Dark Hollow Chocolate & Coffee Aged | Blue Mountain Brewery

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Dark Hollow Chocolate & Coffee AgedDark Hollow Chocolate & Coffee Aged

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Blue Mountain Brewery
Virginia, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Fall

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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 Riff
4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
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 hops202
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
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 Pencible
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured a totally opaque black with thick dark tan head.
S: It smelled like oak and fresh roasted coffee, with some bitter dark chocolate and vanilla.
T: It tasted like rich dark chocolate and fresh roasted coffee, with some oak and chili powder and vanilla and toasted coconut. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was fairly thick with a little smooth carbonation. Nice big body.
D: This was a great barrel aged stout. Complex and delicious scent and taste, with a great body. It had a smooth finish and well hidden alcohol, so it was easy to drink but worth sipping. Would probably age quite well, but is already fantastic fresh. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter. Cork stamped best by Jun 2014.
A: Pours an extremely dark black with 1/4 inch dark tan head. Good retention.
S: Chocolate malt, soft bourbon, mild boozy alcohol note, and dark roast coffee. Good depth and complexity to the aroma...very appealing.
T: Wonderfully crafted dark roast coffee with cream hits first, molasses, dark (and slightly bitter) chocolate, and a mildly boozy bourbon note rounds it out. With warming, dark dried fruit emerges. Extremely tasty!
M: Extremely smooth...silkly smooth. Soft and sweet. Slightly creamy feel. Medium body (lighter than ABV would suggest). Nice lingering and maturing on the palate.
D: ABV is extremely well hidden which makes this tasty brew quite drinkable. Coffee note is stronger than the bourbon and the amalgam of tastes works well. Sometimes I worry about things getting too jumbled...not the case here. Excellent coffee and cacao nib components.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black, with a finger of dark tan head. Leaves a little bit of lacing.

The initial aroma is nothing other than chocolate and roasted coffee beans. It moves to a mellow vanilla, oak and bourbon note, with a hint of burnt, roasted malts. Quite impressed with the aroma as the barrel doesn't overwhelm, is still very much there, but allows the chocolate and coffee to still play significant roles.

Again, lots of sweet cocoa notes and slightly bitter roasted coffee. The chocolate leaves a sweet linger. There's a hint of vanilla, and the charred wood and subtle bourbon-y notes are great.

The feel is good, and it's full bodied, but not as thick and chewy as a big stout like this could be. Minor flaw, really.

This drinks incredibly smooth, with no noticeably alcohol. I haven't had the normal Dark Hollow, but this is nothing short of an absolute treat!

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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 Broanoke
4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Black, not quite motor oil. Deepest brown on edges. Looks of a big stout.

S - Coffee. Cold coffee followed by bakers chocolate. If you really dig in there you get the oak barrel notes.

T - Again with the coffee dominating with some dark chocolate to accompany. Very delicious. You get some light bourbon flavors when you really seek them out. No presence of alcohol.

M - Medium.

O - I thought this would be a boozey mess, but was extremely surprised at how well the 10% is hidden. Mouth feel is only medium but that's not necessarily a bad thing either. Delicious coffee and chocolate notes, this has become one of my favorite stouts.

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Photo of cwguy5
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
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 hornsup
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Served in a cigar city snifter.
Best by date: may 201

Let me start by saying the Dark Hollow was a lot better than I had anticipated and this one delivers even more. Pours pitch black with a nice lacing and minimal head. The carbonation level is sufficient for me although some may like a little more. Tastes like tobacco, dark chocolate, licorice and a little bourbony alcohol on the back end. The mouthfeel was good, not overly satisfying though. The smell is what's the real winner. Just perfect balance of cocoa, bourbon, oak, and dirt (in a good way).

I love this stout, it was given to me as the last bottle from a local store and I'll forever be grateful.

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Photo of obywan59
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The cork was a bitch to get off. I had to resort to a pair of pliers to get it started. Then I was able to work it off the rest of the way using my thumb. Pretty measly pop when it finally went. The cork flew a full lfoot.

Pours a very dark brown with ruby edges into my oversized wine glass .A 2 finger brownish head rises above, leaving some sticky lacing for awhile before dissipating into a ring around the glass and a bit of swirling haze on the surface.

The aroma, not surprisingly, is of coffee and dark chocolate with a hint of bourbon and sweet malts.

