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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
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:
#273
Reviews:
151
Ratings:
1,053
pDev:
6.82%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
190
Gots:
255
Trade:
25
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Photo of codytwo
3.88/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NMA
4.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep black beer topped by half a finger of dark tan head which fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass
S: Smells oddly like an Islay scotch with a little smoke. there's some coffee and chocolate in there as well along with some bourbon barrel notes.
T: Taste is chocolate and coffee with some bourbon barrel goodness. It still has that slight phenol note with some smoke. Nice roasty notes as well but this really has me confused because it tastes so close to an Islay scotch at times. Swallow is a little boozy with some more coffee and chocolate. Some smoke and vanilla comes in as well.
M: This beer is full bodied with a surprising amount of carbonation which is slightly prickly. the beer has a drying finish as well from the ABV.
O: Overall this is a really interesting beer. It has so many notes I associate with an Islay scotch yet it still has a bunch of other stuff going on. I really dig it. It's certainly worth a try but it colors well outside of the lines.

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Photo of JoeK89
4.04/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jestoner
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cshafer7
3.75/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sirsteve42
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sabtos
3.81/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Slick, oily black with a minimal tan ring and brown edges.

I can smell that bourbon, even from afar, but as it settles and warms, I also get chocolate covered marshmallow, peanut and raisin.

Taste is maply-oak, raisin, smoky coffee, cocoa, and bourbon heat with cola via a thin, medium dry vehicle.

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Photo of LeftHanded666
4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cjgator3
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rristow
4.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from bottle. Pours black with faint tan head that fades quickly. Aroma is bourbon and lots of cocoa with a hint of coffee. Mildly bitter with nice sweetness. Hides alcohol well. Nice and chewy. Flavors of chocolate, caramel, molasses, vanilla, bourbon, toffee, licorice. Incredibly well done.

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Photo of gcamparone
3.96/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12.7oz bottle into a Duvel goblet glass. Purchased in Attleboro, MA.

Pours a deep brown body with a small khaki head that reduces fairly quickly to leave not much.

Aromas are sharp and somewhat boozy, but lots of cocoa and coffee definitely come through, with bourbon caramel in there. On the tongue, it starts with big coffee notes, followed by milk chocolate and bitter semisweet chocolate and bourbon on the finish, definitely feeling the burn on this one. Mouthfeel is kinda thin for 13.5% low carbonation.

OK beer, but with the terrific new age of BA stouts this is lagging behind.

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Photo of CPAles
4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of EJJ1848
4.09/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of johnny_chimpo
4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NickThePyro
4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of anvindr
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bammer21
4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jsalz21
4.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of ale_addin
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thoglund
4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of danh53
4.14/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown and looks a bit thin. No bubbles to speak of but it does leave some lacing on the glass. Big bourbon notes hit right away on the aroma with buttery caramel, vanilla, and chocolate covered dark fruits in abundance. The bourbon flavor is strong and leaves a bit of an alcohol burn, but it doesn't detract much from the beer. The mouth feel is better than expected. It's light to medium bodied, but has an oily texture that lingers on the palate. Tastes like a vanilla adjunct stout. I get raisins, dark cherry, and molasses with a bitter espresso finish. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of CHickman
4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger tan foamy head that was full of tiny bubbles and faded around average time, leaving good spotty lacing that slides down the sides and left minimal spotty foam accents.

Smells of bourbon, melot/red wine, brandy, dark chocolate, booze, dark fruit, molasses, cocoa powder, faint vanilla, roast, charred wood and burnt coffee grinds. Based on the label ("Imperial Stout Aged In Bourbon Barrels With Coffee And Cacao Nibs Added") I expected more coffee present, but the booze and malty sweetness work well together in this brew.

The cocoa, dark chocolate and earthy malt sweetness dominate the flavor but allow for the rest of the dynamics to show and up share some of the spotlight. The brew includes lots of chocolate, bourbon, melot/red wine, dark chocolate, booze, dark fruit (plum, raisins, etc.), molasses, cocoa powder, faint vanilla, soy sauce, roasted grains, charred wood and burnt black coffee. Very complex, the char, smoky aspects and chocolate dominate throughout and then left a ton of chocolate, toffee, earthy, and coffee lingering as the slightly bitter feel trails off. The bourbon and/or oaky elements sticks around and brings out coconut, toasted grains, chocolate covered raisin and a hint of piney hops. The cocoa, roasted grains, dark fruit and roasted aspects help mask the booze and ABV level (13.5%).

Mouthfeel is a little too thin with mellow carbonation, a smooth way about it as it slides down effortless-ly, and a slight bittereness. The massive amounts of chocolate, bourbon, melot/red wine, dark chocolate, booze, dark fruit, cocoa powder and overall sweetness are almost cloying, but it stays true and maintains the nice malt and fruit combo in each and every sip. Again, the sweetness borders on cloying and over the top, but apparently that's where masterful barel aged blending takes place and really sets this stout apart from other BBA stouts as it works well and doesn't cross the line to overly sweet.

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Photo of Cubatobaco
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Beer rating: 4.4 out of 5 with 1,053 ratings
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