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Plead The 5th Imperial Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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2,908 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,908
Reviews: 756
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.12%
Wants: 490
Gots: 704 | FT: 79
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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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

mychalg9, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of Thurgoft
3.78/5  rDev -12.3%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter into two 6 oz portions. No freshness date to be found.

Pours a very, very dark, opaque brown with a loose mocha head that dissipates pretty quickly. Almost no light penetrates this brew. Nose is pretty hoppy for a stout with a prominent alcohol almost solventy smell up front. After a couple more deep whiffs I get a bit of semi sweet chocolate and a bit of roastiness. Taste is smooth with light roast and chocolate but also some subdued hop flavor in the mix. Loooong bitter finish with a bit of heat from the alcohol. Can taste a bit of the solventy-alcohol that I picked up so much on the nose but not too much. Smooth on the tongue with just a little carbonation but actually sort of light mouth feel for a stout let alone an 11% stout. That being said, it is very easy to drink. Second time having this beer, and I enjoyed the first more than this one. Just had a Founder's Imperial Stout last night and this particular bottle did not even come close (perhaps that's influencing my review?). Gonna try to cellar my other bottle for half a year to see if it mellows out a bit. Pretty good beer, but not in a hurry to pick it up again.

Thurgoft, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of TTAmod
4.16/5  rDev -3.5%

Picked up a four-pack at my special beer store for $13.99. The date stamped on the bottle is 043-13, or February 12th, 2013. I poured one of the 12 oz. bottles into a tulip.

A: This beer is BLACK with a two finger brown head. Retention is good considering ABV.

S: Strong whiffs of chocolate, coffee, and alcohol.

T: Strong notes of dark chocolate, dried cherries, charred malts, roasted coffee, a trace amount of bittering hops, and a bit of heat. It doesn't taste too sweet; in fact, it ends on a dry note. It's not overly bitter at any point, but there's enough bitterness to add depth. Ash and roasted coffee stick around after the finish.

M: Another strong point of this beer. Obscenely smooth and quite drinkable, even if it is a bit hot. There's some carbonation, but it feels like silk going through my mouth and down my throat. No fuss at all.

O: This is how to do a strong stout right. The alcohol is kept in check by the onslaught of roasted malts, which invoke flavors of cherries, chocolate and coffee. However, these malts are balanced by just enough hops which keep the stout flavors from completely dominating.

This one is right up there with some of the best strong stouts on the market; however, this one is a LOT harder to find than some of the more prevalent ones (Ten Fidy, Founders IS, etc) mostly because Dark Horse is a pretty small brewery and doesn't have quite as wide of a distribution area as other breweries. Add to the fact that this is a seasonal (late winter) brew and most stores only get one case, and you got yourself a tough beer to find.

So, if you can find it, definitely pick it up. If you cannot find it....don't fret! Pick up some Ten Fidy or Founders IS, both of which are much easier to locate and are just as good as this one.

TTAmod, Apr 01, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Swik, Apr 01, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

craft_shannie, Apr 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

vonnegut21, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of timahood32
3.69/5  rDev -14.4%

Smell on this beer as it warms up is some dark chocolate malt beer is dark as night taste follows smell dark roasted chocolate malt the thing that really stands out about this beer is the fact you really don't taste the 11% or at least in my opinion anyway I know a lot of other people say different.

timahood32, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of sjones5045
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%

Pours nice and dark with a thin fizzy head. The smell is a nice sweet coco chocolate mix. Thinking dessert drink possibly. The taste is a combo of sweet and bitter chocolate coco. Pretty good actually. Maybe a hint a bitterness lingers around a bit too long to knock this down for me. It also has a kind of fizzy feel at the end of the taste. Overall, I do enjoy this and would buy it more often if it were anywhere around me.

sjones5045, Mar 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

roostor07, Mar 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

griffeyb, Mar 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

smartassboiler, Mar 31, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16%

jpd7374, Mar 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

DudMan, Mar 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

outoffocus, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of shep8821
5/5  rDev +16%

shep8821, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of watsonmd
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%

Served 55F, poured into snifter.

A: Black, with thick brown head that stays... and brown lacing during the session.

S: Chocolate, malt, maybe a hint of licorice?

T: Wonderful. Coffee, chocolate, with full malty backbone, maybe some cherry, or other fruits hidden in there... Something roasty trying to break through...

M: Heaven, coating the mouth, slippery, silky and full. Stays with you long after the swallow. Thick feel, with dense carbonation.

O: Awesome trade. Would definitely buy if it was available in GA. Will have to settle for Bell's Expedition, and Founder's Imperial....

watsonmd, Mar 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

NastyNate11, Mar 30, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

JxExM, Mar 29, 2013
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4.35/5  rDev +0.9%

Nice looking beer, but I can't really describe this in a way that separates it from countless other quality RIS offerings. Opaque black brown with cream colored head. Nothing odd here. Aroma of lightly hopped dark and toasty barley dominates the whiff of the chocolate that comes across far more potently in the taste (the chocolate, that is). The other taste presence is more of a sensation, bitter to be exact, without an overwhelming hop profile. My highest praise is attached to the silky ass mouthfeel. Just dandy as hell the way this ribbon of liquid seduces the tongue. How's that for women's romance novel descriptive? Anyway...to wrap this exercise in verbose babble up, I deem this ale well worthy of super happy time yum drinking. Ciao.

gopens44, Mar 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Dshep1340, Mar 29, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16%

Deltrus, Mar 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

fehrminator, Mar 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

mjm47, Mar 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Shagator, Mar 28, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

lilnicky068, Mar 28, 2013
Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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