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Plead The 5th Imperial Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,825
Reviews: 751
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.12%
Wants: 482
Gots: 682 | FT: 74
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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Photo of Blakaeris


4.4/5  rDev +2.1%

Pours absolute midnight black with a tan head that quickly dissipates to a thin ring.

Aroma is charred dark grain, licorice, molasses, and dark fruit.

Taste is sweeter than I had anticipated from the nose. Dark roasted malts hit first, but then it changes to a layered burnt character. Some nice chocolate, licorice, and coffee notes. The finish is dry and woody with leafy green hop flavors in the mix as well as black currant and subdued alcohol.

Mouthfeel is full, thick, and sticky.

A very nice, balanced stout. Alcohol is amazingly well hidden. Is this really 12%? Smooth, drinkable, and complex with an interesting play between the malt, hops and dark fruitiness. Recommended.

10-05-2008 23:13:11 | More by Blakaeris
Photo of robwestcott


3.45/5  rDev -20%

a bottle from 2009

poured cold and black as night from the bottle to a surly darkness 10oz goblet with a wisp of a dark, super short lasting mocha head.

big aroma of dark raisiny fruits and roasty malts.

dark fruits and char, smoke. this is a thick black smoky stout. not particularly up my alley.

big bodied, medium carbonation, smooth, smoky bitters.

drinkable - nah, not really.

03-19-2011 02:58:14 | More by robwestcott
Photo of FtownThrowDown


2.95/5  rDev -31.6%

Pours a near black in color with almost no head to be found.

Smell is some dark cocoa and some hops coming through as well. The hops are throwing off the smell a bit though. Taste is roasted black malt and some slight coffee as well. Mouthfeel is tad thin too. This is my least favorite beer from an outstanding brewery. I've liked everything else from them, so this beer definitely won't deter me from seeking out more Dark Horse offerings.

02-21-2009 21:43:24 | More by FtownThrowDown
Photo of Soneast


3.75/5  rDev -13%

03-09-2013 05:08:49 | More by Soneast
Photo of Treebs


3.65/5  rDev -15.3%

12oz. bottle poured into my Founders Snifter.

A: Pours a jet black, deep as night. Light fights to break through this darkness, but it's an impossible task. Slight brown swirls of film form with a vigorous pour, but absolutely no head.

S: Pretty boozy with some great malt profiles and some light chocolates peak their head in out and out.

T: The heat is back from the nose with a nice burnt and bitter roast from the malts. Slight semi-sweet chocolates with a little hop jump at the end.

M: Heavy bodied, like oil on the tongue. Leaves a creamy roasted dry chocolate on the palate. Little carbonation.

O: A very solid RIS overall. Seems a very true to style brew and I enjoyed it.

06-26-2011 14:27:39 | More by Treebs
Photo of sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

06-02-2013 21:23:04 | More by sliverX
Photo of Jamison85


4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

05-18-2013 03:09:59 | More by Jamison85
Photo of Goblinmunkey7


3.93/5  rDev -8.8%

Appearance: Black. Straight black. Head is a deep tan with a reddish tint. Head is slightly bubbly and creamy. Dwindles to a small cap after a few minutes. A swirl produces a decent sized head, but retention is minimal. Pours thick and syrupy.

Smell: Booze, cherries, char, burnt malts, smoke, cocoa, you name it. it's in there. It's decadent. Sweet, dark fruits (plum and fig). Licorice. Very sweet and very burnt. Some toasted malts, but they're buried. Highly aggressive on the malts and booze.

Taste: Cherry and cocoa. Toasted malts are quickly covered over by burnt malts. Loads of chocolate flavor. Runs the gamut from baker's chocolate to milk chocolate. Harsh kick of booze on the back, but it works with the overt sweetness. Char lingers in the back as well. Nicely complex with serious depth. Fig and plum come out as the beer warms. Alcohol heat builds with each sip.

