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RATINGS: 388   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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4.3
orangesol (987) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2013
Thanks to foofaa for sharing this growler with all of us. The Dark Knight Returns, reviewed from notes.

A - Pours pitch black with a nice one finger tall tan head, dissipating down to a light film, leaving spotty streaks of lace down the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of warm bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate, molasses, toffee and caramel sweetness, oak and some dark roasted malt. Very well balanced all things considered, a truly lovely nose.

T - Starts off with the warm bourbon quickly giving way to a nice mix of sweetness; mainly chocolate, vanilla, molasses, toffee and caramel; oak and dark roasted malt. Finish is sweet with some dark roast and a mild booze burn, lingering long after the finish. Much like the nose it is really well balanced.

M - Big body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, roasty feel with a nice shot of warming bourbon at the end of each sip.

O - I really loved this one. As some of the other reviews have said it kind of smells and tastes like Bourbon County. It has everything I love in a bourbon barrel stout and yet it remains quite drinkable. I would love to have this one again in the future.

4.3
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Growler sampled at RBSG. From notes. Bourbon, dark fermented fruits, chocolate and rasisns. Holy crap batman, this stuff rocks!

4.2
TheHOFF43 (2052) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - AUG 21, 2013
Growler at RBSG from Kbutler, thanks man! Pour is very dark black with a decent beige head. Tons of chocolate, decently boozy but in a good way. Lots of caramel on the nose to mix with the chocolate. Fantastic.

4.2
Bacterial (3027) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Growler shared at RBSG - thanks!! Dark black pour with a slight tan head. Chocolate and boozy nose. Big chocolate and bourbon vanilla and caramel. Excellent.

3.7
madmitch76 (25101) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2013
14th October 2011
Opaque black beer, small chocolate - tan head. Smooth palate, semi dry. Low carbonation. Aniseed boozy dark malt. Mild coffee and vanilla. Dark chocolate. A little plummy fruit underneath. Dry finish with more aniseed alcohol. Heady stuff but tasty!

3.9
cards04 (2827) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 4, 2013
On tap at Barley Johns. So excited to finally try this! Pours black with no head. Aromas are massive bourbon, then vanilla, dried fruit, and grapes. Flavours are bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, cherries, raisins, and some vinous qualities. Lots of warmth from the bourbon. More carbonated than I thought it would be. Great!!

4
nsquishee (641) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Dark Knight Returns on tap @ Barley Johns (12/22/2012)- Nice chocolate, coffee, oak, and bourbon aroma. Pours an ominous dark brown color and is barely carbonated with a mocha-colored head. Flavors of coffee, chocolate, toffee, and dark barley malts. Not as thick as I would have imagined, but a very awesome sipper.

4.2
mnmike (1086) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 10, 2012
Snifter at the Brew Pub. Loved this, but I wish I could have had the original version - I think I might have liked it even more with stronger bourbon barrels. Was pretty close to forking over the $87 for a growler, but couldn’t bring myself to do it.

4.7
dreamflower (791) - 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.

4.2
northropfrye (3654) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 12, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2012 Had Bells Black Note one day, and this one the next! Strong sweet bourbon nose. Dark black colour with attractive head. Flavour is bourbon, but not overly boozy, coffee, some bitterness, but actually rather sweet. Great beverage.


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