Dark Hollow Chocolate & Coffee Aged - Blue Mountain Brewery
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District of Columbia
4.5/5 rDev +13.6%
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.
03-10-2014 00:23:19 | More by hops202
4.5/5 rDev +13.6%
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.
06-16-2013 18:54:43 | More by Pencible
4.49/5 rDev +13.4%
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.
04-04-2013 03:39:52 | More by mwilbur
4.45/5 rDev +12.4%
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!
11-27-2012 01:16:26 | More by EgadBananas
4.45/5 rDev +12.4%
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.
03-06-2013 06:23:34 | More by Broanoke
4.44/5 rDev +12.1%
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.
10-05-2013 04:44:21 | More by CassinoNorth
4.39/5 rDev +10.9%
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.
12-07-2013 03:13:35 | More by cwguy5
Dark Hollow Chocolate & Coffee Aged from Blue Mountain Brewery
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