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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

2,002 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,002
Reviews: 312
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 7.91%
Wants: 1,850
Gots: 480 | 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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4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev -12.1%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

canonguy14, Jun 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

amano_h, Jun 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

mquartuccio87, Jun 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -17.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Eighty, Jun 05, 2014
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4.49/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This big beer is pretty close to black. It looks quite similar to the original (sans the barrel, if you will), with the exception that the sandy head isn't quite as well structured. Still, it rises to about the same height and holds up pretty well, coming only a little short of having the original's staying power and lace.
This beer shows off how tasty it's going to be right off the nose. The bourbon is very nicely integrated, warm but not too hot or abrasive. The stout is already roasty, and good use of a bourbon barrel always seems to smooth it out as well as adding the vanilla and woods that are found in this beer. There was a bit of dark chocolate, plenty of dark fruit that doesn't come off too forcefully but lays under some char, and a certain nuttiness. Hops add just a bit to balance, a light leafy sort of addition. The chocolate notes almost go milky about midway.
This is very nearly as smooth as it gets. A sipper for sure, the brewers took great care to not let alcoholic heat thin it or add too much bite, the body's richness and thickness or its robust fullness to get too sickeningly heavy or slick, and the sweetness to overcome the balancing dry notes that keep it in check. This is one of the silkiest, most smoothly slowing brews I've yet had the pleasure to drink.

Brenden, Jun 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Honus1, Jun 05, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.9%

brasky11, Jun 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

thereal_adam, Jun 04, 2014
Dark Horse Bourbon Barrel Aged Plead The 5th from Dark Horse Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,002 ratings.