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RATINGS: 355   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.16   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
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This beer is a big and full bodied Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels with lots of roasted malts, but very balanced with heavy hops. Brewed with a top secret root, this beer has an amazingly complex flavor that you must wait for.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
malkyore (174) - - MAR 28, 2014
I had this after a Witches Hat Night Fury and a Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout. This is a great beer. Its sweet which is nice, theres a little coffee and a touch of smoked malt. Normally when a brewer decides to make the kitchen sink beer; the beer with everything in it, the flavors mix together and get lost. This does not do that. Ive had their 2 beer, the cream stout, and 4 the smoked stout, and they were both great. As far as I can see this beer does a great job mixing the two beers flavors together. I am a fan!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anthony850 (250) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2014
On tap smooth with bourban overtones. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kkleu357 (276) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 25, 2014
4 once sample on the brewery tour. Ive had regular Plead the 5th, so I was excited to try this one. I was not let down. You can tell it is Plead the 5th, just barrel aged. You get all the great chocolate flavors and roasted tastes with a nice addition of boozy bourbon. I really enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dogfish120love (937) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 22, 2014
Pours a deep brown essentially black with a mocha head. Heavy notes of vanilla oak and syrup. The body is thick and sticky.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cards04 (1721) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 17, 2014
May I say that GT2 is da bomb for including this as an extra in my most recent trade... Didnt think I would ever get to try this top 50 gem. Pours a thick, dark, black. Beautiful tan head that fades into a ring. Aromas are awesome... Vanilla, oak, nuts, fudge. Wonderful bourbon forward flavors.. Vanilla, booze, dark chocolate. Lasting dark chocolate and bourbon on the palate. Fantastic stout. Thanks again GT2.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JBPortland (747) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAR 17, 2014
12oz bottle pours dark black brown with small thin head. Nose is roasty bitter chocolate, subtle fruity bourbon, plum, peanut butter. Taste is creamy bitter chocolate, roasty nuts, balanced bourbon, raisin. Finish is bitter fruity bourbon, vanilla, nutty licorice, and charred coffee beans. Great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EricTeusink (679) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 5, 2014
Shared with Jrob21 at Run Before You Crawl 5K meeting. Pours darkest brown with red tinge. Slight tan head. Boozy roasted nose. Big sweet up front with bitter carbonated back end bite. Thick and more carbonated than your average Imperial Stout. Bottle - Shared by Jrob21

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jrob21 (2530) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 5, 2014
2012 from a trade a while back. Lots of bourbon and wood in the aroma. Bourbon comes through mostly in the flavor and adding on a little bit of vanilla. Dark fruit flavors. As it warms you get a bit more of the stout. Really nice smooth chocolate and roasty coffee malt. Cherry and berry fruit bursts late in the palate. A little too boozy but otherwise pretty nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheHOFF43 (1749) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2014
Bottle from mikem409. Pours the darkest black I have ever seen with absolutely no head. Aroma is sweet chocolate and bourbon. Taste is sweet, bourbon, chocolate, vanilla. Very wet, no drying. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 28, 2014
2011 vintage on draught at Deep Ellum, 2/22/14
Wow, glad I just happened to stop in to Deep Ellum in the 14 hour window this stuff was on tap, haha.
Pretty cool that they just threw this aged keg on with no fanfare or announcement and even cooler that I was there to try it.
Pours an inky black, seemingly opaque, with a fleeting beige head that recedes quickly and completely.
Molasses, light milk chocolate and dry, leafy, mildly citric hops up front while the bourbon character rounds out the finish with very light butter-rum and coconut notes. Nice and reserved, just the way it should be. Aroma strength is medium, much due to the very low carbonation, and probably in part to the barrel tannin as well. No flaws and very little of the alcohol noted (this cant possibly be 14%, by the way).
Soft, silky and rich in the mouth, it certainly has all the characteristics of Dark Horse. Comforting, almost chewy texture, well-extracted, rich malts, no obnoxious/overdone flavors. Milk chocolate and light roast are most prominent, while some vanilla-like dryness and a bit of rum soaked raisin notes help balance. Very very low carbonation and again, no sign of the alcohol. Yes, its Plead the 5th, which in my mind, is a well-done but fairly simplistic Imperial Stout, with an added layer of bourbon. So in this case, the barrel-aging actually helps add depth, but ultimately, Im not wowed by the rather lacking vinous/roast/prune notes that I really love in a great imperial. Still, nothing to scoff at and Id happily drink this over many (most?) other imperial stouts. Though it loses some points in complexity, it makes up alot of that in balance and mouthfeel.

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