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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: 2333
Reviews: 731
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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rhoadsrage

Illinois

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

(Served in a snifter)
A- This beer pours a jet black inky body with a thin broken film of bubbly tan.
S- There is a soft creamy roasted black chocolate malt aroma with some dark toffee notes coming through as it opens.
T- The chocolate malt blends with some full dark roasted black malt finish. Some tootsie roll flavors underneath turn more into dark chocolate milk and some dark roasted coffee bean taste come through in in the finish. There is no real bitterness in the finish just a mellow black malt flavor lingers after a slightly sweet finish.
M- The medium mouthfeel has no real alcohol heat noticed.
O- Nice full chocolate malt flavor with more dark roasted black malt character for support with no bitterness and very smooth and creamy.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2013 18:25:57 | More by rhoadsrage
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minterro

Colorado

4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour into a tulip (no snifter available)

A&S: Beer pours looks very thick and the head come through beautifully as a fingers worth of mocha brown froth. Its pretty amazing how a 12% beer can retain so much head. The beer is a jet black color. Large sediment found on the bottom. The main smells coming through for me are smokey woody tones and dark bitter chocolate, but in the background there are many complements present; hints of toffee, dark roasted coffee, and alcohol.

T&M: Sweet caramel and maltyness upfront. Midway through there is a rush of alcohol. after taste sticks around for a long while with taste of bitter chocolate and coffee. very warming but not a ton of alcohol in the taste. very smooth. hints charcoal

O: I think this beer stands out among other Russians.I've been waiting to try this one since I hear about it. Picked up a four pack from Odaes big ten in Lansing, had one a few months ago rating another now.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 04:27:29 | More by minterro
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FanofHefe

Illinois

4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle version poured into a Duvel tulip. Deep black-colored body, no light penetration, with about a one finger dark tan head. The head dissipates fairly quickly with very little lace, as expected.

The aroma consists of dark fruit, roasted malt, and light licorice. I get a sense the taste will be sweet based on the aroma.

The flavor is typical of the RIS style - dark, roasted malt flavor, mixed with dark fruit, molasses, a bit of coffee and some sweet caramel-like notes. This does have some complexity and definitely improves as it warms.

Thick texture in the mouthfeel and only a little warming from the alcohol. A very solid Imperial Stout and I would definitely recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 01:14:26 | More by FanofHefe
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a very dark, oil-like black coloring with a thin, low profile, dense, light tan colored head. Aromas of dark, bittersweet chocolate, black cherry, peat and earthy tones, and a touch of ginger. Pretty interesting nose. Flavors are heavily roasted, with a warm, cocoa and sweet chocolate backbone supporting a touch of bitter coffee and some subtle fruit sweet highlights. Rich and smooth in mouth...almost creamy. Bitter and creamy aftertaste, with hints of baker's chocolate and a hint of booze. Rich, smooth finish, with a slight bitter linger. Very solid, robust brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 01:14:21 | More by GarthDanielson
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in an over-sized wine glass.

Appearance: Pours motor oil thick, seriously opaque with a tan head that rose to just below a finger's length.

Smell: Light coffee and a little chocolate, sticks to you after the third or so sniff.

Taste: Incredibly complex, all over the place with this brew, sweet bitter chocolate and hardcore espresso. You feel the malts like as if drinking beer for the first time, is it the best stout ever....little room for improvement.

Mouth: A rough coffee bean feel in the end that is almost forever lasting.

Overall: A F'n masterpiece. Quality over quantity and this brew delivers. I got a lot more than what i bargained for and was fortunate enough to pick up a 4 pack of this gem. Salud!

