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RATINGS: 343   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (8544) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
knickskicks (835) - - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (4079) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 30, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2015 750 ml bottle from Oliver’s Beverage Center. Aroma is not good, red wine grapes and sour oak.

Just from the nose I can tell it is infected. Yep... Sour oak, red wine and dirty socks. Damn it, maybe one day I will get to re-rate it. But with "so much beer, so little time". It’s hard to know. Re-rate ....375 ml bottle shared by Willrunforbeer. Aroma is light bourbon with weak roast, and chocolate.

Body is what I look for in the style, fuller side of medium with the bourbon treatment showing in a light form. Charred malts, oak, chocolate bar and light molasses. Mouthfeel has a creaminess that I look for in this style, glad to have had a chance to re-rate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benzai (9653) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 28, 2014
Bottle @ weekly tasting. Opaque pitch black color, medium sized brown head. Aroma is malts, walnut, bourbon, hazelnut, a touch of caramel, lightly sweet. Taste malts, chocolate, bourbon, slightly sweet, a nice liquor bitter finish. A bit thin texture for a 10% ABV beer, but a decent body and suitable carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DutchDrebus (4528) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - AUG 28, 2014
Bottle @ benzai. Pitch black with a medium sized light brown head. Smells bourbon, sweet, walnut, hazelnut, roasty, chocolate. Tastes too sweet, raisins, bourbon, caramel, malts, brown sugar. Full body, a bit too much carbo for this style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5250) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2014 Sampled on draft at Hou Thou this beer poured a black color with a small foamy beige head that faded quickly and left minimal lacing. The aroma was malty marzipan, cream, chocolate and vanilla. The flavor was strong cream, marzipan, bourbon, anise, faint chocolate and vanilla. A bit woody and boozy underneath. Long finish. Full bodied but undercarbonated. Interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (14775) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 8, 2014
Bottle, 75cl corked. A clear looking next to black beer with a finger-thick, dense, light tan head. There’s a light boozy touch in the aroma, with roasted malts, coffee and dark chocolate. A bit one dimensional perhaps, but still nice. Croquant notes and some licorice hints. It’s full-bodied, yet feeling a bit thin, with a nice carbonation level and alcohol warmth. Bourbon, vanilla, coffee, dark sugars, dark chocolate and a little sweetness, with caramel sauce. Lasting finish. Sure a nice one, although not my preferred imp stout. Sort of boring, in a strange way. 140808

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Meilby (8674) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 8, 2014
Bottle 750ml @ Geokkjer
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, oak, licorice, coffee and alcohol. Taste is medium to heavy sweet and light to medium bitter with a long warm, vanilla, chocolate, coffee and oak finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Geokkjer (6298) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 8, 2014
Bottle. Pours black with a small beige head. Aroma of malt, some caramel, some roasted notes, soy sauce,vanilla,oak , alcohol and dried fruits. Flavor is sweet and malty with some coffee, roasted malt, brown sugar, vanilla and caramel. Medium t full body, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9962) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2014
Bottle... Pours black with a big, creamy, cappuccino head. Excellent retention. Although a bit muted, the aromatic highlights are fallen oak and leather. Full-bodied with airy carbonation. The flavor is sweet, offering singed mocha and a medium level of alcohol. Finishes sweet and warming. Bottle courtesy of ctipping!

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