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Plead The 5th Imperial Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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2,928 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,928
Reviews: 757
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.12%
Wants: 496
Gots: 706 | FT: 80
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)
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

fiver29, Mar 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

NSK79, Mar 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.51/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12oz bottle into a Smuttynose pint.

Appearance- Pitch black. So black. Really black. 2 finger fluffy mocha head. Big intense lacing.

Smell- Big boozy, cocoa, caramel, licorice, cherry, plumb, mild burnt smell at the end.

Taste- Caramel chocolate coffe, peppermint, not much booze surprisingly. Nice balance or bitter and sweet.

Mouthfeel- Sper smooth and viscous. Clean with that cooling peppermint flavor. Not hot at all which is great for 11%.

Overall- Damn fine RIS. Really want to try the Bourbon barrel version of this.

Seanniek91, Mar 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

docmoran16, Mar 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

mkennedy119, Mar 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

runner440, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of SportsandJorts
3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Type: 12 oz bottle
Glass: Snifter
From: mL in Birmingham, MI
Price: 4.50 a single

Appearance: dark brown almost black, opaque, and a fingers worth of tan head that leaves a lacing. looks solid for a RIS but nothing overly special

Smell: roasted malts and chocolate. not the most fragrant beer

Taste: opens up with some roasted malts that are followed by a stronger chocolate taste and somewhat weaker dark fruits. some hoppy bitterness in the backend

Mouthfeel: pretty heavy, creamy, and ends with a strong and lasting bitterness. warming feeling too

Overall: solid but nothing to go crazy for. my first good/great beer from dark horse. probably not something I would buy again at the price

SportsandJorts, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of lunarbrew
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful beer. Incredibly dark and opaque when held to light. Head is deep brown with about one finger and dies quick. Leaves a fine and appealing lacing surrounding the edge of the glass. Very inviting.

The nose is very robust. I can smell heaping amounts of roast from dark malt, coffee, and medium-dark chocolate. A bit of acidity (red berry) on the front end, but mostly malted notes.

Flavor is rich and delicious. Tons of brown sugar, vanilla, cocoa, and some alcohol at the finish. Very sweet with a wonderful dry aftertaste from black patent or the like. Want to keep going back for another sip.

Lots of weight, but still not too syrupy. The beer foams up quickly due to a decent amount of carbonation and gives a very creamy texture. It's a very pleasant and oh so drinkable brew.

I was very excited to try this. Amazingly drinkable and addictive for 11%. The texture was superb and there was a great amount of depth. I am anxious to see if the boozy flavor settles out after some time.

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Photo of blakelive784
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to maximum12 for this extra!

12 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:

A - Pours a thick motor oil black color with three fingers of thick, creamy brown head. Retention is damned impressive, especially at 11%, and the head leaves nice cream lacing as it recedes.

S - Sweet hot chocolates, cream, subdued roasted malts and toffee undertones. Favors sweet. A touch alcoholic. Dark fruit and fig notes. It's highly lactic, reminiscent of a milk stout. I'm missing any coffee or bitter roasted malts. Inviting.

T - Creamy semi-sweet chocolates perfectly counter the subdued roasted malt body. Vanilla and toffee undertones alongside dark fruit. It's sweet, without ever feeling unbalanced. The alcohol is makes a subtle presence on the way down. Nearly perfectly balanced. Masterful brewing.

M - Full bodied, creamy and silky smooth. Damn near perfect.

D - I'd never guess this is 11%. Wonderfully built and amazingly drinkable. A great success from Dark Horse.

blakelive784, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a glass from the bottle, one must note the attractiveness of this beer. Pouring a handsome black color, a mocha colored head tops the beer before fading to lace the sides of the glass. In the aroma, one gets notes of burnt malts, chocolate, and a hint of molasses. I was a little surprised that the aroma is so muted since this is relatively fresh. On the initial taste, one detects dark chocolate, smoke, burnt sugar a sweet backbone. The alcohol is noticeable, but in a good way. I enjoyed this stout near room temperature, which really helps to highlight the nuances of the beer. The smooth mouthfeel allows a sweet dark chocolate note to linger on the back of the tongue until it almost becomes mediciney. It is an that point that the warming sensation of the alcohol bursts through and reminds you that this stout has an 11%ABV. After about three sips of this beer, I am starting to feel it. This beer is an excellent nightcap, and may be best shared with a friend.

JohnnyHopps, Mar 18, 2013
Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 2,928 ratings.