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Dark Hollow Chocolate & Coffee Aged - Blue Mountain Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

169 Ratings
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Ratings: 169
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 13
Gots: 23 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Blue Mountain Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: EgadBananas on 11-27-2012)
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Virginia

5/5  rDev +26.6%

06-21-2013 04:10:13 | More by PaulsBrew
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mrbigpappa

Finland

4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

06-24-2014 20:19:14 | More by mrbigpappa
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MystikCelt

New York

4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

08-07-2013 06:17:33 | More by MystikCelt
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JohnathanColeman

West Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

05-20-2014 21:32:16 | More by JohnathanColeman
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UWBadgerFan4Life

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

03-13-2013 01:56:51 | More by UWBadgerFan4Life
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Deerslayer210

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

02-01-2014 17:57:15 | More by Deerslayer210
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ZachKelly

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

06-14-2013 18:31:57 | More by ZachKelly
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ncelauro

New York

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

02-06-2014 01:12:41 | More by ncelauro
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wrightst

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

06-14-2014 19:27:35 | More by wrightst
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lupercmda

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

02-02-2014 04:43:55 | More by lupercmda
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AndrewMichael

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

12-27-2013 19:22:05 | More by AndrewMichael
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Lynn

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

04-25-2013 08:47:49 | More by Lynn
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hops202

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into Stone snifter.

Great look upon first poor. Jet black with some caramel head and lacing that sticks around for a little while. Aroma is coffee/chocolate dominant with some roastiness, a little vanilla as well but i cannot pick up any bourbon. Taste is quite delicious - there is some dark chocolate bitterness and 70 IBU that is quite well masked but present towards the aftertaste. Great beer but I think the regular bourbon barrel aged version might be better. This release leans more towards the dessert beer and the chocolate and coffee seem to overpower the quality of the original brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 00:23:19 | More by hops202
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bmjivi221

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

07-27-2013 04:45:14 | More by bmjivi221
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smithj4

New York

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

02-23-2013 19:48:07 | More by smithj4
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BNEBobl

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

01-02-2013 21:50:26 | More by BNEBobl
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Pencible

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured a totally opaque black with thick dark tan head.
S: It smelled like oak and fresh roasted coffee, with some bitter dark chocolate and vanilla.
T: It tasted like rich dark chocolate and fresh roasted coffee, with some oak and chili powder and vanilla and toasted coconut. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was fairly thick with a little smooth carbonation. Nice big body.
D: This was a great barrel aged stout. Complex and delicious scent and taste, with a great body. It had a smooth finish and well hidden alcohol, so it was easy to drink but worth sipping. Would probably age quite well, but is already fantastic fresh. Definitely recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 18:54:43 | More by Pencible
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mwilbur

Minnesota

4.49/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter. Cork stamped best by Jun 2014.
A: Pours an extremely dark black with 1/4 inch dark tan head. Good retention.
S: Chocolate malt, soft bourbon, mild boozy alcohol note, and dark roast coffee. Good depth and complexity to the aroma...very appealing.
T: Wonderfully crafted dark roast coffee with cream hits first, molasses, dark (and slightly bitter) chocolate, and a mildly boozy bourbon note rounds it out. With warming, dark dried fruit emerges. Extremely tasty!
M: Extremely smooth...silkly smooth. Soft and sweet. Slightly creamy feel. Medium body (lighter than ABV would suggest). Nice lingering and maturing on the palate.
D: ABV is extremely well hidden which makes this tasty brew quite drinkable. Coffee note is stronger than the bourbon and the amalgam of tastes works well. Sometimes I worry about things getting too jumbled...not the case here. Excellent coffee and cacao nib components.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 03:39:52 | More by mwilbur
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black, with a finger of dark tan head. Leaves a little bit of lacing.

The initial aroma is nothing other than chocolate and roasted coffee beans. It moves to a mellow vanilla, oak and bourbon note, with a hint of burnt, roasted malts. Quite impressed with the aroma as the barrel doesn't overwhelm, is still very much there, but allows the chocolate and coffee to still play significant roles.

Again, lots of sweet cocoa notes and slightly bitter roasted coffee. The chocolate leaves a sweet linger. There's a hint of vanilla, and the charred wood and subtle bourbon-y notes are great.

The feel is good, and it's full bodied, but not as thick and chewy as a big stout like this could be. Minor flaw, really.

This drinks incredibly smooth, with no noticeably alcohol. I haven't had the normal Dark Hollow, but this is nothing short of an absolute treat!

