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Plead The 5th Imperial Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

Plead The 5th Imperial StoutPlead The 5th Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 2361
Reviews: 734
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.37%


Brewed by:
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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bashiba

Iowa

4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a 2008 plead the 5th Imperial stout in a 12oz bottle.

Poured a thick dark black with no head to speak of.

The smell had a very full coffee and smoke aroma with a bit of molasses.

Taste is a huge blast of burnt and smokey black malts, a bit of sweet alcohol and chocolate manage to sneak there way through.
Leaves a big bitter burnt black flavor that mixes with a strong blast of pine and lingers forever.

Mouthfeel has a slighlty sticky and oily body that leaves a warm coating.

A nice Hoppy Imperial Stout, will enjoy this one again soon.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2008 03:33:31 | More by bashiba
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largadeer

California

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle; Plead the 5th Imperial Stout. No date or ABV on the label.

Appearance: Pitch black with no head, just a thing ring of foam around the glass.

Smell: Vanilla and milk chocolate, fresh bread, almost doughnut-like. Great aroma.

Taste & mouthfeel: Gentle and sweet with roasted/burnt flavors taking a back seat to notes of caramel, vanilla, molasses and bread pudding. Thick and rich, dessert-like, with very little carbonation. Licorice in the finish with a milky sweet aftertaste.

Notes: This one reminded me a lot of Dark Lord.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2008 22:52:05 | More by largadeer
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jeonseh

Indiana

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sarcastro for the chance to try this one. From a bottle poured into my brandy snifter and says Plead the 5th on the bottle.

A - A pitch dark black color with very little head that forms on this one. There is however a layer bubbles, about 3 bubbles deep, that sits on the sides of the glass. As I shake the beer around a bit in the glass, it seems to stick a bit to the sides and leave a nice layer of film on the glass.

S - A rather fragrant brew that sends up wafts of caramel, vanilla and also a bit of smoked oak seems to come up forth from this one. The dominant nose really seems to be vanilla sweetness but the more I smell it the more the oaky spice and the alcohol in the nose seems to come forth and there is also a hit of a dark bitter chocolate that comes up from this one.

T - At first, the taste is a bit of a burnt toffee, that is a mix of sweetness and roastiness. As the beer goes on the dark chocolate bitterness really moves in strong and becomes the prevalent. There is also a hint of the vanilla that comes in through some the bitterness and tries to offset it but really can't. In the aftertaste, I get a mix of a really deep cocoa and also a caramel flavor that has a nice sweet, stickiness to it. The more I drink this, there also seems to be a nice oaky, spice that really seems to stand out and makes me surprised that this wasn't barrel aged because it has some of those notes that add just a bit more to this one.

MF - a light carbonated beer that sits on the tongue and has some nice body to. I think that it is a bit sticky which I think goes well with the sweeter flavors and makes me actually want to lick my lips. The beer does have a tendency to just sit in the mouth and leave a thick coating on the tongue since there is not too much carbonation at all.

D - Overall, a good beer and my first from Dark Horse. Have to say it was a good beer but nothing too outstanding especially in the RIS category. It does drink really well for the style and whatever the ABV is I really don't taste any of it. A good beer and look forward to trying some more from this brewery. A tasty and easy, not challenging RIS, that has everything I like in one without being overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2008 04:16:20 | More by jeonseh
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aforbes10

Iowa

4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, they really did bottle this again. Huge thanks to Kkulacki for this one. A big surprize. Pours extremely still, with only a small, belated rising of tiny brown bubbles. ring of bubbles holds throughout and lacing makes the whole deal look tremendous. Body is oil slick black. Strong, sweet chocolate truffle odor. really, exactly like a choco truffle. some maple, burnt malts. hint of vanilla, cherry. Flavor is at first quite extreme on the burnt side of the spectrum. like licking a grill. It quickly becomes a decadent prism of flavors though...more of that truffle-like chocolate, burnt malts, vegetal hops, coffee grounds, bitterness. The finish and lingering flavor is of a toasted chocolate marshmallow. Creamy, viscous mouthfeel. Very thick. A tasty, tasty treat, all around. Please Konrad, may i have another?

