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Dark Hollow Artisanal Ale - Blue Mountain Brewery

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590 Ratings
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Ratings: 590
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 57
Gots: 87 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Blue Mountain Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout. 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.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 11-02-2007)
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Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial nonic a deep choclate borwn with a nice looking one finger beige head atop.Aromas of light bourbon and vanilla,a decent amount of roast and earth as well.Flavors don't have alot of complex ity really with bourbon/oaky notes upfront that meld into a drying roasty finish,a little bitter chocolate lingers.It's not bad but Iam not sure it's worth the price tag.

oberon, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of supa0525
4/5  rDev +2%

supa0525, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of barhoc11
2.91/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Thin

S: Smells pretty good actually, bourbon really comes through

T: The bourbon and stout do not mix well, aftertaste is very bad

M: Thin but not horrible

O: I thought this was not good at all, I didn't have high expectations either. This beer was lacking in every category and I couldn't get through the entire bottle, what a waste.

barhoc11, May 20, 2014
Photo of TheFunGuy
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was served as a black pour at a beer tasting. Thin tan head and faded fast.

The smell was malt, whiskey, and vanilla in perfect combination. The taste was very close to the smell, but the taste was so vanilla I asked the marking person if they had added vanilla. She said no, it was all from the barrels. I mostly loved the taste, just a touch too much vanilla. Not overwhelming, just a bit more than expected.

The mouthfeel was sort of thin for the type and taste, but seemed okay.

I recommend the beer, and we will be stopping by on our drive through the valley this fall.

TheFunGuy, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of jaminjohnson
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

jaminjohnson, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

ImFlyerThanYou, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of tuowl74a
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

tuowl74a, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of xdefeatsy
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

xdefeatsy, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev +2%

Mantooth, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of timahood32
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a little thinner than what i come to expect from an imperial stout beer pours brownish in color settles black in the glass with brown around the edges of the glass. Beer has a very strong bourbon smell(but not in a bad way)with hint of chocolate and touch of coffee. Taste really follows the nose on this one strong bourbon taste with slight chocolate and coffee note. Over all i really enjoyed this beer especially considering in the past i really haven't enjoyed bourbon aged stouts i would really recommend this one.

timahood32, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of doremite
4/5  rDev +2%

doremite, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into 22oz snifter; jet black with visible carbonation up the sides feeding a huge fluffy dark brown mocha head that doesn't fade at all practically, and leaves incredibly fine lacing when it finally does.
Smells of big dark roasted malt, vanilla, bourbon, oak, chocolate, coffee, slight dark fruit.
Taste is incredibly well-balanced; starting notes of sweet chocolate and vanilla are then smashed to bits by huge roasted malt, and as that recedes barrel character of oak and bourbon reveal themselves, finally giving way to a dark fruit/burnt sugar/bittersweet aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is fizzy and big.
Overall, this is a great take from the other side of BA stouts. Where most are very barrel-forward, this one takes a calmer approach, balancing bourbon and oak evenly with dark roasted malt and chocolate. Well done!

BurgeoningBrewhead, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of dmk91
4/5  rDev +2%

dmk91, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of HoppySeb
4/5  rDev +2%

HoppySeb, Nov 12, 2014
Photo of williamjbauer
4/5  rDev +2%

williamjbauer, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

acurtis, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of ChadA83
5/5  rDev +27.6%

ChadA83, Nov 22, 2014
Photo of Munkaboo
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this at the Blue Mountain Brewpub in Afton, VA on tap.

Upon getting the drink it looked almost exactly like a Guiness. Creamy head, dark body. Boy did it taste nothing like it. My initial taste was very much like a car bomb. The creaminess of the head combined with the dark bourbon barrel hint made for an incredible first taste, and made me say "wow"

Smell was great, coffee sweetness.

Tasted the bourbon right off the bat then it lingered off into some chocolate and coffee notes. Probably more chocolate than coffee. I wanted another one afterward, but I wanted to branch out and I was already a little drunk from a previous wine tasting and didn't want to embarrass myself.

Came away with a $14 bomber to age (yikes, they are EXPENSIVE) and a pint glass.

Munkaboo, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of Griffith
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Griffith, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of syntheticwings
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

syntheticwings, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of whatname
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

whatname, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +2%

tdm168, Today at 12:46 AM
Photo of MADPolo
2/5  rDev -49%

MADPolo, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of zaphodchak
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the last bottles of the year.

Finger of tan head, opaque black-brown body.

Deep vanilla bourbony body,

Deep, rich flavor, plenty of malt and alcohol with bourbony burn and richness. Very, very faint cherry.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy, quite nice.

Overall, this is a fantastic barrel aged stout, makes me proud of my state.

zaphodchak, Jul 10, 2011
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Dark Hollow Artisanal Ale from Blue Mountain Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 590 ratings.