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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The Lost Abbey
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 CAMRAhardliner
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours obsidian black with a smallish espresso crema head that quickly dissipates. Lots of foam sticks to the glass on the way down. Big coffee, chocolate mix with toasty bourbon notes in the nose. The taste is of gigantic, chewy, chocolatey dark malts drenched in amaretto. Creme brullee sweetness and oaky vanilla in there too. Numbing alcohol heat is complimentary and low profile for the strength. Thick, viscous, near syrupy mouthfeel with a sparse, light carbonation. Light bitterness is completely overwhelmed by huge molasses, chocolatey malts.

A fantastic Imperial Stout. Super decadent and complex. This brewery is one of the best in the world - so many world class beers.

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Photo of Amguerra305
4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a touch thin and sits like an abyssal black depth in the glass with just a bit of light passing through the edges. Absolutely no head that lingers and not even a half inch that quickly dissipates from an aggressive pour. Smooth black surface. The barrels notes are most prevalent with some woodsy vanilla and a touch of booze. You also get some noticeable chocolate notes but the coffee is kind of lost. The taste is not as balanced as the nose. Malt back bone is by far the most prevalent thing about this beer. Not much nuance from the adjuncts just a hint of chocolate and coffee on the back end with a little alcohol burn. The feel is smooth but a bit light especially considering the ABV. I think this beer would have been better fresh as I may have let it sit a bit too long and the adjuncts kind of got lost. Still a very good beer but the malty nature might be a bit too much for my own tastes.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black with a dark tan and creamy head that stays around the ring. Lots of rust colored sediment sinks to the bottom of the glass. Laces well. Smells of straight bourbon! Some vanilla and chocolate shine through, but this is a booze bomb. Tons of oak and bourbon in the flavor, chocolate and vanilla follow, and the slightest trace of chili spice finishes it off. Surprisingly not overly sweet. The texture is incredible. Rich and viscous, almost fudgey. Slick and coating, lots of boozy warmth and the spices leave minimal heat presence. Overall, this is good, but if you don't like oak and bourbon, you may want to refrain. Cheers!

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Photo of rypkr
4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

No bottle date. Presumably a 2016. Snifter pour yields heavy creamy khaki head and motor oily like consistency.

Smells like a ton of bourbon, load of raisens, generous amount of vanilla and no lack of mocha. Smells slightly tart... yikes. I expect this to be rich and sugary along the lines of bcbs.

Called that. Very bcbs reminiscent on taste and flavour aside from having a bitter more bitter chocolate and coffee. Still a very sweet beer though. The faint tartness on the nose is present in the flavour. I don't know if this is intentional or not but it's subtle. If prefer it not there but this is still outstanding in the presence of it.

Mouthfeel is great. Heavy, chewy and spicy from the alcohol.

Overall very, very good and I will buy in a heartbeat if I see it again.

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Photo of SMZBrew
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Flavor bomb! Dark, thick, syrupy pour. Brown head dissipates immediately. This is dark as night. Aroma is a hint of coffee, bourbon, chocolate, yeast, and surprisingly a good bit of rye - you can tell this one is going to be awesome. Taste is chocolate, bourbon, and some coffee. The bourbon does not overwhelm the palate and there is nice bitterness to balance this out. I really enjoyed this! It's pretty boozy so it is a slow sipper and perhaps not as smooth as some of the similar beers I tried. A minor flaw that gives this some character.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had been saving this one for a while. Still pretty boozy but lots of chocolate and slight coffee notes as well. One of those higher ABV beers that you can enjoy an ounce at a time over a solid 20-30 min

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Photo of mrmaps
4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Pour: out of fridge into wine glass. Will let it warm over an hour. Purchased from local bottle shop. Never thought I would find this but the move to the NW has increased my beer access.

