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RATINGS: 378   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.


3.6
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 2, 2006
Bottle (hand bottled) from Santa. Pours black as ink with no head (the bottle had a fair amout of air in it, so the low carbonation may not be a feature when it comes out of the tap). My first impression of the aroma was that it took me back to my model-building days. It smelled almost exactly like the little bottles of paint I used to paint the models. While that might sound bad, it triggered some good nostalgia, and then other components of the aroma came through that were more appropriate: a hint of bourbon (not over the top like so many BA beers today) over roasty goodness. In the mouth it was very sweet (a little too much for me) with a touch of bourbon (again, in just the right amount), and hints of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, etc. It was pretty flat (again, probably not true if you get it direct from the tap). Overall, I was glad to be able to try it, and I would love to try it at the source. Thanks, Santa!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2007 Hand bottled from Footbalm. Black as motor oil. Aroma of Bing cherries, wood, maple, Dark chocolate,charcoal,dirt, and alcohol. Howís that sound!? Thatís also what it tasted like. Thanks, Eric.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DalzAle (2009) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - FEB 14, 2009
Enjoyed at Winterfest 2009. Dark black/brown pour with minimal carbonation. Aroma was very bourbon and boozy. Flavor was of toasty malts, a little smoke and weak bourbon and vanilla. A very good beer, but not worth the hype around it.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (34797) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iradog (32) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 1, 2007
Pours nearly black with a very strong bourbon aroma with a hint of coffee. The bourbon/alcohol flavor overwhelms this beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JUL 4, 2007
First beer of the RBSG 2007 Pub Crawl. Draft, at the brewpub. This is for the "dark Knight", not "Returns". Black with a ring of brown for a head. Very heavy on the bourbon in the nose and flavor, some malt and vanilla peek through in the flavor. Bourbon really steps on everything else. Good, but not great. I think the Returns version would be amazing, based on this sample. As is, however, the bourbon is just too overpowering (and I LOVE bourbon - just not this much in my beer).

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 11, 2007
Growler. A black beer with a small beige head. The aroma is light roasted malt, glue, fruits and alcohol, so is the taste. Medium to full body with a alcoholic finish. Very alcoholic!!!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hapjydeuce (972) - Carlsbad, California, USA - NOV 22, 2007
Big up to jarspag for the DMBT growler on this one. Talk about an unexpected flavor and disappointing revelation of a brew; hmm. Maybe ícause the growler had been sitting for 3 weeks (but chilled). Aroma is thick sugary molasses and a hot blend of alcohol and bourbon - overly so for that matter. Sugar bombs over Baghdad! Charcoal, more molasses and some weird skunk I canít recall. This blend smacks you in the face with hot alcohol, totally raw. Almost a task to drink a full glass....and damn, we had this whole growler of fresh Doom sitting in front of us. Thick oily mouth feel. Not something I would necessarily go for again, but hey, itíll get you hammered.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (16999) - 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.


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