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Box Set Track #10 - Bat Out Of Hell - The Lost Abbey

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Box Set Track #10 - Bat Out Of HellBox Set Track #10 - Bat Out Of Hell

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409 Ratings
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Ratings: 409
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 7.73%
Wants: 121
Gots: 160 | FT: 27
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The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  13.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: HopHead84 on 12-05-2011

Formerly known as "Serpent's Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged With Cocoa Nibs & Coffee"

A fresh track, Track 10 began as a fresh Serpent’s Stout base aged in bourbon barrels with oodles of coffee and cacao nibs added shortly before packaging.

Late in November of 2011, Mike Rodriguez our head brewer asked about creating a Coffee and Cacoa Nib version of Serpent’s Stout for the San Diego Strong Ale Festival. The beer was a hit with our fans. When we wrote up the syllabus for the Ultimate Box Set, we knew a version of this beer would be included.

We waited until the very end of the release schedule to put this beer in a bottle so that the coffee and cacoa nibs really come through. Four Bourbon barrels were selected for their rich and dense chocolate flavors. One week before packaging, we added 17 pounds of Ryan Brothers Coffee and 4 pounds of TCHO Cacao Nibs to steep before packaging.
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Ratings: 409 | Reviews: 65
Photo of mlhyatt
4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I felt like if they used more adjuncts it would have been better. The barrel is a little overwhelming. It's also a little thin. Overall, not a bad stout but I think Lost Abbey should stick to sours.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black, opaque in the glass with a cool half finger brown head, one of the darkest I've seen on a stout. Aroma of dark toasted malt, milk and dark chocolate, bourbon, a hint of coffee. Flavor is well integrated dark toasted malt, coffee, chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. Nice chocolate covered coffee bean finish. There is a light booziness to it, but this stout is substantial enough to hide its intensity. Medium to heavy bodied with light creaminess, nice mouth feel. A very well balanced and complex barreled stout. Each of the ingredients is distinct, but all seem to integrate really well. One of the best coffee flavor support beers I've had, it's like it was designed to present fresh coffee flavors, although even those do not dominate. I'm quite impressed with this one. Nicely done.

Photo of alwaysplayin
3.56/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This didn't live up to the hype for me at all. It made me sad.

Poured beautifully into my teku, but from there I might as well have been drinking a bottle at 1/5 the price. No nose to speak of, mouthfeel was crisp (not smooth), and there wasn't the depth of flavor I'd expect from this type of BA brew. Love me some Serpent's Stout, but I'd rather have had 2x of them than this 375ml of meh.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.12/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not much carbonation or head from the pour but it comes out like motor oil.

Smells like chocolate, oak, tobacco and a bit of soy sauce.

Tastes chocolatey with good oak notes. Not particularly varying in flavors to my taste buds. Spicy boozy does quite a number on the flavor.

It's hotter and more bourbon dominated than I like in my beers. But it's chewy and thick-bodied and so there's enough here to enjoy.

All I'ma say is $18 though? For 375mL? When I can get similar beers anywhere from $9 a 750? An old and common lament but Lost Abbey prices are absurd. There are cheaper and still better options.

Photo of Stevedore
4.04/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, served in a snifter 4/13/2015.

A- Dark brown, nearly black body, opaque with a one finger espresso coloured head, nice retention, no lacing.

S- Strong vegetal pepper aroma that becomes more coffee-like as it warms up but it never loses that vegetal character completely. A bit of bourbon, a fair amount of milk chocolate, cocoa, small amount of roasted malt.

F- Milk chocolate, cocoa, none of the vegetal aromas, espresso, bourbon, a slight amount of vanilla (but not very much). Solid flavour profile, a bit hot in terms of alcohol.

M- Medium bodied, good carbonation, more of a mix of slick and dry finish that is slightly boozy with a cocoa-heavy finish.

O- Solid barrel-aged coffee stout with a solid body, but it's no Sunday Morning or BCBCS.

Photo of cbutova
4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Armsby Abbey Stoutfest 2015. Full notes taken during consumption.

A- Pitch black as the bat out of hell with a dark mocha tan cap to a finger; good retention. Webs and drizzle coat the glace with lacing.

