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RATINGS: 330   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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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Draft pour from the Federal in Durham. The bartender was kind enough to split a pint in two for my wife and I after dinner. Poured dark brown, nearly black with a thin tan head. Nose is sweet and bourbon-y: vanilla, oak, and light fruit. Chocolate malts. Not the darkest, maltiest stout by any means, and the whiskey barrels dominate. Good if thatís your thing. I found it a bit sweet and less complex than I desired.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blackflag321 (510) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2014
Shared bomber, snifter. Smooth and mild palate for a bourbon stout. I found that interesting, but I didnít pick up the complexity described by others.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chalsk (1087) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2014 On the Sixth Day of Christmas 2014 the beer gods gave to me . . . a beer that has been well hidden. What a solid barrel aged stout. Pours a thick luscious black with a tan foam head. Aroma of chocolate, roast and earthiness. Perhaps some vanilla and dark fruit underneath. Nice thick frothy, chocolate shake like start with a perfect hop hit and whiskey spice on the backend. Very enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbruner (2508) - Athens, Georgia, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Pours an opaque black from the bottle with thin wisp of tan head that leaves light lace. Aroma is roast with hints of chocolate and vanilla behind. Taste is more roast and soy backing up the great barrel notes. Bittersweet finish with nice thick mouth, lasting barrel notes, pretty darn good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dr_Fellini (551) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 9, 2014
Bottle to glass. Pours a deep brown to black color with a creamy medium brown head. Aroma is light roasted malts, hint of vanilla. Flavor has a slight burnt roasted malts, extremely faint bourbon/vanilla character. Medium to heavy body with a lingering burnt roasted malts a light bourbon background. Decent imperial stout, but wish the bourbon barrel was a bit more up front.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3170) - Tennessee, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Black pour with tan head. The aroma carries cocoa, vanilla, roast malts and a sweet fruitiness similar to chocolate covered cherries. The flavor is well balanced between the sweetness and the roast. No hops here. The bourbon also isnít pronounced enough to be picked out.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndyW68 (1156) - 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 (11992) - 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 (11472) - 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 (6410) - 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 (1398) - 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.


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