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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.


4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dorwart (2374) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 30, 2006
Robertsrealty attempted to send me a friggin GROWLER of this awesome brew. Had some issues with the transport but most of it made it here. Pretty much flat at this point but damn is this still some awesome $hit!!! No head, no carbonation. Pours black with a hint of reddish brown around the edges. Slick and oily going into the glass. Great rich alcoholic aroma with plenty of sweet malts, toffee, caramel and roasted grains. Maybe a little raisin in there also. AMAZING AROMA!!!! Hint of the bourbon (alcohol). God I love bourbon barrel brews. Flavor is just as amazing as the aroma. Rich and sweet with tons of malts, roasted grains, molasses, caramel, you name it. Damn this is good. Strong alcohol presence and warming. Amazing balance as the description states. Just a hint of the bourbon for good measure. Slick in the mouth yet creamy and coating. Finish is creamy and smooth as all hell. Just about as perfect a brew as you can get. This really canít be classified as a porter at 13% but the flavor is just so smooth and slick, but yet not chewey, like an impy, that it is the best porter that you will ever have. A HUGE THANKS to robertsrealty for this amazing brew. The only bad thing about this brew is that I lost about 1/4 to 1/3 in transport. I am thinking of going and sucking the cardboard from the box. This brew really is that good!!! I canít imagine what this stuff would be like fresh! YOU DA MAN!!!!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerhandy (195) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 26, 2006
Hand bottle from footbalm thank you sir! Poured into a scottish thistle glass about 50 degrees.Vanilla notes are noticed as this thick beer pours a slight Tan head forms on a dark chestnut beer.The foam fades to a lace cap ... a collar ... nothing.Aromas of vanilla ,mollasses, dark rum,slighty burnt toast and roasted marshmallows.Wine like texture roast malts and carmel sweetness,coffee no hops but the tannins of the oak leaves a dryness even though this beer is deliciously sweet.I really liked this beer!!!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
nimbleprop (4869) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 3, 2008
Never thought I’d have a chance to try this beer, then hellomynameis hooked me up with a 12oz hand bottle via trade. Thanks a million Zac! Pours a flat, oily black with a thin tan head that left only a faint ring around the edge of a glass. Looks more like flat cola or a black malbec than a pint of ale. Aroma is a little boozy at first, but once is breaths there’s vanilla, oak, toasted wood, toasted bread, chocolate, coffee, Kahlua, bourbon, soy sauce, liquid smoke, dark cane sugar and a little bit of rum. Flavor is again, very boozy at first, but then it becomes very very chocolaty, with rum, whiskey, brown sugar, molasses, some soy, vanilla, and coffee with cream. The finish and the mouth feel make this beer. Flat and oily in the mouth with plenty of heat from the alcohol, but the crazy thing is, after the shock of the booze wears off you wind up with a creamy, sweet, delicious after taste in your mouth. What starts a very good beer melds into a great beer by the end. A total shock and far far better than I imagined it would be. Definitely not for the faint at heart but clearly a beer brewed with much care and consideration.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 26, 2008
Pours jet black from the tap at the brewery with a ring of brown foam at the edge of the Riedel glass. Brimming with the aroma of port, vanilla, and powdered cocoa. Tastes the same with added notes of cough syrup, dark, fruit, espresso, tart cherry, faint peach, and coconut. The depth of this beer is insane. Finishes hot with bourbon, very similar to BCS. A champion beer.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
phaleslu (6497) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2011
Dear Dark Knight, thank you for Returning. 3 STL guys collaborated on a BA trade to land one of these growlers and opened it last night. Pours an inky, opaque dark brown with a tiny tan ring for a head. The aroma explodes with bourbon, with vanilla, oak, tannins, dark fruits (especially berries and dates), and caramel, and then it finishes with some lingering bourbony booze that rests in the nostrils for a few seconds. Good grief. The flavor didnít entrance me quite as much but brought more bourbon, oak, rich coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, and charred wood. Medium-full bodied, with a smooth, roasty, boozy mouthfeel and mild carbonation. 4 of us took down the growler and Iím glad I got to try this much. Absolutely stunning. I now have the urge to drive to Minnesota for whateverís left of this.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drowland (6033) - 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.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2012 Big chocolate and fig like scents, pours a nice black with almost no head. Taste is big time bourbon flavors, some dark fruit and a bit of bitter chocolate. One of the best beers I have had. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dreamflower (576) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 13, 2012
This was a fantastic bourbon imperial porter. I enjoyed it a lot and am glad I had the opportunity to finally try it.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - SEP 25, 2004
Bailies, wood, black malt, irish whisky in the noise with a touch of eathy hops that was dispelled after the first sip. Thick flavors of belgian chocolat, berrys, sweat(?), and electric blanket warm alcohol that adds to the expirience. Finishes warm with coco.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - NOV 15, 2004
Very nice Black as a coal mine color.Small dark brown head that faded quickly and left little behind.First whif comes off as almost wine like,with a strong alcohol presence and plenty of fruit notes coming through very nicely.I canít get over how wine like this smells,very nice.Whoa!!! Now thats a Bourbon brew baby.Itís a very smooth brew at first but thats only for a brief second or two then the Bourbon jumps out at you.Then it quits and moves onto a nice wine like flavor with plenty of fruit maybe some raisin a little plum or prune possibly.The wood tones are a bit on the mild side at first but as the brew warms the become a little more noticeable.As the fruit flavors pass it quickly jumps back into a bourbonesque finish with a nice alcohol burn as it goes down.First impression off the first tug of this brew made me a little squeemish at first but after a little warming itís a fantastic brew with plenty of flavor and well worth the honor of being on top in itís style.Thanks go to Footbalm and his fine job of bottling and letting me try this fine brew.


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