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Dark Horse Bourbon Barrel Plead the 5th Sour Imperial Stout

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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
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3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BVery (6833) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2014
Sampled via bottle at WTWBA 2014 in Minneapolis. Deep brown pour. A little sour and roasty. I thought the mouthfeel on this was a little flat.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocJitsu (1029) - Florida, USA - JUL 27, 2014
Pours a used oil black with a dark, orange-brown head. Doused campfire nose with some sour aroma. Wet, smooth and thick. A bit of a plastic flavor. Some sour wood. Dark chocolate.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (3697) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 21, 2014
(Backlog) Bottle of fantasy tasting at Paulís, thanks jtclockwork for bringing this. Black pour with brown head. Tart, sour malts, fruit and roasted flavors. Tart but roasted and dark malt aromas.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EyeAmBaldman (296) - Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2014
Pours black, like motor oil, with a thin tan head. Bourbon on the nose. Thick mouthfeel with a nice bourbon finish. Better than the New Holland Dragonís Milk.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
fattybladdy (603) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Duece roughly 1 year old. Black pour with thick foamy head. Big sourness, dark malt and dark fruit with a slight dry finish. Odd combo that doesnít mesh the greatest but not bad.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alliance100 (779) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2013
Draft at 4 Elf 2013 - big sour aromas with some roast . Sourness wasn't overwhelming . Pretty good , would try again . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpongeRuiner (773) - Michigan, USA - DEC 17, 2013
On tap at the 4 Elf party. A decent sour roasty smell. A lot thinner feel than I would have guessed. Sourness seems a bit off. Alcohol shows itself a little bit in the back end. It wasnít very drinkable. Overall Iíd say it was ok.

1.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 2/20
tectactoe (2199) - Michigan, USA - DEC 16, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2014 Tap: Pretty dark brown, basically black, pouring with almost no head; barely even a thin, tan collar around the edges. Aroma is pretty roasty with a strong dark fruit presence. Thereís a light, appreciable tartness but nothing that smells "sour" or vinegar-y like others describe. Plums, roast, light cocoa. Not much of a barrel presence, either. Taste has a touch of syrupy tartness, something like plums or dates (general dark fruitiness) but again, doesnít reach "sour" levels before the roast, chocolate, & dark malts take over. Slightly tannic finish, lightly astringent - perhaps the only hint of a barrel in here. Some strange soy sauce notes in the finish. Light anise. plum, & roasted malt aftertaste coating. Not bad, but perhaps Iím being too hard on it, based on how much I love the non-sour version.

Bottle: Thanks, Travis. Holy shit. Iím almost convinced that what I had on tap was not the same beer. Because out of the bottle, this shit is pretty horrible. Overly sour, lacto & acetone notes, roast, soy sauce, tart plums, ash... Nasty, very hard to finish. I donít normally adjust scores downwards, but this is too terrible not to account for, & I seriously think the tap version was something different. Or at least "not as soured" because this was borderline putrid.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10971) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2013
Tap sample at MBGSF 2013. Poured a black color with an average creamy brown head that mostly lasted and produced good lacing. moderate to heavy roasted malt, chocolate and sour dark fruit aroma. Medium to abundant body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Good complex roasted sour & sweet flavor with a medium to heavy roasted sweet & sour finish of moderate to long duration. Good complex standout brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
flatmatt (1139) - Northville, Michigan, USA - JUL 27, 2013
On tap at MBGSF 2013 as Aigre Sour Plead the Fifth. Pours a very dark brown with a brown head. Sour soy and dark malt aromas. Flavor again somewhat sour, soy and dark cocoa. Quite good.


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