Dark Hollow Chocolate & Coffee Aged
Blue Mountain Brewery

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,755
Ranked #5,483
4.04 | pDev: 10.4%
Blue Mountain Brewery
Virginia, United States
Dark Hollow Chocolate & Coffee AgedDark Hollow Chocolate & Coffee Aged
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Reviews: 48 | Ratings: 266
Photo of avalon07
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown / black color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, tan-colored head that lasted a below average amount of time. OK lacing.

S: A very good aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, hops, and bourbon.

T: Tasted of a small amount of hops (mostly in the finish), a mild bourbon flavor, lots of chocolate, light bitter coffee (not quite so noticeable), some roasted malt, and light vanilla. This is a very solid flavor that gets better as you go along. Much heavier on the chocolate than anything else, but this works. Quite tasty.

F: A decent amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A well made and easy to drink stout. Interesting and drinkable.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with one-finger head that sticks around a while and has mostly a dark cocoa aroma but there are hints of coffee as well. Strong, dry, hints of booziness in a fuller chocolate body that is sweet and then cut off by the rush of coffee notes and finishes dry, coffee-ish and boozy.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a medium thick, maybe a tad towards the thicker side. Nice growth of a brown mocha head that ends up looking like hot chocolate foam very thick around the edges. Lacing is in brown sheets in spots, more curtain-like in others.

Nose is a strong coffee aroma. It comes on a little bitter up front, the raw cacao note maybe hitting first before an undercurrent of semi-sweet chocolate. In some whiffs that second note comes as a less sweet chocolate with some marshmallow. On the down side, there's really not much from the bourbon barrel.

A heavy-medium feel with a bold flavor profile. Like the nose, the bitter roasted coffee grabs the most attention. My initial sips actually gave me some green pepper bitterness (first sip actually had a tiny bite, but I didn't get it again) as well. The opening is a bit of barely sweetened dark chocolate. This transforms to the cacao-specific notes before the coffee joins the party. The bitter cacao seems to join with the coffee to create a very dark, bitter roast coffee. There's a little bit of carbonation to keep it from being full creamy in the end - but there is a creamy nature near the end of the feel.

Maybe just a tad on the bitter side, and the barrel is not an evident flavor or scent. If I really try, I can think about how it might be supporting the other flavors (maybe vanilla adding some sweetness?), and maybe in the lingering aftertaste a little wooden oakenness. Overall, I really enjoyed it, but if you are looking for a decent bourbon character, this might not be the beer to grab.

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Photo of Riff
4.54/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark solid black with about a finger of light brown head. Dissipates almost away, just a tiny amount of lacing about the side of the glass. Smells of coffee, vanilla, and mildly of bourbon. Taste is coffee up front, smooth and not bitter coffee, fades into chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon flavors. No strong alcohol flavor to it. Nice feel to it, a little thicker than regular Dark Hollow, smooth. Leaves a pleasant, slightly sweet, chocolate and bourbon flavor behind on the tongue. Overall it's a good, solid stout.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic chocolate and coffee flavor with nice notes of barrel and bourbon. This is very thin though. The thinness doesn't take away from just how delicious this is and with it's price point it's a huge winner.

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Photo of VABA
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-Pours a very dark color with a generous head and lacing
A-Aroma has coffee, chocolate and caramel hints
T-Taste follows the nose with coffe, chocolate and caramel flavors
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A good Stout

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Photo of Getalegup
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lots of chocolate smell and flavor, good coffee smell, tastes like cold brew coffee was used, not bitter, bourbon barrel smell and flavor from start to finish.

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Photo of DCLAguy11
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really impressed that I could actually taste the chocolate in this compared to similar styles I've had in the past. The coffee is nice and clean without being overly bitter. Really nice balanced beer.

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Photo of TheBrewViking
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Appearance is black with short tan head that fades pretty quick.

Smells of bourbon, chocolate, cherry, coffee, and molasses.

