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

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Reviews: 84
Hads: 696
Avg: 4.39
pDev: 7.06%
Wants: 180
Gots: 185 | FT: 26
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The Lost Abbey
California, United States | website

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 jdhilt
4.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a three finger light head that fades slowly leaving traces of lace. Black color, no highlights, ton yeast left in bottle. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Coffee nose and flavor is roasted coffee and chocolate, some dark fruit, the high ABV just about hidden. Decent Imp stout. Expensive at $18.99 for a 375ml caged & corked bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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Photo of TTTBeer
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thankful to have had this on tap in Boston. Dark, dark , brew smells like a milkshake. Taste is delicious great balance of the sweetness with the bitter almost sour aftertaste. No hint of the high abv. Definitely worth seeking out

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Photo of Jeffo
3.9/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this one from ScottO a while back. Long time want. Cheers!

From a corked and caged 37,5cl bottle into a snifter
Imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels with coffee and cacao nibs added

APPEARANCE: A thick black pour yields a one finger, medium looking, slightly creamy, mocha head with good retention. Pitch black body with no carbonation evident. Head fades to a full wisp. A swirly wisp and ring remain until the end leaving traces of lacing down the glass. Good looking.

SMELL: Bourbon, oak, pure chocolate and cacao nibs. Some definite coffee and sweet cream notes with hints of coconut and vanilla as well. Nice and medium in strength.

TASTE: Bourbon, oak, pure chocolate and cacao nibs up front. Some more bourbon at the swallow with cacao, sweet vanilla cream, bitter coffee and pure chocolate, oak and bourbon lingering on the palate. Some burnt notes as well. Bold and interesting.

PALATE: Medium body and slightly higher levels of carbonation. Lighter for sure, unfortunately, creamy enough, goes down fine and finishes mouth-coating. Some heat lingers.

OVERALL: Good stuff. The feel is a little lighter and foamier than I'd hoped for the style, but the flavor and aroma fit the bill. Nice barrel component and good coffee character as well. The color on it is right up my alley as well. Thicken up the feel and you could have a real winner here, but for now this is a good brew as it is. Cheers ScottO! Have always wanted to try this one.

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Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pitch black with a modest head; very leggy, with some dots and dashes of lacing

Smell: Dark chocolate, caramel, mocha, vanilla, raisins and barrel tones

Taste: Dark chocolate and caramel forward, with mocha, vanilla and raisin tones building; booze and barrel influenced through the finish, though some earthy hops add balance.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: A rich, complex and appealing brew; really enjoyed it

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Drank at the site of the old Stone brewery, the Lost Abbey brewery. Pours out black, thin dark brown head on the top of it. Aroma was massive coffee, then chocolate, then bourbon barrel and oak. Very well done.

Holy crap, if the taste wasn't even better, almost flawless, this is the answer to beers like Mocha Wednesday and Black Tuesday. Slightly less strong, but easier to drink while dropping all the flavors in those other two like they were blended to make this. This is some pungent and dense ass coffee and chocolate going onto a great base beer. Carbonation is right where it should be, allows a little creamer and vanilla to come into play downbottle. Not hot, hides alcohol well, very well made beer.

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

Corked and caged 375mL bottle from Justdoit1234 (thanks man!). No identifiable bottling information but I believe this is from the 2015 release. Served in a Burnt Hickory snifter.

Pours jet black with a finger and a half mocha hued head. A full, fluffy collar remains and deposits some nice cunks of lace.

The aroma may not break new ground but is spot on for what I want from this style. Caramel macchiato, bourbon, brown sugar, toast, chocolate and dark fruit are all mixed together in a welcoming nose that I linger to enjoy with each sip.

As in the smell the flavors might not be new or unexpected but are utterly delicious. Rich blend of bourbon, caramel coffee, chocolate fudge, oak, vanilla, brown sugar and a subtle nip of alcohol. No surprises here other than how easily this 13.5% abv brute goes down. Outstanding.

Creamy, full body with moderately soft carbonation. The decadent aftertaste has notes of bourbon soaked chocolate cake and caramel macchiato.

Track 10 (Bat Out Of Hell) is dead on for what I want from a bourbon barrel aged imperial coffee stout. My personal favorite of anything I've tried from Lost Abbey. Well worth a try if you have the chance.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Look: Pours dark black with a rich brown head that dissipates and leaves only a spot or two of lacing.
Smell: Chocolate, coffee, bourbon, roasted malt and oak.
Taste: Mainly chocolate and bourbon up front with an oak and bourbon finish. Nice bourbon heat at the end but a good balance.
Feel: A tad thin for a big stout but still a good medium feel.
Overall: Really superb stout with a big kick.

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Deep black hues with a dark tan inch-thick head
S: Apparent coffee notes, but more subtle than I had anticipated
T: Can really taste the chocolate and bourbon notes; the coffee again for me was a bit subdued
F: Medium thickness, but excellent carbonation - I prefer a thicker stout, but this had an excellent mouthfeel
O: Great offering from Lost Abbey and an exceptional BA stout at that

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Photo of mdlb44
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been waiting for this one for a while. Very strong, very boozy, but very well balanced. Good amount of chocolate to cut the bourbon flavor. Will seek out in the future!

