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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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4.7
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 17, 2004
Served in a little snifter, about 5 ounces. Total blackness, ebony’s epitome, with a tiny ring of burnt brown espresso-toned foam foam. Aroma is incredible, a bold, blatantly alcoholic cornucopia of flavor: dark rum, molasses, carob, plum, fig, a myriad mix, laced with whiskey and maple syrup. A nose I plunged mine into for as long as I could. Taste: again, incredible. Here, I wish there was a larger serving, or that the growlers weren’t so damned expensive, for I needed more time with this rich and ever-unfolding flavors. Thick mouthfeel, bottomless, vast, stretching on and on...same flavors from aroma return on the tongue, dark, twisted, utterly delcious, like chocolate and licorice and a jolt of Jack Daniel’s on the side, with bitter bites of espresso tones to match the abysmal texture (in this context, I’m using the good definition), and wickedly sweet nature of the flavor. Long finish, never-ever-ending. An amazing beer, one that would start a riot if they put it in bottles!

4.7
muzzlehatch (4969) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 14, 2004
Snifter at the brewpub. Still and chocolate liqueur-like in the body. Incredibly intense acoholic chocolate-cherry liqueur dominates an unbelievable aroma that manages to also encapsulate oaky bourbon, and touch of bitter orange, and caramel creme. Cherry cordial at the front of the equally powerful flavor, sublime subtle alcoholic warming, bittersweet and milk chocolates melded in ecstasy. Alcohol could be just a little less obtrusive, but this is nonetheless a masterpiece and easily the best new beer I had in 3 weeks touring the midwest. Future Top 50 without question.

4.7
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 20, 2004
Dark Black Coloring. Espresso Coloring Head. Earthy, Pine Aroma. Wonderful Flavors! Tasted Vanilla Bean, Earthy...resolved it tastes very much like a homemade Kahlua...warming from the high alcohol. Very Thick... One of the beers I’ve had overall!!

4.7
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JUL 14, 2006
Well folks, this is about as good as it gets. Hand bottled courtesy of footbalm. Coconut, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, and caramel dominate this beer. This beer is hot w/ alcohol from start to finish. Flavors blend very well. One of the best beers I have had. Thanks Eric.

4.7
Dorwart (2609) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 30, 2006
Robertsrealty attempted to send me a friggin GROWLER of this awesome brew. Had some issues with the transport but most of it made it here. Pretty much flat at this point but damn is this still some awesome $hit!!! No head, no carbonation. Pours black with a hint of reddish brown around the edges. Slick and oily going into the glass. Great rich alcoholic aroma with plenty of sweet malts, toffee, caramel and roasted grains. Maybe a little raisin in there also. AMAZING AROMA!!!! Hint of the bourbon (alcohol). God I love bourbon barrel brews. Flavor is just as amazing as the aroma. Rich and sweet with tons of malts, roasted grains, molasses, caramel, you name it. Damn this is good. Strong alcohol presence and warming. Amazing balance as the description states. Just a hint of the bourbon for good measure. Slick in the mouth yet creamy and coating. Finish is creamy and smooth as all hell. Just about as perfect a brew as you can get. This really can’t be classified as a porter at 13% but the flavor is just so smooth and slick, but yet not chewey, like an impy, that it is the best porter that you will ever have. A HUGE THANKS to robertsrealty for this amazing brew. The only bad thing about this brew is that I lost about 1/4 to 1/3 in transport. I am thinking of going and sucking the cardboard from the box. This brew really is that good!!! I can’t imagine what this stuff would be like fresh! YOU DA MAN!!!!

4.7
beerhandy (195) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 26, 2006
Hand bottle from footbalm thank you sir! Poured into a scottish thistle glass about 50 degrees.Vanilla notes are noticed as this thick beer pours a slight Tan head forms on a dark chestnut beer.The foam fades to a lace cap ... a collar ... nothing.Aromas of vanilla ,mollasses, dark rum,slighty burnt toast and roasted marshmallows.Wine like texture roast malts and carmel sweetness,coffee no hops but the tannins of the oak leaves a dryness even though this beer is deliciously sweet.I really liked this beer!!!

4.7
phaleslu (10670) - 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.

4.7
drowland (9074) - Georgia, USA - AUG 13, 2011
On tap. Pitch black pour with a small brown head. Awesome aroma of bourbon, vanilla, oak, and more. Amazing flavor of wood, chocolate, coconut, and lingering roast coffee. Awesome flavors and perfect balance. Stellar.

4.7
XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2012 Big chocolate and fig like scents, pours a nice black with almost no head. Taste is big time bourbon flavors, some dark fruit and a bit of bitter chocolate. One of the best beers I have had. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.7
dreamflower (792) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 13, 2012
This was a fantastic bourbon imperial porter. I enjoyed it a lot and am glad I had the opportunity to finally try it.


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