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RATINGS: 303   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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RABinCO (1157) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 3, 2012
750ml corked bottle from the Barrel House debut series. Pours black with a thick tan head that sticks around. It really looks beautiful in the glass. Aroma is big, sweet bourbon with a side of chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Taste is vanilla, chocolate, bread, and booze. Perfect amount of alcohol burn and leaves you feeling warm after one sip.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zizzybalubba (1387) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - JUN 26, 2012
750 mL bottle from Total Wine in Chesapeake, VA (best by March 2013 on cork, 10% ABV). Pours dark brown with a foamy khaki head. Aroma of chocolate and bourbon mostly with notes of oak and coconut. The oak aging is nicely done and offers plenty of vanilla, oak, and coconut to a beer that itself brings plenty of chocolate and coffee to the party. There is certainly some heat with this one but at 10% I would expect there to be. Full bodied. This is barrel aging done right. Very nicely done.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HopTsing (410) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JUN 25, 2012
From the tap came a very dark brew. Full bodied with aromas and flavors of coconut and roasty malt.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tia (858) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JUN 25, 2012
Tap. Very dark with thin mocha head and light lacing. Smells like bourbon, coffee grounds, chocolate- would like it to be a little more robust. Very set with a definite bourbon flavor. Round mouth feel, sweet finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darwenus (534) - Virginia, USA - JUN 24, 2012
Purchased in a one pint, 9.4 fluid ounce bottle. Pours black, nearly opaque, with a large, sudsy head. The aroma is chocolate and coffee, with a slight synthetic undercurrent going on there, too. The taste is more chocolate and coffee, and the oak bourbon aging is a pronounced element in the flavor. The 10% ABV isn’t a huge component of the flavor. That slightly synthetic quality I noticed in the aroma is there in the taste, too, which is a little off-putting, but not enough to ruin the beverage.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
decaturstevo (4930) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - APR 19, 2012
Brown pour with foamy head and lace. Aroma of brown sugar, chocolate, and coffee. Flavor is sweet chocolate with a nice warmth. Medium bodied with good carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Braudog (5584) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - MAR 26, 2012
Bottle, caged/corked. This pours with the look of a dark hollow, indeed. As dark as a beer can possibly be, I surmise. Firm but thin tan head of tight foam. The nose is a bit intimidating -- full of dark fruit and whiskey. It drinks with a bit easier tilt. There’s a decidedly bourbon-laden burn, but despite it is easy to quaff. Scary. Very well done, with subtlety and finesse. (#4544, 3/26/2012)

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadIndian (2343) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2012
Gift from SJ. This was a solid Imp. Stout. I liked the earthy, roasted malt, whiskey chocolate and vanilla blend. The caramel malts, bread and even dark fruits appeared at the finish. It was everything I love in a stout.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (5981) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2012
2/25/12. Bottle shared by DecaturStevo after RBWG 2012. Almost black pour with a huge brown head that sticks and laces a ton. Sweet marshmallow aroma with plenty of alcohol burn on the aroma. Sweet chocolate and sugary flavor with fudeg and marshmallow. Not too bad, but a bit sweet.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5335) - Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2012
750 ml bottle. Pours dark brown color with a huge off white head. The aroma has roasted malt, caramel, slightly acidic, doughy bread and bourbon notes. The flavor has a nice roasted malt base with bourbon, dark fruits and toasted yeasty bread. Medium bodied, pretty tasty.


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