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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

538 Ratings
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Ratings: 538
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 56
Gots: 78 | FT: 10
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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4/5  rDev +2.6%

dvmin98, Mar 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

unclejazz, Mar 11, 2013
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2/5  rDev -48.7%

MADPolo, Mar 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

fishguyac, Mar 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Lantern, Mar 08, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

acurtis, Mar 08, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

djrn2, Mar 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

quetzal013, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of oregonskibum
2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

oregonskibum, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of swetsastonic
4/5  rDev +2.6%

swetsastonic, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of maximum12
2.33/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to AtlCarl for an excellent trade: this is the last bottle standing, having slipped into the upstairs fridge & dropped behind some arugula. 750ML bottle split with my wife.

Pour is black & very, very frothy. I have to stop halfway through the pour & hand off the glasses...I find this a bit sinister. Nose isn't all that active, Roast, not much else.

Dark Hollow doesn't impress at first blush. Over-carbonation aggravates the palate & distracts from the tastes. Getting past that, there's an almost lactose sweetness, malt sweetness, There's an undercurrent of currants, not quite dark fruit, but the breeze of a suggestion. Smooth to the point that the barrel is undetectable. Roast, but in a thin, cheap coffee sort of way. Very thin. Looking at my mostly full glass, I'm wondering if I'm going to waste kidney space on this.

I'm not. This is simply not a very good beer. My first taste of this brewery, & it's left me thinking I don't really need another. Or the rest of this one, for that matter.

maximum12, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of AlexFields
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

AlexFields, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of farrago
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Average pour yields a thinnish half finger of deep brown foam, loose with an uneven surface and somewhat poor retention, the lacing comes in a razor thin yet very wide sheet down the glass side. While the liquid is standard issue black near the top it turns to a more yellowish hue and you can see some bubbles dispersed throughout. The nose has a gentle persistence, more smooth and creamy than roasted, caramel, butterscotch, vanilla fudge more than the chocolate, gains tone from licorice and flowers, adding in some rum cake, scone and plums but without any booziness, good balance. In the mouth it’s medium-bodied and surprisingly graceful and fluid, glides right along. The carbonation is tight but unobtrusive, stops it from getting glued to the tongue. Here there’s more roast, focus on toasted coconut, café au lait, dark chocolate and then caramel and molasses. Again you get licorice and perhaps cola bean, at times you’d say it’s minty. Plum, blueberry fruit, touch of fig, a pleasing interplay of sweet and sour. Overall, this is very toned down for the style and within its idiom borderline sessionable. (Cork stated best by March 2013 (beat it by a day even though BA time stamp says 3/1!))

farrago, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of ChefBogan
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at my local pub into a tulip glass

Dark, coffee color, almost 2 fingers of caramel head, their pressure might be a little high

Aroma is smoky, chocolaty, woody

Malty taste with hints of chocolate, bourbon

Thin on the tongue, I like, not syrupy at all!

Overall a very easy drinking beer for being 10%, would recommend most things from Blue Mountain

ChefBogan, Feb 28, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

fulnlsn, Feb 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

KAP1356, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of FrankShirley
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Finally popped the cork on this beer I received as a Christmas gift. Cork read best by March 2013 so I didn't want to wait any longer. Strong bourbon scent coming from the bottle before I even poured. Went with my large Ommegang snifter on this one, because why not. Pours a deep, deep mahogany with a nice caramel colored head.

Scent is what you'd expect from bourbon barrels- I get some of the charred wood, some notes of chocolate, even a little bit of fruit. Carbonation is good, not over the top. The taste reminds me of a toned down version of Goose Island's Bourbon County Stout. Obviously, it's not as strong at 10% but still pretty damn tasty. The mouthfeel is a little thin but I almost prefer this over some other beers that are almost syrup-like.

Overall, I'd definitely pick up another one of these if I see it. It's a solid beer from a brewery I hadn't heard of before. Can't go wrong there. Would also be interested in trying the Chocolate Cherry Bourbon Porter the bottle lists as a sister beer.

FrankShirley, Feb 14, 2013
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2/5  rDev -48.7%

lupercmda, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of Vonerichs
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black body with an inch of loose cinnamon colored head.

The nose is vanilla and oak, mostly. There's a light toasted marshmallow, too. The aroma is faint.

Decent flavor, but again is subdued. The bourbon barley shows up and when it does its all vanilla. There's no heat to it. Chocolate and roasted malt are in there, too.

Smooth, creamy, and heavy body.

Overall, a decent beer but in the environment of bourbon barrel stouts this one will find it tough to compete.

Vonerichs, Feb 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

thegodfather2701, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of Pencible
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured an opaque black with thick light tan head.
S: It smelled like oak and dry roasted coffee and smoke, with some toasted coconut and dark chocolate and soy and brown sugar.
T: It tasted like oak and dry roasted coffee and toasted coconut, with some vanilla and smoke and soy and brown sugar. It had a mostly clean and bittersweet aftertaste with some alcohol.
M: It was fairly thick with some carbonation. Pretty chewy body.
D: As bourbon barrel stouts become more common, it's hard to stand out in the crowd, but this was a solid offering from a local brewery. Scent and taste were enjoyable, and body was excellent. Finish was a bit rough, so better to sip. Age might mellow, but might also steal some of the nice bourbon notes. Pretty solid fresh, but not top tier.

Pencible, Feb 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

VonZipper, Feb 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

nkeckhar, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of DmanGTR
4.84/5  rDev +24.1%
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.

DmanGTR, Jan 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Lob, Jan 24, 2013
Dark Hollow Artisanal Ale from Blue Mountain Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 538 ratings.