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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

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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.

Added by HopHead84 on 12-05-2011

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Photo of alwaysplayin
3.56/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This didn't live up to the hype for me at all. It made me sad.

Poured beautifully into my teku, but from there I might as well have been drinking a bottle at 1/5 the price. No nose to speak of, mouthfeel was crisp (not smooth), and there wasn't the depth of flavor I'd expect from this type of BA brew. Love me some Serpent's Stout, but I'd rather have had 2x of them than this 375ml of meh.

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Photo of popery
3.56/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

The beer is black with a small light brown head. The aroma has some fruity coffee and chocolate flavors with a fairly strong booze note. Mild roast, mild citrus, big hit of pepper. There’s a decent amount of flavor, but it lacks the richness that I’m looking for in really big stouts. The taste has a big toasty malt note but not as much accompanying sweetness as I’d like. Lots of peppery spice. Odd vegetal flavor. Big on coffee, though it’s a bit bland, possibly due to time. Only moderate sweetness. Medium bitter. Finishes drier than expected or appreciated. Booze and spice burn on the palate. Lighter mouthfeel than I’d prefer.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.63/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

Pours a thin dark chocolate brown with a thin light tan/mocha head that fades to a thin collar and splotchy film. Aroma of vanilla, fresh roast coffee, cocoa, baker's chocolate, mocha, rubbing alcohol and maybe there is some beer underneath this somewhere. Flavor is thin and mocha coffee like, powdery and boozy. Bourbon, vanilla and milk chocolate predominant. Let's be honest, there isn't much here that tastes like beer, just an amalgamation of flavors that taste good in any context (ice cream, coffee, cake, raw, a hooker's abdomen), that EVISCERATE the base beer.

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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 DoubleSimcoe
3.75/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Re-reviewing Track #10: Had on tap at Bishop's Collar in Philadelphia, seven bucks for a snifter. A lot more taste on draft, plenty of spices, fresh chocolate, crushed red pepper. The body is heftier as well and the price is right so this is a good choice to have at a bar (I'm upping up my ratings)

I was excited to find this at a store in Philadelphia. Barrel-aged Serpent Stout+coffee+cacao? Yes please!

And yet this beer falls short of its hefty price tag and high expectations. Yes, there is coffee, good cacao taste, the astringent and piquant taste of the bourbon barrel and a bit of chili spice... and yet there is not much to get excited about here, besides the customary roastiness, chocolate and customary darkness of a stout this big.

The body is thin, the taste is correct but underwhelming and short and the price weights heavy (drinkability is good, though)

The memory of this beer will be short-lived.

I'll drink a Bourbon County Coffee any day, for ten dollars less. Or a Serpent Stout.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.77/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle into snifter.

A: Pours damn near black with a very very thin short lived copper colored head that quickly faded into nothingness. No lace.
S: Rich, sweet, and heavy smelling scents of dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee beans, leather, and a touch of caramel. The bourbon is sweet and sticky but not hot smelling. I get just a hint of cinnamon as well.
T: Tons of bourbon, dark chocolate and creamy milk chocolate ice-cream comes through. The coffee flavor comes through in the finish and is roasted and slightly bitter. The finish and aftertaste are full of fresh, sweet, bourbon, leather, vanilla, and a touch of caramel and tobacco. The bourbon is still pretty strong and gives off a slight anise characteristic as well.
M: Thick and heavy body, chewy and sticky mouthfeel, low but tingly carbonation that fizzes up gently on my palate. The bourbon is not hot, but it has a lot of flavor that I thought might be better integrated into the chocolate and coffee if this had a little bit more age.
O: I think a few months in the bottle might do this one some good – soften the flavors out a bit and round off some edges. Flavors were good, and the high abv is definitely hidden very well. Not my favorite stout but a rich and potent sipper.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.9/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this one from ScottO a while back. Long time want. Cheers!

From a corked and caged 37,5cl bottle into a snifter
Imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels with coffee and cacao nibs added

APPEARANCE: A thick black pour yields a one finger, medium looking, slightly creamy, mocha head with good retention. Pitch black body with no carbonation evident. Head fades to a full wisp. A swirly wisp and ring remain until the end leaving traces of lacing down the glass. Good looking.

SMELL: Bourbon, oak, pure chocolate and cacao nibs. Some definite coffee and sweet cream notes with hints of coconut and vanilla as well. Nice and medium in strength.

TASTE: Bourbon, oak, pure chocolate and cacao nibs up front. Some more bourbon at the swallow with cacao, sweet vanilla cream, bitter coffee and pure chocolate, oak and bourbon lingering on the palate. Some burnt notes as well. Bold and interesting.

PALATE: Medium body and slightly higher levels of carbonation. Lighter for sure, unfortunately, creamy enough, goes down fine and finishes mouth-coating. Some heat lingers.

