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RATINGS: 302   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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3.7
   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 doesnít look particularly thick coming out of the bottle. The head is typical for the style, a one-finger khaki shade. Itís nice and creamy, but doesnít 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 itís actually poured, it turns into more of a typical barrel-aged stout. Thereís plenty of oak, roasted malts, butter, and vanilla here. This definitely seems bourbon-forward enough. T: Dark chocolate opens up the flavors nicely. Thereís also something savory in between the chocolaty start and tannic finish. Iím venturing to say itís 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, thereís not much (if any) complexity. Itís 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 doesnít 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: Itís 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, itís also rather thinned out and clean - the latter must be why there isnít 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) isnít 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, Iíd even wager this is slightly underrated. Iíd probably lambast this somewhat if it had the same level of hype as BCBS does. All I know is that A) itís 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, itís still quite good.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mark_Eck (431) - - JUL 22, 2014
Pours black. Aroma is bourbon, roasted malts, and dark chocolate. Taste is bourbon up front with a bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
weihenweizen (1620) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - JUL 19, 2014
On tap poured into a glass. Pours dark brown with light brown head. Taste is chocolate, bourbon, and some oak. Like the flavor and amount of bourbon and oak.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Atom (1296) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 17, 2014
375mL bottle pours a dark brown/black with a small reddish tan head. Aroma is slightly doughy, with mild chocolate, light dark fruit, caramel, pleasant bourbon, and oak. Taste similar to aroma with some alcohol sting, otherwise nice. Decent but it doesnít really stand out against other Bourbon barrel imply stouts.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp (5944) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 11, 2014
In short: A typical sweet bourbonny Imperial Stout. Unremarkable but without flaws.
How: Bottle 750ml, corked & caged, consumed when a few months of age.
The look: Near black body topped by a small tan head.
In long: Nose has medium to high bourbon barrels presence with the usual suspects of vanilla, chocolate and friends. The beer is obviously full bodied with an appropriate medium carbonation, pleasant mouthfeel. Taste is pretty much what you can expect from a beer like this. Chocolaty cake dipped in vanilla, medium roast, some black liquorice, light dates and raisins fruitiness. Quite sweet but not too much so. I couldnít find anything wrong with this beer yet it didnít win me over, felt generic, without personality. Enjoyable but far from memorable. There is no serious study that clearly demonstrates whether having thousands of ratings makes you more attractive the opposite sex or not, I donít know, I think Iíll go with my beer gut feeling on this one.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (3220) - Georgia, USA - JUL 7, 2014
Pours a coffee brown with a thick tan head. Roast malt and coffee aroma has an overtone of bourbon-soaked wood. Iím going Pavlov! Flavor starts with dark alt and adds on roast coffee, bourbon, oak, horehound, molasses and caramel tones for a WOW! beer. Smooth and fizzy texture leaves a mouthgasm-inducing finish of bourbon-infused oak, roast malt and molasses. Come to the Dark Hollow side - we have great beer!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RussianDragon (322) - - JUL 6, 2014
On tap at Whole Foods. Pours a dark brown/near black with light passing, casting red hues when backlit. Beige head settles to a thin to moderate head with sugary lacing. Aroma is bourbon, roasted malt, and bakerís chocolate. Flavor is bourbon upfront; surprisingly prominent. Coffee and chocolate notes follow, with a smoky complexity throughout. Silky thick mouthfeel, full bodied. Semi sweet chocolate finish. Worth seeking out.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
HippieFee (55) - - JUL 6, 2014
Large Bottle - A lot of bourbon flavor on this dark as night stout both in taste and smell. Smooth with a slight alcohol taste. Ok.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alobar (2728) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 5, 2014
Pours stout black with aroma of vanilla, chocolate, and roasted malt with a hint of booze. Lots of bourbon flavor with vanilla, chocolate, and roasted malt. Very nice beer!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Yorker (1098) - Herning, DENMARK - JUL 1, 2014
Corked 75 cl bottle @ home. Pours black with a tan head that leaves some lacing. Aroma and flavour are roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, liquorice, and bourbon - with a slightly bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cpetrone84 (1330) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2014
Pour is black with a fairly tight tan head. Nose is lightly charred oak, rich chocolaty and caramel malt with a faint hint of marshmallow and a light acrid burnt aroma barely there. Taste is a bit more sweet. Malts are still very rich but then transition into some sugary sweetness. Barrel and char have a more muted presence up front, the acrid flavor isnít really there. Body is a bit empty in the finish and lacks carbonation. Feel is soft and creamy but a touch slick.


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