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RATINGS: 371   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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
thomashall (179) - 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!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RobertDale (3781) - 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 it’s own against most anything. Didn’t notice the 13%.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Clownoisseur (284) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - JAN 20, 2015
750ml wide mouth growler from the brewery poured into a snifter glass. Pours dark brown, near black with a pillowy mocha head that recedes to a rind around the glass with spotty lacing. Nice legs up the glass with bronze hues persisting. Bold aromas of sweet bourbon, oak, chocolate, roasted malts, nuts earth and some char. Taste follows the nose with nice chocolate and coffee interplay. The nice bittersweet forefront melts into some big roasted notes, char, toast, walnut....hints of caramel and dark fruit across the middle as well. Finish is bitter coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, oak and a warming bourbon heat. Nothing too abrasive and certainly well hidden alcohol for it’s weight. Really nice beer, glad to have tried it!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rxeight (1573) - Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2015
Fresh growler, filled 6 days ago. Thanks Matthew. Lots of bourbon aroma as soon as I opened. Black pour, rather flat but retained a mocha ring. Aroma is remarkably similar to BC barleywine. Taste had a lot of dark roast, warming caramel bourbon. Seems stronger than 12%. Pretty damn good stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (7155) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2014
On tap at the brewpub. Pours black with a bubbly dark brown head that dissipates quickly to the edges and laces slightly. Aroma has a combination of bourbon and dark grains with a bit of roasted malts and chocolate underlying. Flavor combines chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and dark grains and some roasted malts.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (3912) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 16, 2014
(backlog) RBSG ’11 GT Growler. Black pour, no head, left but this was left to warm and open up by the time I had some. Sweet, chocolate, candy, licorice, bourbon and oak aromas. Flavors are sweet, dry chocolate, oak and bourbon tones.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
_angst_ (3150) - 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 (4113) - 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 (11693) - Göteborg, 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 (932) - 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.


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