OVERALL: Good stuff. The feel is a little lighter and foamier than I'd hoped for the style, but the flavor and aroma fit the bill. Nice barrel component and good coffee character as well. The color on it is right up my alley as well. Thicken up the feel and you could have a real winner here, but for now this is a good brew as it is. Cheers ScottO! Have always wanted to try this one.

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Photo of Phelps
3.97/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, poured into Lost Abbey stemware.

Black as night; thick as hot cocoa. An incredibly dark, foamy head subsides to a graham cracker ring within a few seconds.

Almost acidic nose. The coffee in this is like torched espresso. Huge vanilla, vinous oak, chocolate syrup. A touch of dark cherry. Something harsh within.

Massive chocolate sweetness rounds out what seems like will be a continuation of the acrid nose. A touch of smoke, a lot of ethanol. Green oak, chocolate crumbles, vanilla bean. Just a touch too green in the oak. Sweet, balanced finish.

Flawless victory. Delicious. Not incredible, needs a little more depth. But a nice dessert treat.

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Photo of DrunkAl
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to sampler at Fobab 2013. Shit man this was the best of the night. Coffee and chocolate. Touch of bourbon. Everything perfectly balanced. This is great stuff, really wish they made more. 4.5

2014 release no where near as good. Maybe it needs time. 4.0

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Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
4.04/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

No bottle date

Look - Pours like motor oil, deep black with only the faintest reddish hue when held up to light. Head is very effervescent and dissipates quickly. Leaves a ring of bubbles around the surface with a smattering of bubble islands the color of coffee with cream. No lacing. 4 paws.

Smell - Lots of coffee up front, with smoky, vinous undertones. A bit of vanilla bourbon character comes through as the beer settles down. In fact, it really takes over once the beer warms. 4.25 paws.

Taste - Lots of burnt coffee character, a bit astringent. Dark, dusty chocolate present as well. Slight vanilla, and hints of dark berries. Boozy finish. Chocolate prevails when held in mouth. 3.75 paws.

Feel - Luscious creamy viscosity, very smooth. Tingle towards the back of the tongue. 4.75 paws.

Overall - I was very much looking forward to trying this beer, and wanted to like it more than I did. I think this is the first Lost Abbey/Port barrel aged offering I've had that I haven't been completely delighted by. I remember being underwhelmed by Serpent's Stout, so perhaps I'm just not a fan of the base beer. This just came off too bitter and boozy. Still a thoroughly enjoyable beer, just not entirely world-class imho. 4 paws.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.04/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, served in a snifter 4/13/2015.

A- Dark brown, nearly black body, opaque with a one finger espresso coloured head, nice retention, no lacing.

S- Strong vegetal pepper aroma that becomes more coffee-like as it warms up but it never loses that vegetal character completely. A bit of bourbon, a fair amount of milk chocolate, cocoa, small amount of roasted malt.

F- Milk chocolate, cocoa, none of the vegetal aromas, espresso, bourbon, a slight amount of vanilla (but not very much). Solid flavour profile, a bit hot in terms of alcohol.

M- Medium bodied, good carbonation, more of a mix of slick and dry finish that is slightly boozy with a cocoa-heavy finish.

O- Solid barrel-aged coffee stout with a solid body, but it's no Sunday Morning or BCBCS.

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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 HeartofMiami
4.09/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 vintage consumed 3/18/2016. Lots of booze on the nose and bourbon on the mouthfeel and taste. Some chocolate and roasted coffee notes and well carbed. No oxidation but surprised how much bourbon comes through after 2 years

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Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Strong Ale 2011

Black as you can get on the pour, a minimal tan head. The chocolate and coffee really add something to this and take away a bit of the booziness. Lots of whiskey and vanilla notes are still present, however. A touch of dark fruit in the background. The whiskey still cuts through the flavor along with some vanilla. Heavy on the chocolate and coffee with notes of raisin and burnt sugar.

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Photo of neurobot01
4.11/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375ml c&c bottle into a snifter at cellar temp.

Look: pours a viscous, super-dark brown, with a short-lived light brown head.

Smell: coffee, fudge, Kahlúa-esque alcohol. Powdery.

Taste: fusel alcohol, chocolate, dark cherry, mild coffee, oak, vanilla.

Feel: chewy, but perhaps a bit over-carbonated. Bitter and slightly dry.

Overall: a decent beer, but a bit of a chore to drink, and certainly not worth whatever I paid for it.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not much carbonation or head from the pour but it comes out like motor oil.

Smells like chocolate, oak, tobacco and a bit of soy sauce.

Tastes chocolatey with good oak notes. Not particularly varying in flavors to my taste buds. Spicy boozy does quite a number on the flavor.

It's hotter and more bourbon dominated than I like in my beers. But it's chewy and thick-bodied and so there's enough here to enjoy.

