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RATINGS: 392   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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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (6118) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 18, 2011
Growler shared at RBSG 2011. Poured a dark black oily body with no head what so ever. Aroma of dark fruits, dark brown sugar, alcohol, chocoalte and some Belgian yeast. Medium to fuller bodied, smooth sipping, average carbonation which actually is pretty strong for a barrel aged growler. Flavor similar to the aroma with a touch more old chocolate sneaking in. Thanks to whoever brought this highly sought after super expensive growler.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 28, 2011
Sampled at ABR this fall. Pours a nice thick black... has creamy off white head that lasts a while. Aroma is full of oak and roastyness. Delicious.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (24324) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2013
14th October 2011
Opaque black beer, small chocolate - tan head. Smooth palate, semi dry. Low carbonation. Aniseed boozy dark malt. Mild coffee and vanilla. Dark chocolate. A little plummy fruit underneath. Dry finish with more aniseed alcohol. Heady stuff but tasty!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (18966) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2017
Growler split at RBWG 16 hotel lobby share, big thanks to Jackl who I once enjoyed some cock action with while his sister watched, 01/02/16. Black with a good tan covering. Nose is chocolate, vanilla fudge, dark fruit rinds, light peppery spice, jammy berry fruit. Taste comprises black forest gateaux, chocolate log, red berry jam, tofee fudge, mollases, light roast. Full bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with a light boost. Solid impy number if a touch overly sweet for my liking.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2004
Ive had Perkunos Hammer on tap and found the experience to be one of the most enjoyable Ive had as a beer lover. So I am definitly a fan of the style. This version, however, was a let down both because I enjoy the style and because of the hype. Because of its thinness on the palate and over the top alcohol vapor in the nose this could have passed as a liquor. There was so much alcoholic vanilla that if someone had blindfolded me and had me taste it, I might have thought it was meant for cooking, not quaffing. I tried to take small sips and let it sit in my mouth. I tried a gulp to see if I could get into it that way. Nope. Just boozy. I prefer Perkunos (or Synebrychoff for that matter) with less alcohol and a much bigger and stickier malt profile.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - FEB 19, 2005
Bottled from growler: pours black with little head. Very rich aroma of walnuts, cherries, alcohol. Flavor is very full with lots of fruit and alcohol, chocolate, nuts, bourbon. Potent!

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - MAR 11, 2005
Hand-bottled by Footbalm (I beleive) and sent to me courtesy of Zac (Hellomynameis). Big thanks to the both of ya! Ok, now to the beer. Pours an opaque pitch black color, almost no carbonation. Aroma is lots of bourbon, a little coffe and sugar. Mostly booze. Flavor is suprisingly smooth and a little sweet. Lots of milk chocolate and sweeter malt comes out. Smooth and complex, lots of brown sugar and molasses in here, vanilla, bourbon, and a touch of almond. The aroma really sets me off, and the flavor is just too sublte and provides a poor match to the strong "woody bourbon" aroma.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2008 Top 50 brew hand bottled by footbalm. Pours oily black with no head. Heavy bourbon through and through. Lots of wine-like character in this brew. Has a strong vanilla/alcohol presence in finish. Almost like an extract taste. Takes a hit in overall because of the huge alcohol/warming burn in the finish. Even though I am a little against the grain on this, still very appreciative for the chance. Thanks again Eric. 3.4...On tap: May 06, Huge sweet bourbon aroma, not much else. Flavor is all vanilla, bourbon, really sweet and creamy. Long lingering residuel sweetness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (7628) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 23, 2005
The Dark Knight, bottled from growler. Virtually no head. Body is black (virtually opaque, flashlight tested). Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate, caramel), with notes of alcohol, oak, vanilla, whisky. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, syrupy texture, soft carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Its pretty good, but I dunno...its not really that notable IMHO. Very smooth and enjoyable, no doubt. I just dont find anything particularly special about it. Its in good shape, though, still plenty of carbonation and aromatic power, as this was shipped 2-day UPS right after bottling.


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