RATINGS: 392   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.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2012 Big chocolate and fig like scents, pours a nice black with almost no head. Taste is big time bourbon flavors, some dark fruit and a bit of bitter chocolate. One of the best beers I have had. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - NOV 6, 2012
On tap at the brewpub, served in a fluted glass, even as hyped as it is, this stuff rocks. 18months in bourbon for this batch and was definitely worth it. just a killer beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ryanfolty (2533) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2012
November 1, 2012, on tap at brewpub. Dark brown pour with tan head. Aroma of chocolate, dark fruit, bourbon, roasted malt and wood. Taste was consistent with aroma and the flavors were balanced nicely with a mild woody finish. Not overly sweet and not too much heat. I had been waiting to try this for a while and was not disappointed. Well done John!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Steasy66 (1124) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2012
Black with no head. Smells boozy with big toasted marshmallow notes. Big chocolate and whiskey note. Oaky and a bit sweet. Fantastic beer. A bit thin with nice carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Huhzubendah (3698) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 25, 2012
Growler shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike! The beer appears nearly black, with a small, mocha colored head that hangs out for a bit, leaving random traces of lacing on the glass. The aroma is fantastic, with delectable bourbon, oak, roast, and chocolate. The beer is so smooth and well balanced. Hints of brown sugar with a healthy malt, bourbon, and roast presence. Delicious! The beer is medium to full bodied and creamy. Silky smooth on the palate, with alcohol hidden extremely well. Carbonation is light, but present. Overall, an outstanding beer. Highly recommended. *** Had several pours of a growler shared by Brad. Again, fantastic stuff. Would love to have this again.

   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2012
Basically this is the best porter Ive ever had. If I didnt know any better this could be a stout. But whatever you want to say it is, its fantastic and I was begging for more each time my glass was empty. Full of bourbon and vanilla. Roasty, brown sugar, and chocolate sit in the background but damn the bourbon and vanilla are the kings here. Lovely stuff and will be making my top 10 for the year no doubt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hrking (140) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JAN 20, 2012
This is a great beer with just the right amount or bourbon shining through. Pours an expected dark almost stout like consistency with a slight tan head. Goes down nice with the bourbon and barrel flavor throwing in a nice lingering on the tongue. Maybe just a hint of coffee flavor but not overly upfront and subdued in the background just enough to accent the overall enjoyment of this great beer. Expensive growler but worth the effort! Recommend if you ever get the chance!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (6260) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Growler from ben. Thanks! Big bourbon nose huge alcohol vanilla, chocolate, dark fruit. Wow its hot. Black pour no head nice legs. Chocolate bourbon more bourbon more bourbon roast, dark fruit, alcohol, fussed, fumes, gas, nice flavors roast comes through is tasty just way too hot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - 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 cant believe we drank the whole thing and I cant believe the price I paid for this growler, I got hammered and I got screwed at the same time.

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