Dark Hollow Artisanal Ale - Blue Mountain Brewery
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Reviews by mpyle:
4.25/5 rDev +9%
Thanks to my coworker TB for this bottle. A "Best by June-2014" bottle consumed in Sept 2013.
Opaque color, poured a moderate tan colored head with reasonable retention for 10% beer
Rich aroma with alcohol and vanilla, a bit of coffee, and some sour notes in the wood aroma.
Big malt flavor up front, some plum-like dark fruit to go with a sweet coffee flavor. Complex and not overly sweet. Barrel aging character is present, but not overpowering. Some wood, and not terribly boozy. Bitterness in the finish is subtle, and gently transitions to a slightly woody finish. Alcohol flavors are well controlled.
Fairly chewy, big body. Relatively low carbonation, and some pleasant alcohol warming. Low carbonation helps give it a softer feel.
Not always a huge fan of Imp Stouts, but found this one big and complex, yet gentle and drinkable. The barrel aging adds another element without overwhelming the base beer.
09-07-2013 19:54:31 | More by mpyle
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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
2.91/5 rDev -25.4%
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
11-14-2009 22:09:26 | More by dirtylou
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
Dark Hollow Artisanal Ale from Blue Mountain Brewery
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