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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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3,194 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,194
Reviews: 784
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.12%
Wants: 539
Gots: 774 | FT: 77
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:
Beer added by: HopHead84 on 09-27-2008

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: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of BigTrubble
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of robwestcott
3.45/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Treyliff
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle, poured into a snifter

A- pours opaque jet black in color with a small foamy dark-tan head that has short retention, eventually leaving a small layer on top, leaving some short lasting lace behind

S- lots of smoky roasted malt aroma up front with notes of charcoal, burnt marshmallow, campfire, smoked & cured meat, bitter dark chocolate and some woodsy notes. Underlying piney hops

T- Big chocolate and dark fig notes up front that are quickly complimented by a roasty malt that gives flavors of charred marshmallow, along with earthy and woodsy notes. Graham cracker sweetness kicks in near the end with more dark chocolate and a herbal hop finish. Some smoky malt with a touch of alcohol on the linger

M- thick and viscous body with moderate carbonation leads to a chewy-yet-smooth mouthfeel and a velvety finish, alcohol hidden brilliantly. Perfect

O- finally got a chance to try this one and it didn't disappoint. Smoky, chocolaty and true to the style. A world class example of a RIS

Photo of stortore
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Jamison85
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Mdog
3.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black, somewhat thin brown head.

Smell: Dark chocolate, booze.

Taste: Very nice, dark chocolate, creamy, moderate bitterness, some nice roasted notes.

Drinkability: Never would have thought this was 12%!

Picked up a single of this to try, other than some alcohol in the nose, I never would have thought this was 12%. Alcohol was very well hidden in the taste. I liked the creaminess and only mild bitterness. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of ldhughes3
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of dkw0063
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of mikepcarney
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of SkinniePost
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of derkfromwi
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of FrankHammer
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Vonerichs
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black with a short-lived head that, at it's peak, was just small tan bubbles gathering around the edge with spotting in the middle.

Smell is deeply roasted malts, a little soy, and black licorice.

In the taste, the deep roasted malts are complimented by heavy hops, giving it a dark berry flavor. Hints of chocolate throughout.

Mouthfeel is creamy with low carbonation. Good for the style.

This weighs in at 12%, and is slightly hot. Aside from that, a very good stout.

Photo of Danielr26
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of brother_kenneth
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of rydev24
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of tmoneyba
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

4 Bottle pack from the package store in front of Dark Horse.

Poured a black color with an average creamy brown head that mostly lasted and produced good lacing. Heavy roasted malt and chocolate aroma. Full body with a smooth texture. Good complex roasted flavor with a heavy roasted bittersweet finish of long duration.

Good complex standout brew.

Photo of 57md
3.56/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is dark brown to black with a thin layer of beige head. The nose was troublesomely reminiscent of wet cardboard. There roasted malt blends well with the creamy consistency. This is certainly a full-bodied RIS. The finish has both sweet and roasted notes along with a very subtle alcohol presence.

Photo of jjanega08
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A= pours a complete blackout black color with a suprising one finger head that is dark brown with some sort of amber color to it. The head lasts suprisingly long and has great lacing.
S= deep chocolate malts and coffee notes as expected but I get a little hop bitterness to go with it. Dark prunes and a touch of alcohol.
T= great flavor with some vanilla notes and molasses and chocolate. There is a touch of alcohol but nothing overpowering. Really flavorful.
M= a little bit of a problem here because the rediculously nice flavor doesn't coat and stick as much as I wish it would.
D= very nice glad I got this four pack. Ill be looking for it again sometime too. Really flavorful and tasty RIS seek this one out.

Photo of ryanpj
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of woodchip
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of HattedClassic
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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

Smell:
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.

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

Mouthfeel:
Very smooth for an imperial stout and heavy bodied.

Overall:
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.

Photo of smutty33
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of AdamP
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 3,194 ratings.