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Barley Johns The Dark Knight (Returns)

Serve in Shaker, Snifter


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RATINGS: 379   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pushkinwow (2341) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aniela (4195) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 2, 2015
Bottle. Black beer with an beige head. Roasted malt chocolate nutty licorice caramell woody vanilla aroma. Roasted caramel chocolate dark fruits licorice vanilla flavour. Lovely beer with well balanced flavour and aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (11583) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 23, 2015
A deep dark imperial stout with a thin dark brown head, viscous. In aroma, intense bitter chocolate with coffee grind, intense alcohol warmth and musty character. In mouth, beautiful sweet mochaccino, vanilla, Nutella, bourbon barrel, loads of alcohol, very nice. Mini growler from the brewery, shared with Matt and Puhskinwow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
50belair (3083) - Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2015
Growler generously shared by Hopscotch. Dark brown pour with brown head. Nice lacing. Lots of chocolate in the nose. Sweet with loads of caramel and chocolate highlights. Nice bourbon, vanilla, and oak lowlights. Good body and mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
bytemesis (5164) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 2, 2015
Dark Knight mini growler thanks to TheHoff - mega beer karma points for this one! Pours a dark black with a nice but small creamy brown head that dissipates fairly slowly leaving good lacing. Aroma has lots of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, some coconut and dark dried things (raisins and figs, mostly). Flavor is quite sweet and light bitter -- Homerís booze soaked candy bar isnít far off here -- lots of vanilla and bourbon notes with out a lot of accompanying astringency, which is nice. Body is perhaps a little light, the only real "drawback" of this really really tasty beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
barn0216 (532) - California, USA - FEB 1, 2015
Black, no foam. Sweet raisin, fig, molasses aroma. Dark, roast, chocolate, fig, love the flavor. Has a flat syrup quality but definitely a winner.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
biggsbowler (569) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2015
Growler - pours dark black with slight tan head. Nice rich chocolate nose with a slight roast. Creamy, fudgy chocolate taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Homer321 (2974) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2015
mini-Growler thanks to TheHoff43, as Dark Knight. Nose is a bourbon soaked chocolate treat. light vanilla and a ton of sugar in the aroma as well. Taste is decadent, like a booze soaked candy bar. There seems to be a delightful milky, lactose sort of taste to the beer as well, but it is never cloying. There is a moderate to strong chest warming alcohol presence, but it never seems hot. A light cinnamon type of flavor as well, but I think that comes from the Jim Beam, or maybe itís just in my head. This is real good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
thomashall (366) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - JAN 24, 2015
Tap at brewery. Pours dark black with minimal head. Strong bourbon smell with a little chocolate and malt. Taste similar with a little wood and very slight vanilla. Really well balanced and delicious!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RobertDale (4543) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JAN 23, 2015
32 ounce growler. Pours black with a decent khaki head. Nice lacing. Aroma of malt, bourbon, and chocolate. Taste is roasted malt, bourbon, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and wood. Very enjoyable, would hold itís own against most anything. Didnít notice the 13%.

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