Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Hallow | Blue Mountain Brewery

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Blue Mountain Brewery
Virginia, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 90
Photo of WoodBrew
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

The bourbon barrel aged Dark Hollow was a solid offering from Blue Mountain. It poured an opaque dark with rich tan head that did not lace. The scent had roast and hints of bourbon. The taste followed the scent quite closely. The mouthfeel was fuller in body with smooth carbonation. Overall this was a very good beer.

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Photo of whitetale
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours almost black. Small tan head with decent lacing.
Aroma is bourbon, vanilla and chocolate. Improves as the beer warms.
Taste is vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, dark fruits. No bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden.
Mouthfeel is good with light carbonation. Smooth.
Overall: this is a good sipper for cooler weather. Let it warm up and the flavors really come out. Definitely one of my favorites from Blue Mountain (and there are several from this brewery that are favorites). A very good barrel aged stout. Great job.

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Photo of atomeyes
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Best before Oct 2015.
thin head (so what?). nose isn't the best.
sweet finish , but alcohol is hidden. if you want a chocolate-first imp stout with a hint of the barrel and little bourbon, this is a great beer.
it doesn't have the weight that one may want from an imp stout, but i still like it a hell of a lot more than some of the other reviewers.
zero alcohol heat.
would drank again

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Sine Irish Pub in Richmond.
8-24-16 - Growler fill at Arrington Barrel House on the eve of Lockn' 2016. Set up site and downed the growler with our camp neighbor. Super awesome dark stout with caramel colored head. Always get this one.
7-23-16 - Big bottle on my deck. Poured into a short tulip rather than my aluminum pint. Oh so good, even though cork was Aug '15. One of my favorites from these folks.
9-9-15 - Purchased a 10/16 corked bottle direct from the Arrington site. Uncorked it that night after getting word that Thursday Lockn' shows were cancelled. Poured super black with little head. Nice barrel aged stout. If I had the patience, I would love a one year old bottle.
9-10-15 - Lockn' shows on Thursday cancelled, so our first adventure stop was the Barrel House in Arrington. Super fun time meeting new folks and drinking Dark Hollow right from the teet! Get some of this. I love it.

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Photo of hophugger
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light-denying dark brown/black with a deep tan head and sticky, thick lacing. Aroma is of light bourbon and oak. Taste is magnificent, with light tones of bourbon, oak, bittersweet malt, roasted coffee and a tinge of alcohol (10% ABV). Feels good going down and the bourbon flavor is just enough not to take away from the fine taste of this stout. One of the best brews I have had from Blue Mountain Brewery. They knocked it out of the park with this one !!!

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.11/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: dark mahogany almost black but shows brown by the edges. almost no head but a small tannish lacing on the sides

Smell: lots of super sweet chocolate, some bourbon. not to complex

Taste: opens with a strong chocolate that transitions into a bourbon. as it warms lots of astringent alcohol comes through

Mouthfeel: pretty light, not much heat or strength

Overall: not too impressed with this one. not too much character in it and doesn't develop as you drink as I look for in these types of beers.

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Photo of IrishHockey
3.24/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank a corked bottle that was labeled best by June 2014

Smell: very sweet. Slight oak barrel in the nose. No coffee or chocolate

Taste: very sweet also. Can get some hints of chocolate then the dreaded green apple. Tart aftertaste. No bourbon, No coffee (expected as long as this has been cellared), no vanilla or any barrel taste. Goes sweet mild chocolate straight to tart green apple

Mouth feel. Meh. Not very thick, but not thin. Just ok

Overall: If I didn't know this was supposed to be a chocolate, coffee, bourbon barrel stout, I'd drink it again. The green apple tartness wasn't horrible. Added a little comexity....BUT, it's supposed to be Bourbon chocolate coffee stout. Honestly, I was drinking to get drunk. The Blackhawks lost and I needed a higher abv beer and this was in the fridge. It did it's job, but fell short on expectations

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Photo of logi
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very solid Bourbon aged stout. Bourbon presence not too overpowering as I have encountered in many BB aged brews. Alcohol present on the back end of this one but appreciated in this style. Blue Mountain very impressive VA brewery; try some if you get the opportunity.

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Hallow from Blue Mountain Brewery
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