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

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Reviews: 64
Hads: 532
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 2.06%
Wants: 136
Gots: 169 | FT: 28
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:
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: 64 | Hads: 532
Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
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 +6.2%
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 +1.1%
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)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.59/5  rDev +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. (526 characters)

Photo of Phelps
3.97/5  rDev -9.2%
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. (659 characters)

Photo of Treebs
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (929 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.51/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (1,057 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (466 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4.37/5  rDev 0%
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. (810 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (967 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (1,075 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (414 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.59/5  rDev +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. (630 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.77/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (906 characters)

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Box Set Track #10 - Bat Out Of Hell from The Lost Abbey
95 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.