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

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Reviews: 66
Hads: 567
Avg: 4.38
pDev: 21.46%
Wants: 148
Gots: 175 | FT: 29
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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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Reviews: 66 | Hads: 567
Photo of HopHead84
4.77/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


On tap at Strong Ale 2011.

A: Black with a big dark brown head.

S: Earthy, nutty coffee with caramel and dark chocolate. Bourbon blends wonderfully with coffee and cocoa. Malt is strongly roasted with a slight burnt note. Oak is pronounced and vanilla lingers in the background.

T: Dark chocolate meets earthy black coffee, caramel, and bourbon. The coffee is really strong, but it doesn't overwhelm the barrel notes. There's a nutty note with oak and a little vanilla. I get a light astringency on the back end. Alcohol is well hidden.

M: Full body with upper moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky with a lot of warming.

Overall: Very good. This was probably the best beer at the fest.


Had a bottle of this at Lost Abbey today and the track version is every bit as good as the beer they made last year for Strong Ale. Just a crushing and devastatingly delicious beer.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
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!

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4.69/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had this bottle when it initially released.

A - Poured into a Lost Abbey Teku glass. Beer is very dark, oily black with a thin tan head that dissipates leaving lacing.

S - Aromas of some booze, fudge, vanilla, caramel, dark chocolate and some bourbon notes. Smells heavenly. .

T - Taste is very similar to the nose...lots of fudge. Super rich and viscous. Lots of nice bourbon vanilla, caramel. Very light alcohol presence.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated but very creamy.

O - This beer really reminded me of Black Tuesday. Less boozy, obviously, but very similar flavors. Excellent beer.

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4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
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

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Photo of RyanK252
4.66/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of jegross2
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
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).

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4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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4.6/5  rDev +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.


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4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lost Abbey track beer tasting.

The beer appears black with a thin beige cap. The aroma...wow! Coffee and roast - so fresh and wonderful. An instant 5 in the aroma category. Bourbon and oak come in after the delectable coffee, giving balance and complexity. The flavor does not disappoint. A remarkable beer. Bourbon is perhaps a bit overshadowed by coffee, but as a daily coffee drinker, I can't complain. Medium bodied with masterfully disguised alcohol content. Shockingly good. Just outstanding. My highest recommendation.

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4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Black! very slight brown head on the top
S: Lots of whiskey and coffee. more or less a week Irish coffee
T: more coffee and chocolate with hints of whiskey. The booziness is greater in the nose
F: creamy and blended well, this beer has an amazing lingering flavor that sticks around for a while
O: just loved this beer. Loaded with flavor.

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4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

10 oz. on-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a deep mahogany to black with a medium brown head, spotty lacing.

S: Amazing, smells like the most decadent chocolate cake I've ever had with a splash of Kahlua.

T: Lots of luscious milk chocolate and brown sugar. Definite vanilla and bourbon notes. A smorgasbord of good classic Double Stout flavours. Delicious.

M: Full-bodied, creamy, not a trace of the 12.5%. Soft carbonation and soothing.

O: The epitome of a dessert beer. I'm not the biggest fan of regular Serpent's Stout, but it's well made for sure and certainly shows in this incarnation of the brew. Great job by Lost Abbey.

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4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge bourbon on the nose. Chocolate and coffee for taste with the bourbon hidden well. Silky smooth and delicious! 13.5% nowhere to be found, drinks like a 9-10%, DANGEROUS!

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4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very rich mouth. Nose is lots of malt, bourbon, and vanilla. Taste is subtle coffee with huge chocolate and bourbon finish. Boom. Another awesome find at Trader Joes.

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4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from fridge into taster. Warmed over an hour. Pitch black with a beautiful brown head. Good carbonation. Smell is incredible. Tons of coffee, some chocolate, and some roasted malts. Bourbon notes are not too strong. Taste follows the nose - lots of coffee, cherries, raspberries, chocolate, and vanilla. Some bitterness. Overall - it's amazing.

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4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Pours a thick dark black color with a nice dark brown head and light medium lacing.

Smell – Intense malt, cacao, coffee, bourbon, oak, and vanilla.

Taste – Malt, with the perfect amount of bourbon (not overly done), vanilla, cacao, and coffee.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated, noticeable alcohol from the bourbon (though not too much), silky, with a nice vanilla bourbon aftertaste.

Drinkability – This is a very good stout!

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4.51/5  rDev +3%
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.

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4.51/5  rDev +3%
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.

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4.51/5  rDev +3%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
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

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split with rudzud.

Super pitch black syrupy thick long legs, no real head but swirling the beer makes some head attempt to appear.

Nose loaded with chocolate, super dark choc, fudge, caramel mocha, toasted malts and big coffee cream, hint of booze, super dark complex, little earthy hop, reminds me of black Tuesday. Nice vanilla barrel, caramel candies cream, dark booze raisiny thing,

Taste dark chocolate, smooth rich creamy fudge and creamy dark choc, cocoa, roasted malts with coffee and kahlua coffee liquor, rich fudge, mild booze warmth, thick chewy, caramel and nice vanilla barrel, mild toffee and nougat fudge. Mild bitter earthy hops, mild booze soaked raisin. Finish is drier, very little booze, more fudgey cocoa, coffee cream and roast.

Mouth is full bod fudgey cocoa, chewy, a touch of hot booze, decent carb.

Overall great. It's like a Black Tuesday with less booze, really nice and enjoyable.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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