Plead The 5th Imperial Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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Reviews by pmcadamis:
4.25/5 rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
A - Pure black evil in a bottle. Looks like the blackest vile viscous fluid that flows through the devil's veins. This pitch black brew is topped with a small and short lived dark brown head. Lacing is limited to an oily coating on the glass. This looks sinister.
S - Bitter, bitter black baker's chocolate... the kind that is unsweetened. Super-dark roast espresso, soy sauce, and oddly enough...dill pickles.
T - Double chocolate chip cookies washed down with an espresso sans milk or sugar. This is MUCH sweeter and milky than it smells...the taste is light years ahead of the somewhat limited aroma. There is an almost milk-stout creamy lactic flavor to this beer, and some really nice "brown leaf" hops back up all the sweetness and, along with the alcohol heat, help balance this beer like a teeter-totter stuck halfway.
M - Full bodied and dextrin-y, this isn't as obese as some double/Russian stouts but it's still a huge bodied beer. Initially sweet and malty, the midpalate provides an even bigger dose of sugar before some alcohol heat and hops come in before the finish. The finish is bitter and espresso-like after swallowing, and the sweet-bitter mix in the aftertaste lasts for several minutes. Although there is a good deal of alcohol warmth, I would have guessed that this beer was closer to maybe 8 or 9%, not the wine-like 12%!
D - A nice full bodied malty stout that would pair extremely well with dark or milk chocolate, this hide's it's booze content like a functioning alcoholic at his day job. This one helluva beer. Not the best in it's style, but it's good nonetheless.
Serving type: bottle
11-09-2008 19:06:41 | More by pmcadamis
More User Reviews:
4.88/5 rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
A: pours pretty thick out of bottle, like a black snake, thick dark khaki head.
S: very faint on the aromas, picking up dark roasted malt of course slight bittersweet chocolate and booziness.
T: whoa! this is awesome! a perfect example in flavor of a r.i.s;! really nothing lacking in the flavor department, has a good roasty-ness not too much some sweet chocolate flavors no coffee or licorice to speak of but a touch of caramel and vanilla, and the a.b.v in this guys is very well masked, I'd guess it to be right around 7 to 7.5. the malt profile is great and I'm not picking up any hoppiness.
M: great! medium low to low carbonation, leaves a silky slickness on the palate, yum!
O.A. this is a delicious example of an American r.i.s., find it, buy it, try it, like it!
Serving type: bottle
03-15-2014 00:19:50 | More by Beerlover
4.26/5 rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Finally found a chance to open my sole bottle of this, sent to me by angrybabboon in April 2013. This is the '13 bottle, and I believe it's about a year old at this point. Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass - split, as I always do with RISs.
Yeah, that pours like syrup - just black treacle all the way, with a surprisingly high amount of head (mocha colored... Yum!) that rises to the glass about 1-2 fingers high. No light shines through this, suffice to say. The head eventually dies down, and it loses its carbonation slowly over time, but it does leave a terrific amount of lace and foam at the sides and does coat the glass semi-dark with each swirl. While it brings nothing new to the table, it is indeed a benchmark for what I expect with these beers.
Smells really good, however - this isn't a sweet RIS at all, and rather, this contains all of the roasted and hedonistic qualities that I simply adore these beers for. Big roasted chocolate notes, coffee, as well as peanut butter, with molasses, plum, cherry pits, and a sharp earthy bitterness at the back. Caramel, nutmeg, and burnt toffee finish it off. This is one of the nuttiest imperial stouts I've whiffed on in a good long while, and the roasted character is very fresh and lively. Perhaps due to the age, it does lack a complex array of flavors, but the heat is magnificently toned down - invisible, in fact, and no extra sweetness other than the malt profile completely comes through, in the end. Very good stuff.
The flavor is an explosion of chocolate and roasted malt flavors that coat the palate in a ridiculously hedonistic way - it's really the equivalent of eating a coffee filled dark chocolate truffle. After the roasted notes come in, there's a sharp nutty, peanut brittle flavor that becomes overrun with molasses, dark fruit, light leather, and finishes with more caramel and cinnamon, with a baker's chocolate bittered finish. The chocolate becomes more predominant over time, and with the added effect of the beer coating the mouth with a melting sensation, the truffle effect is turned up to 11 on this - honestly, the only other equivalent flavor is from Marshall Zhukov, although not NEARLY as exaggerated. While it does get more syrupy and less lively as it gets flatter, it always tastes really full and thick as an RIS should.
Yeah, this is pretty great stuff, and while it's not as complex or insane as other domestic offerings, it still is notable for its stupidly easy drinkable character, especially with the alcohol being this well hidden, in this case. I definitely was happy with my half portion, but I could have easily had more if I wanted. Definitely worth a try, and a very interesting look on how the base beer changes substantially compared to the bourbon barrel version.
Serving type: bottle
03-14-2014 20:05:31 | More by magictacosinus
4.79/5 rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
From a bottle, pours black as night with hardly any head (despite three tries), though what you get is a dark tan.
Scent is not powerful: roasted malt, coffee.
Taste: roasted malt, coffee, a little chocolate, There's just a bit of booze, but not too much. There are Russian imperial stouts that have too much, but this - despite 11% abv, is just right.
Mouthfeel is unbelievable: thick, creamy with a light carbonation. Probably the best mouthfeel of any stout, maybe any beer.
This may be my new favorite beer. Wish it were more readily available.
Serving type: bottle
03-14-2014 00:41:22 | More by Qbdoo
Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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