Cherry Truffle Abduction | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Cherry Truffle AbductionCherry Truffle Abduction

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Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of smakawhat
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass.

One of those true appearances are deceiving… At first it appears like a very dark mocha head, but later it's more of an espresso brown. Still manages of course booming two finger tall and creamy appearance, as it settles slowly. Very dark black walnut appearance, and opaque.

Aroma is quite interesting. Mix of milky sweetness and graham cracker malt. Slightly fruity cherry notes, but some interesting chunky thick grain flavors, almost like a big bag of cereal. Slightly cake like as well, but not making those wonderful black chocolate forest cake qualities. Has a bit of pumpernickel quality to it as well, almost poppyseeds too. Real interesting mix not sure where this might lead.

Palate comes in real nicely. Not as thick, but very full rich roasted malts, a hint of black pepper as well as some of the bitterness kicks up the roasty quality in that direction. Juiced cherry, and some nice cacao nib like dark chocolate, but washes a hair wet, but with an actual juiced body. Fruity but also not boozy, but with a bigger emphasis on roast and malt intensity taking over. Cake flour and coffee mix well, fruity with also lots of dark cocoa powder to match. Lots of great controlled flavors in the mix.

It comes off as a poor mans cheaper Goose Island Cherry Rye in a way, but it's still very enjoyable for what it is.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark black in color with no light making it through and moderately thick. Tan head is a thin film that has great retention

Smell is great. Lots of semi tart ripe red cherry aromas are forward and followed by a chocolate malt and cacao. Slight vanilla aromas one the end. Also a big alcohol aroma.

Taste follows nose and is good. Semi sweet tart cherries come in first along with some roasted chocolate malt. Big alcohol presence and sweet malty flavor are midway before a very faint vanilla flavor finishes.

Mouthfeel is good. Thick body is cut with a moderate small bubble carbonation. Good sticky malty feel.

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Photo of timc100
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Awesome they brewed this will vanilla beans also. Pours ruby tinged dark brown and sits midnight black in the glass with a creamy, dark mocha-brown head. The cherry does not pop out intensely in the aroma, but it is definitely there. Big dark chocolate bitterness and some medium roast coffee beans. The vanilla addition yields more of a milk chocolate and lighter roast coffee. The cherry blends very well - a tart and sweet cherry presence cuts through the chocolate and coffee. As it warms it all jells better and surprisingly some citrus hoppiness that come through. The vanilla is not noticeable on its own, but it's influence is felt through each flavor. Alcohol is completely hidden.

Awesome addition to the abduction crew!

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Photo of mdfb79
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

From 06/07/16 notes. 14 oz. glass on tap at Gingerman in NYC.

Chocolate covered cherries, milk chocolate, roasted malts, cream, vanilla, chocolate syrup, bitter chocolate. Thick full body and low carbonation.

Overall really good; I liked it a lot.

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Photo of DrippingI
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Batch # 259 260

A: Almost pitch black with ruby highlights; thin head upon pouring, but it quickly dissipates.

S: Very rich coffee , milk chocolate, and pleasant cherry undertones. It's like eating chocolate-covered cherries for breakfast with a mug of premium coffee.

T: As soon as a single drop plummets onto the tongue, you get hit right away with cherries. In fact, even after swallowing each sip, the cherries remain the dominant factor in the taste of this beer. When it slides down your throat, it leaves a thin layer of cherry juice to sprawl across the taste buds like an accountant stretching on a warm, comfy bed after a long days work. I should note that the coffee and chocolate are obscured by the cherry notes, though the coffee is still somewhat present and swirls alongside the cherries, culminating in a subtle mixture that seems to fit pretty decently. Unlike the coffee, the chocolate has simply fanished into nothingness.

M: Medium/medium-full body with low-medium amount of carbonation.

O: I thoroughly enjoyed this, though I think that the lack of chocolate in the taste ended up being this beer's downfall. I would drink this again, but I think that for future batches, I would like to see a much more chocolate taste to it than it is now.

