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Plead The 5th Imperial Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,078
Reviews: 768
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.12%
Wants: 520
Gots: 717 | FT: 79
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Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
2010 and pre: white label
2011: white label OR black label with black no logo cap
2012: black label with logo cap
2013: black label with logo cap, ABV of 11% in the top right corner and new government warning

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 09-27-2008)
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Photo of BEERchitect
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A good Russian Imperial Stout that somehow keeps me wanting more. Maybe it's because Plead has a balanced and mellow take on the style (Similar to Blackout) or becuase the gravities aren't quite insane as I expected. It's kinda like a big Oatmeal Stout with the creamy texture, slickness, and weight. Lightly carbonated, the beer falls still fairly quickly and doesn't lift off of the tongue the way I like. A balanced roastiness never prefers the char or the toffee malts. Milk flavors and sweetness round out the herbal hops, sharp roasted grains, and alcohols. Still, the coffee, chocolate, anise, blackberries, plubs, grapes and dates are bold and varying and have come together very well. Nice disguise of the abv. With all the compliments, I still want more...

BEERchitect, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of MasterSki
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Sheffield's for the Dark Side of Oz event. Served in a half-pint glass.

A - A half finger of dark mocha foam with good retention and lacing. Tar black with no hints of color at the edges (although it was pretty dark in the bar, so I could be wrong).

S - Roasty bitterness, boozy. This brew had a surprisingly small bouquet, even after I let it warm up a bit. It just did not smell all that interesting.

T - The taste is huge - loads of roast malts, dark fruits, and chocolate. Nowhere near as bitter as it smelled, although there is a mounting bitterness in the aftertaste. The half-pint serving kept it from getting to be too much. Not boozy in the slightest.

M - Medium body, lighter than I expected. Low carbonation, with lots of residual stickiness. It needs a little more viscosity to support such an otherwise big beer.

D - Surprisingly drinkable for a 12% brew. I can see the bitterness getting a little overwhelming, but otherwise it's pretty easy going - low carbonation and well-hidden ABV.

MasterSki, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of russpowell
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from czoch75; cheers Clint!. This one comes in a 12oz bottle

Pours ebony with 1 pinky of brown/peach tinged head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Chocolate, vanilla, booze, & carob

T: Dark chcolate, dark fruit, oaky dryness up front. Oak & vanilla as this warms along with with a touch leafy hops, & bit of wet charred grain. Finishes with some chcolate & chicory

MF: Oily, medium bodied, with minimal carbonation, along with some slickness

Drinks easy for the style, but not enough flavor depth to push this to upper echelon RIS status

russpowell, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I received this lovely 12ounce bottle of Plead the 5th in a great trade for the Dark Horse stout series a couple months back. I have made my way through most of those, but last night I wanted to really give this one a try. Service at cellar temperature I poured it into a UK pint glass.

Appearance - I poured it very forcefully and was able to muster up about a half inch or so of tan and chocolate colored head off of this one, which quickly faded and left behind only a small crown of lace and some decent side glass presentation. The color was very nice, a rich dark brown, nearly black, save for a few glimpses on the corners. Overall though nice look and presentation to this one, albeit a little slim on the head.

Smell - The aroma was rich with dark chocolate, amazingly sweet smelling it really had a nice depth to it. Some hints of vanilla at first, and they really came up towards the end when it started to warm. Some slight touches of woody aromas coming off of it and a touch of caramel and coffee, but this was one sweet smelling stout for sure.

Taste - The flavor was very nice, and absolutely full of chocolate flavored malts. It was a deep, sweet chocolate flavor that was dominating this one. Rich and sweet, like Hershey's syrup, this was coming across very nice. Deep rich molasses like sugar flavors now coming into play, and this was turning out to be one of the sweetest stouts I have had in a good long while. Not sure what the percentage was here, but there was virtually no alcohol present in this one. Really just remarkably well done. Long lingering flavor of rich dark chocolate and the perfect sweet coffee flavor just made me want to rush back in for another sip.

Mouthfeel - Very rich and creamy with a nice amount of carbonation, which to be honest surprised me due to the lack of carbonation of the pour. Nice full bodied feel with a great texture going down, pretty much classic for a big stout.

Drinkability - Outstanding ability to put this one down. Just ridiculously smooth and a great amount of flavor in this one. No detectable amount of alcohol, just a super smooth delivery with a great flavor and good carbonation. Could have sipped it all night.

Overall I thought this one was really great. A solid imperial stout that hid the alcohol very well and leaned heavily toward the side of chocolate with the flavor. Quite solid in both appearance and profile, this is one I would love to go back to and try again. Definitely very good.

mikesgroove, May 13, 2008
Photo of cjohns73
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

cjohns73, Yesterday at 06:41 PM
Photo of jiggidy
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

jiggidy, Thursday at 01:50 AM
Photo of Dataintegrator
2.68/5  rDev -37.8%

Dataintegrator, Tuesday at 11:53 PM
Photo of dcmchew
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%

Pitch black, dark mocha head, small and brief, but there's nice lacing afterwards.
Big chocolate aroma, sweet and dark at the same time, plus vanilla and rich roasted malts. Lots of caramel, coffee too, but light and sweetened, faint woody notes. Not overly complex, but quite intense.
Tho i couldn't get any alcohol on the nose, the 11% shows up in the taste right from the start. This amplifies a nice dark fruity flavor, with sweet dry fig, raisin and some faint blueberry. Dark chocolate, with the sweetness mostly provided by caramel and molasses, some licorice, a bit of vanilla. Gets more bitter with some heavily roasted grains, some espresso and a leafy hop undertone, finishing quite nice, quite dry from the booze and the bitterness.
Medium to light body, oily, low carbonated, smooth. Rich aftertaste with roast, dark chocolate, alcohol, faint charred wood and some leafy American hop.
Easy to drink although the alcohol is a bit present, tasty, felt somewhere between the Russian and the American Imp Stout varieties for me. Doesn't really matter, really good stuff.

dcmchew, Tuesday at 04:31 PM
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4.76/5  rDev +10.4%

Tpain518, Monday at 04:30 AM
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5/5  rDev +16%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

scottr4073, Nov 21, 2014
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4.92/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -13%

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5/5  rDev +16%

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Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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