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Plead The 5th Imperial Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Plead The 5th Imperial StoutPlead The 5th Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 2,867
Reviews: 754
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.12%
Wants: 486
Gots: 693 | FT: 76
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 Thedrizzle


4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

07-04-2014 23:32:27 | More by Thedrizzle
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

01-02-2013 02:59:42 | More by CGMLS3
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

04-12-2013 22:57:39 | More by Hugonaut13
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

05-28-2013 01:36:00 | More by MastaShonuf
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
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

04-07-2012 03:06:47 | More by TonyTalon
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

07-18-2013 18:27:58 | More by MattXT
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

02-01-2014 02:21:52 | More by rawfish
Photo of HattedClassic


3.91/5  rDev -9.3%

Pours an opaque black with a hint of very dark brown. The lacing is a dark tan.

I get hints of dark chocolate, toffee, and some coffee notes. The smell of the beer tends to be a little dull and not very distinct. Additionally, the smell does not mix well and feels as if they are there because the beer has to have a smell.

I get hints of dark chocolate and coffee and slight hints of roasted malts.

Very smooth for an imperial stout and heavy bodied.

I think that this an okay imperial stout. My main beef with this beer is that it tends to fall up short in terms of flavor. Kinda of like that little engine that almost but didn't quite make it.

04-24-2013 20:31:08 | More by HattedClassic
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -7.2%

04-19-2014 19:46:24 | More by Zimm
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

07-27-2013 03:52:03 | More by GonzoHomebrewer
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3/5  rDev -30.4%

05-26-2014 15:06:51 | More by Janeinma
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North Dakota

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

05-31-2014 04:00:29 | More by Cramerican
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3.75/5  rDev -13%

05-11-2013 03:23:33 | More by SFC21
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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
Photo of angrybabboon

New Hampshire

4.2/5  rDev -2.6%

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for giving me a bottle of this at some point

Appearance: Dark, dark brown - pours somewhat heavy - starts off with a minimal head, but this is forgivable - retains a nice, light brown ring, as well as some streaks of lacing

Smell: Roasted malts and chocolate - burnt and roasty, but more roasty than burnt - perhaps more chocolate than anything else - dark chocolate, semisweet chocolate, chocolate malts, dark brownie mix - some roasty dryness, but some sweetness, including some molasses - leather, some booze, and some black licorice

Taste: Basically, it's like a dark chocolate bar with some semisweet chocolate chips, sprinkled with molasses and black licorice - burnt and roasty, but the chocolate characteristics make this seem like a badass candy bar - dry chocolate malts, and some cooked, caramel malts - some booze, some dark fruits - not the most complex RIS ever, but very interesting

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium, very smooth, very oily and slick, minimal carbonation but it works

Overall: Beyond solid

This is better than some hyped, hard-to-get monsters of this style. Seriously. It's not mind blowing in any way, but it's decidedly "imperial" and very flavorful. So much chocolate! I must age this.

08-05-2012 05:37:06 | More by angrybabboon
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

05-02-2014 15:17:08 | More by PopnLoads
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

05-11-2012 23:12:51 | More by scott2269
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

10-02-2012 04:14:51 | More by doucmehu
Photo of putnam


4.47/5  rDev +3.7%

Black oil. Very dark sheet of foam after raising the pour high enough to kick in some turbulence -- darker than Breakfast, Shakespeare at al. -- minimal though.
Aromas of bitter chocolate, black coffee and marshmallow. There are also some wild yeasty elements to the bouquet that remind me of certain Belgian Quadrupels -- doughy, with notes of reduced red berries, spices and nut butters. Think Bernardus12/Rochefort10 with piles of coffee and chocolate extract added.
Velvety and not particularly sweet, the flavors are very roasty and intense, yet lacking any sourness or astringency. A long cadence of milk sugar and espresso define the finish.
Herbal burps betray some lost hop component (that's quality to me.)
Quite well balanced. Maybe a little top-heavy. It will be interesting to see what happens to this bottling over time.
This is what I remember Expedition tasting like.
I'm guessing 10% ABV or more.

01-20-2005 00:16:59 | More by putnam
Photo of JohnQVegas


3.58/5  rDev -16.9%

Bottle into Bruery tulip, much thanks once again to my friend Jeff (AleWatcher) for more Midwestern goodness!

Pours pitch black, nary a hint of brown to be seen, with a dense one-finger dark brown head on top, that fairly quickly settles down to a thin brown ring on the outside edge of the glass. Nice lacing.

Nose has a clean, fruity quality to it. Somewhere between cherries and blackberries, with a spicy alcohol bite and a bit of burnt sugar underneath. Bit of molasses mixed in. As it warms, roasted malt comes through a bit cleaner, still wrapped in the spicy alcohol, still a big healthy dose of clean, dark fruit. At one point I even picked up pretzels.

Taste starts off with a healthy dose of alcohol bite. Molasses in there, again, with a big bitter burnt sugar bite towards the finish. Lots of dark fruits, again. Finish is long, burnt, bit boozey, bittersweet. Lacks the complexity that I generally look for; lots of flavor, which is to be expected for a beer this size, but this one seems to clash a bit - the burnt flavors, the alcohol, the sugary sweetness. Seems to be a big dose of crystal malts in there that could use just a bit of toning down in my opinion. Not a flaw per se, more a matter of preference.

Mouthfeel is slick, full bodied, light carbonation, long finish and a bit of an alcohol burn in the back of the throat on the swallow.

Drinkability is decent, though the flavor profile is a bit coarse and raw. Alcohol definitely bites back, as well. Again, a decent enough beer, but it doesn't have the beautiful cohesiveness that the best IS seem to have. Doesn't mean it wasn't enjoyable, though.

05-30-2010 22:46:12 | More by JohnQVegas
Photo of paco1029384756


4.2/5  rDev -2.6%

Pours black with a short foamy dark tan head.

Scent of roasted malt, chocolate, a hint of alcohol, sugars, and lots of fruit. This one smells much more sweet than typical beers of its style, but it is balanced well and hides the alcohol nicely.

Taste of roasted malts, molasses, dark fruit, sugars, and some earth. Finishes with dark fruit and roasted malts. Alcohol is masked very well, there is some heat to it, but it is far from harsh.

Mouthfeel is heavy and smooth with a small bite of carbonation.

05-10-2009 01:53:00 | More by paco1029384756
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2.75/5  rDev -36.2%

11-29-2013 19:09:18 | More by vinny21bal
Photo of chugalug06


4.33/5  rDev +0.5%

A - Hard to pour a thick head... Nice brown foamy head eventually shows. Brew is consistency of burnt oil.

S - Huge coffee and chocolate!!! Silky.

T - Some huge milk flavors. Lots of dark-dark chocolate too. Very nice! Awesome vanilla stands out.

M - No heat. Perfect carbonation and wonderful bitterness. Just misses perfect.

O - Awesome brew! Glad I got to try this one! Thank you for sending it awhile back Another6pack!

10-16-2011 01:06:03 | More by chugalug06
Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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