Plead The 5th Imperial Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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4.72/5 rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Split with airohead2001. I looked all over southern Michigan and could not find this beer, even though it's from Michigan. Then, when I head up to Milwaukee, there it was. Glad, to have finally found this one.
A: Opaque black with a half finger tan head. Not too much head retention, but it does have a nice crown. Some lacing, but not as much as I would have liked.
S: The first thing I thought of when I smelled this is smores by the campfire...superb. Upon further inspection I get coffee, vanilla, and some sweet fruits.
T: Not as rich as other RISs, but oh so wonderfully complex. It's sweet to start, sour in the middle, and has a wonderful coffee, toast, and chocolate finish. The sweet/sour notes I get in the beginning/middle are of cherries and raspberries. As good as it gets, taste wise.
M: The antithesis of darklord as far as mouthfeel goes. This one is thin and light. At first I thought this was a bad thing, but for some reason it works well with the taste. Also, the thinness adds to the drinkability and makes it feel even better in the summer heat.
D: Out of this world. Probably the most drinkable RIS I have ever had. Alcohol is 100% hidden the flavors are robust and delicious, and the feel is light and makes for easy drinking. If you haven't tried this one you defiantly should.
Serving type: bottle
07-19-2010 01:54:22 | More by glazeman
4.05/5 rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Thanks to kstrickler for the extra!
A: Pours almost pitch black with hints of light on the edges, revealing trails of carbonation making their way up through the beer. Head is approximately one finger of fizzy, mocha colored foam that quickly settles down to a thin layer capping the beer.
S: Strong semisweet chocolate up front, followed by moderate roasted notes with some coffee lurking therein, vanilla, and some dark fruits - cherries mostly. The chocolate is dominant, but not quite overpowering.
T: Boozy notes up front, but dark chocolate overtakes fairly quickly. Dark fruits - cherries, raisins, and plums - come in on the mid-palate along with roasted malts and coffee, before giving way to a finish of vanilla and cocoa.
M: Thick and chewy with low carbonation, it coats the mouth on the way down and leaves a long finish.
D: The ABV and long finish keep it to sipping, but it's by no means a tough drinker.
Serving type: bottle
08-25-2010 05:09:18 | More by Xul
4.39/5 rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Got this off tap at Crunchy's in East Lansing. Was served in a snifter.
A: is a deep brooding, opaque black color with burgundy tinges with a short milk chocolate colored head with good amounts of lacing.
S: Voluptuous aroma, rich milk chocolate, barley, malts, coffee, brown sugars, dark fruits
T: Incredible taste, very sweet, a bit heavy, rich chocolate, toffee, coffee, malts, yeast, had a sort of tang to it, oh but it was smooth and rich, ABV is well masked
M: heavy full body along with medium amounts of carbonation, very rich and robust, viscous flavor
O: Overall, I bought this on a limb, it just sounded good and it was damn good. I recommend it for sure.
Serving type: on-tap
07-21-2013 20:42:26 | More by Mavigo
Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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