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RATINGS: 280   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
12.7 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. A: Pours a nearly pitch black color that doesn’t look particularly thick coming out of the bottle. The head is typical for the style, a one-finger khaki shade. It’s nice and creamy, but doesn’t retain well (as expected). Slight hints of lacing are left on the glass. S: Upon popping the cork, a HUGE aroma of chocolaty goodness emanates from the bottle. After it’s actually poured, it turns into more of a typical barrel-aged stout. There’s plenty of oak, roasted malts, butter, and vanilla here. This definitely seems bourbon-forward enough. T: Dark chocolate opens up the flavors nicely. There’s also something savory in between the chocolaty start and tannic finish. I’m venturing to say it’s just a pure bourbon flavor, but it also has a quality of roasted nuts. All in all, it grows on me after a while, and I enjoy it a fair deal. Problem is, there’s not much (if any) complexity. It’s simplistic to a fault - which is fine for some A-class pilsner or AA-class IPA, but this is the major league of barrel-aged imperial stouts. You need to bring everything to the table, and this doesn’t quite do that. On the positive side, the sweetness is nicely controlled; even BCBS, as fantastic as it is, comes across too sweetly at times. M: It’s suitably creamy, so it meets the bare minimum for what the style should feel like in the mouth. The finish, too, is nice, managing to be both dry and long-lasting. On the other hand, it’s also rather thinned out and clean - the latter must be why there isn’t much depth. Still, I am pretty impressed how this has a decent bourbon flavor with little burn considering the sweetness is restrained and the body is slender. O: 3.9 (or whatever the rAvg is) isn’t a great score for a barrel-aged imperial stout, but going by my tendency to rate most everything half a point below the typical average, I’d even wager this is slightly underrated. I’d probably lambast this somewhat if it had the same level of hype as BCBS does. All I know is that A) it’s better than the chocolate/coffee aged version, and B) with a few tweaks (more body, more complexity), it would be up there with the elites. Right now, though, it’s still quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GTAEgeek (1062) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 17, 2014
Sample at Ale Alpharetta. Pours black, with a filmy tan head. The aroma is dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel, coriander, and oak. Sweet, with a bitterness that grows the more you drink. Heavy body, sticky, and smooth. This is a good, but not great, barrel aged stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (2999) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - APR 16, 2014
Very nice. Has some awesome bitter toasty malt with a light dose of orangy hops. Light vanilla and just enough oak to pique aroma. Pours black with great mocha head and lacing. Very bitter finish. Thick and creamy consistency. Tap for free at whole foods. Word.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (5613) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2014
Bomber. Dark murky brown pour with a beige head. Chocolatey, malty, some pepper heat in this. Tasty!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmongoose (1085) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 16, 2014
bottle shared, poured a deep black color with no head to speak of. poured out like motor oil. the aroma of deep roasted malts, chocolate and bits of anise and oak. the flavor didn’t disappoint. though not the thickest of imperial stouts but very good indeed. roasted malts and chocolate and oak and bourbon in the flavor and it is nicely balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nejhleader (1182) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2014
Dark. Has a bourbon barrel aroma. Taste is some dark chocolate, bourban barrel, bit strong tasting. Body could be thicker.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsquire (3337) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAR 10, 2014
There was no pop when I removed the cork and no head when I poured it out. I will assume is isn’t supposed to have much of either. Nice buttery bourbon barrel nose. Flavors of oak, bourbon, vanilla, and some roast grain. This seems a bit thin, and there is a lot of booze in this. Big boozy beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
catface5326 (140) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Black with tan head poured from a tap. Scent of coffee and chocolate. Full bodied with taste of coffee and chocolate and a little bourbon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
baraciisch (1523) - USA - FEB 22, 2014
Dark black in color, light tan head... Big oak, bourbon aroma... Flavor is smoke, oak, bourbon, roasted malts, hints of chocolate on finish... Fairly thin mouthfeel for an imperial stout, expected more sweetness, but solid overall ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
angel77 (513) - oviedo, SPAIN - FEB 17, 2014
Botella de 75 cl en el lupulo, en el momento el 12-02-2014. Increíble sabor a bourbon con un cuerpo fuerte aunque con buen paso por boca y con 10 vol muy presentes. Color negro intenso con espuma beige oscuro poco persistente. Aromas a madera añeja de bourbon intensos con bastante sensación alcohólica. Sabores de madera empapada en licor de bourbon bastante intensos al principio con toques de vainilla y cacao junto con cierto dulzor. Final amargo con restos dulces y quemados de barril no muy intensos pero muy muy buenos. Muy buena cerveza con un increíble sabor a bourbon, fácil de beber y buena sensación de licor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lonick (781) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 10, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours black wit ha tan head. Great nose of whisky and chocolate. Slightly sweet with molasses, dark fruits, whisky and spices/pepper. Big dark fruits and a sherry taste (i’ve been told the sherry has come from oxidation, if that’s the case, lets have more of it) loved the slight alcohol burn.

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