Sunday, April 21, 2013

I wasn't wild about Blue Mountain Brewery's Dark Hollow Bourbon Barrel Stout the first time I tried it. But I've had it recommended several times since, and allowing for changing taste and batch variations, I decided to try it again. I liked it more this time, but it still won't quite join the list of my favorite bourbon barrel stouts just yet. The bourbon/vanilla is strong in the aroma, more so than my review from last year mentions. There's a richer and more inviting flavor than I remember, too. Dark chocolate and coffee notes are background qualities, with the oak/bourbon/vanilla right in the foreground and strong in the finish. This stuff is tastier than I remember, and the big bottle went down pretty easily. Given the 10% ABV, that drinkability isn't necessarily your friend.