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2008 23:16:34 | More by aforbes10
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knight84

California

3.5/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to alexgash for this bottle. 12oz 2008 labeled as "Plead the 5th"

With a vigorous pour this motor-oil black beer produced very little head. What did show was a hazelnut brown with little lacing. Cold coffee dominates the smell though there is a hint of oak and molasses.

Chocolate sweetness shows up front but is quickly overwhelmed by coffee. I didn't get much else, just very sweet and roasty.

Light carbonation seems to explain the lack of head, it seems to lack some of the robustness I would have expected. It feels more like a coffee stout, similar in feel to the ABC Espresso Love. A bit less "imperial" than I was hoping.

Not a bad beer overall but, given my excellent past experiences with other brews from Dark Horse, I expected a little more than I got. Drinkable but not terribly memorable.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2008 03:04:45 | More by knight84
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alexgash

Connecticut

3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle from the 2008 release. "Plead the 5th."

Very dark used motor oil brown to black with a small, tight, dark cocoa brown head. Nose is intensely roasty with strong bitter dark chocolate, cocoa powder, dark fruits, and an herbal bitterness. Hints of alcohol.

Intense dark chocolate and roasted barley flavors up front. Very baking chocolatey with strong espresso bitterness. Some sweetish dark fruits underneath and lurking alcohol warmth. Finish is herbal hop bitterness and more intense coffee/baking chocolate bitterness. Not bad, although it seems to be lacking some complexity. A little too baking chocolate-y and coffee bitter. Medium body seems a little light for the style and intense flavors. Maybe a bit undercarbonated too. Still a decent beer, just not as great as I was hoping for!

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2008 01:57:03 | More by alexgash
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one has been aging in my cellar for at least 2-3 years. I can't even remember who I got it from but if memory serves correct, I believe it was trbeer.
Appears a used motor oil, thick syrupy, viscuous, black. A thick, dark tan head slowly fades into a mild cap and collar. Spotty lacing and syrupy streaks are left around the glass.
Smell is of roasted nuts, molasses, brown sugar, caramel, dark chocolate, vanilla, and coffee beans. I'm loving this stuff. I would put this up there with some of the best Imperial Stouts I've had.
Taste echoes the aromas with complexities bouncing off the tastebuds with highlights of dark fruit jam, caramel, molasses, cocoa, coffee, and roasted nuts.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, semi-sweet with chocolate bitterness.
Let this one age a little bit and it'll reward you handsomely.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2007 19:40:54 | More by weeare138
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Vancer

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You know you have a monkey by the balls when the brew pours pure black motor oil, and absolutely no head arises. (I did pour straight from the fridge at 45 degrees).

MAJOR whiff of anise and raisons – gotta little sweet sugar aroma too. Thick as molasses, and has a burnt molasses taste to boot. I mean, there is no carbonation in here at all. Just a late night sipper.

I will need to retire to the outside deck and enjoy the other ½ of the bottle. Just an absolute winner.

No abv notes, gotta be double digits. MAN, you could rate this one as D-RIS !

It truly is a dark horse sneaking to the front of the race! A fine brew to behold.


NOTE: Finally did enough research to find the GREAT one, BRoss242, sent me this in BigsBIF.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2006 02:55:47 | More by Vancer
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Crosling

Colorado

4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted blind against Dieu Du Ciel Peche Mortel, Stone Imperial Russian Stout, Dark Horse Imperial Stout, Southampton Imperial Russian Stout, Rogue XS Imperial Stout, Great Divide Yeti, Bell’s Expedition, Alesmith Speedway Stout, Victory Storm King, Thirsty Dog Siberian Night, Pizza Port Santa’s Little Helper, Avery The Czar, Hawk’s DM’s Imperial Stout, Three Floyds Dark Lord, Bear Republic Big Bear Black, North Coast Old Rasputin, and two of Scott Jackson’s homebrewed Impys. Dark Horse Imperial Stout impressed be, taking 3rd place for me, among 19 other Imperials. Black. Rich malts in the nose, with hints of chocolate, roast, fruit, tar and tocacco. Flavor is full of charred fruits and chocolate. A very good Imperial Stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2006 01:41:46 | More by Crosling
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure why this is marked as retired, I have a 12 oz bottle of this brew.