All I'ma say is $18 though? For 375mL? When I can get similar beers anywhere from $9 a 750? An old and common lament but Lost Abbey prices are absurd. There are cheaper and still better options.

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Photo of smcolw
4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark tan head. Thick and lasting, but a bit small. The liquid is very dark where no light shines through. Plenty of blanketing lace on the glass.

The smell starts with a sweetness I didn't expect. It's almost like an after dinner drink.

The taste is extremely rich, like biting into a rich brownie. Yet, it's not so sweet. Lots of semisweet chocolate. Chewy in terms of body with a light carbonation touch. The aftertaste is of dark malt and is long lasting.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.17/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - Sits black in the glass. Minimal head and dissipated quickly at that.
Smell - bourbon, vanilla, molasses, smoke, booze, chocolate
Taste - Tons of smoke, bourbon/booze, dark chocolate, licorice, tannic, vanilla/toffee

Overall - I've had better BA stouts but this is good. Not sure I'd spend $15.00 on a bottle again though....in fact, I know I wont.

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.19/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

3-29-16 - On tap at Monk's in Philly. Served in a tall, skinny goblet. Little head and fairly dark, dark brown. I'm not sure what a cacao nib is, but this Track had a lot of them! Slight bourbon aftertaste. Somewhat sharp and very tasty.
5-22-16 - Enjoyed in my backyard. Poured from a caged and corked bottle that I picked up from the brewery in early April. Poured into my Teku tall stemmed logo glass (that I also picked up at the brewery in early April). One of my favorites from Tomme that's sort of available. Coffee, bourbon, and cacao nibs in a glass. So awesome. Crank the Meat Loaf.

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

375ml bottle poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass

A: Pours like a glass of dessert, all dark brown swirls and a nice mocha head that never fully disappears.

S: Amazing nose, sweet bourbon notes of vanilla, toasted coconut and marshmallow, followed by the roast and cocoa. Some definite dark fruit (raisins, mostly) notes. Can't wait to taste.

T/M: First taste, excessively sweet, the coffee is hidden until the end, when it reminds me of the remnants of a mocha-laden espresso drink. Very prevalent hints of vanilla and chocolate, with just a touch alcohol burn to remind you that it's 12%. Perfect feel, thick and chewy as a beer like this should be. More alcohol burn as it warms.

O: A really excellent BA stout, though no question of its ABV, and for a beer with coffee it's somewhat lacking those flavors. All-in-all though, a very good beer.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black and opaque with dark brown layer of head, minimal retention. Aroma had an onslaught of bold gourmet coffee. Incredibly roasty, mild waves of vanilla and chocolate. Taste is coffee forward with heavy chocolate. The coffee overwhelms everything (which I like), and leaves the barrel character out. Perhaps a bit of char but minimal vanilla. Mouthfeel is thick an mildly carbonated. Over, aroma is killer... Very bold, just lacking in the barrel department.

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

Decent nose of coffee, sweet bourbon, char, and oaky vanilla with some sharp alcohol. Not as boozy as expected, sweet bourbon stout fades to nice dry dark chocolate lingering on the tongue. Beer, it's what's for breakfast.

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Photo of mlhyatt
4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I felt like if they used more adjuncts it would have been better. The barrel is a little overwhelming. It's also a little thin. Overall, not a bad stout but I think Lost Abbey should stick to sours.

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Photo of metter98
4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Monk's Cafe, Philadelphia, PA

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high dark tan head that died down rather quickly, leaving a minuscule collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of cocoa beans are present in the nose along with notes of cocoa and latter hints of dark chocolate. Notes of bourbon become noticeable as the beer warms.
T: Lots of flavors of dark chocolate and cocoa nibs are present in the taste along with some notes of bourbon, the latter of which becomes especially prominent as the beer warms up.
M: It feels full-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer does a good job in hiding its alcohol—it tastes strong but you don't really get any of the alcohol in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of portia99
4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml C&C bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle has a fairly low fill level just as an observation.

A - Pours an oily, black color - opaque even when held to the light. A short cap of dark, mocha foam falls quickly and leaves an uneven collar and sparse lacing on the glass.

S - Sweet, bourbony, boozy, molasses, cocoa, mild coffee and roastiness...has a smooth and almost creamy character to it.

T - Coffee really comes thru in the flavor taking the lead in the flavor profile. Bitter, cocoa powder, creamy chocolate, boozy with a clean bourbon flavor, some dark fruits, traces of vanilla.

M - Thick and full bodied with a slick and oily feel on the tongue. Low carbonation with just a hint of life to it, but works just about perfectly here. Intense coffee roast and firm, warm bourbon on each sip. Rounded out by a sweet, caramelly and vanilla-y note.

O - Nice BB imperial stout. For me the coffee really makes this beer. It plays really well against the bourbon. This is quite smooth overall despite its intensity.

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