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RATINGS: 280   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niko100 (1837) - Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2012
Dark brown/black color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of toasted sweet malt, vanilla, & bourbon; Flavor of roasted sweet malt, oak, coffee, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and some dark fruit; Nicely balanced; Overall, a little thin - but enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jredmond (5025) - Manhattan, New York, USA - SEP 22, 2012
Draft at pony bar with Linh. Pours a deep amber brown body with thin white lacing. Aroma is straight bourbon and booze. Mouthfeel is medium to light with notes of chocolate, bourbon and a nice warming booze in the finish. Great beer that’s definitely bourbon-dominated but has a nice, rich chocolate character show its face I the flavor

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rlgk (9417) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - SEP 11, 2012
Draught at Ginger Man, NYC. Very dark brown beer with a nice brownish head. Malty vanilla aroma, whisky, cream, figs, plums, smoked notes, peat, toffee, caramel, hoppy notes but most of all this is about pretty much anything you can ask for in the malty area. Malty vanilla flavor, whisky, cream, smoked, fogs, plums, well hidden alcohol, spicy hoppy notes, milky, grapes, pear, roasted, oak notes, some apricot. Malty vanilla and chocolate aroma, hay, pear, oak, whisky and some plum. Just plain wonderful!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeerdesign (2140) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 7, 2012
750 ml C&C bottle purchased at Norm’s last July. sweet dark fruit nose with layers of oak, bourbon and vanilla... not overpowering but very supportive to the dark malts. pours black with a nice tan head. med to full body - very smooth with deep roasted malts with chocolate, coffee, raisin, plum, and dark cherry notes. lingering bourbon and vanilla coat the mouth. sweet dark fruit / roast / coffee / chocolate finish with some oak tannins and smooth vanilla. really nice barrel aged imp stout!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brigg (486) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 2, 2012
(bottle, blank cork) Opaque black body with a medium, creamy brown head that diminishes to a persistent film. An even coat of lace on the glass. Roasted malt, caramel, whiskey nose with dark fruit. Medium to full body, soft carbonation, smooth texture. Flavor of whiskey, chocolate, raisin, vanilla, caramel, light coffee. Alcohol is noticeable but nicely balanced. Nicely sweet, full and round; the bourbon is strong but balanced.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (5867) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2012
750 ml bottle shared by Keir. Thanks, Keir! Said there was a 15 on the cork, but it may have been a "b" or a "#" that wasn’t drawn well before a 5, if the batch numbers above are to be believed. Pours a dark, amber-hued brown with a small tan ring for a head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, oak, nuts, toast, and booze. The flavor hits all the same notes with a little bit of dark fruit, caramel, and molasses- basically sweeter, where the nose was roastier. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a smooth, malty mouthfeel. Not bad but may have suffered by comparison on a night full of bourbon barrel stouts: Rare, Black Note, 09 Black Tuesday, 09 BA Speedway, and what have you.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beernbourbon (1264) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 31, 2012
Bottle shared by Keir with 15 on cap, thanks man! Pour is almost black with minimal light head. Aroma faint brown sugar, light molasses, faint roasted malt. Thin on palate. Very easy to drink with roasted malt, light roasted malt and light vanilla. Nice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AmEricanbrew (5522) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 9, 2012
Black color with lasting tan head. Dark chocolate, dark roast, dry wood aromas. Sweet chocolate, coffee, dry wood, deep roast ash flavors--good

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 6, 2012
Draft. Medium beige head, cola black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, cocoa, vanilla, some Bourbon. Taste is moderately sweet, vanilla, some Bourbon, cocoa. Sticky medium-full body.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (29683) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2012
75 cL bottle. Pours hazy dark brown with a small tan head. Roasted malty and light caramelish. Toasted malty and sweet caramelish. Smooth fruity and lingering fruity. Dark malty and roasted into the finish.


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