Box Set Track #10 - Bat Out Of Hell
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #96
ABV:
13.5%
Score:
97
Ranked #355
Avg:
4.41 | pDev: 6.8%
Reviews:
180
Ratings:
1,133
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Box Set Track #10 - Bat Out Of HellBox Set Track #10 - Bat Out Of Hell
Notes: 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 EMV
4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a cork'n'cage 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Inky black pour with thin barely-there off-white head. Minimal lacing.

S: Roasted grains, chocolate, and espresso. Lighter vanilla.

T.F: Rich and roasty. Semi-sweet dark chocolate to start with burned sugars. Espresso... booze, char, and vanilla. Warming... the ABV is hidden but you feel it after sipping awhile. Medium to thick bodied. Loads of cocoa. Creamy and smooth. More complex as it warms.

O: An elite big boozy bourbon barrel stout. Great mix of flavors... perfect for a cold night by the fire.

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Photo of Anders91
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: same as world wide

Smell: chocolate, booze

Taste: follows the smell, really strong chocolate and booze, vanilla in the finish

Feel: smooth and syrupy

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Photo of farrago
4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a thin dusting that barely covers the surface before drifting off, thin line at the surface when the glass is tilted. Jet black liquid, looks clean. Licorice, dark chocolate, German chocolate cake fill the nose, more boozy than roasted, has a medicinal edge like witch hazel, mild nuttiness, any fruit presence close to plum or even prune. Fizzy than expected, surprises you and once you adjust it settles into a muscular fullness, not heavy but super-dense. The toast elevates here and there’s a broader sense of the barrel spiciness. Likewise there’s a palpable blueberry, blackberry jam element. The chocolate has just enough bitterness to avoid cloying sweetness. More of an American roast feel than Vienna or French in the coffee component. Vanilla bean and caramelized brown sugar top it off. Does an admirable job of straddling the line without going over and never seems to flaunt the barrel aging.

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Photo of RMW66
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An outstanding barrel aged imperial stout. Doesn't have the cloying sweetness of some more recent offerings. Well balanced, relatively little alcohol burn and nice integrated chocolate, coffee and vanilla flavors with a little burnt sugar. Will be picking this up whenever I can find it. Need to take time over it - for relaxing and savoring.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
The pour was jet black in color, light steaminess popped out of the bottle. In the glass, I'd say this was more of a dark brown color. I heard a little bit of fizz roaming in the quickly dissipating head. This didn't leave any lace.
The aroma had an absolutely amazing blend of sweet coffee beans with a moderate roast, cocoa powder sweet dryness, sweet barrel woodiness while allowing a quaint spicy earthiness to roam in underneath.
The flavor had some bourbon barrel sweet to spicy hints. Then a dusty cocoa nib taste while some roasted coffee bean tones play with the balance very nicely. Mild aftertaste of sweet and roasty sticky woody cocoa nib character.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fine sipping quality about it. Good carbonation and some smoothness balancing with some sticky milk chocolate layers. Finishes earthy with some sticky yet somewhat thin chocolate characters on my tongue.
Overall, pretty damn nice imperial stout, great Friday night cap.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a thick pitch black. No head when poured from the bottle, however, there's a bit of a carbonation ring around the edge of the glass that is tan looking.
The nose is quite rich and deep. I get a lot of barrel in the nose. I also get hints of chocolate, and coffee, but the barrel is the star of the show.
Taste - Wow! There's a good deal of chocolate, and coffee on the back side. The barrel flavors (and I know I'm terrible at describing it) is mixed throughout. I get a bit of a licorice flavor in this beer.
This is thick, and full bodied. There's very little alcohol burn from this beer.
Just a totally solid, amazing beer.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a thick pitch black with a very thin tan head. Very light spotty lacing.

S - Aroma is dark chocolate, coffee and bourbon.

T - The taste is coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla, dark fruits and bourbon.

M - Full body with medium carbonation. Syrupy mouthfeel with a soft dry finish.

O - Killer BA stout. The flavors are spot on. The alcohol will sneak up on you so it's definetly a slow sipper.

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Photo of bobv
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375 ml. bottle.
Moderate to vigorous pour yields a 1/2 inch tan head over a black body with little lacing. Nose of caramel, vanilla, cocoa, coffee, and bourbon. Taste mirrors nose somewhat because it takes it to the next level as in flavors of bitter chocolate, unsweetened chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, caramel, vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Near silky feel finishing with a bit of dark fruit sweetness, milk chocolate, and bourbon. As it warms, coffee comes through on the finish as well. Overall, an awesome experience for me as BBA Impy Stouts are my fave and this one is right up there with the greats. Cheers!

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Photo of minterro
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Didn't realize when I went to review but this will be 700. Wife got this for me when she went to San Diego last month. The label, as with all of Lost Abbey's labels is pretty amazing, lots of intricacies.