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 07:07:15 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

first of all, thanks yet again to thebrewo for hooking this up via the best trade of my life, I definitely owe this crew some beers! been aching for this beer, and finally here it is, sort of a hybrid between the west coast hugies and the Midwestern Russian imperials, a real treat. this pours an impossibly dense shade of black, brutal and old oil sludge looking, just not that thick. the head is though, cappuccino color, lasting, frothy. its got an understated nose for the style, come bitter espresso beans, and an oaty, boozy magnitude. the flavor is different than most, not sweet or roasty up front, but ashy, tobacco heavy, like the first puff of a cigarette before the tar gets on your lips and the chemicals really concentrate towards the filter. its got a roast bitterness that comes in for a second, but it doesn't manifest. earthy chocolate and coffee notes round it out, before a subtle residual sugar and alcohol warmth bring it home. also a backing touch of gingerbread, out of nowhere. its deep and rich and complex and close to perfect as far as taste goes, I could not imagine the barrel aged versions of this, just too much to process mentally for me! thick as hell on the body, but not teeth coating and filling and lasting and dental work necessitating. its cleaner than that, although not clean by any stretch. the alcohol is present, but its right in step, not too intrusive, not invisible, this is a very conscious beer, self aware, no identity crisis here. overall this is an exceptional piece of art, by a brewery I need to get more involved with. really truly a brilliant offering. thanks again to thebrewo for hooking it up!

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 04:05:43 | More by StonedTrippin
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HattedClassic

Virginia

3.91/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance:
Pours an opaque black with a hint of very dark brown. The lacing is a dark tan.

Smell:
I get hints of dark chocolate, toffee, and some coffee notes. The smell of the beer tends to be a little dull and not very distinct. Additionally, the smell does not mix well and feels as if they are there because the beer has to have a smell.

Taste:
I get hints of dark chocolate and coffee and slight hints of roasted malts.

Mouthfeel:
Very smooth for an imperial stout and heavy bodied.

Overall:
I think that this an okay imperial stout. My main beef with this beer is that it tends to fall up short in terms of flavor. Kinda of like that little engine that almost but didn't quite make it.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 20:31:08 | More by HattedClassic
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BeerBuckeye

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours a dirty motor oil black, plenty viscous, a nice mocha colored head that fades quickly leaving behind very little lacing.

S - Very chocolatey, hints of dark fruit, licorice, coffee, and oak. Man this is a good smelling brew.

T - Oh man, hits you with a ton of bitter, dark roasted coffee. Nice, bittersweet chocolate, a hint of that fruity sweetness. Touches of vanilla, oak, and almost like smoked charcoal. Delicious.

M - Sticky, full, roasty. Perfect mouthfeel.

Overall - Blown away by this one, truly outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 00:14:04 | More by BeerBuckeye
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themind

New Jersey

4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This stuff is black as night! wow! poured into a goblet this stout has a small head with a faint aroma. PT5th truly hides the ABV with an awesome mouth feel and super high drinkability. This is the first Dark Horse beer I have tried and I am truly impressed. The taste is legendary to me for the style. I would buy this any time I could and will trade for it again. I can only imagine how good the BA version is.

Bottom Line: Incredible stout worth seeking out!

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 03:55:05 | More by themind
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Beerandboards

New Mexico

4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle received in a trade with brees. Not sure on vintage but looks to be a couple years, judging by looks of the label.

A - pours inky thick black. Very little head, but expected.

S - lots of chocolate, dark and milk varieties, little bit of roasty/coffee type notes. Some darker ripe fruits.

T - leads with the dark fruit and almost a black licorice type note. Coffee and chocolate back this up. Mild sweetness. But loads of complex dark fruit/licorice is the main element.

M - thicker, low carb. Could have used a tad more carbonation to liven up the flavors a bit. But quite good.

O - my best comparison would be a better version of TenFidy. The flavor profiles are similar and I think Pt5 is a little more refined. Overall an outstanding stout. I prefer a little more coffee and chocolate in my stouts, so the only demerit from anything higher is based purely on personal preference.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 14:59:44 | More by Beerandboards
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2011 bottle

a very thick looking pour, black like motor oil, with 1/4" of dark brown head which quickly dissipated. a sweet mellow campfire-like scent comes off at first.. roasted marshmallows, chocolate, subtle smokiness.. smells very sweet and pleasant.
MMMM! up front this tastes like sweet pecans, then the subtle choco-mallow smore reminiscent taste, a hint of coffee, maybe some macadamia nut.. this is just fantastic. something so sweet yet so perfectly balanced by the roasted grain profile of the stout.

full body with a very creamy silky mouthfeel, low carbonation.

this is an excellent stout. lucky enough to get this via trading, had no idea it was already aged properly in the guy's cellar beforehand. it is just fantastic, and i can't imagine what the bb version is like. to compare this to something else, think central waters peruvian morning.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 10:36:53 | More by facundoCNB
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanx Damian74Shensky!

