Dark Hollow Artisanal Ale | Blue Mountain Brewery

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Dark Hollow Artisanal AleDark Hollow Artisanal Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Blue Mountain Brewery
Virginia, United States
bluemountainbrewery.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
760
Reviews:
187
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
12.41%
 
 
Wants:
69
Gots:
140
For Trade:
9
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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 tjmiller718
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by date of 03/04/18

Appearance - Pours black with cola brown edging and a tan, finger width head. Sub-par retention, resulting in a thin, broken layer of suds and a thing ring around the edge of the glass. A few decently sized spots make up the lacing.

Smell - Bourbon booze and roasted malts are prominent upfront. Lesser chocolate. hints of vanilla and oak.

Taste - Interesting flavor. Almost the opposite of the aroma. More wood character than expected; in fact it might be the prominent flavor here. Lesser chocolate and bourbon booze. A hint of vanilla. Roast character is surprisingly underwhelming and fleeting. Finish is mildly boozy with lingering earthy wood bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with low, near lifeless carbonation. Flat, wimpy finish.

Overall - It's certainly a unique BA Impy, but I'm not entirely sold on the wood-driven flavor profile. If it had a roasted finish, I'd probably enjoy it a bit more, but alas.

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Photo of Goatdavemac
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GuyFawkes
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Unknown vintage; drank 12/24/15 @ JoJo's Virginia.

Black appearance.

A rough pour yielded a HUGE dark khaki head (careful pouring!); frothy lace.

Oak, bourbon, cream & bakers chocolate notes in the nose.

Medium thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Oak, bakers chocolate & caramel flavors up front; bourbon notes on the finish. Pickle juice notes emerged as this warmed. Interesting but boozy & not great. I've had my last.

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Photo of smi69
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HeadiestDudeonLot
4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of EMV
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ConradKenney
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of IckyT2012
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Furlinator
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brittanylicious
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of heysuz
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PaulSlazinger
4.39/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of AMBNT_notes
4.69/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I had this on draft at the brewery.

This is the best stout I have ever had. This beer is so full of flavor and unbelievably good. This beer is dangerously delicious.

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Photo of kbuzz
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dbl_delta
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Part of a flight of 10 at the brewery. Pours an oily black color, with a thick, long-lasting tan head. Initial impression is caramel and vanilla, with bourbon overtones. Maybe some oak in there too - a very rich, full-flavored stout. Mouthfeel is smooth, thick, and oily - just about perfect. Alcohol is pretty evident, but oh well. Finish is sweet and smooth. Really good - my favorite of the flight by a long shot.

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Photo of Cpmitchno1
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of _ascags
4.36/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of weareallfalafel
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter after the bottle sat on the counter for a few minutes. Pours deep and opaque black with a great half inch, brown head, that didn't longer much or leave much lacing, but it's 10%abv, so I expected as much. Smell is a little tame, but has notes of burnt sugar, vanilla, and bourbon. Taste is much more pronounced with a decently big hit of caramelly, marshmallow like flavor. Taste moves smoothly from chocolatey and caramelly to oak/bourbon. Feel is very full in body, with a little more burn than I'd like, but it's still fairly smooth for what it is. Overall, this is the best offering I've had from Blue Mountain, if not the only one worth spending hard-earned cash on. I'd recommend this for sure, and I dig it.

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Photo of CreightonSM
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 5EKF
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Dark Hollow Artisanal Ale from Blue Mountain Brewery
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