A&S: when popped, I noticed that there was a lack of carbonation. It poured thickish and black. The head had a reddish tint to it and dies out pretty quick. A ring of head, along with some specks, remains after a minute or two. The aroma consists heavily of bourbon and vanilla with hints of cocoa. Not getting any of the espresso in the aroma.

T&M: The immediate taste is bourbon. Also not getting a ton of coffee in the taste. After a little while, you get a surge of milk chocolate and cocoa in the aftertaste, along with some bitterness you would typically get from a hot brew of coffee. Extremely thick when it comes to mouthfeel (more than it would appear based on the pour. It really hangs around.

Overall: I can't speak to the price, but it is a good beer overall. Nothing mindblowing or complex (in my opinion), but also it is a very well made beer like all of Lost Abbey's stuff. Great way to finish tonight.

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Photo of Oh_Dark_Star
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Best damn Lost Abbey I've had and worth the cost to try once for sure. It was black as the night with little head but a wonderful aroma and the coffee and nibs rode the bourbon nicely.

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Photo of maximum12
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Despite the cork, this sneaky little 12.7 oz. corked & caged bastard I liberated from CA in October hid behind a regular old 12 oz. in the fridge door for months. No longer.

Cage off, cork out, like a beer strip tease, & a really dark liquid flows. As expected, the nose is mostly sweet chocolate, with a side dish of bourbon & light roast.

Bat out of Hell – I’d never heard it, & after one minute on YouTube, I believe my eyes & ears are permanently damaged. Holy awfulness. Thankfully the beer is much better, & hits the palate all thick & smooth & slick. Lube-coated chocolate is twined around a solid, intense hit of bourbon. The main players are supported by dark wood, molasses, delicate sweetnut, & finishes with more chocolate. Much too small of a bottle.

One can certainly feel the influence of the base beer here, amped up by an interesting use of the barrel that’s simultaneously heavy without accompanying booziness. Nice trick & an excellent beer, horrifying images & noise notwithstanding.

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

Black color with brown head, aroma of coffee, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, nuts and cocoa, taste is intense, medium sweet, medium bitter, low carbonation, full body, excelent.

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Photo of Dmullz
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Great looking deep and dark imperial stout. The nose is heavy with chocolate and coffee, quite appetizing. Taste is delicious without overpowering too much with the chocolate and coffee, but has a very strong alcoholic finish. Overall a great beer to sip and share.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.45/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

2018-11-05
375ml corked/caged bottle served in a little Cantillon glass. I don't see a date on it.

Pours still and black. No head. Just the faintest fizz for the briefest moment after pouring. Smell is booze, chocolate, coffee, cough medicine.

Taste is booze and chocolate primarily, just a slight hint of cherry (probably where the cough medicine aroma is coming from, but thankfully muted to a reasonable degree). Coffee is definitely there. Deep burnt bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth, thick, and very, very still. Overall, the flavor is good and everything else is lacking. It's a bit weird. As it is, it's not a bad beer to try, but if I was going to get the same experience, I wouldn't buy it again. If I had reasonable confidence that it was going to be improved somewhat, I wouldn't hesitate to buy it again.

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Photo of Bohemian
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Looks like a damned stout, tastes like a damned stout, Hell, it’s a stout worth mentioning. Coffee notes are just that—they don’t overwhelm. Pour is dark and relatively headless. Taste is bold and syrupy and second only to THAT breakfast stout. Don’t chug, relax with it.

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Photo of stevoj
4.36/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Taster at Interstate. Thick, dark and creamy. Small ring of beige head. Aroma is sweet and chocolaty. Slick and slippery. A bit of alcohol heat creeps in late. Near perfect.

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Photo of Roguer
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Slow building head, settling in at about a half finger of dark tan foam. Decent retention; slight fizz.

Nose was initially a little sharp from the pour, but it calms down nicely in the glass. Bourbon and oak dominate up front, mingling with strong coffee and chocolate tones, somewhat mingled with the roasted malt. Toffee, coconut, vanilla, pecans, red grapes, molasses; very nice. A lasting impression of brown sugar lingers long after the other notes have faded.

Smooth and sweet on the palate. Bourbon and oak are prominent throughout; brown sugar, mild coconut, and vanilla emerge mid-palate. Coffee is most notable on the back end, once the alcohol heat starts to fade (along with the bourbon). Not much chocolate; or, rather, it blends wonderfully with the roasted malt base to create a rich, deep profile.

Full bodied well shy of chewy. Smooth as silk and incredibly drinkable for the ABV, but a strong alcohol heat builds in the second half - never becoming unpleasant.

This is an excellent beer from start to finish. Not overly sweet, it doesn't really stray into dessert beer territory.