S- Massive fudgey desserts and Bourbon bring the decadence level to the max. Huge chocolate inviting with coffee and heavy roast barley. Heavy rounded out oaky sweetness and peppery Bourbon.

T- The aroma transitions to the flavor smoothly with the same general theme; a huge brew. Added dark fruits like spicy fig to the mix of sweet oak, spicy peppery Bourbon, insane cocoa, medium to dark roast coffee, alcohol and big caramel.

MF- Massive thick bodied with medium carbonation adding to the decadence. Finishes fairly warm but for the ABV its not even close to a surprise or a flaw.

A big beer in all aspects that a beer can be big. Dessert-like cocoa is found throughout complimenting the whiskey and coffee notes added in with that.

Photo of mendvicdog
2.73/5  rDev -38%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

too strong and not blended well

Photo of MissSmisje
4.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: opaque black; S: roasted coffee bourbon; T: roasted coffee, bourbon, cocoa nibs, hot finish. F: heavy.

Photo of Dope
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

No bottling date that I can find.

A: Pitch-black pour with the darkest head I've ever seen on a beer before. The head is exactly the same color as the body upon the initial pouring. What an odd effect, has to be seen to be understood. Head lightens up slightly and fizzes out at a moderate pace. Zero lacing, minimal retention. I gave it extra points for the midnight black head.

S: Heavy, heavy, heavy roasted malt. Lots and lots of coffee and chocolate along for the ride. Get some dark fruits buried in there and there's even a touch of anise. Not really getting a huge bourbon presence but it's there, an oaky vanilla and caramel sweetness hovering above all the chocolate/coffee/roasty aromas. A little boozy sting when swirled.

T: Whoa. Strong but smooth bourbon up front. Heavy caramel with a light vanilla backing. Caramel segways into lots of sweet chocolate syrup with a coffee backing. Coffee flavors aren't in-your-face but provide a mildly bittersweet backing and balance to all of the sweet caramel and chocolate. Coffee stands out and shines a more towards the finish when the sweetness fades. Finishes off with a strong oaky bourbon caramel and boozy stinging aftertaste.

M: Heavy, viscous and stinging.

O: Very interesting and fun brew. It starts off all sweet and smooth and ends with sharp, stinging flavors. Polar opposites. Balance is spectacular, flavors are bold and well-defined. Everything is strong but nothing stands out as overpowering. Even the drinkability is surprisingly good for such a big, layered barrel-aged stout. Lots of complexity, lots of booze, lots of everything in this one. Most impressive Lost Abbey brew I've ever had. By a million miles.

Photo of Jjski
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The quality of the coffee presence is distinctive and exemplary

No bitterness , but dark roast flavor of excellent java, cocoa balanced with bourbon and alcohol heat.

Very enjoyable, but not an everyday sipper . If cost is a burden , try Epic Brewing Big Bad Baptist at. $14 per bomber or coffee BCBS if you can find it

Highly recommended. I stocked up on track 8 due to uniqueness of a cinnamon raisin Quad. I don't think I will get another of these, but await the next installment.

I won't even talk about how pissed I was that both of my aged Agave Maria went bad, sour in a repugnant way. Oops, I mentioned it. See review.

Photo of Treyliff
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml cork top bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours jet black and thick as motor oil with a one-finger foamy dark tan-almost brown head that dissipates quickly, leaving just a trace of head behind

S- big blast of bourbon on the nose adds aromas of oaky vanilla, quickly followed by dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, scorched caramel, toasted marshmallow & acetone. The coffee addition adds a strong aroma of raw green pepper with underlying espresso. As it sits longer, more oaky bourbon & chocolate aromas prevail

T- bourbon barrel flavors are prominent up front with spicy bourbon mixing with oak and vanilla, the addition of the cocoa nibs are noticed mid-palate, with a big bittersweet dark chocolate flavor, the coffee addition follows the nose in that it has a flavor of raw green pepper, followed by more of an espresso flavor. The finish adds more bourbon with sweet caramel and alcohol

M- medium viscous body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a warming, oily finish

O- taking an already great stout and adding cocoa, bourbon barrel & coffee? This one is a winner, and drinks quite easily for the ABV

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.75/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Re-reviewing Track #10: Had on tap at Bishop's Collar in Philadelphia, seven bucks for a snifter. A lot more taste on draft, plenty of spices, fresh chocolate, crushed red pepper. The body is heftier as well and the price is right so this is a good choice to have at a bar (I'm upping up my ratings)

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I was excited to find this at a store in Philadelphia. Barrel-aged Serpent Stout+coffee+cacao? Yes please!

