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Plead The 5th Imperial Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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2,685 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,685
Reviews: 748
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.12%
Wants: 469
Gots: 663 | FT: 73
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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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chippo33

Vermont

4/5  rDev -7.2%

12-21-2012 04:20:32 | More by chippo33
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 bottle courtesy of aasher, poured into a Darkness glass in a side-by-side tasting with BA Pt5 and, as a control, BCBS. This one has the ugliest label I've ever scene in my life - can't wait.

A: Pitch black body with a thin brown head. Spotty lace. Attractive.

S: Still lots of coffee, bakers chocolate, brownie batter, and licorice. A touch of oldness. Quite nice.

T: Brownie batter up front, followed by coffee, chocolate, spicy alcohol, and some serious coffee-tinged bitterness on the finish. Light mustiness on the aftertaste. Intense, roasty, and tasty. Very good indeed.

M: Full-bodied, moderate carbonation; not too sticky. Excellent.

O: Great RIS. Really intense without being harsh or overly boozy. While it pales in comparison to the amazing BA version, it's a formidable beer in its own right.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 01:56:53 | More by woosterbill
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King_KongDCO93

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

12-19-2012 16:21:15 | More by King_KongDCO93
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rpbuckeye

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

12-14-2012 06:39:51 | More by rpbuckeye
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smonice

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

12-11-2012 02:35:03 | More by smonice
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wsnich

Texas

4/5  rDev -7.2%

12-10-2012 23:58:37 | More by wsnich
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IMSPEAKNOENGLISH

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

12-09-2012 17:22:55 | More by IMSPEAKNOENGLISH
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Proteusx


4/5  rDev -7.2%

12-09-2012 14:29:04 | More by Proteusx
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jnowak

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

12-08-2012 20:40:40 | More by jnowak
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avschmitt

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

12-07-2012 16:19:46 | More by avschmitt
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ellswrth

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

12-04-2012 21:17:18 | More by ellswrth
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colts9016

Idaho

4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic at 53 degrees.

Appearance: A one finger head that has fair retention. The head is dark brown, like chocolate, and the head is foamy. The head did not leave any lacing on the glass. The clarity of the beer is opaque. The color of the beer is dark brown with slight reddish brown tint. The beer leaves some legs on the glass as it is drank.

Nose: A very deep rich malt complex that is roasted, a burnt character, and kettle caramelization. Other aromas in the beer is coffee, chocolate, wood, citrus, floral, alcohol, raisins, and dark cherries.

Taste: A complex rich dark roasted malt that has a burnt character, kettle cook caramel, and chocolate. Other flavors in the beer is espresso, wood citrus, floral, raisins, dark cherries, molasses, citrus, and floral esters.

Mouth feel of the beer is coating, warm, and chewy.

Overall: The body of the beer is full and the finish is full. Ah a RIS, however it is not what I think is the greatest representation of this beer. When I want a RIS, I want a full body, thick, chewy, aggressive beer that ages like fine wine. This beer nails most of it but lacks just a little for my taste. Solid beer nonetheless, I am very greatful that I got to try it.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 02:11:09 | More by colts9016
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AaronBurr

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -13%

12-03-2012 04:26:12 | More by AaronBurr
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Pelicanrocks

United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

12-02-2012 09:26:10 | More by Pelicanrocks
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at the Local Taphouse during their Dark Horse AleStars evening in Sydney.

Pours an extremely dark, very close-to-black and very solid. The body, however, is surprisingly light and fluid. Head is a deep, dark chocolate colour. Some dots of lace form, but really patchily. Carbonation is fine, but rushes through the body quite quickly. Not bad all up.

Dark and roasty on the nose, not unexpectedly, but under that are some of the more interesting characters. It has a deep sweetness, mingled with a touch of salt—perhaps Vegemite—and some deep tannic red wine characters. As it warms, the booze becomes a bit more noticeable, along with some hazelnut characters, and even a dank smouldering campfire. Nice stuff.

Taste is slightly lighter than expected. It perhaps matches the hint of lightness seen in the body. Flavour-wise, there's some nice coconut characters, sweetness and a hint of cherry or something fruity and tropical. But then, whack!, the Impy stout comes back, with a big roasted, boozy sharpness on the finish. Again, pretty good.

Feel is clean and smooth.

It's very nice and smooth, and very drinkable. It's very tasty, while maintaining an edge of aggression. It ends up being a very nice, and very respectable package.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2012 04:09:56 | More by lacqueredmouse
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laxer8811

New York

4/5  rDev -7.2%

12-01-2012 02:58:52 | More by laxer8811
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danieelol

Australia

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

11-30-2012 11:06:05 | More by danieelol
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3146Tony

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.2%

11-30-2012 00:23:00 | More by 3146Tony
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

11-29-2012 14:58:26 | More by mendvicdog
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -13%

11-29-2012 13:31:18 | More by oriolesfan4
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duceswild

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

11-29-2012 04:44:22 | More by duceswild
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baker2gs

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

11-21-2012 14:36:48 | More by baker2gs
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esullivan880


4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

11-21-2012 10:13:18 | More by esullivan880
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Pinknuggets

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to HFS sniffer

A: Black as night with a thin mocha head completely dark with no even hints of brown what I think a IS should look like

S: there is some chocolate in there but there is definitely a dark fruit aroma like figs or something this is coupled with a roasted smell very complex lots of depth but there is is a hint of alcohol as well

T: The taste is not as complex as the smell upfront there is literally no taste which is kinda weird, but once you swallow the taste starts to come out. There is more of a coffee taste then chocolate but that smell could be the more toffee like taste. You can definitely taste the dark fruit which i usually don't like but its well balanced here and the alcohol is fairly well hidden but if you look you can't taste it

M: There is a weird carbonation feel upfront despite the complete lack of carbonation a mildly heavy chewy constancy that goes down pretty smooth and easily for an IS (i can drink this no need to sip)

O: A interesting IS has a lot of different tastes but it is well balanced and other then the slightly weird carbonation and lack of punch with the taste this is really good. Defiantly worth trying again not your average imperial stout which is always a welcome change from chocolate and coffee but those are the flavors i truly love.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 03:44:21 | More by Pinknuggets
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marine1975

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

11-17-2012 04:09:55 | More by marine1975
Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 2,685 ratings.