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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

436 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 436
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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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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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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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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.36/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and char flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that has a better barrel aged presence in the aroma in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 01:04:16 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Maxbier

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very dark with thick dark brown head, aroma of dark cacao. Loads if roasted malt flavor, chocolate, hint of oak, bourbon, nice bitterness in the finish (reminds me of the bitterness in a piece of high percentage cacao dark chocolate). Very silky mouthfeel. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 13:31:05 | More by Maxbier
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charlzm

California

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Consumed December 30th, 2013 from a corked bottle (13.7 fluid ounces).

Beer pours essentially black with only dark mahogany highlights.. One finger-tan head.

Aroma is mainly bourbon with mocha and dark pitted fruit notes.

Flavor is slightly salty bourbon and dark pitted fruits. Some wood near the end. Finishes up with very long-lasting bitterness. Furtive chocolate/coffee notes are barely noted.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth and slightly chewy. Plenty of heat as well.

Not world-class IMHO, but impressive enough to warrant repeat purchases.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 22:50:36 | More by charlzm
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artoolemomo

Oregon

3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An extra from billab914- thanks!

Appearance- Pours up enough head for me to get a sense of the color and dissipates quickly. The head is a dark beige while the body is a dark chocolate black. Some traces of lacing at the start. Lacing reduces to a spot here and there.

Nose- Not exactly what I was expecting but still quite interesting. Lots of raisins followed by a tiny bit of chocolate that suggests chocolate covered raisins. A little bit of grain and oatmeal come through, making this smell like an oatmeal raisin cookie. Almost all raisins from the glass with strong notes of prunes as well. Suggestions of oranges as well. Swirling adds nothing to the aroma. Later swirling shows a vinous character that has a slight suggestion of vinegar.

Taste- Follows through with continued notes of raisins followed by light chocolate. Some notes of grain and oatmeal such that it is fairly of the nose. Not sure how old this beer is but I'm guessing this has some age on it. It's very mellow and has lots of balance and great integration. No heat at all. Some cocoa. A little bit of brown bread, brown sugar- nothing that has a lot of presence except the raisins. Some oak in the background is the only indication of barrel aging. I guess you could say this expresses a melanoidin character as well. The malt bill (while not expansive) is rich and hearty. This is a very subtle beer but quite enjoyable. Mostly good with inclinations to really good. I'm really excited to be drinking a quite refined and exquisite beer from a brewery not too far from my hometown.

Mouthfeel- A little more than medium bodied with a tinge of syrup to the texture. Light carbonation works well with this type of beer.

Drinkability- Incredibly easygoing. Functions both as a sipper and a fast drinker. No idea about the price as it was an extra in a trade. Definitely reasonable if it's under 20 and a bargain at 10.

Overall- Mostly good, shows signs of being really good. Worth a try especially since it is not your typical barrel aged imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 02:47:13 | More by artoolemomo
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by June 2014, thanks to HeadyHops81 for this one. Shared with many at my cellar cleaning.

Mild creamy dark colored head fades quickly, dark molasses brown color.

Nose molasses, raw sugar cane, sweet candy malts, caramel and toffee, hint of dark fruits, hint of oxidation I think, hint of booze and some whisky barrel notes.

Taste thick and syrupy, little cocoa, molasses caramel, mild whisky barrel, then oxidation too, syrupy and thick, no bitterness and fairly smooth. Nice choc syrupy finish, mild bitterness, pretty sweet.

Mouth is med bod, syrupy, lighter carb.

Overall meh. Tastes like it should have been drunk 5 years ago even though it's not that old. Plenty of oxidation, very sweet and syrupy, very little actual barrel characters, and so-so overall.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 02:24:31 | More by jlindros
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice clear brownish hue with a thin had.

S - Aromas of faint oxidation, molasses, light chocolate and bourbon.

T - Taste is older chocolate, oxidation, light bourbon, light malts, molasses. Just old.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit overly carbonated, not quite smooth.

O - Overall this beer was just okay, old and oxidized. Best by June '14.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 22:48:47 | More by rudzud
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NoLeafClover44

Delaware

4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750mL corked and caged poured into an Allagash chalice. The cork says Best By May 2013; I don't remember when I cellared it.

A - A somewhat aggressive pour yields one finger of hazelnut head. The body is thick and dark without clarity. The head lasts for a long while. Sticky lacing paints the glass as I drink.

S - Smells initially of bourbon, full of vanilla and tobacco. Juicy cherry, plum, and date sweetness follows along with a touch of tannin tartness. Roasty dark chocolate rounds it out. Strong and complex aroma.

T - Very sweet upfront with vanilla extract and dark fruits galore. There are a lot of red wine components in this beer, right down to a mild tartness and drying oak. Char comes in on the back end and lingers. Despite the complexity of flavors, it is actually quite mellow for the variety. Still, tasty.

M - Medium bodied. A little bit undercarbonated, but this kind of works with the wine-like flavors. Dry finish.

