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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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JaBier (4995) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2010
2009 bottle shared by Bill at DLD 2010. Black pour with a medium tan head. Nose of roast, metal and vanilla. Roasty chocolate flavor with vanilla and metal. Smelled and tasted a bit oxidized. Will definitely rate again the next time I try it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
philvil (176) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 30, 2010
Batch 9 on tap at the brewery. The nitrogen gives it a great visual effect and texture, and the bourbon barrel aging leaves this one bursting with flavor. The imperial stout category is so overrated on this site, but this one is really special. I bought a bottle so hopefully itís as good as the draft.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bvc (1161) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2010
750ml batch 6 corked and cagged. I think that this cork could had broke through a window with the force it shot out with. Nose is super dry cocoa and vanilla with a ton of bourbon heat...also a touch of cherry as it opens up. Way carbonated, too much for me and almost hard to drink. Raisins, leather, vanilla, chocolate, and a shit ton of booze...oh yeah and carb.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (5624) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2010
Big bourbony nose, heat scorches nostrils. Brown sugar is there, somewhat dusty, dark sweeter malts but lots of barrel. Black pour, initially huge beige head settles to a frothy layer. Lots of bourbon, some dust, dry cocoa powder and bourbon. Super light darker fruit flavors, and more bourbon. Very carbonated, over carbonated for style. Airy big bubbled. Lingering bourbon and some wood flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6251) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2010
750, corked and baled. thanks alwx! cork shot like a rocket to the ceiling after a couple twists of the bale. bourbon, vanilla, and stale cocoa on the nose. fizzy, creamy medium body. cocoa, bourbon, vodka, twang, and vanilla on the mid palate. long hot boozy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3505) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2010
Batch 7. Pours black with a thick light tan head. Aroma of bourbon, roasted malt, oak/wood. Flavor of lots of oak, roasted malt, and a touch of bourbon. A mellow beer, more oaky than bourbon although a little does show through. Not as complex as I would prefer, but still quite tasty. 7/4/7/4/14 [3.6/5]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirdeye11 (5634) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2010
(750ml bottle thanks to thickfreakness) Pours near black with great lasting head. Nose of vanilla, coffee, and chocolate. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted bbq, with a medium body and slightly watery finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mar (4959) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2010
pretty sure this was a batch 4 thanks to thickfreakness. pitch black pour with a cream head. nose is deep roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon. very smooth on the palate with flavors of vanilla, wood, bourbon, chocolate and light fudge. no hint of alcohol at all either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 17, 2010
Bottle courtesy of dkachurís generosity and my luck on the trade forum -- THANKS! Pours roasted black with a fluffy brown head. Smells and tastes of hops, dates, vanilla, and cream. The bitter and sweet notes compliment each other quite well. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Foxbush (1320) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2010 Batch #8. This is absolutely a wonderful experience. The stout poured a dark black with a brown frothy head. The stout aged in bourbon barrels is great combination. The aroma of bourbon is smooth and very inviting. There are flavors of raisens and chocolate. It is medium body beer with a very smooth finish. The bottle is not big enough. Batch #5 was 10% ABV so I assume that #8 is close to that. It is definitely a sipping beer. This is highest I rated a beer in along while. It is worth it in my opinion.

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