jcwattsrugger (12418) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 29, 2013
12oz bottle shared by blomster/Christer @RBWG-JAX-thin lt brown-black. A-rich roasty dk malt, oak. T-rich roasty/licorice-dk malt, oak. BlowOffTube (501) - Michigan, USA - OCT 28, 2013
Awesome. Really smooth, little burn, bourbon, sweet coffee and chocolate, vanilla. Pours black, tan head. Big chocolaty bourbon coffee aroma. Big body, small carbonation but works perfect. Nice sipper. Top BA imp stout for me so far. jkwood04 (5448) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 25, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2014 12oz bottle In a snifter. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of bourbon, roasted malts, some oak and vanilla and light savory notes, a little coffee and chocolate, and some light bitterness. Flavor the same with a great blend of everything especially the bourbon. Smooth texture. A really good beer.
EDIT: Bottle with copper wax. Same appearance. Great aroma of bourbon and a rich stout. Thick texture. Still a really good beer. Art (3217) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Bottle thanks to fear025. I had a bunch written then the stupid RB app froze and lost my rating. Pours inky dark. Aroma of chocolate coffee vanilla roasted malts bourbon. Silky mouth feel the taste of the base beer is still there but slightly sweeter. KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2013
2012 Vintage 12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.
Bourbon Plead the Fifth comes out of the bottle without any hurry, filling up my glass with an obsidian black liquid. Adjusting to an aggressive pour, I am able to encourage a small dark mocha head to form for a few minutes. It slowly gives way to a thin ring of dark froth around the edges and leaves just a couple spots of lace on the glass.
The aroma at this stage has such a nice balance between the the chocolate and roasted notes from the stout and the character from the barrel. It almost feels like rich fudge is entering my nose as first, with roasted notes, a bit of coffee, lots of vanilla, and finally a smooth bourbon note.
The flavor starts off with rich dark chocolate fudge, with vanilla and bourbon twisting their way in. As my palate adjusts to the flavor overload, roasted malt and a bit of bitter coffee notes work their way in. A small amount of general dark fruit flavor comes in later on in the sip. It starts out very sweet, and ends up being a bit more rounded by the end of the sip. The flavors work so well together.
Each sip is a reeducation about how the mouthfeel of a bourbon barrel stout should feel. Thick and rich, the barrel did nothing to reduce the impressiveness of this mouthfeel. The carbonation is nearly crushed by the thickness of the beer but retains a silky smooth quality.
Overall this is definitely a very well made bourbon barrel stout. It is definitely worth seeking out and having around. At this point I have not had it at different ages, but it is delicious with almost a year on it.
SpongeRuiner (1114) - Michigan, USA - OCT 8, 2013
On tap at Michigan Summer Beer Fest. A fantastic beer by Dark Horse. Heavy, dark, and complex. A sipper I could sip all day. wchesser (2071) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 6, 2013
’11 bottle enjoyed in Oct. ’13. From flandersned....thanks, Steve! Shared with friends along with Mikkeller George BA variants and I think this one came out of top for everyone, just for sheer richness and the silky carbonation. Nose of smooth bourbon, nice roasted malts, toasted wood, vanilla. Taste is the same, along with raisin, red dried berries. Great balance. BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 1, 2013
GABF 2012. Pours with a pitch black hued body with a tan head. Aromas are of raisins, brown sugar, bourbon, chocolate, cocoa powder, vanillin, and fudge. Flavors are rich, fudge, oak, lightly ashy, molasses, brown sugar. Thick, but well balanced by tannin, quite warming. Imperial_Scout (363) - Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2013
Thanks Al. Pours black with tan head. Deep chocolate, coffee, and sweet bourbon in the nose. Coffee and roasted almost smoked malt in the taste. Seemed to be a bit heavier on the smoke than bourbon. Also hints of vanilla. Thinner palate WozWx (83) - Lafayette, Indiana, USA - SEP 24, 2013
On tap at Dark Horse’s VIP room via a tour of the brewery. Honestly the best beer I have ever tasted so far. Soo very smooth and bourbon flavor is definitely not overpowering. Really hope I get to have this sometime again soon.