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

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Reviews: 62
Hads: 521
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 5.71%
Wants: 134
Gots: 165 | 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 alwaysplayin
3.56/5  rDev -18.7%
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. (396 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
3.63/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

Pours a thin dark chocolate brown with a thin light tan/mocha head that fades to a thin collar and splotchy film. Aroma of vanilla, fresh roast coffee, cocoa, baker's chocolate, mocha, rubbing alcohol and maybe there is some beer underneath this somewhere. Flavor is thin and mocha coffee like, powdery and boozy. Bourbon, vanilla and milk chocolate predominant. Let's be honest, there isn't much here that tastes like beer, just an amalgamation of flavors that taste good in any context (ice cream, coffee, cake, raw, a hooker's abdomen), that EVISCERATE the base beer. (585 characters)

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.75/5  rDev -14.4%
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. (1,067 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.77/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle into snifter.

A: Pours damn near black with a very very thin short lived copper colored head that quickly faded into nothingness. No lace.
S: Rich, sweet, and heavy smelling scents of dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee beans, leather, and a touch of caramel. The bourbon is sweet and sticky but not hot smelling. I get just a hint of cinnamon as well.
T: Tons of bourbon, dark chocolate and creamy milk chocolate ice-cream comes through. The coffee flavor comes through in the finish and is roasted and slightly bitter. The finish and aftertaste are full of fresh, sweet, bourbon, leather, vanilla, and a touch of caramel and tobacco. The bourbon is still pretty strong and gives off a slight anise characteristic as well.
M: Thick and heavy body, chewy and sticky mouthfeel, low but tingly carbonation that fizzes up gently on my palate. The bourbon is not hot, but it has a lot of flavor that I thought might be better integrated into the chocolate and coffee if this had a little bit more age.
O: I think a few months in the bottle might do this one some good – soften the flavors out a bit and round off some edges. Flavors were good, and the high abv is definitely hidden very well. Not my favorite stout but a rich and potent sipper. (1,260 characters)

Photo of Phelps
3.97/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, poured into Lost Abbey stemware.

Black as night; thick as hot cocoa. An incredibly dark, foamy head subsides to a graham cracker ring within a few seconds.

Almost acidic nose. The coffee in this is like torched espresso. Huge vanilla, vinous oak, chocolate syrup. A touch of dark cherry. Something harsh within.

Massive chocolate sweetness rounds out what seems like will be a continuation of the acrid nose. A touch of smoke, a lot of ethanol. Green oak, chocolate crumbles, vanilla bean. Just a touch too green in the oak. Sweet, balanced finish.

Flawless victory. Delicious. Not incredible, needs a little more depth. But a nice dessert treat. (659 characters)

Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
4.04/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

No bottle date

Look - Pours like motor oil, deep black with only the faintest reddish hue when held up to light. Head is very effervescent and dissipates quickly. Leaves a ring of bubbles around the surface with a smattering of bubble islands the color of coffee with cream. No lacing. 4 paws.

Smell - Lots of coffee up front, with smoky, vinous undertones. A bit of vanilla bourbon character comes through as the beer settles down. In fact, it really takes over once the beer warms. 4.25 paws.

Taste - Lots of burnt coffee character, a bit astringent. Dark, dusty chocolate present as well. Slight vanilla, and hints of dark berries. Boozy finish. Chocolate prevails when held in mouth. 3.75 paws.

Feel - Luscious creamy viscosity, very smooth. Tingle towards the back of the tongue. 4.75 paws.

Overall - I was very much looking forward to trying this beer, and wanted to like it more than I did. I think this is the first Lost Abbey/Port barrel aged offering I've had that I haven't been completely delighted by. I remember being underwhelmed by Serpent's Stout, so perhaps I'm just not a fan of the base beer. This just came off too bitter and boozy. Still a thoroughly enjoyable beer, just not entirely world-class imho. 4 paws. (1,256 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.04/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (766 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Strong Ale 2011

Black as you can get on the pour, a minimal tan head. The chocolate and coffee really add something to this and take away a bit of the booziness. Lots of whiskey and vanilla notes are still present, however. A touch of dark fruit in the background. The whiskey still cuts through the flavor along with some vanilla. Heavy on the chocolate and coffee with notes of raisin and burnt sugar. (414 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.12/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (611 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (462 characters)

Photo of markgugs
4.19/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (850 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black and opaque with dark brown layer of head, minimal retention. Aroma had an onslaught of bold gourmet coffee. Incredibly roasty, mild waves of vanilla and chocolate. Taste is coffee forward with heavy chocolate. The coffee overwhelms everything (which I like), and leaves the barrel character out. Perhaps a bit of char but minimal vanilla. Mouthfeel is thick an mildly carbonated. Over, aroma is killer... Very bold, just lacking in the barrel department. (466 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decent nose of coffee, sweet bourbon, char, and oaky vanilla with some sharp alcohol. Not as boozy as expected, sweet bourbon stout fades to nice dry dark chocolate lingering on the tongue. Beer, it's what's for breakfast. (222 characters)

Photo of mlhyatt
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (198 characters)

Photo of portia99
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (1,031 characters)

Photo of jeonseh
4.25/5  rDev -3%
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. (443 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into an Altamont glass.

A: Black and deep and scattered lacing.

S: It's sharp and strong. Coffee-beer notes.

T: It reminds me of Bourbon County Coffee. Lots of sharp coffee notes amongst a big, boozy stout. I don't get much chocolate.

M: Pretty robust, actually.

O: Really good! Highly recommended! It's a boozy coffee stout. I mean, what'd you expect? (387 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (945 characters)

Photo of Zach136
4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma and flavor are dark fruit, vanilla, and oak over medium intensity chocolate and a hint of booze on the finish. Mouth feel is full bodied and luscious. (157 characters)

Photo of SFC21
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely delicious. The bourbon is there but it doesn't overpower. It jumps out immediately but then let's the coffee and chocolate in, while still there in a complementary fashion. The finish is fantastic. The taste that lingers is that of a fudge-y, chocolate ice cream, or a big chunk chocolate chip cookie. (312 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours am opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and coffee. Taste is much the same with a coffee flavor and an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some great aromas and flavors that make it super easy to drink. (611 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark as night black in color with a very thin layer of dark brown head that almost left no lacing sticking to the glass.

S: It definitely had noticeable coffee notes with not a whole bunch of booze heat but bourbon barrel character was there with good roastiness and chocolate notes however the cacao nibs were not as apparent.

T: very nice blend between the coffee and chocolate character in the taste alongside a little caramel, mild booze that was well balanced in the beer, bourbon barrel accents with a touch of vanilla and slight cacao flavor/

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, roasty, bourbon barrel, mildly boozy, and slightly dry finish.

O: definitely was a tasty beer and was glad to finally try a beer from the track set. (810 characters)

Photo of OneEye78
4.38/5  rDev 0%
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. (361 characters)

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. (519 characters)

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared thanks to starrdogg from an awesome trader in CA! Tried in order with all tracks in the series. This beer is nice, but if you are a coffee fan like starrdogg and Huhzubendah (Matt and Matt) are, you'd be in heaven with this one.

Dark brown to black in color, this beer has a ring of white head and just the slightest amount of lacing.

The smell reminds one of KBS or similar bourbon coffee stouts, but this is exceptional even on that scale. This is a fudgy coffee bourbon roasted treat.

The taste is coffee, coffee coffee and the mellow bourbon soaked dark chocolate malt shines through. Did i mention coffee? Might be a little much for me, but tasty nonetheless.

Solid feel, medium nothing offensive, A very nice beer. (742 characters)

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