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RATINGS: 371   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.


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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbfobes (2597) - Quad Cities, Illinois, 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 (9264) - 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 (6287) - 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 (1290) - 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 (286) - 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.


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