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

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Dark Horse Bourbon Barrel Aged Plead The 5thDark Horse Bourbon Barrel Aged Plead The 5th
BA SCORE
4.53/5
World-Class
3,222 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:
#76
Reviews:
451
Ratings:
3,222
pDev:
7.51%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2,150
Gots:
870
Trade:
113
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 3,222 |  Reviews: 451
Photo of cbgoods
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of stacy00killbore
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of hooliganlife
4.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2013 vintage, thanks bevoduz !!

pours jet black, pretty decent viscosity. little to no head. appears pretty still.

very bourbon forward, alcohol infused stout paired with bitter dark chocolate

similar to nose, very alcohol forward. has a lot of Jack Daniels flavors popping out up front. the base is a bit subdued but deep in there is a sweet roasted body.

very moderate carbonation mixed with the alcohol, you get some bite. this has some bite.

good BA stout, maybe needs some time? this is a tad rough on the edges. i am grateful for finally being able to try this thanks to a generous BA.

 599 characters

Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Cyclone8
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of musicman7070
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Chiefilliniwek
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of MWolverines66
4/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of bigcountry81
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of ThreeFishes
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Morakaton
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of belljt33
4.76/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of swtchuck
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of aliving1
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
4.96/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bottle, 2013 vintage, copper wax, @ 48° F into a snifter.

Special thanks to biniek13 for this opportunity!

A: Dark, thick, with an open, tan-brown head that quickly dissipates.

S: Bourbon, coffee, fig, chocolate.... some booze, but not overpowering.

T: Heaven in a glass. This is a perfectly balanced Bourbon barreled RIS. Sweet, bourbon and dark fruit, bitter chocolate... not noticing a coffee flavor like I did in the nose.

M: Thick enough, and sticks to the palate. Slight burn in the throat after the swallow to let you know the booze is there.

O: If this was available in GA (or easily available anywhere!) I would definitely stock up on these. Fantastic. Saving the other bottle for a while to see how it changes....

 730 characters

Photo of Sergeh
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of owend
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Jpepe08
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of BeerMothaLova
4/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of MarcWP
4.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Copper wax Van Winkle. Joke.


Pours typical, black with no light coming through, small toasted almond colored head that leaves a tiny ring around the edge of the snifter.


Aroma is heavy bourbon, molasses, bitter dark bakers chocolate, fudge, brown sugar, and a definite date and fig fruitiness.


The taste brings heavy roast, bourbon, molasses, fudge, brown sugar, burnt fig, oak, vanilla extract, and bitter coffee. The flavor is pretty balanced between the roast, sweetness, fruitiness, and booziness of the bourbon. The finish lacks the complexity of the mid palate though.


Mouthfeel suffers a bit compared to the rest of the beer but is still good. More fullness would be awesome but the carbonation is spot on for the style. A medium mouthfeel when it should be at least a heavy side of medium.


Overall an excellent bourbon barrel aged imperial stout. Not at the level of some of the best I've had, but definitely on their heels. Will be interesting to see how it ages.

 997 characters

Photo of Brewseph
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of jhillwastaken
4/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of core42
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of mattmarka1
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of mmulebarn
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Dark Horse Bourbon Barrel Aged Plead The 5th from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.53 out of 5 with 3,222 ratings