Plead The 5th Imperial Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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3.9/5 rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
12 oz bottle poured into a new snifter. My parents got me this bottle for Christmas, thanks!
A - very good looking beer. Forced pour produces little head, foam starts dark brown like an RIS, but lightens as it settles. Bubbles swirl on the surface, making it look alive.
S - phew, not good. I don't know if it's my glass, but it smells sour, almost like a Belgian dark. Not what I expected and totally unpleasant. I can't even stand taking my customary deep whiff.
T - good, creamier than I expected, though my initial expectations were kind of rocked by the odor. I like the milky flavor working with the malts to cover up the alcohol (which is undetectable even at 12%). Not a great big slap in the face like most specialty double stouts from Michigan breweries.
M - the consistency is really interesting because of the aforementioned milky flavor. It's a smooth drink to be sure, and the alcohol is clandestine in a very dangerous way. If this bottle's smell is a fluke, I could drink more than one of these in a sitting.
O - I'd love to try this on tap, but another bottle may be out of the question, assuming it's not my glass making it smell like this. Dark Horse is a great company regardless, I love the sheer variety of stouts they produce.
Serving type: bottle
01-12-2013 22:02:36 | More by JamesShoemaker
Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 2,726 ratings.