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
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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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