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RATINGS: 335   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.


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mwbrady12 (469) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 25, 2012
Intense aroma and beautiful dark appearance with a complex bourbon taste and strong mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Radek Kliber (6572) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 25, 2012
Bottle 750 ml
Aroma: mild roast , mild brown malt hints , soft heat of alcohol . Solid with good approach. Late oak hinted. 8-
Look: dark brown , no light shown tough, creamy medium plus beige cap. Good lace.
Taste/palate: Roast followed by earthy hints. Mineral , metallic with dry backing roast. Slight hints of barrel treatment. Good.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slipstream (2126) - USA - NOV 25, 2012
Draft at RattleíníHum. Havenít heard of Virginiaís Blue Mountain before, but this is a superb brew. A super tasty RIS loaded with the fresh, sweet flavors of - hops? - no, malts! There is a light hand with the hops and an expert one with the malts - bran muffin, sorghum, and blackstrap molasses are all present. Real nice!

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Derek881 (1026) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2012
Poured from a large corked bottle into a trumpet glass to drink. The beer had a viscous black color with the slightest dark brown hue to go with a large, creamy dark tan head with average retention, but excellent cling and phenomenal lacing. Its aroma featured toasty notes of chocolate, coffee, and a hint of chili, along with some modest caramel and a bit of grainy and earthy hops. Its taste was surprisingly bitter and grainy with an earthy character, and only had modest chocolate and caramel sweetness deep underneath. The mouthfeel was intense, wet, and filling, with ample carbonation and a thick, creamy feeling, and a noticeable presence of alcohol. The punch of the taste and palate was perhaps over-the-top.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 16, 2012
Deep brown-black pour with a thin white head. The aroma is lovely. Soft cocoa and a bit of light oak. Moderate barrel character and some light vineousness. A touch of dark malt mid-palate. Some toffee and a bit of light cocoa. Soft and a little bit sweet. Pretty nice really.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sonnycheeba (3977) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 16, 2012
Bottle. Pours opaque black with average, fizzy beige head; short retention and decent lacing. Aroma is bourbon, roast and caramel malts, milk chocolate, plums, coffee, and oak. Flavor is roast malt dominate with some dark fruit esters and earthy hops; bourbon and oak undertones throughout with a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (10390) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 16, 2012
Bottle. Pours opaque with a medium, frothy light tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, oak, prunes, dates, light chocolate and roast malt, earthy hops and faint licorice notes. Flavor is malt dominant, roast and chocolate, with dark fruity esters of prunes, plums, and raisins, vanilla and bourbon with a lightly sweet finish. Full body and medium-light carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
flyingzambonie (42) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2012
A wonderful example of a stout aged in barrels. Complexity level added with the bourbon overtones. Very noticeable but not overwhelming. Stout characteristics still come through. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BoBoChamp (5758) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 11, 2012
75cl, at 10%Vol, exclusive American brew, thx to Secret Santa!, complex Stout, woody/roasted and slightly spicy/salty, not too heavy, balanced, hazy, good head, good brew, yet expensive!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dphoxie (120) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 3, 2012
My review might be skewed by the cigar Iím enjoying... Just FYI. I feel like they are going for Dragonís Milk with this, and as New Hollandís "crown jewel" is the gold standard, this brew comes up a little short. The aroma is good, the look is good, but the taste/palate just donít quite deliver. Donít get me wrong, its smooth and delicious. Not too many coffee flavors, lots of cream from the oak. Its just missing something and that something is probably the panache of the new holland brand...


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