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

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Ratings: 1,977
Reviews: 310
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 7.91%
Wants: 1,849
Gots: 478 | 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%

antoines15, May 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Canesfan22, Apr 30, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

UnderJoath, Apr 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

DaveHack, Apr 29, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

cates1tg, Apr 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

bertram, Apr 28, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

stbo101, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of MrVonzipper
4.83/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pitch black, oily and viscous with a 1/2cm light brown head. Low retention and spotty lacing if any.

Nose is very pleasant and bold. Sweet. Full of brown sugar, fresh chocolate brownie and smooth bourbony oak.

Flavor is phenomenal. Characteristics follow and exceed the nose quite a bit. Sweet double chocolate brownie, toasted brown sugar, vanilla and well blended (not hot at all) bourbon with a touch of oak.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Velvety smooth and creamy. Full bodied with medium creamy carbonation.

Overall this is phenomenal. I loved the standard Plead the 5th. This is even that much better and at 14% its balanced so well with no alcohol characteristics you'd never know it was 14%.

MrVonzipper, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of MichaelRausch
4.7/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I wasn't sure what to expect from this brew. A friend and customer brought it in to share, having located a beer not available in my region. I was impressed with this find. The nose was pungent, with strong aroma's of vanilla, brown sugar, alcohol, and light hints of chocolate. The taste was creamy and rich, with just a slight bitter oak bite. The long finish was spectacular, with flavors of white, dark, and milk chocolates blending beautifully together with just the lightest bit of burn. Highly recommended, if you can find it.

MichaelRausch, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of Gfunk720
4.08/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Out of my HFS stemware.

A- Pitch black, with a reddish mocha colored head. Some light lacing and a ring of foam retains around the glass.

S- Smells kinda rummy, with hints of roast malt and chocolate. Some excellent light peat and barrel character is also present. There is definitely still some heat and astringency.

T-Oh so smooth at first, then the flavors start to come out. Rich chocolate and bourbon flavors hit the tongue, dark roasted malt and even a hint of smokiness are present. More sweet oaky bourbon flavor, touches of vanilla and caramel.

M- While it is easy to drink for the %, the beer is lacking body. The carbonation is a little too light, and it's just a touch watery. While it does have a nice creamy feel on the tongue, this is the weakest trait.

O- Overall, I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. The base beer is a little thin, but the barrel aging has quite a nice touch. Could use a little time, but the flavors are still excellent.


Gfunk720, Apr 25, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

***2011 Vintage***

Big thanks to Masterski for this one.

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

Appearance: 1.5 fingers of dark brown foam with a dense brown body. After every sip, a trace of lacing is on the side of the glass.

Smell: Bourbon soaked chocolate, oatmeal-raisin cookies and coffee beans. Very powerful.

Taste: Dates, a bit of black licorice, and nuts mixed with grinded coffee. Bourbon mixes with roastedness but is rather tame.

Mouthfeel: Thick yet smooth with a slick feel and a bit of carbonation (not much). A bit thin in the finish but otherwise great.

Overall: Really liked this one and it doesn't pack too much heat. Grab one if you can.

papat444, Apr 24, 2012
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4.48/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to injuredreserve for sharing!

Pours black as night, with a mocha finger of head.

Aroma has big oaky bourbon notes with a soft, silky chocolate note.

The taste is far more complex: chocolate, vanilla soaked oak, rich roasted coffee, with bourbon notes mixing and adding to the complexity, not overpowering things. Awesome.

Nice full bodied, creamy, chewy feel. Can't really complain.

Can't taste the alcohol, super drinkable. Lives up to the hype IMO.

EgadBananas, Apr 22, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks a ton to 4DAloveofSTOUT for this one, thanks Brian!

A- pours a thin dark mocha head that recedes fairly quickly into a collar around the glass.

Aroma is of sweet, faint booziness.

Roastiness blends well with the -bal qualities. As alcoholic as this seems I would not guess it at 14%abv

Medium to medium-thick mouthfeel. Low but fitting carbonation.

Reminded me a lot of BCBS and while this was a very good example of melding an imperial stout with bourbon barrel aging I'd have to give my preference to BCBS. That said, this is definitely worth seeking out if you are a fan of the style.

Duff27, Apr 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

fdkayti, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of jmarsh123
4.63/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a thin tan head that recedes into nothingness.

Aroma is deep dark chocolate some roasted malt and just a hint of bourbon.

Similar flavors. Chocolate some sweeter roasted malts and just a hint of bourbon along with oak and some vanilla. Bourbon is very well integrated. It's there for the warming effect, but not overpowering.

Nice and sludgy, but not cloying. Lower carbonation.

Outstanding bourbon barrel stout. Bourbon is well integrated and not overpowering. The bitter malts I usually like in beers of this style aren't as present, but even though the flavor profile is on the sweeter side, it's not cloying or overly sweet. Will definitely seek this out again.

jmarsh123, Apr 21, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

adamant1912, Apr 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

superspak, Apr 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

GuisseppeFranco, Apr 19, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

stouts4me, Apr 17, 2012
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5/5  rDev +9.9%

brycevolk, Apr 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

DP34, Apr 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -12.1%

RandomName7, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of JDizzle
4.88/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a goblet at the brewery.

I feel lucky to have come across this!!!

It's black as night with a thin cocoa brown head.

Smells like a huge RIS with a nice bourbon scent. It's actually pretty strong- more comes out as it warms. You can smell that it has the potential to be HOT.

Pure bliss!! Great bourbon flavor hits you right away. Really outstanding compared to Plead the 5th. Really oaky, roasted malt, fairly hot-as expected for a 14% beer. There is a good amount of coffee on the finish as well.

Mouthfeel is dry, slick, with low carbonation.

This is a beer I will try and seek out anywhere on tap again. IMO, it's much better than Bells Black Note and KBS, and that is saying a lot!!

JDizzle, Apr 11, 2012
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4.63/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Poured into Duvel glass

A: Thin dark mocha head that dissipates quickly, jet black color, decent carbonation for 14%

S: Dark chocolate, dark fruits, bourbon, roasted malts, barrel notes, hint of cinnamon, and something I'm missing but have smelled at least a few times before

T: Bourbon, dark chocolate, dark fruits, roasted malts, the bourbon is definitely present, but by no means overwhelming. This is up there with some of the best BB Imperial Stouts, I would not use the word 'boozy' with this, the alcohol is balanced very nicely

M: Smooth and velvety, good carbonation, medium-full bodied, warming, pleasant aftertaste of dark fruits and light bourbon

O: Very tasty, very drinkable, this is a very good RIS, I wish I had more

derkfromwi, Apr 11, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour shared by DarthKostrizer at his place.

2011 vintage.

Pours an opaque black with a khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark malt, cocoa, cinnamon, wood, and bourbon. Taste is pretty much the same with an alcohol kick in the throat with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but it’s a bit hot in my opinion.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 11, 2012
Dark Horse Bourbon Barrel Aged Plead The 5th from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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