L: Dark black -- no light penetrates this beer to any appreciable depth. There is a slight reddish tinge where the beer meets the air. No foam. Another flat Lost Abbey -- this seems to be their signature style. I don't know why that is so hard to get right. Maybe the alcohol content won't permit secondary fermetiation -- or injection with CO2? It definitely detracts from the beer show.

S: While cold-- bourbon, oak, vanilla. Can definitely get coffee and coca == even when cold. That is pretty amazing. It must be loaded with coffee and coca

T: Bitterness of bourbon and coffee compete. A bit of a pucker when cold -- but the flavor lasts and morphs during a single sip. This is awesome. Beer really rounds out as it warms with all coming into alignment and balance. The flavor just lasts and lasts.

F: Well balanced. There is some tartness from the carbonation which is there but subtle and contributes to the mouth feel. This is a beer for small fine bubbles.

O: Nice balance of coffee and bourbon and coca. Let this thing warm as the bitters are not well balanced when cold. As it warms. An incredible beer all in all. It is hard to pull so many pieces together but LA somehow did it.

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Photo of Marius
4.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle shared at August THT. Pitch black pour with a thin espresso head. Notes of bourbon, coffee, dark chocolate, molasses, vanilla and coconut. Full bodied, smooth mouthfeel, medium carbonation and a bourbon sweet finish.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Type: 9-oz. draft
Glass: Clear snifter glass
From: Craft Kitchen in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $8
Purchased: Nov. 17, 2016
Consumed: Nov. 17, 2016
Reviewed as: American Double / Imperial Stout
Misc.: N/A

Never thought I was going to be able to try this one, but saw it at Craft Kitchen and picked it over Angel’s Share - Brandy Barrel Aged. Thought about just getting the 4-oz. version for $5, but went with the 9-oz. for $8 instead.

Poured an almost pitch black color with two fingers of khaki tan frothy head. Outstanding uneven foamy lacing. Outstanding retention. (Sight - 4.00)

Smelled boozy bourbon (which smoothed out later), cocoa, milk chocolate, oak, toffee, caramel, hints of butterscotch, coffee late, espresso and vanilla. (Smell - 4.50)

Tasted bourbon, vanilla, espresso, smooth milk chocolate, wet cocoa, coffee with creamer, toffee, hints of coconut, slight roastiness and some hazelnut. (Taste - 4.50)

Full body. Creamy-to-slick texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth warming finish. (Feel - 5.00)

This was just a fantastic beer and I still think I underrated it a tad. Incredible. (Overall - 4.50)

4.52 | 100 | A+

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Photo of Jadjunk
4.19/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brewed in the style of an American Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels with coffee and chocolate added, available in 12.7 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from an 12.7oz. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a rich brown head of a creamy frothed head over a jet black body. Retention is below average and lacing is light and patchy. 4.25

(Smell) Smooth, rich chocolate, caramel bread and grains, subtle coffee bean with a light roast and moderate acidity, and a potent, yet clean and appealing bourbon presence. Potency is moderate. 4

(Taste) Nip of bourbon up front, quickly revealing a decadent malt body, a moderate roast malt and coffee bean profile with a mild cream sweetness finishing on a trailing moist chocolate cake finish. Quite enjoyable. 4.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, mildly creamy, lightly sticky and residual, medium dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is medium/heavy for the style, shy of heavy overall. Alcohol presence is moderate, and there are no off characters. 4.25

(Overall) A very well done imperial stout with a lot of malty richness, complexity and viscosity, all of which are complimented nicely by a respectable nip of quality bourbon aging, doesn't distract a bit from the velvety richness of the chocolate. While I didn't get a lot of coffee character aside from the roasted bitterness and some acidity, I think this beer would do quite well even without it. A pricier small format, but very well done in the end. 4.25

The Lost Abbey's
Track #10

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Photo of fireazzi
4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark look on the pour. Really rich chocolate and vanilla with oak taste. Great bourbon barrel smell. Very boozy and delicious. Some smokey bourbon coming through as well.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jet black, of course, with no head.

