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RATINGS: 126   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 lifed effortlessly from the safety and comfort of the earth intoa darkness unknown. Resistance is futile. They have you now. Abduction has you now.

Bottling Dates:
Batch 041: 10/8/12


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (6860) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2012
22 oz bottle from Binnys Marcy (Chicago, IL). Pours a richer black hue, not opaque as some brownish light shows some deep elements, a glowing ruby midnight bottom and edges glow. Frothy darker brown head atop stays as a mellow layer, laces ok. Nice color on the head. Aromas are cocoa, dark fruit, and roast. Some biscuits, firm dry roast and dry earthy hops. Kiss of pine, gentle dark fruit, dark chocolate, roast, kiss of anise. Dry overall, roasty, toast and gentle wafts of toffee, dark black malts. More cocoa, coffee, and a touch of dark warmth, alcohol hits me a touch. Initial is medium bodied, getting thicker up front as I get into it. Roasty and toasty, cocoa, and some thicker sweetness, dark black malts up front. Dryness, firm roast, big dry hop presence, florals and pine. Growing cough syrup and red fruit backend, a bit of anise/NyQuil feel grows quickly. Some touches of cool alcohol like heat. Mellow roast grows, hops and medicinal element really play off each other in the middle and backend. Anise, dry hops, roast. This is not like the Abduction I remember from Homebrew/Pilot batches off the bat. Aromas and appearance are nice, but flavor falls for me, palate suffers from that really crazy medicinal/Anise/Dark fruit feel into the backend, which is quite frankly, not a feel I enjoy in the slightest. A solid big one, the hops and front end have some nice qualities. As it warms and settles, some mocha and espresso like roastiness come on up front more, but it’s just a mish mosh all around this bad boy. The backend and finish are distracting for me though, odd, and just not my thing. Overall, it’s ok. Some vindication from coffee, ash elements. But at times, anise, dryness, and medicinal and ABV interference hit me hard. I don’t know what to think really.. I look forward to the next batch.. A rerate seems necessary.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (6820) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 6, 2012
Bottle shared by a friend as we were bottling some homebrew. Dark brown pour with a medium tan head. Aroma of malt, raisin and lots of grassy hops. Malty and chocolatey flavor with some grassy hops before a roasty finish.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6543) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 19, 2012
Very waxed bottle and served in my Pipeworks snifter: Pours basically opaque with a fading tan head and left spotty lace upon the glassware. The aroma smacks down with lush liquorice, tar, leather, tobacco, roast, char, chocolate, espresso, and some resiny, catty and vinous hop kick. Smell very fresh, perhaps too green at this point. The taste is brash young aggressive hop bitterness over layers of heavy sticky sweet and toasty malts. Very earthy and very alpha acid driven! Anise, pepper and some clove round out the edges. Even a touch of smoke is found rumbling aboot. The mouth feel is sort of stuck between lush and sticky and lively and brash... yeah it is still a brash snotty boy that needs a timeout to chill the fuck out but the chance for growth is there for all to see.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndySnow (6520) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - AUG 20, 2014
How: Bottle.
Where: RBESG 14 Grand Tasting.
Appearance: Dark brown colour with a tan head.
Aroma: Dried fruit, raisin, roasted malt.
Body: Medium to full body, medium carbonation.
Flavour: Dried fruit, raisin, caramel, roasted malt.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (6449) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 1, 2015
Bottle, Batch #44, 2012. Oops :(. Pours opaque black with a small brown creamy head that dissipates leaving solid lacing. So far, so good. Aroma is really chocolatey, like REALLY chocolate, with heavy roasted malts and a hint of anise. Some molasses on the back end as well. Flavor has all of the above, light plus sweet and medium bitter, rich and cocoa filled, coffee grounds, a hint of sharpmess about it. Lingering roasty bitterness. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel. This guy held up well, methinks

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pailhead (6377) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Bottle: The aroma consists chocolate, citrus/grapefruit, pine, and light roasted coffee. It pours a dark brown with no transparency. It has a two finger tan head with excellent retention. There’s some nice ringed lacing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with a quick dose of sweet/sugary chocolate. There is some sweet citrus and fruitiness in the middle. The finish has moderate grapefruit, pine, molasses, and some burnt notes.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichTheVillan (6274) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2014
Bottle drank during RBESG; black pour with a frothy light tan head, chocolate and roast coffee aroma, taste has plain bitter chocolate with some roasted malts, quality coffee, very rich and complex I enjoyed this very much.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerman6686 (6184) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2013
This poured a dark brown with a tan head. Aroma was chocolates, roasted malt, and some herbal notes. Flavor was medium sweetness, chocolate dark, roasted grain and light soy.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Countbeer (5982) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - MAR 11, 2015
Bomber: Batch 41: Served in a shaker at 13 degrees Celsius: Black beer with a medium sized vast mocha brow head. Aromas of roast, bay leaf, sweet wood, liquorice wood, liquorice, laurel, hint of spice like cinnamon, cough syrup, some dried dark fruits and more liquorice... Flavours of liquorice, bay leaf, roast, sweet wood, dried raisin and dried prunes, laurel, sweet wood, some hops, bitters, dried leaves, malt roast, laurel roast, sweet tar, cough syrup, etc. Good beer! Aftertaste is bitter, malt roast, liquorice, herbal roast, some toffee, bay leaf and some chocolate. Low carbo, creamy close to silky mothfeel, between medium and full bodied.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kaser (5502) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2015
Black pour from 22oz bottle at kasers pad. Off white head Sweet vanilla and chocolate flavor Has a milky and creamy thing going. had. most of the abductions before this and this is fantastic..


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