Box Set Track #10 - Bat Out Of Hell | The Lost Abbey

Box Set Track #10 - Bat Out Of HellBox Set Track #10 - Bat Out Of Hell
BA SCORE
4.4/5
1,052 Ratings
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 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
Ranking:
#275
Reviews:
151
Ratings:
1,052
pDev:
6.82%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
191
Gots:
257
Trade:
25
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Photo of Desp59
1.73/5  rDev -60.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Roasty and huge on coffee. Just not my thing.

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Photo of mendvicdog
2.73/5  rDev -38%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

too strong and not blended well

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Photo of Raziel313
3.05/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very bitter. Tastes like charcoal. Not my type of stout

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Photo of ejimhof
3.12/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of SaltySizzle
3.25/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of JTDay
3.47/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kscaldef
3.47/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Coffee has turned to green pepper on the nose, but tastes good. Harsh finish

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Photo of antoines15
3.48/5  rDev -20.9%

Photo of CityofBals
3.5/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.5/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of ThrashMaster
3.51/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Bumblebtna
3.54/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A bit too brash, but solid overall.

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Photo of alwaysplayin
3.56/5  rDev -19.1%
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 -19.1%
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 rderedin
3.6/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of yourefragile
3.63/5  rDev -17.5%
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%
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 jensenmoon
3.68/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

with all the hype, i expected greatness.. the bourbon tastes cheap and gave me a headache.. no bueno..

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Photo of dheldman
3.68/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gouettn
3.7/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of riotontheroad
3.73/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MatthewHopHead
3.75/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dental
3.75/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sordyl
3.75/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.75/5  rDev -14.8%
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)

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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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