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RATINGS: 328   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
magsinva (884) - Virginia, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Bottle from Wegmans Sterling - cork says best buy mar 2013’ which is weird for a style that ages well - pours pitch with several fingers of head. Aroma has nice whiskey notes which don’t become overwhelming when it warms, has vanilla from the oak, and has a nice subtle malted chocolate base. Taste is sweet with the alcohol present, but acts as a nice understated warm mouth feel, which is surprising for a 10% ABV brew. Overall, very nice! I’m excited to see what else they produce.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
b3shine (5820) - Indiana, USA - JAN 16, 2013
750 ml bottle to oversized snifter (thanks mikem409). Looks good; black with light beige lacing. Smells solid; malty, roasty, and boozy. Tastes like it smells with a nice mouthfeel. Good beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maxwelldeux (3791) - Everett, Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2013
Bottle. Pours a thick and black with a small off-white head. Nose has a strong bourbon note with some underlying roasting. Taste is much the same. Decent, but I find that the bourbon overwhelms the beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SHIG (3637) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JAN 14, 2013
Bottle thanks to ksurkin: Poured a deep thick black with a finger to two finger light brown head. Aroma is sweet chocolate, light vanilla, and malts. Taste is boozy bourbon, sweet dark chocolate, edgy smoke, and loads of malts.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcox90 (1588) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 8, 2013
750ml bottle, corked and caged, courtesy of RABinVA. Pours almost black with a thin beige head. Upon popping the cork, your nose is immediately assaulted with a strong scent of wood and bourbon, nice, this is gonna be good. Semi sweet flavor. Some vanilla notes as well as molasses, brown sugar and dark fruit. Sweet, yet bitter. Full bodied. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
letsgetstoked (15) - Hyattsville, Alabama, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Pours with near no head, very dark, and viscose. Nose is bourbon and sweetness, maybe dark chocolate and a slight alcohol note, similar sweetness in the nose to a dubbel. Taste is great, bourbon, dark chocolate, molasses, and booze. Very warming. Palate is good, very thick and slick. Overall, a very nice bourbon barrel stout--a wonderful genre of beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
crossovert (7869) - Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Pretty good BA impy stout right here. Not sure how old the bottle is but it isn’t too harsh.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (6539) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2012
[4949-20121116] 1pt9.4floz bottle. Light roast grains aroma. Hazy, black body with a long-lasting creamy tan head. Light roast and toasted grain malt flavour. Full body ha a bitter base. Lovely, quite drinkable and balanced. (7/4/8/4/16) 3.9
(c/o Radek Kliber, w/ him, jercraigs, JoeMcPhee)
Overheard: "They’re samey." "That’s a nice accent."

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
48FanInCali (747) - California, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Very nice pitch black pour with nice lacing after a decent 2 finger head. Nose of coffee and roast. Very little barrel. Taste was a bit sour with strong coffee and very little barrel. Meh. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (13233) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Bottle. I guess batch 5, label says 10%, cork says Best by Mar 2013. Weird. Black color, large thick brown head. Aroma of licorice, coffee, vanilla. Taste is big and slightly boozy, although the whiskey is subtle. Just lots of coffee, dark cocoa, vanilla. Good stuff.


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