And yet this beer falls short of its hefty price tag and high expectations. Yes, there is coffee, good cacao taste, the astringent and piquant taste of the bourbon barrel and a bit of chili spice... and yet there is not much to get excited about here, besides the customary roastiness, chocolate and customary darkness of a stout this big.

The body is thin, the taste is correct but underwhelming and short and the price weights heavy (drinkability is good, though)

The memory of this beer will be short-lived.

I'll drink a Bourbon County Coffee any day, for ten dollars less. Or a Serpent Stout.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

i am so thankful that they are brewing some of these again, as i was super stoked about the box set, but didnt have the thousand bucks or whatever it cost to procure at the time, so nice to see these slowly coming around again. man this one is great, better than the track 8 i think by a significant margin. it is easily the most cocoa nibs i have ever known in a beer. that is what i smell first and foremost in this highly viscous, minimally carbonated, inky black obsidian luster rarity. earthy and bitter cocoa, a hint of coffee too, but its almost like the cocoa produces the coffee aroma, not actual coffee, although i do believe it is added here. its cool because its not sweet chocolaty, its raw and dense and bitter, but in insanely high proportions. i taste it like that too, with the nibs being the most forward flavor in the beer, which i have never really experienced before. the coffee is all on the back end, and the bourbon barrel is intense. less vanilla than others, but the boozy sweetness is there, and it seems to extract even more flavor from the cocoa nibs. bitter enough on the roast too to go with the cocoa, and then together balance the sweeter bourbon character in the finish. this was a really slow sipper for me, enjoying and contemplating my half of the bottle for well over an hour, and it made one heck of a night cap. as good as any beer from the lost abbey, and really the best use of this common ingredient i can think of. worth the money, even though its expensive. this is not to be missed.

Photo of markgugs
4.19/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass

A: Pours like a glass of dessert, all dark brown swirls and a nice mocha head that never fully disappears.

S: Amazing nose, sweet bourbon notes of vanilla, toasted coconut and marshmallow, followed by the roast and cocoa. Some definite dark fruit (raisins, mostly) notes. Can't wait to taste.

T/M: First taste, excessively sweet, the coffee is hidden until the end, when it reminds me of the remnants of a mocha-laden espresso drink. Very prevalent hints of vanilla and chocolate, with just a touch alcohol burn to remind you that it's 12%. Perfect feel, thick and chewy as a beer like this should be. More alcohol burn as it warms.

O: A really excellent BA stout, though no question of its ABV, and for a beer with coffee it's somewhat lacking those flavors. All-in-all though, a very good beer.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at the Publick House in Boston, MA.

This one pours a deep, dark, glossy-looking black, with a small, filmy quarter-inch head, and not a whole lot of lacing.

Smells super wonderful, tons of chocolate, rich, dark, and slightly sweet-smelling, with roasty coffee, and a big meaty bourbon character.

This is one of the best BA stouts I've ever had. Definitely flies under the radar. The chocolate is the star for me, really tasty, slightly sweet, but roasty bittersweet, with some cocoa powder and some nutty roasted coffee, and a lot of sweet bourbon. There's a little bit of caramel, but it's definitely not too sweet here, as the roasted, nearly charred malt character really balances out the sweet components.

This is thick bodied, with a creamy, full, and quite expressive mouthfeel. The carbonation is low, just there enough to keep this one very drinkable.

This is was amazing. I really want to get a bottle of it to try now.

Photo of Desp59
1.73/5  rDev -60.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Roasty and huge on coffee. Just not my thing.

Photo of smcolw
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark tan head. Thick and lasting, but a bit small. The liquid is very dark where no light shines through. Plenty of blanketing lace on the glass.

The smell starts with a sweetness I didn't expect. It's almost like an after dinner drink.

