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RATINGS: 391   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.13/5   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DocLock (10293) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2005
Big thanks to footbalm for hand bottling this one for me. Blacker than black, with a small tan head. Big aroma of bourbon, oak, potent vanilla, malt, chocoff, licroice, prunes. The aroma is a lot like Heresy. Tastes very malty, with giant bourbon, oak, vanilla, prunes, chocolate syrup, licorice. Dense palate. More complex as it warms, and well balanced. I like this one better than Heresy. Very smooth. The alcohol is present, and it will kick you in the ass, but you have to admire beers like this. Thanks again, Eric!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2005
Superb barrel aged beer, not too overwhelming by any means. Very dark black pour, with alcohol absorbing most to the nose, with hints of the bourbon, chocoalte, some vanilla, tiny amounts of fruits. Very roasty keeps you warmed up for sure. Quite mellow. Big thanks to Footbalm for this rarity.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jtw (1163) - farmington, Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2005
bottled by footbalm. delicate aroma of a chocolate raspberry truffle with a bourbon center. plenty of alcohol edge which detracts ever-so-slightly, but this beer is a monster. it even smells like 12%. quite malty, like a regular porter with a half-shot of jim beam or hennessy. tart cherries and more raspberries, with a powerful alcohol presence. long sticky finish from the alcohol that leaves legs on the glass. awesome beer. it gets smoother with less of an alcohol bite as it warms. drink this slowly, let it work up to room temperature. more chocolate and fragile fruits show up later. its a porter on steroids.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - FEB 22, 2005
Hand Bottled from Minn/St. Paul
Dated 11/11/2004

Aroma: carmel malts, some acetone, roasted malts, thick sweetness, bourbon, cherries and alcohol scents
Appearance: very dark, near black, tan head, lacing
Flavor: very sweet, dark fruits--like cherries, roasted malts, some alcohol, some bourbon--especially at the back of the throat
Palate: sweet and thick, very smooth, nice burnt malt/roasted coffee bean aftertaste mixed with some bananas
Overall: excellent...thanks footbalm!

3.6
   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!

3.6
   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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brodie (540) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - FEB 17, 2005
This sample was bottled off of a growler. Potent aroma, very fruity, lots of higher alcohols, rich chocolate. Intense flavor, very sweet, caramel and chocolate, lots of alcohol. Full bodied and syrupy, warming. Very nice. Thanks to Silphium!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - FEB 15, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2005 (Dark Knight) First of all, HUGE props go out to Footbalm for getting me this beer. Tasted side by side with its non-aged brother, Alfreds Porter. 12oz hand bottled bottle. 54.6. NB worthy glass. Poured a dark, dark black color with no head to speak of except for some bubbles and a slight khaki-colored haze. Upon swirling, I find it coats the glass. You can smell the bourbon barrel on the nose. Along with the dark malt, you pick up the wood with its vanilla and woodsy flavors with some sourish notes early on. Flavor is overly influenced by the barrel. The flavor is very woodsy, with an abundance of oakish tannins. Sourish dark malt comes through at first; then the hops impart their flavor, giving a spicy feel. The finish is more of the same barrel flavors, the wood and to a lesser extent, vanilla, with some hops coming through and fading into roasty barrel flavors. The barrel flavors, in this beer, overwhelm its great flavor. Nice mouthfeel. The Alfreds Porters was much more complex and was a clear favorite. I finished the last few sips @ 63; it had a huge alcoholic burn.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pailhead (6539) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - FEB 10, 2005
Bottle: Great aroma. Malt, wine, vanilla, and oatmeal cookie. Pours a dark brown, virtually black, with almost no head (just tiny bubbles around the edges). Lightly sweet up front. Lots of chocolate in the middle. Light coffee in the finish that lingers into the aftertaste. Wine makes its presence in the middle, but really fades in the finish. Theres a light alcohol burn in the finish. Thanks to Styles for sharing this great brew. Excellent!!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2005
dark brown with no head....aroma is of roasted coffee, coffee, alcohol, nuts, and cream; flavor is of nuts, coffee, chocolate, milk, with a wonderful aftertaste (slight alcohol to the flavor)...perfect smooth and creamy palate....ive concluded that imperial porters are my favorite style


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