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 | website

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 MilwaukeeBeerMaker
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Really dug this beer. Barrel character was at a really nice level and the chocolate and coffee blended into the taste very nicely. Definitely could tell that the alcohol was there, but not in a bad way; nice and warming.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Cork and Craft during Beer Safari in San Diego. Excellent spin on Serpent Stout. Powerful at 13.5%. A big strong ale full of flavor and complexity.

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Photo of neurobot01
4.11/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375ml c&c bottle into a snifter at cellar temp.

Look: pours a viscous, super-dark brown, with a short-lived light brown head.

Smell: coffee, fudge, Kahlúa-esque alcohol. Powdery.

Taste: fusel alcohol, chocolate, dark cherry, mild coffee, oak, vanilla.

Feel: chewy, but perhaps a bit over-carbonated. Bitter and slightly dry.

Overall: a decent beer, but a bit of a chore to drink, and certainly not worth whatever I paid for it.

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Photo of Alequine
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark black, thick pour. Quick dissipating head. Tan lacing holding to the glass. Thick black in color. Great viscosity giving this stout an appetizing look. Aromatic malt and cocoa with slight bourbon and coffee flavors emanating from the glass. Taste of dry coffee flavor with bourbon at the finish. This is a strong beer, warming in the stomach - would go great with a maduro cigar.

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Photo of RAlmeida77
4.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had this bottle when it initially released.

A - Poured into a Lost Abbey Teku glass. Beer is very dark, oily black with a thin tan head that dissipates leaving lacing.

S - Aromas of some booze, fudge, vanilla, caramel, dark chocolate and some bourbon notes. Smells heavenly. .

T - Taste is very similar to the nose...lots of fudge. Super rich and viscous. Lots of nice bourbon vanilla, caramel. Very light alcohol presence.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated but very creamy.

O - This beer really reminded me of Black Tuesday. Less boozy, obviously, but very similar flavors. Excellent beer.

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Photo of skiking70
4.32/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great beer glad I got to try it. It is a little boozy but the flavor is outstanding. The feel is perfect, my only complaint is the smell is just okay.

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Photo of popery
3.56/5  rDev -19.3%
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 cvm4
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Pours a deep, dark cola body with a dark tan one finger head. Tight carbonation with great retention on it.

S - Huge coffee and dark chocolate nose. It settles down to a fair amount of bourbon and oak.

T - Wow!!! To me it follows the nose and extrapolates the nose. Big dark chocolate and coffee taste at first. And afterwards an even bigger bourbon taste.

F - Full bodied and low carbonation. Chewy feel on so smooth.

O - This is fantastic from beginning to end.

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Photo of Rutager
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decent nose of coffee, sweet bourbon, char, and oaky vanilla with some sharp alcohol. Not as boozy as expected, sweet bourbon stout fades to nice dry dark chocolate lingering on the tongue. Beer, it's what's for breakfast.

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Photo of Zach136
4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma and flavor are dark fruit, vanilla, and oak over medium intensity chocolate and a hint of booze on the finish. Mouth feel is full bodied and luscious.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours super dark. Good looking brew. Chocolate, coconut, vanilla, bourbon and oak. Coffee at the very end. Bourbon bomb and I absolutely love it. Super dry. Good heat. Awesome, if you really like bourbon.

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

Split with rudzud.

Super pitch black syrupy thick long legs, no real head but swirling the beer makes some head attempt to appear.

Nose loaded with chocolate, super dark choc, fudge, caramel mocha, toasted malts and big coffee cream, hint of booze, super dark complex, little earthy hop, reminds me of black Tuesday. Nice vanilla barrel, caramel candies cream, dark booze raisiny thing,

Taste dark chocolate, smooth rich creamy fudge and creamy dark choc, cocoa, roasted malts with coffee and kahlua coffee liquor, rich fudge, mild booze warmth, thick chewy, caramel and nice vanilla barrel, mild toffee and nougat fudge. Mild bitter earthy hops, mild booze soaked raisin. Finish is drier, very little booze, more fudgey cocoa, coffee cream and roast.

Mouth is full bod fudgey cocoa, chewy, a touch of hot booze, decent carb.

Overall great. It's like a Black Tuesday with less booze, really nice and enjoyable.

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

Split with JLindros as part of the VIP track set.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a super dark oily black with a thin wispy head that fades to leave awesome lacing.

