1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Plead The 5th Imperial Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Plead The 5th Imperial StoutPlead The 5th Imperial Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
96
world-class

2,994 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 2,994
Reviews: 761
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.12%
Wants: 506
Gots: 718 | FT: 81
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 2,994 | Reviews: 761 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Kinger86
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%

Kinger86, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of CraftBeerFTW
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

CraftBeerFTW, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of stogirelli
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%

stogirelli, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of superspak
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 1/22/2013. Pours dense pitch black color with a small dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, molasses, toffee, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, light char, light dark fruits, and roasted earthiness. Incredible aromas with awesome complexity and balance of big dark, roasted, and bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toffee, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, light char, light dark fruits, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toffee, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, light char, light dark fruits, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of big dark, roasted, and bready malt flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible imperial stout! All around fantastic complexity and balance of big dark, roasted, and bready malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. An absolutely amazing offering.

superspak, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of Makubex
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Makubex, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of kkleu357
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%

From notes on 2/27/14

Jet black. Minimal dark tan had. Very strong stout smell. Really sweet smelling. Taste like eating a dark chocolate candy. Mildly roasty. Minimal coffee flavor. Mostly chocolaty. Very good. Would love to try the bourbon barrel version.

kkleu357, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of Geoff413
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Geoff413, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of Wayne17
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%

Wayne17, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of Mersh
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Mersh, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of Ken134
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Ken134, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of jlira
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

jlira, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of anhigdon
4.56/5  rDev +5.8%

anhigdon, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of Fordknox
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Fordknox, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of EliRix
4.88/5  rDev +13.2%

EliRix, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of Pleasure
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Pleasure, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of cwehr13
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

cwehr13, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of heddar33
5/5  rDev +16%

heddar33, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of Liverocks
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Liverocks, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of Respirologist
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Respirologist, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of ThePaleRider
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

ThePaleRider, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of moneynoobject
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

moneynoobject, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of Justinbshelton
5/5  rDev +16%

Justinbshelton, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of kingsuecac
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

kingsuecac, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of PlayitAgain
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

PlayitAgain, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of jnich2424
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

jnich2424, Sep 04, 2014
Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 2,994 ratings.