Dark Hollow Chocolate & Coffee Aged - Blue Mountain Brewery
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3.9/5 rDev -1.3%
Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color capped by an inch of tan foam; the bubbles fade quickly but leave some dots and squiggles behind
Smell: Chocolate prevails, with coffee, vanilla and roasty notes underneath; there is just the slightest hint of Bourbon
Taste: Chocolate dominates the front end, growing slightly minty by mid-palate, with a trace of mint lingering into the aftertaste; in the middle, however, the coffee comes on strong and, when combined with the vanilla and roasty notes in the malt, brings a somewhat acrid, bitter flavor to the finish; the hint of Bourbon in the aroma also appears in the aftertaste
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet
Overall: The Bourbon is not prominently noted on the label and it certainly is not a prominent influence on the beer; between a Bourbon-dominated beer and one that has subtle influences, I prefer the subtle but this beer would benefit from the Bourbon being a bit more than a hint; still, this is a pretty good beer, even though the coffee is a bit too acrid in the finish
Thanks, Dave_Treat, for the opportunity
02-23-2014 19:52:18 | More by brentk56
3.04/5 rDev -23%
Served in a wedding snifter.
I remember thoroughly enjoying the normal Dark Hollow, so the addition of chocolate and coffee sounds like a great idea to me. This stuff pours a very dark black-brown topped by a half-finger of off-khaki foam. The nose comprises cocoa, coffee, an what seems like a vague hint of roasted malts way in the background. The taste sorta brings in more of the same, but the aforementioned notes are relegated to the very back of the bus whilst the front and middle seats are populated by sour-ish red grape, berry, and mild blood. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, this beer didn't do it for me. It smells great, but either there's an infection here or the beer just wasn't made all that well, 'cause it tastes pretty bad and comes off as a bit too thin for its own good.
09-02-2013 17:45:20 | More by TMoney2591
4/5 rDev +1.3%
many thanks to my beer club for this gem. what an interesting barrel aged stout. the pour is jet black, midnight, no light in at all. the head is about an inch tall and mocha colored. it fades fast but it easily rejuvenated with a swirl of the glass. it almost smells like it has chili peppers in it, anaheims or pablanos, vegetative and spicy. of course it also smells like a barrel aged stout, with super roasty dark bitter malts, cold drip coffee, and raw dark chocolate. the booze level is curiously absent from the smell. the flavor is also a little vegetable heavy, but not so much peppers anymore. its a funny flavor to have in a beer like this, I have no idea where it comes from, but it somehow doesn't seem out of place. some light vanilla notes, and the coffee is a lot more heavy than the chocolate. maybe a tad out of balance here, but the chocolate is raw and unsweetened, really nice bitterness it adds to the finish, and is the last flavor to be left on the tongue after the swallow. nice mouthfeel, mellow but adequate carbonation and a full body that retains some runny element. dangerously drinkable as the alcohol doesn't really come out very intensely. overall an exceptional beer, in need of a tiny bit of fine tuning, but easily the best thing ive had out of the state of Virginia!
04-10-2013 17:55:06 | More by StonedTrippin
3.99/5 rDev +1%
First had: bottle purchased from Blue Mountain, Afton, VA
Took a couple of these babies back to the lodge after visiting the brewery. Served in a Blue Mountain barrel glass, solid black pour, with a large, lasting cap of mocha head, slight streaky lacing. Rich, roasty aroma, dark malts, dark chocolate, coffee, charred wood. Coffee was smooth on the palate, good melding of roast and sweetness in the malts, dark chocolate, nice barrel profile, though I didn't pick up too much bourbon, maybe just a subtle hint. Body wasn't quite full, but the mouthfeel was smooth and pleasant, with the higher alcohol level well-hidden. Very nice brew overall. Not a mind-blower, but still a good quality stout.
05-31-2013 03:48:22 | More by Rifugium
4.11/5 rDev +4.1%
A: Pours an opaque but clear jet black in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the surface of the beer and some dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy dark mocha head that slowly reduces to a half finger thick creamy layer covering the entire surface of the beer. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of darkly roasted coffee, cocoa, and lightly roasted malts.
