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

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100
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1,923 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,923
Reviews: 307
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 7.91%
Wants: 1,819
Gots: 473 | FT: 45
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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Casedogg43

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

06-12-2014 01:04:53 | More by Casedogg43
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starshockey9

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

06-12-2014 00:59:13 | More by starshockey9
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EliotRosewater

California

4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

06-12-2014 00:55:14 | More by EliotRosewater
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GatorLCA

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

06-11-2014 00:05:49 | More by GatorLCA
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KRG

Florida

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

06-11-2014 00:00:24 | More by KRG
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DrunkAl

Illinois

4/5  rDev -12.1%

06-10-2014 19:17:38 | More by DrunkAl
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mgr78704

Texas

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

06-10-2014 12:12:10 | More by mgr78704
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mcc1654

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

06-09-2014 16:06:36 | More by mcc1654
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ToddBeans

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

06-09-2014 14:41:47 | More by ToddBeans
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Jvrdz24

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

06-09-2014 04:30:48 | More by Jvrdz24
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canonguy14

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

06-08-2014 20:32:24 | More by canonguy14
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Tafyob41

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

06-08-2014 05:21:59 | More by Tafyob41
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amano_h

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

06-08-2014 04:37:50 | More by amano_h
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mquartuccio87

New York

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

06-07-2014 02:53:52 | More by mquartuccio87
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sludgegnome

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -17.6%

06-07-2014 00:56:54 | More by sludgegnome
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Ant4711

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

06-05-2014 22:01:27 | More by Ant4711
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Eighty

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

06-05-2014 20:30:45 | More by Eighty
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Brenden

Ohio

4.49/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

06-05-2014 19:44:16 | More by Brenden
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Honus1

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

06-05-2014 18:53:10 | More by Honus1
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brasky11

Michigan

5/5  rDev +9.9%

06-04-2014 02:21:20 | More by brasky11
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thereal_adam

Texas

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

06-04-2014 01:18:11 | More by thereal_adam
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hairylikeapeman

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev -12.1%

06-03-2014 18:03:07 | More by hairylikeapeman
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eyemustard

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

06-03-2014 17:54:20 | More by eyemustard
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mtomlins

Ontario (Canada)

4.71/5  rDev +3.5%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter; 2014 vintage.
Shared with a craft beer noob…and blew his mind (his brains are still on my ceiling)!
Thanks to I_BYE_MI_BEER for the bottle.

A: Pours “…darker'n a black steer's tookus on a moonless prairie night.” Billows up to one finger of creamy, thick mocha head that dissipated relatively quickly, settling to a persistent, creamy collar and leaving no lacing.

S: A massive nose; big bourbon boozy nose with some hot alcohol; dark roasted malts, cocoa nibs, and some subtle vanilla sweetness.

T: Wow, a really complex profile that starts with thick, rich dark roasted malts, dark chocolate and boozy bourbon. The dark fruits (dates, raisins, prunes), tobacco and sweet malt fill out the palate with subtle vanilla and toffee notes coming out. The finish is long and dries out a bit with some bittering hops and espresso char.

M: Medium-heavy body and low carbonation make it smooth, creamy and rich but not cloying.

O: This is one of the best BBA stouts I have ever had. I loved it…and wished I didn’t share it ;-)

06-03-2014 15:14:02 | More by mtomlins
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dwmulcahy

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

06-03-2014 00:04:57 | More by dwmulcahy
Dark Horse Bourbon Barrel Aged Plead The 5th from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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