1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Aigre (Sour) Plead The 5th - Dark Horse Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Aigre (Sour) Plead The 5thAigre (Sour) Plead The 5th

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

61 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 61
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 42
Gots: 22 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  ABV ?

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-29-2010)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 61 | Reviews: 18 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of tclapper
tclapper

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +31.9%

11-17-2011 03:19:59 | More by tclapper
Photo of zchall23
zchall23

Texas

5/5  rDev +31.9%

11-23-2011 00:04:58 | More by zchall23
Photo of Urbancaver
Urbancaver

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brought to Jackie O's by Norm aka Rob aka Will aka the rabbit man. Thanks for sharing!

Pours a dark dark brown almost black. A hint of rddish tint on the edges. Smells buttery and bourbon heavy. Tastes a bit tart... The Brett sourness is very subtle but definitely present. Smooth bourbon hits strong. Vry nice on the tongue. Overall a very nice version of plead the fifth.. Not as good as the regular bourbon but the brett is at least interesting

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 19:31:57 | More by Urbancaver
Photo of craytonic
craytonic

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Popped this one with habmike

Appearance: Pour is a dark black/mahogany, near still

Smell: Chocolate, tart cherries, vanilla, oak, leather. Not "sour" in the Cantillon sense of the word.

Taste: Tart cherries, good chocolate, smooth bourbon, french oak. Very buttery.

Mouthfeel: Very full, I actually like that it is undercarbonated.

Drinkability: I really enjoyed this one. Wish I had saved a bit as I think it would be good on ice cream. Somehow the lack of carbonation and the slight tart cherry notes really did it for me. I got another one and am going to sit on it for a year or so.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 05:16:41 | More by craytonic
Photo of claaark13
claaark13

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

12-10-2012 02:10:26 | More by claaark13
Photo of ROBSTARR
ROBSTARR

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

01-13-2013 15:27:59 | More by ROBSTARR
Photo of avschmitt
avschmitt

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

12-11-2012 03:19:51 | More by avschmitt
Photo of Matthewpakula
Matthewpakula

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

08-28-2013 14:49:11 | More by Matthewpakula
Photo of brycevolk
brycevolk

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

01-20-2014 18:16:19 | More by brycevolk
Photo of Gushue3
Gushue3

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

06-22-2012 18:08:52 | More by Gushue3
Photo of mikereaser
mikereaser

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

09-19-2013 03:17:17 | More by mikereaser
Photo of JAHMUR
JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

11-14-2011 22:30:23 | More by JAHMUR
Photo of rjacobs6
rjacobs6

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

12-09-2012 06:42:48 | More by rjacobs6
Photo of mothman
mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fizzy dark tan head. Color is a deep black.

Aroma: Pretty much plead the fifth flavors with a noticeable cherry flavors. A little bit of bourbon showing through.

Taste: Sour Pt5. It is very unique. Sour cherries combined with bourbon, chocolate, caramel, coffee and roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: Sour and roasted. Full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and roasted.

Overall, this beer may be better than regular Pt5. It is very tasty. Reminds me of a cherry ris.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 00:52:15 | More by mothman
Photo of MasterSki
MasterSki

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to TurdFurgison for sharing. Not sure why sour is written in French. This IS also bourbon-barrel aged, but there is no mention of this on the label.

A - Cap came off really easily - hope this wasn't due to them frantically bottling this to have it ready for the incredibly disorganized release party. In any case, pours with almost no head - only some big, dark reddish mocha bubbles that dissipate quickly. Still black body with some brown at the fringes.

S - Lots of vanilla and butterscotch, as well as some lactic notes. Not very sour at all. Some oak and spicy booze. This is all in addition to the standard earthy dark roasted grain and cocoa character of Plead the 5th.

T - I can almost crib my notes from Bourbon Barrel Plead the 5th - "The taste is quite excellent, with a hefty amount of dark roasted grain, caramel, vanilla, butterscotch, and other sweet things. Again, the bourbon makes its presence known through barrel flavors and depth, rather than in-your-face harsh whiskey." No obvious sourness - just a buttery note that is evocative of English stouts. Still quite delicious in any case.

