Dark Horse Bourbon Barrel Aged Plead The 5th - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,611
Reviews: 373
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 7.69%
Wants: 2,077
Gots: 701 | FT: 92
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MbpBugeye on 07-25-2010

Russian Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels.
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Photo of adamsns6696
5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best RIS ever? yes...

Photo of Flight317
4.6/5  rDev +1.1%

Had this one a bit later in the night which is unfortunate. It was scary drinkable at 11abv and likely my favorite beer of the night. Not as much bourbon as some other barrel aged stouts but the flavor goes amazing that you get from it. Smooth nearly oatmeal stout mouthfeel. Would love to try this fresh and as my first beer.

Photo of absoluthamm
4/5  rDev -12.1%

Was a lot thinner than I was expecting. Not much to the aroma. Taste was good, but lacking what I'm looking for in a BBA stout. Was really excited for this, but let down. Could be partial palate fatigue from the Black Tuesday before it though.

Photo of wordemupg
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

355ml 2013 silver waxed bottle poured into tulip 21/10/14, can't thank alfie enough for this one

A she pours dark alright, thumbnail's edge, a fast falling finger of foam leaves no lace, wide legs and some color left behind on the glass, dark liquid

S charred wood, bourbon, burnt marshmallow, vanilla, heaps of fudge and chocolate syrup, sweetened coffee, more barrel, a hint of smoke, the barrel's done wonders for this one

T this has picked up a shitload of flavor from the barrel, strange really how different this is from the base, faint nutmeg, heaps of burnt barrel and the bourbon has a little sweet smoke to it, just a hint of dark fruit and roasted coconut, holy barrel batman

M full is an understatement, the bubbles thicken it up even more, very faint heat, my lips are beyond stuck together there might be some super glue in there, massive amounts of char and bourbon with a hint of spice on the finish

O a massive improvement over the base beer, strangely so really, one of the better BB stouts I can recall, very intense at every turn

I have little to complain about as this one sinks into my gut, a big beer that explodes at every turn, I can't recall a barrel transforming a beer like this before, seek and destroy

Photo of rden4654
5/5  rDev +9.9%

This is a good beer if you can get your hands on it I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

Photo of Sparty1224
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

Serving: Draft pour into a 10 oz. snifter. At this point, I believe this beer is close to 9 or 10 months out from its release.

A: Barely a trace of light brown head/lacing. Pitch black, but not motor oil black.

S: Bourbon, chocolate, coffee, faint cinnamon, dark cherry.

T: Bourbon, chocolate. Some smokiness to the flavor. Lots of oak/charred oak. Some creamy sweetness/marshmallow flavors coming through as well.

M: Full, smooth, creamy. Not super chewy or thick.

O: This is a legendary beer, obviously. This is my 3rd time having it, and each time I like it more. I've never been hugely impressed by it, and I normally rank it last among the popular BA Imp Stouts. But that doesn't mean it's not a great beer, it's just I like KBS, Parabola, BCBS, KBS, etc. a lot more. This one reminds me most of Black Note because of the creamy sweetness I pick up. The barrel character isn't huge, unlike BCBS, and I like that here. It's also 9-10 months old, but I wouldn't say it's "aged". I don't get any oxidation or off flavors. Surely not fresh, but not old either. Drinking great right now. It's very drinkable and smooth. Well-balanced. Not my #1 BA Imp Stout, but still one hell of a fantastic beer from DH that I will try to drink every chance I get.

Recommendation: A must-try for any beer lover.

Photo of nilesschmidt
1.25/5  rDev -72.5%

Caps leaked, damaged plastic seal inside cap, sent email to Dark Horse and called twice with no resolution, i like the base beer and i like barrel aged beer, but i dont like poor quality control that leads to flat beer with no attempt to remedy the problem

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.49/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

truly delicious, and enormously better than the base beer. this is perhaps the greatest improvement from base beer to barrel aged edition i have ever seen, not that there is anything wrong with the base beer, but that its not so outstanding and one of a kind as this variant. beautiful stuff, high luster dark brown, with a milky thick mocha head. the nose isnt all barrel, but that vanilla sweetness is robust. it pulls the bitter out of the base beer and balances it brilliantly, all united in oak. i get some coconut and some dark chocolate in here in the taste, even some dark fruits, maybe dried cherries for a minute, before the bourbon slowly starts to take over the palate. amazing how mellow the alcohol is on this, especially considering its not all that viscous compared to others in the same style. the finish is long but only a little sweet, i could have another glass no problem. toffee and espresso to finish with the bourbon, its like dessert and an after dinner drink in one package. the best ive had from dark horse, one of the best bourbon barrel beers period. wow.

Photo of SportsandJorts
4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours just shy of black as can be with just a touch of mahogany around the very edges. small, very dark brown head with weak retention. no lacing but does leave brown viscous legs as it swirls around the glass. completely opaque.

