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Dark Hollow Artisanal Ale - Blue Mountain Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

486 Ratings
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Ratings: 486
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 56
Gots: 71 | FT: 7
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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Calculat0r

Japan

5/5  rDev +28.5%

09-04-2012 15:09:14 | More by Calculat0r
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KingSlayer

California

5/5  rDev +28.5%

01-21-2014 03:19:55 | More by KingSlayer
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Sbjeff

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +28.5%

06-24-2014 02:57:26 | More by Sbjeff
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Olivejuice88


5/5  rDev +28.5%

07-08-2014 08:13:23 | More by Olivejuice88
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GinsuDave

Michigan

5/5  rDev +28.5%

05-18-2013 01:31:36 | More by GinsuDave
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rugerj

Virginia

5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the brewery, served in 10.5 ounce snifter, beautiful tan head on beer, solid black in color with no light penetration. Excellent lacing is left as beer is consumed. Upfront smell is heavy bourbon, followed by roasted malt and hint of coffee. Heavy bourbon taste with vanilla and oak flavors coming forward, you can tell these are new barrels, blends in great with the dark roast malt and coffee notes.

I like this version better than the previous releases just because the bourbon is more in your face. April 10th they will be releasing the bottles, I will be interested to see how this compares after a little aging. I have all four other versions on storage. Another excellent brew by the folks at Blue Mountain.

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-06-2009 16:51:03 | More by rugerj
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bmjivi221

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +28.5%

07-27-2013 04:44:53 | More by bmjivi221
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chriszuma

Michigan

5/5  rDev +28.5%

11-09-2012 02:30:31 | More by chriszuma
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penguins87

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +28.5%

11-22-2011 04:51:39 | More by penguins87
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DmanGTR

New York

4.84/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Jeff for bringing this!

Poured inky black with chestnut hues in the light. Tan head that lasts and lasts. The nose is lighter than many big BA RIS's that I've had, but not in a bad way. A delicate bouquet of vanilla, brown malt, molasses, and biscuit melded with black currants and a touch of burnt toast. Coffee becomes more apparent as the beer warms. Medium/full bodied with a bit of dryness in the finish that I enjoy. Decently carbonated, although it could use a touch more. Very nice beer that I recommend seeking out. I think this is something that you can drink any time you feel like having something substantial, but not like a Dark Lord or Bourbon County type of bigness. It shines at tastings as something unique, yet it can make for an excellent low-key type of evening in front of the fireplace.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 19:02:41 | More by DmanGTR
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vwbus7

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

06-24-2014 01:07:13 | More by vwbus7
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Broanoke

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

11-17-2013 04:32:34 | More by Broanoke
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fulnlsn

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

02-23-2013 16:48:17 | More by fulnlsn
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GeorgeBeerS

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

01-05-2014 22:32:31 | More by GeorgeBeerS
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Earpe

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this Stout on tap at my local Capital Ale House with a German Burger.

Absolutely loved this stout, and it is probably my favorite of the Stout class of beers. Very smooth going down as it is a bourbon barrel aged stout. Bourbon flavor with a hint of dark charred/coffee. the smell was that of a barrel charred bourbon with hints of coffee/chocolate.

Since, I have picked up a growler and arrived at the same conclusion, this is a very good stout. unfortunately for someone who drinks stouts over any other style, this beer is expensive when compared to some of my favorite of the same class stout.

This is most definitely a stout I will revere as my favorite of the stouts, but will drink it mostly on special occasions or when at a place that has it on tap, as there are a couple other stouts that rank up with Dark Hollow for me....but at a much lower price.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2013 16:18:07 | More by Earpe
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North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

03-19-2013 03:02:44 | More by ZoomnWahoo
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

12-17-2012 02:58:39 | More by mrterdferguson
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Anvilfarm

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

08-03-2013 12:56:47 | More by Anvilfarm
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PaulsBrew

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

10-07-2012 18:28:28 | More by PaulsBrew
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tolambo

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

08-01-2013 22:38:32 | More by tolambo
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WMEugene

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Nitro-Tap at the brewery - Dark Hollow #14 (aged in Jim Beam barrels). From notes.

A - Almost completely black (brown is the base color) with a thick tan head (excellent retention) and extremely thick lacing.

S - Bourbon, vanilla, chocolate and roasted malts.

T - Notes of bourbon, chocolate with hints of vanilla and other malts. Absolutely delicious.

M - Full bodied, a bit of alcohol heat but it remains smooth with a roasted aftertaste.

O - A very enjoyable bourbon barrel stout. A nice balance between the bourbon flavors and the chocolate/vanilla/malts flavors. Well done.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-29-2011 02:33:14 | More by WMEugene
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RevRaymer

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

10-26-2012 03:35:18 | More by RevRaymer
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jlivings757

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

12-12-2013 19:38:11 | More by jlivings757
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nriech

Virginia

4.7/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On nitro tap at Capital Ale House in Richmond for the Black Moonday event. Also had on tap around Jan 1,09 at the brewery. No difference.

Extremely dark, doesnt get any darker than this. Head was perfect. Thumb height, stayed with the beer to the end.

Excellent aroma, malty, vanilla, a little alcohol.

Taste was excellent, enought to make me plead with the brewery for some way to take some home to no avail. Seriously, I was on my knees. They said it couldnt be bottled or put in a growler. I would have bought a keg if they let me. I think dark hallow was named for their hearts, this stuff is so good.

Quite a bit of bourbon but so strong that you have to sip it. Chocolatey, toasty malts, vanilla, and oak.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-27-2009 16:07:37 | More by nriech
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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!

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 02:42:27 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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Dark Hollow Artisanal Ale from Blue Mountain Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 486 ratings.