Pours with hardly any carbonation at all and absolutely no head. This beer is pitch black in color and quite viscous looking as I pour it. The aroma smells quite fruity with notes of burnt figs and burnt prunes. These are joined by notes of burnt grain, and roasted coffee as well as some subtle notes of boozy alcohol. I would have to say that rich, concentrated malt notes and chocolate dominate the aroma, it is not nearly as roasty as I was expecting.

The beer is pretty darn thick and viscous as it hits my tongue. It is also lightly sweet, which is accentuated by the complete lack of carbonation. Notes of dark chocolate up front compete with a roasted grain note in the finish. The beer has a certain smooth bitterness in the finish that is also contributed by the roasted malt. The roast note certainly reminds me of black coffee. Notes of fruit are also here with notes of burnt raisins and burnt concentrated plum. There is a bit of a chalky, slightly bitter chocolate note in the middle of this beer.

This beer is pretty nice, but I can't help but think that at least a slight level of carbonation would have made this beer quite a bit better (in both its aromatic and flavor qualities). In fact this beer would be approaching stellar if it was a bit carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2006 04:27:59 | More by Gueuzedude
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TheBlackMallard

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Is this mislabeled?

Pours black with no head at all. I spent a few minutes trying to look through the glass to no avail. Smells mostly of chocolate, some roasted coffee. Taste is of sweet chocolate, slight hints of espresso, and some roasted bitterness. Coffee is really present in the aftertaste. I'm not a huge stout fan but this could definitely help change my mind. Silky smooth and pleasent mouthfeel with little to no carbonation. This is the fastest I've ever finished a 750ml in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2005 06:15:30 | More by TheBlackMallard
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nortmand

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Really, really dark brown, with some tan foam.
Roasted chocolatey smel. Whoa alot of roast. Also, a nice sweet smell.
Taste is strongly sweet, but complimented by a roast bitterness. Leaves an autumn fire taste behind.
A very nice, rich stout from dark horse. They don't do much bad.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2005 01:56:44 | More by nortmand
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granger10

Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Dark Horse stout pours an increadibly dark black color with purple hues and no head whatsoever. Looks like motor oil. Carbonation was lacking. Aroma is plums, charcoal, molasses, vanilla bean, and alcohol esters. Taste begins sweet with a chocolate syrup consistency. Fruity flavors, dark fruits, open this beer up esp when it gets warmer. Bitter chocolate comes then the finish is this really roasted grain astringency. I loved this beer but it finishes a little too harsh for my liking. I would also like some carbonation to liven up the mouthfeel. Nice and thick and rich, this could be really really good if they tweak a few things.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2005 20:00:49 | More by granger10
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tavernjef

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark pitch black oil with a slight purpley fade. Rigorous pour revealed no head what so ever, only a few small, looser bubbles break the surface then break down to keep at the edge with a slim collar. No lace either. Very slight oily brown parched residue slips across the surface with very tiny dots of lace dripping down the glass as it is sipped.

Aroma is not complex nor big. Quite empty really, I get slight chocolate and plum with a slight tender sweet alcoholic warmth reminiscent of weak Port or Irish Creme. Tapering burntish molasses vapors underneath.

Taste is nearly as empty, yet perhaps a bit more intensity given off from what the aroma leads off being, but unfortunaly the same avenue is being driven down. Mediochre amounts of tender and brief chocolate take the front. Molasses tang and darker fruits make a favorable twist in the middle areas but don't last all that long as it takes a warmer turn of port-like plumyness and dark raisiny alcoholic warmth towards the finish. A slight chocolate return and small surge of coffeeish bite help encourage a finish worth finishing. Heat fades well. Bits of roasted coffee stay as does a tiny raisin skin tartness and feel.