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Photo of mschrei
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks like a good stout, smells nice for a flavored stout. Strong cherry scents, mild chocolate notes. Tart cherry booze on the front end, mild roasty stout and chocolate behind it. Pretty good Abduction series beer.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a huge fluffy mushroom cloud of a head that threatens to overflow but somehow keeps it together.

I use this comparison with all the abduction variants so why stop now; it smells like a cherry tootsie pop. Sweet artificial cherry and fudge. Light coffee.

Sweet cherry, bitter chocolate, coffee, and anise. There is an off putting aftertaste that's both tinny and cardboard.

Medium body if not light for the style. Mild carbonation. Sweet.

Another solid abduction variant but probably my least favorite of the bunch.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a medium to heavy body. Thin light brown head. Sit black in the glass. Little to no carbonation active in the glass while drinking.

Smell: The front is a dark espresso, vanilla, and roasted malt. The cherry is faint but brightens up the aroma. The vanilla continues to open up as this beer warmed up. Bitter dark chocolate is present plentifully in the body as well.

Taste: The front is a creamy vanilla bean flavor. Some of the cherry sweetness picks up in the body and has a slight synthetic/medicinal flavor. Not much but enough to be noticed. The cherry and bitter chocolate provide an interesting finish which leaves a slight funk on the palate. The aftertaste is dark chocolate and coffee.

Mouthfeel: The front is creamy and smooth and the finish is slightly funky and spicy on the palate.

Overall: These abductions continue to be quality brews. The cherry is subdued and sweet but can definitely be found. I loved the vanilla bean accents, really rounded out the overall flavor of this brew. Some slight hiccups still here, but these abductions continue to improve.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a snifter.

Pours dark brown with a 2 finger dark tan head. Lots of small bubbles speckle the glass.

Sweet chocolate, vanilla, light cherries, some roast.

Bitter chocolate, vanilla, light tart cherry, light coffee and roasted malts. Something about the roast/coffee and tart cherries leaves me with a slight metallic, rust flavor.

Another good abduction beer, but was hoping for much more. Like I said the cherries leave a weird metallic flavor for me. Was hoping for more of a clean cut cherry flavor with chocolate.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Batch #259 260 printed on the label. The fourth variant of the signature stout from the masters at Pipeworks; expectations are fairly high since I've enjoyed the hell out of the others and because Pipeworks brews one hell of a stout. My bottle lists an 11.00% abv.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours just over two fingers of thick creamy mocha head on top of an opaque black colored body. Small streaks of lacing. Looks pretty nice.

S - Smell is dark and roasty: chocolate, cream, tart cherry juice, with some indistinct spice character, some alcohol fumes, and some earthy / grassy / vinous smells going on as well. Cacao is apparent, so is the cherry, but I'm not picking up on any vanilla.

T - Taste follows the nose: dark roasty chocolate, mildy tart dark cherry, almost a dark chocolate raspberry taste. Again, not pulling any vanilla through on the taste.

M - Feel is smooth & creamy, with some powdery cacao bitterness on the finish. Light fruity sweetness / tartness lingering.

Overall, this was probably my least favorite of the variants of this beer. I was hoping for more of a cherry tartness like I experienced in the Bell's Cherry Stout, and definitely at least some some semblance of vanilla. Well enough for what it is, but it's more of a dark chocolate cherry taste than tart, which is the route I was hoping this beer would take. Still delicious; another great stout from Pipeworks, well worth the money. Glad to have tried it.

Pipeworks Cherry Truffle Abduction ---4/5.

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

The cherry is very subtle. There is more of a coffee undercurrent than a cherry taste. The base stout is quite solid. It is on a par with the others in the Abduction series

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Photo of Lucnifter
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown, verging on black in the glass. Moderate head that recedes rather quickly to bubbles lining the glass. Some alcohol on the nose. Cherry flavor is just enough to be nice and not overwhelming. Medium body. A nice cherry stout.

