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Barley Johns The Dark Knight (Returns)

Serve in Shaker, Snifter


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RATINGS: 388   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.13/5   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AWISLguy (2589) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 1, 2016
On tap at Ray’s in Tosa. Talk about a white whale!! Black pour, no head. Aroma has bakers chocolate, vanilla, caramel, light anise. Smooth and strong. The barrel kicks in harder down through the glass. Taste is big vanilla, dark chocolate, caramel, some ash, some licorice. The vanilla/caramel trumps all down the glass. Somewhat alcoholly, the blend is solid, if a touch rough. solidly carbonated. Full bodied. Finishes well blended between bitter and sweet. Time to warm, or a bottle to age (or it turns out -- a CAN to age, as the Barley John rep says they will be releasing in cans in the fall), and this could be excellent. As it is, "just" very good. 16.8

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
csaso (2119) - Missouri, USA - APR 13, 2016
Tap, "Returns" - not much head, pitch black color, big alcohol aroma, sweet and roasty malt flavor, some woody notes come through from the barrels, some complexity in there, good overall ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
djd07 (10520) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 2, 2016
Growler, huge thanks to Jack for this! Pours black with small beige head thst diminishes to nothing. The aroma is strong roasted malt, cracker, chocolate, wood, bourbon. Thick mouth, chewy, bourbon, roast, dark chocolate, lingering sweetness, really enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (18706) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2016
Growler shared during RBWG - many thanks to jackl. Pours deep black-brown with a creamy beige head. Big dark malt nose, some cocoa, scorched earth, raisins, burnt caramel. Medium to heavy sweet flavor with rich dark chocolate, some gooey dark fruits, raisins, plums, figs, mild scorched earth bitterness, full bodied, oily and lightly chewy, with fine carbonation. Warming finish, plenty of luxurious chocolate, further rich dark fruits, mild balancing bitterness. Great stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JulienHuxley (5640) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 2, 2016
Sample from a Growler. Black pour with thin white head. Aroma is rich and malty, molasses, light roast. Taste is rich, caramel chocolate flavor, sweet with light bitterness. Palate is full bodied, warming alcohol. Quite tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VsXsV (3967) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 2, 2016
Growler shared at hotel lobby fart share @ RBWG 2016. Opaque black liquid with small light tan head. Aroma of raw sugar, licorice, raisins, bourbon, chocolate and light coffee. Taste is light to medium sweet and light bitter with notes of raw sugar, raisins, bourbon and chocolate. Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Nice, but not a 100/100 beer. Bit too boozy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Art (3150) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2016
750ml wide mouth growler. Unfortunately seems flat. Pours a dark brown black with a slight light brown head that dissipated nearly immediately. Aromas of candied dark fruits, tobacco, chocolate, ash/charcoal. Vanilla, caramel. Pretty darn complex beer. Taste is fairly rounded out but with a bit of an alcohol burn to it. Beer has a bunch of depth to it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackl (7069) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2015
Keg @ Barley Johns. Deep brown with a tiny tan head. Nose is very rich. Huge accents of dark chocolate. Sweet bourbon. Vanilla and some woody, boozy character. Ashy. Flavor is fat, outsized, but somehow pretty balanced. Rocky road fudge offset by toasty wood. Mild dark fruit skin. Very oily and thick. Fun, luxurious stuff.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nsanders (1015) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 3, 2015
Tap at brew pub. Black with a clingy light brown head. Chocolate, caramel, salt, a little charred wood, vanilla, ashy and graham cracker. Salted caramel sweetness with a ashy dryness. Heavier body with a creamy feel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pushkinwow (2627) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 6, 2015
Growler from thomashall, shared with Lubiere and "little" Matt. Dark brown with a mocha ring. Vanilla bean, charred oak, bourbon, bittersweet chocolate, some almost burnt toffee. Moderate carbonation, full body, boozy, figs with some balsamic reduction, sweet, yummy, enjoyable but in smaller quantities.

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