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

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76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 43
Gots: 24 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  ABV ?

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-29-2010

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Ratings: 76 | Reviews: 18
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look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

750ml bottle from the '12 4 Elf release. Split 4 ways during our Plead the 5th mini tasting, poured into Lawson's tulip. Hard to read the black on black ink, but it looks like this is bottle 150 something out of ~300 bottles released. Thanks Paul (Anonymous1) for the hookup.

A- Pours a completely still jet black that leaves some alcohol legs but pretty much nothing else going on. Looks similar in appearance to the regular Pt5 except it doesn't have any head to speak of and absolutely no carbonation.

S- Lots of dark fruits such as cherries, grapes, raspberries, etc. with a nice slightly vinegary sourness to it and some oak barrel notes in the background. Nice balance, pleasant smelling for a dark sour, fairly aromatic, decently complex. Surprisingly the aroma was actually quite nice and is pretty much on par with other top notch sours such as Tart of Darkness.

T- This is where the beer starts to go downhill. The taste does not quite follow through from the nose and is subdued and watery. Subtle flavors of dark fruits, cherries, faint dark chocolate, and a slight acetic watery finish. While the taste wasn't terrible, I was kind of let down especially after how nice the aroma was.

M- This was by far the worst part of the beer and what caused it's downfall. The only good thing I can say about the feel is that it was drinkable and decently smooth besides that though the beer was entirely flat and fairly watery which completely destroyed anything the beer had going on for it and made it almost undrinkable. Easily one of the flatest and worst feeling beers I've encountered.

O- After hearing the reviews I had very low expectations going into this beer. Besides the aroma which was actually quite nice this beer was kind of a mess mostly because it was completely flat. If they could add some carbonation to it it might actually be fairly decent. I'd like to see them make this beer again and fix the carbonation issues, but otherwise I probably wouldn't be looking to try it again any time soon.

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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.

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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.

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