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RATINGS: 388   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.13/5   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (5377) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 18, 2011
Growler shared at RBSG 2011. Poured a dark black oily body with no head what so ever. Aroma of dark fruits, dark brown sugar, alcohol, chocoalte and some Belgian yeast. Medium to fuller bodied, smooth sipping, average carbonation which actually is pretty strong for a barrel aged growler. Flavor similar to the aroma with a touch more old chocolate sneaking in. Thanks to whoever brought this highly sought after super expensive growler.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2004
Iíve had Perkunoís Hammer on tap and found the experience to be one of the most enjoyable Iíve had as a beer lover. So I am definitly a fan of the style. This version, however, was a let down both because I enjoy the style and because of the hype. Because of its thinness on the palate and over the top alcohol vapor in the nose this could have passed as a liquor. There was so much alcoholic vanilla that if someone had blindfolded me and had me taste it, I might have thought it was meant for cooking, not quaffing. I tried to take small sips and let it sit in my mouth. I tried a gulp to see if I could get into it that way. Nope. Just boozy. I prefer Perkunoís (or Synebrychoff for that matter) with less alcohol and a much bigger and stickier malt profile.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BelgianGirl (89) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2005
Very alcoholic aroma, but a rich raspberry chocolate flavor, some caramel as well. Dark brown color.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - FEB 19, 2005
Bottled from growler: pours black with little head. Very rich aroma of walnuts, cherries, alcohol. Flavor is very full with lots of fruit and alcohol, chocolate, nuts, bourbon. Potent!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - MAR 11, 2005
Hand-bottled by Footbalm (I beleive) and sent to me courtesy of Zac (Hellomynameis). Big thanks to the both of yaí! Ok, now to the beer. Pours an opaque pitch black color, almost no carbonation. Aroma is lots of bourbon, a little coffe and sugar. Mostly booze. Flavor is suprisingly smooth and a little sweet. Lots of milk chocolate and sweeter malt comes out. Smooth and complex, lots of brown sugar and molasses in here, vanilla, bourbon, and a touch of almond. The aroma really sets me off, and the flavor is just too sublte and provides a poor match to the strong "woody bourbon" aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2008 Top 50 brew hand bottled by footbalm. Pours oily black with no head. Heavy bourbon through and through. Lots of wine-like character in this brew. Has a strong vanilla/alcohol presence in finish. Almost like an extract taste. Takes a hit in overall because of the huge alcohol/warming burn in the finish. Even though I am a little against the grain on this, still very appreciative for the chance. Thanks again Eric. 3.4...On tap: May í06, Huge sweet bourbon aroma, not much else. Flavor is all vanilla, bourbon, really sweet and creamy. Long lingering residuel sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (7245) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 23, 2005
The Dark Knight, bottled from growler. Virtually no head. Body is black (virtually opaque, flashlight tested). Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate, caramel), with notes of alcohol, oak, vanilla, whisky. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, syrupy texture, soft carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Itís pretty good, but I dunno...itís not really that notable IMHO. Very smooth and enjoyable, no doubt. I just donít find anything particularly special about it. Itís in good shape, though, still plenty of carbonation and aromatic power, as this was shipped 2-day UPS right after bottling.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 4, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2011 TITW-II. Black body with tan head. The aroma is chocolate, molases, roast and very sweet. The flavor is milk chocolate, toffee and roast with thankfully only moderate sweetness. Medium/full body with soft carbonation and a smooth texture.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25063) - 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

   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%, itís 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 itís hard to do considering the vessel and how fast it goes. Good, but not outstanding.

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