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RATINGS: 360   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Dark Hollow blends the miracle of two crafts--brewing and distillation--to create a work greater than the sum of its parts. An Imperial Stout has been aged in charred American oak bourbon barrels still dripping with uncut whiskey. For 100 days the young beer patiently breathes in and out of the wood, gaining complexity, character, and serious attitude. This ale is always bottle conditioned and can be enjoyed immediately upon its release from the brewery...or five years later, when you dust off the last vintage bottle from your cellar to share with good company.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Atom (1913) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 17, 2014
375mL bottle pours a dark brown/black with a small reddish tan head. Aroma is slightly doughy, with mild chocolate, light dark fruit, caramel, pleasant bourbon, and oak. Taste similar to aroma with some alcohol sting, otherwise nice. Decent but it doesnít really stand out against other Bourbon barrel imply stouts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 11, 2014
In short: A typical sweet bourbonny Imperial Stout. Unremarkable but without flaws.
How: Bottle 750ml, corked & caged, consumed when a few months of age.
The look: Near black body topped by a small tan head.
In long: Nose has medium to high bourbon barrels presence with the usual suspects of vanilla, chocolate and friends. The beer is obviously full bodied with an appropriate medium carbonation, pleasant mouthfeel. Taste is pretty much what you can expect from a beer like this. Chocolaty cake dipped in vanilla, medium roast, some black liquorice, light dates and raisins fruitiness. Quite sweet but not too much so. I couldnít find anything wrong with this beer yet it didnít win me over, felt generic, without personality. Enjoyable but far from memorable. There is no serious study that clearly demonstrates whether having thousands of ratings makes you more attractive the opposite sex or not, I donít know, I think Iíll go with my beer gut feeling on this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (4271) - Georgia, USA - JUL 7, 2014
Pours a coffee brown with a thick tan head. Roast malt and coffee aroma has an overtone of bourbon-soaked wood. Iím going Pavlov! Flavor starts with dark alt and adds on roast coffee, bourbon, oak, horehound, molasses and caramel tones for a WOW! beer. Smooth and fizzy texture leaves a mouthgasm-inducing finish of bourbon-infused oak, roast malt and molasses. Come to the Dark Hollow side - we have great beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RussianDragon (574) - - JUL 6, 2014
On tap at Whole Foods. Pours a dark brown/near black with light passing, casting red hues when backlit. Beige head settles to a thin to moderate head with sugary lacing. Aroma is bourbon, roasted malt, and bakerís chocolate. Flavor is bourbon upfront; surprisingly prominent. Coffee and chocolate notes follow, with a smoky complexity throughout. Silky thick mouthfeel, full bodied. Semi sweet chocolate finish. Worth seeking out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
HippieFee (223) - - JUL 6, 2014
Large Bottle - A lot of bourbon flavor on this dark as night stout both in taste and smell. Smooth with a slight alcohol taste. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alobar (3208) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 5, 2014
Pours stout black with aroma of vanilla, chocolate, and roasted malt with a hint of booze. Lots of bourbon flavor with vanilla, chocolate, and roasted malt. Very nice beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Yorker (1857) - Herning, DENMARK - JUL 1, 2014
Corked 75 cl bottle @ home. Pours black with a tan head that leaves some lacing. Aroma and flavour are roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, liquorice, and bourbon - with a slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cpetrone84 (1776) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2014
Pour is black with a fairly tight tan head. Nose is lightly charred oak, rich chocolaty and caramel malt with a faint hint of marshmallow and a light acrid burnt aroma barely there. Taste is a bit more sweet. Malts are still very rich but then transition into some sugary sweetness. Barrel and char have a more muted presence up front, the acrid flavor isnít really there. Body is a bit empty in the finish and lacks carbonation. Feel is soft and creamy but a touch slick.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aubrey (3501) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 18, 2014
Opaque and black; thinnish head. Sweet nose. Fatty, milkshake-like texture. Lots of char, tar, coffee and heavy cream flavors. Sweetness is overriding. Pleasant notes of coconut and vanilla.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kidobutai (560) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 14, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2014 Great beer, but this is what I like these days. Only the head was a little disappointing. Great ABV, caramel aroma and taste, like an after dinner drink.

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