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100
100
style
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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4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JAN 2, 2007
Hand bottled beer from Eric (footbalm) Thanks. I am always skepitcal of the newest BA beers that I end up with. Pours out a dark black color with a tan head. Smell is vanilla, oak, roasted malts, some coffee, some caramel sugars. Very good. Taste is smooth and sweet with a little bit of the bourbon coming through, but not in an offensive way. A nice light barrel aging is quite the good thing. The 13% abv is hidden so well, the beer almost tastes like it has 0%. wow. Deserving of its top spot on the porter list. Very good, amazing stuff.


3.7
Theydon_Bois (20929) - 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.

2.2
longshot (4) - , Wisconsin, USA - FEB 14, 2017 does not count
Everyone seems to love this one. Let’s disagree, aroma is pure alcohol...nothing worth smelling here. Pours dark black...love stouts so it has potential, unfortunately initial taste is alcohol, kinda like drinking a shot of whiskey. Aftertaste however does work itself out into chocolate, caramel and other dark flavors. Quite nice actually. In the end $8.9 a pint and $34 dollars a 4 pack not worth it. Many others considerably better at half the price....

4.6
gopherfan99 (2012) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2017
Can; pours black with a thin mocha colored head; rich aroma of dark chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon with hints of wood, caramel, and dark fruits; taste is sweet dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla, bourbon, and some wood notes; finish is dry and boozy with a hint of chocolate; excellent

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!


4.3
AWISLguy (3375) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 1, 2016
On tap at Ray’s in Tosa. Talk about a white whale!! Black pour, no head. Aroma has bakers chocolate, vanilla, caramel, light anise. Smooth and strong. The barrel kicks in harder down through the glass. Taste is big vanilla, dark chocolate, caramel, some ash, some licorice. The vanilla/caramel trumps all down the glass. Somewhat alcoholly, the blend is solid, if a touch rough. solidly carbonated. Full bodied. Finishes well blended between bitter and sweet. Time to warm, or a bottle to age (or it turns out -- a CAN to age, as the Barley John rep says they will be releasing in cans in the fall), and this could be excellent. As it is, "just" very good. 16.8

3.8
csaso (2337) - Missouri, USA - APR 13, 2016
Tap, "Returns" - not much head, pitch black color, big alcohol aroma, sweet and roasty malt flavor, some woody notes come through from the barrels, some complexity in there, good overall ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
djd07 (15704) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 2, 2016
Growler, huge thanks to Jack for this! Pours black with small beige head thst diminishes to nothing. The aroma is strong roasted malt, cracker, chocolate, wood, bourbon. Thick mouth, chewy, bourbon, roast, dark chocolate, lingering sweetness, really enjoyed this one.

4.2
Leighton (22555) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2016
Growler shared during RBWG - many thanks to jackl. Pours deep black-brown with a creamy beige head. Big dark malt nose, some cocoa, scorched earth, raisins, burnt caramel. Medium to heavy sweet flavor with rich dark chocolate, some gooey dark fruits, raisins, plums, figs, mild scorched earth bitterness, full bodied, oily and lightly chewy, with fine carbonation. Warming finish, plenty of luxurious chocolate, further rich dark fruits, mild balancing bitterness. Great stuff.

4.1
JulienHuxley (5967) - Sherbrooke, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 2, 2016
Sample from a Growler. Black pour with thin white head. Aroma is rich and malty, molasses, light roast. Taste is rich, caramel chocolate flavor, sweet with light bitterness. Palate is full bodied, warming alcohol. Quite tasty.

3.8
VsXsV (4560) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 2, 2016
Growler shared at hotel lobby fart share @ RBWG 2016. Opaque black liquid with small light tan head. Aroma of raw sugar, licorice, raisins, bourbon, chocolate and light coffee. Taste is light to medium sweet and light bitter with notes of raw sugar, raisins, bourbon and chocolate. Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Nice, but not a 100/100 beer. Bit too boozy.


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