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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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4.1
kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: The Dark Knight (Returns)
Date: 06/24/2006
Mode: Hand Bottled
Source: Tasting

black, whispy tan head, sweet licorish, bourbon, and chocolate aroma, creamy body, big sweet bourbon covered chocolate flavor, like a chocolate candy with a liquour center, no bitterness, hint of dark fruits

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4.1/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: ***+/4
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Date: 06/23/2007
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub

black, fine tan head, sweet bourbon and dark chocolate aroma that gets alcoholic with a quick stir, dark chocolate and dark caramel flavor, a huge bourbon character, vanilla sweetness accents the chocolate and caramel, alcohol is ever present, sticky sweetness

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ***+/4

4.5
alexsdad06 (10778) - 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
phaleslu (10652) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2011
Dear Dark Knight, thank you for Returning. 3 STL guys collaborated on a BA trade to land one of these growlers and opened it last night. Pours an inky, opaque dark brown with a tiny tan ring for a head. The aroma explodes with bourbon, with vanilla, oak, tannins, dark fruits (especially berries and dates), and caramel, and then it finishes with some lingering bourbony booze that rests in the nostrils for a few seconds. Good grief. The flavor didn’t entrance me quite as much but brought more bourbon, oak, rich coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, and charred wood. Medium-full bodied, with a smooth, roasty, boozy mouthfeel and mild carbonation. 4 of us took down the growler and I’m glad I got to try this much. Absolutely stunning. I now have the urge to drive to Minnesota for whatever’s left of this.

4.1
KimJohansen (10497) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2009
Black wth a medium deep beige head. The aroma with burned malt, coffee and dark bitter chocolate. Flavour was sweet with burned malt, chocolate and espresso notes. Finished sweet with warming alcohol. Nice one.

4.5
Maria (10211) - Thisted, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2009
Courtesy of Fonefan, growler. It is pitch black with a fat, oily mouthfeel – yummi. The aroma has notes of bourbon, licorice, coffee and plum. The aroma has a light sweetness and notes of roasted malt, coffee, licorice, bourbon, wood, plum, raisin and the alcohols is well hidden. It is a truly nice and very, very harmonic beer.

4.2
MartinT (10036) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 6, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2006 The Lure:
Vinous vanilla and obvious, near-ostentatious barrel fumes. Grapes harboring black pepper and potent, sweet fruitiness.

The Festivities:
Bourbon alcohol pulsing through veins of vanilla and molasses. Sweet chocolate and silky black licorice submitted to salty infusions. Warming alcohol lends itself to a pleasantly easy finish.

Transcendence:
The slow caress of a velvet glove.

3.9
GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 9, 2011
Growler, Dark Knight Returns shared at RBSG 2011 in Philly. The pour is 100% opaque ink with no head but leaves some heavy legs on the snifter. Looks like BCS Rare but even darker. Nose begins with some red apple moving to spicy whiskey, vanilla, and dark fruits like rum raisin. Taste is ultra rich and heavy with sharp black cherry, melted dark chocolate. Palate is full and sticky with massive oiliness and very mild whiskey heat in the finish. Very nice. Would like to try again.

4.4
arminjewell (9720) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 21, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2011 Dark Knight: On tap at Winterfest. Thick black pour, tan head. Aroma has notes of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, caramel and toffee. Taste is big bourbon and chocolate mixed, sweet vanilla, toffee, molasses, and a slight booze finish. Great brew, even if it is a bit strong. Dark Knight Returns: Poured thick syrupy black from the tap, in a snifter with almost no head. Smelled of bourbon, bourbon, and a little bit of chocolate/coffee. Tasted of bourbon at the front with a huge alcohol taste that finishes with coffee and deep chocolate. Good, but too much alcohol taste for me.

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blipp (9689) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUN 11, 2011
Growler at RBSG Grand Tasting. Pours near black with a beige head. Sweet and roasty aroma with some light smokey notes. The flavor has sweet bourbon, roasted malts, chocolate, and dark fruits. Good stuff.

4.2
3fourths (9358) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 18, 2004
footbalm hand bottled this one and sent it to me, man I still can’t believe that he did it... this guy rocks. I was getting ready to fly home for Thanksgiving weekend, just starting to pack my bags and UPS shows up... oh man, I was going to have a beer before heading to the airport anyway, and this is perfect timing. Poured out of the bottle with a good later of carbonation, footbalm did a great job bottling this. Strong nose of sweet cherried alcohol, a little bit of a nail-polish scent from the alcohol as well, but not in a bad way. Some bourbon as well, and oh man does it show up in the flavor... this stuff is hotter than I expected, a little bit of a whiskey/bouron bite on the back of the throat, with a rich buttery and charred wood flavor everywhere. Warming and tasty, it’s not that thick, especially for 12%, but it makes up for it in character. Isn’t overwhelming with the bourbon, something which I’m very critical of in many other beers... wine and wood tannin flavors abound, reminding me of Poseidon without the stout and wine flavors clashing. Awesome beer.


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