Dark Hollow Artisanal Ale - Blue Mountain Brewery

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Reviews: 163
Hads: 683
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 5.85%
Wants: 62
Gots: 115 | FT: 13
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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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Photo of MDDMD
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-dark brown black color with a smallish light brown head and minimal lacing

S-dark roasted malt, light coffee, light bourbon, chocolate

T-chocolate, dark roasted malt, light bourbon, light coffee, earthy, little vanilla, overall has a really nice balance of flavors

F-medium body with light carbonation, smooth, a little less rich nd viscous than I prefer

O-this was a really nicely balanced stout, would definitely drink again (432 characters)

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.64/5  rDev +18.1%
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! (826 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (2,212 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a almost blackish brown body with one finger head that wasn't around too long and some lace. Aroma is mostly of roasted malts, little bit of woody or oakiness, touch of sweetness. An enjoyable and easy to drink stout and the only detriment to this beer is it's rather a simple stout compared to others of the genre. Smooth, medium bodied, not really chewey, passes over the tongue giving off some woodiness/oakiness and some vanilla/java like and bitter chocolate sweetness which balances with roasted and minor coffee malts that lead to a dry finish. Not a bad beer at all but for this style I'd like a stronger malt base/taste foundation and a little more complexity (can't even say I got any dark fruit notes or complex malt tastes). (743 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (1,480 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (683 characters)

Photo of portia99
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (1,530 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (777 characters)

Photo of Gaffattack
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (301 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (1,326 characters)

Photo of JWeldon
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
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. (678 characters)

Photo of dtivp
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black with a one finger light mocha head that fades quickly with zero lacing.

Aroma of dark roasted malt,dark chocolate and hints of bourbon.

Taste followed the nose dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, hints of oak, balanced with slight of sweet dark fruit and ending with a splash of bourbon.

Mouth Feel was medium body, light carbonation, smooth, a slight dry bitterness and a little alcohol warming.

Overall this is a nice barrel aged stout, would like a little more body and a little stronger wood and burnt malt characteristic that you get from a barrel aged imperial stout. (595 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A little bit confusing- says on the label "Blue Mountain Barrel House, Arrington, VA", yet here it is listed under Blue Mountain Brewery. Is it the same brewery? If so, there should be some indication of that on the label. If not... The other thing about this beer- it's on the edge of being sour. You don't really get that in the taste (yet), but there is a definite whiff of sour underlying the bourbon aroma. Aging in wood can be a perilous thing. In this case it doesn't detract too much from the beer, but I see from some other reviews that it has in those reviewers' cases. Pours nicely, with a black color and some decent lacing. Aside from the whiff of sour, there are prominent Bourbon aromas, especially a brown sugar and vanilla note. The taste also starts with the Bourbon, again prominently displaying a caramel sweetness and vanilla, and just a touch of a burn. A little bit of roastiness and bitterness round out the flavors, but the overwhelming impression is of sweetness, vanilla, and Bourbon. A bit lighter than I'd like in body as well. (1,056 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.29/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown, near black brew in the wine glass. Not much fizz upon opening the aggravatingly tight corked bottle. Just enough carbonation in the mouth. Rather bitter, malty, and sharp. Sweet and boozy with a whiff of vanilla.

Winey mouthfeel, and hot with alcohol. Quite a mouthful of flavor with emphasis on burnt malt. Sweet and charry with a woody note and some astringency. Tasting this the second day with a new pour from the bottle, it's a little more likable with more bourbon flavor. Still, it's on the harsh side compared to the better barrel beers. From the 750 ml bottle bought at Whole Foods in Foggy Bottom. (620 characters)

Photo of C20Percent
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

** Blue Mountain was able to send me a replacement and it was 180. Great brew!

A: Dark brown with a bubbly tan head on top. Better head than most BA Imperial Stouts. Pretty good appearance.

S: Mild roastiness and bourbon aromas. Some dark chocolate. Mild aroma.

T: F-ing ridiculous. Super sour. A tart bourbon-y flavor. I don't get it. No vanilla. No oak. No chocolate or expresso or tabacco flavors. Just straight sour. I did some research and other folks are saying it's infected. I imagine that might be true in this case. If this is the way the brewer intended this beer to taste, then they need to re-evaluate this quickly.

