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RATINGS: 365   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
peteinSD (1281) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 28, 2011
Growler from Dave - thanks! Bit of carbonation upon opening the growler. Pours dark and somewhat still with an appropriate amount of light carbonation for the style. Small ring of tan foam on the edges. Aroma is hot, thick bourbon on coconut, vanilla, rich sweet malt, and some chocolate. Taste is alcohol heat, light roasted malt, bourbon and bourbon, heavy raisin, and bitter chocolate. Massive, semi-rough sipper. Shame they donít bottle this beer so you could sit a bottle down for a few years.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bp (777) - Queens, New York, USA - AUG 25, 2011
Draft: pours dark black with a thin tan head, bourbon aroma, malty, chocolatey, boozy, full bodied. Excellent! Glad I finally got to try this.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madvike (2582) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 20, 2011
On tap at GTMW - One of the biggest disappointments for me at the festival. Iíve been wanting to try this for several years, and it just didnít come through. Pours dark as night with a couple tan bubbles--pretty still. Smells a little hot, but with tons of sweet caramel. Thereís a little roast to offset it, but the barrel aging brings it way over the top into cloying sweetness. Taste is a bit better, with more prominent roast, but itís still really sweet, with caramel, vanilla, and the bourbon aging present. Smooth and slick, but very little carbonation.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ibrew2or3 (6521) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 19, 2011
Growler pours super dark with dark brown head. Wait a minute . . . I get to try this?!?! Thanks Greg. Wow! The aroma is rich yumminess with black strap molasses, molasses, chocolate fudge and booze too. The aroma is just drooling goodness. The taste is big thick richness with a mix of molasses, chocolate brownie and high fat content butter fudge, yeah like rich creamy European butter, as well as dark roasted malts and firm booziness. Lingering yummy goodness with a good size booze note too into the after taste. No wonder this is so highly acclaimed. It is wonderful.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jckp64 (355) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 19, 2011
Had on draft at the GTMW. Pours dark with a brown head. Aroma is bourbon, oak, dark chocolate and roasted malts. Flavor had a ton of bourbon barrel characters that overtook the roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. One of my top beers to try at the GTMW. I was pretty let down by this beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2011
Draft at Great Taste. One of my top list to try, but was quite underwhelmed. Poured a deep black with brown at the edges. Dissipating tan head. The nose was way boozy and over oaked. Too much barrel character, imo. On tasting, more of the same. The oak and bourbon barrel character just dominate. Coconut and cocoa, booze and a bit underbodied to boot. Clunker.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbfobes (2153) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2011
On tap at GTMW 2011, pours pitch black with a thin tan head with very little lacing, aroma has good amounts of chocolate with some booze, the flavor was nice with roasted malts mixed in with a finish of chocolate and some bourbon in the finish, pretty darn enjoyable.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (7940) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2011
Sampled on draft at GTMW 2011. Pours pitch black with brown highlights at the edges. No head. Aroma of dark roasted malts, soy and bourbon. The taste is big bourbon notes and intensely sweet malts. Full bodied. Not my thing.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drowland (5958) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - AUG 13, 2011
On tap. Pitch black pour with a small brown head. Awesome aroma of bourbon, vanilla, oak, and more. Amazing flavor of wood, chocolate, coconut, and lingering roast coffee. Awesome flavors and perfect balance. Stellar.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RasmusOtt (962) - Aalborg, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2011
Pours black with a tiny brown head. Aroma is dark berries, dark chocolate, bourbon heaven, toasted coconut, burnt caramel, cocoa beans, vanilla and brown sugar. Taste add some liquorice, roastyness, coffee beans, allmost vinous notes along with coconut, burnt caramel, dark berries, dark chocolate, vanilla, bourbon heaven cocoa beans and brown sugar. Alcohol is there aswell.


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