Mouthfeel: Slick, but not as full as I would have expected. It pushes for full, but falls short. The carbonation is a touch high for the style, but it works with the flavor profile. Booze dries the tongue out something fierce.

Overall: A little off-kilter this fresh. Loads of flavor and tons of complexity, but it fails to meld completely. With a year or two on this, it might just be that good.

10-16-2011 03:35:35 | More by Goblinmunkey7
Photo of mctizzz


4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

03-25-2014 05:03:48 | More by mctizzz
Photo of apasternak

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

08-02-2014 14:17:26 | More by apasternak
Photo of TasteTester


4.03/5  rDev -6.5%

Got this in a trade from Younger35. Thanks bud.

A-Dark body, oily consistency. Not a bit of head to speak of. No lacing.

S-Too much alcohol overtones. Other than that, chocolaty.

T-Alcohol will kick your a**. Heavy in the right places. Stick to your ribs good.

M-Thick and sticky. Not much else to it.

D-Be careful with this one. I could probably stomach 3 or 4 then call it a night.

12-22-2008 22:33:49 | More by TasteTester
Photo of MaseFace


4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

05-09-2013 23:25:29 | More by MaseFace
Photo of JohnParadee


4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

01-11-2014 10:10:07 | More by JohnParadee
Photo of rydev24


4/5  rDev -7.2%

06-17-2013 01:52:59 | More by rydev24
Photo of facesnorth


4/5  rDev -7.2%

10-24-2013 23:58:52 | More by facesnorth
Photo of CGMLS3


4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

01-02-2013 02:59:42 | More by CGMLS3
Photo of match1112


3.7/5  rDev -14.2%

a: pours thick and black like ink. half finger of mocha colored head doesnt stick around long.

s: alochol, dark fruit, chocolate, roasted malt.

t: alochol, dark fruit, alochol, chocolate, alochol.

m: thick and creamy. decent carbonation. alochol burn.

o: not very well blended, alochol dominates everything about this beer. have had better ris that were better blended and more enjoyable.

04-09-2012 01:56:34 | More by match1112
Photo of FUwolfpacker

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

05-01-2013 02:42:23 | More by FUwolfpacker
Photo of TonyTalon


4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

04-07-2012 03:06:47 | More by TonyTalon
Photo of MikeCactusGordon


4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

04-29-2013 13:00:12 | More by MikeCactusGordon
Photo of MastaShonuf


4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

05-28-2013 01:36:00 | More by MastaShonuf
Photo of Thedrizzle


4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

07-04-2014 23:32:27 | More by Thedrizzle
Photo of Janeinma


3/5  rDev -30.4%

05-26-2014 15:06:51 | More by Janeinma
Photo of Phillyz


3.75/5  rDev -13%

11-26-2013 13:34:26 | More by Phillyz
Photo of coldmeat23


4.33/5  rDev +0.5%

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

Pours a dense, dark, black color. A head of a little more than a finger of dark brown foam. Dissipates quickly. Lacing is spotty, but somewhat sticky.

Big, rich malt notes of sweetness. Milk chocolate. Coffee with extra heavy cream. Light hints of dark fruits.

Milk chocolate shake. Yummy. More of the coffee with heavy cream. Dark roasted malt notes. Light hint of smoke and a slightly heavier hint of graininess. Light touches of sweet molasses, dark fruits and carmalized brown sugars.
Nicely balanced and very well done.

High end of medium, almost full bodied. Very smooth with a light touch of creaminess. Carbonation is very low. A touch more would give this one a nice, creamy edge, I believe.

G-D! If that's 12%ABV, I'm a jackass! I guess that answers that lifelong question.
The alcohol is so well-hidden inside this one, I'd probably guess it to be no more than 7 or 8 percent, at most.
Fantastic balance and extremely drinkable. I want more....alot more!
Here's to Dark Horse Brewing!

05-21-2009 21:19:28 | More by coldmeat23
Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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