Dark Knight | Barley John's Brew Pub

Dark KnightDark Knight
BA SCORE
94.9%
Liked This Beer
4.37 w/ 176 ratings
Dark KnightDark Knight
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Barley John's Brew Pub
Minnesota, United States
barleyjohns.com

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bighuge on 07-17-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#764
Reviews:
88
Ratings:
176
Liked:
167
Avg:
4.37/5
pDev:
9.61%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
111
Gots:
12
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 176 |  Reviews: 88
Photo of Stevedore
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bourbon barrel-aged version, 16oz can served in a snifter glass. Pours a dark black body, opaque with a one finger offwhite head, good retention and no lacing. Smell is distinct bourbon richness, oak, milk chocolate, a fair bit of roast and espresso. Vanillin. Nice bourbon presence right off the bat. Flavour is plenty of bourbon, milk chocolate, roasted malt and touch of oily black coffee, light earth, touch of vanillin. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, good carbonation, slightly creamy with a hefty body.

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Photo of Narthax
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sparky44
4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vicirus
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

this is an awesome beer, ages well, and might be my favorite of all offerings i have had from these guys so far. somehow they still fly under the radar, yet their beer really is leading the way in some respects, especially this one, which is a barrel aged porter of enormous depth and quality. pouring a thicker looking near black color with a mocha colored head, pretty stuff. aroma is awesome, not oxidized at all from the age, sweet smelling, molasses and tobacco notes, unbrewed coffee grinds, and lots of bourbon and vanilla and barrel char from the ageing. molasses and brown sugar up front ahead of the roast in the flavor, supported and propped up immediately by the whiskey, with notes of graham cracker and coffee behind it. some booze, but this isnt hot, and not an overabundant amount of residual sugar. body and bitterness to finish, the coats the palate all mellow and huge at the same time, not sticky just big. i love all the dark grain in here, the maturity of the wood on it and the seamless integration of so many layers of flavor. this is hands down the most ambitious barley johns beer i have had, really special stuff, and not to be missed when it comes back around next time! get one for the cellar too, this is drinking beautifully right now!

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.03/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Jeff for this one. I've been wanting to try this beer for years! 16oz. can into a Surly teku. Shared with schen9303.

Nose is roast, booze, molasses, chocolate and smoke. Aromatic and rich if a little boozy. Beer opens booze, sweet soy sauce and chocolate and molasses. There's a smokiness that floats in the background, leaving a gap between it and the chocolate and dark fruit flavors up front. Middle has a touch of roast and some baker's chocolate. Finishes boozy with more chocolate and rich molasses. Body is medium with moderate to low carbonation. Real smooth and drinkable. This doesn't feel like 12% even though it tastes like it.

A real well balanced and carefully crafted beer. Good balance and complexity. Definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of Vidblain
4.88/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Onenote81
3.89/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of unclekeith
4.03/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Benish
4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KarlHungus
4.08/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours an visibly oily opaque black color. The head is small, and recedes into nothing which is expected from a barrel aged beer. The aroma is of oak, vanilla, bourbon, and alcohol. There are faint hints of roasted malt and cocoa, but the whiskey and barrel dominate. The taste is much the same: barrel, bourbon and alcohol. I get almost no porter characteristics in the mouth. I will note that the alcohol, while distinctly present, is well enough integrated into the beer that it isn't off putting, which I consider quite a compliment to Barley John's. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a creamy texture. The carbonation is a touch high for the style though. Overall, this is a very barrel forward version of a BA stout/porter which, to me, makes it one dimensional. However, it does that dimension quite well. For those who love barrel forward beers this is one to seek out. Those who prefer to still taste the base beer after its been in a barrel might want to pass.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours midnight black. Moderate amount of bubbles and a slight finger of tan head that quickly settles into a thin creamy patch.

Smell: A rich and roasty dark malt driven aroma with a scent of bourbon, chocolate, and coffee. Good barrel scent of bourbon whiskey with vanilla, oak, and wood. Dark roasted barley malt with a scent of dark chocolate, coffee, toast, biscuit, smoke, grains, nuts, caramel, and toffee with yeast. Sweet scent of molasses. Dark fruit hints of raisin, cherry, and prune. Also some hints of anise, tobacco, and leather. A really good rich aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a very rich and roasty dark malt driven taste with notes of bourbon, chocolate, and coffee. Big barrel presence with notes of bourbon whiskey, vanilla, oak, and wood. Dark roasted barley malt with notes of bitter dark chocolate, coffee, toast, smoke, biscuit, toffee, caramel, grains, and nuts with some yeast. Sweet taste of burnt molasses. Dark fruit undertones of raisin, prune, and cherry. Some notes of anise, leather, and tobacco. A really good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Rich, creamy, syrupy, and slick. Moderate alcohol heat.

Overall: A very good Barrel Aged Imperial Porter. Good blend of bourbon and dark malt notes with some nice subtle dark fruit.

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Photo of BYOFB
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tourdot
3.92/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Bunuelian
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gatornation
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black color with a tan/black cherry head soapy lacing on glass. Roasted malt and bourbon smells some dark fruits, nice roasted coffee . Taste follows nose superb roasted coffee and lush bourbon with malts and vanilla. Moth feel is silky smooth its a porter and so good. Love that this was canned this year, a superb BA Porter, Top Tier.

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Photo of nmann08
4.03/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MNBeer1017
3.99/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kraticus41
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Umdrunner
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured rich black with khaki head that didn't last long. Scent was dark roast coffee, bourbon and oak. Flavor was very complex with notes of dried fruit, cofffee, vanilla, burnt oak and very heavy bourbon. One of the heaviest on the bourbon beers I've had. My only knock is the thin mouthfeel, but I guess it's a porter so I expect that. World class beer.

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Photo of npachl
4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SaxmanRick
4.56/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Duff27
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of lupercmda
4.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Dark Knight from Barley John's Brew Pub
Beer rating: 94.9% out of 100 with 176 ratings
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