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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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fonefan (35220) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2009
Gowler 300cl.
[ Trade by BDR ]. Clear dark black color with a small to average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, light brown head. Aroma is heavy malty, roasted, caramel, chocolate, coffee, alcohol. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, and a warme alcoholic finish. Body is medium to full, texture is creamy to syrupy, carbonation is flat, finish feel is moderate alcoholic. [20090724]

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (31470) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 30, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2007 RB #800. From tap at the brewpub, first run, not the Returns version. Pours dark black with a chocolate creamy head, beautiful. Aroma of bourbon, chocolate and coffee. Flavour is alcohol and raisins. Very dominant bourbon notes and quite unbalanced. Not my liking. 6-5-6-2-12

Blind tasting at sk8vikings porter / stout tasting, beer no 18, huge thanks to brewfiend for trading. This was the real Returns. Pours dark brown with brown rim from the lacing head. Aroma is chemical, burning alcohol. Slight chocolate malty toffee flavour but heavily interrupted by the alcohol note. The chemical note is mainly present in the aroma and not the flavour with quite mellow flavoured. 5-4-7-3-13

Scores are a mesh of the two tastings.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (29474) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2005
A deep red beer with a disappearing orange head. The aroma is primarily of chocolate, but combined with hints of wood and bourbon. The flavor is quite roasted with notes of chocolate, prunes, wood, and bourbon, leading to a dry end. The alcohol gives it a lovely burn in the end. Lovely.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2007
(Growler 64 oz) Courtesy of yespr. Opaque black with a small, light brown head. Sweetish vanilla and bourbon notes. Medium-bodied, sweetish roasted malt, oak, vanilla and very distinct bourbon. Slightly medicinal perhaps. Ends sweet without much bitterness but VERY hot and alcoholic. 070907

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (21072) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 11, 2007
From growler. Black coloured with a beige head. Woody and roasted aroma of liquorice, glue and red wine. Roasted flavour of liquorice, alcohol and vanilla. Roasted and warming alcoholice finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
anders37 (16909) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 24, 2009
Growler. Rating #4600. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty bourbon and chocoalte aroma with some woody hints. Sweetish roasted malty chocolate flavor with lots of bourbon flavor and hints of vanilla. Has a roasted malty chocolate finish with hints of vanilla and bourbon in the aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (15309) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2013
14th October 2011
Opaque black beer, small chocolate - tan head. Smooth palate, semi dry. Low carbonation. Aniseed boozy dark malt. Mild coffee and vanilla. Dark chocolate. A little plummy fruit underneath. Dry finish with more aniseed alcohol. Heady stuff but tasty!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (14680) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 17, 2008
Hand bottle at home thanks to STINE AND BDR for this one ... Deep black ... Huge fizz off this for it being Hand bottle though no head ... Oh my this has Whiskey written all over it in both the nose and the Flavour ...and this is the RETURN ... whiskey and soft roast little vanilla nose ... Up front its all whiskey ... behind thats its quite soft with quite a bit of chocolate and decent roast malts ... while very soft its got a pretty decent carbonation level...the bourbon just persists... quite warming... i cant believe this is the return i cant imagine any more whiskey in this.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (12723) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 10, 2005
Very dark brown. Stinging alcohol aroma with hints of chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon. Overall sweet palate with plenty of bourbon and alcohol leading to a vanilla-accented finish. It’s not bad by any means, but the heat is a bit out of whack and I’m not a big fan of the way bourbon flavours blast their way through just about every beer they touch. It lacks the delicacy and style I want in a big brew (Yes, I ask for delicacy in big beer, like for example Lijian Yinjiu or Sam Adams Millenium or Deus)

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2007
(Draft) Pours a black body with a medium brown head. Aroma of bourbon, roastiness, and oak. Flavor of roasted malt, Whoppers malt balls, vanilla, and caramel.


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