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Dark Hollow Artisanal Ale - Blue Mountain Brewery

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Dark Hollow Artisanal AleDark Hollow Artisanal Ale

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Ratings: 640
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 60
Gots: 104 | FT: 13
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:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 11-02-2007

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.
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a very dark chestnut brown with a nice tan head.

S: Very nice with notes of bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, hints of coffee, and some mingling fruit in the background.

T: Somehow the nose did not translate at all to the taste. There is quite a bit too much roast in the flavor, completing dominating everything else that was present in the smell.

M: Quite dry and a bit thin.

D: I could smell this one for quite some time, but the taste left something to be desired. There were some nice flavors in there, but things need to be balanced out just a bit more.

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of metter98
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a finger high dense tan head that has very good retention properties and hardly died down and also left lots of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of chocolate and dark malts along with hints of bourbon in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the bourbon flavors become stronger as the beer warms up and contribute flavors of oak and vanilla. The bourbon isn't that strong overall, but stands out because the underlying beer isn't that heavy-bodied.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth and thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer feels like it could have used a fuller body to help support the bourbon barrel aging.

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the brewery. Review from notes.

A: single finger head on a clear dark brown body and very nice lacing.

S: bourbon and whiskey with oak notes dominating. little on the stout side for the aroma.

T: sweet whiskey with light roasted malts, oak and nuts. subtle milk chocolate and earthy hop notes. presence of the Makers Mark barrels is very obious.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Maker's Mark barrels make for an excellent barrel to age I just think the base beer could be better to make this one really stand out.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #5 - aged in Maker's Mark barrels

Appearance: Pitch black with a huge Belgianesque head that drapes a curtain of lace

Smell: Dark chocolate, with plenty of Bourbon and vanilla; discernable alcohol

Taste: Opens with a bready, dark chocolate character that, by mid-palate, adds a smooth Bourbon and vanilla aspect; the booziness arrives just before the swallow, as well; the finish is nicely balanced with the Bourbon slightly dominating the underlying chocolate flavors

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: A really nice example of a Bourbon barrel aged stout that blends both the whiskey and beer elements to a nice balance

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Knapp85
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a black color, not overly thick looking... Kind of watery looking. The head forms and then rapidly fades. There is a very thin retention with no lacing. The smell of the beer is a little on the boozy side, there is a pretty good amount of oak on the nose as well. Not much bourbon, definitely more of the fresh oak. The taste of the beer has a roasted vanilla note with more oak. In the finding I pick up some spicy rye as well as some raisin like flavors. The mouthfeel is thinner than I expected. Good carbonation. Overall this is decent, it's not quite as big as I was hoping for but it's not bad. Unique enough to give it a try.

Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch #2.

Appearance: Pours an inky black body with a small, short-lived, khaki-colored head.

Smell: Dark, roasty malts and all, but the bourbon dominates the aroma with sharp, intense notes of vanilla and wood.

Taste: Dark maltiness, tastes of caramel and chocolate, but a bit thinned out by the booze. More vanilla and oak. Moderate sweetness. There's a definite hotness there, especially on the boozey finish.

Mouthfeel: Just barely medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: Nice start, but the bourbon starts squashing the other stout qualities and it could benefit from a greater heft of body. A little work, a bit of tweaking, and this could be phenomenal.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Kegatron
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On nitro-tap at Blue Mountain Brewery (Afton, VA) on 4/16/09. This is Batch #5 that was aged in Maker's Mark barrels. Served in a 10 oz goblet.

Pours pitch black with a finger of solidly creamy mocha colored head. Retains with a pretty standard nitro look, with a layer of foam that stays rich and frothy, leaving thick swathes of lacing back. The barrel notes take front and center in the aroma, with notes of bourbon, vanilla, and wood all making themselves known immediately before giving way to a solid undercurrent of cocoa, coffee, dark fruits, and roasted malt.

The taste is quite similar but this time the barrel notes are more evenly distributed. The Imperial Stout qualities start things out with chocolate, roasted coffee, and dark fruity tang before finishing with a blast of bitterness. The barrel notes run the whole way through the profile, with not only the taste of the Maker's Mark being evident, but also notes of vanilla and charred oak as well. I'm overall digging the barrel character here, with it laying a mellow smoothness in the mouth, and the bourbon itself imparting a light sting and dry boozy feel in the finish. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, even with nitro, although it doesn't peev me as much with this, as the overall feel is creamy but I'm also getting a layer of warmth and barrel beefiness that lies menacingly underneath. This still stays extremely drinkable for the heftier ABV though. Nice.

I've been wanting to try this for a while and I'm glad to report that for the most part, it did not disappoint. I would have liked a little more integration between the barrel and Stout flavors in the nose but the balance in the taste more than made up for it. Really nice quaffability on this as well, although I was glad to see that it's mouthfeel qualities came out nicely despite this being served on nitro. I picked up a few bottles of this batch for cellaring, as I'm anxious to see how this one develops.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Crap. Best by May 2013. I'm a day late!

This strikes me as kind of a standard barrel aged double stout. Hearty and thick with vanilla tones there in a minimal sense. Not overly boozy, but a mild burn from alcohol. Malty and robust, yes. I don't feel like it's anything special, or frankly, remotely interesting. Nice to try though, I guess.

Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of jlindros
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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Dark Hollow Artisanal Ale from Blue Mountain Brewery
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