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RATINGS: 373   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2004
Thanks Eric. This arrived in the middle of our wild tasting session. Hand bottled by a mid-west rater. Dark brown, tan head. Rich malty "smarties" aroma, with some apples and chocolate. Thinish malty chocolate malt palate. Plum and prune as well. Dry finish. This is a real winner.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chriso (7428) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2004
Very intense black colour. Viscous, oily consistency. This is certainly a big beer. A bit of a melting pot. I picked up vanilla, candy sugar, bubblegum, raisins, treacle, soy sauce, coffee and more. But, sorry guys, I just wasn’t as blown away by it as most of the others. It a good beer, but it was just a touch sweet for me. Admittedly, I only got a small taster and I’d like to try it again, but there’s no great likelihood of that happening any time soon. Bottle (from the growler) at DC gathering.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Mapley sweet and slight barnyard on the nose, minor chocolate aftertaste and whiskey tones w/ peaches. Full bodied and very dark reddish opaque w/ blood red accents.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2004
smells like irish cream. tastes like..... coffee with lots o’ irish cream. smooth mocha flavors with a thick, milky palate. rating from memory sucks. this beer was fantastic... i’ll head back for it again.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JK (4662) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2006 Very strong alcohol aroma with dried fruit, soy sauce, and Bailey’s. Black. Very heavy palate. Flavors of sweet malt, raisins, and alcohol. coffee. High abv very noticeable.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerGod (5368) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 1, 2004
Had this at the DC/MD/VA/WV/PA gathering. Bottle courtesy of ClarkVV. Hand bottled by footbalm. Thanks guys! Pitch black. Oily, alcoholic legs run down the glass. Nose is vanilla, alcohol, molasses, dark chocolate, liquor, and dark fruit. Taste is strong alcohol, thick choloate cake, molasses, light coffee, vanilla, cocoa, roasted malt, brown sugar, and fruit. HUGE taste! Almost on par with Dark Lord. Body is thick and chewy with strong alcohol warmth and a definite oiliness about it. Finishes with more warming, chocolate, vanilla extract, molassess, liquor, coffee and roasted malt. Incredible!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 29, 2004
Capped ‘nip’ bottle via a growler, from the very friendly pair of Jeff & Emily: opaque & black as night, even when held directly into the afternoon sun streaming through the window. Small dark brown cream that amazingly enough develops as it breathes – fantastic this re-bottled beer can still be so alive! Strong bourbon aroma with vanilla alcohol and crisped pine. Anise-coffee flavour with plenty of smoke and burnt caramel. Oaked whiskey quality lingers on the tongue. For as overpowering as this seems to be initially, this one evens out through the finish with a nice chunks of chocolate malt and maple syrup. A winner, no doubt, thanks friends.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TChrome (1425) - Bedford, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2004
Pours basically black with a medium brown colored head that dissipates fairly quickly. This has one of the strongest aromas I have ever experienced. Aroma is heavily alcoholic with oranges soaked in alcohol ala Grand Marnier also rum, and some wood. This is one of the most massive beers I have ever experienced. The intitial flavor is a bit overwhelmingly alchoholic, but the finishing flavor is to die for. The finish is a lingering to eternity sensation of wood and roasted malt in the most wonderful complex package imaginable. This beer is beyond a baltic porter and is an imperial porter if there is such a thing. I cannot thank Footbalm enought for this sample.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2004
Bottled from a Growler. Deep, dark black with a small, dark brown head. Sweet, creamy nose of vanilla, chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, whiskey, coconut, licorice, alcohol, molasses, oak and probably some brown sugar. The body is creamy, and I imagine a fresh sample would be heavenly on the tongue. The flavor is quite nice. Sweet and malty with all the characteristics of barrel-aging. Smooth and lightly woody with a little mix of bourbon in a nice, thick Baltic Porter. Quite the tasty treat that would have to be splended when served fresh at the brewery. Jeff and Emily, thank you for sharing.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - NOV 26, 2004
Thanks to footbalm for this handbottled sample: Pours black with mininal head. Aroma is alcohol, sweet red wine, and chocolate syrup. Flavor is cocoa, red wine, and alcohol. I think that the palate suffered slightly from lack of carbonation from the bottling, with a minimal amount more carbonation I think that this would be out of this world.


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