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 01:16:26 | More by EgadBananas
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Broanoke

Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Black, not quite motor oil. Deepest brown on edges. Looks of a big stout.

S - Coffee. Cold coffee followed by bakers chocolate. If you really dig in there you get the oak barrel notes.

T - Again with the coffee dominating with some dark chocolate to accompany. Very delicious. You get some light bourbon flavors when you really seek them out. No presence of alcohol.

M - Medium.

O - I thought this would be a boozey mess, but was extremely surprised at how well the 10% is hidden. Mouth feel is only medium but that's not necessarily a bad thing either. Delicious coffee and chocolate notes, this has become one of my favorite stouts.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 06:23:34 | More by Broanoke
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CassinoNorth

New Jersey

4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle from Hoptimus-Prime from the Summer School BIF! Poured into my BCBS snifter on Barrel Aged Day 2013

Appearance: Very typical of an imperial stout, jet black with a small mocha head that dissipates rather quickly to a thin head. Small amounts of lacing are left on the glass.

Nose: Surprising light amount of bourbon. Guess I'm just used to bigger BBA stouts because this one doesn't kill it on the nose.

Taste: Nice toasty oak and vanilla hints with a bourbon wrapping around them. Slight coffee and chocolate but not as prevalent as I was expecting. So very drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Certainly a bit thin for a BBA Stout

Overall: Something if you can grab off the shelf, I would. Akin to KBS and maybe a touch more drinkable. I have no issues finishing this bomber, as with KBS a 12 oz serving is plenty. If you see it, buy it.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 04:44:21 | More by CassinoNorth
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cwguy5

North Carolina

4.39/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured jet black with cinnamon head that faded quickly. aroma of chocolate, coffee, caramel, brown sugar. really nice combonation and proportion of flavors. choc and coffee share equal billing up front with the barrel providing some caramel and vanilla richness to round it out. mouthfeel was a bit thin but not distracting. delicious mocha linger.

thought this one was fantastic. some might want more barrel but i thought it was perfect amount.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 03:13:35 | More by cwguy5
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obywan59

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The cork was a bitch to get off. I had to resort to a pair of pliers to get it started. Then I was able to work it off the rest of the way using my thumb. Pretty measly pop when it finally went. The cork flew a full lfoot.

Pours a very dark brown with ruby edges into my oversized wine glass .A 2 finger brownish head rises above, leaving some sticky lacing for awhile before dissipating into a ring around the glass and a bit of swirling haze on the surface.

The aroma, not surprisingly, is of coffee and dark chocolate with a hint of bourbon and sweet malts.

The taste is rather sweet, but fairly tart as well, especially at first. Dark chocolate and coffee again. The bourbon is more pronounced here, with the addition of dark fruits and tart cherries. Some light bitterness in the end and a definite taste of alcohol,.

Medium thick bodied. Syrupy and fairly smooth with light carbonation and a nice burn from the alcohol.

This is a vesry enjoyable brew. More tart than what I am used to in this style, but it's well balanced. Even the alcohol, though it's noticable, is not over the top. A good winter warmer.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 06:36:01 | More by obywan59
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hornsup

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Served in a cigar city snifter.
Best by date: may 201

Let me start by saying the Dark Hollow was a lot better than I had anticipated and this one delivers even more. Pours pitch black with a nice lacing and minimal head. The carbonation level is sufficient for me although some may like a little more. Tastes like tobacco, dark chocolate, licorice and a little bourbony alcohol on the back end. The mouthfeel was good, not overly satisfying though. The smell is what's the real winner. Just perfect balance of cocoa, bourbon, oak, and dirt (in a good way).

I love this stout, it was given to me as the last bottle from a local store and I'll forever be grateful.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 04:05:40 | More by hornsup
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Greywulfken

New York

4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: into a large snifter, pitch black body, finger of dark foam; left sparse lace sprinkle behind

S: roasted chocolate, roasted dark coffee beans, whiskeyed wood

T: brings all the impressions from the nose in, and adss bittersweet dark chocolate, cold espresso, a suggestion of something cleaner, perhaps anise; currents of woods and whiskey barrels overlay the deeper flavors

M: smooth, mellow, slightly coating, vaporous over the tongue

O: Having enjoyed their base Dark Hollow stout, I found this to be very enjoyable - adding chocolate/coffee and bourbon barrel aging a stout is almost a guaranteed way to create a more complex and rewarding drink. No reason not to grab a bottle if you like the style and flavorings.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 21:36:52 | More by Greywulfken
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Dark Hollow Chocolate & Coffee Aged from Blue Mountain Brewery
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