Plead The 5th Imperial Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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4.2/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
06-03-2010 03:10:38 | More by meatyard
4.47/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
09-15-2008 09:31:47 | More by IBUnit63
4.43/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
04-11-2010 16:51:03 | More by joepais
4.46/5 rDev +3.5%
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.
02-17-2013 01:35:05 | More by TwelveOunces
4.38/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
12-08-2013 21:44:53 | More by tastybeer
4.34/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
02-21-2013 15:48:10 | More by Gatch
4.4/5 rDev +2.1%
12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a shiny jet black, nice brown bubbly head. I love the color of the head, I just wish it was bigger; lacing is decent. Amazing aromas fill up the room, especially as it warms up. I could've given the smell a "5". This is definitely a chocolate bomb. Lots of milk chocolate and vanilla. The flavors definitely don't disappoint. There's a slight roastiness, but this one seems to be all chocolate. Coffee is also present in a minor way. Great bittersweet flavors, just what I look for in a RIS. The mouthfeel is nice, but not super-thick. Carbonation is there, not overdone. Alcohol is extremely well hidden, dangerously drinkable. Overall, this is what it's all about, amazing brew! This is the real deal. Extremely impressive!
This is definitely my favorite from Dark Horse. This is an easy A. Highly recommended.
05-16-2011 15:23:54 | More by BB1313
3.9/5 rDev -9.5%
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"...
04-26-2005 01:19:18 | More by aaronh
4.15/5 rDev -3.7%
A: Black and thick--looks like motor oil coming out of the bottle; dark brown head that loses its retention quickly until it becomes very still and black; lacing is okay for the style
S: Some alcohol and lots of dark roasted malts with some coffee and hints of chocolate, vanilla, and dark fruits; a hint of bourbon and tobacco even
T: Slightly burnt roasted malts: coffee, tobacco leaves, vanilla, and a touch of dried, dark fruits and chocolate; also some subtle but pleasant booziness peaking through
F: Nice creamy and yet sticky beer; this is viscous and chewy and the beer sticks pleasantly to the inside (especially roof) of the mouth
D: This is a strong and slightly boozy beer but it is complex with lots of subtle nuances making this one hell of a sipper
03-07-2011 02:56:47 | More by dbossman
Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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