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RATINGS: 379   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.13   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cavery (48) - Palm Desert, California, USA - SEP 20, 2011
Finally found this beer in the directory! Couldn’t remember the proper spelling on "knight" and thought it was "night". Thanks to whoever cracked this at Woodshop Classix. Notes read dark smelted chocolate in a glass, no head but thin coffee films on top. Smells lightly of barrel, vanilla, almond, and hot chocolate. Taste is balanced, but the barrel definitely felt hidden. Tasted like a nutty brownie with some chipotle fudge. Hides the alcohol extremely well, but a lot of flavors seemed to cancel each other out. Alcohol in the feel, but not so much in the flavor.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - SEP 4, 2011
Appearance: Pours a dark brown with no head.

Aroma: Alcohol, mint chocolate, soaked spirit barrel and graceful oxidation notes.

Taste. Sweet chocolaty malt. Dark chocolate pudding. Slight roast,vanilla. Sweet dark booze.

Mouth. Full bodied, silky with modest carbonation.

Overall: A big thanks to PeteinSD for sharing this with me. This is very tasty.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerchugger (708) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2011
Pours black with a minimal head and some decent lacing. The aroma is nice and mellow but yet complex and full with copious amounts of vanilla, licorice, tobacco, bitter dark chocolate, and roasted malts. The flavor is superb with the bourbon and the beer in a near perfect balance. Much of the aroma comes throufh on the palate with roast coffee and sweet milk chocolate, but nice amounts of vanilla, toffee, caramel, a touch of smoke with the tobacco hanging in the back. Rich and oily, this beer is very nice!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - AUG 29, 2011
Pour from a growler at a recent tasting. Dark brownish black with minimal head. Flavors were rich with oak, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, and bourbon booze. Very smooth and a long lasting finish. Would like to try this again.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
peteinSD (1433) - 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 don’t 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 (830) - 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 (3105) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 20, 2011
On tap at GTMW - One of the biggest disappointments for me at the festival. I’ve been wanting to try this for several years, and it just didn’t come through. Pours dark as night with a couple tan bubbles--pretty still. Smells a little hot, but with tons of sweet caramel. There’s 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 it’s 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 (7511) - 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 (356) - 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 (3438) - 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.


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