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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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrChopin (3474) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 12, 2011
Tepid brown, red hints. Flavor is heavy burnt, sticky, bit of anise and root on lips, very heavy sugary brownie on swallow. Nose is super hot brownie, burnt and sugary again, light bourbon influence for some rounded qualities, though tough for me to drink despite the oily texture.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
HonusWagner (1630) - Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2014 Hm. A difficult beer to wrap my hands around. First off, it perfectly hits the mouthfeel, oily and thick and almost like drinking an excellent scotch. Thing is, the nose and the palate also hit scotch, and aren’t nearly so stellar. At moments the beer is fudgy, chocolatey goodness with only whispers of oak and booze, but it’s just so damn hot most of the time that I am confused and given pause. Hits you like an absolute jackhammer; the first couple sips are pretty awesome, but I cannot in good faith rate this particularly highly. Just about as undrinkable as beer gets without tasting downright horrible.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (12789) - 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)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - JUN 7, 2005
Bottled. Very dark brown coloured. Strong aroma of coconut and bourbon. Very sweet coconut and bourbon flavour. Full bodied and very warming, but rather cloying. I am not very fond of coconuts nor bourbon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
italarican (1484) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - JUN 12, 2011
Growler (Returns) generously shared at the RBSG grand tasting. Pours black as (dark) night. Aroma is massive. Musty and aggressive with notes of paint, kahlua, and chocolate liqueur. Aroma goes too far and is off balance of paint, alcohol, and chocolate liqueur. Harsh and syrupy. Too much.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2012
Thanks suzygreenburg! Completely black, small dark mocha head poured from a growler. Dark charred nose, almost ashy. Dark and some tannic rich dark bourbon barrel. Aggressive. Extreme molasses fired oak, cherry and rich. Thinner body isolates these characteristics. Very warming, boozy. Too boozy for me and out of balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 16, 2011
In short: A brutal, immensely bourbony, very sweet., boozy and roasted black beer. Oh well… it is what it is
How: Fresh growler, split three-way. Growler sent to me by tytoanderso, thanks a lot Tyler
The look: Black body topped by a beige ring of foam
In long: The strong nose is an explosion of bourbon barrels and alcohol fumes, not much else going on in the aroma, a wet-dream for the bourbon barrel aged beer lover, which I am not Taste is a slap in the mouth. Lots of residual sugars, lots of booze, lots of bourbon, burnt cacao powder, burnt oat, some coconut, notes of black pepper, light vinous notes. As thick as a beer can be but surprisingly relatively well carbonated for a 13% BA monster. Alcohol is not well hidden at all, ratebeer says it is 13% but I suspect this 2011 batch was much higher, three of us had to work hard to go through this growler. A brutal beer that is also way too expensive. I can’t believe we drank the whole thing and I can’t believe the price I paid for this growler, I got hammered and I got screwed at the same time.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madvike (2905) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 20, 2011
On tap at GTMW - One of the biggest disappointments for me at the festival. I’ve been wanting to try this for several years, and it just didn’t come through. Pours dark as night with a couple tan bubbles--pretty still. Smells a little hot, but with tons of sweet caramel. There’s a little roast to offset it, but the barrel aging brings it way over the top into cloying sweetness. Taste is a bit better, with more prominent roast, but it’s still really sweet, with caramel, vanilla, and the bourbon aging present. Smooth and slick, but very little carbonation.

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