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

Dark Horse Bourbon Barrel Aged Plead The 5thDark Horse Bourbon Barrel Aged Plead The 5th
BA SCORE
4.53/5
3,171 Ratings
Dark Horse Bourbon Barrel Aged Plead The 5thDark Horse Bourbon Barrel Aged Plead The 5th
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
darkhorsebrewery.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Russian Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels.

Added by MbpBugeye on 07-25-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#80
Reviews:
442
Ratings:
3,171
pDev:
7.51%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2,142
Gots:
866
Trade:
115
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,171 |  Reviews: 442
Photo of kricks77
4.83/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jldoyle89
4.29/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of osseo222000
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jmonah3
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of countrypeddler8
4.27/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of peterpunk15
4.46/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was pretty good. Again, non-adjunct stout which is uncommon in today's market. The barrel aging brings out all of the notes in it. I wouldn't put it among the best stouts I've had but it's pretty solid.

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Photo of Uconnelmo
4.19/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sabtos
3.62/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pour is viscous shiny black with a minimal but vibrant mocha froth receding to a thin ring.

Nose is unabashedly barrel-forward, drastically hotter and oakier compared to the base, with a dominant maple bourbon glazed pecan note that's almost bacony.

Taste is warming, spicy bourbon with dark chocolate and nutty molasses featuring some raisin and black licorice. Roastiness from the base is still present, but the booze does take over with reckless abandon.

Feel is crisp and surprisingly full of fine fizz with a slick heat and a slightly spicy, chalky dry finish.

Side by side with regular, I liked regular better due to the potency of the barrel here, and really, the base is very well done to begin with. Not every dark beer needs help from the bourbon trail.

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Photo of 98green
4.56/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.34/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Vidblain
3.75/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rristow
4.79/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Tasted from draft. Pours black with white head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, bourbon. Mouthfeel is super thick, sticky, oily. Moderate to heavily sweet with mild to moderate bitterness. Flavors of bourbon, chocolate, coffee, caramel, toffee, vanilla. Huge very well done BA stout.

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Photo of Blackop555
4.37/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black. Thin, short, brown head fades fast.

Smells light bourbon, chocolate, vanilla and dark fruit.

Tastes heavy dark fruit and light roast malt at first. Followed by chocolate, roasty malt, bourbon, light oak and vanilla hints. Finish is semi sweet with a roasty and dark fruit linger. Lighter medium body and creamy medium carbonation.

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Photo of beermanben
4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.18/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of codytwo
4.18/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paulish
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nate2034
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Eman17
4.19/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of a77cj7
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HopSavant
4.44/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Destiney
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Benjolovesbeer
2.55/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Why this beer is on the 250 top list? Like all Dark Horse beers this is brewed horribly. No balance, hardly any bourbon, and no barrel flavor. Dark as night, dark fruity boozy smell but really no enjoyable flavor. Dark Horse is a disappointment every time. Licorice, tobacco, dark fruit flavors with harsh booziness. Slightly smoother than regular Plead the 5th but not smooth or tasty enough to belong in top 250. Witch's Hat Night Furies need to take its place.

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Photo of Gtwreck45
3.82/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MatthewHopHead
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark Horse Bourbon Barrel Aged Plead The 5th from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.53 out of 5 with 3,171 ratings
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