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Plead The 5th Imperial Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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2,824 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,824
Reviews: 751
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.12%
Wants: 482
Gots: 682 | FT: 74
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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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BillRoth

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

07-11-2013 03:07:37 | More by BillRoth
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brandoman63

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.2%

11-29-2011 03:13:21 | More by brandoman63
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.2/5  rDev -2.6%

A fine beer from Dark Horse right m'here. Thanks to gklover1 for this baby.

Looks fantastic. Just about black, rich pour. Off-brown, dark milkshake, coffee head. Looks a bit like BA Yeti.

Pleasant rounded aroma of black leather, some nice soy, coffee beans, toasted caramel, baked chocolate. Some dark fruits and toffee.

Flavor follows the aroma . Well balanced between the coffee, chocolate, toffee and black fruits. Some grassy hops and soy underneath. ABV is well hidden here. This a rich, but not overwhelming, beer. Slight bite on the end that lets the fruits snap away and the malt to linger a bit. Somewhat smoky.

05-13-2012 05:03:05 | More by Mebuzzard
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass.

Comes out just jet black. Sits on a very dark black body. Leaves some dark cocoa powder like bubbles of a small head but doesn't stick around. Manages to leave a collar and lots of leg action on the glass.

Bouquet is a very barleywine like with sweet raspberry fruit. Small hints of dark chocolate in the back, and some powdery dry arid sensations.

Taste is a real soft berry and chocolate. It feels like berry chocolate. This is very light bodied too and feels incredibly balanced. Slight tinges of tobacco on the swallow also with a good deal of masked abv quality. Kind of a dry finish also sort of hinting that at first from what the nose felt like. A little thin but surprising. Hints of smoke and chocolate too.

Overall it's quite enjoyable actually, interesting take for such a big abv.

03-30-2011 01:04:06 | More by smakawhat
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rab53

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

12-01-2011 05:20:23 | More by rab53
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev -2.8%

A: A viscose motor oil pour fills the vessel with a creamy, nutmeg head that lingered around a bit. Skim lacing covering, well lasting leaving a film lace coating.

S: Dark chocolate, cocoa, milky chocolate, vanilla of strong indications. Small charred bitterness, earthy roasted chocolate. No alcohol awareness for 11.0%.

T: Earthy bitter roast, fresh, darkly bitter with vanilla and charred bitterness. Bakers chocolate, burnt toffee, campfire minerality, roasted barley. Dark fruit of prunes, whiskey breath and smoky charrdness.

M: Malty body, viscose with a honey-cream substance, and syrupy texture. Softly carbonated with a bite of roasted burnt bitterness and alcohol on the swallow.

O: Overall drinks amazingly well for 11.0, well concealed alcohol. Dark, beautifully roasted bitterness with a silky nature. The only pleading here is for another bottle. all around outstanding.

09-02-2013 18:52:20 | More by beerthulhu
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +0.9%

12 oz bottle courtesy of grub! Day 2 of epic DrJay visit tasting.

Pours a deep, dark and opaque black, no light escapes, very thick brown head forms, drops a lot of lacing, settles down to a thick ring, looks like a RIS! Smell is great, tons of chocolate and fruit, toffee, coffee roast, very perfumy and floral hops, licorice, strawberries and cherries, dates, more roast and chocolate, awesome. Taste is great as well, chocolate, insane amount of roastiness, dry and chalky middle, toffee, some smoke, charred wood, burnt sugar, light bit of fruitiness, roasty bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low to medium carbonation, some warmth going down, but very smooth. Great imperial stout, very nice. Thanks Russ!

01-04-2009 23:05:33 | More by Viggo
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.3/5  rDev -0.2%

Poured into my new Cigar City snifter! Big thanks to Jparkanzky for this bottle.

A: Pours an oily black color, extremely dark. Despite a rather forceful pour, only a very little bit of tan foam formed and quickly dissipated, leaving behind a ring of foam around the outer edge. Some lace forms when I take a sip, but is gone just as fast.