M: Less than average carbonation. Super thin finish. Not a good feel.

O: All wrong. I'm likely going to avoid all Blue Mountain beer from here on out. I've contacted them through their website to see if this was a bad batch. I posted on their Facebook page, which they deleted, but it would be helpful to know if sour and tart is what this beer is supposed to taste like. Just bad all over. (1,024 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (341 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on nitro at Blue Mountain, Afton, VA

Dark brown-black in color, opaque, with a half inch beige head that sank to a medium-sized ringlet and laced the glass nicely. Aroma of dark roasty malts, pumpernickel, lighter bourbon notes. Nice smooth dark maltiness on the palate, fairly roasty with notes of good quality coffee and cocoa, toasted pumpernickel, earthy barrel notes, not too heavy on the bourbon, but it's definitely there, subtle vanilla. Nice body, heavy-medium, fairly smooth overall, but with a lasting roasty bitterness. Nice overall, and probably the best thing I sampled at the brewery. (611 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

375ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 24/5/13, thanks MasterSki and Sean9689 for sending the bottle

A near black with a deep cola edge, two fingers of mocha foam quickly falls to a thin film that leaves no lace

S wet cork, cherry cola, faint chocolate syrup, woody notes, brown sugar, some vanilla and booze with some cold coffee, there's something in the background that I can't quite place, almost funky but not quite, some wet forest floor perhaps

T nutty molasses with just a hint of soy, coffees rather dark compared to the nose with some sour plum, still some cork and wood with a hint of smokey bourbon, like the nose there's just a little something holding it back, the nutty aspect focuses towards hazelnut as it warms

M a little thin for the color and it could use a few more bubbles but still far from flat, rather sticky on the lips and a wet woody coffee finish that lingers

O decent beer but there's a few areas with room for improvement, curious of the barrel choice and how long it's spent in the bottle, BB, June, 2014 but not bottles on date

I'd never heard of this one so I was stoked to try it but it fell just a little short of greatness, worth drinking but I wouldn't go searching for it (1,231 characters)

Photo of MrOH
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch #10, so its at least a couple years old at this point.

Pours black with big foamy brown head. Lots of lace.

Smell: Bourbon, candied fruits (cherry, figs), slightly oxided, but in a good way (sherry). Very much like a fruitcake. Touch of chocolate.

Taste: Very similar to the aroma. A touch more chocolate than the aroma. Cherry is more pronounced as well. There is some tartness that tastes somewhat lactic, but could just be low pH from the dark malts.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, low carbonation. Fairly hefty body, with is to be expected, but the tartness keeps it somewhat light.

Almost more like a bourbon barrel aged black barleywine. Roast character has aged out, but it's turned into a very enjoyable beer that goes down easy, is warming and satisfying, and has plenty of nuance. Kinda want to pick up a fresh bottle just to see the difference. (854 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this bottled and on tap at Capital Ale House in Fredricksburg. Notes are from draught. From notes.

A - Black pour, one finger mocha head, spotty lace, film retention.

S - Roasty, really chocolatey. Leather, licorice, a little wood and some whisky.

T - Roast and chocolate balance between sweet and roasty bitterness. Sweet chocolate. Lot's of nice whisky and wood notes. Warms up becoming nice and smooth.

M - Quite smooth. Mild carbonation, full body. Nice mildly boozy/whisky finish with some dry bitterness.

O/D - Nice tasty barrel aged stout. Complex sipper for sure. Enjoyable with a good feel and tasty flavour. GOod copmlexity with the barrel, roast, and sweetness all well integrated. Could have a few. (720 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This one had a nice 'pop' when uncorked, best by June 2014 written on cork, served in a snifter at cellar temperature

A- pours pitch black with a foamy dark-tan head about 2inches thick, quickly reduces to just a ring around the edges

S- dark roasted malt, dark fruit notes of fig and maybe cherry, sweet yeasty bread, raw bourbon notes with vanilla highlights, a touch of chocokate and a bit of alcohol burn at the end. Aromas seem to open up the longer it sits

T- the base beer is dark, sweet and fruity, by mid-palate the bourbon notes begin to come out subtly, the black-end brings out the toasted oak flavors which provide vanilla and toasted coconut flavors, the finish is dry with chocolate and toasted oak flavors still lingering on the palate

