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
98.6%
Liked This Beer
4.53 w/ 3,165 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:
#82
Reviews:
442
Ratings:
3,165
Liked:
3,121
Avg:
4.53/5
pDev:
7.51%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
2,143
Gots:
865
Trade:
115
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing what a barrel can do, Dark Horse's Plead the 5th goes into the barrel as an slightly unrefined catterpiller but emerges from its oaken cocoon as ominous and succulent butterfly. Upon its revival, utter decadence is realized!

You don't so much as pour the beer, rather you pop the cap and let it crawl out on its own. As it settles in the snifter, its lavish pitch-black body creeps to the bottom while a mocha-laden lather billows above. Its fledgling head character eventually succumbs to the beer's weight and renders it lacing as unimportant. What transpires instead in a shaddowy port or brandy appearance.

Its decadent dessert-like and boozy sweetness soothes the soul with a mere sip. Dark chocolate, espresso, creamy toffee-wrapped malt, walnut brownies and molasses round out the stouts surly scent. But a rise of bourbon happens as the beer warms, unlocking its sweet booziness with a soft pillow of caramel, vanilla, coconut and vinous cherry aroma.

Sipping as a cordial, the most subtle draw seeps into taste buds with sheer dominant roasty-sweet flavor. Coffeehouse espresso is softened with bittersweet chocolate, black-strap molasses and a creamy fudge flavor. As the stout slowly treks over the middle, its hearty sweetness slowly fades into a bitter coffee trail that's once again greeted with drunken oak. Its boozy char brings about a host of elegant power- its thin caramel is slightly of honey as the unmistakable coconut and vanilla offer the whimsy that only fine bourbon can. Even a savory vinous tone offers up sherry, port, merlot and even soy sauce.

Its full body simply laughs at any attempt for drinkability- this is a sipper as its enormous viscosity coats the mouth its oily chewiness. As its warm and toasted finish transpires, the stout retains much of its body, refusing to be dissected by its strong alcohols or its vinous tannin spiciness.

This special Plead the 5th doesn't pair with any after dinner dessert or snack. It is the after dinner dessert. Just sit back, relax and let this decadent ale steal your soul!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 Vintage served into a Sexual Chocolate TEKU.

A- Pitch black, minimal head, light lacing, looks thick.

S- Could smell the vanilla bourbon as soon as I popped the top. Bourbon, sweet alcohol burn, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malt, slight espresso and toffee.

T- Bourbon, dark roasted malt, vanilla, chocolate finish, and bitter coffee. So good. Like beautiful fudge bourbon.

M- Rich and viscus. Lots of lingering flavors. Kinda hot at first but as it warms its as smooth as chocolate milk. Amazing.

O- One of my favorite BA stouts I've ever had. So rich and smooth, blended perfectly. I want this on my death bed.

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A-EBF sample pour. Pours pitch black with a bubbly, brown head.

S-The smell of bourbon is quite potent. Sweet chocolate and coffee with more woodiness and some vanilla. A high quality, textbook bourbon barreled stout. Really excited to try this one.

T-Rich, dark and milk chocolate. Smooth, potent coffee and a pronounced bourbon character. Vanilla, oak and straight up bourbon whiskey.

M-Full and creamy. Sneaky heat. Lower carbonation. Really agreeable feel. It sits and melts on your tongue.

O/D-A tasty, decadent barrel aged Imperial Stout. I understand why this has such a high rating and why it is so sought-after. It didn't blow my mind but I can't say I didn't enjoy it.

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Dark Horse Bourbon Barrel Aged Plead The 5th from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 98.6% out of 100 with 3,165 ratings
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