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Dark Hollow Artisanal Ale - Blue Mountain Brewery

Dark Hollow Artisanal AleDark Hollow Artisanal Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

433 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 433
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 13.11%


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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Reviews by Treyliff:
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Treyliff

West Virginia

3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This one had a nice 'pop' when uncorked, best by June 2014 written on cork, served in a snifter at cellar temperature

A- pours pitch black with a foamy dark-tan head about 2inches thick, quickly reduces to just a ring around the edges

S- dark roasted malt, dark fruit notes of fig and maybe cherry, sweet yeasty bread, raw bourbon notes with vanilla highlights, a touch of chocokate and a bit of alcohol burn at the end. Aromas seem to open up the longer it sits

T- the base beer is dark, sweet and fruity, by mid-palate the bourbon notes begin to come out subtly, the black-end brings out the toasted oak flavors which provide vanilla and toasted coconut flavors, the finish is dry with chocolate and toasted oak flavors still lingering on the palate

M- medium-heavy body with low carbonation, foamy mouthfeel that goes down smooth, just a slight alcohol burn lingers on the palate

O- some nice flavors coming out, however I would have preferred just a bit more bourbon. The oak characteristics provide some complex flavors on the finish. Not the top of the ladder in this style, but definitely worthy a try

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 01:52:18 | More by Treyliff
More User Reviews:
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BeerDocT

Georgia

4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle in Asheville, NC, the self-proclaimed "Beer City." Somewhat expensive ($5+ for 12 ounces), but will it be worth it?

Appearance 4.0: Poured out a jet black with no head whatsoever. Looks like a bottle of motor oil. Completely opaque and thick. Dark, mysterious and inviting!

Smell 3.75: Very nice bouquet on this brew. Lots of smokiness, with a subtly sweet hint of malt and hoppiness. Also, I detect a deep hint of corn & treacly wood rosins.

Taste 4.25: Front is slightly sweet but features a big hit of bourbony goodness along with a (not off-putting) saltiness. This fades seamlessly into the middle, which is smooth and cool with very little flavor. Finish is slightly hoppy and semi-sweet with a deep background of toasted grains and a very pleasant charred wood flavor. Aftertaste is long and of several levels: bourbon, charred wood, toasted grains, sweet malt...holy mackerel! Worth the price for this taste level alone. Wow.

Mouthfeel 3.75: Flat and smooth in the mouth, which reflects and hides the mammoth ABV of this baby. Still, it is a bit too flat (hence my lower score).

Overall 4.0: Big and boozy, but very well balanced and packed with lovely flavor notes, this brew did not disappoint in any way on any level. Definitely not a session beer (the ABV ensures you will pass out after a few), but a fantastic treat and a wonderful pairing on a cold winter's night beside a roaring fire. If you find it, buy it.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 04:43:11 | More by BeerDocT
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GreesyFizeek

New York

4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Daily Growler in Upper Arlington, OH.

Pours a dark, oily looking black with a half inch head, and small little spots of lacing down the glass.

Tastes include rich dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and some mild alcohol.

The taste is similar. Dark roasted rich malt flavor, tons of chocolate, sweet subtle bourbon, some smoke, not much, and some vanilla and oak. Very smooth, and quite delicious. The barrel character doesn't punch you in the face, more like it caresses it very nicely.

Medium bodied, could be thicker for the style. Creamy smooth mouthfeel, very drinkable for the ABV.

An excellent BA stout that seems better than the reviews to me.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2014 13:02:53 | More by GreesyFizeek
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JimmyAloysius

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

04-12-2014 05:11:01 | More by JimmyAloysius
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skaboom420

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

04-12-2014 04:55:34 | More by skaboom420
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pandow

Michigan

4/5  rDev +2.8%

04-11-2014 03:24:20 | More by pandow
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Wolfpack2005

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

04-08-2014 01:52:02 | More by Wolfpack2005
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ALLISON01

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

04-05-2014 22:15:42 | More by ALLISON01
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NewJack85

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

04-04-2014 16:46:25 | More by NewJack85
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illeagle05

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

04-04-2014 00:47:33 | More by illeagle05
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palma

New York

4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great pour. Beatiful head. Burnt toast. Medium sweetness. Chocolate notes. Very roasty. Mild subtle coffee notes if you look hard. This is a great tasting double that is lighter on the coffee notes but just as flavorful as others. I start to tast sugar cookies as the beer warms up. Delicious. Silky mouthfeel.

Not the most complex barrel aged double stout out there but still delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2014 16:52:45 | More by palma
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hops202

District of Columbia

4.59/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle Poured into a stone snifter. Bottle appears to be around a year old.

Has a great look - black with a tiny bit of dark brown which might just be from the caramel carbonation bubbles. A delicious looking silky caramel head with plenty of lacing. Aroma has plenty of big vanilla notes - bourbon is present, chocolate and creamy sweetness. Taste follows the nose fairly well but with a ton of creamy goodness. Lots of vanilla bourbon and chocolate and a super silky smooth mouthfeel. Definitely gets better as it warms. Overall a very well done BBA stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 00:43:36 | More by hops202
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DavidHume

Virginia

4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-25-2014 23:54:07 | More by DavidHume
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mychalg9

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

03-17-2014 16:06:16 | More by mychalg9
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khargro2

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

03-16-2014 13:35:07 | More by khargro2
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prototypic

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-08-2014 03:13:15 | More by prototypic
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TimHitchings

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-08-2014 02:16:08 | More by TimHitchings
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mikeburd1128

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-05-2014 04:12:24 | More by mikeburd1128
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-03-2014 03:18:47 | More by wisrarebeer
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BFCarr

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10%

03-02-2014 21:13:17 | More by BFCarr
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MarkJBurch

New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

03-02-2014 16:47:23 | More by MarkJBurch
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srgj88

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

03-01-2014 18:25:42 | More by srgj88
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sblanton83

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

02-28-2014 04:02:37 | More by sblanton83
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obywan59

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a very slim tan head that does, however,, leave some decent lacing.

Caramel and fruity milk chocolate. Bourbon, oak and dark fruits round out the aroma.

Taste is more dark chocolate than milk chocolate. Bourbon barrel at times seems to hint at vanilla. Some dark fruits here as well, sweet malts complemented nicely by some citric hops. Finish of bitter char and alcohol.

Smooth and silky with a slight bite of carbonation and some very warming alcohol.

Aromatic, tasty, smooth, mellow, and yet potent. A well-rounded brew. I'll definitely try it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 03:49:41 | More by obywan59
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Jas45678

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

02-25-2014 01:19:50 | More by Jas45678
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Dark Hollow Artisanal Ale from Blue Mountain Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 433 ratings.