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
Ratings:
3,123
Reviews:
436
Avg:
4.48
pDev:
7.59%
 
 
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Photo of KZooJK
4.81/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jeffreed61
4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2016 release, poured at 60-ish degrees. Deep, rich, boozy bourbon nose carries all the way through. So smooth & sweet. What really gives this character is a hint of roughish wood to close it out. Terrific.

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Photo of Erik-P
4.29/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rossracing
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of monty79_1997
3.92/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mrtomatohead49
3.85/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tyecko
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ptucci
4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of daron7
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WolverineFan1243
4.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jlang2012
4.06/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rypkr
4.2/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

2015 poured into a snifter. Inky and frothy with little head.

Smells has me concerned. There's a very, very evident sour green apple smell I'm picking up. Mild bourbon, no roast, lots of candied sugar.

Taste like watery acidic nothing. This is nothing like the base beer. Something is very wrong here. It's mostly flat which is perplexing given that it's only a year old and wax sealed. This is clearly a botched bottled. I traded for this and gave no idea the history of how it was stored etc but this is a sad, sad drain pour.

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2-16-17 new review. Very eager to retry this.

This time it's a draft pour. 1 hour old it was poured to a 16oz mason jar growler. From there it was poured into a snifter at home.

Dark coca cola inky body, lots of frothy khaki head. Sticky, sugary lacing. (Appearance bumped to 4.25 from 4)

Smells heavily of dark fruit and molasses. Lots of carmel,vanilla and oak. Bourbon comes through just right, not too strong and well meddled in. Still getting something faint along the lines of a granny smith apple. (Smell bumped to 4.25 from 2)

Tastes roasty and sweet at the same time. Lots of cream, lots of vanilla cues. More char than I recall from the base beer strangely. Bourbon isnt that prominent in flavor. (Taste bumped to 4.0 from 2.0)

Mouthfeel is awesome. It's creamier than most oatmeal stouts. It's very, very mild on the carbonation and heavy in body. Also quite dry. (Feel bumped to 4.75 from 1.5)

Overall. A much better experience. Very good beer, but after all the bb stouts I've had over the last few years I'm honestly not sure this is among the best of them. It's good, but not awesome like I wanted it to be. (Overall score bumped to 4.25 from 1)

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Photo of pezhead_79
4.26/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tblack4d
4.41/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of McAndrew
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Alby
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Zoomslowik
4.34/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L- Black, not much of a head. Slight ring of dark tan bubbles. Leaves some lacing on the glass.

S- Mostly bourbon and dark chocolate. A little bit of vanilla and coffee.

T- A little bitter up front. Roasted malts, bitter chocolate and coffee. Good fudgy, chocolatey base with a bit of vanilla.

F- Smooth. Solid thickness and creaminess on the palette despite being slightly on the thin side.

O- Pretty solid. It definitely has flavor. It's slightly too bitter for me, but I like the change of pace. I'd like to be able to keep a couple of these around.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Late 2015 vintage; drank 1/13/16 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Inky black appearance.

A rough pour yielded a small dark tan head; almost no lace.

Oak, dark cherry, marshmallow & bourbon notes in the nose.

Thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Bakers chocolate & dark cherry flavors up front; oak & bourbon notes on the finish. Banana notes emerged as this warmed. A bit boozy when fresh, but the nose points toward transcendence. The rest are sentenced to the cellar...

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Photo of GoffmanvsDuffman
4.29/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mwiggi1
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SayBoom
4.73/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Angerhaus
4.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kbarnes9
4.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
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
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