Smell: strong sweet chocolate, roasted malts, brown sugar, bourbon and booze. notes of vanilla, oak and dark fruits are lighter.

Taste: opens up with huge amounts of sweetness coming in the form of brown sugar and chocolate. the middle is full of barrel and dark malt character, with bourbon and a strong espresso taste. strong alcohol in the back end along with some dark fruit.

Mouthfeel: heavy, slick and chewy. large amounts of sweetness but the bitter black malts win out leaving behind some bitterness. warming alcohol

Overall: easily the best beer I have had from dark horse, but with all the great barrel aged stouts out there, this one falls at the lower end of the upper tier.

Photo of barhoc11
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

Amazing beer, nice and smooth. I can't wait to get more.

Photo of kkleu357
4.3/5  rDev -5.5%

From notes on 3/25/14

4 once sample on the brewery tour. I've had regular Plead the 5th, so I was excited to try this one. I was not let down. You can tell it is Plead the 5th, just barrel aged. You get all the great chocolate flavors and roasted tastes with a nice addition of boozy bourbon. I really enjoyed this one.

Photo of Hesscabob
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

Acquired via inebriated Dark Lord Day Trade.. Totally awesome finding a bottle of this in my backpack the morning after.

A - Dark as night, tan head quickly sunk into the abyss.
S - Chocolately, slight bourbon, fudge, vanilla oakiness. Almost identical smell to BCBS, definitely notice a difference in ABV just by the smell.
T - Perfection for a BA IRS, great lingering chocolateyness mixed with subtle barrel aging characteristics. Like the smell, a less boozy BCBS and thats the only .25 off because I happen to like the alarming 14% ABV and im partial to Chi-town's Goose Island... GO BEARS!
M - Coats the palate with a melted brownie, roasted malt liquid. Subtle carbonation does not over/under power the aspects of this brew.
O - Love it, glad I had it, going to try and get some more dressing like an Elf at the party in December.

Photo of barczar
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Looks like engine oil with a very chocolatey head. Aroma is chocolatey, oaky, and bourbon laden. Flavor is rich, roasty but not bitter, dark chocolate, with toasted notes, oak, and a smooth bourbon weaving throughout. A real treat of a beer.

Photo of Trifecta1
3.97/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good, not great. There's better bba things to seek.

Photo of Jared14
4.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to markgugs for this one. 2013 bottle.

Pours dark chocolate brown to black. Very little head generated. Fades to the sides quickly.

Smell is of cocoa nibs and bourbon. Not bad, not great.

Taste is amazing chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon booze notes. Mingle together very well.

Mouth feel was good when I poured it near 40 but as it warmed up the feel got thicker.

Overall beats KBS, BCBS, and scores a tad under Black Note for the past year vintages. Well done bottle. First of many from this brewery.

Photo of M_chav
4.63/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Perfect pitch black with copper head lacing, silk in a glass. Smell is dominated with typical RIS raisen-chocolate-sweetness. Taste is so good, super smooth feel goes down way too easy. Overall this is a really well done BB-RIS. Virtually no heat, but somehow I want more from it, still left hanging for that "special" quality.

Photo of beer-wheezy
4.71/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

What a great beer. I was lucky enough to score a 4pk of 2013 from my cousin who attended the release at Dark Horse in the cold of winter.

I am a big fan of stouts/ba stouts and try to have enough regular PT5 to last me from one release to the next, but let me tell you...the barrel-aged version of Plead is just AWESOME! The smell, the lacing of the glass, the mouthfeel...everthing about this beer makes you step back and re-evaluate other BA stouts that you've had in the past. Dark Horse knocked it out of the park with BBPT5, as many already know. I just landed a 2012 vintage and can't wait to try the '12 and '13 side by side.

Overall....although I didn't break everything down by category, if you have the opportunity to try this at a tasting or whether through a trade, be sure you jump on the chance as this is a fantastic brew that you'll be sure to savor!

Photo of zookerman182
4.63/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is pitch black with not even a half finger of brown head that left quickly.
Aroma is oak, vanilla and just enough bourbon. Slight chocolate covered dark fruit.
Taste is so complex. Where do I start. Up front is bourbon and toasted oak. In the middle it's chocolate covered cherries and dark chocolate. At the end its light roasted coffee and baking chocolate. No hint of alcohol AT ALL.
Mouthfeel is so thick and rich. It's like a milkshake. The lingering chocolate bitterness puts is beer on another level. Probably the most chocolate I've ever detected in a beer.
So glad I have a couple more of these.

Photo of jdprmd
4.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2012 vintage Served in spiegelau snifter*

A - Black as night, just under a fingers width of head, decent lacing

S - Bourbon, cocoa, vanilla, char, oak… vanilla pops as it warms. As it warms greater bourbon and tobacco start to come through. Getting closer to room temp the dark fruits like cherry come through.

