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Plead The 5th Imperial Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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2,688 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,688
Reviews: 748
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.12%
Wants: 469
Gots: 666 | 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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Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

09-20-2012 04:01:21 | More by standardcherry
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CaptainNomihodai

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.2%

02-26-2013 06:22:45 | More by CaptainNomihodai
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jplopez21

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

03-15-2013 19:34:40 | More by jplopez21
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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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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Pours incredibly black. As dark as they come. Almost not head. More of a brown film. Impressive alcohol legs.

S- A lighter roast. A big coffee presence, A subtle caramel. A dark brew.

T- A light roastyness up front. Really goes well with the caramel. A smooth creamyness, almost a desert style stout.. Sugary but not too sweet. Some roasted toffee an burnt sugar.A decent hop presence but still very subtle. A touch of chocolate on the back end. A well balanced and rounded RIS.

M- A solid Feel to the beer. A sticky, roasty sweetness. Alcohol is extremely well hidden. Drinks like a champ.

O- This is a great RIS. Up there with Stone's IRS and ten fidy. I would love the BA version.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 01:35:05 | More by TwelveOunces
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HumanParaquat

Indiana

4/5  rDev -7.2%

03-03-2014 01:49:29 | More by HumanParaquat
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dkw0063

Texas

4/5  rDev -7.2%

10-29-2013 18:05:49 | More by dkw0063
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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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ChrisMon02

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

09-17-2012 22:25:37 | More by ChrisMon02
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cosmonick

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

05-18-2013 14:51:31 | More by cosmonick
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dalepryor

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +16%

05-07-2013 20:45:04 | More by dalepryor
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Anonymous1

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

11-16-2012 08:34:16 | More by Anonymous1
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Nolen12

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

04-29-2014 18:57:17 | More by Nolen12
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

02-28-2013 05:30:36 | More by DaftPatrick
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scotv

New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

06-24-2013 02:05:41 | More by scotv
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samie85

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours an inky black with a full finger of dark brown head that quickly dissipates.

S-Smells of banana bread, some dark fruit, and a bit of roasted and chocolate malts.

T-Very sweet and rich chocolate on the front end with dark and bitter chocolate one the finish with a slight, clean bitterness.

M-Medium bodied with low carbonation and a slight bit of warmth in the mouth and throat.

D-This one is almost too easy drinking considering the body and ABV; the alcohol is barely present in the warmth I described in the mouthfeel and I'm used to a heavier feel with bigger beers. I want to like it, but I yearn for a some more complexity in flavors and a richer mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 02:58:45 | More by samie85
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JVan

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.2%

04-04-2013 13:36:20 | More by JVan
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KJ2013

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

10-04-2013 02:28:10 | More by KJ2013
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CWhite

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

03-25-2014 06:25:36 | More by CWhite
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Hessian257

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

11-17-2012 02:42:04 | More by Hessian257
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brycevolk

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

04-08-2013 13:55:06 | More by brycevolk
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Bartos

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

01-16-2014 01:31:39 | More by Bartos
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -- Pours a rich dark brown with a slim creamy brown head. Coats the glass like crazy. Very photogenic.

Smell -- Very dark fruit forward, culling up notes of figs, dried cherries and cranberries. Additional notes of coffee and dark chocolate.

Taste -- On the whole Plead the 5th is First impression is of flourless chocolate cake and dried black cherries. Anise, figs, charred malt, and faint woodsmoke are also present. Slightly sweet, like a dark spice cake. Charred roast flavor does well in helping to balance the malt sweetness. The finish is rich with cocoa, black cherry, and charred malt.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-full in body, velvety. Carbonation is pitch-perfect: soft, but not quite creamy. Slightly thicker and this would have been perfect for me. I'm probably nitpicking to be honest.

Overall -- Great imperial stout. Stellar rich malt notes, and great depth. The finish had a bit more burnt char acridity than I would like. Otherwise the beer was amazing. This would be worth buying by the case. Quality for certain.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 20:24:56 | More by yeahnatenelson
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marburg

Michigan

4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm going skiing up north this weekend, and I thought it'd be a good idea to change some of the fluids in my car. So I added some power steering fluid (now specially formulated with StopLeak...!!! and !) and some anti-freeze. No big deal.

But then I was surprised and angered to see that my wife had taken some serious automtoive initiative performed an oil change on my car and left the remnants in my Detroit Brewing Co pint glass. Now, what the hell would anyone do that for?

This is serious, viscous, flat, sludge-like beer. Not even a jacuzzi jet stream could churn up a head on this. Chocolate brownie nose with a side of oatmeal and a splash of nail polish remover in the nose. Fairly potent after it opens up a bit.

Starts with a fleeting sweetness that's driven by chocolate. Before getting accustomed to it, there seems to be a bit of a rubbing alcohol astringency in the finish. Hops or alcohol gone awry? Eventually, all I really get is a roasty coffee bitterness with a heaping tablespoon of sugar and a pump of some sort of trendy mocha syrup.

Interesting beer and hard to rate for some reason. Dark Horse has something of a penchant for stouts, and this doesn't really disappoint. A bit intense through the first sip or two, but give it a few minutes -- it really gets quite good.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2005 05:28:44 | More by marburg
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dcloeren

Texas

4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured an ink black with a finger of frothy dark copper head. The head quickly receded but I like to think that it was swallowed by the dark hole that is at the center of this stout. No lacing, but this beer has some heavy heavy curtains for sure

This beer is aromatic as hell! The aroma of this beer billowed out of the glass as it filled up. RICH RICH dark chocolate, great hints of vanilla up front that only become more and more present as this beer warms. Subtle coffee and caramel along with roasted malt and some booze. Very robust smelling and inviting all at the same time

The taste of this beer follows the nose to the T. Rich and bitter dark chocolate is the major player in this beer with nice hints of cocoa, coffee and roasted/burnt malt. The vanilla is a extremely nice touch as it becomes more and more apparent as this beer warms up. Finishes off with a nice hint of booze after each sip. Fantastic.

This beer tastes mother f***ing phenomenal but the mouthfeel is where it really makes its money. Rich, thick and chewy with an abundant amount of carbonation that really gives this beer a nice touch. Very present chocolate/coffee aftertaste that straight up coats your entire mouth with every sip.

This was a fantastic find. An excellent, easy drinking stout. They did an amazing job of blending the dark chocolate and vanilla together to where they both are easy to pick out but mix together OH SO WELL! Although the booze becomes more apparent once this stout warms up, it does no harm to this stout whatsoever. Will be going out of my way to find some more for sure. Extremely pumped that I got 2 bottles!

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 00:39:40 | More by dcloeren
Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 2,688 ratings.