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

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

1,807 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 1,807
Reviews: 305
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 7.91%
Wants: 1,765
Gots: 463 | FT: 41
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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BYOFB

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

02-20-2013 04:18:00 | More by BYOFB
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2011: The grand finale to the night spent with jzeilinger. Poured this between the two of us. This beer was black it had a brown head that was faded quickly but left a ring around the edge of the glass. The look of the beer is pretty typical for the style. The smell of the beer is surprising to me, I expected the barrel aging to stand out a lot more on this. There is some vanilla on the nose along with some other sweet aromas. The taste of the beer is also really subtle. I was surprised by this, Really thought you'd be able to get much more intense flavors of the barrel and the bourbon. It's a great tasting beer regardless. The mouthfeel is thick and gently carbonated, it's a very smooth beer. Overall it's much more balanced than I expected, it's a solid beer from start to finish. I would have enjoyed a little more bourbon on it though. It's good but I don't feel it's worth the 100% rating on here.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 17:39:43 | More by Knapp85
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NFMSKRS

California

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

02-19-2013 01:55:19 | More by NFMSKRS
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Photekut

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +9.9%

02-19-2013 01:12:02 | More by Photekut
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Hermthegerm

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -17.6%

02-18-2013 22:28:05 | More by Hermthegerm
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szmnnl99

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

02-18-2013 04:20:18 | More by szmnnl99
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jpaulsen

California

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

02-18-2013 01:37:22 | More by jpaulsen
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Mscarpen

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +9.9%

02-17-2013 23:20:02 | More by Mscarpen
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itsthepleats

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

02-17-2013 23:06:58 | More by itsthepleats
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ldhughes3

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

02-17-2013 02:50:07 | More by ldhughes3
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BruceBruce

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

02-16-2013 21:32:43 | More by BruceBruce
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pathman

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

02-16-2013 17:59:56 | More by pathman
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azdback

Arizona

4.59/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a small snifter. Ultra black color with not a hint of highlights. Head is almost non existent but does have a nice collar that is light brown colored and leaves just a bit of lace.

Smell is quite bourbon forward. Lots of vanilla, burnt wood, tart dark fruit. Definitely some alcohol. Very very nice!!

Taste is lots of roast, char, chocolate, vanilla, some mild tart cherries. Tons of booze but not unwelcome.

Body is viscous and rich, mouth is full with medium to mild carbonation. Finish is very long and wet.

Overall I was very impressed with this. I have had the base beer and enjoyed it but the barrel did an amazing job to this. Very smooth and rich barrel characters reminded me a lot of Parabola or Old Raspy XI. Possibly a bit better and more drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 05:34:36 | More by azdback
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sleuthdog

Illinois

4.66/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

How do I thank Steimie enough for this bottle? Thank you so much man!

2012 vintage 12oz bottle with silver wax poured into Kuhnhenn tulip

Pour: The pour on this was very thick and very dark black with not a hint of light coming through. There was a half finger of dark brown head that did not last. Lacing is spotty to non existent but the alcohol legs are all over the sides of the glass.

Smell: Chocolate fudge brownie or cake drizzled with bourbon! There is a touch of coffee, vanilla and a pleasant oak character.

Taste: Huge rich chocolate up front with some roasted notes mixed in. There is the vanilla, coconut and definite oak. Some coffee, though mild comes through without creating much bitterness and considering the abv it is very well hidden. An absolutely phenomenally well balanced beer!

Mouthfeel: Oh so thick and creamy coating the palate very well creating a definite full beer. Carbonation seems just right here.

Overall: Without Steimie's great generosity I would not have had the opportunity to try this sensational beer. I never would have thought I would say this but I have found a BA stout that gives my all time favorite BCBS a run for it's money! Like I said before this is just so well balanced it is an absolute enjoy to sip on. BCBS is an in your face bourbon bomb that I too enjoy but wow this is just a perfect balance with the bourbon complementing everything else.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 01:29:48 | More by sleuthdog
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MITCHELLMPLS

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +9.9%

02-14-2013 16:49:25 | More by MITCHELLMPLS
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kerklein2

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

02-14-2013 15:53:35 | More by kerklein2
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krl2112

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

02-14-2013 05:52:32 | More by krl2112
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MisterGrizz

Texas

5/5  rDev +9.9%

02-13-2013 17:21:37 | More by MisterGrizz
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diamok

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

02-13-2013 15:13:29 | More by diamok
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HopsintheSack

California

4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

02-13-2013 04:49:12 | More by HopsintheSack
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Rau71

California

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

02-12-2013 21:59:31 | More by Rau71
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bepps

Michigan

5/5  rDev +9.9%

02-12-2013 19:10:10 | More by bepps
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Azrael


4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

02-12-2013 05:11:04 | More by Azrael
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.99/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 02:38:09 | More by BMMillsy
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thegerm87

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +9.9%

02-11-2013 15:33:17 | More by thegerm87
Dark Horse Bourbon Barrel Aged Plead The 5th from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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