O - Blue Mountain was a brewery I always respected during my college days in the Shenandoah Valley. I have found their experimental barrel house series to be hit-or-miss but I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. The aroma was powerful with a strong red wine aroma. The barrel and bourbon shine through in the flavor, but a few years of age have really mellowed it out. Enjoyable barrel aged stout that I would get again.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 02:46:22 | More by NoLeafClover44
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Vierenner

Ohio

3.36/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I was really looking forward to this beer ... picked up a bomber while in Virginia a few months back. Very discouraging to pop the cork and have it explode out the top like a volcano. Even after pouring 6 oz or so, the foam continues to rise out of the bottle. Stupid.

Beyond that I'm okay with it. Doesn't rock my world like I had hoped but isn't a major disappointment either. Aroma is pleasant, the taste malty/oaky and not too bitter. However, the carbonation is out of control ... I feel the urge to burp after every sip.

Absent the carbonation issue, I think this is a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 03:32:28 | More by Vierenner
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle served in my ST tulip. Pours with a dense, three inch, mocha-colored head. Love the nose - bourbon notes, vanilla, lactose, cocoa and toffee with a trace of ethanol at the finish. Head eventually collapses into a half inch cap leaving thick, textured swaths of lacing in its wake. Taste consistent with nose - very much reminiscent of bourbon county stout in my opinion but perhaps a little more watered down. Some coffee notes also appear towards the back, as well as a light, lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium in body with an even carbonation and a slightly oily texture. Wow - what a great beer! Surprised at how much I like this given the rating. Should rate much higher in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 01:56:25 | More by Jwale73
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andrewjraab

Michigan

3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - pitch black with a tan bubbly head. Nice spotty lacing during the drink

S - Soft bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, hints of coffee.

T - The malts take the lead on the palate, with the bourbon hints taking the mouthfeel and after taste. Big full bodied mouth feel.

O - Really nice sipper - definitely worth a try for once, but not sure I'll be coming back.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 05:14:41 | More by andrewjraab
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FinchSCF

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours pitch-black with a dark tan head. Widdles down to a small layer on top, sewn in with carbonation. Looks nice and thick.

S - Vanilla and chocolate right up front, with a little woodiness. Not much else, but when it smells that good, you don't need much else.

T - That wood comes through right up front, little kick of booziness straight into the vanilla, with coffee and chocolate tailing off the end. 10% abv is very, very well hidden. Roastiness lingers in the aftertaste but could be better if the notes hung around longer.

M - Silky and thick - Very good feeling on the tongue. Leaves little to no residue on the tongue, not what you'd expect from how it feels.

O - Fantastic. Could be better if the aftertaste was a bit more loaded. Was maybe a bit much for the price I paid for it but definitely worth trying once at the very least.

Edit - Over warming, the astringency comes through more and makes it harder to taste everything else. Dropped the score a little, since I enjoyed it a little less as this happened.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 22:48:05 | More by FinchSCF
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with some red flecks. Nice khaki head. Very wispy with a thick collar.

Smell - Chocolate, vanilla, oak. Some dark fruits. Bourbon there too, but faint.

Taste - Much roastier. Dark chocolate. A bit of bourbon. Dark fruits in the finish.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation. Not boozy. Medium body.

Overall - Pretty good. A little odd in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 02:01:42 | More by Alieniloquium
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arizcards

Arizona

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a bomber for $10.99 at the Food Lion in Elkton while vacationing at Massanutten Mountain.

Beer poured black as night with a nice brown head with the initial pour. Some lacing left behind.

Nose is light notes of oak, bourbon, vanilla.

Taste is a dash of bourbon and vanilla, some sweet chocolate all balanced nicely by a ample amount of hops.

Mouthfeel is thin for the style and fairly smooth.

Overall this is an easy drinking stout, not huge on complexities but enjoyable nonetheless. Glad i had the opportunity to try.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 21:59:57 | More by arizcards
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KFBR392

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours with a light to medium body for an IS. Dark brown color to this brew, sits black in the glass. Light tan head on the pour and was present an the edges of the glass while drinking.

Smell: Vanilla and coconut pull the drinker in on the front of this beer. Medium bodied roasted malt and sweet tones of bourbon and molasses are also found. The bourbon really opens up as this beer warms up. There is a dark cherry fruit aroma in the back end.

Taste: The front is a milk chocolate, vanilla, bourbon sweetness. The malt character is very light but has a very smooth and easy going texture. The bourbon character besides being pretty bright on the front end gives a light dryness on the finish. Some nice things going on here but it lacks really deep complexity. Overall pretty light for a barrel aged stout.

Mouthfeel: Light on the palate, very easily drinkable.

Overall: A decent BA stout. I really enjoyed the aromas of this brew but the taste overall was lacking. I expected some more violent bourbon tones especially since this beer was aged in Maker's Mark barrels. Went down easy though, balanced and nothing over the top.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 05:16:44 | More by KFBR392
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mpyle

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 19:54:31 | More by mpyle
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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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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12.7 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a nearly pitch black color that doesn't look particularly thick coming out of the bottle. The head is typical for the style, a one-finger khaki shade. It's nice and creamy, but doesn't retain well (as expected). Slight hints of lacing are left on the glass.

