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

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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:
3,183
pDev:
7.51%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 3,183 |  Reviews: 442
Photo of CDCNAM
4.38/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of dubinsky
4.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ThirstyHungryLife
4.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BigKev23
4.91/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mwa114
4.26/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.54/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance.
Body : Dark. Dark dark dark. Obsidian, cascadian, just...dark. Nothing escaping from this pit of black.
Head : Angry reddish brown with 2 fingers fading to a ring in my snifter.

Aroma.
Initial : Dark fruits, namely plum and black cherry; some burnt malts, a hit of coffee, and a sappy bourbon aroma chasing everything.
With Agitation : adds a shade of brightness over everything - tart cherries, melon, and chocolate fountain.

Taste.
Front end : Explosion of dark malts, burnt cocoa, tobacco.
Back end : Theres the Plead The Fifth we all love. A sweet, syrupy chocolate rush with plums, raisins, and dark cherry
Finish : The bourbon hits and the heat rises up from the throat to dry out the tongue. A sweet, sappy, syrupy chocolate/dark fruit/bourbon/ground coffee note persists and tantalizes for another sip.

Feel.
I mean, how do I explain a feel that I don't particularly pay attention to because it's so right on the money? The flavor and aromas are overwhelming enough, but the feel fits it just like it should with buzzing carbonation, dryness, and succulent sweetness. Lick the lips and you want more.

Overall : Who was even surprised here? Dark Horse makes some of the best stouts around and there's no doubt they know what they're doing. They've taken a perfect stout to another level by barrel aging it. If you lke the original Plead The 5th, this is one to check out when you're feeling like you want just a bit more heaviness and warmth to coddle you.

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Photo of turfy
4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A 2015 bottle.

A - A deep brownish-black, with a thin tan head after pouring that disapates to a light film with a heavier ring.
S - Bourbon, chocolate, roasted malt
T - Silky bourbon with chocolate notes and coffee. Maybe a hint of leather.
M - Just about perfect. Substantial mouthfeel without being too heavy. Very smooth with the right amount of oiliness.
O - If I had to choose any BBA stout, it would be this one. Well done, Dark Horse.

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4.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Slack
4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown to black in color with zero head and no lacing.

Oak, Bourbon, vanilla, coffee, and a roasted note.

Bourbon, vanilla, coffee, oak, and a warming booze finish.

Mouthful is medium to heavy and super smooth. Carbonation is very low. Finish lingers.

An extremely well balanced beer. Very drinkable with hidden alcohol only present on the finish and as it warms. Mouthful is nice, not too heavy but not light. The minor negatives and I mean minor might be the oak being so strong on the nose. Seek this out and try it against the regular Pt5th.

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

Photo of Snig623
4.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cmw2987
4.14/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheDole
4.78/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.68/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

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4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of TBonez477
4.7/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

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

Photo of jdm5161
4.29/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of earljones199
4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 bottle.

All chocolate.

It pours a jet black with not much head. Very thick and oily looking.

The smell is roasty, chocolatey goodness.

The taste follows the nose with a huge hit of chocolate and the dark rich roasted flavor I like in a big BB stout. This still had a good amount of the bourbon barrel flavors in it.

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Photo of lemmy187
4.45/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark Horse Bourbon Barrel Aged Plead The 5th from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.53 out of 5 with 3,183 ratings
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