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

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Ratings: 2,123
Reviews: 318
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 7.91%
Wants: 1,895
Gots: 499 | FT: 48
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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5/5  rDev +9.9%

uvm2003, Jan 01, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

RWNay, Jan 01, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

Netdogca, Jan 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with silver wax-ed over branded pry-off pressure cap acquired as part of a trade (I forget who with; sorry!) and served into an Odell stem-tulip in me friend's gaff in high altitude Fort Collins, Colorado. Reviewed live. 2011 vintage. Reviewed as an imperial stout because the label identifies it as such. Expectations are sky-high; I loved the regular Plead the 5th.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a half finger wide head of great khaki colour. Fantastic mocha-like creaminess. Great thickness. Sadly, the head retention is quite poor - maybe 25 seconds at best. Uneven spotty lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a solid opaque dark black. No yeast particles/sediment is visible.

Overall, it's looking real good for an imperial stout, but is far from unique or special. I've seen much better in the style, especially inasmuch as the head is concerned.

Sm: Chocolate malts, dark malts, cream, and complementary bourbon notes - some rich vanilla and pleasant guiding oak. It's not as toasty or roasty as would be ideal. The coffee has also faded substantially, but there's some vague cappuccino. Caramel.

It's a pleasant aroma of mild strength. To be honest, I expected more complexity and subtlety from the aroma.

No hop character or yeast character is detectable. It's quite clean.

T: I dig the bourbon; the vanilla and oak are nice, but I do want some toasty character from it. Dark malts and chocolate malts provide the foundation, with some sparse coffee/cappuccino in there too. Cream. Caramel. I'm not finding much (if any) roasted barley. It's a well balanced build, but while cohesive isn't quite gestalt. The barrel notes are well integrated into the base, but it doesn't feel like a perfect marriage. Good complexity and some nice subtlety. Not particularly nuanced or intricate. It's a bit too ashy and burnt on the climax, which is joined unfavorably by an unbecoming coffee-like bitterness.

It's certainly on the sweeter side.

Mf: I love the creaminess. Smooth. Wet. Has an even consistency. Well-carbonated. Good thickness and body. Good presence on the palate.

Not oily, astringent, harsh, gushed, hot, or boozy.

Dr: I'm not sure if age has really helped it, but it's a tasty imperial stout. I'm glad I got to try it, but it's not amongst the best in the style. I'd pick it up if I saw it on the shelf, sure, but I wouldn't go out of my way to seek it out. I'd like to try it fresh. Hides its ABV pretty well. Damn good, but not world class. Quite drinkable, though.

High B

kojevergas, Jan 01, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

DangerDawg, Jan 01, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.9%

Opamurphy, Jan 01, 2014
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4.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 into a CS snifter

A- Half jet black, half dark roasty brown. Little to no carbonation. Thinnest of thin lacing around the glass.

S- Great coffee notes. I am getting malty notes. I feel like I may have a bottle that is not up to par. I have had the two previous years that tasted/smelled better. The lack of carbonation makes me wonder.

T- Pretty coffee forward with mellowed bourbon note for this fresh '13.

M- On the thin side for me for a BA stout, but still pretty good.

O- I have one other bottle of '13. I would like to revisit this if that bottle comes off fresher.

gueuzedreg, Jan 01, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.9%

hatfulofhollow, Dec 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

jkball01, Dec 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

OhioBobcat, Dec 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev -12.1%

Keiferfillinger, Dec 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Dolfan907, Dec 30, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

scottrichardwatson, Dec 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

deuce9259, Dec 30, 2013
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1/5  rDev -78%

GHphoto, Dec 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Abbbp, Dec 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

dvmin98, Dec 29, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

jarrgal, Dec 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Schulte30, Dec 29, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -45.1%

david18, Dec 29, 2013
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4.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured 12oz bottle (2013) into snifter.

A - Very dark brown that lightens around the edge of the glass. Thin oak brown head that doesn't stay long. No collar or lacing on my glass.

S - Bitter chocolate and slight char/smoke from the base stout. Nice notes of sweet bourbon, caramel, and vanilla blend nicely with the stout.

T - The base stout is very flavorful and not overtaken by the barrel. Bitter chocolate and a bit of char from the dark roasted malts. Sweet notes of bourbon, caramel, and vanilla liven as the beer warms. Excellent!

M - Medium bodied - a bit slick and smooth. I thought it would be a bit fuller with some chewiness, but this is pretty good for a stout.

O - I have had Pt5 and was intrigued by what barrel aging would bring to it. It really adds an element of sweetness to the bitter stout. I recommend trying this beer. I will age the few I have left and see what it is like in a year or so.

Ri0, Dec 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

KAF, Dec 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

corby112, Dec 28, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

nuckbuc, Dec 28, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

Kaveman, Dec 27, 2013
Dark Horse Bourbon Barrel Aged Plead The 5th from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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