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Plead The 5th Imperial Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,920
Reviews: 757
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.12%
Wants: 493
Gots: 706 | FT: 79
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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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

DenverBigRed, May 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

mikerieder, Feb 25, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

BHansen214, Mar 06, 2014
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5/5  rDev +16%

danp14, Dec 12, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Comes close to Expedition Stout for me, which I 'd prefer juuust a little more than Pt5, but I will drink this RIS anyday. Wonderful color. Good balance & mouthfeel, just the right viscosity. Though I felt Expedition offers the complexity that I like.

4amepiphany, Apr 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

roger617, Mar 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

Goldfoot, Dec 16, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

justinp, Mar 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

JoninVT, Mar 17, 2013
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3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle shared by colonelforbin. Thanks Mike. Pours a dark black with a small tan chocolate head that settles to a ring and leaves a decent lacing on the glass. The aroma has big roastiness, light coffee, dark bitter chocolate, and a bit of alcochol. The taste has some sweetness with dark roasty chocolate and some light coffee. The finish is bitter and roasty with a bit of alcohol. Very roasty overall. Medium body. Low carbonation.

jethrodium, Aug 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

weaksauce, May 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

TheConnMan, Mar 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

Ant4711, Jul 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

tubeman, May 28, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Poured a dark black with a thin tan head that quickly died down to a ring around the edge of the glass. The ring around the end stayed around for a while.

S: Deep rich chocolate flavors, molasses, toasted malts. Also a hint of dark cherry or maybe raisin. Lots going on. Perhaps a little spiciness in the background as well.

T: More rich sweet, chocolate dominates the taste with just a touch of roasted coffee in the background. Healthy malt backbone with only a touch of bitterness on the finish. Nice, although maybe a touch on the sweet side.

M: Big, smooth, rich, chewy. But not in a bad way. Very creamy with low carbonation. Perfect for style.

D: Wow, this was good. Could easily enjoy this one again. Very low alcohol presence for a 12% brew. Nice.

oregonskibum, Apr 07, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

HereforBeer, Oct 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

MaxPowers, Aug 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

BierBliss, Nov 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

TheEvilGenius, May 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

cfadams17, Aug 15, 2014
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4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Riedel whisky glass.

Appearance: Pours pitch black with caramel colored head. Head dissipates quickly, hardly any lacing.

Smell: The smell is quite nice. Notes of heavy roast, figs, ripe fruit, molasses. Alcohol comes through slightly.

Taste: Real nice roast at first followed by bitter chocolate. Dark malt and coffee are washed away by a very pleasant licorice finish.

Mouth: Chewy, good amount of carbonation, yet is silky smooth. Great amount of puckering hop at the end.

Drink and overall: Really enjoyed this beer. Very drinkable, quality impy. I had never had it before, so this was a treat. Would I buy it over Expedition Stout if it were same price, for a while yes.

MarcatGSB, Sep 17, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

vitters03, Apr 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

FeelinSurley, Mar 02, 2013
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4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into the infamous snifter. Black black black. With a slight layer of tan foam. Wish there was more of a head/lacing... but it's definitely acceptable. Quite leggy, tho.

S - Usual RIS affects. Coffee, roasty, baker's chocolate, burnt. Some soy sauce undertones. Nothing off, nothing remarkable. Good.

T - Quite a big, bold RIS. Bittersweet chocolate, mocha, coffee, fresh roast. Nice flavors, nothing off. Definite hop profile on the back end. Alcohol is noted but hardly present.

M - Not quite as thick and syrupy as I prefer, but it's by no means light. Subtle carbonation, full body.

D - Easy drinking for the ABV and bold flavors. I drink these way too fast.

Notes: I've only got a couple of these left from this years batch, so I figured I'd hurry up and get one reviewed before it was "aged". I really enjoy this beer, and for the price, cannot be beat.

An all around good RIS that stands up relatively well to the big boys.

SaucyA, Aug 26, 2008
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

jcugafsu, Jul 08, 2014
Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 2,920 ratings.