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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:
#274
Reviews:
151
Ratings:
1,056
pDev:
6.82%
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4.26/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kylehay2004
4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Texasfan549
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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4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours am opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and coffee. Taste is much the same with a coffee flavor and an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some great aromas and flavors that make it super easy to drink.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

i am so thankful that they are brewing some of these again, as i was super stoked about the box set, but didnt have the thousand bucks or whatever it cost to procure at the time, so nice to see these slowly coming around again. man this one is great, better than the track 8 i think by a significant margin. it is easily the most cocoa nibs i have ever known in a beer. that is what i smell first and foremost in this highly viscous, minimally carbonated, inky black obsidian luster rarity. earthy and bitter cocoa, a hint of coffee too, but its almost like the cocoa produces the coffee aroma, not actual coffee, although i do believe it is added here. its cool because its not sweet chocolaty, its raw and dense and bitter, but in insanely high proportions. i taste it like that too, with the nibs being the most forward flavor in the beer, which i have never really experienced before. the coffee is all on the back end, and the bourbon barrel is intense. less vanilla than others, but the boozy sweetness is there, and it seems to extract even more flavor from the cocoa nibs. bitter enough on the roast too to go with the cocoa, and then together balance the sweeter bourbon character in the finish. this was a really slow sipper for me, enjoying and contemplating my half of the bottle for well over an hour, and it made one heck of a night cap. as good as any beer from the lost abbey, and really the best use of this common ingredient i can think of. worth the money, even though its expensive. this is not to be missed.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Probably the best offering from the "Box Set" in my opinion from what I've had out of it anyway. Pours out really dark and oily. The smell is bold with coffee and bourbon notes. The taste is similar to the nose, coffee, dark chocolate bourbon. The feel is thick and leaves a coating for long lasting flavor. Overall it's a hell of a stout to say the least. Very impressive.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
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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4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Riding on the curtails of their famed Serpent Stout, this newer version of that same dark ale enjoys a similar bourbon barrel treatment but with a slather of cocoa and coffee flavors to accessorize, propel and round out the immensity of roasted grain that goes into the base beer.

Nearly pitch black through the center, its margins read slightly bronzed, the beer's plethora of roast signals all-things-dark to the nose. Dark roast coffee, dark chocolate and the burnt edges of grain are remiss of campfire, dark fruit and licorice-type spice with a pep of caramelized booze. Burnt sweetness carries the early taste with molasses, sorghum and baker's chocolate leading the way.

Roasted marshmallow resonate on the middle palate with its carbonized sugars clinging to the tastebuds. Fresh espresso roast mingles with cocoa powder for a sharp and robust taste that links up beautifully with the roasted grain of the beer. Seared sweetness, caramel, vanilla and roasted coconut carries the load through a flavor of cranberry, oak and licorice that share spicy and piquant nuances through the finish.

Full on the palate, the beer's robust taste allows its body to read fuller than actual. However, its acrid roast and tannic, almost vinous taste dissects the lingering malt sweetness and renders the texture relaxed and pleasantly somber. Its a complex roast flavor that pushes into the "burnt" realm more than most, perhaps a detriment to the passing stout drinker. A long linger of smoked cocoa and burnt sugar extends well past a spicy caramelized warmth and into the next awaiting sip.

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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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4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Appearance: Pitch black with a modest head; very leggy, with some dots and dashes of lacing

Smell: Dark chocolate, caramel, mocha, vanilla, raisins and barrel tones

Taste: Dark chocolate and caramel forward, with mocha, vanilla and raisin tones building; booze and barrel influenced through the finish, though some earthy hops add balance.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: A rich, complex and appealing brew; really enjoyed it

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

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

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4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
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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4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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