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RATINGS: 384   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
12.7 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. A: Pours a nearly pitch black color that doesnt look particularly thick coming out of the bottle. The head is typical for the style, a one-finger khaki shade. Its nice and creamy, but doesnt 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 its actually poured, it turns into more of a typical barrel-aged stout. Theres plenty of oak, roasted malts, butter, and vanilla here. This definitely seems bourbon-forward enough. T: Dark chocolate opens up the flavors nicely. Theres also something savory in between the chocolaty start and tannic finish. Im venturing to say its 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, theres not much (if any) complexity. Its 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 doesnt 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: Its 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, its also rather thinned out and clean - the latter must be why there isnt 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) isnt 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, Id even wager this is slightly underrated. Id probably lambast this somewhat if it had the same level of hype as BCBS does. All I know is that A) its 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, its still quite good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hershiser2 (2609) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2017
$11.99 bomber from Wine Warehouse. Pours thick and black with a small brown head. Amazing aroma of coffee, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak. Flavor is vanilla and chocolate, light coffee, oak, bourbon. Slight sweet, very delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
b33r (870) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2017
Dark brown color with thin light brown head an little lacing. Aroma and flavor have strong oak and bourbon characteristics. Roasty malts. Thin mouthfeel with a little alcohol burn. Okay overall.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
emacgee (4658) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 16, 2017
Insipid dark brown pour with a wispy weak khaki tan head. Nose is not appealing. Papery and stale malts with some dark grain and toast. Wood and weak bourbon show as well. Flavor is not great. Sharp alcohol and lots of dried fruits. Prune and raisin with a rich caramel sweetness. Bitter grain and an astringent finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
johnnnniee (4034) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 30, 2017
Bottle from Solidfunk, big thanks Pours a solid black with a frothy creamy tan head that persists. Roasty earthy with hints of molasses and dark pitted fruits. Sweet brown sugary malts in the flavor with bits of oak bourbon and hints of vanilla and coconut. Bit of an alcohol warming this one is definitely a sipper but its also pretty damn tasty too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wombat23 (1089) - Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2017
Shared 12.7 oz bottle. Pours almost black with a tan head. Bourbon and dark malt on the nose. Taste is bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, oak, roasted malt. Sweet bourbon finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
darbeer75 (764) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2017
Aroma: lots of malt and bourbon; Appearance: pitch black with thin offwhite head that lingers; some lacing; Taste: rich, roasty and malty; very boozy with some coffee at the end; Palate: very heavy body with long, sweet finish; Overall: quite nice; better than expected. Would get again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BiiruBierBeer (1019) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 20, 2016
General bourbon stout smell and taste. Taste contains some light mineral too. Medium body, low carbonation, and mild foam.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jesperhammer (4517) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2016
14-OCT-2016, bottle @Ulklbben meeting, @Michael. Dark, dark Brown with a low tan head. Aroma is Bourbon, sweet roast. Taste is Bourbon, Vanilla, sweet roast, not burnt at all. Very sweet, full body, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martinus (4569) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - OCT 14, 2016
Black colour, tan head. Aroma of coffee, wood, vanilla, bourbon and liquorice. Malty flavour, loads of coffee, hops, wood, vanilla and liquorice. Finish vanilla and wood.
(from 75cL bottle @ RBBSG IV, the Hot and Sweaty Edition, Gent 2015. Thanks for sharing, tderoeck(?)!)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mbgrayson (749) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - OCT 11, 2016
Sample pour at GABF. Aroma of bourbon, malts, and wood. Taste is rich, complex, and smooth. This is an excellent BA beer, highly recommended! Thumbs way up!

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