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

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

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

Photo of SammyJaxxxx
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of avalon07
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick texture. There was an inch of foamy, tan-colored head that lasted an average amount of time. Good lacing.

S: A big aroma of bourbon, malt, dark fruit, and some chocolate.

T: Tasted of a surprising amount of chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruit (plums?), vanilla, oak, and licorice. A pretty complex and flavorful beer. A bit boozy, but most bourbon barrel beers have that quality. Still, an extremely powerful flavor.

F: Not as much carbonation as you would expect, but it has a smooth finish. Full-bodied.

O: If you like bourbon barrel beers, give this one a try. It's well made and generally enjoyable.

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Photo of sjseeley
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brpendergast85
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rodosman
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Poured from 750ml Belgian bottle to pint glass; best by date Oct 2016. L: Pours a dark, syrupy black with thick brown head which survives several minutes leaving lace ring behind. S: Black licorice and whiskey most easily detected; oak and roasted malts more subtle. T: Almost smell in reverse with prominent bourbon and roasted malts; oak, vanilla, black licorice more nuanced. F: Thick, chewy, carbonated, and creamy. Decent alcohol bite reminiscent of the bourbon barrel heritage, but not overly boozy. Overall a very enjoyable imperial stout, well represented by BMB. Now for some bourbon neat!

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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 Direwolf25
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

VERY smooth pour - silky. Head on which you could balance a quarter. Beautiful. Notes of vanilla, dark chocolate, malt. Medium-to-full-body, slightly bitter. Dry, almost sour aftertaste. Far more vanilla than bourbon out of this BBS.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours near jet black with thin tan head.

Nose is slightly bourbon forward, definitely plenty of roasted malt notes but also lots of chocolate as well. Coffee not so much.

Flavor follows suit. Bourbon is a great addition but not the focal point of the beer.

Barrel adds nicely to the body. Well rounded, no rough edges. This is probably the best barrel stout VA has to offer, in terms of ones always readily available.

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Photo of emeyer
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of ThaneMcC
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep motor oil brown with copious tan head. Smells pleasantly of vanilla, wood, bourbon and cocoa. Tastes sweet toasted malts forward, vanilla, wood, bourbon and vanilla with a hint of smoke. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with mild effervescence preventing it from becoming syrupy. Slight tacky finish, probably better with aging but overall very good. . .

update: fresh by Feb2017 - perhaps my tastes have changed since the initial review. . . but this year's vintage is solid, a lot of bourbon notes in the smell and taste. Well balanced and a smooth, medium bodied stout - I wish it were a bit thicker - but overall - great oak bourbon stout

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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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Photo of cjgiant
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle corked best by Aug, 2016:
Pours a seemingly muddled dark brown, not quite black. Dark tan head rises nicely with a regular pour. Marshmallow cocoa foam head gathers around the edge of the glass.

Nose is vanilla, light sweet chocolate, hint of coconut and barely a trace of bourbon.

Taste is hot chocolate/cocoa and vanilla up font. Transition adds a little dark cherry - a hint of tart noticeable in some sips more than others. End actually has some chocolate sweetness hitting as the combination of light astringency and maybe woody hops combine to form a little leathery taste. Bourbon seems hidden early but comes out more with warmth.

Pretty thick and coating, fairly heavy body, maybe a tad too much carbonation (nitpicking). Actually ends up leaving my tongue a bit dry while my cheeks feel a light coating.

Maybe a tad sweet, but decently bitter in the end to compensate. Perhaps a little less dichotomy within the pour to blend the two parts would take this up a notch.

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Photo of ChrisP802
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pour - dark with a small white head
Smell - bourbon hits fast and hard, maybe roasted malt too
Taste - can definitely taste the bourbon, but it's not over powering. chocolate and maybe vanilla
Overall - nothing special here, but nothing to pass up if given the chance to try

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Photo of schoolboy
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I was shopping a Heinen's grocery store looking for Bottlehouse beers which they were supposed to start carrying. No bottlehouse, but I found one of these that looked like it should be well aged and had a best by date of 12/2015. Based on some other comments, I think that puts this one at more than half a year in the bottle - ready to drink but not over the hill (like some reviewers seem to have had).

It is all black and beautiful. The head is delicate and plentiful. Excellent. The aroma is boozy. On top of the booze is a sweet, pungent, hoppy malty smell, with just a hint of roastiness. Outstanding.

The taste keeps getting better as you sip. It's boozy and malty. The aftertaste is ... boozy. But that's fine. My lips are sticking together with sweet malty goodness. All the Bourbon barrel aging is totally assimilated.

This is a wonderful brew. I feel very fortunate to have found it earlier today, perfectly aged. I contemplated aging it further, but being two months from the best by date and considering the reviewers who had what seemed to be over the hill bottles, I thought now is the best time. It's great and I deserve it.

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Photo of NickyDee21
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark Hollow Artisanal Ale from Blue Mountain Brewery
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