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

Brewed by:
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.

Added by HopHead84 on 12-05-2011

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Reviews: 143 | Ratings: 1,022
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 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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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 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 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 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


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.


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 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 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 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 class... The base beer on steroids for is enough...glad I got try this... Man, this is good...

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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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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 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 Gaddabble
4.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Superb beer. The essential feature of this beer is that it keeps a multitude of strong flavors/smells in balance. It is very easy to get coffee, bourbon, oak, chocolate, and a hint of vanilla. You get the base beer, the barrel, and the adjuncts. All are wonderful and none of them overshadows any other. A truly splendid 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 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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