The taste is rather sweet, but fairly tart as well, especially at first. Dark chocolate and coffee again. The bourbon is more pronounced here, with the addition of dark fruits and tart cherries. Some light bitterness in the end and a definite taste of alcohol,.

Medium thick bodied. Syrupy and fairly smooth with light carbonation and a nice burn from the alcohol.

This is a vesry enjoyable brew. More tart than what I am used to in this style, but it's well balanced. Even the alcohol, though it's noticable, is not over the top. A good winter warmer.

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Photo of Getalegup
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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 +5.5%
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 Greywulfken
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
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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Photo of Dope
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Best by June 2014.

A: Opens with barely the lightest hiss. Pours a very dark brown with a midsized light brown fluffy head. Head fades slowly, leaving substantial and almost solid lacing behind.

S: Lots of coffee and chocolate, that's for sure. Nice fresh roasted coffee. No sign of the bourbon.

T: Again, no sign of bourbon at all that I can pick up. Maybe the lightest hint of caramel and vanilla sweetening everything up? Very nice mixture of mellow chocolate and coffee up front regardless. No sharp flavors, just well-integrated and smooth. Like this beer has been aged for 5 years already. Flavors turn a touch bitter (barely) in the finish, lending more of an acrid coffee and bitter baker's chocolate taste instead. Maybe a little drying oak in the finish? Zero alcohol burn.

M: Low carbonation, fairly thick and VERY smooth.

O: Hmph, I was not expecting much with the mediocre reviews on this one. But damn, I was pleasantly surprised. Coffee and chocolate flavors are very tasty and super smooth, mellow and well-integrated. No real barrel presence which is a bummer but I feel there may be a slight bit of sweetness from the caramel/vanilla flavors that usually accompany bourbon. Beer is very sweet in general; not cloying but definitely a dessert beer. Smooth mouthfeel, silky flavors and no alcohol tastes leads to an incredibly drinkable 10% barrel-aged stout. Only thing I would have liked to have seen is a little more prominent roasted malt to add some complexity, and/or more bourbon character for the same reason. But make no mistake, this was very nice.

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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

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 KYGunner
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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 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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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 dbrauneis
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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 Beejay
4.07/5  rDev +1%
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 claspada
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an almost completly black with dark brown along the edges. There is a smallish tan head that dissipated rather quickl leaving a decent amount of lacing.

Aromas begin quite roasty and coffee forward. Dark roasted maltiness, espresso, dark bitter baker's chocolate. Some light oak and vanilla emerges as it warms.

The tastes follow the nose with lots of roasty dark espresso, dark chocolate bitterness and lesser baker's cocoa. The roast is quite intense and really masks most of the sweeter vanilla and bready sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. I expected a bit more chewiness in the finish but the roasted flavors really own the show.

Overall this was a pretty decent beer, the roast is a bit overbearing for my liking but I have definitely had roastier and less drinkable. Could use a bit more barrel induced flavors/sweetness to balance for my preference but worth a go if you come across it.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-Pours quite close to black. Minimal head. Light doesn't want to dive through this brew. Very light lace.

S-Coffee grounds and rich chocolate with hints of oak. The aroma could definitely use a bit more strength. The bittersweet (bitter coffee, sweet chocolate) nature of the aroma combined with the oak is nice however.

T-Very close to the nose. Coffee grounds, sweetened coffee, bitter and sweet chocolate notes and a kiss of oaky burn on the back. One must love coffee if they're going to agree with this one.

M-Rather thin for a beer like this. Could use more body. Flatter carbonation. Boozy tingle.

O/D-I personally enjoyed this beer a bunch. It has its low points but overall it is a neat beer.

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Photo of Chaney
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber, split with my wife, and poured into an Olde Hickory glass.

A: Poured black as night, but didn't appear that oil-like in terms of pouring viscosity. Slight mocha head that stuck around for a while.

S: Really not that potent... maybe so wet barley with a tinge of roast.

T: Some sweet, candy notes, not much bourbon, but quite good. The candy and barrel-aging washed over the potential "coffee ground" quality that I usually hate (ala. Bell's "Java Stout"). Really tasty.

M: Sweeter and more dessert-like than a lot of coffee brews on the market, a good bit of splotchy lacing, and milk chocolate staining of the palate.

O: Much more in the "Nestle's" realm in terms of chocolate than in the dark, bitter, Dagoba-esque one. Still, this was pretty tasty.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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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