M- medium-heavy body with low carbonation, foamy mouthfeel that goes down smooth, just a slight alcohol burn lingers on the palate

O- some nice flavors coming out, however I would have preferred just a bit more bourbon. The oak characteristics provide some complex flavors on the finish. Not the top of the ladder in this style, but definitely worthy a try (1,114 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best by June 2014

Pours an opaque dark chestnut brown color with a 1.5 finger beige head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Very nice retention for the style and high ABV. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

The aroma has a great barrel presence that is nicely integrated info the stout characteristics of the base beer. Lots of toasted oak, vanilla, coconut and just enough sweet, spicy bourbon that makes itself know without overpowering everything else. Underneath, there is some smokey, roast and sweet malt notes balancing things out. Hints of toast, oatmeal, coffee bean and dark chocolate compliment the charred oak but the aroma could use some more bourbon for my preference.

Full bodied with a slight creamy texture and a prominent dry, spicy barrel character that lingers over the roasted malt and sweeter notes into a bone dry finish. The barrel dominates with lots of burnt oak and spicy whiskey flavor. The vanilla and toasted coconut as well as the sweeter bourbon notes from the aroma are hard to pick up. This renders the barrel flavor a bit one dimensional with an overly dry/acrid and spicy presence. The malt profile is still pretty interesting however, with deeply roasted and sweeter chocolate malt notes. Hints of burnt toast, spent coffee grinds, oatmeal and very dark cacao countered by subtle lactic cream, baker's chocolate and toffee. Some boozy heat and warmth in the finish but the 10% ABV is considerably well masked. Still, it's a bit heavy on the roast and burnt oak making it a bit tough to drink. I finished the whole bottles but four or five ounces would have been fine. (1,629 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- More of a dark brown than a pitch black imperial stout. Pours almost a deep caramel color and settles in slightly darker. Thin, bubbly tan head that disappears and leaves a trace layer of bubbles.

S- Barrel aromas come through with some oak, caramel, candied sugar, chocolate and roasty malts.

T- The flavors are somewhat disjointed and do not really blend well together. The boozy bourbon flavors come through, but they sort of separate from the rich, chocolatey, roasty stout base. Overall the flavors are pretty good, with the exception of the harsh booze, but it just does not come together that well.

M- Not all that smooth, medium carbonation, boozy flavors. Not the worst, but not great for the style.

O- Glad I tried this one, but pretty disappointed. There is potential here though. (798 characters)

Photo of Gosox8787
3.32/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Presentation: Corked and caged 750 mL bottled chilled and poured into a Cigar City tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a pretty aggresive, light beige head of about an inch and a half. Settles into a nice lacing.

Aroma: Dark fruits, caramel, vanilla and a light splash of bourbon. A touch boozy but the bourbon and the sweetness from the base beer come through well. Pretty nice balance and complexity from the barrels.

Taste: Really bitter coffee and charred oak. The complexity from the bourbon and sweetness from the base beer is not here as it was in the aroma. Instead there is just a lot of bitterness and burnt flavors. Really disappointing. On the upside, very little bourbon burn.

Mouthfeel: Really light bodied and highly carbonated for a barrel aged stout.

Overall, I was pretty disappointed by this beer. The aroma is nice, but the flavors are dominated by too much bitterness and burnt character so that the barrel and bourbon don't really come through. The mouthfeel also doesn't really help as it is really light and carbonated for an imperial stout. This really just doesn't do it for me. (1,106 characters)

Photo of BeerZack
3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

375ml bottle. Pours a not-so-thick black that's brown around the edges. A fizzy khaki colored head dies down quickly to a thin covering. Smells of sweet fruits initially remind me more of wine barrel than bourbon influence. Spicy, somewhat phenolic notes underneath remind me of cinnamon red hots, black cherry soda, faux leather, a bit of new shoes and some garden center (fertilizer). The flavor is equally odd. Bland sugary flavors hint at dark fruit, but never really differentiates. I do get some of the charred bourbon barrel flavor on the finish. The thin appearance on the pour also translates in the mouthfeel, coming off thin and fizzy, almost soda-like. (664 characters)

Dark Hollow Artisanal Ale from Blue Mountain Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.