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
Ratings:
1,043
Reviews:
149
Avg:
4.41
pDev:
6.8%
 
 
Wants:
193
Gots:
260
For Trade:
26
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Ratings: 1,043 |  Reviews: 149
Photo of dpgoblejr
4.67/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DamienI
4.19/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SteveCarrozza
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Type: 9-oz. draft
Glass: Clear snifter glass
From: Craft Kitchen in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $8
Purchased: Nov. 17, 2016
Consumed: Nov. 17, 2016
Reviewed as: American Double / Imperial Stout
Misc.: N/A

Never thought I was going to be able to try this one, but saw it at Craft Kitchen and picked it over Angel’s Share - Brandy Barrel Aged. Thought about just getting the 4-oz. version for $5, but went with the 9-oz. for $8 instead.

Poured an almost pitch black color with two fingers of khaki tan frothy head. Outstanding uneven foamy lacing. Outstanding retention. (Sight - 4.00)

Smelled boozy bourbon (which smoothed out later), cocoa, milk chocolate, oak, toffee, caramel, hints of butterscotch, coffee late, espresso and vanilla. (Smell - 4.50)

Tasted bourbon, vanilla, espresso, smooth milk chocolate, wet cocoa, coffee with creamer, toffee, hints of coconut, slight roastiness and some hazelnut. (Taste - 4.50)

Full body. Creamy-to-slick texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth warming finish. (Feel - 5.00)

This was just a fantastic beer and I still think I underrated it a tad. Incredible. (Overall - 4.50)

4.52 | 100 | A+

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Photo of Travitten
4.19/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jadjunk
4.19/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brewed in the style of an American Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels with coffee and chocolate added, available in 12.7 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from an 12.7oz. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a rich brown head of a creamy frothed head over a jet black body. Retention is below average and lacing is light and patchy. 4.25

(Smell) Smooth, rich chocolate, caramel bread and grains, subtle coffee bean with a light roast and moderate acidity, and a potent, yet clean and appealing bourbon presence. Potency is moderate. 4

(Taste) Nip of bourbon up front, quickly revealing a decadent malt body, a moderate roast malt and coffee bean profile with a mild cream sweetness finishing on a trailing moist chocolate cake finish. Quite enjoyable. 4.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, mildly creamy, lightly sticky and residual, medium dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is medium/heavy for the style, shy of heavy overall. Alcohol presence is moderate, and there are no off characters. 4.25

(Overall) A very well done imperial stout with a lot of malty richness, complexity and viscosity, all of which are complimented nicely by a respectable nip of quality bourbon aging, doesn't distract a bit from the velvety richness of the chocolate. While I didn't get a lot of coffee character aside from the roasted bitterness and some acidity, I think this beer would do quite well even without it. A pricier small format, but very well done in the end. 4.25

The Lost Abbey's
Track #10
/5.00

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Photo of rockrob
4.73/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of buking21
4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fireazzi
4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark look on the pour. Really rich chocolate and vanilla with oak taste. Great bourbon barrel smell. Very boozy and delicious. Some smokey bourbon coming through as well.

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Photo of HOMEPL8
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zonian1
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Butchnasty
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jrenihan
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jet black, of course, with no head.

Aroma is very nice and contains no surprises. Chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and coffee.

Terrific flavour. The advertised flavours are all there, all taste good and, most importantly, mesh perfectly. None overpowers. Bourbon, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, roasted malt, oak and marshmallow all come through in a lovely balance. Considering how strong the beer is, the alcohol is remarkably well-hidden. It is obviously strong, but there is almost no heat, just a bit in the finish. The body is thick and velvety. The low carbonation level works very nicely.

Excellent. Expensive but it lives up to the reviews, for sure. A first class barrel-aged stout.

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Photo of tbryant21
4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kegger37
4.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of HopHunter19
4.99/5  rDev +13.2%
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 +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of edthehead
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of ellswrth
4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of beersgud
4.17/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BEERchitect
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
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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