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RATINGS: 483   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.16/5   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.


fiver29's rating

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 8, 2012
Bottle pours pitch black and coats the glass like oil. Tan head. Heavy mouthfeel. Aroma is wood, bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate. Flavor follows the nose and has a nice chocolate note upfront, some booze, rich caramel in the middle, and finishes with a great chocolate bourbon note. This beer is simply fantastic.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Douberd (4752) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - AUG 19, 2016
(Dark Horse Bourbon Barrel Plead the 5th Imperial Stout) Bottle 355 ml at home, vintage 2014, served into a snifter, ABV 11% Pitch black colour on the body, small but very thick dark brown head on top, with very good retention. Aroma has lots of bourbon, alcohol, vanilla, liquorice. Taste also of bourbon, vanilla, roasted malts, alcohol, liquorice, coffee, dark bitter chocolate Thick full body with good amount of carbonation. Very good and it gets better with every sip.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
coolunclesony (28) - DENMARK - AUG 7, 2016
Another Dark Horse disappointment. Totally unbalanced. Bad carbonation, too much vanilla and bourbon.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dchmela (3008) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 23, 2016
Cheers to northern brews for the bottle. Thick black pour with a thin cocoa head. Toasted grain, vanilla, bourbon and chocolate aroma. Very complex and flavor meld well. Smooth chocolate and roasted grain with hints of bourbon and vanilla. Damn good brew.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hackobock (3427) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 30, 2016
August 29, 2015. Bottle at home, received in a trade with AtlCarl, thanks!
Black with a small brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, notes of sweet and salty licorice, coffee, dark chocolate, toasted coconuts, light bourbon character and hints of vanilla. Taste is medium sweet, smooth roasted bitterness. Finish is roasted bitterness with dark chocolate, roasted coffee, some sweet caramel, licorice, vanilla and a light warming bourbon touch. Full bodied, creamy texture, soft carbonation.
Very nice, subtle barrel notes but the taste is well balanced.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chucklemation (1402) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JUN 18, 2016
Pours a jet black with a thin tan head. Aroma is vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, caramel, and roast. Flavor is roast, bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate. A little bit bitter, not too big of a body for an imperial stout. A high quality imperial stout, but not a stand out for me.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BuckeyeBoy (5834) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 29, 2016
12oz bottle thanks to darrel. Pours out black topped with a small tan head. Nose is great big bourbon barrel notes vanilla coffee chocolate roast malts. Taste is amazing more of the big bourbon barrel goodness vanilla coffee roast malts chocolate. Wow this is nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
WillRunForBeer (2247) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 9, 2016
12oz bottle with silver wax. A brief celebration that reasonable heads prevailed at tonight’s town meeting. Pours nearly black with a beige head. Aroma is dark chocolate, coffee, bourbon, oak. This is smooth with great depth of flavor. Dark chocolate, strong dark coffee, vanilla oak, bourbon. There’s a hint of overextracted coffee bitterness in the finish.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fashawn (583) - ITALY - APR 21, 2016
Little boozy , a lot of chocolate, Cherry oakiness, a lot of oAk at the nose, some bourbon notes. First Sip was brutal. Bourbon and chocolate meets forma very intriguing favor. With the warm there is a little sweet vanilla returns, but best part of this beer is alcool. Chocolate, dark chocolate, very very good one. oily feel, full body, smooth, extremely smooth.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
biirusaikou (2477) - - APR 14, 2016
Bottle shared. One of those big big whales, very rich mouthfeel, dark chocolate, dried fruit, vanilla, espresso, bourbon spice, fairly dry finish. Amazing stuff, decadent as some would say!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thepatrickman (781) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - APR 6, 2016
Bottle at home. This is one legit BA stout. It’s full of chocolate and cocoa flavor, like you’d expect, as well as some smooth, warming bourbon aromas, but it is extremely smooth and full-bodied, which really accentuates the other flavors. Rich, roasted, velvet smooth, and absolutely phenomenal -- one of the best beers out there.


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