Dark Hollow Artisanal Ale - Blue Mountain Brewery
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Reviews by BryanCarey:
4.2/5 rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Blue Mountain Dark Hollow is a big beer with a complex flavor profile. Poured from the lagre bottle, the beer offers a massive head of tan colored foam and a dark brown, almost black body. The nose on the beer is one of sweet roasted malts and a touch of chocolate.
Tasting this beer is a treat for many reasons. It has quite a bit to offer in the flavor department, with tastes of roasted malt, dark fruit, vanilla, wood, and whiskey along with an obvious alcoholic punch in the finish. It also like that it continues to surprise, with more complex flavors making themselves known as you drink. I bet that if I had another bottle on a different day, I would once again be able to discern even more flavors. The beer just keeps on giving and can even be kept/stored for a while and consumed later for a more mellow taste.
Blue Mountain Dark Hollow is a big beer and in many ways and is a little intimidating. I haven’t seen a big, tough head of foam like this in a while and I still remember my reaction when I first poured it and tried it. The creamy mouthfeel, full body, and so many different flavors made me appreciate this complex product more and more.
One thing to keep in mind about this beer is that it is not a product all will enjoy or appreciate. The craft beer crowd will like it, but others may find it too rich, too full bodied, and too alcoholic for regular consumption. I had some as a dessert beer and it seemed just right for the occasion. Just remember what you are getting into and who you plan to serve this beer to before you pop the cork.
Serving type: bottle
07-01-2012 23:21:36 | More by BryanCarey
More User Reviews:
4.1/5 rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
750 ml bottle into snifter, best before 10/2015. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, caramel, toast, vanilla, bourbon, toffee, oak, light coconut, light char, and roast/oak earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, caramel, toast, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, oak, light coconut, light char, and roast/oak earthiness. Slight roast/oak bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, caramel, toast, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, oak, light coconut, light char, and roast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel flavors; with an great malt/barrel balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent barrel aged imperial stout. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
Serving type: bottle
07-26-2014 03:21:10 | More by superspak
3.78/5 rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
A - Pours a dark coffee body with a one finger tan head. Little to no lacing or retention.
S - Big chocolate notes, roasted malts, bourbon abounds and a bit of oak.
T - The taste is not as put together as the nose. Bakers chocolate, bourbon overload, oaky and definite roasted malts.
M - Body is on the heavy side of light, may'be medium with light carbonation. Not as thick as I'd like and a bit thin. Has a wet finish.
O - The beer could be shored up in a few categories and really be a bargain bba stout.
Serving type: bottle
07-17-2014 23:45:46 | More by cvm4
Dark Hollow Artisanal Ale from Blue Mountain Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 504 ratings.