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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97
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497 Ratings
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Ratings: 497
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 7.5%
Wants: 132
Gots: 161 | FT: 30
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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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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Holy hell this one is dark. Dark as a demon's ass! Brown head. Not much lacing. Almost leaves wine-esque legs along the glass. The first sniff is preposterously aromatic. Heavy, damp bourbon notes. Hershey's syrup with whiskey. Coffee aroma is also strong. Dark fruit and Port. Awesome nose. Intensity level is set on 'lethal'. Flavor coats the tongue. The coffee becomes perhaps the main contributor to the flavor. Oh but that bourbon refuses to pipe down, too. Fudgy, brownie, chocolate flavors. Reminiscent of Port wine. Rich, sweet, and darkly fruity. A sweet, Irish Whiskey experience dominates the aftertaste and lingers for several minutes. This is one huge, brazen, loaded beer. Soft carbonation. Drying alcohol. Oily body. Maybe the longest lasting, most potent aftertaste I have ever encountered. This did not come cheap but I don't regret the purchase. This is a barrel treated version of their Serpent's Stout. I was not overly enamored with the base beer a few years ago when I tried it. Perhaps I should check back in with that beer.

Photo of stakem
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml corked and caged bottle poured into a matching lost abbey teku. This is easily in the top 5 for the most difficult to remove corks. The brew appears black with a fine edge of brown clarity around the perimeter when held to the light. The cap is dark brown about a finger strong that fades leaving spotty lace.

Initially the aroma is super fudge-like smelling of brownie or chocolate cake batter. All milk chocolate, some roast and earthy char/coffee. As it warms up, some booze emerges along with caramel/vanilla oakiness. This smells so sweet, its hard to believe its beer...until you take a sip.

The taste is milk chocolate blending to a dark fruity rasiony alcohol aspect with complimenting bourbon, slight citrus coffee and neutral woodiness faintly in the aftertaste. Whereas the nose is out of control sweetness, its a pleasant reassurance that the flavor is not that sweet, though it is boozy and roasty. The aftertaste is bitter from a combination of strong coffee, roasted grain and subtle herbal hops. As the beer warms up, it becomes a sort of smokey molasses monster and I like it a lot.

This is medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. An impressive rift on serpent stout. The belgian influence is still recognizable in this, though the alcohol is really ramped up and the chocolate is almost...almost too dominating. The coffee is still evident in this though it seems a bit faded yet still works. I really enjoyed this and certain would drink it again if the opportunity presented itself.

Photo of mdfb79
4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From 02/04/12 notes. Had on tap several times at the day session of EBF up in Boston, MA. One of the best beers of the fest.

a - Pours a dark brown, almsot black color, with one inch of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty great.

s - Smells of coffee, roasted malts, bourbon, cocoa and chocolate, light oak, and light dark fruits. Pretty nice, coffee seems to dominate the nose.

t - Tastes of sweet milk chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, roasted malts, oak, coffee, toasted malts, and light sweet dark fruits. Awesome taste; chocolate comes through heavily, and the bourbon and vanilla is awesome.

m - Medium to full bodied stout and low to moderate carbonation. Super smooth and creamy, and insanely easy to drink. Can't believe this one is 12.5% ABV; pretty perfect mouthfeel.

o - Overall a fantastic beer; one of the highlights of the day. A huge improvement on the normal Serpent Stout. Awesome taste with the sweet chocolate mixing wonderfully with vanilla and bourbon, and a perfect, smooth mouthfeel. Would love to have this one again sometime.

Photo of MasterSki
4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this at FoBAB, but didn't have time to write a full review - thanks to Todd for another crack at it.

A - Thin tan foam settles to a thinner collar. Very dark brown body that is opaque from most angles.

S - Coffee, oak, whiskey, dark roast, dark chocolate, espresso, anise, and a touch of char. Very heavy on the wood, and perhaps a touch of alcohol, but on the whole quite excellent. Just leaps out of the glass.

T - The taste is a tad more balanced, with some light baker's chocolate, vanilla, nut, and caramel sweetness to offset the espresso, roast, and oak flavors. Alcohol is better disguised here, but might lack the intensity of the aroma bit.

M - Medium-full body, roasty, dry, charry, and tannic. Minimal alcohol heat, which is nice, but slightly evocative of drinking a cup of coffee when it comes to texture. Lower carbonation.

D - Awesome beer. I know this was a previous experiment that was co-opted into the box set, so there's no excuse not to make more of this one. Would happily attempt to take down a 375ml bottle on my own.

Photo of ehammond1
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle (2012)

The Lost Abbey
San Marcos, CA

Pitch black with only the thinnest layer of small brown bobbles atop. Thick and substantial looking, with very little visible carbonation. This leaves thin smatterings/ribbons of lace down the glass.

Huge amounts of fresh ground, roasted coffee beans. This is perhaps the most coffee-forward aroma I've ever found in a beer--like sticking your nose in a coffee grinder, along with big notes of chocolate, and very mild bourbon. Fantastic aroma; transformed.

Again, the layers of coffee and chocolate lead the way here. The coffee has nice, earthy, freshly roasted notes, along with dark chocolate. Low to moderate bitterness, and the alcohol is hidden extremely well, given this beer's magnitude. The bourbon barrel is only mildly present. This is a coffee stout, first and foremost.

