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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

2,052 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,052
Reviews: 316
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 7.91%
Wants: 1,859
Gots: 484 | FT: 46
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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Photo of s1ckboy
3.58/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 Vintage.

A - Black with a 2-3 finger mocha head that sticks around.

S - Chocolate, booze, bourbon, roast.

T - Chocolate, coffee, bourbon, roast. Very bitter finish that stays with you. A lot of alcohol burn as well which wasn't immediate but lingered for a while.

M - Full. A good amount of carbonation.

I had high hopes for this beer but the alcohol burn coupled with the bitterness made it a bit too harsh. Perhaps it will mellow with age.

s1ckboy, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of Evbowski
5/5  rDev +9.9%

Evbowski, Dec 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +9.9%

warbird07, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of jbck109
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

jbck109, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of JohnB87
5/5  rDev +9.9%

JohnB87, Dec 13, 2011
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5/5  rDev +9.9%

DrDoitchbig, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of CaptainNomihodai
5/5  rDev +9.9%

CaptainNomihodai, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of BeRanger
4.78/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Jet black with a light coffee rim

S - Heavy bourbon with chocolate and malt notes.

T - Exceptional taste with the Bourbon coming through very smooth and balanced with the of chocolate, vanilla and malts.

M - Very light feel for how powerful the taste is. Finishes very clean

O - Wonderful Imperial stout. Given the high ABV, it's fantastic that it has such a smooth taste with no harsh after-taste.

BeRanger, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of ChadlyG
5/5  rDev +9.9%

ChadlyG, Dec 12, 2011
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5/5  rDev +9.9%

danp14, Dec 12, 2011
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5/5  rDev +9.9%

Marti403, Dec 11, 2011
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5/5  rDev +9.9%

Jakers90, Dec 11, 2011
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5/5  rDev +9.9%

denimdemon, Dec 11, 2011
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5/5  rDev +9.9%

JoshVandy, Dec 11, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

drummermattie02, Dec 09, 2011
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5/5  rDev +9.9%

Doodler, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of Cottzilla
5/5  rDev +9.9%

Cottzilla, Dec 07, 2011
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5/5  rDev +9.9%

HopStoopid120, Dec 05, 2011
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5/5  rDev +9.9%

SpillyBeers, Dec 02, 2011
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5/5  rDev +9.9%

MrBURTON55, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of BeerThursdays
4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

BeerThursdays, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of orangesol
4.33/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Capone's on Black Friday. First beer of the day...

A - Pours dark as night black with a small, creamy, one finger tall tan head leaving small streaks of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of warm bourbon, brown sugar, vanilla, chocolate, charred wood, and the ever present dark roasted malt. The booze is big up front but the other flavors grow stronger as it warms.

T - Fairly similar to the nose. Hints of vanilla, chocolate, brown sugar, dry oak tannins, and a big dose of booze at the end of each sip. Pretty sweet initially but it gets better as it warms up. It has a ton of flavor but it remains easy to drink.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sweet, boozy, feel that clings to the pallet long after each sip. It developed a little bit of a chalky feel toward the end of the glass..

O - Overall a very good barrel aged stout. It was a little bit out of balance but I had no problem finishing my glass. Glad I finally got to try it.

orangesol, Nov 30, 2011
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5/5  rDev +9.9%

schwee, Nov 30, 2011
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5/5  rDev +9.9%

StoutFest, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of TheBandit1
5/5  rDev +9.9%

TheBandit1, Nov 28, 2011
Dark Horse Bourbon Barrel Aged Plead The 5th from Dark Horse Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,052 ratings.