Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Pipeworks Abduction - Gus #33

I hope everyone had a great Christmas holiday and a Happy New Year!  I got to spend time with family and friends and enjoy some great brews.  I'm looking forward to a great year in 2013 and I hope you all can do the same!  I missed a few days on reviews but with the holidays and all the traveling I did, I just couldn't find the time.  Hopefully this brew today will start 2013 off right!

This brew is from a small brewery in Chicago, IL.  They have put out some great brews and are really hitting some home runs with a lot of their offerings.  This one is a small batch imperial stout called Abduction.  I've heard a lot of good things.  Let's get into the review of this brew.

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Information from the website:
Not really a lot available on the website.  I think it is still under construction.  I had to pull most of this from the label.
About the Beer:
Style:  American Imperial stout
Alcohol by Volume:  10.5%

"Abduction in the dead of night, an eerie silence consumes the blackened sky.  In an instant, BOOM, a single beam engulfs you.  Panic stricken, you flee in no particular direction.  It’s of little use, as you’re lifted effortlessly from the safety and comfort of the earth into a darkness unknown.  Resistance is futile.  They have you now.  Abduction has you now.

Bottling Dates:
Batch 041: 10/8/12"

I poured this brew into a large snifter glass.

Appearance:  The brew poured really dark brown, almost jet black.  It was almost like cola colored, black with hints of brown on the sides of the glass.  Really nice head for such a big brew.  Head was light brown/tan color that put forth a ton of lacing.  It had much better head retention than I expected.  Very apparent alcohol legs as well.  When swirled in the glass it left a brown film.  It looks like this will be a big brew with great mouthfeel.

Aroma:  Big malt notes right off the bat.  Then some chocolate but more of a cocoa chocolate than anything.  Slight hints of dark chocolate.  Roasty coffee and sweet caramel aromas.  Some dark fruits mixed in as well.  It does have a slight alcohol aroma but nothing hot or bad.  Kind of a sweet aroma.  Super roasty almost smoky in this one.  Really nice Imperial Stout. 

Taste:  Pretty much spot on with following the nose.  Roasty chocolate and hints of espresso.  Coffee bitterness mixed with a dark chocolate bitterness mid palate.  The back end has that cocoa sweetness to it.  Some of the alcohol comes through but mostly in a warming sensation in the back of the mouth.  This would do great cellared for a few months to see what it does.  Some dark fruits, maybe a little raisin.  Smokiness is really nice.  It's easy to drink even with the hint of alcohol and is great for a chilly night!

Verdict:  I really enjoyed this brew.  I'm starting to like the smoky stouts more and more.  This one is a perfect example of what American Imperial Stouts are.  They are usually a bit more smokey than Russian Imperial Stouts that I've had and I like that factor.  I really liked the espresso and subtle mixtures of all the other flavors.  Everything balanced and blended well.  The warmth was really great as it's been chilly around here.  This brew gets an A from me.  I hope to get some more of this one and let some age to see what happens to them.  Maybe some more dark fruits will come out.  It would pair nicely with some rich fudge or another rich chocolaty dessert.  It would even go great with a cigar to enhance the smokiness.  Very nice from a young brewery.  I hope to have some more things from them in the future.

I really like the artwork these guys do with the stories to go along with them.  Let me know what you think and if you have any other suggestions from this brewery to try!