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RATINGS: 381   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   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


3.9
Nische (2282) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 25, 2017
Bottle shared with pilsnertest. Pours black with a small off-white head. Aroma is pretty bourbon forward with earthy wood, molasses, chocolate and a light roast. Taste is similar with bourbon, oak, vanilla and chocolate. A weak hint of stale cardboard, I might have been holding on to this one just a bit too long. Still highly enjoyable though.

3.6
stevoj (5268) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 14, 2017
2017 RIS tasting, 2017 vintage on the bottle. Maybe should have held it a little longer. Black, oily pour, head a bit darker than the previous ones. some of the bourbon comes through in the aroma for some boozy scent, nice roast grains, small amount of sweetness. Taste adds some more woody, barrel notes, some chocolate, some fruitiness, which doesn’t seem out of place. A bit of heat form the alcohol too.

3.7
anders37 (26678) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 1, 2017
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty chocolate vanilla aroma. Roasted malty woody chocolate vanilla flavor. Has a roasted malty woody caramel chocolate and vanilla finish.

4.3
hershiser2 (3409) - 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.

3.7
b33r (875) - 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.

2.7
emacgee (4680) - 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.

4.1
johnnnniee (4343) - 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.

3.6
wombat23 (1500) - 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.

3.8
darbeer75 (907) - 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.

3.7
BiiruBierBeer (1051) - 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.


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