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Barley Johns The Dark Knight (Returns)

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RATINGS: 365   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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The Dark Knight - For those not yet familiar, the Dark Knight (yes, it is a Batman reference) is our double fermented Old 8 porter, aged in a bourbon barrel for 6 months. Double fermented refers to a second "feeding" of various sugars to increase the alcohol content as well as bolster the flavor. Chocolate, coffee, charcoal and bourbon, familiar notes from the previous batch return in this years incarnation of the DK. Served in a 5 oz pour, the bourbon note from this tap is very prominent as it is a first time use of a Jim Beam barrel.

The Dark Knight Returns - The same profile as the Dark Knight, however, since this is a second time usage of the barrel, the bourbon note is less prominent and the beer as a result is more rounded and balanced.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
_angst_ (2371) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2013 Growler courtesy of rlgk. Pours black hole black with a rather small frothy dark mocha head that quickly dissipates without leaving much trace on the glass. Smell is sweet, salty and malty with heavily roasted malts, quality liquorice candy, high quality dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, bourbon, brandy, cherries in brandy, raisins, prunes, plums in brandy, moist soil, alcohol, caramel and burnt cookies. Taste is sweet, bitter, salty and tiny sour with roasted malts, dark roast coffee, bitter chocolate, bourbon, prunes, raisins in rum, cherries in brandy, alcohol, salty liquorice candy, charred wood, vanilla fudge, roasted coconut and moist soil. Mouthfeel is round, creamy, tiny roasted tart and near full bodied. Finish is tiny sweet and bitter with roasted malts, bourbon, charred wood, dark roast coffee, coconut milk, bitter chocolate and burnt caramel. Very nice beer which luckily enough has fared well in its growler.

2 hours after opening this the growler pretty much was an oxidized mess reminiscent of cheap red wine. I’m very happy we got to try this in good shape. Just a minor leak would have ruined this completely.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tkrjukoff (3898) - SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2013
2 l growler. Pours pitch black with a small tanned head. Aroma is fruity molassis malty bready dark fruity. Flavor is as aroma with a balanced touch of all parts; drnkable

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rlgk (9492) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2013
Bottle at "Darkness comes to town", 131116. Pitch black beer with a decent beige head. Roasted malt aroma, chocolate, cocoa, vinous, nuts, caramel, licorice, raisins, figs, nutcreme, woody, vanilla, tar notes, fruity, dades. Roasted caramel flavor, raisins, chocolate, cocoa powder, figs, raisins. Hugely drinkable and full of flavors. Roasted caramel finish with figs, hay, raisins and chocolate.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
orangesol (616) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2013
Thanks to foofaa for sharing this growler with all of us. The Dark Knight Returns, reviewed from notes.

A - Pours pitch black with a nice one finger tall tan head, dissipating down to a light film, leaving spotty streaks of lace down the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of warm bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate, molasses, toffee and caramel sweetness, oak and some dark roasted malt. Very well balanced all things considered, a truly lovely nose.

T - Starts off with the warm bourbon quickly giving way to a nice mix of sweetness; mainly chocolate, vanilla, molasses, toffee and caramel; oak and dark roasted malt. Finish is sweet with some dark roast and a mild booze burn, lingering long after the finish. Much like the nose it is really well balanced.

M - Big body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, roasty feel with a nice shot of warming bourbon at the end of each sip.

O - I really loved this one. As some of the other reviews have said it kind of smells and tastes like Bourbon County. It has everything I love in a bourbon barrel stout and yet it remains quite drinkable. I would love to have this one again in the future.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
jmagnus87 (2220) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Growler sampled at RBSG. From notes. Bourbon, dark fermented fruits, chocolate and rasisns. Holy crap batman, this stuff rocks!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheHOFF43 (1674) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - AUG 21, 2013
Growler at RBSG from Kbutler, thanks man! Pour is very dark black with a decent beige head. Tons of chocolate, decently boozy but in a good way. Lots of caramel on the nose to mix with the chocolate. Fantastic.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bacterial (1205) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Growler shared at RBSG - thanks!! Dark black pour with a slight tan head. Chocolate and boozy nose. Big chocolate and bourbon vanilla and caramel. Excellent.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (13369) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2013
14th October 2011
Opaque black beer, small chocolate - tan head. Smooth palate, semi dry. Low carbonation. Aniseed boozy dark malt. Mild coffee and vanilla. Dark chocolate. A little plummy fruit underneath. Dry finish with more aniseed alcohol. Heady stuff but tasty!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cards04 (1459) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 4, 2013
On tap at Barley Johns. So excited to finally try this! Pours black with no head. Aromas are massive bourbon, then vanilla, dried fruit, and grapes. Flavours are bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, cherries, raisins, and some vinous qualities. Lots of warmth from the bourbon. More carbonated than I thought it would be. Great!!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nsquishee (570) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Dark Knight Returns on tap @ Barley Johns (12/22/2012)- Nice chocolate, coffee, oak, and bourbon aroma. Pours an ominous dark brown color and is barely carbonated with a mocha-colored head. Flavors of coffee, chocolate, toffee, and dark barley malts. Not as thick as I would have imagined, but a very awesome sipper.


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