1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Plead The 5th Imperial Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Plead The 5th Imperial StoutPlead The 5th Imperial Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
96
world-class

3,108 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 3,108
Reviews: 770
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.12%
Wants: 528
Gots: 721 | FT: 79
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 3,108 | Reviews: 770 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Hallertau
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of ApertureOfMyEye
5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of Port_Seat
3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of MortalKombat14
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Mazman23
4.88/5  rDev +13.2%

Photo of Svyturys30
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of RAlmeida77
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of sobeleg
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of HighLowJack
3.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Clarkson
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of macesq
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Lanstrum
3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of mj81
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Shaggy9356
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Ferocious
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of ElGordito
3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of ArtZan
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of nilesschmidt
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Dag48
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of WI-Beer-Man
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Nugganooch
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #700

2011 Vintage
12oz bottle received in trade from brooklynbrews
Notes taken on 09/20/14 - Stone IRS snifter

A: The pour is fairly thick and black as tar with no light seeping through whatsoever. A thin lip of turbinado sugar forms over top for a few shortened moments. Very mild with the stick and more so just a few alcohol legs running down the sides of the glass.

S: Rich dark chocolate with molasses, soy, leather, and a wet tobacco likeness. Real intense dark roast grains here. I get some dark berry fruit midway and a simple char sugar on the finish that evokes vanilla and marshmallow. Has a similarity to crème brulee which is quite nice.

T: Tastes super rich yet smooth and easy drinking. Sweet and dessert like but not cloying. Deep roasted grains with lightly scorched sugars bring notes of dark chocolate covered raisin, blackstrap, dark bread, and blackberries. There is a moderate to low amount of bitterness and some light alcohol warmth to this. I get a touch of vanilla crème and some earthy root stems mixed in as well. There is a slight oxidized metallic note but otherwise time has been great on this one. What a real treat.

M: Full bodied and thick with a silky smooth mouth feel. Frothy and lush it stays lighter on the palate with some light drying at the finish. Alcohol warmth upon exhalation.

D: With some age this is one silky rich delight and this has got to be one of the best Non Barreled stouts around. Have not had fresh to compare but I imagine the hop bitterness has faded off some and the alcohol has mellowed a bit. I don’t think I would let this one go much longer as some signs of oxidization are starting to show. Would love to get my hands on the BA version now.

Another huge thanks to brooklynbrews for nailing another top want of mine.

Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of mbonugli
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Justinsosmart
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of kscaldef
3.43/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Rediscovered notes from Sept 2012, on tap at Fermentoren in Copenhagen)

A: Very dark black. 1/4" mocha head, recedes leaving a ring

S: rich roast, soy sauce, molasses

T: Chocolate, red plum, coffee. Woody.

M: Low carb. Thick. Tannic.

O: Okay, but vastly inferior to the BB version.

Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 3,108 ratings.