arminjewell (5588) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 2, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, dark black pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of big coffee, dark fruit, roast, hints of vanilla, chocolate, slight earthy, grainy notes, nice. Taste is a mix of dark chocolate, roast, hints of vanilla, nice big coffee, espresso notes, hints of dark fruit in there, finishing bitter, dry, chocolatey.
Scopey (5298) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, big thanks to Adrian from BA for sharing! It pours darkest brown with a small light tan head. The nose is big on the coffee, roasted malt, cocoa, dark fruit, light acidity, salted caramel and vanilla. The taste is roasted malt, coffee, alcohol heat, touch of chilli, wood, some acidity and earth with a dry, roasty finish. Medium-full body, fine carbonation and sticky mouth-feel. Perhaps a bit hot. Gets better the more you drink. Decent, but I couldn’t drink too much.
Geokkjer (5221) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with an off-white head. Aroma of roasted malt,malt, licorice, some alcohol and chocolate. Flavor is sweet and roasted malt with some coffee, chocolate, warming alcohol, coffee and berries. Medium body, average carbonation.
lusikka (5175) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bottle.
Pours a black colour with a beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, espresso, vanilla and biscuit. Flavour of roasted malts, strong espresso, grassy hops, floral notes, vanilla and biscuit. Full bodied, oily mouthfeel and a roasty, biscuity, salty finish. Very smooth and roasty with strong bitterness. Great stuff.
olio (5130) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 29, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
65 cl bottle.
Pours pitch black color with a small beige head. Aroma of coffee, hops, caramel malts, chocolate, dark malts, tar and some dark fruit notes. Flavor of dark chocolate, licorice, dark malts, cocoa powder and coffee.
TheAlum (5108) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle from Printers Row (Chicago, IL). Pours a thick blackish opaque pour. A black brownish pour is deep, dark, thick with a motor oil-esque feel. Small brownish head dies to a ring, laces small overall. Deep hues and body. Aromas are a good deal of coffee, roasty and earthy, some more secondary espresso like vibrancy of flavors, gentle yet firm vanilla bean. Cocoa, coffee, and roast. Caramel and toffee, biscuits. Some gentle red and dark fruit make a mellow appearance but much more secondary than it is in base Abduction. Nose asserts itself a little more as it settles in the glass. Quite pleasant, more restrained than some of the big brooding Coffee RIS options but nice. Initial is some more cherry elements, black cherry, richer coffee, roast, and espresso hit the palate, some vanilla. Biscuits, thicker black and toffee malts. Cocoa, caramel, and biscuits. A fuller body has some mellow carbonation, could use a bit more. The middle and backend make an appearance of that red fruit and medicinal cough syrupy feel I personally get with Abduction. The coffee element killed it out up front, but into the backend the coffee mixes with that presence. Jabs of coffee, espresso, vanilla, roast, and thicker sticky malts. At times that cough syrup feel interferes for me a bit. A touch of dryness at times, roast, toast. Some cocoa, coffee jabs firmly at times, let’s the Abduction base show more at others. A bit hot, touches of cough syrup on the backend in and out, mixing with a good coffee vibe, toast, thicker big malts, some dryness and a touch of ash or coolness. I’d call this an improvement over regular Abduction.. But the cough syrup feel really hits me with this beer. The oaked and barrel aged versions seem to kill that for me though (from homebrew stuff and FoBAB) and make a markedly higher scoring beer for me. Better than the original but maybe this just isn’t my type of RIS. Solid offering.. Coffee gives some fun and enjoyable flavors. Cool or cough syrupy feel into the backend is improved but still present from the original.
BoBoChamp (5016) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
65cl, as Coffee Break Abduction, new exclusive American brew
Anno 2013, with coffee and vanilla, thx alot to pbrack11!, very complex Stout, roasted and slightly spicy/sweet, balanced, cloudy, small head, very good brew
jredmond (4882) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Clockwork’s 4K / 5K / 10K Gathering 2013. Pours a deep brownish black body with light lacing. Aroma is espresso. Mouthfeel is wine, chocolate, caramel and roast.
thedm (4868) - Fort Wayne, USA - FEB 22, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This bottled brew from a rating party poured a small sized head of foamy fine to medium sized brown colored bubbles that were and left behind a no visible carbonation opaque dark brown colored body and a fair lacing. . The mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and at the finish with a lingering mild roasted malt aftertaste. The strong flavor contained notes of mildly vinous roasted malt coffee brown malt and hops. Delicious and one I would certainly like to have again.
Camons (4838) - Hasselager, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Rasmus’s. Pours black with a small light brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, rich coffee, light dark chocolate. Flavor is malts, coffee, espresso, dark chocolate, light booze. Medium body, lively carbonation, light warming alcohol in the finish. 260913