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:
762
Reviews:
187
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
12.41%
 
 
Wants:
68
Gots:
140
For Trade:
10
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Ratings: 762 |  Reviews: 187
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

Photo of gregcordle
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

750 ml bottle into a snifter.

Pours dark, near black, opaque, with a two finger head of darker foam, lots of lacing. Smell is bourbon, malt, chocolate, vanilla, toffee, a little smoke. Really smells terrific. The taste leans more toward the malt first, then bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, oak, molasses, some caramel, a little cocoa. Smooth, pretty full bodied, lots of carbonation.

Have had this on draft and in the bottle before, this batch is incredible. Really well blended, the bourbon dominates but doesn't overwhelm. Flavor and aroma are terrific. Could be a little fuller bodied, but that's an observation, not a criticism. Well worth a purchase.

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Photo of jimpyle48
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampled from draft

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

Photo of AMCimpi
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of emottram
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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 ksimons
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-pour is black with no visible highlights seen and a fingers worth of dark tan head that leaves a small layer of lacing on top

S-aroma of lots of bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate

T-taste is similar to the smell with a strong bourbon taste, dark malt, chocolate, light dark fruits, and has a char finish

M-almost medium body, moderate carbonation

Overall a bourbon heavy stout, could have a fuller mouthfeel, but overall is very nice tasting

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Photo of zp6167a
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of weldchecker
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jackalope1977
3.49/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of msscott1973
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 MattXT
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stolenface1
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of gopens44
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chines
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Xenoreactive
4.63/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Preliminary: This is legitimately one of Virginia's finest draft-pour imperial stouts. Let me reiterate: this has to be a draft pour. Out the bottle, it loses it's thick, coating texture and chocolate-cake flavor that a fresh keg has.

Look: Straight off of draft, there is barely any head. It dissipates rather quickly and leaves a lingering patchy ring. 2spooky... This has an oily and thick appearance with its pitch-black color. My body is ready.

Smell: Charred wood, bourbon, dark chocolate, vanilla, (a tinge of butterscotch), black forest cake, macerated berries, balsamic vinegar, mocha and angel farts are all detectable. Very appetizing smell.

Taste: Incredibly complex brew. Heavy bakers and dark chocolate attack your palette with bourbon undertones that bring out smoked wood, vanilla, toffee (butterscotch?), caramel and some spiced fruitiness. This has a unique balance of chocolate/vanilla that is juxtaposed with earthy notes. Since this absorbs sweetness and bourbon notes from the barrels, it cloaks the 10% all too easily. Booziness is barely present, towards the end.

Feel: Texture is dense and inviting. Has a bit of a chewy edge on it that makes it feel like liquefied bourbon chocolate cupcakes (angel farts). Very low carbonation.

Overall: Having had this over 20 times on draft, it is hard to fall back on any other local breweries' imperial stouts. This is consistent out of the keg and always retains its phenomenal characteristics. Unfortunately, the bottled variant just can not keep up with draft's integrity, so it is unfair to judge it based off that experience.

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Photo of Zebulan
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Dark black with thick tan head.
S: Strong but nice smell. Boozy bourbon smell with chocolate as well.
T: Thin feel. Strong front taste with booze through the end.
O: Overall I've always enjoyed this beer. A little thin for me but it is a nice beer for sure. Would like to age one.

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

Photo of floridadrift
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Bleak, kind-of flat, not as much white head as I once had.
S: Char
T: Smokey and bare, char, fresh it was sweeter.
M: Smooth but not as good fresh, it was very creamy prior.
O: This beer is way better fresh, do not age. Looks its backbone of flavor.

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Dark Hollow Artisanal Ale from Blue Mountain Brewery
3.95 out of 5 based on 762 ratings.
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