S - Aromas of little bit of booze, rich fudge, vanilla, caramel, dark chocolate, light smooth bourbon notes. Alcohol hidden well.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, great fudge notes, super rich and dense, lots of nice bourbon vanilla, caramel. Very light alcohol presence. Real nice fudge and nice warning alcohol, delicious.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, creamy, alcohol hidden nicely.

O - Overall this beer was very close to Black Tuesday. Really really nice. Very tasty. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of haazer
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Basically completely opaque accept for a few white bubbles running up the glass. Black in color. Head is tan and faint. First whiff gives a lot of vanilla. Bourbon, raisin, and some charred wood is detected too. This beer rocks where it counts. Deep bourbon flavor to start, then a big rush the cacao chocolatey flavor. Vanilla mixes in throughout, with a dry dark roast aftertaste. Full bodied, mouth coating beer. My teeth might change color after this. Fairly well carbed too. This beer is amazing. Had on draft, would love to get a bottle of this and let it sit. Had this after KBS and this more than holds its own.

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Photo of SFC21
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely delicious. The bourbon is there but it doesn't overpower. It jumps out immediately but then let's the coffee and chocolate in, while still there in a complementary fashion. The finish is fantastic. The taste that lingers is that of a fudge-y, chocolate ice cream, or a big chunk chocolate chip cookie.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.77/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle into snifter.

A: Pours damn near black with a very very thin short lived copper colored head that quickly faded into nothingness. No lace.
S: Rich, sweet, and heavy smelling scents of dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee beans, leather, and a touch of caramel. The bourbon is sweet and sticky but not hot smelling. I get just a hint of cinnamon as well.
T: Tons of bourbon, dark chocolate and creamy milk chocolate ice-cream comes through. The coffee flavor comes through in the finish and is roasted and slightly bitter. The finish and aftertaste are full of fresh, sweet, bourbon, leather, vanilla, and a touch of caramel and tobacco. The bourbon is still pretty strong and gives off a slight anise characteristic as well.
M: Thick and heavy body, chewy and sticky mouthfeel, low but tingly carbonation that fizzes up gently on my palate. The bourbon is not hot, but it has a lot of flavor that I thought might be better integrated into the chocolate and coffee if this had a little bit more age.
O: I think a few months in the bottle might do this one some good – soften the flavors out a bit and round off some edges. Flavors were good, and the high abv is definitely hidden very well. Not my favorite stout but a rich and potent sipper.

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

I felt like if they used more adjuncts it would have been better. The barrel is a little overwhelming. It's also a little thin. Overall, not a bad stout but I think Lost Abbey should stick to sours.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black, opaque in the glass with a cool half finger brown head, one of the darkest I've seen on a stout. Aroma of dark toasted malt, milk and dark chocolate, bourbon, a hint of coffee. Flavor is well integrated dark toasted malt, coffee, chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. Nice chocolate covered coffee bean finish. There is a light booziness to it, but this stout is substantial enough to hide its intensity. Medium to heavy bodied with light creaminess, nice mouth feel. A very well balanced and complex barreled stout. Each of the ingredients is distinct, but all seem to integrate really well. One of the best coffee flavor support beers I've had, it's like it was designed to present fresh coffee flavors, although even those do not dominate. I'm quite impressed with this one. Nicely done.

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Photo of alwaysplayin
3.56/5  rDev -19.3%
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 ONovoMexicano
4.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not much carbonation or head from the pour but it comes out like motor oil.

Smells like chocolate, oak, tobacco and a bit of soy sauce.

Tastes chocolatey with good oak notes. Not particularly varying in flavors to my taste buds. Spicy boozy does quite a number on the flavor.

It's hotter and more bourbon dominated than I like in my beers. But it's chewy and thick-bodied and so there's enough here to enjoy.

All I'ma say is $18 though? For 375mL? When I can get similar beers anywhere from $9 a 750? An old and common lament but Lost Abbey prices are absurd. There are cheaper and still better options.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.04/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, served in a snifter 4/13/2015.

A- Dark brown, nearly black body, opaque with a one finger espresso coloured head, nice retention, no lacing.

S- Strong vegetal pepper aroma that becomes more coffee-like as it warms up but it never loses that vegetal character completely. A bit of bourbon, a fair amount of milk chocolate, cocoa, small amount of roasted malt.

F- Milk chocolate, cocoa, none of the vegetal aromas, espresso, bourbon, a slight amount of vanilla (but not very much). Solid flavour profile, a bit hot in terms of alcohol.

