Plead The 5th - BourbRum Double Barrel Aged
Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #149
Ranked #2,370
4.24 | pDev: 10.61%
Oct 19, 2022
Dec 13, 2014
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Notes: Rum and Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
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Rated: 4.39 by dms1767 from Nebraska

Oct 19, 2022
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Reviewed by EMV from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2017 vintage. Poured from a black wax-topped 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Thick inky black pour. Minimal mocha colored head leaves a faint ring of lacing. Low carbonation.

S: Rich... roast and booze. Booze... more booze... and some cocoa.

T.F: Very rich... decadent even. Semi-sweet dark chocolate mixed with roasted grains, bourbon, vanilla, and molasses. Tobacco and dark fruit. Thick and sticky on the tongue... smooth... low carbonation but not still. Warming and boozy. Rum sweetness comes in towards the finish with some oak.

O: An outstanding double-barrel aged RIS. The rum is subtle but comes in at the finish and makes for a superb cold weather brew. This one's elite... and mellow/delicious after 4 years in the cellar.
Nov 20, 2021
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Reviewed by buschbeer from Ohio

4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black and has virtually no head.

The smell has some fig and dates. I get some booze. It smells more like rum than bourbon. I get some anise and black coffee.

I get anise and coffee in my initial taste. As I delve in farther I get dark chocolate. It is still a little boozy after three years.

Medium bodied with smooth mouthfeel

It is kind of rough around the edges, even with three years in the cellar. It's not a "beer of the year" candidate, but it is warming me up on a cold winter's night.
Dec 03, 2020
Rated: 4.27 by Vivs85 from New York

May 09, 2020
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Reviewed by rudzud from Massachusetts

3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Received as an extra in a trade and shared with JLindros. 2017 vintage.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown almost black with a thin mocha head that fades to leave wisps and a thin halo. Decent legs.

S - Aromas of almost chocolate chipcookie dough with decent barrel notes. The rum is an almost spiced rum, which is unfortunate, decent bourbon, flashes of chocolate.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with more chocolate and barrel notes. The rum is very assertive and as little unpleasant, decent bourbon. The main issue is the fact that there is a TON of oxidation going!

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, little slick, alcohol is hidden but the body is light so everything comes across as light.

O - Overall this was a very underwhelming beer, the barrel notes are mediocre, but this is no where near the level that I have come to expect. Really disappointing.

Serving Type: bottle
Nov 26, 2019
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
THanks to rudzud, 2017
Pours a dark foamy bubbly head but super small, decent retention though, some lacing, very dark brown almost black colored beer, thick with decent legs

Nose lots of the base beer, rich dark malt, cocoa, baking spice, nougat, some fruity spiced rum, very light bourbon sweet candy, some vanilla barrel, cookie dough notes, little raisiny, fruit both malt derived and rum barrel, little burnt roasty,

Taste brings more dark malts, rich cocoa, baking spices and cookie dough notes, light vanilla barrel, dark chocolate and nougat, a little oxidation as well, mild roasty bitterness and spicy hop notes, some fruity spiced rum, more raisiny fruit from malts and barrel, bourbon is barely detectable, finishes a little dry, light alcohol, more cardboard oxidation notes, fruity rum

Mouth is med to fuller bod, not as thick and rich as I expected, medium to lower carb, medium alcohol

Overall not that great, base beer seems detracted, bourbon barrel is almost nonexistant, rum barrel is not that great, it seems a bit thin
Nov 26, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by MTKATL from Georgia

Jul 23, 2019
Rated: 4.35 by goblue30 from Michigan

Jan 26, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by lewith from South Carolina

Aug 10, 2018
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Rated by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
2014 vintage maroon wax
Jun 18, 2018
Rated: 4.52 by 94rocker1 from Michigan

May 07, 2018
Rated: 4 by GreatStoutman from Texas

Apr 27, 2018
Rated: 4.06 by midlifec from Michigan

Apr 27, 2018
Rated: 4.3 by cmukid87 from Michigan

Mar 26, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by GarthDanielson from Virginia

Feb 17, 2018
Rated: 4.37 by pagesofphotographs from Colorado

Jan 12, 2018
Rated: 4.12 by Lazhal from Michigan

Dec 29, 2017
Rated: 4.35 by Muss42 from Michigan

Dec 22, 2017
Rated: 4 by CPAles from Illinois

Nov 29, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by Nat1975 from Indiana

Nov 23, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by rodmanfor3 from Vermont

Oct 26, 2017
Rated: 3.98 by fthegiants from California

Sep 24, 2017
Rated: 4.29 by amturnm7 from Utah

Sep 06, 2017
Rated: 3.92 by Futbolmanby from Michigan

Sep 06, 2017
Rated: 3.99 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Aug 10, 2017
Rated: 4.31 by ChiCubs78 from Illinois

Apr 03, 2017
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Reviewed by WesMantooth from Ohio

4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
A waxed 12oz bottle

It is a viscous, oily black pour with a dark brown head. It settles pretty quickly into a nice thick film.

The aroma is tobacco, charred barley, leather, sour fruit/tannins, wood, vanilla, and a cinnamon like spice.

There is a lot of barrel character. Some alcohol is noticeable. Both bourbon and rum. Mostly bourbon with oak and corn grains among the dark sour fruits, bitter chocolate, and ashy charred malted barley. There is a brown sugar and vanilla like sweetness throughout that really lingers. Definitely a spiced rum aftertaste, with cinnamon and allspice.

The body is very full and silky/velvety smooth. A tad of alcohol burn.

A very good beer with a world class mouthfeel. My biggest knocks would be that it is a little too sweet overall with a bit too much booze
Mar 18, 2017
Rated: 4 by Moses_Malone from District of Columbia

Mar 01, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by t2grogan from Arizona

Feb 26, 2017
Rated: 3.61 by Tyecko from Minnesota

Feb 24, 2017
Rated: 4.12 by BMart from Pennsylvania

Feb 13, 2017
Rated: 3.78 by pisano from Massachusetts

Feb 07, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by ADTaber from South Carolina

Feb 07, 2017
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Reviewed by Alieniloquium from Florida

3.43/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
12 oz. bottle. Black body. A hint of a khaki head, but it's gone instantly. Smells of rum, oak, a little funky. Chocolate and some sharp-smelling dark fruits. Tastes really oaky. Sweet chocolate. Rum. Some bourbon behind it. Dry oakiness in the back end. Medium heavy and boozy. Getting better as it warms, though I'm still not all that impressed.
Jan 31, 2017
Rated: 3.4 by JoeMarinello from Ohio

Jan 27, 2017
Rated: 4 by PA-Michigander from Pennsylvania

Jan 22, 2017
Rated: 4 by dannycohen62 from Illinois

Jan 21, 2017
Rated: 4.14 by Rimbimhoot from Illinois

Jan 21, 2017
Rated: 4.04 by aasher from Indiana

Jan 16, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by Dominic_Decoco from New Jersey

Dec 19, 2016
Plead The 5th - BourbRum Double Barrel Aged from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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