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

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Ratings: 2,123
Reviews: 318
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 7.91%
Wants: 1,896
Gots: 499 | FT: 48
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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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

lookrider, Oct 10, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

_RL_, Oct 10, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

tywhite, Oct 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

HollyHops, Oct 10, 2014
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.

Sparty1224, Oct 09, 2014
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4.48/5  rDev -1.5%

Aaron_Kerkvliet, Oct 09, 2014
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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

nilesschmidt, Oct 09, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

indy351, Oct 07, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

Beerman6686, Oct 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

DenverBigRed, Oct 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Bru-Dog, Oct 06, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

OptionParalysis, Oct 06, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

Spike-likes-beer, Oct 06, 2014
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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.

StonedTrippin, Oct 05, 2014
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4.32/5  rDev -5.1%

thufflife, Oct 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -17.6%

bevoduz, Oct 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -12.1%

MNMike, Oct 04, 2014
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4.8/5  rDev +5.5%

kmanjohnson, Oct 04, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev -3.3%

halo3one, Oct 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

deereless, Oct 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Respirologist, Oct 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

DarthGuitarHero, Oct 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Snowshoes, Oct 02, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.9%

Lionhawk, Oct 01, 2014
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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.

SportsandJorts, Sep 30, 2014
Dark Horse Bourbon Barrel Aged Plead The 5th from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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