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RATINGS: 378   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


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BiiruBierBeer (997) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jesperhammer (4299) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martinus (4560) - 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(?)!)

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mbgrayson (729) - 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!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dnicolaescu (2139) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - OCT 6, 2016
BOTTLE 75 CL. Pitch black, espresso head. Strong bourbon and oak vanilla nose, some milky chocolate. The taste is also strong on barrel notes, but the base beer is quite balanced, with the sweetness kept well under control. Light chocolate and dark caramel notes, strong bitter finish and light booze. Smooth mouthfeel and quite easy-drinking. A good balanced impy.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
eRock_2013 (412) - South Carolina, USA - OCT 5, 2016
Celebrating the special occasion of accepting a new job and giving my two weeks notice with this luxurious brew! From about a year old bottle, this pours an impressive jet black with a subtle espresso accent, with a surprisingly full dark khaki head. Aroma is very boozy, smells like straight up whiskey and alcohol, with vanilla and char. On the palate, this is exceptionally smooth and not as boozy as one may expect in the finish, rich and full bodied, reminiscent of chocolate milk. Lots of complex flavors to be discerned, roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, quite enjoyable. Finishes with a coffee bean and roast malt aftertaste, like a classic stout in the end. Very well done! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SPDickerman (1203) - Texas, USA - SEP 15, 2016
Pours pitch black with a small brown head fading to tan. Smells of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and roast. Taste is dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Blue Mountain Dark Hollow finishes with a lot of vanilla oakiness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HourGlass13 (671) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 20, 2016
Pours up black with a small creamy tan head. Aroma of chocolate, bourbon, roasted malts, vanilla, and booze. Flavor is bourbon up front, vanilla, roasted malts, dark chocolate. You taste and feel the booze in this one. Full bodied, soft carbonation. Nicely done!

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
freekyp (1980) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 20, 2016
Pours pitch black with a small but lacy tab head. Bourbon is in the forefront, but lots of vanilla comes out. Thick creamy mouthfeel. Sweet with some cocoa powder and a good degree of bourbon. Strong and flavorful. Nice clean but rich fade. Well done for a bourbon beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vaiz (4422) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - AUG 12, 2016
Bottle. Black pour, thick tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, vanilla, coffee, chocolate and caramel. Flavor is quite bitter, smooth, coffee and oak. Very well balanced.


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