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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

62 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 62
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)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +4.2%

An imperial stout at heart, with sourness that is bretty in the finish. Roast aroma. Very undercarbonated, despite a cork that took Shwartzneiger work to remove. Very dark brown without a head. Middling and smooth mouthfeel.Liam’s bottle, thanks for sharing.

01-21-2013 17:01:28 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is sour with dark roasted malt, cocoa, acidic, and funk aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour cocoa and funk flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness and acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but could use more carbonation in my opinion.

01-21-2014 04:00:33 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +4.2%

Thanks to TurdFurgison for opening this bottle at the post-Christmas Chicago tasting. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

Pours a pretty dark brown with a minimal amount of light foam on the top of the beer without too much else there. The nose is pretty good. There really isn't all that much sourness. I would think this has to have been accidentally infected, as I was curious about the concept to begin with and this doesn't seem like it was intentionally soured. Who knows. Some chocolate and roast there as well as a bit of woody character.

The taste again shows no sourness but does have a good dose of wood and chocolate. Very nice roast there as well. The mouthfeel is pretty good. It is somewhat thick and the barrel character works well. Pretty drinkable, though. Interesting, but I still don't really see the point of this one.

01-05-2011 02:03:46 | More by Thorpe429
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zestar

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

01-21-2014 10:27:02 | More by zestar
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womencantsail

California

3.58/5  rDev -5.5%

Thanks for this bottle, Derek.

Pours nearly black in color with a small khaki head. Starts off with fairly regular stout aromas such as roasted malt, coffee, and some vanilla from the oak. The vinegar and sourness come through toward the back end. It also has an interesting grass aroma. Tastes a bit more sour than it smells, but still lots of roasted malt and a hint of coffee. The oak flavor is there and provides a slightly drying tannic feel to the beer. A decent amount of vinegar, but not overly acetic. There is even a touch of fruit on the palate.

02-20-2012 01:56:54 | More by womencantsail
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

01-20-2014 17:21:27 | More by GRG1313
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

11-14-2011 22:30:23 | More by JAHMUR
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MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

12-29-2010 18:54:13 | More by MasterSki
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mdfb79

New York

4/5  rDev +5.5%

12-07-2011 20:17:15 | More by mdfb79
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.5%

10-23-2012 19:08:17 | More by imperialking
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.23/5  rDev +11.6%

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.

05-15-2012 00:52:15 | More by mothman
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.5%

12-14-2013 19:31:59 | More by Gonzoillini
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Zaphog

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

12-23-2012 03:52:52 | More by Zaphog
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +5%

Bottle from buzze40, 750ml into a tulip. Batch 32057, bottle 156 of 304. Insanely tough cork to remove.

Black with a light tan head, without any lace or retention. Nose of black cherries, chocolate, some roast, light oak and general berry aromas. Taste has roast, dark fruits, a mild sourness, tart berries and dark chocolate. Light body for the style, and perhaps on the flatter side of things in terms of carbonation. Regardless, this has disguised the alcohol substantially and was still pretty decent.

02-06-2013 18:09:33 | More by liamt07
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HopHead84

California

3.65/5  rDev -3.7%

5/14/2011

Bottle shared by Carlos (Seaoflament) at Lost Abbey's 5th anniversary. Thanks!

A: Nondescript. Pitch black with really no head. Pretty much still.

S: Dark chocolate with plum, grape, and a mild lactic sourness. It seems like this was unintentionally infected. Not bad though. Lightly roasted with some oak and vanilla. Not much evident booze.

T: The flavor is better than the aroma. Dark chocolate integrates well with sour cherry and plum. Lightly roasted with a big lactic presence. Mild booze with oak in the finish.

M: Flat and full in body. Smooth and sticky mouthfeel.

Overall: An interesting beer that was enjoyable. I definitely prefer the base beer though.

05-15-2011 21:51:43 | More by HopHead84
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +9%

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).

12-30-2010 15:27:13 | More by TurdFurgison
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drummermattie02

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.5%

04-29-2013 13:58:51 | More by drummermattie02
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%

Thanks to Eric for busting out this rarity...Light black that still has brown on the edge. Hardly any carbonation...The aroma is super buttery, actually pretty good. Vanilla, cocoa, roast, but not sour...More butter on the taste, bourbon shows itself off now. Complex notes of vanilla, bourbon, caramel. Pretty good, but again no sour.

This is a decent barrel aged beer, but seems to leave you wanting more as its advertised as sour and you don't get any. Super rare but I wouldn't trade much to get it. Maybe it will be sour over time.

12-30-2010 17:48:05 | More by jrallen34
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AgentZero

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

07-24-2011 20:34:59 | More by AgentZero
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

03-11-2014 11:52:24 | More by tectactoe
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Dope

Massachusetts

2.89/5  rDev -23.7%

This year's batch, a couple months old.

A: Pitch-black pour, big dense medium brown head. Head fades impossibly slow and never fully disappears; great retention. Heavy, thick tufts of lacing on the glass.

S: Quite sour fruits. Cherries and grapes mainly. Mild dark fruits and roasted malt with some booziness.

T: Up front, sour sour sour cherries with just a hint of grape. Leather in the middle. Quick burst of roasted malt in the middle and in the finish with some decent chocolate and char. Changes back to even more sour fruits. Kind of a bile-like taste, feels like I just threw up a regular PT5. Hints of sweet milk chocolate in the aftertaste.

M: On the heavier side but with high carbonation that lightens it up a bit.

O: Meh, I just don't see the appeal with this one. PT5 is great but this covers up 90% of the PT5 flavor with an unpleasant sourness. I think I liked even the Lambeaks better than this one. This just tastes like an infected/ruined PT5. I choked down some and then poured it out.

03-30-2013 01:54:44 | More by Dope
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +5%

tried this beer this on saturday nite with some friends! Thanks for bringing it out Jeff!

reviewed from notes.

Appearance: black bodied beer with an almost nonexistant head.

Smell: bourbon and chocolates. Maybe some subtle sour smell here.

Taste: Bourbon sweetness and big impy stout flavors of coffee, vanilla, and chocolate. Midtaste you get a mild to moderate sour taste that actually works well with in this big stout. Finish is still a bit sour and no booze is in the finish.

Mouthfeel: high end of medium bodied beer with low carbonation. This beer has a really slick and oily feel to it.

Overall: This is a really interesting beer. Really breaks the mold of how beer can taste. Great creativity by Dark Horse on this beer! Its interesting how a beer can be both sweet and sour at the same time!

08-15-2011 18:04:58 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

09-08-2013 10:53:17 | More by RedneckBeerz
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tclapper

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +31.9%

11-17-2011 03:19:59 | More by tclapper
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -47.2%

07-10-2013 23:39:21 | More by DonFrap
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Aigre (Sour) Plead The 5th from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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