Aroma is very nice and contains no surprises. Chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and coffee.

Terrific flavour. The advertised flavours are all there, all taste good and, most importantly, mesh perfectly. None overpowers. Bourbon, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, roasted malt, oak and marshmallow all come through in a lovely balance. Considering how strong the beer is, the alcohol is remarkably well-hidden. It is obviously strong, but there is almost no heat, just a bit in the finish. The body is thick and velvety. The low carbonation level works very nicely.

Excellent. Expensive but it lives up to the reviews, for sure. A first class barrel-aged stout.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.99/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - pitch black beer with a mocha head that dissipates pretty quickly. Some alcohol legs, no lacing on the glass.
S - huge coffee, cocoa, bourbon, caramel, toasted coconut, tobacco, sweet fig newtons, vanilla, cream, so smooth, probably smoother than kbs
T - big coffee, bourbon, vanilla, cocoa, milk chocolate, toasted coconut, nitro coffee, cream, whole milk, oak barrel, char. On par with KBS.
M - absolutely a 5 mouthfeel. Full bodied big stout, no thinning with the barrel aging. Alcohol is covered incredibly well. Aftertaste is coffee, caramel, vanilla, oak barrel, bourbon. Just amazing stuff.
O - if you're looking for a kbs like beer this is equal to or greater than kbs. Higher price, but god damn this may be better. Amazing beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Riding on the curtails of their famed Serpent Stout, this newer version of that same dark ale enjoys a similar bourbon barrel treatment but with a slather of cocoa and coffee flavors to accessorize, propel and round out the immensity of roasted grain that goes into the base beer.

Nearly pitch black through the center, its margins read slightly bronzed, the beer's plethora of roast signals all-things-dark to the nose. Dark roast coffee, dark chocolate and the burnt edges of grain are remiss of campfire, dark fruit and licorice-type spice with a pep of caramelized booze. Burnt sweetness carries the early taste with molasses, sorghum and baker's chocolate leading the way.

Roasted marshmallow resonate on the middle palate with its carbonized sugars clinging to the tastebuds. Fresh espresso roast mingles with cocoa powder for a sharp and robust taste that links up beautifully with the roasted grain of the beer. Seared sweetness, caramel, vanilla and roasted coconut carries the load through a flavor of cranberry, oak and licorice that share spicy and piquant nuances through the finish.

Full on the palate, the beer's robust taste allows its body to read fuller than actual. However, its acrid roast and tannic, almost vinous taste dissects the lingering malt sweetness and renders the texture relaxed and pleasantly somber. Its a complex roast flavor that pushes into the "burnt" realm more than most, perhaps a detriment to the passing stout drinker. A long linger of smoked cocoa and burnt sugar extends well past a spicy caramelized warmth and into the next awaiting sip.

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Photo of mothman
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tan head. Dark brown color. Nearing black.

Coffee, oak, bourbon, and vanilla. Caramel and chocolate. Not to thick, but medium bodied. Warming heat. Some roasted malts. Pretty solid.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.65/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I've long held Lost Abbey up as possibly the best brewery in North America. I had to snatch this one up when I saw it at Table and Vine in West Springfield, MA. Cost was $14.49 USD. Currently #220 in the Top 250.

BOTTLE: 12.7 fl oz. Brown glass. Branded black hood-and-wire cage over a (branded) cork. Awesome label art showing a bat-like demon.

Per the label and website: 13.50% ABV. "Imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels with coffee and cacao nibs added." "fresh Serpent’s Stout base aged in bourbon barrels with oodles of coffee and cacao nibs added shortly before packaging." "Barrel-Aged Strong Ale" Base beers are Older Viscosity and Serpent's Stout.

HEAD: Gorgeous creamy tan brown with a shiny rich complexion. Soft in appearance, evoking a supple dessert. Retention is about 4 minutes - not bad at 13.50% ABV. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Opaque ink black. Completely devoid of light, which is apt in a beer with a hellish theme.

