Plead The 5th Imperial Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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4.18/5 rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
I love surprises.
Dark Horse has provided a few for me, with their unassuming no-nonsense packaging and prices often well below average for equivalent beers. This one is by far the best.
Picking up two singles, I figured "can't lose with an imperial stout!" and upon pouring, I was assured that this was the genuine article: impossibly dark, viscous, with a tight, solid head giving way to a hearty brown ring on top. Easily on par with Expedition Stout or Old Rasputin.
*Smell: what I can gather is impressive, hitting the bitter chocolate notes with just a hint of alcohol warmth. Unfortunately I'm a bit stuffed up so I'll return to amend this.
It tastes like I wish more RIS's did: hearty and full of the aforementioned chocolate, carmel finish, embedded with a sharp spike of hop bitterness and the slightest whiff that it's packing more than a welterweight abv.
By mouthfeel I'd guess this bad boy to be under 9% at first blanch, but nearing the end of a glass it's readily apparent there is more under the proverbial hood than what, as it turns out, is a conservative guestimate. The only comparison I could fairly make is with Bells Expedition Stout, in sheer viscosity, density of carbonation, and the warmth riding inside a smooth velvet dessert vessel. It brings the heat but only after I'm well into the bottle, drawn inescapably in.
Like I said, a truly pleasant surprise. The best beer I've had from Dark Horse.
Since they make no mention of abv on the packaging,
Serving type: bottle
06-11-2011 01:13:04 | More by optimistictour
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