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RATINGS: 388   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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undsioux7 (876) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUN 6, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2006 Just have to say WOW to start! Had it on tap at the pub in a small snifter. Poured almost jet black with a small dark tan head. Aroma is wonderful: bourbon, chocolate, coffee, vanilla. Taste was basically the same wonferul flavors as the aroma. I just loved the balance of all of it. The bourbon wanted to become to much at times but contained itself. Re-Rate: Time to give it that 5.0 that it deserves and I was too much of a wuss to give it the first time for fear of what I know not. It was even better the second time around. YES!!!!!!!!

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.

4.9
TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - NOV 7, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2007 Enjoyed a sample of this one at Tasting in the Woods, Part Deux. This beer was the surprise of the night for me, and a beer that I found to be so delicious and drinkable, I was ready to book a flight to Minnesota. Pours to a slightly murky, black color, with a slight tan head, and a soft carbonation. The nose on this beer is incredible, with complex layers of aroma. Sweet malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, bourbon, pepper, toffee, and light roast flood the nose. The plate is like silk on the tongue. Complex flavors of what was in the nose grab hold, and just do not let go. Lots of good chocolate, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, and coffee flavors. Dark Knight Returns ends with more of those wonderful, complex flavors up front, then ends with some dark roasty and peppery alcohol that lingers. Phenomenal beer.

4.9
bjpate (1) - Coon Rapides, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2008 does not count
A Beer.... Wait that isn’t correct. A dancing delight on your taste buds while soothing the inner beast elixer is more like it. This beer is on a level on it’s own. There is nothing like it nor would I want there to be. I won’t break it down to the individual notes and what not - Just know that it is somthing to enjoy and to add to the 1000 things you must do before you die.

4.9
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 9, 2011
64oz, perfect sealed growler courtesy of guerde. thanks so much, andy! super stoked to finally get a crack at this monster of a beer and it certainly did not disappoint. pours a ridiculously viscous, slick, obsidian black with a thin, whispy, quickly fading mocha head that leaves a razor thin ring of lace. aroma is an absolute assault of decadence with rich, oaked bourbon, spices, and dark chocolate fudge backed by roasted malts, molasses, and toasted coconut with subtle hints of dark fruit and trail mix. flavor is stunning as well with a blast of spicy, woody, warming bourbon up front that settles out smoothly into fudge brownies, roasted malts, coffee, and hints of vanilla with notes of oak and dark fruits on the finish. palate is huge and rich with smooth carbonation and a massive, woody, bourbon finish with notes of dark chocolate. overall, and absolutely massive brew that reaches the upper eschelon of barrel aged beers i’ve ever tasted.


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