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Dark Knight - Barley John's Brew Pub

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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 78
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Barley John's Brew Pub visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Bighuge on 07-17-2003)
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5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - frothy mocha head, dark brown color, good head retention.
S - bourbon, roast, chocolate, sugar, oak.
T - roasted malt, bourbon, strong whiskey after taste!
M - very bubbly, light medium body.
O - overall really tasty, almost tastes like half whiskey, half Baltic porter.

josephwa, Jan 09, 2013
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Hopstout, Feb 03, 2013
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5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I bought a growler back in January and took a chance at transferring it into 750ml bottles. Surprisingly it held up very well. Poured just like it did from the tap.

Dark brown in color.
Nice bourbon chocolate aroma.
Taste of heavy bourbon, oak, caramel and chocolate.
Velvety smooth mouth feel.
Over all one of the best Baltic Porters around.

hopazoid, Mar 19, 2013
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5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.88/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the dark knight returns halloween bash.

A: Served in a small tulip glass. Poured a black, no light passing through with a half finger of espresso brown head.

S: Wonderful bourbon aroma with mingling of dark fruits, charred oak and chocolate. The aroma is letting me know there is a lot coming up on the taste.

T: Bourbon, chocolate, dried fruit and some mocha like sweetness that I haven't tasted before from a non-coffee stout. Sweet, but balanced perfectly between the bourbon and alc. burn.

M: Slick/oily mouthfeel with mild carbonation. Dries fairly quickly in the mouth as the alc. dissipates the flavors and aromas up into the nose.

O: This is an excellent big bourbon stout. Unsurprisingly Barley John's has another peerless beer in their line up. The only downside is the price at over 9 dollars for a small tulip! Was worth it though.

Beerdregs, Nov 01, 2012
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4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aged in a bourbon barrel and double fermented - Yum!

Color is a solid black with some brownish highlights around the bottom. Small tannish head fades super fast and leaves very thin sheets of lace.

Smell is like a chocolate-chocolate chip cookie soaked in cough sryup. It has a good strong sense of alcohol, with a really nice woody/earthy deep dark chocolate, with complex notes of molasess, black licorice, dried smokey plums, raisin, vanilla, and fresh wild flowery notes. Its what I would imagine a chocolate factory in an open wet forest would smell like with one nostril while the other nostril is under a cup of Nyquil. I could smell this all day. Quite an intoxicating aroma, no pun intended.

Taste is complex, rich, and invigorating with a ton of deep dark chocolate, some molasses, fruity-like alcohol with a dark earthy quick bite of woodyness finding some hold about midway finishing with more complexing woody earth features of sweet malty tang and bitterness with notes of flowery spice like that of dulled mustard or ginger. Wow! The bourbon barrel worked its wonders on this brew. Fantastic! Very port-like in its character. Packs a big punch in flavor and alcohol, you can tell the alcohol is there but is mildly mellow and lends the feel to be smoother then you would think. Very rich, nearly full overall in mouthfeel with a welcoming smoothness that makes this dark knight a deadly easy drinkin' Porter. Super Yum!

tavernjef, Aug 13, 2003
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4.78/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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!

feloniousmonk, May 17, 2004
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My cuz STUBOB and myself swung by Barley John's today and sampled this one. It was all in all a great beer. We had the pleasure of being able to talk with the brewer, head chef, and owner, John. He was a really friendly guy who was happy to talk about his beers. Anyway, on to the beer. This one came in a little snifter. It was as black as midnight with a brown head. The aroma was great. It was port-like and oaky with a nice roastiness and a bit of alcohol. My anticipation was growing. The taste was amazing, with the port, oakiness coming through. There were also flavors of dark fruits, such as figs and dates. After talking with the brewer we found that he used a high gravity Trappist yeast for this one that gave it the estery dark fruit flavors. It also had a nice roastiness to it. All in all it was a high octane brew, one to be sipped, but it was still easy drinking. An exceptional brew, probably one of the best brews I have ever had.

BeerBuilder, Aug 09, 2003
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

bsuedekum, Jul 28, 2012
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Dark Knight from Barley John's Brew Pub
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