Plead The 5th Imperial Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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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.
Serving type: bottle
12-20-2012 01:56:53 | More by woosterbill
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
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
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
Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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