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

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Ratings: 1,970
Reviews: 310
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 7.91%
Wants: 1,846
Gots: 477 | 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%

JoninVT, Jun 15, 2013
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5/5  rDev +9.9%

VictorWisc, Jun 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

SSchus87, Jun 14, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

csustar001, Jun 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

twenty5, Jun 12, 2013
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3.69/5  rDev -18.9%

2012 Bottle into Snifter.

A- Jet black with a little bit of carbonation at the end of pour. The head is thin and tan but the retention is beautiful. This is a 100 percent perfect looking bb stout.

S- There is bourbon, roasty notes, oak and a slight damp funk at the end. Not quite what I was hoping for and not what I remember.

T- I dont pick up any funk like I did on the nose, but again slightly dissappointing. I get dark fruits, a little bitter chocolate, a little bourbon, but it has a light finish with red wine characters. A little astringent.

M- Starts off slightly syrupy but finishes pretty light and moderate carbonation.

O- To be honest this beer isn't quite what I remember it being. I am going to sit on my other too and hope they mellow out and evolve a little bit.

PerHops, Jun 12, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

sarge27, Jun 11, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

browniewithnuts, Jun 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

tinypyramids, Jun 10, 2013
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5/5  rDev +9.9%

JohnnieNepal, Jun 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

bcrossan, Jun 09, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

MarshallBirdhouse, Jun 09, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

riemster, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.04/5  rDev -11.2%

I have been waiting a while to try this one, but I was finally able to acquire it in a trade. Needless to say, I was excited to try it but found myself experiencing a mild letdown.

The stout had a mild bourbon aroma with malts lingering in the background. For a 14%ABV, I was anticipating a stronger bourbon aroma. In the initial taste, I detected vanilla, malt, bitter dark chocolate, burnt malts, and perhaps dark fruits. However, the taste just seems to end there with malts. There is a warming nature to the aftertaste, which one might find quite pleasant. In terms of taste, I just do not think this beer finished well. The thickness of the mouthfeel allow a sort of vacuum of malt which led to nothing more. For such a bold style, I expected more taste, and it just was not there.

JohnnyHopps, Jun 07, 2013
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4.13/5  rDev -9.2%

Pours a dark brown, motor oil color with some tan lacing. The aroma leaves something to be desired. Although the normal constituents of bourbon are present on the nose (i.e. vanilla, oak, etc.). There's a faint "saltwater" aroma as well, which is a little disconcerting. The taste follows the standard bourbon profile, with big burned elements and a heavy alcohol warmth throughout. The mouthfeel is pleasant, although I wish it was slightly thicker. The finish leaves something to be desired, as the big flavors from the initial taste disappear rather quickly, leaving only the burn. A solid brew from Dark Horse, but I'm a little let down.

tbdkev, Jun 07, 2013
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5/5  rDev +9.9%

mportnoy, Jun 07, 2013
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5/5  rDev +9.9%

CadetGCBD, Jun 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

HoppyLuckyGoGo, Jun 06, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

moshea, Jun 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Holmes698, Jun 06, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

savagepm, Jun 06, 2013
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5/5  rDev +9.9%

BMart, Jun 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -12.1%

Michigan, Jun 05, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

weaksauce, Jun 05, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

Wade5614, Jun 04, 2013
Dark Horse Bourbon Barrel Aged Plead The 5th from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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