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RATINGS: 281   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dpjuart (1034) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2008
7/20/08 - Draft sample at brewery. Batch 5. Pours black with chocolate head that’s a film of foam. Nose is all bourbon with mold roast. Nice mouthfeel with lots of chocolate and even more bourbon. Alcohol flavor and heat. Good BA stout, but the stout part is missing a bit. May do well with some age to even out.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
railcat1 (676) - Hammond, Indiana, USA - JUL 12, 2008
This was a nice and well done IPS that had hints of roasted malts and vanilla and a nice chocolate taste to it,the bourbon flavor was not overwhelming which was good and it had a nice sweet finish overall not a bad IPS and i was lucky to get a hold of one of these.CHEERS!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JUL 3, 2008
Richmond Gathering. Batch #2, C&C 750 shared by dkachur. Black with a brown head. Baking chocolate nose, some dough and oaky vanilla. No bourbon, at least that I could detect. Bold chocolatey flavors, bitter yet refined, dry, powdery chocolate finish. Nice!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2008
Bottle. Pours a black body with a dark tan head. Aroma is peach, sweet malt, citrus and starfruit. Flavor is peach pit, sweet malt , absence of oak or bourbon. Moderate warming and tons of fruit and wood. Very strange beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3340) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2008
750ml bottle. thanks andrew for sharing!.... close to black pour with a semi-thin light brown head.... aroma was doughy with a further emphasis on fruitychocolate with a large yeast component. very little in the way of bourbon, if any at all.... flavors of sour dough, chocolate, yeast, and a hint of bourbon. mild carbonation with a pretty nice mouthfeel. this one reminded me of Black Ops for some reason and therefore is getting a similar review.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3869) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2008
750ml bottle, Batch #2. thanks to dkachur for this. pours black with creamy tan head. aroma is loaded with vanilla, dry chocolate, dark fruits, and yeasty. flavor is a bit sour dough, soy, nuts, vanilla, dark fruits, yeasty, milk chocolate. silky mouth feel. alcohol is hidden. surprised how yeasty this is and fruity. more belgian in that way than an American IS. pretty good stuff but nothing great.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChainGangGuy (4280) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 14, 2008
Batch #2. Appearance: Pours an inky black body with a small, short-lived, khaki-colored head. Smell: Dark, roasty malts and all, but the bourbon dominates the aroma with sharp, intense notes of vanilla and wood. Taste: Dark maltiness, tastes of caramel and chocolate, but a bit thinned out by the booze. More vanilla and oak. Moderate sweetness. There’s a definite hotness there, especially on the boozey finish. Mouthfeel: Just barely medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation. Drinkability: Nice start, but the bourbon starts squashing the other stout qualities and it could benefit from a greater heft of body. A little work, a bit of tweaking, and this could be phenomenal.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 7, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2008 Date: 05/25/2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Vintage: batch 2

Appearance: black, frothy beige head, bits of lace,
Aroma: sweet oak and bourbon aroma over the top of dark chocolate with a vanilla sweetness,
Flavor: sweet chocolate and bourbon flavor, lots of oak bitterness, vanilla sweetness comes back in to try and balance the oak but falls short, roasted malt comes in for more bitterness,

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: **+/4

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JUN 6, 2008
batch #2, bottle. Full mouthfeel. Light body but coats the tongue like oil. Very smooth and very complex without being overwhelming. Excellent.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bierkoning (9829) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUN 2, 2008
Corked bottle from dkachur, batch #2, thanks! Almost black and opague. Oak, bourbon and dark chocolate in teh not too abundant aroma. Chocolate, whisky, coffee and raisin in the somewhat alcoholic flavor. Well rounded and well balanced delicious imperial stout.


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