italianjohn (3310) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2014
Black pour nice tan head with light sticky lacing .... Aroma of coffee and not as sweet as regular abduction which is a bonus, roasted malts and caramel malts with some dark fruits .... Taste is of bitter roasted coffee, chocolate, dark fruits and some sweet lactose .... Has a bitter bite to it .... Mouthfeel is slick and oily with a lingering roasted coffee finish ... Nice fresh roasted coffee qualities, abv hidden well and has a softness to it MacBoost (1957) - Victor, New York, USA - AUG 6, 2014
Bootle from trade. Pours a deep brown almost black with a scant tan head. Aromas of creamy vanilla coffee with dark fruits. Taste is lightly bitter and sweet. Flavors of iced coffee with vanilla flavor and whip cream. Not cloying, but still pretty sweet. Alcohol is well masked. Some dark fruit/twang, light tobacco. Finishes sweet and creamy. Pretty nice. deanso (10258) - Chiang Mai, THAILAND - OCT 17, 2014
sample at THT.
Thin creamy tan head. Clear deep burgundy pour. Nice coffee aftertaste. Nicely done. yourilevesque (1829) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 30, 2015
Dégustée chez Janick. Merci à Roger, Marc-André et Stéphane. Bière bien noire, dégustée dans le noir. Il fait bien noir. Pas de mousse, sinon un mince anneau beige en surface. Beaucoup d’arômes de café, de caramel et de malts rôtis. Ça sent très bon mais rien de léger. Texture sirupeuse et huileuse, saveurs douces, je détecte des notes d’alcool, de café aussi bien sûr, de la torréfaction et également de la mélasse sur une importante base maltée. Très bonne et facile à boire! Lubiere (14240) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 16, 2015
A deep dark imperial stout with a thin mocha head. In aroma, loads of coffee grind, light vanilla, light chili powder, bitter chocolate, interesting. In mouth, an intense bitter chocolate with coffee grind, Oyster pulp, alcohol warmth, very nice. Bottle from Binny’s in Chicago.
TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2013
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. deyholla (12582) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Bottle. Pours black with a very dark brown head that dissipates quickly to the edges. Aroma is mainly coffee and espresso with a bit of dark chocolate and roasted malts. Flavor starts with coffee but mellows to allow a nice dark roasted malt note to come out that is complimented by some dark chocolate. pantanap (3367) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2013
22oz bottle. Thanks to the guys... Pours with a slight stillness upfront with a deeper stouty black hue, lesser intense edges with auburn tones and topped with a thin wispy medium khaki head... Aroma of of chocolate and coffee notes upfront, sweet molasses and brown sugar through the middle. Coffee is most dominant with the chocolates fudge aspects not too far behind... Flavors are more of the same with a foreboding sweetness through the middle as well as through the finish where a light bitter astringency fortunately cuts through. Earthy and fuller bodied with an adequate level of carbonation. holdenn (2127) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2013
22oz bottle. Pours a dark brown black with almost no head. A really strong coffee aroma comes off as I swirl it in my glass. Lots of coffee, bakers chocolate, and vanilla. Similar flavors that are really sweet. As it warms up the coffee and dry roast flavors compete with the sweet molasses malts. A touch of heat near the finish. Although sweet, a decent beer. markwise (5450) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 14, 2013
Bomber courtesy of a kind soul at Bold City on the RBWG Tour. Pours a brown with a tan head. Nose is big coffee, bitterness, roast, slight booze, chocolate, and earth. Flavor follows with some coffee bitterness, chocolate, roast, earth, and some sweet coffee. Finish lingers with coffee bitterness. Medium in body and very nice.