The taste is extremely rich, like biting into a rich brownie. Yet, it's not so sweet. Lots of semisweet chocolate. Chewy in terms of body with a light carbonation touch. The aftertaste is of dark malt and is long lasting.

Photo of Bumblebtna
3.54/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A bit too brash, but solid overall.

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a beautiful black one-finger mocha head. Sweet roasted malts, oak, cacao nibs, dark chocolate and coffee are bought out to the nose. Flavors of coffee, cocoa nibs, oak, slight vanilla, and the bourbon is extremely well-hidden. Delicious creamy mouthfeel! Very solid beer all around.

Photo of LoriS17
4.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent. First time trying this. Would love to taste what it's like with a little age on it.

Photo of OneEye78
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a thin almost brown head. Smells is vanilla, dark chocolate, raisins and coffee. It was a bit light on the tongue, but still substantial. Taste shows good barrel and bourbon character, followed by chocolate, some coffee bitterness, and a bit of alcohol burn. This easy a very good barrel aged coffee stout. Just a hair below bcbcs and tweak.

Photo of Damian
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 12.7 fl. oz. corked and caged bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Served in a snifter

Super oily and viscous, near pitch black appearance. The liquid was capped by a one-finger tall, super tight and creamy, saddle brown head. Streaky lacing stuck along the glass. The head slowly dropped to a bubbly mass that eventually transformed into a thick, frothy, lasting collar.

The aroma was super boozy. Bourbon and oak came through strong and contributed intense vanilla and woody notes. Loads of freshly ground coffee beans. Roasty and dry yet also quite sweet. Brown sugar was noticeable. Some dark chocolate as well. Almost a bit chocolate syrup-like. Hints of dark fruits also appeared. Booze soaked raisins were detectible and perhaps even some port. Chocolate fudge notes came out as the beer warned.

Bourbon notes dominated in the flavor profile. Super boozy. A bit hot initially. Dark chocolate came through strong on the front end. Coffee grounds were also apparent. Deep, dark and roasty with some dark fruits. Raisiny and slightly sweet. Touch of burnt sugar. Bitter, charred notes lingered in the dry, tannic finish. An intense boozy sting was noticeable on the swallow. The alcohol presence became quite overwhelming by the drink's end.

The liquid was amazingly creamy, slick and smooth on the palate. Full bodied but slightly short of viscous. The beer contained a fine, zippy carbonation that seemed a bit excessive initially but settled down with time.

Track #10 is a smack-you-in-the-face type of imperial stout. While I really enjoyed this, I wish that the alcohol was better integrated into the flavor profile. You definitely taste all 13.5% in this monster.

Photo of portia99
4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml C&C bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle has a fairly low fill level just as an observation.

A - Pours an oily, black color - opaque even when held to the light. A short cap of dark, mocha foam falls quickly and leaves an uneven collar and sparse lacing on the glass.

S - Sweet, bourbony, boozy, molasses, cocoa, mild coffee and roastiness...has a smooth and almost creamy character to it.

T - Coffee really comes thru in the flavor taking the lead in the flavor profile. Bitter, cocoa powder, creamy chocolate, boozy with a clean bourbon flavor, some dark fruits, traces of vanilla.

M - Thick and full bodied with a slick and oily feel on the tongue. Low carbonation with just a hint of life to it, but works just about perfectly here. Intense coffee roast and firm, warm bourbon on each sip. Rounded out by a sweet, caramelly and vanilla-y note.

O - Nice BB imperial stout. For me the coffee really makes this beer. It plays really well against the bourbon. This is quite smooth overall despite its intensity.

Photo of Mightykingmalard
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: jet black. Nice cocoa brown head. Fades pretty quick.

S: chocolate and vanilla in there.

T: fantastic dark chocolate taste. Not really getting any tobacco or coffee. But I love chocolate tasting beer so this is great.

M: a little bite that I want to say will fade with some time. It's not too thick, sits great in your mouth.

O: I am going to go pick a couple more of these up to see how they age. I am very much enjoying this beer.

Photo of sillyhed8
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A very, very memorable taster. A little boozy, but very balanced.

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Box Set Track #10 - Bat Out Of Hell from The Lost Abbey
97 out of 100 based on 409 ratings.