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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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Ratings: 1,053 |  Reviews: 151
Photo of oldsailor
4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HopHunter19
4.99/5  rDev +13.4%
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 Virby44
4.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of edthehead
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of ellswrth
4.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zonk
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of beersgud
4.17/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Tan head. Dark brown color. Nearing black.

Coffee, oak, bourbon, and vanilla. Caramel and chocolate. Not to thick, but medium bodied. Warming heat. Some roasted malts. Pretty solid.

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

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

Photo of bpa112
4.31/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sk8sean86
3.76/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 ccg
4.26/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

For a top-tier, barrel-aged dark beer, a surprising amount of carbonation has survived. That's not to say that it looks overly carbonated, but it has a nice, creamy-looking ring of bubbles around the edge. The beer itself is, of course, opaque and jet black.
The smell is out of this world. Tons of barrel character without being overly oaky or too sweet... but there's definitely sweetness on the nose. Tons of chocolate and bourbon, backed up by vanilla, oak, and that hard-to-place sweet mustiness (for lack of a better word) that I sometimes get from the Lost Abbey barrel-aged beers.
The flavor is very similar to smell, but a bit lighter and less potent. All the same notes are there, just less intense.
The mouthfeel is probably the only downside here. It still has a good mouth-coating feel like other great BA beers, but it still comes across as lacking the full richness and viscosity that you get with its competition. It could be a solid competitor to BCBCS if it weren't for this one aspect.
I love this beer. I'd still take BCBCS over this one, but good luck getting a BCBCS! Track #10 is much easier to find, and it blows away KBS'16. Kudos to Lost Abbey.

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Photo of sd123
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of troupos40
4.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rabbott2
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Phurley2
4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jmg480
4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Artmcd88
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IckyT2012
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Box Set Track #10 - Bat Out Of Hell from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 4.4 out of 5 with 1,053 ratings
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