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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 | website

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.

Added by HopHead84 on 12-05-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
114
Ratings:
876
Avg:
4.41
pDev:
7.03%
 
 
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Reviews: 114 | Ratings: 876
Photo of Trevor11
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Despite being a small bottle, this beer packs a big punch. There is a ton of bourbon notes at 13.5% with prevalence of dark chocolate and caramel. They claim there is coffee but I did not pick much of it up, maybe it is there for bitterness to balance the large malty presence. Fantastic stout that should not be passed up

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

Cork and cage bottle into a brandy glass

Pours a dark as night brown color. Smell is of intense bourbon, chocolate, and coffee all intermingling with each other perfectly. Initial drink brings forth bourbon and dark chocolate characteristics. These flavors lead into a more subtle roasty coffee and milk chocolate flavor that finishes with a mild roastiness and lingering chocolate and oak flavor. This is awesome. I can see why it's so highly rated. Feel is semi thick but not overly viscous. Just right. Overall this is an outstanding beer that I will definitely buy multiple bottles of in the future.

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Photo of SayBoom
4.92/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Lost Abbey Track #10 (2015) vs Brew Dog Paradox Heaven Hill (2014), interesting comparison.
L: LA>Br.Dog
S: LA= Br.Dog
T: LA>Br.Dog
F: LA>Br.Dog
O: LA>Br.Dog
My opinion this is top tier for Imperial Stouts. Very delicious. I'm so glad that It is sold in Europe.

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Photo of Gatch
4.91/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow. This is unreal. I've had massive BBA stouts many times but this is a different level. Huge complexity with vanilla and bourbon and woody barrel. I think this is my first track from these guys and it does not disappoint. I loved Serpents Stout and this is a definite upgrade.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours black with dark brown highlights at the edge. Very slow forming head reaches half a finger high and is dark khaki color. Recedes quickly and no lacing.

Rich, sweet bourbon aroma. Strong dark coffee. Oak, vanilla, and roasty/toasty malt. Caramel, brown sugar, and a touch of smoke.

Bourbon is less strong on the tongue but still prominent. Coffee and semi-sweet chocolate. Caramel, molasses, vanilla, and cream. Some dark notes of earth, smoke, and roasted malt. Just hints of alcohol.

Smooth, thick mouth feel. Moderate carbonation. Nice sweetness with an underlying bitter counterbalance. Lingering bourbon, barrel, and chocolate. Alcoholic heat but not distracting.

Superb beer. Bourbon is strong and smooth. Tremendous balance and depth of flavor. Sweet and bitter.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.77/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of kitch
4.77/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A corked and caged 12.7 fl oz bottle poured into a snifter glass. I believe this is a 2015 bottling as “2015” is printed on the neck.

Appearance: It poured an opaque pitch black with a thin less than half finger dark brown head that leaves nice stringy lacing.

Aroma: Strong bourbon and chocolate with some sweetness coming from hints of molasses, toffee and vanilla.

Taste: Very nice espresso coffee, crunchy coffee bean, dark bittersweet chocolate and bourbon notes.

Mouthfeel: Thick, full bodied with low carbonation and light alcohol warming.

Overall: This was really good. It was surprising that there wasn’t much coffee on the nose, but it definitely came out in the taste. A great sipper on a cool night.

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

Really dug this beer. Barrel character was at a really nice level and the chocolate and coffee blended into the taste very nicely. Definitely could tell that the alcohol was there, but not in a bad way; nice and warming.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
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!

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Photo of crob3888
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours black with dark brown edges and a tan one finger head. Aroma and flavors are incredible: coffee, bakers chocolate, vanilla, espresso, oak, marshmallows, and bourbon. Basically exactly what you'd hope for in this type of beer.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Huge...boozy...delicious... Cocoa nibs are absolutely dominant here and they are incredible... Slightly bittersweet...touches of booze... Incredibly loud flavors... Stupid good..world class... The base beer on steroids for sure..one is enough...glad I got try this... Man, this is good...

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Photo of RAlmeida77
4.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had this bottle when it initially released.

A - Poured into a Lost Abbey Teku glass. Beer is very dark, oily black with a thin tan head that dissipates leaving lacing.

S - Aromas of some booze, fudge, vanilla, caramel, dark chocolate and some bourbon notes. Smells heavenly. .

T - Taste is very similar to the nose...lots of fudge. Super rich and viscous. Lots of nice bourbon vanilla, caramel. Very light alcohol presence.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated but very creamy.

O - This beer really reminded me of Black Tuesday. Less boozy, obviously, but very similar flavors. Excellent beer.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at the Publick House in Boston, MA.

This one pours a deep, dark, glossy-looking black, with a small, filmy quarter-inch head, and not a whole lot of lacing.

Smells super wonderful, tons of chocolate, rich, dark, and slightly sweet-smelling, with roasty coffee, and a big meaty bourbon character.

This is one of the best BA stouts I've ever had. Definitely flies under the radar. The chocolate is the star for me, really tasty, slightly sweet, but roasty bittersweet, with some cocoa powder and some nutty roasted coffee, and a lot of sweet bourbon. There's a little bit of caramel, but it's definitely not too sweet here, as the roasted, nearly charred malt character really balances out the sweet components.

This is thick bodied, with a creamy, full, and quite expressive mouthfeel. The carbonation is low, just there enough to keep this one very drinkable.

This is was amazing. I really want to get a bottle of it to try now.

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Photo of kerry4porters
4.67/5  rDev +5.9%
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

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Photo of RyanK252
4.66/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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

This 2014 bottle, agreed one year and poured into a long, thin, flared flute glass comes out pitch black with a warm caramel head.

Subtle bourbon, oak notes with very little coffee remaining in the nose. Smells sweet and rich.

Taste still has a good bit of coffee with a little bitterness, like rich, dark chocolate. Bourbon on the finish complements the malt without overwhelming. Drinks wonderfully at one year.

Still very effervescent, like champagne. Thick and coats the mouth. Delicious.

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Photo of jegross2
4.64/5  rDev +5.2%
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).

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Photo of largadeer
4.63/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.59/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of -Rick
4.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Black! very slight brown head on the top
S: Lots of whiskey and coffee. more or less a week Irish coffee
T: more coffee and chocolate with hints of whiskey. The booziness is greater in the nose
F: creamy and blended well, this beer has an amazing lingering flavor that sticks around for a while
O: just loved this beer. Loaded with flavor.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.59/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a beautiful black one-finger mocha head. Sweet roasted malts, oak, cacao nibs, dark chocolate and coffee are bought out to the nose. Flavors of coffee, cocoa nibs, oak, slight vanilla, and the bourbon is extremely well-hidden. Delicious creamy mouthfeel! Very solid beer all around.

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Photo of skinny_mcginley
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
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!

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Photo of TTTBeer
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thankful to have had this on tap in Boston. Dark, dark , brew smells like a milkshake. Taste is delicious great balance of the sweetness with the bitter almost sour aftertaste. No hint of the high abv. Definitely worth seeking out

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