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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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (4630) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2013
750ml cork and caged bottle. Poured a good looking deep dark blackish full foamy deep beige head. Aroma is very nice, vanilla, chocolate pudding, bourbon barrel, earthy, marshmellow. Palate starts off a bit thin but with warmth it bolsters up a bit, average to stronger carbonation, a bit of a dry slightly hot finish. Flavor comes off with some burnt toast and light bourbon to start followed by vanilla and marshmellow along with earth and saw dust. Good beer just wish the body was a bit thicker.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
skoll (420) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - APR 3, 2013
Black body with a nice tan head. Pleaant aroma, bourbon, sweet dark malt. Flavour is bourbon forward, a bit boozy, sweet dark core, light bitterness, lingering bourbony vanilla character. Very smooth medium to full bodied palate. Pretty nice, pretty big, Faint hintsof bourbon that does not over power like other barrel aged beers

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerZack (288) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - APR 2, 2013
Pours a not-so-thick black thatís brown around the edges. A fizzy khaki colored head dies down quickly to a thin covering. Smells of sweet fruits initially remind me more of wine barrel than bourbon influence. Spicy, somewhat phenolic notes underneath remind me of cinnamon red hots, black cherry soda, faux leather, a bit of new shoes and some garden center (fertilizer). The flavor is equally odd. Bland sugary flavors hint at dark fruit, but never really differentiates. I do get some of the charred bourbon barrel flavor on the finish. The thin appearance on the pour also translates in the mouthfeel, coming off thin and fizzy, almost soda-like.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadRobin (2341) - Silver Spring, USA - APR 2, 2013
On tap 4 oz. pour at Meridian Pint in Columbia Heights, Washington, DC. Opaque, brown-black with a small khaki head and good lacing. Aroma of molasses, bourbon, roasted malt and dark fruit. Taste of dark fruit, roasted malt, bourbon and molasses. Medium/full body and medium/low carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
keanex (1629) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2013
Best before June 2014.
Appearance: Opaque black body with a thin tan/brown head. Looks like an imperial stout should.
Aroma: The aroma is a bit restrained but comes off fruity (cherries?) with hints of milk chocolate and bourbon. I wish this were stronger.
Taste: There is certainly a fruity presence to this that reminds me of cherries on the intro. The mid-taste is rather bland, slight creamer flavor with a hint of the overlying fruitiness that leads to a mellow finish with muted flavors of chocolate and bourbon. While this isnít excellent, I wish the flavors were more pronounced, I am rather happy with how balanced this is and lacking in alcohol flavors despite being 10% and aged in bourbon barrels. So thatís a plus.
Palate: Thick and creamy.
Overall: I love the subtlety of this and maybe itís what I needed without knowing. Iím so used to intense barrel aged beers either heavily skewed towards the barrel notes or the base beer that I have a hard time adjusting to this. I really like this beer and feel it is well worth anyoneís time and money to buy one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdamChandler (3521) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 23, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2014 Batch 14 at cellar temp in a tulip. Poured mocha black with a 2 finger coffee colored head. Okay lacing. Smell is dominated by chocolate followed by espresso beans and vanilla. Itís a nice roasted character. yeah, lots of chocolate, hints of lactose and sweet bitter finish. No fruits, a lot of oak actually in the middle. Solid brew. ---- Update, had batch 15 of this on August 30th, 2014. this batch was pretty much infected. tasted like welchís grape juice and red wine vinegar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
budznsudz (581) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Pours dark with a lasting creamy tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, and bourbon. Taste has notes of coconut, vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Nice soft mouth feel that coats the tongue and finishes short and crisp.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maekchu (2686) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAR 21, 2013
Bomber. some chocolate, a bit of coconut, and plenty of whiskey in the nose. Dark translucent brown. Chocolate and barrel initial / some metal and more chocolate in mid / final is moderately bitter. Thin-medium body. An imperial stout? Okay. But a bit thin. Lots of good coffee and whiskey. Not a great one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (7452) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 20, 2013
Bottled. Cloudy black with lace. Nose of bourbon barrel, vanilla, alcohol. Big bourbon and vanilla flavors, oak, chocolate. Nice, not really refined.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
IrsLuver (29) - Maryland, USA - MAR 17, 2013
Dark black in color with a tiny and quick dissipating tan head. Smells of bourbon, malt and wood. Tastes as it smells but the bourbon taste is less potent than it smells. Kinda thin on the tounge and alcohol isnít immediately noticed but you feel it a min or so after you swallow it. Very decent beer but nothing extraordinary.

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