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Plead The 5th Imperial Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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2,746 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,746
Reviews: 750
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.12%
Wants: 472
Gots: 668 | FT: 72
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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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barleywinebrewer

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow, talk about having no idea what you're grabbing and being pleasantly surprised.

A - pitch black, motor oil with a dark angry brown head that starts slowly and lasts the full glass

S - Dark chocolate, coffee, roasted grains and a sweet dark malt vinous note.

T - lush rich malts convey dark chocoloate, coffee, roasted grains, dark ripe fruits...

M - full bodied, modestly carbonated, silky smooth, rich and full with a nice residual roasted feel.

D - a sipper but only so as to extract all that wonderfull flavor!

Yes sir, I'll have another.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2008 19:47:09 | More by barleywinebrewer
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elgiacomo

Georgia

3.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, unknown date but at least a year old. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours thick black with a small brown head that quickly recedes to a wispy cap but does leave lots of spotty lacing in its wake.

Aroma is dark roasted malts, dark fruits, black currant, anise, some coffee and chocolate, quite a bit of alcohol. Some oxidation/cardboard is noticed. Very good strength overall.

Flavor is coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, anise, black currant, dark fruits, a hint of smoke, some sweetness, moderately boozy and warming.

Mouthfeel is thick & sticky, creamy, soft carbonation.

A big, intense Imperial Stout. Very good stuff, had been looking to try this one for some time. Could have used some more time to mellow out the heat, but on the other hand oxidation was setting in so I’m glad I cracked it open when I did.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 00:04:37 | More by elgiacomo
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TheBishopco

Tennessee

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

12-22-2011 06:05:16 | More by TheBishopco
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PHBoiler

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

04-04-2013 15:14:08 | More by PHBoiler
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Poupae

Thailand

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

08-18-2013 04:57:11 | More by Poupae
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AdamP

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

05-16-2012 23:38:17 | More by AdamP
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IBUnit63

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to aqsprint for this trade - 12 oz. into perfect size and shape of Moosehead mug.

40, 50 or 60 weight? Thick jet-black spent motor oil topped with very thin banana nut bread-colored head. This one's gonna be trouble.

The gang's all here - coffee, cocoa, cinnamon sugar, beef BBQ char, oily hop pine and prodigious amounts of slow-roasted chocolate malt. This one's solid.

Extremely roast-forward and complex. Austere to an extent but viscous enough to jell everything going on here - the cocoa, cinnamon sweetness, overloaded burnt malt and a mild piney hop profile. Husky alcohol notes carve out thickness in a very faint bourbon sort of way to keep it clean.

This absolutely oozes down the palate with the ingredients working together in Beautiful Chemistry to git 'er done. Finish is long and strong. Strong and soothing.

Well this one was finished way before I was ready to let it go. For such a powerful brew this drinks painfully easily. Savor this puppy.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2008 09:31:47 | More by IBUnit63
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joepais

Maine

4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to Bill Scoobydank for making this happen.

Bottle poured into a small snifter produced a good finger of than head that stuck around and settled to a thick lace. The color of the brew was black with some tan highlights at the edges.

Great aromas' of chocolate and figs just filled my head. The flavor was outstanding as well with rich sweet chocolate and some nice espresso notes. The mouthfeel was just spot on for what I look for in a stout, thick and coating in you mouth.

A great drinking stout. It left me wanting for more. This one is worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 16:51:03 | More by joepais
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Massbmx

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

04-23-2012 22:57:13 | More by Massbmx
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cestlavie

New York

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

01-18-2013 03:58:27 | More by cestlavie
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meatyard

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque clack/brown with a 1-finger, milk chocolate colored head that falls quickly to a cover and then ring without lacing.
The smell is cocoa, roasted malt and a kind of heavy, moist sweetness.
The taste is cocoa, licorice and woody with just a bit of dark chocolate and coffee. As it warms more flavors seem to escape including only a hint of alcohol.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy and powdery dry. I didn't really taste the alcohol, to it's credit, but I felt it every sip.
Drinkability: It's a sipper that I'd rather wait a week or so for another though it does get tasty. I do like what happens with the taste as it sits & warms.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2010 03:10:38 | More by meatyard
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Gotti311

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

06-06-2013 15:08:07 | More by Gotti311
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sgoro

Illinois

5/5  rDev +16%

11-15-2011 17:17:43 | More by sgoro
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IndyDad

New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

06-28-2013 10:52:14 | More by IndyDad
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lucasj82

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

11-15-2013 02:18:11 | More by lucasj82
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Evan

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

05-08-2012 00:50:48 | More by Evan
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Treyliff

West Virginia

4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2014 00:03:23 | More by Treyliff
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pitch black with a short, medium brown head that fizzes up quickly and fades just as quickly. No lace or retention but huge legs.

S: Booze, raisins, molasses, dark chocolate, booze, roasted malt, coffee, booze, olive juice?

T: Big roasted malt, big booze, big chocolate & molasses. Smooth, sweet, and delicious. Although the booze can overwhelm the tongue at times.

M: Can be a bit cloying at the back with all that roasted malt and coffee. But the booze isn't too much and the flavors are great.

O: Everything a huge RIS should be. Finely crafted beer. A nice treat.

EDIT/Re-Review: enjoyed on-tap at Stoddard's Fine Food & Ale on 2/20/13. $8 for a 13oz. tulip. Not bad. This beer was better than I remember. Nothing that will blow your mind but it's a well-crafted, balanced, highly enjoyable RIS. The 12% ABV is barely noticeable and the rich flavors kept me craving a sip every few minutes. A very delicious sipper with all the great qualities of the style such as rich chocolate, dark fruits, woody/earthy flavors, and a hint of bitterness.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2013 15:48:10 | More by Gatch
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

04-21-2014 21:55:59 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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laxer8811

New York

4/5  rDev -7.2%

12-01-2012 02:58:52 | More by laxer8811
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tastybeer

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A good looking beer....Totally opaque, deep brown color, modest light brown head, and nice lace. Aroma is an easy going mix of dark chocolate, cocoa, dark berries, plums, vanilla bean, and perhaps a hint of smoke. Deep and smooth aromas... Taste is very chocolatey with some caramel, creamy vanilla, and lactose sweetness. Slight piney bitterness works its way through. Very yummy; dessert in a glass. Mouthfeel is extremely smooth, coating, and almost silky. Overall an excellent Russian Imperial Stout. Chocolate chocolate chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 21:44:53 | More by tastybeer
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freewill35

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

04-12-2013 01:11:46 | More by freewill35
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coz

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

05-11-2013 05:25:40 | More by coz
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kbuzz

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -13%

06-24-2012 04:21:59 | More by kbuzz
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aaronh

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer definitely looks thick as it pours, and I was convinced it was flat as I completed the pour. However, after a few moments a thin layer of dark brown bubbles formed atop the beer, only to disappear before I made it to a comfortable place to sit. The aroma has a slight hint of musty fruit, intermingled with coffee, alcohol, and brown sugar notes. The flavor is powerful, with highly evident tobacco flavors that are accented by coffee, cocoa, and pure alcohol. A bit of an earthy note is in there as well, with a moderate sweetness wrapping things up. Mouthfeel is very silky and seems nearly devoid of carbonation, even though visibly carbonation is evident. Drinkabilty is surprisingly good for such an assertive beer. Not sure how old this one is, but a few years of age would have rounded it out nicely. Yet another fine beer from this "Dark Horse"...

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2005 01:19:18 | More by aaronh
Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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