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Plead The 5th Imperial Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,007
Reviews: 763
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.12%
Wants: 507
Gots: 720 | FT: 81
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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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Lucoli, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of thetomG
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sipping on this one as I type - its a LIVE review!

Very thick blackness with only a small amount of head even with a less than gentle pour. Strong aromas of a smokey coffee/chocolate... taste is a bit intense with a multitude of flavors very much like the smell but with an added bonus of some slight booziness as you drink. I'm nibbling on some dark chocolate as I sip and it is a very very nice combination!

IMO this is one to share as its high 12% ABV might be a bit much for one person, but overall I'd definitely recommend trying it if you can find it - particularly if you like BIG flavorful stouts.



thetomG, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of jono0101
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

jono0101, Apr 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

SwG237, Jul 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Benny3000, Mar 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

lucas1801, Jul 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

rolandboy, Oct 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

yanosh, Mar 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

SHerninko, May 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

douginromeo, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tsar_Riga, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of infi
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

infi, Dec 30, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16%

rjvanston, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of tjkinate
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to millerbuffoon for this one.

A: Very subtle head with only little retention settling to a thin ring. Just one shade below black dark brown bodied brew. No lacing to speak of.

S: Molasses, dark fruits, hint of caramel, milk chocolate, quite robust vanilla notes.

T: Like the smell, but drier than expected. Strong molasses and bitter flavors, dark fruits, nice vanilla backbone. Really mellows out and improves as the beer warms.

M: Medium bodied for the style, slightly under carbonated.

O: Great beer that I have been wanting to try for sometime now. Now I just the BA version!

tjkinate, Jan 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

OMsweetOM, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of SometimesIfart
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours black. And I mean fucking black with a two finger dark mocha head that sticks around long after the pour. Left no lacing.

S - Lots of coffee and black coffee beans followed by a moderate amount of alcohol.

T - Loads and loads and loads of dark coffee and espresso, followed by some creamy dark chocolate and booze.

M - The body is surprisingly thin with moderate carbonation.

O - Overall, It was a good stout and exactly what I was expecting.

SometimesIfart, Mar 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

CommanderOfAwesome, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of mlhyatt
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz into tulip glass

A- jet black with no head, even poured aggressively.

S- tons of chocolate followed by roasted notes. It all pinnacles up to some dark fruits such as dates and figs.

T - doesn't follow the nose as much as I expected. Much more dark fruit than anything else. There are subtle dark chcolate in behind the fruits and a very slight roastedness that finisbes the beer. It instantly dries the mouth after the swallow too.

M- thick and heavy, just like I like my stouts. Not overly bitter or harsh. Just right on the mouthfeel.

O- a good stout, was hoping for more of the chocolate and roast to be more prominent in the taste but I will definitely pick these up again.

mlhyatt, Aug 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

mikerieder, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of bs870621345
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Second time having this, better(?) on tap.

Pours jet black with a mocha colored head and minimal lacing. Looks like a stout should.

I get a lot of fruit, chocolate, coffee, alcohol, vanilla, and almost an oak like smell. It is not barrel aged but its got a few characteristics of such.

Taste is very much like the smell. Chocolate dipped dark fruits with some vanilla and coffee mixed in. Seems like there are some spices as well. Alcohol is rather prevalent, but it is a really big beer.

Mouthfeel is thick, creamy, oily, and delicious. Lingers for a long time.

Overall, this is damn good. It brings to mind Lost Abbey Angel's share, but a hell of a lot better value.

bs870621345, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of lurpy1
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Irony of ironies: After working in Michigan and unsuccessfully pursuing PT5, I find it back home in Minnesota. OK, so maybe I wasn't pursuing it that hard, still makes for a good lead-in.

Shared with the wife, poured from the bottle. My first impression: Oil spill. Plead the 5th gloops around in the glass, leaves a West Texas Crude sludge behind.

One whiff lets you know PT5 means business, the smell is strong on the alcohol, along with malt, coffee, yadda yadda.

The taste has a little bit too much alcoholic burn for me to give it a great score, but still a very tasty beer with a nice balance of carbonation and viscosity.

Very good beer, glad I finally made contact with it.

lurpy1, Jul 19, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

illeagle05, Feb 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

InfragilisBrew, May 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

PhilMiller, Mar 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

badmotorgrunge, Mar 08, 2014
Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 3,007 ratings.