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

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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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1/5  rDev -78%

JaysusJr, Nov 14, 2012
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1/5  rDev -78%

GHphoto, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of nilesschmidt
1.25/5  rDev -72.5%

Caps leaked, damaged plastic seal inside cap, sent email to Dark Horse and called twice with no resolution, i like the base beer and i like barrel aged beer, but i dont like poor quality control that leads to flat beer with no attempt to remedy the problem

nilesschmidt, Oct 09, 2014
Photo of KickInTheChalice
1.3/5  rDev -71.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip. Thanks to Dunt for the sample.

Appearance: This pours an oily molasses brown, nearly black in the center of the glass. A faint ruby tint in the edge of the glass, but almost no light sneaks through. No head whatsoever, even with an aggressive pour. Uh oh.

Smell: I get the requisite bourbon, vanilla, oak, chocolate and roasted malt, but there is also a good amount of sour cherry and a little bit of funk that pull the aroma down.

Taste: I would say it is unfortunate that the lack of carbonation really flattened out all of the flavors, but since there is also an unnatural infection in this bottle, maybe not. I can taste a bourbon, vanilla, oak, chocolate, and roasted malt, but they are all nuanced behind a dominant sour cherry flavor with some funk as well. The lack of carbonation also makes it difficult for any one flavor to stand out. This is an unfortunate composite of flat flavor.

Mouthfeel: The first problem is that there is no carbonation in this bottle at all. With it being completely flat, none of the flavors are allowed to blend together and come through. The second problem is that by being infected, the body has thinned out, leaving a dry, medium bodied 14% bourbon barrel aged stout in its wake.

Overall: This is a beer I was really looking forward to, to have it flat AND infected was a huge disappointment.

Note: This IS the bourbon barrel aged version, not the Aigre version that is supposed to be sour.

KickInTheChalice, Jun 23, 2011
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2.25/5  rDev -50.5%

GrapesofWrath, Mar 18, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -45.1%

david18, Dec 29, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -45.1%

daskillz, Aug 11, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -45.1%

jme015, Mar 26, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -39.6%

EdwardFortyHands, Jun 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -34.1%

JosephRAD, Apr 17, 2014
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3/5  rDev -34.1%

SkiingPhreak, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of vinny21bal
3/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is ok. Like the fourth dimension I don't get it. If you compare this beer to Kbs, bcbs, cbs, Black Tuesday, it isn't even close in my opinion. But that is why everyone has there own opinion. I have different vintages at different times. I want to really like it, but I just don't care to much for it.

vinny21bal, Nov 19, 2013
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3/5  rDev -34.1%

RMTWM, Jul 31, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -28.6%

adroberts01, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.38/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 Batch

Look: Pours a midnight black with a tiny head and no real retention and leaves a slight coating on the glass

Smell: The barrel character on this one is extremely present. Lots of bourbon and oak upfront with some nice chocolate notes picking up the backend

Taste: For me this is where the beer goes wrong. The bourbon and alcohol and upfront and very overpowering and off putting. Disguised behind the Alcohol are some chocolate and oak and not much else.

Mouthfeel: The body is slightly thin for the style and not much carbonation and quite a bit of alcohol burn.

Overall: If you like stouts that taste like cheap bourbon this one is for you. There is no balance whatsoever in this beer and I don't feel like it even holds a candle to some of the high alcohol big stouts

DarthKostrizer, Jun 05, 2012
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3.4/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2012 12 oz poured into a sniffer on 4.29.2014.

A: Opaque with small tan head. Okay legs. Similar to BCBS. 4.50
S: Honestly? Not exactly pleasant. Kinda smells like fish food. 3.00
T: Kinda off... bitter and astringent as bourbon barrel barrel stouts go. 3.50
M: Nothing special. Kinda unpleasant aftertaste... like coffee-breath. 3.00

I think this bottle may have oxidized.

ajmmin, May 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -23.1%

AaronBricking, May 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -23.1%

Hophead717, Jun 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -23.1%

eroc360, Dec 21, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -23.1%

vissai, Jan 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -23.1%

funkel81, Feb 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -23.1%

rowingbrewer, Jun 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -23.1%

axeman9182, Apr 01, 2013
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 PerHops
3.69/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2012 Bottle into Snifter.

A- Jet black with a little bit of carbonation at the end of pour. The head is thin and tan but the retention is beautiful. This is a 100 percent perfect looking bb stout.

S- There is bourbon, roasty notes, oak and a slight damp funk at the end. Not quite what I was hoping for and not what I remember.

T- I dont pick up any funk like I did on the nose, but again slightly dissappointing. I get dark fruits, a little bitter chocolate, a little bourbon, but it has a light finish with red wine characters. A little astringent.

M- Starts off slightly syrupy but finishes pretty light and moderate carbonation.

O- To be honest this beer isn't quite what I remember it being. I am going to sit on my other too and hope they mellow out and evolve a little bit.

PerHops, Jun 12, 2013
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