T: Upfront there is a light flavor of lightly roasted malts with strong flavors of darkly roasted coffee (like an Italian roast or espresso) and cocoa + bittersweet chocolate. There are moderate flavors of charred oak, bourbon, and vanilla towards the finish with just a hint of alcohol in the finish.
M: A little bit heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.
O: Not an amazing barrel aged coffee stout but better than I had expected (I have not been blown away by any beers from this brewery though almost all of them are solid). I wanted a little more from the combination of bourbon barrel, chocolate, coffee, and stout - there just was not enough complexity and subtly to the flavors/aromas of this beer.
09-23-2013 00:15:49 | More by dbrauneis
3.78/5 rDev -4.3%
750 ml bottle into snifter, best before May 2013 stamped on the cork. Pours fairly pitch black color with a small dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of milk chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, cocoa, bourbon, oak, vanilla, toast, toffee, light clove, raisin, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted notes with chocolate, coffee, and barrel character; and good strength. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, vanilla, toast, oak, bourbon, light char, raisin, toffee, light clove, and roasted earthiness. Slight coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, toast, toffee, bourbon, oak, raisin, brown sugar, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee flavor with moderate fruitiness; with a balanced barrel presence and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy and slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good barrel aged stout. Nice balance and complexity of chocolate, coffee, roast, and barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the gravity. A nicely enjoyable offering.
08-07-2013 03:53:44 | More by superspak
3.83/5 rDev -3%
750ml bottle into my CBS snifter. Close to black in color with a thin sticky head to it. Decent retention and good lacing, but a little thin and light looking for the style.
Aroma has a strong coffee presence to it. Dark, bitter sweet chocolate plays big role as well. It's a pretty nice aroma, but unfortunately the barrel aged flavors are what seems to be missing. Pretty good coffee and chocolate stout aroma though.
The taste brings out more of the oak barrel, but the bourbon flavors are still lacking for a barrel aged beer. The coffee and dark chocolate are both very nice in it though. The coffee in the finish is particularly nice.
The mouthfeel is about average for the style with carbonation being above average. Overall, I really liked the coffee and chocolate stout flavors but was disappointed in the lack of barrel influence. A nice bourbon presence could have really made this an awesome beer. As is, it was still a very solid coffee stout.
12-02-2012 01:51:11 | More by billab914
3.06/5 rDev -22.5%
750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.
Appearance - Black body. A few wisps on the surface. Chunky collar.
Smell - Raw coffee flavor. Very green and almost peppery. Chocolate. But coffee is dominant.
Taste - Extremely sharp coffee flavor. Same raw, green coffee. Still tastes like green peppers. I don't get much barrel out of this. Some chocolate though.
Mouthfeel - Medium high carbonation. Rough bitter coffee finish.
Overall - Eh. Very average and too much coffee. I have a regular version of this and I hope it doesn't have this offensive coffee flavor.
04-23-2013 01:07:48 | More by Alieniloquium
4.05/5 rDev +2.5%
Pours an almost completly black with dark brown along the edges. There is a smallish tan head that dissipated rather quickl leaving a decent amount of lacing.
Aromas begin quite roasty and coffee forward. Dark roasted maltiness, espresso, dark bitter baker's chocolate. Some light oak and vanilla emerges as it warms.
The tastes follow the nose with lots of roasty dark espresso, dark chocolate bitterness and lesser baker's cocoa. The roast is quite intense and really masks most of the sweeter vanilla and bready sweetness.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. I expected a bit more chewiness in the finish but the roasted flavors really own the show.
Overall this was a pretty decent beer, the roast is a bit overbearing for my liking but I have definitely had roastier and less drinkable. Could use a bit more barrel induced flavors/sweetness to balance for my preference but worth a go if you come across it.
02-24-2013 14:48:13 | More by claspada
Dark Hollow Chocolate & Coffee Aged from Blue Mountain Brewery
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