Taste is coffee first and not just coffee but really good coffee, the way they infused the coffee in this is amongst the best coffee beers I have tasted. after the coffee comes the bourbon followed by dark chocolate and molasses with a hint of cherry and dark fruits.

mouthfeel is full and coating the tongue with good carbonation for the style.

overall this beer was fantastic. my father-in-law brought this over and I decided to pull out a KBS and put this side by side. This beer was hands down the winner, this beer is under rated in my opinion. I hope I can get some more of this in the future.

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Photo of hops202
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into Stone snifter.

Great look upon first poor. Jet black with some caramel head and lacing that sticks around for a little while. Aroma is coffee/chocolate dominant with some roastiness, a little vanilla as well but i cannot pick up any bourbon. Taste is quite delicious - there is some dark chocolate bitterness and 70 IBU that is quite well masked but present towards the aftertaste. Great beer but I think the regular bourbon barrel aged version might be better. This release leans more towards the dessert beer and the chocolate and coffee seem to overpower the quality of the original brew.

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Photo of Suds
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very dark, incredibly intense black beer. The head is blown, towering, and solid. It is a beautiful brew. The smell is of dark chocolate, espresso, and booze. Not much malt gets through the other scents, but it is still a striking aroma. The taste is a little more acrid than I expected, with a bit of dryness and a lot of alcohol warming. Nice, but it could have been better. Very thick and full in body.

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Photo of brentk56
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color capped by an inch of tan foam; the bubbles fade quickly but leave some dots and squiggles behind

Smell: Chocolate prevails, with coffee, vanilla and roasty notes underneath; there is just the slightest hint of Bourbon

Taste: Chocolate dominates the front end, growing slightly minty by mid-palate, with a trace of mint lingering into the aftertaste; in the middle, however, the coffee comes on strong and, when combined with the vanilla and roasty notes in the malt, brings a somewhat acrid, bitter flavor to the finish; the hint of Bourbon in the aroma also appears in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: The Bourbon is not prominently noted on the label and it certainly is not a prominent influence on the beer; between a Bourbon-dominated beer and one that has subtle influences, I prefer the subtle but this beer would benefit from the Bourbon being a bit more than a hint; still, this is a pretty good beer, even though the coffee is a bit too acrid in the finish

Thanks, Dave_Treat, for the opportunity

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Photo of BirdsandHops
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours black with two fingers of tan head that fades into a frothy ring with a little lacing.

S: Fresh roasted coffee up front with creamy vanilla and cocoa following. Light bourbon and oak aromas bring up the finish.

T: Roasted malts here with semi-sweet chocolate and robust coffee flavors following. There is an underlying vanilla sweetness with some bitter char accompanying. Oak and light bourbon bring up the finish with a slight alcohol warmth.

M: Medium-thick body with medium carbonation, this beer is surprisingly drinkable for a big stout. I'd like a little thicker and creamier body, though.

O: A pretty good beer, overall. I wish the bourbon were just a little more present and the body a little thicker, but those are just nitpicks.

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Photo of argock
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml brown corked and caged bottle into a clear glass snifter. Best by July 2014 on the cork. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Gorgeous stark black body with 1-finger dark beige head with good retention leaving a soft cap of foam and even some spotty lacing which is amazing for a 10% beer.

S: Bourbon and alcohol are the most prominent aromas with coffee, bitter baker's dark chocolate, and medium crystal malt raisin and date with a hefty amount of roast. A bit harsh on the alcohol side.

T: The flavor is good but is done in by the strength of the coffee in the finish which makes it a little too bitter when thrown on top of the bitter dark chocolate, slightly acrid roast, and high IBU bitterness. There is no hops flavor per se but the bitterness of this brew is a bit much and it catches up to you, which also brings a slightly vinous, grapey, mildly sour and astringent flavor to the finish which doesn't leave the best aftertaste. While this beer has some light to moderate crystal malt sweetness, it is not enough to counter the bitterness. The dark fruitiness in the aroma is lost behind the strong coffee and dark chocolate. There is some light vanilla in the aftertaste along with bourbon burps.

M: Too thin and I think more heft would help to temper the bitterness. Carbonation is on the money though. Reasonably dry but this beer isn't really supposed to be.

