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

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4.53/5
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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:
#83
Reviews:
454
Ratings:
3,257
pDev:
7.51%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of chitownfanatic21
4.38/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of GoatmanBrewsMD
4.64/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Dragginballs76
4.61/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours black with nice mocha colored head that lasts longer than expected settling to a rocky mountain with decent lacing.

Aroma - Huge amount of oak and vanilla this is a 2015 so the bourbon has settled a bit ad is working well with the chocolate, leather and roasted malts. Very complex aroma.

Taste - Wow excellent balance of chocolate, vanilla a little cinnamon, oak and leather. This thing is money with almost 3 years on it.

Feel - Full bodied soft creamy feel little heat with a slightly dry finish.

Overall - An amazing beer, never tried it fresh but aged the flavors are so well balanced and it is very easy drinking.

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Photo of rsquared59
4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of DMarlinJ
4.13/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The hype out does the beer. I aged my bottle 3 years and love bb aged stouts but this was just... meh. Darkhorse Plead the Fifth is average and only becomes enjoyable after a year so I hoped this would do well with time. Got the flavors of dried fruits, raison, fig still had chocolate notes but the alcohol burn was still too present and not smooth. This one can't compete with Founder's Imperial stout or KBS or with Goose Island

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Photo of TylerJ
4.69/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ADKbeerguy
4.71/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AyatollahGold
4.69/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black with quickly fading tan head.
The aroma is bourbon forward with some roast, molasses and chocolate. There is also a mild black licorice note that is weaker than the base beer, but still present.
The bourbon is stronger on the flavor than the aroma, but is still very well balanced. The oakiness vanilla and booziness plays really well with the light roast chocolate dark fruit and licorice.
The mouthfeel is somewhat thick with more carbonation than normal in this style.
Overall, it's a very good beer, but not quite on the level I was expecting for a beer this highly rated. It's still definitely worth checking out, but for being one of my main wants it was a little disappointing.

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

Photo of TonyBolognaMN
4.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of petrusek23
4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.65/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 vintage.

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Photo of Lonewolfwmv
4.11/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bammer21
4.42/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Buck89
4.24/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Opaque brown color with a soft tan head. Nice retention for the ABV. Aromas of whiskey, oak, vanilla, chocolate. The taste followed with a nice mix of the above flavors. Heavy on the bourbon but reasonably balanced. all in all, a great BA RIS.

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Photo of mjklaus1
4.73/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of BenHoppy
2.65/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Dark Horse Bourbon Barrel Aged Plead The 5th from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.53 out of 5 with 3,257 ratings