S: Upon popping the cork, a HUGE aroma of chocolaty goodness emanates from the bottle. After it's actually poured, it turns into more of a typical barrel-aged stout. There's plenty of oak, roasted malts, butter, and vanilla here. This definitely seems bourbon-forward enough.

T: Dark chocolate opens up the flavors nicely. There's also something savory in between the chocolaty start and tannic finish. I'm venturing to say it's just a pure bourbon flavor, but it also has a quality of roasted nuts. All in all, it grows on me after a while, and I enjoy it a fair deal. Problem is, there's not much (if any) complexity. It's simplistic to a fault - which is fine for some A-class pilsner or AA-class IPA, but this is the major league of barrel-aged imperial stouts. You need to bring everything to the table, and this doesn't quite do that. On the positive side, the sweetness is nicely controlled; even BCBS, as fantastic as it is, comes across too sweetly at times.

M: It's suitably creamy, so it meets the bare minimum for what the style should feel like in the mouth. The finish, too, is nice, managing to be both dry and long-lasting. On the other hand, it's also rather thinned out and clean - the latter must be why there isn't much depth. Still, I am pretty impressed how this has a decent bourbon flavor with little burn considering the sweetness is restrained and the body is slender.

O: 3.9 (or whatever the rAvg is) isn't a great score for a barrel-aged imperial stout, but going by my tendency to rate most everything half a point below the typical average, I'd even wager this is slightly underrated. I'd probably lambast this somewhat if it had the same level of hype as BCBS does. All I know is that A) it's better than the chocolate/coffee aged version, and B) with a few tweaks (more body, more complexity), it would be up there with the elites. Right now, though, it's still quite good.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 21:22:46 | More by ThisWangsChung
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zeledonia

Minnesota

4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
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
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A chestnut-khaki head covers a engine oil colored body. Minimal stay, minimal lace.

S: Burbon/whiskey scent upon first uncorking, burbon soaked raisins and figs are sweet with some dark fruit of plums, sweet alcohol with a smooth, oily charred woody character. The 10% is very well hidden aromatically.

T: Deep caramelized, smoothly charred roastiness and woody character. The burbon rears its head on the end finish. Lightly charred wood, black roast, tons of dark fruit with a dry burbon warmth.

M: Oily, thick viscose body and burbon warmth. Smooth charred woodiness and black roast warms the inner cheeks.

O: Overall strong 4.0 outstanding quality. Exceptionally smooth.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 00:02:53 | More by beerthulhu
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portia99

Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml C&C bottle (cork says best by: Mar 2013 - a little late, I guess) poured into an Idle Hands tulip.

A - Pours a very dark brown color, totally opaque with no light getting thru at all. A thick cap of frothy, coffee milkshake looking head lingers for several minutes. Almost a solid sheet of foamy lace is left on every bare surface of the glass.

S - Quite a bit of woody oak up front on the nose. Picking up faint traces of bourbon and also mild tartness in the aroma (hope this isn't a sign of bad things to come). Also getting a little bit of coffee and chocolate, nice touch of vanilla.

T - Hoppy bitterness up front, bakers chocolate, firm woody oakiness, lingering coffee, cocoa powder, soft touches of bourbon, mild vanilla. Flavors come out a bit more as the beer warms giving more bourbon presence and more of a boozy kick.

M - Fairly full body with a low-medium carbonation. Carbonation gives a little bit of life, but more than anything buoys the body of the beer up a bit. Smoothly integrated bourbon barrel. Barreling is a bit on the subtle side in a good way. Very well balanced BA stout - bourbon complements nicely and plays off of the base beer without undermining it. Smooth notes of coffee, bitter chocolate, and hop bitterness.

O - Really well done barrel aged stout. Barreling is done quite well allowing the subtleties of the base beer to remain while adding additional nuances of bourbon and wood. Super smooth with well hidden alcohol presence. Should be sipped, but begs to take good sized gulps.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 23:33:26 | More by portia99
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

I felt like I needed a souvenir of sorts from my first visit to the brewpub, so why not a nice seasonal stout? This stuff pours a deep, dark black-brown topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, coffee, chocolate syrup, and a hint of char. The taste brings in more of the same, with the roast and coffee both bringing some harsh darkness. It's powerfully roasty in all the right ways. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a damn solid stout, probably my favorite Blue Mountain offering at the moment. There's not much of the barrel present here, but something tells me the wood contributed some minor char instead of the whiskey. I don't mind that much this time.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 03:04:34 | More by TMoney2591
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Gaffattack

Washington

4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Loved this brew. Once I popped the cork I smelt the bourbon scent come out. The first few sips seem strong. But once you get past the neck of the bottle it tastes much better and I don't get why. Bottle looks great and caught my attention at the store. Went down smoother and smoother after every sip.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 03:42:04 | More by Gaffattack
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Dark Hollow Artisanal Ale from Blue Mountain Brewery
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