Appears aptly carbonated. Not unique in appearance, but it approaches special with the head colour and consistency alone. In any case, it's right on the money in terms of style.

AROMA: Subtle vanilla signals the use of quality bourbon barrels, replete with hints of toasted coconut, subtle barrel sugars, and rich white oak. Fudge-like chocolate emanates from the glass, suggested a layered chocolatey brew with intricate notes of cacao nibs, chocolate malt, caramel, and baker's chocolate. It dips its toes in the Hershey's syrup camp of chocolatey aromas, but doesn't dive in (thankfully). I struggle to find any coffee bitterness in the dark malt sweetness-emphatic aroma., but I do pick up on a hint of roasted barley. As far as I can tell, the bourbon barrel character has melted seamlessly into the base beer, resultant in a pleasurable harmony of the two.

Aromatic intensity is moderate. Suggests a delicious albeit rich dessert beer, but I do find the absence of any coffee a bit disappointing. Hopefully the taste delivers on that front.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Boasts a lovely creamy softness to its mouthfeel, accentuating the smooth milk chocolate tones of the brew aptly. Full-bodied with adequate heft and weight on the palate, though it never feels too heavy or overbearing (in spite of venturing a bit into an almost syrupy viscosity). Carbonation is near ideal. It's a filling brew, but isn't that what we expect in a dessert imperial stout? Silky smooth, with a luscious wet feel on the palate.

The bourbon isn't quite as evocative as the aroma promised, but there is some subtle vanilla bouncing around along with rich white oak. The bourbon barrel character complements the base beer nicely, but there isn't quite that gestalt harmony of barrel and base you'd find in the very best paragons of the bourbon barrel aged imperial stout style. Still, the bourbon and base are on equal ground; the barrel never eclipses the base in any way.

Chocolate emerges easily as the dominant note, with plenty of depth of flavour coming from cacoa nibs and chocolate malts. Fudge is evoked, and perhaps chocolate syrupy also. True to its Older Viscosity and Serpent's Stout constituents, this brew boasts layered sweetness and plenty of complexity. But the chocolate goes unchallenged by any coffee presence whatsoever, which almost unseats the balance (adding cacao nibs to an already sweet base only works if you compensate somehow). Sure, there's a bit of coffee-like acidity on the back end, but I find no rich roasted grounds, java, or the like. There's a hint of roasted barley that does lend some balancing bitterness, but I wouldn't mind seeing expressive coffee added (or even peat).

Has the subtle dark fruit Belgian bend you'd expect in a Lost Abbey stout. I guess I'd go with plum and prune; I don't get any gooey fig or dates. Some raisin, sure. Nougat. Some harsher burnt sugars.

The 13.50% ABV isn't as noticeable as it could be; this drinks like it's maybe 11% - which is still a noticeable level of warmth. She's a sipper - as she should be.

Flavour duration is moderately high. Flavour intensity is moderately high (which is apt for the style).

No overt hop notes. No overt yeast notes.

As it comes to temperature, the texture skews a bit towards the rougher end near the finish.

OVERALL: Track #10 brings enjoyable bourbon barrel notes to two base beers that are already quite well-executed, and the result - while perhaps not in excess of the sum of its parts - is a treat of a dessert beer that nevertheless has room for improvement particularly in terms of coffee presence, depth of flavour, intricacy, and amplified bourbon barrel notes. I can't endorse it as one of Lost Abbey's best beers, if only because they make so many excellent ones. I'm glad I tried it once and I'd definitely recommend it to others (even at its high price). Tasty stuff.

Pair with chocolate covered cherries or pomegranate seeds.