S: Lots of rich dark chocolate upfront, very sweet and inviting. There are hints of vanilla, caramel, and some molasses.

T: Again, lots of dark chocolate, which dominates the flavor profile. It is not as sweet as the aroma, which I am actually happy about. Underneath the chocolate there is a good bit of molasses, a little vanilla, and slight roasted malt flavor.

M: Medium to full bodied, rich and creamy with a nice level of carbonation. No sign of 12% at all, very well hidden.

O: A really nice RIS, very drinkable for the abv. A very tasty beer, well done Dark Horse.

08-31-2011 01:57:15 | More by mdaschaf
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev -6.5%

Appearance: Inky black body. Tight crown of dark brown foam. Lacing is spotty.

Aroma: Dark chocolate, anise oil, dark currant, black licorice and heavily roasted coffee bean.

Flavor: All the aromas translate nicely to the palate in this beer. The chocolate and coffee and licorice. Yeah, there's a nice combination of flavors here.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Greasy and oily to an extent, which is good. But where's the body? The girth? This beer needs more heft. Carbonation is appropriately low. Alcohol accents nicely and doesn't become toxic at all in this high octane beer. Nicely done beer overall.

12-13-2008 04:46:22 | More by Bighuge
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this one with me

A - pitch black with a short, brown head that has good retention

S - licorice, anise, chocolate, roasted malts

T - roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, licorice, dark fruit, mildly bitter, warming alcohol

M - full bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a fantastic beer that has an immensely deep, complex flavor. I am really impressed with this one. Each sip offered just a little something more from the great malt character. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer, and I look forward to trying it again.

04-03-2013 01:18:37 | More by tdm168
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Kelp

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

01-25-2013 15:58:34 | More by Kelp
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dmorgan310

Panama

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

03-22-2014 04:02:46 | More by dmorgan310
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

2008 Biergotter Tasting - Day 2. Big thanks to grub for cracking this one. 12 oz "Plead the 5th" bottle.
This stuff was your basic black with faint brown edges and a thin, dark brown cap of fine bubbles that settled to a long lasting collar. Sticky lacing. Rich aroma, lots of fruit and roast character, chocolate and cocoa, dried fruits and cherries, hint of vanilla. Reminded me of a fruit and nut chocolate bar. Chalky, dry roast flavour with medium to low hop bitterness. Very nutty with dark chocolate and cocoa notes, plus mild alcohol towards the end. Caramel and toffee sweetness. Faint licorice. Full bodied with low, very fine carbonation, alcohol warmth and a chalky dryness. Rich and delicious, just the way a big stout should be.

12-13-2008 20:10:58 | More by DrJay
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sendbeer

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -13%

12-16-2013 22:00:16 | More by sendbeer
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billab914

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev -3.7%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Portsmouth tulip glass. It poured pitch black with one of the darkest chocolate heads I've ever seen on a beer. The head retreated to the edges of the glass where it left just a bit of lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a big dark chocolate and brown sugar presence to it. Roasted malts with a touch of burntness come through in it as well. Very flavorful and appealing beer overall.

The taste shows more bitterness with bitter chocolate coming through at first. It turns to more of a roasted, burnt bitterness towards the finish. It leaves a nice bitter-sweet, dark chocolate lingering after the finish. Very nice flavor overall.

The mouthfeel is thick and heavy with low carbonation. Pretty much exactly the way I like my big stouts. Drinkability is good, it had some great flavors to it and was a pleasure to sip on this evening. A very enjoyable beer overall.

10-28-2010 00:40:54 | More by billab914
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chinchill

South Carolina

4.09/5  rDev -5.1%

Dark Horse Plead the 5th on tap at the Beer Trappe in Lexington

Near black and opaque in the glass, with dark brown showing at the edges.  Durable head but little lacing. 

