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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States
lostabbey.com

Style: American 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.

Added by HopHead84 on 12-05-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#393
Reviews:
166
Ratings:
1,107
pDev:
6.82%
 
 
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192
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Photo of snaotheus
3.45/5  rDev -21.6%
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 +0.7%
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 -0.9%
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 +1.1%
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 +5.2%
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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4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AuntBea
3.65/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
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 shelby415
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bitterbill
4.05/5  rDev -8%
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 Futbolmanby
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mwilbur
4.53/5  rDev +3%
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 Birdlegs
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheGent
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of laketang
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
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 Samdaddy
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
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 CSO
4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.06/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of reebtaerG
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hermit990
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TylerJ
4.59/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brittanylicious
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of heysuz
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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