Perhaps a touch thinner than traditional Serpent's Stout, but not by much. Full in body low carbonation. Creamy and decadent.

Superb.

Photo of jeonseh
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The nose on this is pure coffee, oak and dark chocolate. The coffee presence is really strong. When you taste it, you get a lot of pure dark chocolate that is both bitter and sweet. It also has a strong roasted malt presence and a light oak that adds some complexity. The vanilla is strong and adds a sweetness that balances out with some fresh coffee. The body is thick and creamy with a slight mild astringency in the finish from the coffee.

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 Alieniloquium
4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Inky black. Small khaki head. Not much life to it, but it stains the glass nicely.

Smell - Tons of coffee. Light bourbon and vanilla. Chocolate. Slightly boozy.

Taste - Lots of coffee again. Bourbon is still muted, but the vanilla and oak push through nicely. Bitter coffee and rich chocolate in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Boozy, but not too much. Low carbonation. Viscous and chewy.

Overall - Oh I like this. Simple, for sure, but well executed.

Photo of SkyyNapalm
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Boozy, but super tasty imperial stout. Could probably use a little time to mellow out.

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 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 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 Catracho5
4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

375 ml bottle poured into Lost Abbey Teku glass

A: Black, no light enters the beer, dark brown head, very little carbonation, head is creamy, very little lacing, looks world class!

A: Big coffee aromas, chocolate, roasted malts, noticeable alcohol on the end, bourbon, not getting any sweet aromas, all dark roasted chocolaty coffee aromas, smells outstanding.

T: Big coffee up front, chocolate, roasted malts, bitter, alcohol is very noticeable at 13.5%, finishes dry, world class.

M: Viscous, full bodied mouthfeel, like drinking oil, world class.

O: This is a world class beer, just like I like my stouts, coffee, chocolate, full bodied mouthfeel, the alcohol is a little hot but that may decrease with age, I must go back and buy more, a world class stout, very drinkable, smooth. If you love coffee stouts aged in bourbon barrels then this beer is for you, cheers!

Photo of jegross2
4.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing Track #10 (Bat Out Of Hell) from The Lost Abbey out of California. This is one of the entries in their rock-themed Ultimate Box Set collection. This beer is their Serpent's Stout, aged in bourbon barrels, with coffee and cacao nibs added.
Score: 97

2012 vintage bottle served in a 4 oz taster glass at FOBAB 2012 (11/17/12). Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Jet black in color with thin layer of mocha head. Average lacing and retention. 3.5/5

Smell: Tons of coffee, then ample doses of chocolate. Molasses too. Faint vanilla. 4.5/5/5

Taste: Boat loads of coffee upfront and followed by cacao, milk chocolate and maple. Vanilla and bourbon comes through on the midpalate, followed by even more coffee in the finish. Has an aftertaste of "coffee breath." Truly divine! 4.75/5

Mouthfeel: Just shy of full bodied. Low carbonation. Excellent balance between the coffee bitterness and bourbon sweetness. 4.5

Overall: Is it world class? Absolutely. I believe that this was one of the five best beers at FOBAB, which was absolutely stacked with great beer. This beer reminded me a lot of (a good bottle of) CBS. On the other hand, was it worth the $35 per bottle that each beer in the Lost Abbey Ultimate Box Set ultimately costs? Not when beers like Eclipse 18 and Chocolate Rain cost the same price for twice as much beer.

Recommendation: If you have the cash to spare, this is a must-try brew.

Pairings: Waffles and syrup.

Cost: $35 for a 375 ml bottle ($450 for all 13 beers in the Lost Abbey Ultimate Box Set).

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 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 largadeer
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Black as pitch with a thin brown head that quickly dissipates. The nose is awesome, with huge coffee and cocoa flavors. Boozy bourbon, roast and caramel notes lend support. Palate is fantastic. The coffee brings a nutty/earthy character that works fantastically with the bittersweet chocolate. There's a ton of bourbon and a decent amount of heat. Roasty, caramelized and rich. This may be the best of the box set beers.

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 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 RyanK252
4.66/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Spokeasy Public House

A: Pours jet black, no light passes through, with a rich brown head that settles and very lightly laces.

S: Dark chocolate and sweet cocoa, smooth bourbon some coffee but not as much as I was expecting, molasses and dark sugar.

T: Roasted malt, sweet cocoa, light coffee, again not as much as expected, a rich smooth bourbon hit, a little earthy, a touch of spice, and a bit of molasses. Hides its alcohol very well. I wouldn't have guessed it was 13.5%.

M: Full body, moderate carbonation, very smooth.

O: The coffee didn't come through as much as I was expecting, but I don't care. This beer was incredible. It's challenging for the best barrel aged stout I've ever had.

Photo of kerry4porters
4.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nice bourbon flavor on a quality stout hit the spot just right but the vanilla was not very present I feel like an additional year of age would really bring the Vanilla more prominence

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 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 ucsbmullet
4.59/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reminds me or a blend of BCBS coffee and Huna, except a hint lighter, dryer and without the chili heat.

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Box Set Track #10 - Bat Out Of Hell from The Lost Abbey
97 out of 100 based on 497 ratings.