Plead The 5th Imperial Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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Reviews by barczar:
4.16/5 rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours an opaque black with a frothy one inch mocha head that very slowly dissipates, leaving thick sheets of lacing. Thick layer of yeast sediment left in the bottle, which I also noticed in the fore.
Chocolate, soy, roast malt, and malted milk balls form the initial aroma. Hints of dark fruit emerge as it warms, bruised raspberries, along with some nutty toffee notes and tar.
Roast malt leads the flavor, lingering throughout. Slightly sweet dark chocolate is evident initially, becoming nutty mid palate, then finishing with modestly charred breadcrust and coffee. Dark cherries and ripe raspberries underlie the flavor profile, almost becoming overwhelming in strength. Mocha surfaces in the aftertaste. Becomes boozy, which actually is a good complement.
Body is full...thick and syrupy, with minimal carbonation and significant alcohol warmth.
Somewhat of a chameleon in flavor. One sip is roast dominant, another dark fruit. Fairly complex, with enough roast to balance the dark fruit overall, and enough chocolate to keep things from being overly bitter. Seems to just lack something that would make it exceptional. Maybe bourbon...
Serving type: bottle
03-07-2013 01:53:49 | More by barczar
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4.06/5 rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
This beer was purchased as a special edition (limit 1 bottle per customer). It pours well, very small/no head and is a very dark brown color. It is a heavy coffee flavor, but smooth and goes down easy! I would recommend to anyone who likes coffee or coffee in their beer.
Serving type: bottle
04-22-2014 17:07:10 | More by TrekkieChick
4.08/5 rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured a black body with minor head and lace. First thing that hits me in the nose is dark fruits like raisin, figs, and then minor sweet malts like chocolate and something sugary (not going to say candi sugar or caramel...toffee? molasses?) and then balance from some roasted malts and to be honest no alcohol. The lack of alcohol in the nose and also the beer itself is quite a feat considering it's a double digit ABV beer. This beer, for as heavy as it could be and with so much going on, is actually light and easy to drink with a chewy, fuller body that goes down incredibly easy with notes of chocolate and other sweet flavors (again - toffee? molasses?) hints of figs, some roasted malts, good balance and the beer has a good, strong finish without alcohol burn. Just a solid stout.
Serving type: on-tap
04-20-2014 16:35:00 | More by clayrock81
Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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