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3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

520 batch (22oz bomber)
l: almost opaque black, some cola-brown on the edges, some light coming through. poured aggressively ended up with about a finger of tan head, tight bubbles, great looking beer.
s: not very pungent, getting roasted malt and chocolate, did not detect much cherry on the nose, just a hint of sweet booziness. thinking the 6mo aging left some cherry behind.
t: starts sweet but not cloying, middle of mouth i get roasted chocolate malt, oakiness, very faint cherry sweetness (not tart), the cherry puree probably faded as this bottle is 6 months old. as it warms you get more back of throat/chest heat from the booze, but is hidden fairly well when first poured out of the fridge.
f: i can see where people think this is too thin for an imp stout, but i still get a decent big stout mouthfeel, just enough carb to make the flavors pop on the tongue.
o: overall great drinkable imperial stout, not much of a fruit imperial stout as i could not detect much cherry, would like to have tried it fresh. the base abduction is great, excited for more from pdubs.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Smell - The nose is mostly mild cherry.

Taste - Sour cherry skin comes to the front with milky chocolate acting as the backbone. There is a little more cherry sweetness in the back, but I feel like I missed out on the cherries. The malts make a stand in the aftertaste, leaving little home of a cherry comeback.

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

Overall - I think is one of the more disappointing abductions. I wanted more cherry.

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Photo of Zoomslowik
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L- Solid. Black with a slightly reddish hue around the edges. Head doesn't linger.

S- Milk chocolate with some cherry and booze.

T- Not quite there. Definitely cherry, but it's a little medicine-y. Some chocolate. Not a lot of depth of flavors.

F- Smooth, but thin. Medium-low carb.

O- Pretty average.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep opaque brown with a small lasting tan ring lacing. The aroma shows chocolate-covered cherry fruit and pit notes, heavy chocolate and toffee, alcohol, nuts, tobacco and leather. The taste is quite sweet, nearly cloying with heavy fruity overtones. The base Abduction is almost lost this beer, I wished for a somewhat cherried version of the Coffee Break Abduction where the coffee bitterness could offset some of the sweetness and fruity overtones. Medium mouthfeel. Overall, a tad disappointing.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Batch 204/5

A - Deep brown, black with a ruby tinge and a thin brown head with spritzy looking bubbles.

S - Espresso, vanilla, roasted malt, light sweet cherry, fudge.

T - Vanilla, sweet cherry, a strong medicinal flavor that passes quickly, dark chocolate, cacao nibs, the cherry turns tart but then finishes sweet with a long lasting rich chocolate covered cherry note.

M - Medium body with low to moderate carbonation. Feels almost acidic in the middle but finishes with a lingering sweetness.

D - The cherry isn't as smooth as I would like but a solid beer overall.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass from a 22oz bottle.

Appearance: Thin black bodied motor oil color with a descent head, tan..maybe one finger's length. Drops to nada after one sip. No lacing but the brew still look promising.

Smell: Coffee scent with a touch of sugar note, comes off light.

Taste: Sweet tart feel, lightly tangy but heavy molasses mixed with a cup of coffee. Has an obvious vanilla extract feel which might rub off on you in a good way or a bad way depending how you are feeling about the brew. The brew's only bitterness are an straight lighter dark chocolate and coffee bean.

Mouth: Medium carbonation with average stickiness to the brew, slightly thin bodied.

Overall: I lust for Imperial Stouts, easily my number two beer next to IIPAs and this was is uniquely good but has room for improvement. A slight tweaking couldn't hurt but be patient the first tasting don't let it overwhelm you...the fruits make you think of a chocolate covered strawberry. Little funky at first but to each their own, Salud!

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Photo of csparace
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smell (4.50) – Chocolates, coffee, and a touch of cherry. Really awesome smell that has me excited.

Appearance (4.25) – Thin pour. Flat black color with a fluffy chocolate head of tiny bubbles.

Taste (3.50) – Coffee at the front. Cherry is hard to find but there – kind of like the OTA. Chocolates really come out in the body. The finish has the hints of cherry but is almost overcome by coffee.

