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

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Ratings: 1,971
Reviews: 310
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 7.91%
Wants: 1,846
Gots: 476 | FT: 47
Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Russian Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels.

(Beer added by: MbpBugeye on 07-25-2010)
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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

JamLand, Mar 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Morey, May 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

VeganUndead, Dec 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

mrebeka, Dec 30, 2011
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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.

Arbitrator, Sep 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -12.1%

Kurmaraja, Jul 07, 2014
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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

ThePorterSorter, Mar 17, 2013
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5/5  rDev +9.9%

DaPan, Mar 30, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

Stinger80OH, Jul 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Brew33, Feb 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Really glad to finally get my hands on this one. Thanks, Tyler!

A: Pours a thick, viscous black with a thin mocha colored head that disappears into the body pretty quickly. Light on the lace, but it seems like the beer is just too heavy for it.

S: This isn't the most potent smelling barrel aged beer out there, but there is a ton going on in here. Upfront, you're met with rich dark chocolate, coconut and espresso. Beyond that, you get some toffee, marzipan, chocolate covered cherry and bourbon. Fantastic.

T: Dark chocolate with a bourbon bite right off the bat. Then settles into some roasted malt, espresso, toffee, light barrel char, and fudge. Finishes with some milk chocolate and a good dash of bourbon. A ton of aggressive flavors in here, but none of them really take charge, which is nice. Instead, they all meld together, held intact by a velvety and just a touch slick mouthfeel. Really well executed.

notchucknorris, Apr 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

nrbw23, Feb 23, 2013
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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.

barczar, Aug 30, 2014
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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.

vonnegut21, Jan 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Satchboogie, Jul 20, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

beergorrilla, Dec 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

DonFrap, Jul 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Fettpopps, Mar 22, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

hoppymcgee, May 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

atone315, Oct 20, 2012
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4.88/5  rDev +7.3%

A pint on tap at the hulmeville inn. Oh boy this is going to be a trip.

A- comes to me with a small cap of dark brown head that settles almost instantly leaving just the faintest of rings. Black in color with a small hint of dark brown at the edges.

S- dark chocolate and bourbon vanilla with some smokey wood and char. Lots of brown sugar and molasses. Touches of dark fuits.

T- molten chocolate fudge cake and blackstrap molasses. Bourbon soaked vanilla beans with dark roasted malts. Light stone fruit and coffee hit way in the back.

M- sooo smooth and creamy with a full body and a bit of chew to it. Very lite carb but its perfect for the brew. Just the lightest touch of boozy heat.

D- for a 14 abv pile driver of a brew Im blasting through this pint. This is one amazing brew. Up there with the best barrel aged stouts in the world no doubt.

oglmcdgl, Oct 10, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

mltobin, Nov 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -12.1%

CoryR, Oct 22, 2012
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4.73/5  rDev +4%

The beer comes in a dark black color.

The aroma has tons of bourbon, aggressive oak, dark chocolate and cocoa.

The flavor follows of fudgey chocolate, light roasted coffee and roasted malt, almost burnt notes a smooth cocoa and brownie, vanilla on the finish. There's a hint of dark cherry.

In general, this beer is very smooth and chewy. The bourbon does not pop out at you, but instead mellows out the beer with thick flavors throughout.

dar482, May 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

jampics2, Dec 20, 2011
Dark Horse Bourbon Barrel Aged Plead The 5th from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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