RATINGS: 390   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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phaleslu (11074) - 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.

daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 26, 2009
Shared at DL day by jkwalking. Black pour, nice tan head. Aroma is very nice wtih bourbon, roast, espresso notes, vanilla, chocolate and some raisiny hints. Flavor is really a great balance of chocolate, fruit, roast and bourbon. I am so glad I got to try this! Cheers!!

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

KimJohansen (10498) - 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.

MartinT (10239) - 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.

The slow caress of a velvet glove.

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.

blipp (10184) - 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.

GT (10001) - 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.

arminjewell (9746) - 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.

bytemesis (9729) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 2, 2015
Dark Knight mini growler thanks to TheHoff - mega beer karma points for this one! Pours a dark black with a nice but small creamy brown head that dissipates fairly slowly leaving good lacing. Aroma has lots of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, some coconut and dark dried things (raisins and figs, mostly). Flavor is quite sweet and light bitter -- Homer’s booze soaked candy bar isn’t far off here -- lots of vanilla and bourbon notes with out a lot of accompanying astringency, which is nice. Body is perhaps a little light, the only real "drawback" of this really really tasty beer.

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