Mouthfeel (3.75) – This is where I think the cherry comes out. There a somewhat acidic feel that reminds me of cherry consumption. Seconds, even a minute or so after the sip it feels light and potentially fruity. It even feels slightly boozy – but I'm not sure if that's the cherry speaking or the 11%.

Overall (3.75) – I thought this one would lean on the RTA side of the spectrum but tended to be much more like the OTA. You can hardly get the cherry – which for this beer series seems to be the draw. It is nothing like the in your face awesome raspberryness that is RTA.

Batch 204/5

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 2.20.14
Batch # 204/5

A - Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. A smaller dark tan head forms, but fades pretty quickly.

S - Chocolate covered cherries is all I can think of.

T - Swwet and bitter cherry, dark chocolate.

D - Decent carbonation with a medium body. Bitter finish.

O - Cherry is there, just not that pleasant.

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Photo of Ri0
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

poured 22oz bottle into chalice.

A - Coffee colored with a 1.5 finger wheat bread colored head. Fair retention that leaves a collar and some lacing on the glass.

S - Fudge, cocoa, vanilla and some cherry. I pick up mostly chocolate and vanilla notes with only a hint of cherry and some roasted malt.

T - Starts off with some fudge and milk chocolate. Vanilla creeps in and brings with it slight cherry notes. The roasted malts give it a slight bitterness to keep it from being overly sweet. I pick up far less cherry than other reviews suggest.

M - Medium bodied and not as smooth and creamy as I would like. Carbonation is decent.

O - My first of the Abductions series and it was decent. I like that it was more chocolaty and less cherry. It was also not overly sweet like some fruited stouts.

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Photo of emerge077
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Split 3 ways, ended up with at least 12-14 oz.

Brownish black when poured, creamy mocha goam billows up on the initial pour. A small amount of lace, tiny flecks around the edges. Surface is glassy and still after a few minutes.

Aroma is roasty, with a subdued hint of dried cherry.

Taste is a little more fruit forward, the cherry comes across as dried fruit, lending a mellow tartness and natural flavors, tied up nicely with the roasty, chocolatey imperial stout base. Low carbonation, cherry lends a light acidic tartness which is expected.feel is smooth and not really boozy at all. In the series this may be the better of the fruited versions, though the coffee still gets my vote.

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Photo of ccg
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Batch #517-520 from 2014-09-21, opened 2017-01-18.

Looks like a great stout. Jet black, totally opaque, not overly carbonated, and some nice lacing.

It has a distinct cherry-cola sort of scent. The Pipeworks Abduction stouts tend to have a strong component of bitterness and a bit of smokiness from the base stout. Maybe it's the age, but this one has a cherry-forward scent with a bit of chocolate and malted grains underneath.

The flavor is pretty similar, with a subtle chocolate-covered-cherry flavor on top of a mellow base of roasted malt.

It also has a nice, somewhat oily feel.

Overall, it's pretty nice, and I think it has aged surprisingly well.

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Photo of dar482
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a dark black color.

The aroma has tons of chocolate, cocoa, and dark dark cherries. A bit of tart of those cherries coming through too.

The flavor follows of roasted malt, sweet cocoa, milk chocolate, and a cherry note. The slightly tart somehow just doesn't exactly meld perfectly with the chocolate and roasted malt flavors, but still a fine beer.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pipeworks Brewing Cherry Truffle Abduction.

Poured from a bomber into my trusty CBS snifter. Served at cellar temp. That means whatever the temperature is inside of the closet in my basement.

A) Dark brown... My four year old says it's black. A nice big dark tan head. The head settled to a thin dusting. This has some legs.

S) The cherry is pretty subdued. There is a little tartness on the nose. Faint chocolate and vanilla.

T) Please refer to the aroma. The alcohol is pretty well hidden, given an 11% ABV. There's a little heat.

M) A bit thin for my liking. Finishes up dry with some warmth.

O) A decent sipper, and it took the edge off after a long work week. Although I have to say this has been my least favorite of the Abduction series.

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