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 Stevedore
2.72/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle, batch #204, thanks Doug for bringing this one over. Poured into a Surly Darkness goblet today, 2/5/2014.

App- Dark opaque black body, 1 finger tan head that dissipates quickly, leaves some lacing and a nice collar.

Smell- Faint tart cherries and that's it. Not particularly interesting. I don't pick out any cocoa or vanilla despite the label saying it was brewed with these.

Flavour- Disappointing. Tart cherries, on the verge of being sour. But I don't get any of the base beer even as it warms up. No roast malts, no espresso, no chocolate. It's just fairly tart cherries. Disappointing even though I expected the beer to be cherry forward. I at least expected to have some more going on.

Mouthfeel- Medium-thin body, fine carbonation. Might be slightly watery actually. Aftertaste is a faint tart cherry flavour.

Overall- If I want cherries, I'd rather spend the money on Wisconsin Belgian Red. This doesn't taste like a stout at all, and is very cherry forward. Definitely one of Pipeworks' weakest offerings in my opinion. Their DIPA bombers are fantastic, but everything else I've had from them have been at least a bit underwhelming.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.17/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body. Deep black. Nice khaki head. Thick collar.

Smell - Cherry and chocolate. Kinda milk chocolatey. Not very dynamic.

Taste - Much more chocolate, but the cherry cuts into the richness of it. Makes it taste a bit artificial. Again, not all that interesting.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Not as tasty as other Abduction variants. Cherry really doesn't work.

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Photo of ARoman
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

750mL bottle poured into a brandy snifter. This one has a relatively thin, soapy, beige head which dissipates quickly to a wispy layer on top of a deep cola brown body - which is fairly transparent for an imperial stout. The lacing is very spotty and runny; I think it’s fair to say that this one doesn’t lace. Dark fruit aromas come through with some strength including - as advertised - cherry accompanied by plum and strawberry (maybe some peach too). There’s also a mellow earthy-truffle, milky cheese (mozzarella comes to mind) aroma competing with the sweet fruits. Some background notes include spice (anise?), vanilla bean ice cream, and alcohol. It’s sweet, no denying that. A heavy dose of cherry and milk chocolate sweet. This starts to turn to a bitter dark chocolate with, perhaps, some very light, mild, spicy hop bitterness, but as soon as it starts to come on strong (both chocolate and spice), the bitterness is washed away by a fatty/umami which I chalk up to the truffles. Dark chocolate starts to take over more as it warms up adding a bit more bitter to compliment the sweet. It strikes me as a "dessert" beer. For an imp stout, this beer is notably thin and light bodied, but it is extremely sticky - felt like I had to wash my face afterwards, but then again, maybe I should take that as a wake-up call that I’m a slob. There’s a trace amount of carbonation which becomes non existent further into the drink. At the end, we’re left with a chocolate and dark-fruit-sweet aftertaste. It’s definitely unique, and better than some of the more viscerally negative reviews I’ve read. An interesting flavor combination; not necessarily a "homerun," but not a strikeout either. Might to an interesting one to take up the label’s suggestion and cellar for a year or so to see how the flavors evolve.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of cough syrup and cherry syrup with light roasted notes is mildly enjoyable. Taste is a mix of cough syrup with cherry flavored syrup, quite a bit of residual sugar notes with some lactose. Body is full with creamy texture and good carbonation. Not a big fan of the cherry flavour in this beer.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Tried the Coffee Break Abduction a few months back and loved it. Finally got another one from the series to try out.

A: Looks pretty great. Slightly thin looking on the pour, but still looks solid in the glass and yields a one finger khaki colored head.

S: Has some good things going on and some not good things. A nice, mellow and roasty smell with some cocoa powder and roasted malt. Just a touch of fudge in there as well. But the cherry note is a little strange. Sour and almost cherry soda like on the nose. No real vanilla here that I can get at all.

T: Just not feeling this one. Sour cherry to the point of being bitter, roasted malt and a very thin mouthfeel do not a happy boy this drinker make. Everything about the name screams dessert in a glass, but the sour/bitter aspect here just overwhelms everything else in here.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: pours a black color, maybe some mahogany around the edges. a finger or so of a tan head forms and has moderate to weak retention. little to no lacing left behind. completely opaque due to the darkness.

Smell: espresso, syrupy artificial cherry sweetness. roasted malts and chocolate.

Taste: opens with a strongly (verging cloying) sweet, syrupy artificial cherry taste. espresso filters in and burns out most of the cherry, more maltiness comes through with notes of chocolate and roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: heavy chewy, a bit too sweet on the front end and a bit too bitter and burnt on the backend.

Overall: its hard to pull off fruit in stouts and this isn't a bad try. the flavor just comes out so artificial and sweet. espresso flavors can be a bit brutal at times.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours midnight black with a slight red hue out of the bottle and a thick two finger head of khaki foam.

Dark chocolate, cherry, vanilla, roasted malts, and slightly nutty,

Heavy toasted malts, dark chocolate, vanilla, and cherry notes.

Heavy-boded, medium carbonation, fruity, sweet, rather thin.

Overall, smells wonderful, but the mouthfeel is unfortunately thin.

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Photo of joeseppy
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 517-520
Dark brown pour with minimal wispy flat cola top.

Aroma of charred oaky vanilla. Scant sourball cherry candy. Dark chocolate.

Bitter charred vanilla on the arrival. Dark chocolate. Sour cherry juice on the finish.

Light effervescence. Medium body. Dark cocoa bitterness in the mouth.

Overall decent enough. Not just Pipeworks but these cherry stouts with little influence are tiring. It says cherry-the guy has a cherry for a brain-give me cherry dammit. Drink it for the ABV and again, a decent enough stout.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Apperance is a deep cola brown with minimal head and no lacing. The nose starts with deep dark cherries which bring some acidity to the nose. This is followed by notes of vanilla and some brighter candy like cherry notes. Hints of roast and cocoa come through, however they are largely overshadowed. The taste is opposite of the nose, chocolate and roast comes through first, and then the tart cherries build up some tartness and a touch of sweetness towards the end. Mouthfeel is medium for Style and light in carbonation. Overall, the cherry is pronounced in this beer, but unfortunately it overshadows the delicious Abduction base. A tasty beer no doubt, probably the weakest of the variants IMO.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
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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Photo of dar482
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
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 emerge077
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
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 -1.3%
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 Ri0
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
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 csparace
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
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 +0.8%
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 BlurryVisi0n
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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 brewcrew76
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
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 CuriousMonk
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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 Zoomslowik
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
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 JohnnyHopps
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
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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3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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 Lucnifter
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
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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Photo of krome
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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 mfnmbvp
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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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