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

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Aigre (Sour) Plead The 5thAigre (Sour) Plead The 5th

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very good

64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.98%
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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Photo of jaasen64
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

jaasen64, May 17, 2013
Photo of dbc5
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

dbc5, May 09, 2013
Photo of drummermattie02
4/5  rDev +5.5%

drummermattie02, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of Gotti311
2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

Gotti311, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

UWBadgerFan4Life, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of Dope
2.89/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

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.

Dope, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of liamt07
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

liamt07, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Sammy, Jan 21, 2013
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

ROBSTARR, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of Caterwaul
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Caterwaul, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Zaphog, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of avschmitt
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

avschmitt, Dec 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

claaark13, Dec 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

rjacobs6, Dec 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

monitorpop, Nov 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

imperialking, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of AleWatcher
4/5  rDev +5.5%

AleWatcher, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of Gushue3
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Gushue3, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of mothman
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.

mothman, May 15, 2012
Photo of klipper
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

klipper, May 14, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

womencantsail, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of johndoe8
3/5  rDev -20.8%

johndoe8, Feb 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

coreyfmcdonald, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of zachary80
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2012 4Elf Cork and Cage 750ml.
Bottle 3 of 304, batch 3838/9 (unsure second digit of batch)
Super tough to get the cork out but is nicely carbonated.

Black body, good head that stays about 1cm throughout the glass, good lacing. Very good for an imperial stout.

Black cherry sour notes, some roasted malt, sweetness of the underlying stout.

Flavor is a little lighter than expected and front-loaded, mostly following the aroma. Finish is somewhat dry and short, a little chocolate, just a small amount of lasting bitterness. Definitely sour but not puckering.

Mouthfeel is thin, apparent carbonation seems low. I would say this isn't below average for a sour stout but I would still expect more on an imperial. Alcohol is only really noticeable once this warms up to near room-temp, then it hangs around but remains mild.

Very good, but not my favorite sour imperial stout. Not sure I prefer it over regular Plead the Fifth but is a nice addition to the sour stouts I've had. The difference in this bottle was much more noticeable than in the drafts at 4Elf 2010.

zachary80, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of brystmar
4/5  rDev +5.5%

brystmar, Dec 12, 2011
Aigre (Sour) Plead The 5th from Dark Horse Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.