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

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

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

101 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 101
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 7.38%


Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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.

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 12-05-2011)
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 19:23:48 | More by Alieniloquium
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jeonseh

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 00:03:19 | More by jeonseh
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largadeer

California

4.64/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 05:09:24 | More by largadeer
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.36/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 19:36:52 | More by UCLABrewN84
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.61/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 20:22:24 | More by yourefragile
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.38/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 15:02:26 | More by Dreadnaught33
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jegross2

Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
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).

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 00:08:53 | More by jegross2
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starrdogg

District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served alongside Serpent's Stout

Beer pours black with a thin off-white head. Smell is awesome - an excellent mix of coffee, oak and bourbon - it reminds me a lot of KBS. Flavor is very coffee-forward, but manages not to be too bitter because the oak balances out the flavors. Chocolate and bourbon come through on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with nice carbonation. This is one of the best coffee stouts I've had as the barrel aging manages to keep the coffee from completely overtaking the beer, but still gives it a phenomenal flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 01:58:14 | More by starrdogg
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 01:53:48 | More by Huhzubendah
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Phelps

Arizona

3.98/5  rDev -11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 04:45:11 | More by Phelps
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 00:42:54 | More by MasterSki
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Gobzilla

California

4.38/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 03:47:04 | More by Gobzilla
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ehammond1


4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 21:25:57 | More by ehammond1
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Treebs

Illinois

4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at FOBAB. Served in my FOBAB taster.

A: Pours a dark black color with a very dark tan head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to a thick ring that leaves some splotchy lace.

S: Huge notes of fresh coffee bean, chocolate, roasted malts and espresso. There is a faint barrel smell in the background, but this is heavily dominated by the coffee and chocolate.

T: The taste follows the nose with a more roasted malt presence and touch more barrel. Vanilla espresso, freshly ground coffee beans, milk chocolate and roasted malts. Some light oak with just a kiss of bourbon. Booze is hidden extremely well.

M: Medium low carbonation with a heavy mouthfeel. Decadent and creamy.

O: While this beer was lacking the in your face bourbon barrel we've all come to love I think this limited barrel actually worked with this beer. It made the coffee and cocoa flavors the stars of the show. I'd love to try this again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2012 01:20:30 | More by Treebs
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2012 21:58:55 | More by homebrew311
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mdfb79

New York

4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2012 02:06:43 | More by mdfb79
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womencantsail

California

4.1/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2012 22:11:25 | More by womencantsail
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Halcyondays

California

4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2012 01:45:11 | More by Halcyondays
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HopHead84

California

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12/02/2011

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.

10/20/2012

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2011 17:52:48 | More by HopHead84
Box Set Track #10 - Bat Out Of Hell from The Lost Abbey
98 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.