Dark Hollow Artisanal Ale - Blue Mountain Brewery
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Reviews by zeledonia:
4.26/5 rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
Thanks to my aunt-in-law for the bottle. Cork says best by March 2013, but it's a barrel-aged imperial stout! Tasted 6 August 2013, reviewed from notes.
Pours deep brown, black in the glass, with two big dense fingers of medium gray-tan-brown head. Excellent retention, relaxing to a thin cap, with little doilies decorating the inside of the glass. Very nice.
Smell starts out whiskey-heavy, but backs off nicely as the stout comes through. It still feels a little barrel-dominated, but the chocolate and sweetness of those roasted malts provide a nice balance. Simple version: good, but tilting too far to bourbon.
Taste is quite nice, with the stout coming through more, and the barrel adding highlights. It's rich, full of chocolate, molasses, figs, and a touch of candy. I like the lack of heat, as I was worried from the smell that it would be a bourbon bomb. Really good integration, with just a light whiskey snap mid-way through.
Feel is nearly perfect. Thick and chewy, without being overly weighty, and with a little burble of carbonation that comes at just the right level and time. Lasting, with those chocolate notes stretching out on my tongue.
I'm enjoying this beer a lot. I like the taste better, where the beer outshines the barrel. Would like to try a non-barrel-aged version of this for comparison, as I think the base has a lot of complexity. I'm digging it; would put in the middle to upper-middle of imperial stouts. Not amazing, but pretty darn good.
Serving type: bottle
08-11-2013 03:05:15 | More by zeledonia
More User Reviews:
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
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