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Photo of colts9016
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beer that I have wanted to try out of many from this brewery. The beer is 50 degrees and served in a tulip glass. The hard pour on the beer produced a millimeter thick head. The head is creamy and foamy leaving no traces. The beer's light tan head left no lacing on the glass. A dark brown nearly black and is opaque. No other visible signs of life in the glass.

The aromas of the beer are dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, molasses, burnt sugar, raisins, dark roasted malt, wood, vanilla, oranges, yeast, bready, and earthy.

The flavors of the beer are dark espresso roasted coffee, dark chocolate, molasses, burnt sugar, raisins, dark roasted malts, wood, yeast, oranges, bready, and earthy.

The mouthfeel of the beer rounded and chewy.

The body of the beer is full, low carbonation, and a full finish.

Dark chocolate and dark roasted coffee flavors burst throughout this beer. I could sip this beer all night long.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bat Out of Hell pours a black color, with not much head. Big creamy aroma, sharp licorice notes. Flavor is smooth and creamy, hints of licorice, and sweet cacao. Big flavors, thick creamy body. Overall, a big flavorful and smooth stout; must try.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.05/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2018 bottle.

It pours pitch black, near zero head of foam, zero lacing.

Smells of coffee, cocoa nibs, roasted malt, oodles of Bourbon and hence, a huge boozy smell.

The taste starts with cocoa nibs, coffee, light figs, roasted malt. Bourbon is big but not as big as in the smell. Lots of sweetness and booze, low carbonation,
fairly thick syrupy mouthfeel.

Good.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2018 vintage. Poured from 375 mL bottle into Pohjala tulip.
A: Pours black as a moonlight night with 1/4 inch super dark mocha head that quickly recedes.
S: Boozy raisin, smooth dark chocolate, molasses, leather, sweet bourbon, and a hint of coffee.
T: Super smooth dark chocolate, woody char, molasses, sweet bourbon, vanilla, espresso with cream, and raisin.
M: Amazingly smooth. Some alcohol burn and char bite, but chalk full of dark sweetness. Lingers and matures nicely on the palate.
D: Darkly sweet with layered complexity. A sipper for sure, but surprisingly drinkable. Gotta love anything built from the foundation of Serpent's Stout!

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Photo of laketang
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In the glass a look of deep in ya with a tiny brown head. Has a shiny black marble look. Roast in the smell and of course both chocolate and coffee. The taste of the coffee is , for me, nicely done, with a little bitter tinge. Also ginger snap entered my mind. Has a thick, rich mouthfeel , deep textures.

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Photo of superspak
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle into snifter, 2018 vintage bottling. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense and rocky tan head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big nutty dark roast coffee, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, molasses, toffee, marshmallow, fudge, brownie batter, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, and dark bread; with light notes of coconut, licorice, smoke, leather, tobacco, dark fruit, and roast/toast/oak earthiness. Touch of booze in the aroma as it warmed, but not overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, cocoa, and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge nutty dark roast coffee, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, molasses, toffee, marshmallow, fudge, brownie batter, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, and dark bread; with light notes of coconut, licorice, smoke, leather, tobacco, dark fruit, and roast/toast/oak earthiness. Very mild roast bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of nutty coffee, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, molasses, toffee, marshmallow, fudge, brownie batter, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, dark bread, light dark fruit/smoke, and roast/toast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, cocoa, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a solid roasted bitter/sweet and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with zero cloying/acrid flavors after the finish. Mild carbonation and very full body; with and extremely rich, creamy, silky, velvety mouthfeel that is amazing. Minimal chalky roast, oak tannins, or dryness. Mildly increasing warmth of 13.5%, with zero barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is an amazing barrel aged coffee stout! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, cocoa, and bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV; with the minimally bitter finish. Mind blowingly rich and complex flavors. Amazing balance of fruity/nutty coffee, cocoa, and malts; with perfect barrel integration. Not overly roasty on malts, nor tannic on the barrels. A highly enjoyable offering, and pristine style example. One of the smoothest stouts I've ever had at this ABV, which is even more impressive considering this is a fresh batch.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

**
03/23/18
Bottle to snifter.

Borgata drinking with MCD and DS.

LOOK: dark black, medium off white head
AROMA/TASTE: Very sweet, chocolate, raisin, hints of bourbon, hints of fig, little bit of caramel,
FEEL: silky smooth

good beer.

**

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Photo of cakutscher4
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Doesn't have a bourbon flavor the comes out and punches you in the face. More like a subtle bourbon caress that holds you like a gentle lover. Not like that whore, KBS! Really liked this beer though. From the cork, to the cool art, and the overall flavor of the beer. Everything blends together well and you get a little sweetness the comes at you at the end.

P.S. I'll always love you, KBS.

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