Feel is smooth and quite quick with a moderate silky medium heftified body. As it finishes it gains a bit more heavier tone and character. Mild and sweetly dark with partial chocolate and dark fruit layers build a bit as it goes. Not quite what I was expecting given the other Dark Horse goodies I've had and liked, but good enough to try. Give me their Black Bier though and I'll be content enough.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2005 04:22:54 | More by tavernjef
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BeerFink

Ohio

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours thick opaque black, nearly entirely devoid of head - even after quite the vigorous pour. My nostrils are assailed by oily pungency - coffee, bittersweet chocolate, roasted grain, and even a hint of dark fruit. Taste is what you would expect based on the aroma, just a little weaker. Starts out with coffee and chocolate, subtle raison is noted. Some roasted grain comes in, and is most noticeable in the aftertaste. Hops are barely discernable, but are there in meek form. Mouthfeel is not as thick/chewy as I would have expected, but it is still pleasantly oily. Decent imperial stout. As cheap as these are, I wouldn't mind grabbing another and putting some age on it.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2005 04:27:25 | More by BeerFink
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malty

Michigan

2.63/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured pitch black (like motor oil) with no head whatsoever - just a faint beige halo surrounding the edge.

Scent is vinous with a somewhat pronounced alcohol (sharp) presence. Raw sourdough with distant bitter chocolate.

Flavors of dry, bitter baker's chocolate with burnt coffee and woody notes. Very liquer-like flavor, kind of like dark rum. Sharp alcohol flavor is very noticable.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with virtually no carbonation. Dry and chalky texture right through the finish.

Drinkability for me is a bit less than good. I wouldn't order another at a pub, would move onto something else.

Overall a nice full-bodied Imperial, though very unbalanced. Alcohol sharpness is very intrusive and mouthfeel is watery and uneventful. Nice bold dark roasted malt flavors, but get squelched by the alcohol presence. Bold, strong but unrefined.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2005 18:11:34 | More by malty
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aaronh

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer definitely looks thick as it pours, and I was convinced it was flat as I completed the pour. However, after a few moments a thin layer of dark brown bubbles formed atop the beer, only to disappear before I made it to a comfortable place to sit. The aroma has a slight hint of musty fruit, intermingled with coffee, alcohol, and brown sugar notes. The flavor is powerful, with highly evident tobacco flavors that are accented by coffee, cocoa, and pure alcohol. A bit of an earthy note is in there as well, with a moderate sweetness wrapping things up. Mouthfeel is very silky and seems nearly devoid of carbonation, even though visibly carbonation is evident. Drinkabilty is surprisingly good for such an assertive beer. Not sure how old this one is, but a few years of age would have rounded it out nicely. Yet another fine beer from this "Dark Horse"...

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2005 01:19:18 | More by aaronh
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark with little head, very roasty. Thanks to Wohlfs who sent along beer for Radekfest 05. Oily and bitter more than bittersweet in the finish and aftertaste. but quaffable. Full mouthfeel. High alcohol - warming.
Three years later shared a bottle that was great chocolate and incredible aroma.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2005 04:18:57 | More by Sammy
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed only the slightest layer of brown bubbles over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Lacing is more or less non-existent, but the viscosity of the brew does leave a nice film when the glass is swirled, which I think should be worth something. Aroma is heavy oatmeal and dark fruits. Taste strikes first with the soft oatmeal, then the fruit chimes in for a moment, eventually giving way softly to more dark malts, and some coffee bitterness at the close. Warmth is evident upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth for such a heavy beer, no doubt the oats' doing, and drinkability is quashed a bit by the heartiness of the malts, but overall for the style this brew is reasonably approachable. Check it out yourself and make sure I've made the right call.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2005 02:53:03 | More by ppoitras
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ypsifly

Michigan

4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The reviews describing this as looking like motor oil are dead on. Pours like oil, had to really raise the glass in order to get a 1" head that was dark and receded slowly. The lacing is more like a fine coating of foam that is consistant through most of the glass.

Smells of dark coffee, molasses with some malt underneath. As it warms up there's a hint of alcohol.

Wow! This is an extremely full bodied, dry finishing treat! I detected some some sweetness upfront, but the roasted malt takes over.

For this style, this is a very drinkable beer. Fans of Old Rasputin will really like this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2005 04:46:23 | More by ypsifly
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assurbanipaul

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a motor-oil black with ruby highlights. No head to speak of, feared it was flat until the carbonation started to break the surface (points lost). Aroma is thick, caramelized sugars and molasses with a malt base.

