Dark Hollow Artisanal Ale | Blue Mountain Brewery

Dark Hollow Artisanal AleDark Hollow Artisanal Ale
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Dark Hollow Artisanal AleDark Hollow Artisanal Ale

Brewed by:
Blue Mountain Brewery
Virginia, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Bierman9 on 11-02-2007

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Ratings: 764 |  Reviews: 188
Photo of ChadA83
5/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of CvilleHopOnTours
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I don't always drink Imperial Stouts, but when I do, I definitely want the robust flavors a whiskey barrel is able to impart. Great job guys. We'll see you at the release party! https://cvilletours.rezdy.com/80446/transportation-for-concealed-darkness-day-blue-mountain-barrel-house

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Photo of Riff
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Out of the bottle it's a pleasant imperial stout. From a tap this is pure bliss and easily the best beer I've found brewed in Virginia.

Body is thick, a little thinner from the bottle, both have a pleasant mouth feel. Nice hints of bourbon, but not overpowering, enough to add a good mix of vanilla in. Clean finish, does not linger for a long time afterwards. Easy to drink and ages well in the bottle.

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Photo of RBorsato
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of WallingBrew
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Calculat0r
5/5  rDev +26.6%

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5/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of DrunkyBuddha
5/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of Sbjeff
5/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of lexmurphy
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great tasting beer at any temperature. You want to sip this all night.

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Photo of Olivejuice88
5/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of bdiiorio
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of GinsuDave
5/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of rugerj
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the brewery, served in 10.5 ounce snifter, beautiful tan head on beer, solid black in color with no light penetration. Excellent lacing is left as beer is consumed. Upfront smell is heavy bourbon, followed by roasted malt and hint of coffee. Heavy bourbon taste with vanilla and oak flavors coming forward, you can tell these are new barrels, blends in great with the dark roast malt and coffee notes.

I like this version better than the previous releases just because the bourbon is more in your face. April 10th they will be releasing the bottles, I will be interested to see how this compares after a little aging. I have all four other versions on storage. Another excellent brew by the folks at Blue Mountain.

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5/5  rDev +26.6%

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5/5  rDev +26.6%

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5/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of penguins87
5/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of jmh78
4.93/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of lmsouliere
4.89/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Also very good blended with Spooky

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Photo of HopOnTheCraftBeerTrain
4.83/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer will always have special meaning to me because it got me into craft beer. The beer packs a wallop and is very heavy bodied, but the flavors just come through so well. Beautiful dark, opaque black color with a small, tan, creamy head. Tastes and smells of coffee, chocolate, malt, touch of vanilla, and the wood notes from the bourbon barrels. It's a boozy beer, but it is so good, it'll be tempting to drink the whole bottle or the bar's supply.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.83/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Jeff for bringing this!

Poured inky black with chestnut hues in the light. Tan head that lasts and lasts. The nose is lighter than many big BA RIS's that I've had, but not in a bad way. A delicate bouquet of vanilla, brown malt, molasses, and biscuit melded with black currants and a touch of burnt toast. Coffee becomes more apparent as the beer warms. Medium/full bodied with a bit of dryness in the finish that I enjoy. Decently carbonated, although it could use a touch more. Very nice beer that I recommend seeking out. I think this is something that you can drink any time you feel like having something substantial, but not like a Dark Lord or Bourbon County type of bigness. It shines at tastings as something unique, yet it can make for an excellent low-key type of evening in front of the fireplace.

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Photo of lochraneg
4.8/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pour - dark with a small white head
Smell - bourbon distinct
Taste - can definitely taste the bourbon, but it's not over powering
Overall - Loved it. Age it if you have some

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4.8/5  rDev +21.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

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Dark Hollow Artisanal Ale from Blue Mountain Brewery
Beer rating: 79.7% out of 100 with 764 ratings
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