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RATINGS: 351   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bartlebier (2533) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - JUL 4, 2013
(US backlog 2012) 8x draught sample flight at VA brewpub 14/ix/12. As i presume my whole flight consisted exclusively of fresh arrivals from the draught line, this was probably not bottle conditioned and tasted very fresh, i.e. As a fresh Maker’s Mark-infused butterscotch creme desert, a worthy closer of the series. ImpStout’s 70IBUs nearly swallowed by the fresh bourbon sweetness, but creamy, simple and enjoyable. not sure if I need to revisit this aged/bottled though.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rxeight (1850) - Illinois, USA - JUL 2, 2013
Subtile bourbon but really lacks any flavors after that. Tasty but subpar for a bourbon imperial stout, but still really good.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Steve_0 (3291) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 30, 2013
Bottle at Aaron’s. Thanks man! Pour is pitch black with a frothy brown head and decent lacing. Tangy, roasty, lightly herbal, dark fruity, nail polish, and aerosol in the aroma. Taste is tangy, dark fruity, grapey, woody, lightly roasty, bready, and caramelly. Medium body with soft carbonation. Something seems a little off in this one.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
adnielsen (10037) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 30, 2013
Bottle @ home courtesy of Steve_0. Pours a dark brown appearance with a dark brown head. Really very grainy woody, herbal, grassy, dark chocolate aroma. Chewy woody, vanilla, herbal, dark fruity, light caramel flavor. Super fresh woody. Not my favorite but ok.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TimsRatings (421) - - JUN 22, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2013 From corked .750l bottle. Pours a deliciously dark dark brown - almost black - with cream colored head. Aroma has powerful bourbon and chocolate flavors. Thick on the tongue. Strong bourbon, coffee, and chocolate influences. Pretty damn good if you ask me. One of the better fresh/non-aged BBL aged chocolate porters I’ve had. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Tried it on tap from Ridgewood in Raleigh. Even better on tap.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (4300) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JUN 11, 2013
From a 12.7 oz bottle shared at home. Pours a dark cola brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of dark fruits,. Flavors of plum, chocolate and some oak. Very rich mouthfeel and flavors, Smooth finish. Nice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12150) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 11, 2013
(750ml bottle) Pours an opaque black body with a medium beige head. Aroma of raisins, vanilla, bourbon, dates, brown sugar, and plum. Flavor of raisins, dates, plums, caramel, bourbon, anise, and molasses.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (4465) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 10, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2013 Tap. Pours opaque black, small tan head, some lacing. Aroma is roasty, coffee. Flavor is bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate. Medium body, creamy.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
reggiedunlop (3416) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2013
Pours deep brown with a thi tan head. Aroma has booze, roast, dark fruit, and slight dark fruit. Flavor has sweet coffee and light bourbon...moves quickly to ash and dust. Mouthfeel is light and thin with a dusty dark fruit/coffee finish.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - JUN 7, 2013
Bottle. Aroma has notes of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, bourbon, oak and booze. Black hue with a small tan head that mostly diminished and left little lace. Flavor is very sweet and heavy bitter. Palate is very full bodied and oily soft with a long boozy finish. Overall a bourbon bomb that is better warm but still almost too boozy to enjoy. Not balanced well but what is there is good. The palate and finish are a let down.


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