Taste is bittersweet and malty. Deep roasted flavors of burnt grain and sugars with a slight tangy sweetness. Charcoal, unsweetened Vienna roast coffee, Dutch cocoa, maybe a slight berry element. Mild presence of alcohol in the flavor profile, finishes dry with a mld acidic bite.

Mouthfeel is as thick and chewy as it appears. Rests heavy on the palate, coats everything. Legs imply a double-digit alcohol content. Don't understand the name, as it comes in a 12-oz bottle. Thanks to trbeer for this sample.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2005 03:04:53 | More by assurbanipaul
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putnam

Michigan

4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Black oil. Very dark sheet of foam after raising the pour high enough to kick in some turbulence -- darker than Breakfast, Shakespeare at al. -- minimal though.
Aromas of bitter chocolate, black coffee and marshmallow. There are also some wild yeasty elements to the bouquet that remind me of certain Belgian Quadrupels -- doughy, with notes of reduced red berries, spices and nut butters. Think Bernardus12/Rochefort10 with piles of coffee and chocolate extract added.
Velvety and not particularly sweet, the flavors are very roasty and intense, yet lacking any sourness or astringency. A long cadence of milk sugar and espresso define the finish.
Herbal burps betray some lost hop component (that's quality to me.)
Quite well balanced. Maybe a little top-heavy. It will be interesting to see what happens to this bottling over time.
This is what I remember Expedition tasting like.
Spectacular.
I'm guessing 10% ABV or more.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2005 00:16:59 | More by putnam
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours syrupy black and brown with no head or lace at all. Carbonation is there just well concealed.
Aroma of chocolates, roasted nuts, some raisins and some seriously resiny bitterings.
Flavors of dark chocolate, caramel with a hint of coffee was noted early. Upon further review some dark fruits and atouch of heavy, oily resins also comes through on the palate.
Mouthfeel is palate coating sweetness with some gritty coffee notes and a hot "spicy" finish. Unique finish on this one.
Drinkability is good. True to style, strong, thick, filling and syrupy. Broad, round complex flavors, nice transitions.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2005 21:15:12 | More by CRJMellor
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marburg

Michigan

4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm going skiing up north this weekend, and I thought it'd be a good idea to change some of the fluids in my car. So I added some power steering fluid (now specially formulated with StopLeak...!!! and !) and some anti-freeze. No big deal.

But then I was surprised and angered to see that my wife had taken some serious automtoive initiative performed an oil change on my car and left the remnants in my Detroit Brewing Co pint glass. Now, what the hell would anyone do that for?

This is serious, viscous, flat, sludge-like beer. Not even a jacuzzi jet stream could churn up a head on this. Chocolate brownie nose with a side of oatmeal and a splash of nail polish remover in the nose. Fairly potent after it opens up a bit.

Starts with a fleeting sweetness that's driven by chocolate. Before getting accustomed to it, there seems to be a bit of a rubbing alcohol astringency in the finish. Hops or alcohol gone awry? Eventually, all I really get is a roasty coffee bitterness with a heaping tablespoon of sugar and a pump of some sort of trendy mocha syrup.

Interesting beer and hard to rate for some reason. Dark Horse has something of a penchant for stouts, and this doesn't really disappoint. A bit intense through the first sip or two, but give it a few minutes -- it really gets quite good.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2005 05:28:44 | More by marburg
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mentor

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours thick, black, and almost flat. A very tiny ring of brown head formed around the edge of the glass, even after a hard pour. Smells of coffee, molasses, fuggles (a type of English hop), and some alcohol. Tastes of coffee, chocolate syrup, and a faint alcohol. This beer is really sweet and the flavors I've described above are really strong. The roast flavors almost have a feeling about them...like tiny roast bits of grains sand-papering my tongue. Also a note about the chocolate, it's a delicate and sofisticated chocolate, not a dry (baker's chocolate) or waxy (Nestle's) chocolate. The sweet hangs around heavy and hot on the back of the tongue. This is definitely a thick-bodied beer, which is appropriate for the style. Not sure the ABV, but I'll bet it's high. I could still pick out the alcohol burn despite the 'in-your-face' potent sweet, roast, and chocolate flavors. I recommend this beer for those interested in the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2004 04:04:09 | More by mentor
Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 2,361 ratings.