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Dark Hollow Artisanal Ale - Blue Mountain Brewery

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Dark Hollow Artisanal AleDark Hollow Artisanal Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

523 Ratings
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Ratings: 523
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.33%
Wants: 55
Gots: 75 | FT: 9
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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JoninVT

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

04-27-2013 03:35:28 | More by JoninVT
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oberon

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

10-13-2012 20:11:09 | More by oberon
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supa0525

Michigan

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-18-2013 03:14:09 | More by supa0525
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barhoc11

Michigan

2.91/5  rDev -25.4%

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.

05-20-2014 15:35:10 | More by barhoc11
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TheFunGuy

Virginia

4.55/5  rDev +16.7%

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.

09-30-2012 19:35:30 | More by TheFunGuy
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jaminjohnson

Yukon (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +9%

09-09-2012 23:07:37 | More by jaminjohnson
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ImFlyerThanYou

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +9%

06-07-2014 18:50:57 | More by ImFlyerThanYou
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tuowl74a

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

06-26-2014 21:12:09 | More by tuowl74a
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xdefeatsy

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

01-24-2014 00:56:24 | More by xdefeatsy
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Mantooth

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-12-2012 18:30:00 | More by Mantooth
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timahood32

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%

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.

11-21-2012 07:21:26 | More by timahood32
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doremite

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-25-2013 03:50:10 | More by doremite
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +18.7%

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!

08-31-2013 02:42:27 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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dmk91

Virginia

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-07-2013 19:15:00 | More by dmk91
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +2.6%

01-01-2014 13:25:27 | More by williamjbauer
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

03-08-2013 01:25:55 | More by acurtis
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Munkaboo

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +12.3%

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.

04-11-2010 15:29:41 | More by Munkaboo
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Griffith

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +9%

01-09-2014 13:41:44 | More by Griffith
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syntheticwings

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +9%

08-24-2012 23:51:24 | More by syntheticwings
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whatname

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

03-29-2013 01:49:26 | More by whatname
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MADPolo

Alabama

2/5  rDev -48.7%

03-10-2013 18:56:54 | More by MADPolo
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zaphodchak

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

07-10-2011 02:14:18 | More by zaphodchak
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socon67

New York

4.25/5  rDev +9%

07-05-2014 00:34:27 | More by socon67
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dirtylou

Washington

3.18/5  rDev -18.5%

750ml bottle, thanks bert

appearance: corked/caged - poured into my de koninck chalice with a fierce level - after a few minutes of settling, a wavy pillowy tan head remains - nice

smell: very little aroma - hard to even comment as there is just nothing there

taste: carbonation level is a bit distracting - there is a nice bourbon flavor in there somewhere with a spicy boozy finish...licorice, chocolate, oak also play a role

mouthfeel: again, carbonation overload - pretty spicy

drinkability: ok

11-14-2009 22:09:26 | More by dirtylou
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SidewinderX

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +12.3%

Poured from a 750mL corked bottle. The corked is stamped with a "5", assuming this indicated that this is from the 5th batch.

The corked popped with plenty of vigor, which surprised me based on others reviews. (Although this is the first bottled review of 5 AFAIK). Poured with a substantial head at first, encouraging a slow gentle pour.

In the glass the brew is pitch black with a thick mocha head. Just a great looking beer.

The bourbon notes come through in the first breath, along with a sweet vanilla scent. A nice roasted malt scent supports everything.

The taste is wonderful. The bourbon is evident, along with a little spicyness. A nice warm aftertaste as well. very nice.

Noticeable carbonation in the mouth. Probably the weakest part of the beer, but that's saying something about the quality of the beer.

Really liked this beer.

05-09-2009 02:58:45 | More by SidewinderX
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Dark Hollow Artisanal Ale from Blue Mountain Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 523 ratings.