Dark Horse Bourbon Barrel Aged Plead The 5th - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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4.1/5 rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 oz. bottle poured into a Kuhnhenn snifter. 2012 vintage.
Appearance - Very think inky black pour with a small mocha head. Nothing left after a while. Just a thin collar and three measly and miniscule islands of foam.
Smell - The barrel is very nice, but the aroma of the beer is intense. Bourbon, tons of oak, and a nice hint of vanilla from the barrel. Sweet malts, licorice. Coffee and dark chocolate are afterthoughts compared to the barrel, booze, and sugars.
Taste - The base beer shines through the barrel, but it adds a nice layer. Bourbon is immediately apparent. Deep dark chocolate flavors and a sweet fruit layer. Oak is really intense in the back. Lingering oaky finish is too strong and just pegs it back from perfect.
Mouthfeel - It's heavy, boozy, and overly oaked. Low carbonation. A monster of a beer.
Overall - While this beer is spectacular, the barrel hasn't improved it. Intense oak creates an unpleasant aftertaste. That being said, I had this on tap and it was incredible. Batch to batch may vary. I certainly won't mind exploring different vintages of this.
Serving type: bottle
01-02-2013 05:42:30 | More by Alieniloquium
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Dark Horse Bourbon Barrel Aged Plead The 5th from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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