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Plead The 5th Imperial Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,685
Reviews: 748
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.12%
Wants: 469
Gots: 663 | FT: 73
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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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bleedsblu

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

03-16-2014 03:44:39 | More by bleedsblu
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Mitch_Cumstein

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

03-16-2014 03:43:46 | More by Mitch_Cumstein
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DomD1121

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Very thick, black, syrupy pour. Very little head that disappears fast.

Smell: Very rich, malty, lots of coffee, with a very slight chocolate sweetness tones.

Taste: This is a VERY tasty beer. Very smooth, rich malt flavor with coffee and a little sweetness at the beginning. Finishes off with a slightly boozy bite, but not at all overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Very pleasant. Creamy, smooth, and full-bodied.

Overall: This beer is fantastic. If you can get your hands on it, DO IT. I am not a huge stout drinker, but this one has really made an impression on me. I will be picking up more very soon!

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 03:42:50 | More by DomD1121
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DerekQXQX

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -13%

03-15-2014 16:17:32 | More by DerekQXQX
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beerhast

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

03-15-2014 14:48:16 | More by beerhast
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mmulebarn

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

03-15-2014 03:40:15 | More by mmulebarn
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Nivek43

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

03-15-2014 02:40:32 | More by Nivek43
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Schulte30

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

03-15-2014 02:04:49 | More by Schulte30
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seangibbs60

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

03-15-2014 02:01:07 | More by seangibbs60
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Beerlover

Minnesota

4.88/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A: pours pretty thick out of bottle, like a black snake, thick dark khaki head.
S: very faint on the aromas, picking up dark roasted malt of course slight bittersweet chocolate and booziness.
T: whoa! this is awesome! a perfect example in flavor of a r.i.s;! really nothing lacking in the flavor department, has a good roasty-ness not too much some sweet chocolate flavors no coffee or licorice to speak of but a touch of caramel and vanilla, and the a.b.v in this guys is very well masked, I'd guess it to be right around 7 to 7.5. the malt profile is great and I'm not picking up any hoppiness.
M: great! medium low to low carbonation, leaves a silky slickness on the palate, yum!
O.A. this is a delicious example of an American r.i.s., find it, buy it, try it, like it!

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 00:19:50 | More by Beerlover
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magictacosinus

California

4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Finally found a chance to open my sole bottle of this, sent to me by angrybabboon in April 2013. This is the '13 bottle, and I believe it's about a year old at this point. Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass - split, as I always do with RISs.

Yeah, that pours like syrup - just black treacle all the way, with a surprisingly high amount of head (mocha colored... Yum!) that rises to the glass about 1-2 fingers high. No light shines through this, suffice to say. The head eventually dies down, and it loses its carbonation slowly over time, but it does leave a terrific amount of lace and foam at the sides and does coat the glass semi-dark with each swirl. While it brings nothing new to the table, it is indeed a benchmark for what I expect with these beers.

Smells really good, however - this isn't a sweet RIS at all, and rather, this contains all of the roasted and hedonistic qualities that I simply adore these beers for. Big roasted chocolate notes, coffee, as well as peanut butter, with molasses, plum, cherry pits, and a sharp earthy bitterness at the back. Caramel, nutmeg, and burnt toffee finish it off. This is one of the nuttiest imperial stouts I've whiffed on in a good long while, and the roasted character is very fresh and lively. Perhaps due to the age, it does lack a complex array of flavors, but the heat is magnificently toned down - invisible, in fact, and no extra sweetness other than the malt profile completely comes through, in the end. Very good stuff.

The flavor is an explosion of chocolate and roasted malt flavors that coat the palate in a ridiculously hedonistic way - it's really the equivalent of eating a coffee filled dark chocolate truffle. After the roasted notes come in, there's a sharp nutty, peanut brittle flavor that becomes overrun with molasses, dark fruit, light leather, and finishes with more caramel and cinnamon, with a baker's chocolate bittered finish. The chocolate becomes more predominant over time, and with the added effect of the beer coating the mouth with a melting sensation, the truffle effect is turned up to 11 on this - honestly, the only other equivalent flavor is from Marshall Zhukov, although not NEARLY as exaggerated. While it does get more syrupy and less lively as it gets flatter, it always tastes really full and thick as an RIS should.

Yeah, this is pretty great stuff, and while it's not as complex or insane as other domestic offerings, it still is notable for its stupidly easy drinkable character, especially with the alcohol being this well hidden, in this case. I definitely was happy with my half portion, but I could have easily had more if I wanted. Definitely worth a try, and a very interesting look on how the base beer changes substantially compared to the bourbon barrel version.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 20:05:31 | More by magictacosinus
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Sweffin

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

03-14-2014 05:22:37 | More by Sweffin
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starshockey9

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -13%

03-14-2014 04:01:00 | More by starshockey9
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geoffgd

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

03-14-2014 01:02:57 | More by geoffgd
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Qbdoo

Illinois

4.79/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

From a bottle, pours black as night with hardly any head (despite three tries), though what you get is a dark tan.

Scent is not powerful: roasted malt, coffee.

Taste: roasted malt, coffee, a little chocolate, There's just a bit of booze, but not too much. There are Russian imperial stouts that have too much, but this - despite 11% abv, is just right.

Mouthfeel is unbelievable: thick, creamy with a light carbonation. Probably the best mouthfeel of any stout, maybe any beer.

This may be my new favorite beer. Wish it were more readily available.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 00:41:22 | More by Qbdoo
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kodt

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

03-13-2014 23:52:03 | More by kodt
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Hopmarc

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

03-13-2014 23:49:41 | More by Hopmarc
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Jimbobebop

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

03-13-2014 20:20:37 | More by Jimbobebop
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iJyuken

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -7.2%

03-13-2014 16:50:56 | More by iJyuken
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MNBeer1017

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

03-13-2014 01:37:13 | More by MNBeer1017
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RonJeezy

Virginia

4/5  rDev -7.2%

03-13-2014 01:07:14 | More by RonJeezy
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marcb105

Michigan

4/5  rDev -7.2%

03-12-2014 23:21:38 | More by marcb105
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Vinithing

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

03-12-2014 23:18:45 | More by Vinithing
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nguasta2

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

03-12-2014 21:21:52 | More by nguasta2
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gkoz

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

03-12-2014 03:33:49 | More by gkoz
Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 2,685 ratings.