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Dark Horse Bourbon Barrel Plead the 5th Sour Imperial Stout

Dark Horse Bourbon Barrel Plead the 5th Sour Imperial Stout
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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.58/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
fattybladdy (449) - 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 doesn’t mesh the greatest but not bad.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alliance100 (364) - 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 (560) - 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 wasn’t very drinkable. Overall I’d say it was ok.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tectactoe (1165) - Michigan, USA - DEC 16, 2013
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. There’s 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, doesn’t 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 I’m being too hard on it, based on how much I love the non-sour version.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10068) - 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 (1021) - Ann Arbor, 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.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheShepherds (54) - chapel hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 27, 2013
Very good beer. Little aftertaste. Nice rich flavor. Great color and palate. Aroma...not great but smelled worse. Very nice imperial but there’s better for the price.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mittenator (1089) - Michigan, USA - FEB 25, 2013
Sample at 2013 MBG Winter Beer Festival. Really neat version of plead the fifth. The sourness compliments all the chocolate and malt. Very well balanced. Almost has a raspberry tartness to it.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jstraw (1900) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2013
Black with no head (barrel-aged) / Rich nose of coffee, molasses, chocolate, and sour dark fruit / Medium body, no carbonation, a touch thin, modestly sour, some sweetness, with good balance and bitter finish / Sour, subdued flavors of dark roast coffee, licorice, bittersweet chocolate, plum, prune, strawberry, and balsamic vinegar / This being my second DH sour, clearly they haven’t mastered the technique as both have been flat; however, positive elements are evident.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (13338) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2013
25th November 2011
Noted as Aigre Plead The 5th. Opaque black beer, zero head. Smooth palate, semi dry. Smooth dark malt, no roast. Fair bit of bretty sourness with a red berry fruit undertone - strawberry readily identifiable. Finishes semi dry with traces of chocolate and coffee. A sour RIS eh? Very drinkable.


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