Into a nonic:

A: a jet black pour leads to the same color body, one finger tan foamy head stays level and dies within a minute to a film coating the top of the glass, no lacing

S: sweet and rich through caramel malts, some brown sugar, light vanilla, light raisins, and licorice, think there was some light bourbon as well

T: sweet through all of the previously mentioned flavors, and well balanced, the bourbon is there but stays pretty much where it should be, sweet dry aftertaste and finish

M: medium to maybe heavy, nice how as high as the ABV is that this one doesn't necessarily hit one that hard, good sipper

O: this is a very well done beer or maybe I'm just having it at the right time, I'd have this one again

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 02:56:22 | More by BeerKangaroo
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Damian

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Drank on-tap at Saloon, Somerville, MA
Served in a snifter

The beer poured completely pitch black. Super oily, shimmery and viscous in the glass. No visible head. Spotty, mocha color bubbles dotted the liquid and eventually formed a lasting halo.

The aroma was fantastic. Rich, sweet and robust. Boatloads of roasted and caramel malts. Strong brown sugar notes. Some vanilla. Lots of dark fruit goodness. Raisins and prunes came through strongest. Hints of molasses. Touch of licorice. Even though this beer was not barrel aged, I swear I picked up some bourbon notes as well.

The flavor profile was similar to the nose but perhaps darker and roastier. Caramel and roasted malts appeared up front. French press coffee and dark fruit notes came through strong in the center. Lots of brown sugar-like sweetness. The finish was roasty and slightly bitter with some alcohol heat. At 11% ABV, however, the alcohol seemed quite restrained.

Super rich, creamy and slick on the palate. The beer was thick and viscous and contained a finely beaded, moderate effervescence.

Plead The 5th Imperial Stout is an extremely well crafted beer that fires on all cylinders. I cannot wait to try the bourbon barrel aged version of this.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2013 03:54:44 | More by Damian
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sleuthdog

Illinois

4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage from bottle to Kuhnhenn glass

Pour: Oh so black with minimal half finger dark milk chocolate colored head. Falls to a fairly large collar along the edges.

Smell: Dark roasted and bittersweet cocoa. Some black licorice and dark fruit/fig notes. A touch of caramel sweetness and a fairly big hit of booze.

Taste: Intriguing in that there is a push and pull between big roasty notes and sweetness that compete with each other at the front end. I've actually never had a stout that had this initial complexity at the very front. The roasted bitterness wins out taking hold and continuing through the swallow. There are some of the dark fruits mixed in but this is a very big well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: Super creamy and smooth. Not as viscous as the dark appearance would suggest but yet still somewhat palate coating. A little sticky.

Overall: I have not had anything like this. It is quite complex and a well crafted big complex RIS. The BA version of this is simply outstanding while this is highly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 01:29:42 | More by sleuthdog
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JEdmund

Kansas

4.01/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black color with a rich, dark, tan head that’s made up my minuscule bubbles. Head looks like it was fluffed up with nitrogen. And it has staying power.

Aroma is nothing out of the ordinary for style; typical scents of dark roasted malts, chocolate, and booze. There is a hint of bourbon, making me wonder if this was barrel aged. (Website gives no indication it was.)

Taste is again fairly typical for RIS (I’m clearly getting spoiled)—just a huge roasty malt presence and a good, biting and dry hop finish. Some boozy heat in the finish, too. Fairly well balanced; nothing jumps out that it’s overpowering another component.

Enjoyable and well done, but somewhat forgettable, too. Maybe I’ve just had too many RISs lately, but this just doesn’t strike me as being something that stands out. It’s certainly not a bad example of the style, nor does it seem like brewers skimped on ingredients. Points for high drinkability for sure. I should stop quibbling and just enjoy the rest of it!

