Dark Hollow Artisanal Ale - Blue Mountain Brewery
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Reviews by corby112:
3.75/5 rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Best by June 2014
Pours an opaque dark chestnut brown color with a 1.5 finger beige head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Very nice retention for the style and high ABV. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.
The aroma has a great barrel presence that is nicely integrated info the stout characteristics of the base beer. Lots of toasted oak, vanilla, coconut and just enough sweet, spicy bourbon that makes itself know without overpowering everything else. Underneath, there is some smokey, roast and sweet malt notes balancing things out. Hints of toast, oatmeal, coffee bean and dark chocolate compliment the charred oak but the aroma could use some more bourbon for my preference.
Full bodied with a slight creamy texture and a prominent dry, spicy barrel character that lingers over the roasted malt and sweeter notes into a bone dry finish. The barrel dominates with lots of burnt oak and spicy whiskey flavor. The vanilla and toasted coconut as well as the sweeter bourbon notes from the aroma are hard to pick up. This renders the barrel flavor a bit one dimensional with an overly dry/acrid and spicy presence. The malt profile is still pretty interesting however, with deeply roasted and sweeter chocolate malt notes. Hints of burnt toast, spent coffee grinds, oatmeal and very dark cacao countered by subtle lactic cream, baker's chocolate and toffee. Some boozy heat and warmth in the finish but the 10% ABV is considerably well masked. Still, it's a bit heavy on the roast and burnt oak making it a bit tough to drink. I finished the whole bottles but four or five ounces would have been fine.
Serving type: bottle
04-23-2013 07:49:36 | More by corby112
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3.98/5 rDev +2.6%
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
Dark Hollow Artisanal Ale from Blue Mountain Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 419 ratings.