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RATINGS: 330   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bp (811) - Queens, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Bottle (best by June 2014): poured dark black with little head, boozy and coffee aroma, taste is boozy but not overpowering, coffee and malty, a little sourness in the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerathon (1287) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2014
The base beer is okay, but is taken to a higher level by the oak aging. Note- you need to let this beer warm up to fully enjoy the bourbon characteristics. Otherwise, it plays off as a fuddy duddy attempt at an Imperial Stout.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (4253) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 8, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours black with a thin tan head. Whisky aromas, light chocolate and liquorice. Taste has a rich dark sugary sweetness, more booze, a light sherryish oxidation. More chocolate at the end. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
McNeillR (1329) - SCOTLAND - FEB 7, 2014
Clinical, outside swimming pool stoic whisky. Light jam. Initial taste of Peppery, light burn, pretty flat corrugated cardboard. Sticky mouthfeel, without being oily. Soft probably oxidied whiskyage. Tinfoily finish, not too rich. Good but I think it’s seen better days.

Bottle, February Tasting

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (15177) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 7, 2014
Bottle at home... Deep black... Big bubbly tan head.... Soft chocolate roast.. Light whisky... Light oxidation... Soft roast dark malts... Light vanilla... Nice.. Mellow whisky

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BenH (2513) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 7, 2014
Bottle. Black with tan head. Aroma is slightly oxidised with some fruity licorice, berries. Taste of licorice, muscovado, dark fruits, little chocolate and alcohol. Some mild alcohol burn, sweet and bitter.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blipp (6358) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2014
Draft at Ginger Man. Pours near black with a brown head. Bourbon up front, sweet vanilla, medium roasted malts, and faint dark fruity notes. Not overly boozy, and the hit of bourbon of front mellows throughout, and actually finishes relatively balanced. Pretty good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 3, 2014
Black pour with a tan head. Aromas of cocoa, molasses, anise, bourbon, and oak. Flavor is a nice combination of them all. Really complex and well-balanced no one flavor dominates. Slightly warming finish but otherwise the abv is very well-hidden. Great brew! Props to Sloth for the bottle!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Embrouille (2830) - SWITZERLAND - FEB 3, 2014
Corked bottle. Pitch black. Nice bourbon components. Full bodied. Rather enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (3969) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 31, 2014
Tap at Beer Study. Hazelnut brown with sticky off white lace. Nose is licorice, molasses, light oak, toffee, and light cocoa. Flavor is similar—lots of molasses, licorice, roast and caramel. Solid.


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