M - Very low carbonation, smooth full body, sticky finish. While I don't know the exact ABV, I'm assuming it's similar to the 14-15% quoted for the non-sour variety, in which case it is masterfully hidden. Could use more carbonation, but for the style it's not a big problem to have carbonation this low.

D - This just doesn't seem very different from Bourbon Barrel Plead the 5th, other than a slight buttery, lactic note. That's not necessarily a bad thing. Needs more bubbles too.

My advice - check the cap (and re-crimp if you have the proper tools). Then sit on this for 6-12 months to see if it sours up. Drink the regular Bourbon Barrel Plead the 5th, as it seems to be ready to go right out of the gate.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 18:54:13 | More by MasterSki
Photo of TurdFurgison
TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a few bottles of this at the Dark Horse 4elf party this year, opened my first one at a post-Christmas tasting in Chicago.

Apparently the cap came off with very little effort, a dangerous sign for those that will be shipped (and I've already shipped one to Colorado!). Little carbonation though, I wonder if the cap would hold against a more vigorous beer.

It poured a dark and opaque brown, very few bubbles on top. It presented the same on tap at the release, very little head. On the nose this doesn't seem sour per se, but I do get a little oak along with the roasted malts and light chocolate. Dark fruits too, raisins and plums, that sort of thing.

It tastes like a lightly barrel aged RIS, not really like a sour beer. In time I hope to hear how this was made, maybe the bugs haven't done their work yet. It did taste good though, just not in the ways I expected. Cocoa, toffee, molasses, other sweet stout flavors, also a light touch of booze (bourbon I guess), I liked the flavors but kept searching for something more tart to present itself.

Very little carb, giving a creamy and thick-feeling body. It feels like a big beer, which it is. I've got one bottle left, and probably I'll hold it for a while in case there are bugs trying to do their thing (not sure how active they'll be in the bottle though).

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 15:27:13 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of brew3crew
brew3crew

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Part of an epic tasting at jackie o's with brad and Co.

A-black body with almost no head
S-little bit of bourbon as it warms up
T-subtle bourbon. Little tart on the finish. Nice variation.
M-medium body and a nice bourbon aftertaste
O-nice variation on bb ptf but I like the former better

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 19:28:50 | More by brew3crew
Photo of Jayman931
Jayman931

Mississippi

4/5  rDev +5.5%

09-28-2013 00:14:23 | More by Jayman931
Photo of Gonzoillini
Gonzoillini

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.5%

12-14-2013 19:31:59 | More by Gonzoillini
Photo of AgentZero
AgentZero

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to TurdFurgison for sharing this one at a tasting in Chicago.

A - Dark brown beer that get close to black when it's out of the light. Little bit of tan head, nothing really left on the sides.

S - Vanilla, roast, some chocolate, there's really not a ton of sour on this one. honestly not sure exctly where they were going with this one as sour doesn't seem present.

T - Some butter, roast, vanilla, there's a bit of bourbon. Just a slight bit o wood with some caramel, still not really getting any of the sour on this, but as far as a barrel aged stout goes it's solid.

M - Full bodied, lower carbonation, very smooth.

O - Decent barrel aged RIS, but it's not fantastic and it's not sour. Decent beer, but somewhat confusing.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 20:34:59 | More by AgentZero
Photo of AleWatcher
AleWatcher

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.5%

09-30-2012 12:59:37 | More by AleWatcher
Photo of brystmar
brystmar

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.5%

12-12-2011 19:44:16 | More by brystmar
Photo of mdfb79
mdfb79

New York

4/5  rDev +5.5%

12-07-2011 20:17:15 | More by mdfb79
Photo of drummermattie02
drummermattie02

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.5%

04-29-2013 13:58:51 | More by drummermattie02
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

4/5  rDev +5.5%

01-01-2012 20:06:38 | More by coreyfmcdonald
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Aigre (Sour) Plead The 5th from Dark Horse Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.