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

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106 Ratings
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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 7.38%
Wants: 81
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.36/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -10.5%

djrn2, Feb 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -10.5%

Thorpe429, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

nmann08, Feb 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

zestar, Aug 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

acurtis, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev -8.3%

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.

womencantsail, Jan 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

GRG1313, Jan 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of largadeer
4.64/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

largadeer, Apr 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

JAHMUR, Feb 06, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

SocalKicks, Aug 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

MasterSki, Nov 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

drabmuh, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

mdfb79, Feb 11, 2012
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4.58/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

Halcyondays, Jan 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

imperialking, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of yourefragile
3.61/5  rDev -19.2%

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.

yourefragile, Feb 23, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

drewone, Sep 02, 2013
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4.58/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

Huhzubendah, Dec 10, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Gonzoillini, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of HopHead84
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

HopHead84, Dec 05, 2011
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4.4/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

Alieniloquium, Dec 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

drummermattie02, May 16, 2014
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Box Set Track #10 - Bat Out Of Hell from The Lost Abbey
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