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RATINGS: 490   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.16/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ianhuntley73 (22) - - JAN 22, 2013
Very think inky black pour with a small mocha head. Nothing left after a while. Just a thin collar and three measly and miniscule islands of foam. The barrel is very nice, but the aroma of the beer is intense. Bourbon, tons of oak, and a nice hint of vanilla from the barrel. Sweet malts, licorice. Coffee and dark chocolate are afterthoughts compared to the barrel, booze, and sugars. Bourbon is immediately apparent. Deep dark chocolate flavors and a sweet fruit layer. Oak is really intense in the back. Lingering oaky finish is too strong and just pegs it back from perfect. Its heavy, boozy, and overly oaked. Low carbonation. While this beer is good, the barrel hasnt improved it. Intense oak creates an unpleasant aftertaste.


1
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 1/20
mdarnell51 (1) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2017 does not count
2015 vintage. Tastes and smells terrible- very sour- highly likely infected. I have noted numerous other people have had the same experience over the past few weeks per Untappd.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Korcz (1598) - Warsaw, POLAND - DEC 30, 2016
Wybitny Stout. Genialny profil beczki, bardzo waniliowe, sporo czekolady, paloności, bardzo długi, rozgrzewający finisz. Suuuper.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ljthiessen (1197) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 15, 2016
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a small head. Aroma is chocolate and cocoa. Taste is cocoa and coffee, a little light, tasty and balanced but not incredible.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (10741) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2016
2015. Nothing wrong with this beer, but just like the base, a bit overrated. With soooooo many epic imperial stouts out there this is nowhere close to top 50. Big roasted notes as in the base. Bitter chocolate and molasses. Barrel is a normal bourbon presence - something I always like, but didnt stand out among other greats.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sjogro (3183) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 10, 2016
33cl Bottle courtesy of kermis, massive thanks! Black sticky goop with tan head. Big sweet deep roasted malts, big vanilla and bourbon, coffee, toffee, soft woodiness. Big sweet and mild chocolate bitter. Full body, soft carbonation, dense and thick texture. Big chocolate cake dipped in bourbon, very nice.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maakun (4457) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 10, 2016
Bottle shared thanks to kermis. 2014 vintage. Black with big light brown head. Looks great! Lots of great bourbon, toffee, sweet chocolate, lots of dried red fruits, apricots, vanilla, light boozy, old red wine. Over medium sweet and almost medium bitter. Full bodied. Great BA stout the way I like them.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WillemsUrenkel (1624) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - SEP 3, 2016
Vintage 2011. Got the bottle back in autumn 2012 from kappldav123. Big big thank you, mate! Pours out in the glass oily pitch black. No head. Fruity and dark choco on the nose. Taste starts strong, tough licorice, dark berriefuity background, also a lot of cacao. You may only take small sips. Increasing alcoholic, sensitive bitter, hints of malt, caramell and wildberry. Creamy and bitter sweet to the end. What a beer! [Test 12.10.2012]

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Douberd (5163) - 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 (34) - 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 (3031) - 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.


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