Plead The 5th - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Dark Horse Brewing Company

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From:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
Style:
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #7
ABV:
11%
Score:
100
Ranked #131
Avg:
4.52 | pDev: 7.74%
Reviews:
484
Ratings:
2,880
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 14, 2022
Added:
Jul 25, 2010
Wants:
  2,157
Gots:
  847
SCORE
100
World-Class
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Notes: This beer is a big and full bodied imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels with lots of roasted malts, but very balanced with heavy hops. Brewed with a top secret root, this beer has an amazingly complex flavor that you must wait for.
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Rated: 4.5 by Juggerr from New York

Nov 14, 2022
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Reviewed by NCSapiens from Indiana

4.18/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I had a 2016 and was curious what 6 years of aging would do. Definitely mellowed it out a bit and knocked off the rougher edges. Mostly left with a mellow oak and vanilla bourbon flavor over a nice toasty base stout. Quite nice.
Aug 06, 2022
 
Rated: 4.5 by Resistance88 from California

Aug 03, 2022
 
Rated: 4.45 by oberon from North Carolina

Jul 17, 2022
 
Rated: 4.32 by GeorgeAKeim from Oregon

May 10, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by prototypic from Ohio

Apr 24, 2022
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Reviewed by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.32/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Look - Fantastic black and thick with a really nice thick foamy tan head
Smell - dark chocolate caramel molasses roasted malts boozy and bourbon woody smells
Taste - chocolate coffee with that woody caramel molasses bourbon barrel from the get go. Slight dark fruit and vanilla in the back with a little bit of bitterness
Feel - medium full body with a very light carb. Could use a little more thickness to it in my opinion but still nice
Overall - Really nice Classic BA Russian Imperial. Very complex with a ton of smells and flavors.
Mar 15, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by ryand14 from Michigan

Feb 11, 2022
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Reviewed by The_Snow_Bird from Florida

4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Pours jet black like used motor oil. Has a medium dark caramel head on top. Gives off a burnt coffee smell. Taste of roasted burning malts. Barrel is nowhere to be found. Overall beer is delicious!!
Feb 08, 2022
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Reviewed by trevormajor from Ohio

4.36/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
12 oz can poured into a snifter at 55 degrees F. Side by side tasting with Plead the 5th:
L - dark and silky with a dark hazelnut head that quickly evaporated
S - bourbon, molasses
T - lots of bourbon, drowns out most of the other flavor, bit of molasses on the finish
F - thick mouthfeel with medium carbonation
O - good, settles down nicely a bit after being decanted, the bourbon fades a bit and coffee and molasses flavors become more prominent
Jan 30, 2022
 
Rated: 4.42 by not2quick from Missouri

Jan 18, 2022
 
Rated: 4.6 by Buck_Jones from Michigan

Dec 29, 2021
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Reviewed by snaotheus from Washington

4.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2021-12-17
12oz can served in a footed pilsner glass. No date that I can see. Received in a LIF associated with NBS BIF #14 from @Whyteboar.

Pours black, opaque, thick-looking but not syrupy, with a fairly small but fairly persistent head. Smell is extremely rich, bourbon, vanilla, molasses, dates, tons of anise.

Taste is super chocolatey, lots of vanilla, anise is more on the back end, hoppy/roasty bitterness coming a bit after that. Building up, giving me burnt toffee character.

Mouthfeel is medium to thick, bit of a chalky texture. This is a very good beer.
Dec 18, 2021
 
Rated: 4.49 by Zonian1 from Ohio

Nov 28, 2021
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Rated by jb_4226 from Texas

4.9/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
#86, yum, yum
Nov 05, 2021
 
Rated: 4.37 by EMH73 from New York

Sep 05, 2021
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Reviewed by firesidewithphil from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Plead the 5th barrel aged variant is a fantastic stout from Michigan. It is well rounded, comes in 12 oz cans, and heavy on the bourbon. Super sticky and a lot of fruit notes. Impressive from Dark Horse.
Aug 14, 2021
 
Rated: 4.46 by Jcoleman4 from Ohio

Aug 13, 2021
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Reviewed by mjvlasic from Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
It’s really difficult to get better than this when it comes to Russian imperial stouts. You can see why this is listed as such a respected brew. One I would get again for sure.
Aug 07, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by Rkitchen from Michigan

Jun 19, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by GFK from Michigan

Jun 15, 2021
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Reviewed by EMV from Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2015 edition. Poured from a wax-topped 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Inky black pour with a finger of mocha colored head. Solid lacing.

S: Rich and roasty... big time cocoa , coffee, and grains plus bourbon/booze.