O: I think this beer could be improved, but I think the base beer will need to be altered with more medium and high lovibond crystal malts and less black malt. Another approach would be to decrease the coffee exposure time and sweeten the chocolate character somewhat. It just comes off as a harsh beer, even when warmed beyond 60F. I like BMB's beers, and this one needs some toning down and softening.

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Photo of cwguy5
4.39/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured jet black with cinnamon head that faded quickly. aroma of chocolate, coffee, caramel, brown sugar. really nice combonation and proportion of flavors. choc and coffee share equal billing up front with the barrel providing some caramel and vanilla richness to round it out. mouthfeel was a bit thin but not distracting. delicious mocha linger.

thought this one was fantastic. some might want more barrel but i thought it was perfect amount.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Settles in the glass with a black body and a foamy tan head.

S- Roasted malts, a slight hint if sweet bourbon, hints of vanilla and oak.

T- Roasted malts come through the most, with a sweet bourbon presence coming through as well. Coffee comes through towards the end and lingers to the finish.

M- Smooth, full bodied, medium carbonation, some fizz to it.

O- Pretty good flavors, but not huge on flavor. An improvement on the original though.

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Photo of Beejay
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Remember remember the 5th of November! Guy Fawkes day, and election day.. seems like an appropriate time to open a big beer.

A: Barely a pop when the cork came out. Black with a slight amount of dark tan head.

S: Oh that is fantastic. The aroma is graceful, rich, and complex. Dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, and bourbon notes. The smell of freshly brewed espresso lingers faintly in the nose, while the chocolate and oak dominate.

T: Coffee and chocolate intermingle with the charred oak flavor from the barrel. The imperial stout comes through bringing with it hints of vanilla, and brown sugar, possibly the crust of a creme brulee. The finish is all coffee.

M: A little more thin than I would like, but still medium bodied. The carbonation is a tad low for me as well. There is a nice luxurious creamy feel to it, which I rather enjoy. The finish has a lingering bitterness that is reminiscent of the bite from dark chocolate.

O: Overall very tasty, and just what I was in the mood for. However in comparison to similar styles beers, this one doesn't break mold. While it is incredibly delicious, it just isn't quite world class...

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Photo of CassinoNorth
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle from Hoptimus-Prime from the Summer School BIF! Poured into my BCBS snifter on Barrel Aged Day 2013

Appearance: Very typical of an imperial stout, jet black with a small mocha head that dissipates rather quickly to a thin head. Small amounts of lacing are left on the glass.

Nose: Surprising light amount of bourbon. Guess I'm just used to bigger BBA stouts because this one doesn't kill it on the nose.

Taste: Nice toasty oak and vanilla hints with a bourbon wrapping around them. Slight coffee and chocolate but not as prevalent as I was expecting. So very drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Certainly a bit thin for a BBA Stout

Overall: Something if you can grab off the shelf, I would. Akin to KBS and maybe a touch more drinkable. I have no issues finishing this bomber, as with KBS a 12 oz serving is plenty. If you see it, buy it.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque but clear jet black in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the surface of the beer and some dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy dark mocha head that slowly reduces to a half finger thick creamy layer covering the entire surface of the beer. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of darkly roasted coffee, cocoa, and lightly roasted malts.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of lightly roasted malts with strong flavors of darkly roasted coffee (like an Italian roast or espresso) and cocoa + bittersweet chocolate. There are moderate flavors of charred oak, bourbon, and vanilla towards the finish with just a hint of alcohol in the finish.

M: A little bit heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Not an amazing barrel aged coffee stout but better than I had expected (I have not been blown away by any beers from this brewery though almost all of them are solid). I wanted a little more from the combination of bourbon barrel, chocolate, coffee, and stout - there just was not enough complexity and subtly to the flavors/aromas of this beer.

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Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml cork & caged bottle poured into a Chimay goblet.

