Dark Hollow
Blue Mountain Brewery

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Blue Mountain Brewery
Virginia, United States
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,640
Ranked #11,724
3.98 | pDev: 12.06%
May 05, 2022
Nov 02, 2007
Very Good
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Notes: 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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4.52/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania

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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4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

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
4.5 by drt72 from Virginia on Dec 10, 2021
4.16 by Quafftastic from Virginia on Oct 02, 2021
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3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by chinchill from South Carolina

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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4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by PathofChaos from Maryland

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
3.87 by jera1350 from Minnesota on Aug 19, 2020
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4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

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
4 by t2grogan from Arizona on Nov 15, 2019
3.16 by Bum4ever from California on Sep 07, 2019
4.75 by flyersfan900 from Virginia on Sep 06, 2019
4.27 by Skabiski from Maryland on Aug 03, 2019
4.08 by MJSFS from Florida on Jul 07, 2019
5 by Kwright from North Carolina on Jul 06, 2019
4.5 by oldchucker92 from Virginia on Jun 26, 2019
4 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania on Apr 12, 2019
4.29 by Unclevince from West Virginia on Mar 05, 2019
3.88 by Curt3 from New Jersey on Feb 27, 2019
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3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by JayQue from Virginia

Good strong Stout. Pours a dense brown color with a medium dark tan head. Average retention and thick bands of frothy lacing. Aroma is rich sweet malt and a floral aspect, probably a mixture of malt and bourbon. The oak and the bourbon really comes out in the flavor. Great taste of bourbon, malt and some oak bitterness. Mouthfeel is good as well. Very smooth with a slight hint if the 10 percent .abv. A very enjoyable brew!!!;

Feb 14, 2019
3.92 by PrestigeWorldwide from Michigan on Jan 21, 2019
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4.46/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass. A bitch to get the cork out (almost resorted to a corkscrew), but it was well worth the fight. Surprised there was a best by 11-21-19 date on the bottle. Thought it would've been worthy of aging.

L---As dark as brown can get. If I didn't pour it through sunlight, I would've said black. Ruby around the edges when in direct sunlight. Nice, light brown head with minimal retention and good lacing.

S---Oak, milk chocolate, vanilla, roasty malts. Minimal bourbon. Very much like BCBS, which is a really, really good thing.

T---Follows the nose. Milk chocolate, oak & vanilla are dominant. Some slight booziness from the bourbon, but not very much at all.

F---Thick, creamy & rich. Just like you'd want from a BBA stout. Actually more carbonated than I would've guessed. Definitely a slow sipper, not one for a speed beer.

O---I'd call this one awesome. Everything you'd ever want in a BBA stout.

Jan 14, 2019
4.35 by vabeerguy from Virginia on Jan 13, 2019
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4.63/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by kjones6 from Virginia

this is a great imperial stout. Very smooth and robust. This is a fantastic beer. My new favorite. Nothing to dislike.

Jan 06, 2019
3.96 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts on Dec 03, 2018
3.91 by MakeBeerGreatAgain from North Carolina on Dec 02, 2018
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3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
by Aldebaran from Virginia

Hadn't tried this one until now. Seemed appropriate for the season. Just a bit too much on the estery side for my tastes on an imperial. Nice cherry-plum fruitiness. Closer to a Dubbel , missing the Oak barrel and vanilla qualities.

Oct 20, 2018
4.31 by BeardedWalrus from North Carolina on Oct 19, 2018
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4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by 88caprice from Virginia

Had on tap in a mini-snifter-like stem glass. What an incredible brew...
Super dark, dark brown creamy head. Very creamy mouthfeel with lots of vanilla, oak wood, and bourbon qualities. Excellent.

Oct 07, 2018
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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by hman43 from North Carolina

Look: It pours black with a dark brown head. Head retention is moderate.

Smell: The aroma is laden with dark fruits that include plums and figs. There are moderate roasty flavors. There is definitely an oak note in the background with a bit of whiskey. There are also hints of vanilla.

Taste: The flavors have more of a malt and ester balance with roast and dark fruits (plums and figs) being the most prominent. There is a bit of a burnt element which is light, not strong. There are background notes of vanilla, oak, and whiskey.

Feel: It has a creamy and full body with low carbonation. The alcohol warming is smooth.

Overall, a good imperial stout with plenty of complex flavors and a good body.

Sep 22, 2018
4.25 by paulish from New York on Sep 01, 2018
5 by Dwbow48 from Virginia on Aug 28, 2018
4 by julielynndubee from Virginia on May 28, 2018
3.77 by hophugger from Virginia on Apr 23, 2018
4.5 by nitter from Ohio on Mar 02, 2018
4 by smartassboiler from Illinois on Feb 23, 2018
4 by Beerbuddha from Florida on Jan 20, 2018
4.01 by heddar33 from Pennsylvania on Jan 12, 2018
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4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by RABouffard from Maryland

A sweet dessert beer, complex layers of flavor, drink in small quantities, it is a bit overwhelming, like a good sweet port, it hits the spot after a nice meal. Purchased in a growler at Blue Mountain.

Jan 04, 2018
3.75 by PprBurke from Virginia on Jan 03, 2018
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