Great aroma!  Rich and moderately complex, it suggests great flavor.  The flavor doesn't quite keep up but is outstanding. 
ABV well hidden in the nose, in the flavor, and in the feel.

Full body; smooth.

04-02-2014 23:59:54 | More by chinchill
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

02-15-2013 23:43:43 | More by PEIhop
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev -3.7%

12 oz bottle of "Plead the 5th".

A: Dark black with a dark, tan head, very little retention, slight leg.

S: Big aroma of bittersweet chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, warming alcohol and a hint of fruity esters.

T: Dark chocolate, black strap molasses, sherry, burnt/roasted acidity, salty licorice and a hint of soy sauce. Solid bitterness. Very nice.

M: Moderate to full body is very creamy; well-attenuated, alcohol leaves a dry finish.

D: Bold & Beautiful.

04-10-2008 00:02:03 | More by Derek
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Zaphog

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

02-24-2012 19:04:44 | More by Zaphog
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HopHead84

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Of the darkest achromatic visual value with a frothy, dark brown head and some sticy lacing coating the side. The smell is of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, mollases, and raisins. The beer is well carbonated and fullbodied. The taste is of black coffee, tobacco, and wet cedar. The dark chocolate is pronounced and slightly smoky.

I'd love to drink this in the middle of a blizzard, inside a log cabin, nestled in some tall, cold mountains somewhere in Scandinavia.

09-27-2008 23:26:41 | More by HopHead84
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +3.2%

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a very dark, oil-like black coloring with a thin, low profile, dense, light tan colored head. Aromas of dark, bittersweet chocolate, black cherry, peat and earthy tones, and a touch of ginger. Pretty interesting nose. Flavors are heavily roasted, with a warm, cocoa and sweet chocolate backbone supporting a touch of bitter coffee and some subtle fruit sweet highlights. Rich and smooth in mouth...almost creamy. Bitter and creamy aftertaste, with hints of baker's chocolate and a hint of booze. Rich, smooth finish, with a slight bitter linger. Very solid, robust brew.

04-27-2013 01:14:21 | More by GarthDanielson
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

11-10-2013 21:49:01 | More by rolltide8425
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev +0.9%

Saw a four pack of this the other day and it jumped into my lap and rode home with me.
Pours a solid black with a minimal tan head that dissipates quickly a leaves no lace. Smells of licorice, molasses, bitter dark chocolate, dried dark cherries covered in vodka, a bit earthy herbal hops in there somewhere too. Taste is tart dark fruit drenched in dark chocolate and dipped in rum or vodka. Espresso and an earthy hop bit round this one out. Leaves a lingering roasted grain char mixed with some sweetness that linger long after every sip. I'm kind of amazed that the depth of flavors in this brew meld together so well. Sweet sticky almost syrupy mouthfeel. Light level of carbonation and a thick body. I really enjoyed this one. Really thick and sweet but incredibly tasty. Shit I'm thinking about pouring this over some vanilla ice cream in a few.

06-27-2011 23:37:38 | More by johnnnniee
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.09/5  rDev -5.1%

2011 Vintage opened on 3.13.13

A - Pours a motro oil blakc with a small dark brown head that slowly fades to one side.

S - Teriyaki, chocolate, soy, and sweet.

T - Similar to the nose at this point, but more booze and heet.

D - Low carbonation with a heavy body.

O - Heavy stout with a sweet teriyaki essence. Still enjoyable.

03-24-2013 04:42:34 | More by HuskyinPDX
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THECPJ

Delaware

4.43/5  rDev +2.8%

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown black with a 1 finger mocha head

smell: oatmeal, roast, cinnamon / nutmeg,

taste: oatmeal, roast, alcohol,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, full body,

overall: this beer was really good. very nice blend of flavors. wish I had access to more of this beer.

Cheers,
The CPJ

07-20-2011 00:55:20 | More by THECPJ
Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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