AP: Near black colour with a 3/4" chocolate mousse coloured head. Good lacing on the sides of the glass, seems thick and sticky. Head fizzles down to a thick dusting across the surface.
AR: (Milk) Chocolate mostly with only hints of coffee and Bourbon/oak. Not even much roast on this, but some black bread aroma. I'm going to let this warm for the entire length of XTC's Dear God and see if the aromas perk up a bit more.
Pretty much the same. Was hoping for more coffee, Bourbon and vanilla in the nose. I hope they're more lively in the taste. Decent nose, but not as good as I was anticipating.
T: Phew! The flavour is much better than the nose indicates. The (roasted) coffee is one of the first flavours I discern and has a bit of bitterness to it. The chocolate is still there as are dark fruits (raisin, dates, figs), molasses, black bread pudding and a hint of boozy buttery Bourbon near the finish, though not too boozy to throw the harmony of flavours out of sorts. The taste is very enjoyable.
M: Creamy on the palate, low carbonation, a shade thin for a 10% Imperial Stout, but fairly smooth texture.
OV: The flavours make up for the lack of assertive aromas and for the body that's not as chewy as you might expect. It's a solid Stout with good flavours and one that I would have again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.12/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Served in a wedding snifter.

I remember thoroughly enjoying the normal Dark Hollow, so the addition of chocolate and coffee sounds like a great idea to me. This stuff pours a very dark black-brown topped by a half-finger of off-khaki foam. The nose comprises cocoa, coffee, an what seems like a vague hint of roasted malts way in the background. The taste sorta brings in more of the same, but the aforementioned notes are relegated to the very back of the bus whilst the front and middle seats are populated by sour-ish red grape, berry, and mild blood. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, this beer didn't do it for me. It smells great, but either there's an infection here or the beer just wasn't made all that well, 'cause it tastes pretty bad and comes off as a bit too thin for its own good.

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Photo of Florida9
3.69/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thin black in color. Dark brown or cola like firms a thin, dark colored head. Good retention on what it is there. Light lacing. Aroma is chocolate, cocoa and a cheap-woodsy coffee note. Taste is thin for the style. Lots of coffee. Unfortunately it's cheap acidic thin coffee. Dry bakers chocolate. Dark malts. And then there is a slight sourness. Possibly infected? Thin for the style. Lightly acidic. Slightly chalky. Mild bitterness. Meh, not the greatest beer.

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Photo of bum732
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

S: Potent mocha, with milk chocolate and roasty coffee.

L: Viscous, dark black, dark tan head that dissipates slightly.

T: Rich, chocolate-like malt with a mocha like sweetness. Medium low earthy bitterness with some warming bourbon following. Lots of chocolate sweetness fading to a coffee roastiness into the finish. Finishes fairly sweet with residual coffee.

M: Medium full body, medium low carbonation. Alcohol warming.

Pretty solid, really enjoyed the flavors, all worked well. Only critique is that the flavors weren't up to par with Speedway stout and other similar stouts.

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Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into snifter, best before May 2013 stamped on the cork. Pours fairly pitch black color with a small dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of milk chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, cocoa, bourbon, oak, vanilla, toast, toffee, light clove, raisin, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted notes with chocolate, coffee, and barrel character; and good strength. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, vanilla, toast, oak, bourbon, light char, raisin, toffee, light clove, and roasted earthiness. Slight coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, toast, toffee, bourbon, oak, raisin, brown sugar, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee flavor with moderate fruitiness; with a balanced barrel presence and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy and slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good barrel aged stout. Nice balance and complexity of chocolate, coffee, roast, and barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the gravity. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: into a large snifter, pitch black body, finger of dark foam; left sparse lace sprinkle behind

S: roasted chocolate, roasted dark coffee beans, whiskeyed wood

T: brings all the impressions from the nose in, and adss bittersweet dark chocolate, cold espresso, a suggestion of something cleaner, perhaps anise; currents of woods and whiskey barrels overlay the deeper flavors

M: smooth, mellow, slightly coating, vaporous over the tongue

O: Having enjoyed their base Dark Hollow stout, I found this to be very enjoyable - adding chocolate/coffee and bourbon barrel aging a stout is almost a guaranteed way to create a more complex and rewarding drink. No reason not to grab a bottle if you like the style and flavorings.

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