Dark Horse Bourbon Barrel Aged Plead The 5th - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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4.43/5 rDev -2.6%
A-Black in the glass, one finger brown head.
S-Bourbon, vanilla, chocolate coffee and roasted malt.
T-Bourbon, chocolate, roasted malt, molasses.
M-Medium bodied, not much carbonation though.
O-Really improves as it warms, was expecting a little more but still a wonderful beer.
03-23-2013 01:32:58 | More by rlee1390
3.99/5 rDev -12.3%
Another from my trade with deyholla. Pours viscous black with one finger brown mocha head. Aroma of chocolate, sweet molasses, dark fruits, roast, and something off that I am not a fan of (similar characteristics to Tres). Thick viscous mouthfeel with medium low carbonation. Heavy dark fruit up front followed by lots of dark bittersweet chocolate. Slight booze, but don't get much of the bourbon barrel in this. Was expecting a bit more vanilla oak, though my palate might be tainted from the Kuhnhenn BA 4D I had right before this. I tend to prefer non-fruity stouts, but this is generally well done. Relaxing sipper. I find it strange that the regular version was so full of roast and chocolate and this one went more fruity despite the barrel. Oh well, good beer just not as great as I had hoped.
02-12-2013 02:38:09 | More by BMMillsy
4.23/5 rDev -7%
Chilled bottle into a glass, courtesy of lurchingbeast. Thanks, Frank!
A: Pours a dark, oily black -- the color of motor oil that has been used several thousand miles past spec. A pinky finger of dark mocha head caps the beer; retention is short.
S: Vanilla, caramel / burnt sugar, fudge, bourbon, oak, molasses. The net effect here is reminiscent of early, keg-only Parabola. I shed a tear for the hoppy abomination the bottle form has become, and give praise that Dark Horse seems to have stumbled onto Firestone-Walker's formula.
T: As in the nose, the flavor captures a delicious blend of fudgy vanilla. Bourbon is somehow less prominent than the vanilla bean character, though it is by no means hidden. A touch of roast evokes earthy coffee, but this is a minor element; the beer clearly prefers the chocolate-dessert approach, and I'm not one to complain about that.
M: Chewy and oily, but not lingering or difficult to remove from the palate. In fact, it finishes relatively cleanly for something this big. And it hides the ABV quite well. I'm sure this is beyond 14% (isn't that what the base beer has?). My only complaint is that as it warms, it has a distinct solventy aftertaste, which in several bottles became unbearable at the proper serving temp.
O: I had this a few times out of the bottle and detected noticeable variation. Two bottles were outstanding; very fudgy and rich, with great bourbon integration. Others were a little cardboardy and solventy. I'm tweaking my score so that the overall grade is a rough average of the bottles I've had.
Incidentally, I compared this to early batches of Parabola, but it also reminds me of a chewier Silva Stout. Overall, this is a fantastic beer and needs more love.
09-07-2012 07:25:16 | More by Arbitrator
4.88/5 rDev +7.3%
12 oz bottle, shared with stillmatic2232. Thanks a lot, man!
Pours a beautiful velvety black into matching snifters. Nice mocha-colored head lasts for about 15 minutes.
Smells great- dark malt, cocoa, oak, and well-integrated bourbon.
Tastes even better. All of the above smells are amplified. This is one of the best barrel-aged stouts I've ever had. Dark Horse really knew what they were doing here. The roasty bitterness of the dark malt intermingles so well with the sweet, leathery, oaky bourbon flavors. Awesome!
Pretty sticky and viscous mouthfeel. Goes down so easy. Well carbonated.
Awesome BA stout. Don't let the slightly amateur label job fool you- this stout is great. More and more people know about this winner of a beer- so it's no longer a "dark horse."
01-16-2014 04:10:36 | More by GreesyFizeek
4.28/5 rDev -5.9%
the beer pours a jet black with a thin tan halo of tan head...rather ominous looking. the nose is slightly boozy, with intensely earthy chocolate/coffee, and bourbon vanilla. the taste is also intense with caramel upfront, burning booze, lingering milk chocolate and a touch of bitterness. the mouhfeel is definitely thick, full bodied and flavorful. The roasty lingering chocolate aftertaste has a subtle hint of bourbon, but blends well. This is a world class BBA stout that drinks super smooth...tasty
Round 2 updates - 2012 vintage consumed 07/2014
minimal head, masked booze when cold - but still big bourbon notes, silky smooth mouthfeel, a little more coconut than before. This beer has aged very well.
Round 3 - 2013 vintage consumed 07/2014
really similar experience -- went in it with higher expectations and feel as though the 2012 was a bit smoother. Surprisingly I get more oxidation from this beer than the 2012
03-17-2013 22:58:15 | More by ThePorterSorter
4.51/5 rDev -0.9%
A: Pours a deep, creamy black with a half finger of mocha head which dissipates quickly.
S: Bourbon, vanilla, caramel and dark chocolate notes.
T: Roasted malt, bitter chocolate, and bourbon up front are followed by caramel and vanilla. Slight hop bitterness rounds things out nicely.
M: Nice and thick with an excellent, creamy mouthfeel. This is amazing on the palate.
O: A really, really excellent barrel aged stout. Maybe not quite on Bourbon County's level, but this is up there with the best BA stouts out there. I'll definitely seek out more.
01-15-2013 01:28:44 | More by vonnegut21
Dark Horse Bourbon Barrel Aged Plead The 5th from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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