B (3.65) / GOOD

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Photo of ccg
4.26/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

For a top-tier, barrel-aged dark beer, a surprising amount of carbonation has survived. That's not to say that it looks overly carbonated, but it has a nice, creamy-looking ring of bubbles around the edge. The beer itself is, of course, opaque and jet black.
The smell is out of this world. Tons of barrel character without being overly oaky or too sweet... but there's definitely sweetness on the nose. Tons of chocolate and bourbon, backed up by vanilla, oak, and that hard-to-place sweet mustiness (for lack of a better word) that I sometimes get from the Lost Abbey barrel-aged beers.
The flavor is very similar to smell, but a bit lighter and less potent. All the same notes are there, just less intense.
The mouthfeel is probably the only downside here. It still has a good mouth-coating feel like other great BA beers, but it still comes across as lacking the full richness and viscosity that you get with its competition. It could be a solid competitor to BCBCS if it weren't for this one aspect.
I love this beer. I'd still take BCBCS over this one, but good luck getting a BCBCS! Track #10 is much easier to find, and it blows away KBS'16. Kudos to Lost Abbey.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours thick as motor oil and dark as night. Nice brown head sets down after a few minutes and leaves no lacing.

Smells of lots of cocoa and coffee... some vanilla notes that I suspect are from the bourbon. Kind of boozy but in a good way. Taste is very similar, except the bourbon really comes out in the end.

The feel is very nice; thick and oily. Chewy finish with a wave of flavors that finish with a nice bourbon kiss. This is one that should get a lot more love from the barrel aged crowd.

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Photo of JISurfer
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My first barrel aged stout from Lost Abbey. Really liked the depth and complexity of this one. Should of gotten another one. Very well blended, not overly boozy at all.

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Photo of MJSFS
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a KBS clone. Taste like fudge brownies spiked with bourbon. This beer deserves it's lofty place on the BA top 250 list, but I'm lost as to why it's not in the top 50. Side by side I wouldn't be able to pick KBS out over this beer, and it's packaged in a much more attractive bottle. Where has this beer been my entire life? I sincerely hope there are more bottles of this beer in my future.

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Photo of ptykozoon
4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Heavy sediment, dark caramel ring around the dark brown grog.

Vanilla, dark chocolate, honey, fudge brownies.

Milk chocolate, oak, burnt roasty coffee beans. Very good.

Medium mouthfeel. Low carbonation. ABV tastes around 11%.

Very tasty brew.

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Photo of Radcpa
4.86/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Very dark appearance. Nice coffee and bourbon blend aroma. Very smooth bourbon and coffee flavor without an alcohol aftertaste. . A Lille on the spendy side but well worth it.

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Photo of Mashbrew
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of the best stouts I've ever tasted. The coffee is perfectly roasty and not overly bitter, the cacao nibs give it a beautiful dark chocolate maltiness. The bourbon barrel aging gives it the perfect texture and completes the flavor. This beer is delicious

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4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Read the description and you've got the tasting notes. Bourbon, coffee, dark and milk chocolate and fudge. Hints of dark fruit vanilla. Perfectly balanced and a huge, creamy mouthfeel. One of the best stouts I've had all year and worth every penny!

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Photo of Jack_Malts
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is a beer that's been in the back of my head for quite some time - reading about it and thinking "well I'll never get an opportunity for this to grace my lips!" Well, here it is, and it's just as delicious as I expected it to be.

It's a lot like kbs, no doubt, but with a fuller mouthfeel and a richer, more boozy flavor that I'm truly in love with. To be perfectly honest if this beer were at the same price point as kbs and as widely distributed it would kill. As it is now, it's an overpriced west coast curio that should never fall under anyone's radar given the chance to try it (isn't that how all of the lost abbey's beers are though? I remember drinking red poppy and saying "wow this is the best American made Flanders red ale I've ever tasted!!! But! Um! I... Could get a 4 pack of rodenbach gran cru for the same price...). That being said, I'm really glad I got to try it, being as I'm in la right now and all (375 ml bottle 2016 btw) and I maintain that y'all west coast folks are spoiled as hell. Good thing I've got family here now.

Seriously though, other than the price and availability of kbs, I'd put this over it any day

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