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RATINGS: 341   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


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
charule (1466) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2015
Bottle thanks to obguthr for FBW 15! Poured thick black thin head. Aroma oaky barrel vanilla. Light carb med thick bod. Light char bitter choc not alot of barrel in the taste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (2860) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2015
Bottle. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma of chocolate, bourbon, roasted malts and vanilla. Flavor of bourbon, coffee, vanilla, roasted malts, chocolate and caramel. Full bodied with soft carbonation.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
c1raider (55) - New York, USA - MAR 12, 2015
Solid beer, smooth, Carmel, chocolate, complex. Beer is sweet and pours with little head. A very nice beer but may not be the best choice for similar beers at this price point, however I would buy again

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (5026) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 11, 2015
Bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is roasted malt and wood. Medium mouth, similar flavors to aroma, nice barrel character, very good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WillRunForBeer (1137) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 8, 2015
375mL from ygtbsm94 in the locals for locals trade. Thanks, Brad! Best by Dec 2015 on the cork. Pours coca cola brown with a beige head. Aroma is dark chocolate, roast. Flavor is molasses, dark chocolate and coffee. A touch of vanilla bourbon in the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dexcansino (479) - Andaluca, SPAIN - MAR 6, 2015
Vamooooo me vuelvo loco. Bourbon style al primer buche. Picante y especiada. Cuerpo cremoso sedoso y ligero. Sabor complejo. Para compartir.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alphadelic (1859) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Best Before Dec 15 - Dark molasses caramel, vanilla and bourbon on the nose. A burst of bourbon is quickly overwhelmed my brown sugar, chocolate & roasty malts and a remarkable smooth finish. The barrel makes another appearance with a mild heat that rests on the tongue. I am very intrigued by the delicious toffee sweetness this beer posseses. There is a rough feeling it leaves on the tip of my tongue that detracts slightly from its delicious silky texture.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dnstone (2331) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 22, 2015
Poured a black in color with a tan head. Quite tastey, but lighter on the bourbon barrel qualities. Notes: GABF 13

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
c_lee_burton (161) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 18, 2015
375 ml bottle. Pours a black with a bubbly tan head. Immediately smell coffee and bourbon. You get bourbon booze, vanilla, coffee, and chocolate. A little more boozy than smooth. Bubbly carbonation on the palate. Its very good and would mellow with age.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnfryd (11862) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 11, 2015
Bottle. Black colour with a tan head. Flavour is coffee, malt, licorice, hop, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate. Full body. Very nice beer. KRS 080814.


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