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RATINGS: 366   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2012
Basically this is the best porter I’ve ever had. If I didn’t know any better this could be a stout. But whatever you want to say it is, it’s fantastic and I was begging for more each time my glass was empty. Full of bourbon and vanilla. Roasty, brown sugar, and chocolate sit in the background but damn the bourbon and vanilla are the kings here. Lovely stuff and will be making my top 10 for the year no doubt.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hrking (140) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JAN 20, 2012
This is a great beer with just the right amount or bourbon shining through. Pours an expected dark almost stout like consistency with a slight tan head. Goes down nice with the bourbon and barrel flavor throwing in a nice lingering on the tongue. Maybe just a hint of coffee flavor but not overly upfront and subdued in the background just enough to accent the overall enjoyment of this great beer. Expensive growler but worth the effort! Recommend if you ever get the chance!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5582) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Growler from ben. Thanks! Big bourbon nose huge alcohol vanilla, chocolate, dark fruit. Wow its hot. Black pour no head nice legs. Chocolate bourbon more bourbon more bourbon roast, dark fruit, alcohol, fussed, fumes, gas, nice flavors roast comes through is tasty just way too hot.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Glouglouburp (5944) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 16, 2011
In short: A brutal, immensely bourbony, very sweet., boozy and roasted black beer. Oh well… it is what it is
How: Fresh growler, split three-way. Growler sent to me by tytoanderso, thanks a lot Tyler
The look: Black body topped by a beige ring of foam
In long: The strong nose is an explosion of bourbon barrels and alcohol fumes, not much else going on in the aroma, a wet-dream for the bourbon barrel aged beer lover, which I am not Taste is a slap in the mouth. Lots of residual sugars, lots of booze, lots of bourbon, burnt cacao powder, burnt oat, some coconut, notes of black pepper, light vinous notes. As thick as a beer can be but surprisingly relatively well carbonated for a 13% BA monster. Alcohol is not well hidden at all, ratebeer says it is 13% but I suspect this 2011 batch was much higher, three of us had to work hard to go through this growler. A brutal beer that is also way too expensive. I can’t believe we drank the whole thing and I can’t believe the price I paid for this growler, I got hammered and I got screwed at the same time.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jaksmart (394) - Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2011
Handbottle pours pitch black, red hue, small brown head. Aroma is a mysterious yet beautifully maintained symphony of bourbon, dark goodness, blueberries, sweet chocolate, brown sugar and a slight sourness, tying an incredibly adequate balance around the whole atmosphere. Extremely well-balanced with cocoa and coconut, along with vanilla. Taste is equally well-balanced with smooth oak, bourbon, vanilla, liquorice, cocoa, chocolate, smooth coffee, subtle roast, dark fruits and berries. Toasted sugar, burnt caramel as well. The finish is very long with hints of port wine. It manages the alcohol beautifully as well. Oh yeah!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bittermestupid (247) - Canton, Ohio, USA - OCT 6, 2011
Big thanks out to my bro bobbypaulson on this one! Growler, pours black with no head as I give it a swirl it hangs on the sides of the glass. Smell: bourbon, maple, chocolate, coffee, molasses, vanilla, tobacco and leather. Taste: bourbon, maple, licorice, molasses, vanilla, coffee, chocolate and tobacco the amount flavor and aroma in this is ridiculous. Thick and coating the palate with long boozy rich coffee maple chocolate finish very well done!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 28, 2011
Sampled at ABR this fall. Pours a nice thick black... has creamy off white head that lasts a while. Aroma is full of oak and roastyness. Delicious.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cavery (35) - Palm Desert, California, USA - SEP 20, 2011
Finally found this beer in the directory! Couldn’t remember the proper spelling on "knight" and thought it was "night". Thanks to whoever cracked this at Woodshop Classix. Notes read dark smelted chocolate in a glass, no head but thin coffee films on top. Smells lightly of barrel, vanilla, almond, and hot chocolate. Taste is balanced, but the barrel definitely felt hidden. Tasted like a nutty brownie with some chipotle fudge. Hides the alcohol extremely well, but a lot of flavors seemed to cancel each other out. Alcohol in the feel, but not so much in the flavor.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LtDan (1743) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - SEP 4, 2011
Appearance: Pours a dark brown with no head.

Aroma: Alcohol, mint chocolate, soaked spirit barrel and graceful oxidation notes.

Taste. Sweet chocolaty malt. Dark chocolate pudding. Slight roast,vanilla. Sweet dark booze.

Mouth. Full bodied, silky with modest carbonation.

Overall: A big thanks to PeteinSD for sharing this with me. This is very tasty.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerchugger (708) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2011
Pours black with a minimal head and some decent lacing. The aroma is nice and mellow but yet complex and full with copious amounts of vanilla, licorice, tobacco, bitter dark chocolate, and roasted malts. The flavor is superb with the bourbon and the beer in a near perfect balance. Much of the aroma comes throufh on the palate with roast coffee and sweet milk chocolate, but nice amounts of vanilla, toffee, caramel, a touch of smoke with the tobacco hanging in the back. Rich and oily, this beer is very nice!


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