T - Chocolate, char, roast, bourbon, coffee...espresso aftertaste, even further aftertaste is dark belgian chocolate. As this warms it's getting better… Chocolate covered dark fruits start to come through… did I say espresso yet… damn this is good. No need to refrigerate this one… drink at room temp and you will get all the flavors your looking for. As you get closer to room temp tobacco comes through. This is the best natural chocolate taste you get from a beer due purely to a well balanced grain bill.

M - Smooth, velvety, rich but not overbearing at any point in time.

O - Perfect on a cool summer night… I want a case of this right now so I can drink it every time I get a fire going in the backyard. When I took my first sip after pulling out of the fridge I was a bit disappointed. DO NOT RUSH THIS ONE. Let it warm up and you will be blessed with an amazing beer. This is so drinkable for 11%

Photo of Chibeerguy1
4.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2013 Vintage, Silver wax served in a goose island snifter

A -Black. Very Black. Minimal dark brown burnt colored head, nice oilyness coats the glass as I swirl it around.

S - Very nice boozy bourbon aroma that is reminiscent of BCBS. Rich chocolate and coffee hints of vanilla.

T - Great amount of toasted oak from the barrel as well as a nice rich sweet chocolate and slight coffee notes as well as a very nice bourbon presence. I love the regular Pt5, so its no surprise that this beer is even better.

M - Rich and thick, oily and chewy

This is one of the best barrel aged stouts I have had. Close to Bourbon County in mouthfeel and not as sweet. I will definitely be looking for more of this next year and years to come.

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.7/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Seriously, DH does a damn fine job with this brew. The bourbon complements the base perfectly in my opinion and just balances everything out so nicely in this beer. There is a malty, roasty bitterness in the base that is not my preference but that is just me. I caught some molasses here, also, which was a nice surprise for my palate. Looking at it objectively as I can, this beer is so worthy of its WC status. Got to head to Elf Party for more this winter!

Photo of OrangeMen
4.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap

Bourbon characteristics are undeniably present but not overwhelming.

Excellent roast/toast, w/ oaky flavor and boozy presence throughout. As the beer warms the vanilla unfolds, chocolates too.

An exceptional beer. Totally worth going out of my way to try this on tap as i have little chance of getting this bottled. A real treat.

Photo of hops202
4.72/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2013 Vintage poured into a Dogfish Snifter

A - pours thick and jet black. Used motor oil

S - Bourbon and roast, nothing incredibly strong though

T - bourbon, roasted chocolate and deliciousness perfectly balanced. Doesn't get much better.

M - creamy and silky smooth

O - One of the best BBA stouts to date.

2012 vintage - still very roasty toasty and chocolatey. Bourbon has faded slightly but still very delicious

Photo of Brenden
4.48/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This big beer is pretty close to black. It looks quite similar to the original (sans the barrel, if you will), with the exception that the sandy head isn't quite as well structured. Still, it rises to about the same height and holds up pretty well, coming only a little short of having the original's staying power and lace.
This beer shows off how tasty it's going to be right off the nose. The bourbon is very nicely integrated, warm but not too hot or abrasive. The stout is already roasty, and good use of a bourbon barrel always seems to smooth it out as well as adding the vanilla and woods that are found in this beer. There was a bit of dark chocolate, plenty of dark fruit that doesn't come off too forcefully but lays under some char, and a certain nuttiness. Hops add just a bit to balance, a light leafy sort of addition. The chocolate notes almost go milky about midway.
This is very nearly as smooth as it gets. A sipper for sure, the brewers took great care to not let alcoholic heat thin it or add too much bite, the body's richness and thickness or its robust fullness to get too sickeningly heavy or slick, and the sweetness to overcome the balancing dry notes that keep it in check. This is one of the silkiest, most smoothly slowing brews I've yet had the pleasure to drink.

Photo of mtomlins
4.81/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter; 2014 vintage.
Shared with a craft beer noob…and blew his mind (his brains are still on my ceiling)!
Thanks to I_BYE_MI_BEER for the bottle.

A: Pours “…darker'n a black steer's tookus on a moonless prairie night.” Billows up to one finger of creamy, thick mocha head that dissipated relatively quickly, settling to a persistent, creamy collar and leaving no lacing.

S: A massive nose; big bourbon boozy nose with some hot alcohol; dark roasted malts, cocoa nibs, and some subtle vanilla sweetness.

T: Wow, a really complex profile that starts with thick, rich dark roasted malts, dark chocolate and boozy bourbon. The dark fruits (dates, raisins, prunes), tobacco and sweet malt fill out the palate with subtle vanilla and toffee notes coming out. The finish is long and dries out a bit with some bittering hops and espresso char.

M: Medium-heavy body and low carbonation make it smooth, creamy and rich but not cloying.

O: This is one of the best BBA stouts I have ever had. I loved it…and wished I didn’t share it ;-)

Dark Horse Bourbon Barrel Aged Plead The 5th from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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