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RATINGS: 325   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


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndyW68 (1140) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 21, 2014
Need to try again. Absolutely no head and no carbonation. It was stored properly from the day I bought it, so I hope this was just a bad example. The pour was near pure black. The aroma was more sweet and roasted chocolate malt than anything. The taste added some coffee and bourbon. A little carbonation would have been welcome. Even without, obviously a good beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rasmus40 (11682) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2014
Bottle @ Aarhus tasting. Black with a brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, chocolate and bourbon. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Sweet and rather bitter with warming alcohol. Oily. 121114

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chrisv10 (11331) - DENMARK - NOV 12, 2014
Bottle. Black with medium light brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, bourbon, little vanilla and wood. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, sweet, bourbon, vanilla, little liquorice and medium bitter.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Camons (6246) - Hasselager, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2014
Bottle @ Christers. Pours black with a fading tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, light dark fruit, raisin. Flavor is malt, chocolate, bourbon, oak, raisin, alcohol. Medium to full body, average carbonation, light warming alcohol. 121114

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluejacket74 (1359) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2014
750 ml caged and corked bottle, cork says best by JUN 2015. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with a quarter inch tan head that stuck around a little while. Thereís also a small amount of lacing. The brew smells like roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, oak, caramel, bourbon, and some dark fruit. Taste is similar to the aroma, but thereís also some burnt/charred malt and dark bread noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís smooth and a bit slick, but has very low carbonation. Overall I liked this, but maybe Iíd like it better if it had some more carbonation. Iíll have to pick this up again in the future and see if it was just this bottle or batch that was this way. $9.99 a bottle.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AWISLguy (1373) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 2, 2014
750ml bomber cellared a month and served at cellar temperature, from Drake - thanks Dan! Pours black with a light brown head leaving coats of lace. Aroma has oaky-bourbon, then some nice chocolates, and espresso and charred malts show through. Taste is of heavy espresso, bakers chocolate, some char and some molasses, with lots of nice bourbony vanilla. Medium to full bodied, with alcohol. Finishes solidly bitter-sweet. A very tasty complex brew -- nice for #1350. 16.2

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cfrancis (2456) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 1, 2014
Pours dark brown almost black with a small white wisp. Aroma is vanilla, roasted malt and sweetness from the bourbon. Taste is a sultry sweet whiskey sweetness with small roasted malts, vanilla and dark fruit.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rejtable (1399) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 25, 2014
Really liked this, thanks Chad! Pours black with lots of lacing and some tan head. Nose is vanilla and espresso. Flavours are vanilla, molasses, espresso, and plenty of dark fruit. Taste heavy sweet, med/heavy bitter. Full creamy body with lively carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JBPortland (881) - Portland, Maine, USA - OCT 11, 2014
375ml bottle pours dark briwn black with 2 finger tan head. Nose is wet coffee grounds, licorice, bourbon spice, vanilla. Taste is a bit high carbonated, nice boozy burnt chocolate cake and licorice, coffee and vanilla cream. Finish is charred dark bitter bakerís chocolate and some nice cake-y notes, boozy bourbon. Pretty well done.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Countbeer (4647) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - OCT 11, 2014
Bottle: Thanks jdb288: Served in a Chouffe glass: Brown lacing. Black beer. Aromas of roast, light coffee, light bourbon, some coffee, dark chocolate, light vanilla, light spice, some mocha, toffee and a hint of bay leaf. Flavours of roast, coffee, bitters, some bay leaf, light spice, older wood, light bourbon/liquor, hint of dark chocolate, light sweet tar tone, mocha, toffee, some caramel, some oat and light vanilla. Aftertaste is bitter, roast, coffee, wood, light bourbon and herbal roast. Low carbo, watery close to silky mouthfeel, fuller bodied and a light sticky texture. Somewhat of an easy drinker, yet close to become complexer. Barrel sgung added something for sure but it could be more.


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