while drinking them. So with this one and the other two I've tried, I liked them at least a little more once I was done with it than when I started.

It's a bit warm for a stouty beer like this. At first it tasted a little too stout, a little burned, but sipping it, it felt a little smoother. The orange aftertaste rather than the spicy aftertaste of End of Days was better for warmer weather I suppose. Cacao nibs are evident.

I put it in my top five beers.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is cola brown and black when it collects into the glass. Thin collar of head present. Nose starts with huge cacao presence with dry roast and carob present. I do get some orange zest towards the back along with some vanilla. It is mild but definitely there. Taste feature predominantly cocoa and cream with heavy roast and chocolate. Orange is less present on the tongue than the nose and comes across as a mild citric note at the finish. Mouthfeel is thick with light carbonation. Overall, this is a very solid imperial stout, but it doesn't quite deliver what the label promises. I look forward to a future batch with the orange addition tweaked. I think this could be a absolute home run if the orange component is fully realized.

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Photo of mecummins
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- pours a dark black brown; very cola like in color. A one finger tan head that fades to patchy, shallow film for most of the drink. Minimal lacing that leaves a ring around the glass.

S- very coco centered in aroma. Lots of bitter dark roasted chocolate. I got more of an impression of the orange than a distinct note on the nose. There was a brightness to the chocolate (and it was the citrus brightness that I attribute to the orange note.)

T- heavy dark chocolate notes with some sweet milk qualities. The orange flavor kicks in on the tail end of the swallow. I think I was initially expecting a sort of Jaffa Cake (Irish orange & chocolate cookies) experience. Once I realized that the orange note was passive, I was able to enjoy the beer for what it was. I found a bit of pine towards the back of the beer, but it was more of a background player.

M- a medium mouthfeel, lighter than your usual imperial, but great for summer drinking. The finish was medium with the orange note coming out slightly more as the stout warmed.

O- a nice, light summer imperial stout with a bit of orange flavor. Not very complex, but worth trying.

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Photo of emerge077
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black body and dark tan foam results from a vigorous pour into a dimpled mug. Some lacing here and there, a patchy skim on the surface, and a lasting ring around the edges.

Aroma is chocolatey and vaguely roasty. Very much like standard issue Abduction, even when allowed to warm to room temperature. No orange to speak of.

Very vague orange in the aftertaste, like a dried up shriveled orange peel, just the barest hint of any essence of it exists, and then it seems more like the power of suggestion. Big roasty notes of Abduction overtake it, chocolate, coffee, roasty blackened malts. Very smooth and creamy, drinkability is it's strong suit. Full bodied and slightly sticky on the lips though dry in the finish. A pleasant bitterness, and some light dried orange peel is noticeable with bigger swig. Double digit abv is expertly hidden. Could use more orange aroma and flavor to live up to it's name, but it's still a tasty beer.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz orange wax bottle into snifter.

Pours black, 1 finger cola head, minimal lacing.

Chocolate, pine, not a lot of citrus maybe just a little citrus/orange.

Chocolate, roast, decent amount of bitterness, mostly pine and a little orange peel.

Medium, medium. Fairly smooth

Nice beer but doesn't hold a candle to raspberry truffle. Orange is very faint but to sure how this would be with it more prevelant either.

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Photo of csparace
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've been looking forward to this one for quite a long time. Shout out to D&D finer foods in Evanston for stocking awesome beer.

Smell (4.25) – Warm and chocolaty from the start. Coffee notes are present. Smell is bright and orange starts to come out as the beer warms up – chocolate and coffee come out even more.

Taste (4.25) – Slightly roasty. Minor coffee tastes. Definite chocolate presence that lasts throughout. Citrus flavors come out more on the finish. They're very mild and you have too look for them.

Appearance (4.00) – The pour is not too thick at all. Dark mocha head that fades super fast. Super super dark. Gets slightly red towards the edge of the glass.

Mouthfeel (4.00) – Warming. Lips are mildly sticky afterward. Pretty drinkable – not too thick or heavy at all. Medium sweetness.

Overall (4.25) – Not quire what I was expecting but still very good. To me this falls between the coffee break and the raspberry truffle. The taste is not insanely mind blowing, but is still super good. Another really solid beer from pipeworks, they know what they're doing. A lot of my experience might be circumstantial – im sitting in a hot room.

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Photo of bcm75
4.44/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Almost jet black with just a finger of fast dissapating head.

S - Mostly chocolate. I'm getting a hint of orange citrus as well.

T - Sexy. Malty chocolate backbone gives way to faint orange flavors. Not really any citrus tartness at all, mostly sweet orange flavors.

M - Rich and luxurious. Silky smooth as it goes down. Seductive drinker that hides the relatively robust 10.5% ABV.

O - I was a tad worried about this one. Oranges could have easily dominated the flavor profile and made it an overly-sweet, fruity mess. It's not - just like the name implies, I get the impression of a luxurious orange truffle.

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Orange Truffle Abduction from Pipeworks Brewing Company
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