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.

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Photo of jcflorian
4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- pitch black with no head or lacing.
Aroma- booze, barrel, chocolate in that order.
Taste- boozy chocolate bourbon.
Feel- oily and a little too thin. That being said, very enjoyable.
Overall- this is very solid ba stout. That being said its not a top 20 ba stout. Worthy of top 250 status but not level of kbs or bcs

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Photo of epyon396
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My patience finally gave way. Originally purchased in March 2015.

Deep black body that no light can penetrate. Thick, foamy dark khaki colored head. Dissipated to a thing ring around the edge and whispy bubbles in the center. No lacing. Surprising lack of legs given the high ABV.

Sharp bourbon and oak in the nose. Very obviously sweet. Getting a little bit of plum and raisin. The coffee has unfortunately disappeared, which wasn't entirely unexpected.

Lots of bourbon hits first. Way more than I was expecting. Oak and vanilla/marshmallow in the second stage. The finish on this beer is something that needs to be experienced. It's just layers and layers of decadence. Semisweet chocolate chips, bitter baker's chocolate, and fudge all combine in a beautiful symphony. Dark fruits (figs, plums, raisins) are present as well, with the slightest hint of espresso bitterness towards the very end and the marshmallow returning with a vengeance. The fudge lingers on the palate for what has to be a record or damn near one.

Silky and oily, but a little thin. Low carbonation and a dry finish.

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Photo of BWood
4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: pitch black. Small khaki head. Slight lacing.

S: strong stout roast with bourbon. Good cacao presence as well. Slight coffee.

T: chocolate all over this with bourbon coffee on the back. Nice complex flavor .

F: silky with a dry finish. Very nice feel. The booze is well hidden.

O: very nice beer. I love the track series. Price point is high but so is quality

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Photo of crob3888
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours black with dark brown edges and a tan one finger head. Aroma and flavors are incredible: coffee, bakers chocolate, vanilla, espresso, oak, marshmallows, and bourbon. Basically exactly what you'd hope for in this type of beer.

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Photo of OompaMentor
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark with a head that dissipates quickly. Hints of chocolate, bourbon and vanilla. First sip resting on the palate coats the tongue- BAM!- well balanced tones of smokey bourbon, chocolate, and coffee. This a descent BB stout.

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Photo of rolltide8425
4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours thick, dark, and oily. Bourbon is the dominant element to me on the nose and palate with the cacao nibs showing up behind. Don't pick up the coffee as much as I'd like but still a really good beer.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Huge...boozy...delicious... Cocoa nibs are absolutely dominant here and they are incredible... Slightly bittersweet...touches of booze... Incredibly loud flavors... Stupid class... The base beer on steroids for is enough...glad I got try this... Man, this is good...

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz cork and caged bottle poured into a willybecher glass

A: deep rich black inky in appearance it had a small 1/4 inch chocolate head that disappeared quickly to a film

S: nice soft bourbon, leather, oak, a little vanilla, coffee

T: coffee, vanilla, alcohol, a little cinnamon, bourbon really shines through, finishes with chocolate and licorice

M: nice viscosity even for a bourbon barrel beer makes it creamy it is still a touch thinner but nothing you can usually do when its barrel aged

O: Very very good bourbon barrel stout with coffee the touch of cinnamon is nice without being overwhelming like in some beers. I don't know if it was worth as expensive as their beers are but it is definitely one of the better ones I have had.

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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 fact, I know I wont.

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Photo of Tommo
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I guess i had high hopes for this, and its very nice, but side by side with other high end stouts it was lacking. Bourbon character dominates in a major way; so much so i feel you lose most other aspects of the beer. Decent body, but well below the best of the night

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Photo of MacSon1982
4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L: head was very dark brown/black on pour. Dissipated very quickly and left zero lacing.

S: tons of sweet vanilla and caramel. Some light chocolate and molasses. Nose also was a bit boozy.

T: black strap molasses, licorice, bready chocolate cake, vanilla, tannins, and solid boozy flavor.

F: thin, a bit watered down.

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Photo of JohnnyCorcoranTempeAZ
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter glass, Minimal to no head at all. Phenomenal smell, black licorice, bourdon. Not super boozie for a 14%, goes down super smooth and every sip is a delight! The chocolate and coffee really come out as the beer warms up. The after taste doesn't disappoint - this has become a favorite of all time for BB aged beers.

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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 Absolut
4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured/ oozed into a snifter

No foam, jet black. Bourbon smell hits immediately.

Wow. Just wow. Dark chocolate, bourbon, malty goodness. Vanilla. Tobacco.

Just a tremendous beer. Bat out of hell indeed.

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Photo of lemmy187
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours oily black with little to no head. Nose is out of this world; bourbon, bitter chocolate, vanilla, toffee, with a hint of coffee. Super balanced in the taste; the coffee is more detectable. Low level of sweetness and the hops from the base stout come into play. My only knock (and it is minimal) is that the feel is on the thinner side for the style. Well done.

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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 SHerninko
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft from tap @ Blue Dog Tavern - Chalfont, PA
Another Track special from the Abbey. Really like the base beer to begin with so the bourbon, coffee and cocoa really step this up. The alcohol is masked with all these intense but well blended flavors, but the almost 14% really catches up to you after a few full sips. Luckily I snagged a bottle to age and see it anything changes with time, but this is great right now. Balanced with no one flavor overpowering.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich dark chocolate color. Aroma is roasted malts and boozy. Flavor is super smooth cocao booze and a roasted chocolate flavor. Body is solid and overall this is incredibly drinkable for 13.5%. But this is still really nice.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml C&C bottle.

