Dark Hollow
Blue Mountain Brewery

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Blue Mountain Brewery
Virginia, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,756
Ranked #11,863
3.98 | pDev: 12.06%
Jul 18, 2023
Nov 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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Reviewed by Roguer from Connecticut

3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
With barely three months in bourbon barrels (cleverly advertised as "100 days"), there's good reason to doubt just how much the bourbon really added to the overall beer - itself a potent 10% ABV.

Aroma is a touch on the sour side, with strong notes of red grape, prune, raisin, oak, and bourbon mash; secondary notes of caramel, toffee, toast, and molasses. Does not impress as a particularly rich stout, but it does imply a quite roasty take on the style, which could be quite nice. Aroma is generally closer to the RIS style.

A touch hot on the palate, surprisingly up front. Suggests it may be thick but then fails to live up to that promise. Fairly short finish.

Tasting notes are similar to the nose: pecan, walnut, oak, chocolate, modest char, raisin, prune, molasses. There's a decent amount of bourbon flavor, but no one will mistake this for a 12 month aged special release. The flavor profile is more interesting and complex than Dragon's Milk (the closest comp), but the mouthfeel thinner.

Overall, this is a very good and very tasty BBA imperial stout, but it's not quite great. I'd be interested to try the flavored versions to see if they bring more to the table.
Jul 18, 2023
Rated: 4.21 by jdezelick from Virginia

Jul 16, 2023
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Reviewed by ramseye4 from Virginia

4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Pours an extremely opaque oil black, espresso colored head, great lacing. Fantastic.

Chocolate hits the nose first, with some espresso and a hint of nuttiness. It’s not super nuanced but oh man is it good.

Roasted malt hits the tongue, chocolate, cherries, some booze creeps in at the end. Bourbon in the finish and aftertaste Slightly metallic aftertaste brings it down a bit

Full bodied, lightly carbonated.

Overall it’s a dang good stout.
Mar 07, 2023
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Reviewed by Griffin2 from Virginia

4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured from a16 oz bottle with an enjoy by date of 5/12/2023 into a snifter glass.
L - Pours a dark brown color with minimal tan head.
S - Smells of chocolate, coffee and booze.
T - Tastes of chocolate and bourbon with a slight bitterness.
F - Medium to full bodied with hardly any carbonation.
O - Nice boozy stout.
Jan 07, 2023
Rated: 3.69 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts

Oct 29, 2022
Rated: 3.87 by Tcsox from Massachusetts

Oct 29, 2022
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Reviewed by VABA from Virginia

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a very dark color with a slight head and lacing
Aroma has chocolate hints
Taste follows the nose with a chocolate flavor
A medium bodied well carbonated beer
A good Stout
Sep 16, 2022
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Reviewed by Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania

4.52/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Wow. I had low expectations for this given the rating...

Preface by its been an ISO for 5 years since my non beer drinking coworker visited their brewery years ago and regularly wear a dark hollow shirt.

Pour is unreal. Head looks like a nitro guineas pour with tight frothy head.

Smell is so much richer than I expect for a 10% beer.

Taste is stellar

Feel is great.
May 05, 2022
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Reviewed by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Look - Great black along with a thick tan head and sticky lacing
Smell - dark chocolate caramel vanilla woody barrel scents
Taste - dark chocolate vanilla slight roasty wood bourbon and a slight bitter bite
Feel - full body with a medium light carb
Overall - pretty good classic BA stout
Mar 11, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by drt72 from Virginia

Dec 10, 2021
Rated: 4.16 by Quafftastic from Virginia

Oct 02, 2021
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Cellared 12.7 oz bottle from VA ($6.77) with a cage and cork seal.
Pours with a near black body with just a thin film substituting for a proper head.
Promising aroma featuring the influence of a woody bourbon barrel.
The flavor is even better. It leans sweet for style, although the aftertaste is bitter.
The mouthfeel is disappointing. It thin to the point of being a bit watery.
Oct 18, 2020
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Reviewed by PathofChaos from Maryland

4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
The ominous black of a mountain’s maw. Hold a strong light to it and the weighted darkness doesn’t budge. When poured, a dim khaki gloam settles atop and provides sandy, unbroken lacing with stalwart retention.

Unsweetened baker’s chocolate, cold vanilla, and gently sanded oak with minuscule droplets of chilled bourbon throughout.

A full-bodied, velvet splash with a tranquil murmur of carbonation.

Sugarless, toothsome dark chocolate draped in a delicate shawl of vanilla and permeated by soft oak. What follows is the gentlest bourbon heat, like feeling the sun’s warmth on a cool, autumn afternoon.
Sep 12, 2020
Rated: 3.87 by jera1350 from Minnesota

Aug 19, 2020
Rated: 4.73 by Brett315

Apr 01, 2020
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Reviewed by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2016 Vintage, poured out tonigh - 30 Dec 2019. It pours a dark brown, almost black with a nice modest light brown head that lasts and leaves a bit of lacing. In the nose, it is strongly roasted malty with bourbon. In the mouth, it is dark fruits, roasted and burnt malts and a touch (not much) of alcohol. Definitely a sipper!
Dec 31, 2019
Rated: 4 by t2grogan from Arizona

Nov 15, 2019
Rated: 3.16 by Bum4ever from California

Sep 07, 2019
Rated: 4.75 by flyersfan900 from Virginia

Sep 06, 2019
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