M- Medium bodied, good carbonation, more of a mix of slick and dry finish that is slightly boozy with a cocoa-heavy finish.

O- Solid barrel-aged coffee stout with a solid body, but it's no Sunday Morning or BCBCS.

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Photo of cbutova
4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Armsby Abbey Stoutfest 2015. Full notes taken during consumption.

A- Pitch black as the bat out of hell with a dark mocha tan cap to a finger; good retention. Webs and drizzle coat the glace with lacing.

S- Massive fudgey desserts and Bourbon bring the decadence level to the max. Huge chocolate inviting with coffee and heavy roast barley. Heavy rounded out oaky sweetness and peppery Bourbon.

T- The aroma transitions to the flavor smoothly with the same general theme; a huge brew. Added dark fruits like spicy fig to the mix of sweet oak, spicy peppery Bourbon, insane cocoa, medium to dark roast coffee, alcohol and big caramel.

MF- Massive thick bodied with medium carbonation adding to the decadence. Finishes fairly warm but for the ABV its not even close to a surprise or a flaw.

A big beer in all aspects that a beer can be big. Dessert-like cocoa is found throughout complimenting the whiskey and coffee notes added in with that.

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Photo of Dope
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

No bottling date that I can find.

A: Pitch-black pour with the darkest head I've ever seen on a beer before. The head is exactly the same color as the body upon the initial pouring. What an odd effect, has to be seen to be understood. Head lightens up slightly and fizzes out at a moderate pace. Zero lacing, minimal retention. I gave it extra points for the midnight black head.

S: Heavy, heavy, heavy roasted malt. Lots and lots of coffee and chocolate along for the ride. Get some dark fruits buried in there and there's even a touch of anise. Not really getting a huge bourbon presence but it's there, an oaky vanilla and caramel sweetness hovering above all the chocolate/coffee/roasty aromas. A little boozy sting when swirled.

T: Whoa. Strong but smooth bourbon up front. Heavy caramel with a light vanilla backing. Caramel segways into lots of sweet chocolate syrup with a coffee backing. Coffee flavors aren't in-your-face but provide a mildly bittersweet backing and balance to all of the sweet caramel and chocolate. Coffee stands out and shines a more towards the finish when the sweetness fades. Finishes off with a strong oaky bourbon caramel and boozy stinging aftertaste.

M: Heavy, viscous and stinging.

O: Very interesting and fun brew. It starts off all sweet and smooth and ends with sharp, stinging flavors. Polar opposites. Balance is spectacular, flavors are bold and well-defined. Everything is strong but nothing stands out as overpowering. Even the drinkability is surprisingly good for such a big, layered barrel-aged stout. Lots of complexity, lots of booze, lots of everything in this one. Most impressive Lost Abbey brew I've ever had. By a million miles.

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

The quality of the coffee presence is distinctive and exemplary

No bitterness , but dark roast flavor of excellent java, cocoa balanced with bourbon and alcohol heat.

Very enjoyable, but not an everyday sipper . If cost is a burden , try Epic Brewing Big Bad Baptist at. $14 per bomber or coffee BCBS if you can find it

Highly recommended. I stocked up on track 8 due to uniqueness of a cinnamon raisin Quad. I don't think I will get another of these, but await the next installment.

I won't even talk about how pissed I was that both of my aged Agave Maria went bad, sour in a repugnant way. Oops, I mentioned it. See review.

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

375ml cork top bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours jet black and thick as motor oil with a one-finger foamy dark tan-almost brown head that dissipates quickly, leaving just a trace of head behind

S- big blast of bourbon on the nose adds aromas of oaky vanilla, quickly followed by dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, scorched caramel, toasted marshmallow & acetone. The coffee addition adds a strong aroma of raw green pepper with underlying espresso. As it sits longer, more oaky bourbon & chocolate aromas prevail

T- bourbon barrel flavors are prominent up front with spicy bourbon mixing with oak and vanilla, the addition of the cocoa nibs are noticed mid-palate, with a big bittersweet dark chocolate flavor, the coffee addition follows the nose in that it has a flavor of raw green pepper, followed by more of an espresso flavor. The finish adds more bourbon with sweet caramel and alcohol

M- medium viscous body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a warming, oily finish

O- taking an already great stout and adding cocoa, bourbon barrel & coffee? This one is a winner, and drinks quite easily for the ABV

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