Dark Hollow Chocolate & Coffee Aged | Blue Mountain Brewery

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Dark Hollow Chocolate & Coffee AgedDark Hollow Chocolate & Coffee Aged
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by EgadBananas on 11-27-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
253
Reviews:
45
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
10.42%
 
 
Wants:
26
Gots:
61
For Trade:
3
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Reviews by rapidsequence:
Photo of rapidsequence
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml corked bottle, $12 from Ned's.

Appearance: Dark brown as its poured, but sits completely black and opaque in the glass. Medium brown head retains OK, but quite a bit of nice lacing.

Smell: Sweet with chocolate, almost like a cupcake. NIce cold coffee aroma, not too bitter. Bourbon barely there.

Taste: Very good, balanced flavor. Sweet and bitter. Chocolate and coffee upfront. Not a huge, chewy malt flavor, but good. Some bitterness and bourbon flavor in the end-- much more bourbon taste than flavor.

Mouthfeel: Honestly its a little on the thin side. I think that ups the ability to drink it fast, which isn't good.

Overall: Its quite a good imperial coffee stout, and I may buy it again to share with out of towners, but its not as good as either Wake n Bake or KBS, both of wich are cheaper. The packaging is nice, but I'd rather have a cheaper bottle and cheaper beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of n2185
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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 TheBrewViking
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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

Bottle:
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 Lgrec8
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of bpfrush
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of williamjbauer
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of valkyre65
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of ste5venla
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of nhirsch04
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of mrbigpappa
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of whatname
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of StephRai
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of woodchip
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of CassinoNorth
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
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 tabascosigned
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.04/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body. A few wisps on the surface. Chunky collar.

Smell - Raw coffee flavor. Very green and almost peppery. Chocolate. But coffee is dominant.

Taste - Extremely sharp coffee flavor. Same raw, green coffee. Still tastes like green peppers. I don't get much barrel out of this. Some chocolate though.

Mouthfeel - Medium high carbonation. Rough bitter coffee finish.

Overall - Eh. Very average and too much coffee. I have a regular version of this and I hope it doesn't have this offensive coffee flavor.

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Photo of Lugenbeast
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of TwistofKane
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Lanstrum
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of JoeyDubs
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bum732
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
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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