Aigre (Sour) Plead The 5th | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Aigre (Sour) Plead The 5thAigre (Sour) Plead The 5th

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Winter

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Added by MasterSki on 12-29-2010

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4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Popped this one with habmike

Appearance: Pour is a dark black/mahogany, near still

Smell: Chocolate, tart cherries, vanilla, oak, leather. Not "sour" in the Cantillon sense of the word.

Taste: Tart cherries, good chocolate, smooth bourbon, french oak. Very buttery.

Mouthfeel: Very full, I actually like that it is undercarbonated.

Drinkability: I really enjoyed this one. Wish I had saved a bit as I think it would be good on ice cream. Somehow the lack of carbonation and the slight tart cherry notes really did it for me. I got another one and am going to sit on it for a year or so.

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4.31/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brought to Jackie O's by Norm aka Rob aka Will aka the rabbit man. Thanks for sharing!

Pours a dark dark brown almost black. A hint of rddish tint on the edges. Smells buttery and bourbon heavy. Tastes a bit tart... The Brett sourness is very subtle but definitely present. Smooth bourbon hits strong. Vry nice on the tongue. Overall a very nice version of plead the fifth.. Not as good as the regular bourbon but the brett is at least interesting

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4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fizzy dark tan head. Color is a deep black.

Aroma: Pretty much plead the fifth flavors with a noticeable cherry flavors. A little bit of bourbon showing through.

Taste: Sour Pt5. It is very unique. Sour cherries combined with bourbon, chocolate, caramel, coffee and roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: Sour and roasted. Full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and roasted.

Overall, this beer may be better than regular Pt5. It is very tasty. Reminds me of a cherry ris.

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4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to TurdFurgison for sharing. Not sure why sour is written in French. This IS also bourbon-barrel aged, but there is no mention of this on the label.

A - Cap came off really easily - hope this wasn't due to them frantically bottling this to have it ready for the incredibly disorganized release party. In any case, pours with almost no head - only some big, dark reddish mocha bubbles that dissipate quickly. Still black body with some brown at the fringes.

S - Lots of vanilla and butterscotch, as well as some lactic notes. Not very sour at all. Some oak and spicy booze. This is all in addition to the standard earthy dark roasted grain and cocoa character of Plead the 5th.

T - I can almost crib my notes from Bourbon Barrel Plead the 5th - "The taste is quite excellent, with a hefty amount of dark roasted grain, caramel, vanilla, butterscotch, and other sweet things. Again, the bourbon makes its presence known through barrel flavors and depth, rather than in-your-face harsh whiskey." No obvious sourness - just a buttery note that is evocative of English stouts. Still quite delicious in any case.

M - Very low carbonation, smooth full body, sticky finish. While I don't know the exact ABV, I'm assuming it's similar to the 14-15% quoted for the non-sour variety, in which case it is masterfully hidden. Could use more carbonation, but for the style it's not a big problem to have carbonation this low.

D - This just doesn't seem very different from Bourbon Barrel Plead the 5th, other than a slight buttery, lactic note. That's not necessarily a bad thing. Needs more bubbles too.

My advice - check the cap (and re-crimp if you have the proper tools). Then sit on this for 6-12 months to see if it sours up. Drink the regular Bourbon Barrel Plead the 5th, as it seems to be ready to go right out of the gate.

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4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a few bottles of this at the Dark Horse 4elf party this year, opened my first one at a post-Christmas tasting in Chicago.

Apparently the cap came off with very little effort, a dangerous sign for those that will be shipped (and I've already shipped one to Colorado!). Little carbonation though, I wonder if the cap would hold against a more vigorous beer.

It poured a dark and opaque brown, very few bubbles on top. It presented the same on tap at the release, very little head. On the nose this doesn't seem sour per se, but I do get a little oak along with the roasted malts and light chocolate. Dark fruits too, raisins and plums, that sort of thing.

It tastes like a lightly barrel aged RIS, not really like a sour beer. In time I hope to hear how this was made, maybe the bugs haven't done their work yet. It did taste good though, just not in the ways I expected. Cocoa, toffee, molasses, other sweet stout flavors, also a light touch of booze (bourbon I guess), I liked the flavors but kept searching for something more tart to present itself.

Very little carb, giving a creamy and thick-feeling body. It feels like a big beer, which it is. I've got one bottle left, and probably I'll hold it for a while in case there are bugs trying to do their thing (not sure how active they'll be in the bottle though).

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4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Part of an epic tasting at jackie o's with brad and Co.

A-black body with almost no head
S-little bit of bourbon as it warms up
T-subtle bourbon. Little tart on the finish. Nice variation.
M-medium body and a nice bourbon aftertaste
O-nice variation on bb ptf but I like the former better

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Aigre (Sour) Plead The 5th from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 80 ratings