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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.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
burcusabrews (106) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2004
Huge alcohol up front finishes with a slightly burnt flavor. Big mouthfeel. Definitely doesnít hide the alcohol too much. Donít like the serving vessel. This would be wonderful in a bif bordeaux glass or grand cru burgundy, but not this little tulip filled to full canít even smell anything out of this, why donít they just give me a shot glass. As it warms it starts to show oak. Really I donít know what the huge fuss is over; it is just a porter that the brewer kept pumping full of table sugar unitl the yeast pooped out.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - SEP 25, 2004
Bailies, wood, black malt, irish whisky in the noise with a touch of eathy hops that was dispelled after the first sip. Thick flavors of belgian chocolat, berrys, sweat(?), and electric blanket warm alcohol that adds to the expirience. Finishes warm with coco.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - SEP 24, 2004
Black as night with little or no head. Coffee, malt, plum, raisen, and bourbon notes on the nose. Heavey mouthfeel, w/light bitter dry finish. Coffee, chocolate, raisen, mocha, bourbon, vanilla, plum all show as flavors. The only drawback is the alcohol which resembles acetone to me, and distracts from a perfect finish!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElGaucho (2256) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2004
They are still pouring from the first batch, and apparently the second will be considerably mellower. Bourbon barrel aroma with hints of dark chocolate and molasses. Excellent. Fully opaque body with a light brown head and great lace. Served in a tulip. Very strong alcohol mouthfeel. Tastes almost as overwhelmingly alcoholic as Dogfish Headís 120 minute IPA, despite being more than 10% less in ABV. A little over carbonated, but not enough to detract from the enjoyment of the brew. Delicious, warming. This would be great on a cold Winter night. Improved by mid glass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 3, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2007 Wow, thanks herbjones for a sample of this one!. Very dark brown, opaque. Aroma of bourbon and German chocolate cake. There is a liquor flavor to it and where baltic comes from as a style I donít know not similar to any baltic porters Iíve had. Very sweet. If this was called an Imperial Stout Iíd like it, and I like it as a porter. Sweet chocolate finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - AUG 29, 2004
8/28/04. Poured out of 64 oz. growler, obtained in a trade with footbalm 8/25/04. Pours a very dark brown, almost black. Ring of rocky lacing. Inky with dark tan lacing, lightly patchy and pretty good. Very rich, dark chocolate and bourbon nose. Very woody. Heavy alcohol flavor that doesnít detract for me at all. Edge of sweetness, very velvety, and then dropping out to a huge dryness. Wonderful finish that sucks the moisture out of the mouth, dry and awesome. A bit numbing. Heavy whiskey flavor but wonderful thick aura-- you lift the glass to your mouth and inhale, and youíre already drinking the beer. Wonderful finish of burnt wood and heavy bourbon. A bit too singular with wood/bourbon on the nose, otherwise itíd be awesome. Damn near so, as it is.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 27, 2004
Big thanks to footbalm for the oppurtunity to try this. Sweet molasses nose with a noticeable whiskey burn when inhaled deeply.Very, very light body almost watery when first poured. Thankfully as this sits it really comes into its own. Medium bodied. Nice roasted malt bitterness backed by a molasses like sweetness. All that is complimented by the barrel aging. The bourbon sits in the background adding to the beer rather then overpowering. I could really see enjoying snifters of this on a winter night.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 27, 2004
thanks to footbalm for the growler & for herbjones for pulling together the trade. This big brew pours opaque dark brown with little if any head, the initial aroma was of whiskey and cocoa. What I found important is that this beer really changes personalities as it opens up. We poured it straight fm the fridge, and the flavor was mainly alcohol and it wasnít too impressive. However, letting it warm up allowed its complexities to impress you. The bourbon is a nice background flavor, itís there, but doesnít dominate. Notes of cocoa w/ hints of dark fruit dominate. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - AUG 26, 2004
Bittersweet-chocolate covered cherries, toasted oatmeal and dark honey, hint of black coconut. Amazing, lingering soft yet dusky Belgian cocoa nose with slight woody notes. .Obviously aged to perfection. Twinge of hops and sultry bourbon in the finish. Extremely subtle alcohol flavor. Wistful memories of the first glass of Owd Macís I had. Thanks to TAR for sharing and especially to footbalm for procuring and shipping this liquid delight.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - AUG 26, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2004 Growler: Chocolate in color with a rich maple border. Whisp ring of carbonation. Finely conditioned with slowly rising microscopic bubbles. Melted fudge, bourbon tannins, and toasted wood on the surface. Notably vinous with prunes, vanilla taffy, and sharp, yet deceptive, alcohol undertones. Thick body, subdued carbonation. Slippery and soft. Sultry fudge richness immediately muffles the alcohol. Tight cask wood flavors revive the sharp alcohol toward the center. Chock-full of zippy bourbon tannins yield oodles of black licorice interlaced with decadent vanilla and caramel underpinnings. Retains its softness from the faint husky malt character and fluffy nougat. Charred wood continually firms the body and dries it out. Ends remarkably balanced with notes of caramel, coffee, and lightly seared malts. Tannin-infused toasted wood lingers over an everlasting bed of fudge and mocha flavors. A mellow colossus, if there ever was one. Thanks, footbalm.

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