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RATINGS: 341   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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluejacket74 (1479) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2014
750 ml caged and corked bottle, cork says best by JUN 2015. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with a quarter inch tan head that stuck around a little while. There’s also a small amount of lacing. The brew smells like roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, oak, caramel, bourbon, and some dark fruit. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there’s also some burnt/charred malt and dark bread noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s smooth and a bit slick, but has very low carbonation. Overall I liked this, but maybe I’d like it better if it had some more carbonation. I’ll have to pick this up again in the future and see if it was just this bottle or batch that was this way. $9.99 a bottle.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AWISLguy (1594) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 2, 2014
750ml bomber cellared a month and served at cellar temperature, from Drake - thanks Dan! Pours black with a light brown head leaving coats of lace. Aroma has oaky-bourbon, then some nice chocolates, and espresso and charred malts show through. Taste is of heavy espresso, bakers chocolate, some char and some molasses, with lots of nice bourbony vanilla. Medium to full bodied, with alcohol. Finishes solidly bitter-sweet. A very tasty complex brew -- nice for #1350. 16.2

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cfrancis (2635) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 1, 2014
Pours dark brown almost black with a small white wisp. Aroma is vanilla, roasted malt and sweetness from the bourbon. Taste is a sultry sweet whiskey sweetness with small roasted malts, vanilla and dark fruit.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rejtable (1584) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 25, 2014
Really liked this, thanks Chad! Pours black with lots of lacing and some tan head. Nose is vanilla and espresso. Flavours are vanilla, molasses, espresso, and plenty of dark fruit. Taste heavy sweet, med/heavy bitter. Full creamy body with lively carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JBPortland (1044) - Portland, Maine, USA - OCT 11, 2014
375ml bottle pours dark briwn black with 2 finger tan head. Nose is wet coffee grounds, licorice, bourbon spice, vanilla. Taste is a bit high carbonated, nice boozy burnt chocolate cake and licorice, coffee and vanilla cream. Finish is charred dark bitter baker’s chocolate and some nice cake-y notes, boozy bourbon. Pretty well done.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Countbeer (5034) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - OCT 11, 2014
Bottle: Thanks jdb288: Served in a Chouffe glass: Brown lacing. Black beer. Aromas of roast, light coffee, light bourbon, some coffee, dark chocolate, light vanilla, light spice, some mocha, toffee and a hint of bay leaf. Flavours of roast, coffee, bitters, some bay leaf, light spice, older wood, light bourbon/liquor, hint of dark chocolate, light sweet tar tone, mocha, toffee, some caramel, some oat and light vanilla. Aftertaste is bitter, roast, coffee, wood, light bourbon and herbal roast. Low carbo, watery close to silky mouthfeel, fuller bodied and a light sticky texture. Somewhat of an easy drinker, yet close to become complexer. Barrel sgung added something for sure but it could be more.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkmagus82 (1928) - - OCT 8, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 1-14-14- Served on tap in a snifter Appearance – The beer is served an almost pitch black color with a one finger of tan colored head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of a roasted malt smell as well as some other darker aromas of cocoa and coffee. Along with the darker aromas are some sweeter smells with some caramel and vanilla as well as a light amount of a raisin flavor. Rounding out the aroma is a nice oaky bourbon smell, helping to produce a very warming smelling brew. Taste – The taste begins a bit of chocolate sweetness mixed with a nice roasted base. Along with these flavors are tastes of caramel and vanilla, adding a moderate level of sweetness to the brew. As the flavor advances the chocolate loses ground while a coffee flavor begins growing in. The roasted malts grow even more intense and hints of a char flavor come to the tongue. With the char and coffee there is a little bit of a bitter bite to the brew, which is complemented nicely with some lighter hop flavors of a earthy nature. Some of the bourbon barrel flavor begins developing to the middle and the end, bringing with it some nice flavors of oak and booze. With a slight decrease in the caramel sweetness more toward the end of the taste, one is left with a dark and semi-sweet, but still pleasant roasted taste to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the average side. A slightly lower carbonation and slightly thicker body would have likely been better for all the dark, roasted, and somewhat boozy flavors of the brew, but overall the feel was still pretty good and quite appropriate for the style. Overall – A rather tasty Imperial with a nice roasted and bourbony flavor with an moderate level of sweetness and bitterness. Quite tasty overall.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (2879) - BELGIUM - SEP 28, 2014
Provisional beer with stable, firm, sticky, yellowish beige head and black colour. Aroma of candi syrup, cocoa, soy sauce, old sherry, balsamic vinegar, whisky, liquorice, coffee grounds, cloves, peat, vanilla and candied fruit. Soft candi sweetness in the onset, lots of candied fruits, salty soy sauce touch, above average carbo, oily and smooth mouthfeel, caramel, very chocolatey maltiness, roasted coffee-like bitterness in the finish with warming, bourbon-like alcohol and citrussy and peppery hop bitterness. Nice one.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (8285) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 13, 2014
750mL bottle, pours black with a small light brown head. Aroma reveals loads of bourbon, followed by vanilla and some cocoa. Flavour is complex, with lovely bourbon notes, vanilla, cocoa and just enough sweetness. Bourbon barrels are use to perfection. Not extraordinary, but this is really nice. Great stuff.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
knickskicks (828) - - SEP 7, 2014
Thin brown pour. Nose is an empty can of Folger’s that’s been sitting around for a few days. Taste is very harsh roastiness, cardboard, stale coffee. Thin-medium mouthfeel for the style.


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