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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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very good

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Ratings: 641
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 61
Gots: 105 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of zeledonia
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of ekalb31
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of portia99
3.96/5  rDev +1%
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.

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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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of Gaffattack
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of wvsabbath
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 22oz caged and corked bottle

Appearance - Dark black with tan tint. 1/4 inch creamy head, and nice sticky lacing.

Smell - Whiskey, chocolate, vanilla, Smokey malts, brown sugars and molasses. Fig, raisin, some caramel and coffee also. Aroma is really strong and impressive.

Taste - Much like the smell, first sip is a mix of whiskey and malts. The chocolate is more so dark and cocoa flavored. Some fruits and sugars come out near the finish. Vanilla is a main flavor, as is coffee. Near the finish I can pickup a sweet fruit, much like a cherry or raisin adding some sweet bite for only a second or so.

Mouthfeel - Whiskey and malts come right and coat the tongue. Chocolate and coffee also. Palate gets more whiskey and malts, with sugars, fruits and vanilla. Aftertaste is warm, malty, Smokey and chocolate.

Overall - This beer was really good. Loads of flavor, strong and bold. Whiskey was slightly strong and a little dominate but not bad at all. I was shocked at reading other reviews on this, almost seems like im drinking a different beer. Maybe I got a super fresh bottle? Maybe there are plenty of bad bottles out and about? Don't know but I will get more if I can, and will age one and see how it ends up. I hope you get the same beer that I got in this bottle, this is some really good stuff.

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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5/5  rDev +27.6%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Caged & corked 350ml poured into a tulip

A: pours near black with a shallow, tan head that quickly disappears. No lace.

S: dark chocolate and date with molasses, vanilla and char—very promising

T: light bourbon and oak, hints of toffee, coffee and raisin. Lightly boozy and bitter with a gentle, dry finish.

M: light carb and light-medium malt with relatively light hops

O: I liked it, but wouldn’t go out of the way to drink it again. I would’ve liked a little more body for as deep and dark a beer as it appeared to be, and as the nose implied. FWIW: the decadant coconut, chocolate & caramel ice cream I had on hand paired really well with this medium-bodied beer.

Dark Hollow Artisanal Ale from Blue Mountain Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 641 ratings.