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 01:26:48 | More by JEdmund
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gcamparone

Rhode Island

4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Acquired in a trade with spambum, thanks man!

A- Pours a jet black, motor oil colored body with a beautiful 2 finger mocha colored head that reduces fairly quickly to a brown ring. Little lacing.

S- Lots of dark roast coffee, milk chocolate, french vanilla, booze, some subtle dark fruit, heavily roasted malt.

T- The taste of this beer changes drastically with temperature change. It's the best at warmer temperatures, the last few sips were the best. Fresh out the fridge it has a lot of coffee and semisweet chocolate characters. As it warms it turns into a chocolate milkshake - milk chocolate, vanilla, coffee, heavily roasted malt. Virtually no booze which is good for the high abv.

M- Thick and creamy. Low carbonation.

Quite an impressive beer. Drink it at cellar temp - my rating for taste went up .5 points at cellar temperature than right out of the fridge. Very drinkable for the high abv. Overall excellent. Recommendable.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 23:36:24 | More by gcamparone
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beerpirates

Belgium

4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into my CBS snifter

A: Almost a pitch black body with a half an inch head of dirty brown color. Head disappear very quickly.

S: Very chocolaty. Chocolate malts, sweet molasses, fruitiness and distant vinous notes.

T: Bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee, some vanilla. Starts very sweet and finishes with a prickly leather-like sensation, which lingers for a while. And then turns bittersweet and lasts even longer.

M: Moderate to low carbonation. Very warming, creamy and silky, very silky. Medium to full body, chewy and heavy, but not too thick. Alcohol is hidden extremely well hidden !

O: Extremely pleasant beer, very easy to drink, perhaps dangerously easy. Quite feeling, almost like a meal. Not much more to ask of a Russian Imperial Stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 16:26:05 | More by beerpirates
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--Dom--

Missouri

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I don't feel like following a format today so: This beer is awesome. Pours with a short dark brown head. Not quite as thick as a yeti or ten fidy. Mouthfeel is spot on, creamy with medium carbonation. Everything is balanced, none of the flavors are too much. Slight alcohol heat but not a predominate taste. Dark chocolates with just a hint of burnt coffee. Amazing stuff, get some if you can.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 21:07:07 | More by --Dom--
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falloutsnow

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: None, 2012-2013 edition
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Pours a 1cm head of brown foam atop the body, it being comprised of mostly small bubbles, mixed with an occasional medium and large sized-one for varied effect. Retention is average, lasting about one minute before the foam sinks to a thick ring around the glass and a small island of lacing atop the body. Lacing left along the sides of the glass is minimal, a line or dot occurring haphazardly. Body is very dark brown to black, totally opaque, light showing only the thinnest sliver of garnet-brown hue to slip through. Carbonation is visible only near the top of the beer's surface.

Aroma is of roasted malt, heavy semi-sweet chocolate, roasted coffee beans, and ethanol. While good, this isn't as upfront about its ingredients as I would expect such a malt-packed beer to be.

Front of palate picks up semi-sweet chocolate with heavy roasted malt and coffee beans. Mid-palate of roasted malt, very dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, vanilla, and mild ethanol. Lingering aftertaste of acrid roasted malt, very dark chocolate, vanilla, roasted coffee beans, and mild ethanol.

Beer is medium-heavy to heavy bodied with medium-light levels of carbonation. The result is a smooth, slightly foamy mouthfeel that is thick and well-geared towards sipping. Ethanol is only slightly felt on the tongue and in the nostrils, very good for an 11% beer. Closes dry and slightly astringent, with moderate stickiness clinging to the palate.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 04:20:28 | More by falloutsnow
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark as night with a really impressive 2 inch creamy,foamy head. Lots of lacing. Impressive.

Smell - Not the strongest smelling imp stout, dark roasty malts, chocolate, licorice, rasin, plum, coffee, a little anise.

Taste - First sip is very vanilla forward, with roasty malts, coffee and chocolate, but very smooth being 11%. Some fruits and hops come in with slight bitterness. Theres a cinnamon/blueberry like flavor I pickup at the finish.

