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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RasmusOtt (1255) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
phredrik (1011) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - AUG 3, 2011
Handbottle, 66 cl, filled and traded by MatSciGuy. Pours black with a red hue in the edges, small brown head. Right off the bat, the aroma is just LOADS of bourbon. Vanilla, toasted coconut, oak, just an insanely nice bourbon note throughout the aroma. Dark fruits, dark berries, sweet blueberries and a velvety chocolate feel, brown sugar (farin), burnt caramel. Insane aroma! Taste is full bourbon up front, coconut, vanilla, huge oak. Dark chocolate, coffee beans and a lot of liquorice. The mouthfeel is just huge. There is of course a lot of alcohol, but it blends in really nicely. A pretty fukkin delish beer, barrel aging brings out some amazing qualities.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sean9689 (285) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2011
Thanks goes to Chris (spycow) for this one! Poured into Bruery tulip. A - Pours black, minimal head, some bubbles here and there, no lace or retention. S - Big booze, molasses, dark fruits, burnt sugars. Lots of booze, and at 12%, it’s not surprising. T - Booze, booze, and more alcohol. Dark fruits, oak, slightly sweet/big booze finish. M - Full body, rich, light carbonation, creamy finish. O - Very hot and needs some more time before really hitting its prime, in terms of taste. It would be nice to age this one for a while, but it’s hard to do considering the vessel and how fast it goes. Good, but not outstanding.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
steelcitybrew (430) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 15, 2011
64 ounce growler, this was a top want for awhile and i gave up alot for it. Pours a jet black with very little head. only a bit of carbonation. aroma is bourbon booze, dark fruits, chocolate. taste is earthy booze, dark fruits, chocolate, and hops.syrupy and a hard drinker. a great beer which i think was worth it

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wavers1 (909) - Notown, California, USA - JUL 15, 2011
growler courtesy of ty, thanks a ton for getting me this long time top want! wow! woof! beastial! this is a true crusher of a beer with a massive spirit profile. absolutely massive. the flavor is great, and despite being hot as hell it actually drinks very well for how high abv it is, which is much more than 13 this year, i was hearing this is actually 18%. wild beer. its tastes like jim beam for sure, but drinks very fast and the base porter just bartely eeks out a balance from the boozy chaos. i really wish it had more carbonation, it definitely detracts from the appearance and moiuthfeel. beer is nearly flat, just the faintest carb present in the mouth, no head on the pour. there is enough left to rouse the beer in your mouth and get a creamy mouthfeel from the brew. while very boozy and under carbed, it reminds me a lot of ba speedway and some of the other big whale bourbon bombs. definitely a world class beer, def on par with ba alesmiths, black ops, etc.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
HonusWagner (1629) - Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2014 Hm. A difficult beer to wrap my hands around. First off, it perfectly hits the mouthfeel, oily and thick and almost like drinking an excellent scotch. Thing is, the nose and the palate also hit scotch, and aren’t nearly so stellar. At moments the beer is fudgy, chocolatey goodness with only whispers of oak and booze, but it’s just so damn hot most of the time that I am confused and given pause. Hits you like an absolute jackhammer; the first couple sips are pretty awesome, but I cannot in good faith rate this particularly highly. Just about as undrinkable as beer gets without tasting downright horrible.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 9, 2011
64oz, perfect sealed growler courtesy of guerde. thanks so much, andy! super stoked to finally get a crack at this monster of a beer and it certainly did not disappoint. pours a ridiculously viscous, slick, obsidian black with a thin, whispy, quickly fading mocha head that leaves a razor thin ring of lace. aroma is an absolute assault of decadence with rich, oaked bourbon, spices, and dark chocolate fudge backed by roasted malts, molasses, and toasted coconut with subtle hints of dark fruit and trail mix. flavor is stunning as well with a blast of spicy, woody, warming bourbon up front that settles out smoothly into fudge brownies, roasted malts, coffee, and hints of vanilla with notes of oak and dark fruits on the finish. palate is huge and rich with smooth carbonation and a massive, woody, bourbon finish with notes of dark chocolate. overall, and absolutely massive brew that reaches the upper eschelon of barrel aged beers i’ve ever tasted.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcwattsrugger (11222) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2011
growler @RBSG shared by Brad?-pours a disappearing brown head and black color. Aroma is bourbon/anise/molasses-dark malt, secondary earthy, sweet dark fruit. Taste is bourbon/anise/molasses-dark malt, secondary earthy hops bite, sweet dark fruit.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2011
Growler generously shared by ygtbsm. Thanks again Brad! Pours a viscous dark brown that appears almost pitch black in the glass with a one finger mocha head that settles into a thin ring. Spotty lacing left behind but this beer has amazing legs. Sweet boozy aroma with lots of dark malt, sweet bourbon, earthy oak, chocolate, toffee and oatmeal. The malt aromas are evident but are overpowered by the strong bourbon character. Viscous body with lots of boozy heat and bourbon flavor. Way too hot with lots of burning alcohol that overpowers the other flavors and tons of warmth/burning in the finish. Underneath the strong barrel/spirit presence there is some chocolate, toffee and toast. Way too much bourbon and alcohol sweetness resulting in a one dimensional beer that isn’t very interesting. Thick and viscous mouthfeel helps things a bit but there is no depth or complexity.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 7, 2011
Tasted 6/6/11. Huge thanks to phaleslu for procuring and sharing this gem of a beer! Growler from the brewpub. Pours opaque with a deep, dark brown hue. Trace khaki head. Aromas of anise, vanilla, dark chocolate, fudge and a decent burn in the nostrils. This is an amazing nose with a ton of character and a good alcohol blast. Full bodied with a huge palate and a ton of flavor. The palate hits the sweet, bitter and tangy parts. Chocolate notes mixed with the high alcohol burn. There’s an anise tang and a chocolate sweetness. Fudge, semi-sweet chocolate, cocoa and chicory. Subtle and dark fruity esters. Trace coffee note. The flavors mellow as the beer warms, but not the alcohol! Great use of the Beam barrel! It adds another dimension to an already tremendous brew! I’ve been looking forward to trying this for years now, and it surpassed all my expectations!


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