Plead The 5th Imperial Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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3.81/5 rDev -11.6%
Based on the site's "Notes", this is a 2013 bottle, but I do not know whether it was purchased at The fridge or at The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop. Either way, it is part of the great Bottle Purge of 2014 here at Chez Woody and I raise a toast to "Dark Horse Nation", which will debut on History Channel next Tuesday, 29 July 2014. Skoal!
I could see some lees at the bottom of the bottle, so I employed a very gentle pour to get things started. I still got a brief finger of deep-tan head with limited retention, quickly falling to wisps. Color was a deep, dark-brown (SRM = 44), allowing zero light penetration. Nose smelled of molasses or medicinal cough syrup from when I was a kid. It had a vegetal, root-like quality that also put me in mind of my grandparents' Geritol. I am not trying to be funny or anything of that nature, either. That is just what comes to mind. Mouthfeel was big, dense, thick, chewy. There was an initial, immediate fusel alcohol burn that slowly died down, allowing for flavors of burnt charcoal, dried dark fruits, anise, and molasses to come forth and be recognized. Whew! This was definitely a no-playing-around beer. Finish was dry, mainly due to the alcohol heat, with a lingering smoky chocolatiness that began to put me in mind of brownies. It was a good beer and I am sure that it is an excellent example of the style, but a) I do not really dig the style and b) it could have aged a while longer to reduce the heat.
07-23-2014 18:33:46 | More by woodychandler
4.64/5 rDev +7.7%
Pours thick like black tar and looks like quite the beast! A very thin head, less than pencil thin, but dark chocolate brown in color.
My nostrils are treated with quaffs of chocolate, roasted coffee, and toasted nuts.
Wow, this is a mouthful! Chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and a nutty finish are wonderously balanced with the slightest hint of booze, but I definitely feel it warming my stomach!
Thick, chocolate syrup like that is more like a meal than a beverage.
Overall, they definitely got something here! I will be on the prowl for this again!
07-22-2014 23:03:24 | More by larryarms847
4.35/5 rDev +0.9%
Thin tan head quickly fading; nice dark brown, almost black brew.
Fantastic and strong aroma. Roasted barley, chocolate, oak, vanilla, cream, and booze. Smells barrel aged.
Flavor is all of the above, plus oats, bananas, and nuts. The roasted malt is delicate; a symphony of big stout flavors acting in delicious harmony.
Thick and creamy, almost chewy.
Delicious stout, right up there with Ten-FIDY and Founders Imperial Stout.
07-22-2014 15:24:28 | More by Roguer
Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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