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RATINGS: 389   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.13/5   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.

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4.3
bu11zeye (13239) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2007
(Draft) Pours a black body with a medium brown head. Aroma of bourbon, roastiness, and oak. Flavor of roasted malt, Whoppers malt balls, vanilla, and caramel.

4.4
hopdog (13191) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2006 Shared hand bottled from mid-west courtesy of egajdzis (thanks!). This arrived via UPS as we were sitting around enjoying other beers. Poured a very dark black color with a small brown head. Aromas and tastes of dark fruits (plums and raisins), vanilla, apples, and a little woody and smokey. Sweet. Molasses. A lot going on here.9 4 8 4 17

Retasted from Growler I acquired in a trade on BA. Aromas of vanilla, wood, raisins, prunes, light bourbon, and caramel. Tastes of stong raisins and plums, light bourbon, vanilla, some wood and coffee. On the sweet side but not cloyingly sweet. Increased the numbers a little bit. My only downside is how much $ it is per Growler!

4.2
Sammy (12967) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2008
Enjoyed on-tap at the brewpub. This is a refermented Dark Knight, and uses $250 bourbon bottles’ casks. Wine colour, virtually no head. Above-average mouthfeel. Complex bourbon lavours, a bit of oak, a sipper Great aroma from the quality bourbon. Served too cold,so much better as it warmed.

3.9
deyholla (12582) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2014
On tap at the brewpub. Pours black with a bubbly dark brown head that dissipates quickly to the edges and laces slightly. Aroma has a combination of bourbon and dark grains with a bit of roasted malts and chocolate underlying. Flavor combines chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and dark grains and some roasted malts.

4.4
jcwattsrugger (12559) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2011
growler @RBSG shared by Brad?-pours a disappearing brown head and black color. Aroma is bourbon/anise/molasses-dark malt, secondary earthy, sweet dark fruit. Taste is bourbon/anise/molasses-dark malt, secondary earthy hops bite, sweet dark fruit.

4.2
madsberg (11798) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2005
Hand bottled by Footbalm from a growler. Bottle sealed with wax: Pitch black colour. Chocolate brown dense head. Chocolate, coconut, vanilla, sweetness, bourbon notes and alcohol in the aroma. Dense and full. Flavour of coconut, chocolate, light roast. Alcohol is quite evident. A surprisingly smooth mouthfeel. Is sweet and warming in the end, with a touch of sweet chocolate and bitterness. This is some brew. I’m impressed that its so good after a handbotteling and a long journey. I can imagine myself sitingt in Barley Johns Brew pub with a fresh pint of this. Thanks goes to Footbalm for sending this awesome brew.

4.5
BVery (11458) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 7, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2015 TAP: at Barley John’s, 3.6.09. Nice dark pour, with bourbon, vanilla, and some esters on the nose. Taste is complex - dark fruit, sweet, boozy, and plenty of sweet chocolate. Very good. Re-rate: Nov. 2, 2012. Better than I remember it from before. Awesome.

4.8
hopscotch (11409) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 26, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2015 (2004 Dark Knight - Original Batch - First Time Use Beam Barrel) Growler... This beer rocks!... Let me just start things off by saying "What a terrific, world class beer!" It’s worth its weight in gold and at $55 per growler, it had better be. Midnight black and thick with a tiny, fizzy, well-tanned head. The nose is to die for with notes of charred wood, vanilla, port, sour mash (of course), caramel, cherries, chocolate and espresso. Just the right amount of bourbon... not overdone. The flavor pretty much matches the nose, but also has notes of blackstrap molasses and warm alcohol. Ultra full-bodied with a heavy, oily mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Lengthy, burnt, bitter, alcoholic finish. Again, "What a terrific, world class beer!" Thanks go out to footbalm for the growler!

4.5
alexsdad06 (11222) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2009
In the madness of DLD09 a very kind soul appeared and shared some of this long sought after brew. Fortunately, this more than lived up to the hype. Pour was black with a medium sized tan head. The aroma was so good it was difficult to start drinking the beer. Bourbon, chocolate, roast, dark fruit, molasses, and vanilla. Once I decided to take the first sip I was rewarded with rich chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, bourbon, wood, vanilla, molasses, dark fruits,with some alcohol that does not distract. This continued to develop as it warmed a bit and proved to be a complex standout beer. This was right up there as one of the stars of the day.

4.7
DocLock (11189) - 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!


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