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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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11310) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 20, 2010
#4 on cork I brought to PilsnerPeters-750ml bottle-pours a big foamy brown head and black color. Aroma is anise/molasses-dark malt. Taste is bourbon, wood, anise/molasses-dark malt, some earthy hops.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 13, 2010
20100515 Didnít catch the batch number, but was sampled at PilsnerPeterís 2nd Annual Spring Gathering. Decent stout with even application of bourbon and wood. Fruity with fig and prune. Mild ash.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tgncc (2948) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JUN 11, 2010
Bottle at PilsnerPeterís RBSG 2010. The aroma is pure bourbon, sweet. Maybe some light chocolate. The appearance is a deep brown, tan head. The flavor is again dominated by bourbon, some chocolate, malty. Medium in body. Alcohol warming on the finish. Decent.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrChopin (3474) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 27, 2010
Taste at PilsnerPeterís 2nd Annual Gathering
Dark brown with a cream head. Nose of soy sauce, chocolate, ethanol, and light oxidation with some berry sweetness. Berry and chocolate flavor backed by strong roast bitterness. The strong coffee and dry body donít go well in the finish, the clashing flavor elements really leaving behind a chalky impression.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (7248) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2010
Bottle at Peterís 2nd annual spring gathering. Pours a dark black with a medium sized tan head. Bourbon and vanilla, some chocolate. Medium bodied, cocoa sweetness. Spicy tannins and roast on the finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7223) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 10, 2010
750mL bottle, Batch #2. Poured rich mahogany with a mesmerizing cap of deep tan head.. looked great in the glass! The aroma opened tentatively, with a hint of metallic bourbon followed by bigger bourbon, charred oak, and vanilla.. darker Belgian chocolates and burnt toast supported.. accents of smoke and a light hint of soap around.. sweet overall, with the barrel bigger than, yet still well-balanced against the base beer. The flavor found darker chocolate, molasses, and lesser dry-roasted coffee at the core along with slick, tangy bourbon.. charred oak, sticky bourbon, and vanilla surrounded.. very light earthy bitterness around.. finished with a warm, very dry barrel character and a blend of black malts. Medium-plus bodied with good balance between the beer and the barrel (looking at other reviews, the 2+ years likely did this beer good).. tangy, warm, and satisfying. Excellent stuff!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Munkaboo (1) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 8, 2010 does not count
One of my all time favorites. Had it on tap at the brewery, instant knock in the face of chocolate, bourbon, and cream. Nitro made the head very creamy and wonderful. Quite the experience.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JaBier (5080) - 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.

4.2
   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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bvc (1174) - 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.


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