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RATINGS: 353   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.


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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bamaboy1975 (242) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - APR 6, 2013
We crack the cage and yank the stubborn cork for a brew of the darkest cola brown. The coloring lets a bit of light around the edges, but shows no real haze to the clarity. It holds a one finger head of soft, creamy light brown bubbles. This leaves spots and wisps of lacing as it recedes at a medium pace. Carbonation appears active. The aroma is hot with boozy bourbon from the start, but warmth gives way to the hearty malt background of toffees, caramels, and roasted chocolate. The oak in and of itself is warming, adding depth, along with strawberry licorice, black cherry syrupiness, white sugar chalkiness, lactic tartness, and cooling vanilla cake batter. Our first impression is that the flavoring is very sweet, but with an initial puckering bitterness of oak and booziness. As we sip, fusel booze, tootsie roll sugars, charred chocolate malts, toffee sweetness, and soured oak start things off. The peak comes with more heavy booze, thick and musky woody dryness, and syrupy sugars of dark cherry. The finish is very drying, with an even more enhanced punch to the barreling that really overpowers the deep roasty maltiness, and makes way for the bright sweetness of cherry and apple fruitiness, and cooked caramel sugars. The final notes to leave the palate are black pepper spice of booze, mild but genuine bourbon flavoring, cola syrups, light diacetyls, and echoes of that dark fruitiness. The aftertaste flames of bourbon, chalky chocolate malts, juicy yeast, raw fig, massively dry woodiness, raw coffee malts, and thorough metallics. The body is full, and the carbonation is solidly medium. There is nice slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop, with great softness on the front of the sip. The mouth is initially coated through the swallow, but dries to a bone almost instantly thereafter, with fiery prickle and coolness as the residual alcohol evaporates off. The abv is appropriate, and the beer sips rather easily. Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the feel of it. The big sugariness gave stickiness around the mouth, while the fullness of body helped give nice pop and glug on the sip. This all coupled with soft creaminess, helping them to execute a highly desirable mouthfeel. The other components, however, were disappointing. The aroma felt cheap and overly sweet, while the flavoring was lopsided with sugars of its own, and all the drying characteristics of wood without much of its inherent warmth of flavoring. This is a decent effort, but without a solid base beer it is hard to build complexity. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
katrinaez (580) - 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 (5402) - 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 (363) - 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 (778) - 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 (2886) - 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 (1055) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcos (1704) - Maryland, USA - MAY 7, 2015
Bottle pour from bottle share at Matt G. Pours dark, nice amount of bourbon, roasty. Nice.


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