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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4.02/5
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261 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#4,465
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
261
pDev:
10.45%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
26
Gots:
65
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 261 |  Reviews: 47
Photo of Reverend-Nolan
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of avalon07
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Jason_cs
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ThreeBeersWalkedIn
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JDizzle
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1971bernat
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -3%
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 teamwiggum
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dougwillhike
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of billab914
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beerrat
4.73/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cjgiant
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
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 brocktune
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Riff
4.54/5  rDev +12.9%
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 RBorsato
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of madelf66
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Nichols33
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sgbrown78
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of illeagle05
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Craftbeerrevolution
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 2005wendyrika
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dcusson
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Halluxone
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Dark Hollow Chocolate & Coffee Aged from Blue Mountain Brewery
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 261 ratings