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RATINGS: 354   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dphoxie (120) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 3, 2012
My review might be skewed by the cigar I’m enjoying... Just FYI. I feel like they are going for Dragon’s Milk with this, and as New Holland’s "crown jewel" is the gold standard, this brew comes up a little short. The aroma is good, the look is good, but the taste/palate just don’t quite deliver. Don’t get me wrong, its smooth and delicious. Not too many coffee flavors, lots of cream from the oak. Its just missing something and that something is probably the panache of the new holland brand...


3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dhatton (188) - Mendham, New Jersey, USA - JUL 29, 2015
Initial robust aroma of roasted coffee, cocoa, and vanilla. Full black body with the faintest ring of tan foam. As it warms, scents of tobacco and pencil shavings present themselves. Feel is a gooey thickness, plenty of substance. Very roasty taste, bitter dark chocolate, and molasses. Slight kick of anise at the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
katrinaez (589) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2015
Very malty and no carbonation. Smooth and super thick.coats your entire mouth and tongue. Ends with rich tobacco leaves and cigar wrapper flavor. Bourbon is light, it’s the oak that stands out more. A touch of cocoa nibs. Best by 10-15 cork. Bottle.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
77ships (5411) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 5, 2015
Thanks to tderoeck? 750 ml. bottle sampled @ “Hot & Sweaty RBBSG 2015”. Black, solid mocha head. Nose is lightly fizzy, touch soy sauce, roast with quite a bit of the bourbon barrel. Taste is syrupy, quite a bit of roast, roasted coffee, molasses, syrup, chocolate, toffee, oak, vanilla, big bourbon,… Roasted thick coffee body & barrel. Quite pleasant.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bkcaldwell (22) - - JUN 28, 2015
Great appearance. Took a little getting used to since coffee is not my favorite flavor but it grew on me. Subtle kick.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Steasy66 (1086) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 12, 2015
Nice malty chocolate nose and front end but the finish is empty. Name seems appropriate.

2.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
koleminer20 (999) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 31, 2015
750 mL bottle shared with ebone1988. The cork says best by June 2014, so I don't know what do expect here. The pour is a disappointing dark brown with a light khaki colored film of head that falls to a ring. The aroma is very barrel character forward. There is a heavy bourbon and oak dominance on the front followed by a nice vanilla offering. There is a nice dark fruit and roasted malt offering behind the barrel. It's light, but offers a decent complexity. The flavor is oxidized as fuck. There is a hint of some malt. Nothing else. Nothing. It's drinking like black water. No carbonation, no anything. God. The mouth feel is watery, no carbonation. Aftertaste is lingeringly metallic oxidized malts. This is bad. Might be pour worthy ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ebone1988 (369) - Taylor, Michigan, USA - MAY 31, 2015
Bottle shared with koleminer20, "best by June 2014". Aroma is a touch light, good barrel presence, sweet roasted malt, licorice, milk chocolate. Appearance is dark brown, poured light, with a very light brown head. This beer has been compromised in some way. It’s flat and oxidized. Not even gonna give a description.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiveacestx (788) - Texas, USA - MAY 18, 2015
Bottle - generous pour without much of a head and first but it settled with one eventually. Has a sweet brown sugar aroma and taste with a little bit of mocha mixed in. Silky smooth mouthfeel. The alcohol is well hidden.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarcoDL (2903) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 13, 2015
Bottle at tasting. Black oily pour, no head. Strong aroma of coffee, dark cacao and vanilla. Taste of boozy vanilla, liquid chocolate, oaky bourbon and strong roastedness. Very potent brew, great.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Luvystypotables (1063) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAY 9, 2015
Aroma of bourbon, malt and coffee, pours a dark brown color with a lating tan well laced head. Complex taste of chocolate, malt and coffee. Medium body with a chocolate malt finish.


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