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Plead The 5th Imperial Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,683
Reviews: 748
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.12%
Wants: 469
Gots: 661 | 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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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

03-11-2013 18:50:36 | More by 316nuts
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Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

03-11-2013 18:19:07 | More by ThatCracker
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KWMiles

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

03-11-2013 14:13:18 | More by KWMiles
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AceMaster

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

03-11-2013 03:35:21 | More by AceMaster
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Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

03-10-2013 22:58:34 | More by ystazi
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Greywulfken

New York

4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: into a flute, black motor oil with a dark brown mousse head that slipped away pretty quickly; sparse lace motes

S: typical roasted dark and chocolate malts, with suggestions of espresso

T: big bitter bite right up front, sweeter and warmer chocolate notes soon to follow; rich maltiness and bitterness throughout, with high points of oak/wood; semisweet chocolate and roasted espresso

M: full-bodied, slightly coating, slightly sticky, some shapness from the bitter hops and alcohol

O: rich, rough, and deeply chocolate, with a bit of the abv peeking through - lots of flavors, does justice to the tradition of the Russian Imperial stout. Dark Horse makes very good beers at a decent price, and this is just par for the course.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 19:15:23 | More by Greywulfken
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MCain04

Illinois

4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Almost pitch black with a kahki head of 1/2 finger depth. Not much retention or lacing.

S: Roasty malts, caramel, sweet dark chocolate, a little alcohol, very nice aroma.

T: Roasy malts along with the smell, nice dark chocolate and toffee, just really great. A little bitterness lingers.

M: Moderate carbonation, a little more than necessary, but otherwise a nice full body with good smooth texture and a nice finish.

O: This is equal to, if not better than, FIS. I'm just really, really loving this brew. It's hard to improve upon. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 06:50:14 | More by MCain04
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Mitchster

Michigan

4.98/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One hell of a dark beer. Even darker than Expedition. Forms a creamy DARK brown head with purple accents. Good retention and moderate lacing, with mild to moderate carbonation. The aroma is just amazing. Prunes and raisins, figs, sorghum molasses, soy sauce, intensely roasted grains, vanilla, black walnut, and an inkling of the alcohol that is in there. Wow. The mouthfeel is glamourous...silky smooth with an amazing lingering finish and a dense, oily body. Taste starts out with the prune juice, black walnuts, espresso and soy sauce, followed by a expertly balanced herbal/green oily hop bitterness. Cocoa, dark chocolate, and charcoal appear but never with any harshness, astringency or acidity (a tough feat to accomplish!). Chalk, tobacco, prunes, leather and a warming alcohol sensation teases me in the finish. Cleanly fermented. Even though the alcohol is felt, it's never tasted. Sweet throughout with a sweet roasted finish.

Wow. Amazing Imperial Stout here. Probably the best in Michigan, maybe even better than Founders. Completely trouces Expedition. The fact that this thing is so amazingly drinkable speaks volumes for this beer. Highly recommended!

Re-review 3/9/13-Maybe my tastes have changed, but I am not impressed with this years batch. The alcohol is near overpowering at 11%, adding a very astringent finish. The dark fruit is minimal in comparison to the roast and char. The very large percentage of chocolate malt and black patent adds to the astringency and creates an unpleasant tartness. It finishes very dry for the style with too much charcoal and burnt grain.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 02:18:01 | More by Mitchster
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alelover

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

03-10-2013 00:26:51 | More by alelover
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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7.2%

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Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.2%

03-09-2013 05:09:17 | More by CesarLopes
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Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -13%

03-09-2013 05:08:49 | More by Soneast
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SometimesIfart

Michigan

4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours black. And I mean fucking black with a two finger dark mocha head that sticks around long after the pour. Left no lacing.

S - Lots of coffee and black coffee beans followed by a moderate amount of alcohol.

T - Loads and loads and loads of dark coffee and espresso, followed by some creamy dark chocolate and booze.

M - The body is surprisingly thin with moderate carbonation.

O - Overall, It was a good stout and exactly what I was expecting.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 05:02:21 | More by SometimesIfart
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Hermthegerm

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

03-09-2013 03:22:42 | More by Hermthegerm
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tdmccarthy

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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cardern

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7.2%

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Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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Snikwad1020

Maryland

5/5  rDev +16%

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EliSpitzner

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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barczar

Kentucky

4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque black with a frothy one inch mocha head that very slowly dissipates, leaving thick sheets of lacing. Thick layer of yeast sediment left in the bottle, which I also noticed in the fore.

Chocolate, soy, roast malt, and malted milk balls form the initial aroma. Hints of dark fruit emerge as it warms, bruised raspberries, along with some nutty toffee notes and tar.

Roast malt leads the flavor, lingering throughout. Slightly sweet dark chocolate is evident initially, becoming nutty mid palate, then finishing with modestly charred breadcrust and coffee. Dark cherries and ripe raspberries underlie the flavor profile, almost becoming overwhelming in strength. Mocha surfaces in the aftertaste. Becomes boozy, which actually is a good complement.

Body is full...thick and syrupy, with minimal carbonation and significant alcohol warmth.

Somewhat of a chameleon in flavor. One sip is roast dominant, another dark fruit. Fairly complex, with enough roast to balance the dark fruit overall, and enough chocolate to keep things from being overly bitter. Seems to just lack something that would make it exceptional. Maybe bourbon...

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 01:53:49 | More by barczar
Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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