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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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

many thanks to my beer club for this gem. what an interesting barrel aged stout. the pour is jet black, midnight, no light in at all. the head is about an inch tall and mocha colored. it fades fast but it easily rejuvenated with a swirl of the glass. it almost smells like it has chili peppers in it, anaheims or pablanos, vegetative and spicy. of course it also smells like a barrel aged stout, with super roasty dark bitter malts, cold drip coffee, and raw dark chocolate. the booze level is curiously absent from the smell. the flavor is also a little vegetable heavy, but not so much peppers anymore. its a funny flavor to have in a beer like this, I have no idea where it comes from, but it somehow doesn't seem out of place. some light vanilla notes, and the coffee is a lot more heavy than the chocolate. maybe a tad out of balance here, but the chocolate is raw and unsweetened, really nice bitterness it adds to the finish, and is the last flavor to be left on the tongue after the swallow. nice mouthfeel, mellow but adequate carbonation and a full body that retains some runny element. dangerously drinkable as the alcohol doesn't really come out very intensely. overall an exceptional beer, in need of a tiny bit of fine tuning, but easily the best thing ive had out of the state of Virginia!

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of brentk56
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
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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3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
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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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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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2.75/5  rDev -31.8%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rifugium
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First had: bottle purchased from Blue Mountain, Afton, VA

Took a couple of these babies back to the lodge after visiting the brewery. Served in a Blue Mountain barrel glass, solid black pour, with a large, lasting cap of mocha head, slight streaky lacing. Rich, roasty aroma, dark malts, dark chocolate, coffee, charred wood. Coffee was smooth on the palate, good melding of roast and sweetness in the malts, dark chocolate, nice barrel profile, though I didn't pick up too much bourbon, maybe just a subtle hint. Body wasn't quite full, but the mouthfeel was smooth and pleasant, with the higher alcohol level well-hidden. Very nice brew overall. Not a mind-blower, but still a good quality stout.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smithj4
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of dcmchew
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of vfgccp
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark cola with deep brown highlights. Light khaki head with par retention and retention.

S - Super roasty. Dry grains, fresh wood, light raisin, vanilla, soft bourbon, dry cocoa, red wine.

T - Wow, awesome integration and super smooth. Think milkshake meets chocolate stout. Chocolate, vanilla, cake batter, cream, molasses, caramel, butterscotch, bitter cocoa. Soft oak backdrop

M - Smooth, medium body to style.

O - The flavor profile is net sweet, but is still fantastic. Great drinkability at 10%.

P - Pairs excellent with Mallomars; the bitter cocoa and sweet marshmallow is a match made in heaven.

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

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Dark Hollow Chocolate & Coffee Aged from Blue Mountain Brewery
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