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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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TChrome (1417) - 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 (612) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 26, 2004
Pours a deep brown hue with a small off-white head. Aromas of whskey, sugar, chocolate and coffee. Flavors of coffee, coffee, coffeeand more coffee with a little chocolate and a great oakiness. WOW>......Almost like jack and coke.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 25, 2004
2004 bottle from growler, thanks footbalm. This Baltic Porter pours with a dark brown to black body topped by a thin head with some lacing. The aroma and flavor are great! Theyíre slightly sweet and malty with notes of dark fruit, a nice chocolate note and a little alcohol. Medium to full bodied, slightly tingly yet smooth.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 22, 2004
2004 bottle from growler, thanks to ClarkVV for bringing this to the VA/MD/DC gathering: This beer was one of the highlights of the entire gathering.....that really does say a lot considering the other beers in attendance. Dark black with a small tan head. Medium to full bodied. Great aroma of scotch, bourbon, aged wood, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, light smoke, fruit(?). Taste is exactly what I expected from the aroma. Thereís vanilla, bitter chocolate, mild oak, port, coffee, toffee, roasty, light alcohol. The mouthfeel is simply the best Iíve ever had in a beer. Itís like drinking liquid silk. Curious what a perfect 5 on palate is like? This is your beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 22, 2004
UPDATED: APR 19, 2006 2004 bottle from the growler, from footbalm, the most generous trader Iíve ever traded with Brought this baby to the DCMDVAWV gathering. Aroma of scotch, deep, strong, rich and alcoholic. On sheer strength, Iíd give it a 10, but because it masks a good amount of the baltic porter aroma, I think itís only fair to give it a 9. I love the aroma, but this is a beer, not a glass of liquor. Flavor is simply phenomenal. I can barely describe it. You expect to be knocked down by all of the bourbon in the aroma, but it eases up a good deal in the flavor. Vanilla and coffee beans, dark espresso, black licorice, molasses and thick, rich, strong toffee all weave about on the palate, tied together by perhaps the most luxuriously rich, silky palate Iíve experienced. Itís decadent, itís big, itís damned good. Because this is from the growler, it has a touch of thinning on the end, but thatís to be expected and hard to really fault the brewer. Very fresh flavor all the way through, with notes of charcoal, bitter tree sap and oak on the finish. Like rum raisin pudding, with a big black pot of french vanilla roast coffee. Spectacular and not overated, I can definitely say that. Deep dark black appearance, small ultra dark tan/mocha head that rapidly fizzles away (itís from the growler, and yes itís got a lot of alcohol). Almost want to give it a five for appearance, Iím less concerned that a beer has head retention than I am that is is unfiltered, which this obviously is. Still, notwithstanding how great of an experience it was, the alcohol, roast and bourbon do mask a lot of the qualities Iíd like to see out of a baltic porter.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 22, 2004
OK, so itís #16 on the site and one of the Top 3 beers I had at the VA/MD/DC Gathering. There is more going on in the glass then there are notes in my book, thats for sure. Highlights of this magnificent beer is the vanilla, bitter cocoa and roasted coffee. Since I am so freakin sick of oak and bourbon flavors, this was nicely done without being over the top.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 22, 2004
One of my highlights from the DC/MD/VA gathering. Had maybe 2 ozs worth of this amazing brew. Pitch black, small fizzy tan head. Very complex nose hits you quick with wood, bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, coffee and chocolate notes, with lesser notes of tawny port, smoke, and dark fruits found in the background. Aroma and flavor are one in the same. A thinking brew for sure. It was balanced with a decent bitterness rounding it out. Full bodied, soft carbonation, thick vicious, slightly burnt bitter finish. Awesome stuff.....

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5300) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2006 Poured an opaque black color with a small off white head, light lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla oak, chocolate, roast raisins and other dark fruits. Taste was that of more chocolate, roast and vanilla, very light alcohol from the barrel aging was present. Velvety soft mouthfeel.


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