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RATINGS: 367   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 11, 2012
750ml bottle, dated best by 3/2013, from grape & gourmet. cork pops fairly aggressively and this one pours a deep, dark, hazy, brown but sits black in the glass capped by a smooth, khaki head that has great retention and leaves thin rings of lace. aroma is great with big notes of toasted oak, vanilla, coconut, and nougat backed by brownie batter, subtle roast, and coffee with a hint of bourbon peeking through as it warms. flavor is excellent as well with a more prounounced presence of dark chocolate, roasted malts, expresso, and charred oak backed by sweet vanilla, toffee candies, s’mores, and coconut macaroons. palate is smooth and full bodied with lush carbonation from the bottle conditioning and a lingering, bittersweet finish of bourbon and roast. overall, an excellent barrel aged imperial stout that’s on the sweeter side with a unique texture (again, from the bottle conditioning).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - JUL 8, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a large off-white head. Aromas of roasted malt, vanilla, chocolate, oak and bourbon. Nice roasted flavor with notes of vanilla, chocolate, oak and a touch of licorice. Bourbon and vanilla in the finish with more bourbon coming through as it warms.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (7088) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 8, 2012
Draft at Rustico Alexandria. Poured a pitch black with a tiny, tan head. Aroma was dark roasted malts, plenty of barrel notes here. Flavor was dark fruits, malts, barrel, and a lot of alcohol. Warming, which kind of stinks on the hottest day so far this year (101 degrees at Reagan Airport, just down the street).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikem409 (1972) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JUL 5, 2012
bottle. pours black with great khaki head. aroma of coco and bourbon taste is vanilla, oak and chocolate very nice beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RABinCO (1508) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zizzybalubba (1780) - Raleigh, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HopTsing (546) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tia (1668) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darwenus (844) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
decaturstevo (5741) - 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.

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