Vintage 2016 is etched into the side of the bottle.

poured into HF wine stem.

Appearance: A hard pour results in a black body with thick mocha brown cap that drops down to very minimal cap. A quick swirl brings back a thin cap. After each sip some booze legs are found on the side of the glass.

Smell: Sharp bourbon, dry oak, and chocolate dominate the nose. You get the biggest sniff of the coffee immediately after pouring into the glass, but the coffee seems to get lost rather quickly from the bourbon and chocolate notes. Also getting a hint of dark fruits.

Taste: This beer starts off sweet; bourbon, dark chocolate, vanilla extract, and dark fruits (mostly raisins). In the middle the beer goes through this transition of sweet to bittersweet; more along the lines of more bitter and less sweet. Lots of dry oak presence with bourbon adding sweetness in an attempt to balance the flavors. Molasses, light anise, powdered bakers cacao, and cold brew coffee that has an acidic, earthy, and nutty coffee bean characteristic about it. Finish is a lingering moderate bitterness with big oak notes to compliment. As this beer warms up, you really start tasting even more raisins and the coffee does not go away...its an interesting combo that I don't taste too often in a barrel aged stout.

Mouthfeel: full bodied beer with low carbonation. Very oily and chewy stout. Lightly dry finish. Huge robust flavors slamming out of this stout makes it feel even more massive than 13.5% ABV, but this beer is not boozy at all. Perhaps the moderately bitter finish masks the alcohol, but it is really hard to detect.

Overall: I am not a huge fan of Lost Abbey, but this is an excellent barrel aged stout. The coffee and cacao nibs are great adjuncts in the beer and Serpent Stout is a fantastic base beer for barrel aging. This beer is everything that it is advertised to be. My biggest problem with this beer is the cost. 14.99 before tax for a 375ml bottle of beer. This is not much of a surprise with Lost Abbey as they have some pretty expensive bottle prices on most of their beers. Probably my favorite barrel aged high ABV offerings that Lost Abbey has to offer.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tulip glass.

A: Pours a thick, deep black with a ring of fine, dark brown head. Good retention and some dots of lacing.

S: Coffee, cream, and mild roast, integrated with bourbon. Light dark chocolate and mild sweetness comes through.

T: Bourbon is a little more forward, along with spice, oak, some cream, cocoa, and a hint of dark dried fruit (blackcurrant). Really delicious. Finishes fairly dry for a beer this big and complex, which is a bit of a deviation from the typical.

M: Full bodied with medium carbonation, a bit higher than expected (but not to the point of distraction). Slightly creamy mouthfeel.

O: A standout coffee BA stout from Lost Abbey. Gives BCBCS a run for its money.

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Photo of SayBoom
4.92/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Lost Abbey Track #10 (2015) vs Brew Dog Paradox Heaven Hill (2014), interesting comparison.
L: LA>Br.Dog
S: LA= Br.Dog
T: LA>Br.Dog
F: LA>Br.Dog
O: LA>Br.Dog
My opinion this is top tier for Imperial Stouts. Very delicious. I'm so glad that It is sold in Europe.

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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 kitch
4.77/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A corked and caged 12.7 fl oz bottle poured into a snifter glass. I believe this is a 2015 bottling as “2015” is printed on the neck.

Appearance: It poured an opaque pitch black with a thin less than half finger dark brown head that leaves nice stringy lacing.

Aroma: Strong bourbon and chocolate with some sweetness coming from hints of molasses, toffee and vanilla.

Taste: Very nice espresso coffee, crunchy coffee bean, dark bittersweet chocolate and bourbon notes.

Mouthfeel: Thick, full bodied with low carbonation and light alcohol warming.

Overall: This was really good. It was surprising that there wasn’t much coffee on the nose, but it definitely came out in the taste. A great sipper on a cool night.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This landed in my local beer shop and I grabbed 2 bottles.
Poured into a snifter.
A - Pours black with essentially no head but you do get a tan ring that does not go away.
S - Aroma is chocolate and bourbon.
T - Definite chocolate and coffee flavors. The bourbon is present even before it hits your tongue, but this beer is not hot.
M - Rather thick mouth feel with very little carbonation.
O - Loved Track 8 and love this one. Definitely a slow sipper! Makes me warm all over.

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Photo of kevanb
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle, 2016 vintage etched into the side of the bottle, poured into a The Lost Abbey Teku glass.

The beer pours a nice jet black color, thick and viscous as it pours where a slim finger of taut head appears, khaki color, moderate retention and great lace. The aroma is very nice, smooth coffee roach, huge chocolate presence, thick and rich, with nice layered barrel character, bourbon, charred oak, light toffee, vanilla bean and some lingering stone fruits. It presents really well, big, bold, but balanced and inviting. The flavors follow the nose really nicely, really prominent coffee roast, thick and luscious chocolate, lightly bittersweet, assertive bourbon character, light chewy oak, a touch of acidity pops out at the back from the coffee and leaves some stone fruits and warm alcohol. The mouthfeel is good, lively carbonation, coating, full bodied though a bit thinner than expected but it has a nice texture and a very warm finish.

Verdict: A nice coffee stout from The Lost Abbey. I really enjoyed this in the original Box Set released and am glad to see it again. It's not quite as magical as I recall it being, but still an exceptional barrel aged stout, worthy of any and all praises.

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