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

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Reviews: 61
Hads: 519
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 5.94%
Wants: 136
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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Reviews: 61 | Hads: 519
Photo of Damian
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 12.7 fl. oz. corked and caged bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Served in a snifter

Super oily and viscous, near pitch black appearance. The liquid was capped by a one-finger tall, super tight and creamy, saddle brown head. Streaky lacing stuck along the glass. The head slowly dropped to a bubbly mass that eventually transformed into a thick, frothy, lasting collar.

The aroma was super boozy. Bourbon and oak came through strong and contributed intense vanilla and woody notes. Loads of freshly ground coffee beans. Roasty and dry yet also quite sweet. Brown sugar was noticeable. Some dark chocolate as well. Almost a bit chocolate syrup-like. Hints of dark fruits also appeared. Booze soaked raisins were detectible and perhaps even some port. Chocolate fudge notes came out as the beer warned.

Bourbon notes dominated in the flavor profile. Super boozy. A bit hot initially. Dark chocolate came through strong on the front end. Coffee grounds were also apparent. Deep, dark and roasty with some dark fruits. Raisiny and slightly sweet. Touch of burnt sugar. Bitter, charred notes lingered in the dry, tannic finish. An intense boozy sting was noticeable on the swallow. The alcohol presence became quite overwhelming by the drink's end.

The liquid was amazingly creamy, slick and smooth on the palate. Full bodied but slightly short of viscous. The beer contained a fine, zippy carbonation that seemed a bit excessive initially but settled down with time.

Track #10 is a smack-you-in-the-face type of imperial stout. While I really enjoyed this, I wish that the alcohol was better integrated into the flavor profile. You definitely taste all 13.5% in this monster. (1,705 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 Mightykingmalard
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: jet black. Nice cocoa brown head. Fades pretty quick.

S: chocolate and vanilla in there.

T: fantastic dark chocolate taste. Not really getting any tobacco or coffee. But I love chocolate tasting beer so this is great.

M: a little bite that I want to say will fade with some time. It's not too thick, sits great in your mouth.

O: I am going to go pick a couple more of these up to see how they age. I am very much enjoying this beer. (443 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle purchased locally off the shelf for $18, poured into teku. '15 bottling.

A- Pours a very dark black with a thick 2-finger mocha head that has good retention receding to a thin layer and leaving thin lacing.

S- Cocoa nibs, malted chocolate, very noticeable bourbon presence, light integrated coffee, smells a bit on the boozy side but that is mostly contributed to the bourbon smell.

T- Smooth milk chocolate, integrated bourbon, light coffee. Finishes with malted chocolate, milk chocolate, and light espresso. Overall well integrated with just a bit on the bourbon side.

M- Super smooth for 13.5%, a bit on the creamy side and pretty full bodied but the head makes it nicely drinkable.

O- This was a great beer, I'd probably stock up on bottles if it wasn't so pricey. My only complaint is that the coffee could be turned up a little bit more and the bourbon toned down slightly. This is probably the most comparable beer I've had to Bourbon County Coffee, so if you like that beer this is definitely worth trying. (1,043 characters)

Photo of skinny_mcginley
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge bourbon on the nose. Chocolate and coffee for taste with the bourbon hidden well. Silky smooth and delicious! 13.5% nowhere to be found, drinks like a 9-10%, DANGEROUS! (173 characters)

Photo of kerry4porters
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nice bourbon flavor on a quality stout hit the spot just right but the vanilla was not very present I feel like an additional year of age would really bring the Vanilla more prominence (184 characters)

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. (1,055 characters)

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Pours a thick dark black color with a nice dark brown head and light medium lacing.

Smell – Intense malt, cacao, coffee, bourbon, oak, and vanilla.

Taste – Malt, with the perfect amount of bourbon (not overly done), vanilla, cacao, and coffee.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated, noticeable alcohol from the bourbon (though not too much), silky, with a nice vanilla bourbon aftertaste.

Drinkability – This is a very good stout! (450 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 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 notchucknorris
4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours pitch black with a beautiful tan head that leaves tons of lace spackled against the glass with each sip. Looks incredible.

S: Pretty intense smell here. Dark chocolate truffle, raisin, bourbon barrel, tons of cocoa and some light coconut.

T: This is pretty bomb. Tons of dark chocolate, some milk chocolate, a good amount of well integrated bourbon and some roasted malt. Silky smooth and really drinkable. A fantastic beer. (437 characters)

Photo of busternuggz
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

8 oz draft pour.

Dark brownish black with a thin khaki head.

Aromas of sweet bourbon and chocolate, some kind of nuttiness, caramel. Very rich.

Rich, layered tastes of bourbon, chocolate, toffee, peanut brittle. Kind of buttery. A little bit of coffee on the end. Lots of dessert-like notes but not too sweet.

Medium bodied, smooth, kind of viscous. A little light for an imperial stout but it works.

Damn tasty imperial stout. Glad I got to try it. (456 characters)

Photo of RyanK252
4.66/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Spokeasy Public House

A: Pours jet black, no light passes through, with a rich brown head that settles and very lightly laces.

S: Dark chocolate and sweet cocoa, smooth bourbon some coffee but not as much as I was expecting, molasses and dark sugar.

T: Roasted malt, sweet cocoa, light coffee, again not as much as expected, a rich smooth bourbon hit, a little earthy, a touch of spice, and a bit of molasses. Hides its alcohol very well. I wouldn't have guessed it was 13.5%.

M: Full body, moderate carbonation, very smooth.

O: The coffee didn't come through as much as I was expecting, but I don't care. This beer was incredible. It's challenging for the best barrel aged stout I've ever had. (713 characters)

Photo of Catracho5
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

375 ml bottle poured into Lost Abbey Teku glass

A: Black, no light enters the beer, dark brown head, very little carbonation, head is creamy, very little lacing, looks world class!

A: Big coffee aromas, chocolate, roasted malts, noticeable alcohol on the end, bourbon, not getting any sweet aromas, all dark roasted chocolaty coffee aromas, smells outstanding.

T: Big coffee up front, chocolate, roasted malts, bitter, alcohol is very noticeable at 13.5%, finishes dry, world class.

M: Viscous, full bodied mouthfeel, like drinking oil, world class.

O: This is a world class beer, just like I like my stouts, coffee, chocolate, full bodied mouthfeel, the alcohol is a little hot but that may decrease with age, I must go back and buy more, a world class stout, very drinkable, smooth. If you love coffee stouts aged in bourbon barrels then this beer is for you, cheers! (874 characters)

Photo of LADaveBN
4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very rich mouth. Nose is lots of malt, bourbon, and vanilla. Taste is subtle coffee with huge chocolate and bourbon finish. Boom. Another awesome find at Trader Joes. (168 characters)

Photo of Beersnake1
4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from fridge into taster. Warmed over an hour. Pitch black with a beautiful brown head. Good carbonation. Smell is incredible. Tons of coffee, some chocolate, and some roasted malts. Bourbon notes are not too strong. Taste follows the nose - lots of coffee, cherries, raspberries, chocolate, and vanilla. Some bitterness. Overall - it's amazing. (360 characters)

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. (1,521 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 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 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. (420 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 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 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)

Photo of jegross2
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
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). (1,535 characters)

Photo of starrdogg
4.42/5  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. (553 characters)

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