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 (11606) - 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 (3366) - 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 (2116) - 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 (5441) - 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.
joergen (28177) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 28, 2013
Bottle at yespr.
Pitch black coloured with a small beige head.
Sweet and roasted aroma of caramel, coffee and chocolate.
Sweet and roasted flavour of coffee, chocolate and caramel.
Roasted finish. queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - APR 28, 2013
Bottle share at DLD. Dark roast coffee, ash, and light chocolate aroma, a hint of minty hops. Black with a small tan head. Coffee grounds and chocolate flavor with a slight roasty bitter finish. Full body. Strykzone (7363) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2013
Sampled at esbls. Very dark red brown. Almost no head. A nose of coffee and a bit of ash. First sip is kind of freezer burn. Malta are huge but the coffee has faded some. It is surprisingly bitter. Background fruit. BeerandBlues2 (13326) - Escondido, California, USA - JUL 20, 2013
Bottle shared by nmann08. Pours opaque black with a medium, frothy tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is coffee, chocolate and roast malt, prunes and dates with earthy hops. Flavor is dark malt, licorice, dark fruits, light alcohol, light hops and bitterness with a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation. radagast83 (8074) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUL 20, 2013
Bottle shared by nmann08. Poured a dark brown color with a nice off-white head. Aroma was coffee, chocolate. Flavor was nice roasted malt notes, coffee, choclate notes. Nice!