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Photo of KyleDavis
4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First Lost Abbey tick for me, courtesy of this being an extra from @BartS

Black as the night with a cinnamon-colored head. A mildly vigorous pour resulted in about a half-inch head that receded rather quickly. Huge chocolate and bourbon aroma. Coffee is there, but not the star of the show. Flavor is more chocolate and coffee with some light caramel and vanilla. Mouthfeel is smooth and only lingers slightly. Overall a really nice barrel-aged adjunct stout. Definitely worth seeking out unless you're lucky enough to deal with someone generous enough to just surprise you with it.

Thanks again, Bart!

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle.

A: Complex mixture of chocolate, coffee, and complimentary malt roast, followed by some light bourbon, and some oaky character.

A: Deep black with very a thin tannish head.

T: Big coffee and bakers chocolate, mixed with malt roast. There is some oak and slight bourbon char on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with light carbonation. The beer coats the palate without being overly viscous, there’s a slight alcoholic warmth on the finish.

O: Very delicious; the base stout is accentuated by the chocolate, coffee and bourbon barrel, which create complex aromas and flavors.

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Photo of DrunkAl
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to sampler at Fobab 2013. Shit man this was the best of the night. Coffee and chocolate. Touch of bourbon. Everything perfectly balanced. This is great stuff, really wish they made more. 4.5

2014 release no where near as good. Maybe it needs time. 4.0

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Photo of tkdchampxi
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This 2014 bottle, agreed one year and poured into a long, thin, flared flute glass comes out pitch black with a warm caramel head.

Subtle bourbon, oak notes with very little coffee remaining in the nose. Smells sweet and rich.

Taste still has a good bit of coffee with a little bitterness, like rich, dark chocolate. Bourbon on the finish complements the malt without overwhelming. Drinks wonderfully at one year.

Still very effervescent, like champagne. Thick and coats the mouth. Delicious.

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Photo of Gatch
4.91/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow. This is unreal. I've had massive BBA stouts many times but this is a different level. Huge complexity with vanilla and bourbon and woody barrel. I think this is my first track from these guys and it does not disappoint. I loved Serpents Stout and this is a definite upgrade.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

L - Pitch black with less than a finger of dark brown head.

S - bourbon, milk chocolate, oak, char, some smoke and vanilla.

T - Dark cherry soaked in bourbon, espresso beans, bitter dark chocolate, more oak and char and a tiny bit of alcohol on the finish

F - Viscous and mouth-coating, alcohol taste.

O - Good, but not great. Was hoping coffee and chocolate popped more.

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Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Really dug this beer. Barrel character was at a really nice level and the chocolate and coffee blended into the taste very nicely. Definitely could tell that the alcohol was there, but not in a bad way; nice and warming.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Cork and Craft during Beer Safari in San Diego. Excellent spin on Serpent Stout. Powerful at 13.5%. A big strong ale full of flavor and complexity.

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Photo of neurobot01
4.11/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375ml c&c bottle into a snifter at cellar temp.

Look: pours a viscous, super-dark brown, with a short-lived light brown head.

Smell: coffee, fudge, Kahlúa-esque alcohol. Powdery.

Taste: fusel alcohol, chocolate, dark cherry, mild coffee, oak, vanilla.

Feel: chewy, but perhaps a bit over-carbonated. Bitter and slightly dry.

Overall: a decent beer, but a bit of a chore to drink, and certainly not worth whatever I paid for it.

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Photo of Alequine
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark black, thick pour. Quick dissipating head. Tan lacing holding to the glass. Thick black in color. Great viscosity giving this stout an appetizing look. Aromatic malt and cocoa with slight bourbon and coffee flavors emanating from the glass. Taste of dry coffee flavor with bourbon at the finish. This is a strong beer, warming in the stomach - would go great with a maduro cigar.

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Photo of RAlmeida77
4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
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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Photo of skiking70
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great beer glad I got to try it. It is a little boozy but the flavor is outstanding. The feel is perfect, my only complaint is the smell is just okay.

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Photo of popery
3.56/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

The beer is black with a small light brown head. The aroma has some fruity coffee and chocolate flavors with a fairly strong booze note. Mild roast, mild citrus, big hit of pepper. There’s a decent amount of flavor, but it lacks the richness that I’m looking for in really big stouts. The taste has a big toasty malt note but not as much accompanying sweetness as I’d like. Lots of peppery spice. Odd vegetal flavor. Big on coffee, though it’s a bit bland, possibly due to time. Only moderate sweetness. Medium bitter. Finishes drier than expected or appreciated. Booze and spice burn on the palate. Lighter mouthfeel than I’d prefer.

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Photo of cvm4
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Pours a deep, dark cola body with a dark tan one finger head. Tight carbonation with great retention on it.

S - Huge coffee and dark chocolate nose. It settles down to a fair amount of bourbon and oak.

T - Wow!!! To me it follows the nose and extrapolates the nose. Big dark chocolate and coffee taste at first. And afterwards an even bigger bourbon taste.

F - Full bodied and low carbonation. Chewy feel on so smooth.

O - This is fantastic from beginning to end.

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Photo of Rutager
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of Zach136
4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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