Mouthfeel -This is really smooth and not as heavy as most imp stouts. Classic case of tounge getting coated with malts coffee and chocolate. Palate gets vanilla, hops and fruits. The aftertaste is rather light and malty.

Overall - Soild, but not quite world class. A little to smooth and light flavored. Its right up there with balance and flavors but not enough of a blast of them. Worth a drink for sure, id like to cellar this for awhile and see what we end up with. Top ten ris yes, top 5? No way.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 00:33:19 | More by wvsabbath
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Blind Tiger.

Beer is black with a small tan head that dissipates quickly.

Smell contains vanilla. anise and cocoa. Rich and nice, but a bit faint and not interesting.

Taste contains roasted malt, anise, some vanilla. Chocolate. Moderately bitter, earthy hops. Good- nothing unusual but very well done.

Full bodied, moderately carbonated. Big and thick, as I like stouts to be.

Overall, very good.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2013 22:57:24 | More by jrenihan
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bonbright7

Florida

4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

While I was standing around with friends at The Black Sheep of Mineola, NY, I was handed a glass of this majestic blur of dark brown to black ale, which was overflowing with soft foam. The stunning aromas of chocolate and coffee were readily apparent, but there were so many other things to notice, I took my time with it.

The nose on it told me it was a very full bodied ale, but I don't think I was ready for the strength of it. The initial taste was light for .5 second and then it exploded with a full- on licorice, deep coffee, and a dark mess of an ale.

The mouth-feel was luxurious, though the abv really shined with its hotness there as I tasted it as if it was a fine selection from Pommerol.

This RIS went very well with a pulled bbq pork sandwich as it comfortable overtook the food elements.

Clearly, this was one of the better ales I have tasted in a long time and my only regret was that it is listed as a seasonal coming out in February.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2013 03:18:59 | More by bonbright7
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57md

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is dark brown to black with a thin layer of beige head. The nose was troublesomely reminiscent of wet cardboard. There roasted malt blends well with the creamy consistency. This is certainly a full-bodied RIS. The finish has both sweet and roasted notes along with a very subtle alcohol presence.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2013 03:12:52 | More by 57md
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, no apparent bottling information, except for a code on the side. Lucky to have landed this four pack from my local beer store, exciting to have tried it. This is my last bottle, and I probably won't be able to land any more until next year.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a thick rich opaque oily black colored body with a half finger of creamy mocha colored head. Looks very nice. I poured this beer like shit, I know it is capable of producing a beautiful mocha head.

S - Smell is of very full, dark roasted coffee beans. Roasted malt / barley smell. Chocolate cake. Burnt brown sugar. Smells luscious and enticing, although it doesn't deviate too far from what your standard Russian imperial stout would smell like. Smell is good, but is slightly underwhelming for what I was expecting here. Very authentic coffee, for what it's worth.

T - Taste follows the nose, smooth creamy bitter coffee bean / hop presence, paired with a toasty malt profile. Bitter coffee beans. Dark chocolate. Very smooth easy drinking for such a high abv.

M - Feel is of hop resins and bitter chocolate covered coffee bean lingering flavors.

Overall, a nice take on the style by Dark Horse Brewing Co., probably the best I've had from them yet, and a nice example of the style. Masks it's high 11.00% abv extraordinarily well, almost too well. Very nice drinking, very authentic coffee / chocolate taste. Doesn't exactly live up to the hype 100%, but a damn fine beer nonetheless, and definitely one to try if you can get your hands on it.

Dark Horse Plead The 5th Imperial Stout ---4/5.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 03:13:52 | More by mfnmbvp
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tdm168

North Carolina

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

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this one with me

A - pitch black with a short, brown head that has good retention

S - licorice, anise, chocolate, roasted malts

T - roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, licorice, dark fruit, mildly bitter, warming alcohol

M - full bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a fantastic beer that has an immensely deep, complex flavor. I am really impressed with this one. Each sip offered just a little something more from the great malt character. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer, and I look forward to trying it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 01:18:37 | More by tdm168
Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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