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

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

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Reviews: 66
Hads: 566
Avg: 4.38
pDev: 21.46%
Wants: 147
Gots: 172 | FT: 29
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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 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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
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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Photo of largadeer
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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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.

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Photo of jlindros
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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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.

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Photo of mdfb79
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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Photo of MasterSki
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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Photo of stakem
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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Photo of Huhzubendah
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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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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
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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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.

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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 LiquidAmber
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black, opaque in the glass with a cool half finger brown head, one of the darkest I've seen on a stout. Aroma of dark toasted malt, milk and dark chocolate, bourbon, a hint of coffee. Flavor is well integrated dark toasted malt, coffee, chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. Nice chocolate covered coffee bean finish. There is a light booziness to it, but this stout is substantial enough to hide its intensity. Medium to heavy bodied with light creaminess, nice mouth feel. A very well balanced and complex barreled stout. Each of the ingredients is distinct, but all seem to integrate really well. One of the best coffee flavor support beers I've had, it's like it was designed to present fresh coffee flavors, although even those do not dominate. I'm quite impressed with this one. Nicely done.

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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.

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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.

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

Split with JLindros as part of the VIP track set.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a super dark oily black with a thin wispy head that fades to leave awesome lacing.

S - Aromas of little bit of booze, rich fudge, vanilla, caramel, dark chocolate, light smooth bourbon notes. Alcohol hidden well.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, great fudge notes, super rich and dense, lots of nice bourbon vanilla, caramel. Very light alcohol presence. Real nice fudge and nice warning alcohol, delicious.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, creamy, alcohol hidden nicely.

O - Overall this beer was very close to Black Tuesday. Really really nice. Very tasty. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of VelvetExtract
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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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours super dark. Good looking brew. Chocolate, coconut, vanilla, bourbon and oak. Coffee at the very end. Bourbon bomb and I absolutely love it. Super dry. Good heat. Awesome, if you really like bourbon.

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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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Photo of popery
3.56/5  rDev -18.7%
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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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?

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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.

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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.

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