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RATINGS: 390   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
BrewCzar (108) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 10, 2009
On Draught at Barley Johns. Pours nearly black with a light brown head. Aromas of bourbon with chocolate and vanilla notes. Taste is sweet, vanilla, woody, roasted malts, with a bourbon and chocolate finish. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth and a good alcohol burn.

2.1
burcusabrews (106) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2004
Huge alcohol up front finishes with a slightly burnt flavor. Big mouthfeel. Definitely doesn’t hide the alcohol too much. Don’t like the serving vessel. This would be wonderful in a bif bordeaux glass or grand cru burgundy, but not this little tulip filled to full can’t even smell anything out of this, why don’t they just give me a shot glass. As it warms it starts to show oak. Really I don’t know what the huge fuss is over; it is just a porter that the brewer kept pumping full of table sugar unitl the yeast pooped out.

4.3
akevitt (97) - Valhalla, Minnesota, USA - MAY 31, 2007
This review refers to the 2007 The Dark Knight. The beer was a "bourbon bomb" but in a good way! It has a dark color and smells like bourbon. Fine bourbon and sweet caramel malt dominate the flavor. Almost overly sweet. I could barely taste that it was 13% alcohol!

3.6
BelgianGirl (89) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2005
Very alcoholic aroma, but a rich raspberry chocolate flavor, some caramel as well. Dark brown color.

3.8
cavery (48) - Palm Desert, California, USA - SEP 20, 2011
Finally found this beer in the directory! Couldn’t remember the proper spelling on "knight" and thought it was "night". Thanks to whoever cracked this at Woodshop Classix. Notes read dark smelted chocolate in a glass, no head but thin coffee films on top. Smells lightly of barrel, vanilla, almond, and hot chocolate. Taste is balanced, but the barrel definitely felt hidden. Tasted like a nutty brownie with some chipotle fudge. Hides the alcohol extremely well, but a lot of flavors seemed to cancel each other out. Alcohol in the feel, but not so much in the flavor.

5
tdaglow (41) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2008
This is a beer that I like more the more I have it. The deep black color almost makes one think twice about what they’re doing before driinking it and the strong bourbon, coffee and vanilla just gets smoother with every sip. I’d only be repeating what other have siad if I go on. My only question is what might a third go-round with the barrel.

3.7
drazil91 (41) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JUN 25, 2005
I sampled this at Brock_Landers house and really enjoyed it. Some of the Imperial Porters I don’t like- but this one had a WINE character but smelled like oaky chocolate. Very good stuff.

3.4
iradog (32) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 1, 2007
Pours nearly black with a very strong bourbon aroma with a hint of coffee. The bourbon/alcohol flavor overwhelms this beer.

4.8
beermenow1 (4) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2017 does not count
Pours a dark brown with tan to white that dissapates rather quick. Aroma of chocolate,l coffee, vanilla, and bourbon. This beer us 13% ABV and tastes like it is!! Very strong yet smooth!


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