Cherry Truffle Abduction | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
You might be wondering if you have ever in your life been abducted by space aliens. Statistics show (source unknown) that 99% of Americans have been abducted by aliens in their lifetime and 1% of Americans are space invaders. Reasons for this aggression, statistics say (source unknown) is due to their intense desire for the smooth, velvet brewed with cherries known as Pipeworks Cherry Truffle Abduction on planet Earth (known to aliens as planet 121302498u2239048 quadrant 102938102938102938 (alien source (statistics say 99% of sources are inaccurate (source unknown(source unknown, source unknown))).

Added by MasterSki on 09-14-2013

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2/5  rDev -48.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

Photo of Stevedore
2.72/5  rDev -30.4%
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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2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of Beerdudenumberone
3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of cheesy26
3.08/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thin, with a sour cherry taste.

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Photo of ptmoore82
3.11/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Cough syrup and bitter chocolate. This is gross.

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3.14/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.17/5  rDev -18.9%
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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3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
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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3.22/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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3.24/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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Cherry Truffle Abduction from Pipeworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 414 ratings