T.F: Just like it smells. Loads or roasted malts and burned sugars. Vanilla/bourbon... dark chocolate, espresso, and chicory. Toffee and molasses with a bit of oak and earth. Dark fruit and a hint of licorice. Medium to thick bodied... warming... boozy but not as much as expected. Super smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

O: An elite BBA RIS. Fantastic flavor... and a great sipper. One to seek out.
May 22, 2021
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Reviewed by DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Quite a good Bourbon barrel aged beer if anything I guess it could use a touch more barrel character but it really did round out the aggressive hops and roast that the base beer has. Plus I think people are also forgetting how affordable this beer is I picked up a couple cans for under $4 each and that is quite a steal for such a treatment. Sure it may not be 100 out of 100 but it is still a very smooth easy drinking bba stout.
Apr 07, 2021
 
Rated: 4.22 by jduprey007 from Michigan

Mar 20, 2021
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Reviewed by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2015 Vintage, 12oz waxed bottle

L - Appearance is a deep dark brown, nearly black.
S - Very sweet aroma of chocolate, molasses, and possibly root beer?
T - Not at all like it smells, and I can’t quite put my finger on the flavors. Mild carbonation, and I like it better as it warms. Not at all sweet, maybe even a bit bitter. Root beer? Char? Can’t quite tell, but unlike any barrel aged stout I’ve had.
F - Smooth, creamy, moderate thickness
O - Enjoyed this one because it’s different than any stout I’ve ever had. Def not your typical dessert stout
Mar 20, 2021
 
Rated: 3.71 by goleeoh from Michigan

Mar 04, 2021
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Reviewed by BB1313 from Ohio

3.81/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours almost black; creamy khaki head that fades leaving solid retention and lacing. The aromas are malt forward. Hints of chocolate and cocoa. Some cherries and dark fruits. Mild hints of vanilla. The bourbon is pretty subtle in the aroma department and almost goes unnoticed. The flavors are balanced. More chocolate leading the way. More hints of vanilla coming from the oak. More cherries and dark fruits. Some raisins too. Some molasses. Subtle spiciness. Possibly some hints of rye and black pepper in the mix. The bourbon is subtle but noticeable and blends well with everything. Subtle sweetness. Low bitterness. Solid malt backbone. Subtle alcohol flavors in the finish along with an enjoyable warmth, but it's not hot or boozy at all. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's fluffy, velvety, creamy and smooth.

This is a pretty solid barrel-aged stout. It's subtle and bold at the same time. I always liked Plead The 5th, but never tried the barrel-aged version so I'm glad to have finally tried it after all of these years. It's simply enjoyable and fun to drink. Not bad at all. I like it.
Mar 02, 2021
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Reviewed by rand from California

4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
2013 vintage
12 oz wax-tipped bottle, into a snifter.

Crude-oil brew, viscous as hell. No apparent carbonation, no head. Nose is anise-forward, with notes of molasses and oak at the edge of the bouquet. Flavors are full of licorice and root beer. Molasses, tobacco, hints of coffee and leather. Mouthfeel is lighter than expected given the lack of carbonation. Medium finish (for the style), sweet with lingering residuals.

Wonder is the ‘top secret root’ is sarsaparilla?
Mar 01, 2021
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Reviewed by Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.59/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
From the 12 oz can (!?!) in a snifter. This solid imperial pours a rich
coal black with a very nice head of light brown foam that dissipates
to a thick ring, thin swirling pool, and shows some nice lacing. Nose of
bourbon, vanilla, oak, dark coffee, dark chocolate, balanced char and
roast, and loads of warming, astringent booze. Flavors exceed by a nice
presentation of brown sugar, bourbon, vanilla, rich oak, warming booze,
dark chocolate, faint tobacco, dark fruit notes of black and blueberry,
and a nice dash of cream. Nice mouth feel; full body, rich, smooth,
lightly creamy, coating, light carbonation, and a warming boozy finish
with a bitter malt end note.

A wondrous symphony of malt and barrel in perfect harmony!

Cheers
Feb 23, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by akopczyk from Ohio

Feb 14, 2021
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Reviewed by PapaGoose03 from Michigan

4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
This 2021 release tastes a bit young when compared with prior years. Some 'heat' from the alcohol is evident in the first sips, and the overall taste is not as rich as I remember in prior years. Maybe this one needs some aging to reach its potential., but it's a very good beer now.
Feb 03, 2021
 
Rated: 4.67 by mrmsmith from District of Columbia

Feb 03, 2021
 
Rated: 4.14 by WanderingFool from Massachusetts

Jan 22, 2021
 
Rated: 5 by 46and2 from Missouri

Jan 10, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by teepeevee from Finland

Jan 05, 2021
 
Rated: 5 by AshBlackstone from Florida

Dec 18, 2020
 
Rated: 4.34 by beerjerk666 from Florida

Jul 25, 2020
 
Rated: 4.27 by JBowenGeorgia from Georgia

Jul 18, 2020
 
Rated: 4.58 by Eyedoc27 from Illinois

Jun 15, 2020
 
Rated: 4.19 by dfillius from Iowa

May 08, 2020
Plead The 5th - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 3364 ratings