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Plead The 5th Imperial Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,296
Reviews: 800
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.12%
Wants: 549
Gots: 839 | FT: 89
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:
Beer added by: HopHead84 on 09-27-2008

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
2014 - white label with black logo cap, ABV of 11% in the top right corner, government warning on bottom right side of label
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Ratings: 3,296 | Reviews: 800
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4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour into a tulip (no snifter available)

A&S: Beer pours looks very thick and the head come through beautifully as a fingers worth of mocha brown froth. Its pretty amazing how a 12% beer can retain so much head. The beer is a jet black color. Large sediment found on the bottom. The main smells coming through for me are smokey woody tones and dark bitter chocolate, but in the background there are many complements present; hints of toffee, dark roasted coffee, and alcohol.

T&M: Sweet caramel and maltyness upfront. Midway through there is a rush of alcohol. after taste sticks around for a long while with taste of bitter chocolate and coffee. very warming but not a ton of alcohol in the taste. very smooth. hints charcoal

O: I think this beer stands out among other Russians.I've been waiting to try this one since I hear about it. Picked up a four pack from Odaes big ten in Lansing, had one a few months ago rating another now.

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4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle version poured into a Duvel tulip. Deep black-colored body, no light penetration, with about a one finger dark tan head. The head dissipates fairly quickly with very little lace, as expected.

The aroma consists of dark fruit, roasted malt, and light licorice. I get a sense the taste will be sweet based on the aroma.

The flavor is typical of the RIS style - dark, roasted malt flavor, mixed with dark fruit, molasses, a bit of coffee and some sweet caramel-like notes. This does have some complexity and definitely improves as it warms.

Thick texture in the mouthfeel and only a little warming from the alcohol. A very solid Imperial Stout and I would definitely recommend it.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a very dark, oil-like black coloring with a thin, low profile, dense, light tan colored head. Aromas of dark, bittersweet chocolate, black cherry, peat and earthy tones, and a touch of ginger. Pretty interesting nose. Flavors are heavily roasted, with a warm, cocoa and sweet chocolate backbone supporting a touch of bitter coffee and some subtle fruit sweet highlights. Rich and smooth in mouth...almost creamy. Bitter and creamy aftertaste, with hints of baker's chocolate and a hint of booze. Rich, smooth finish, with a slight bitter linger. Very solid, robust brew.

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4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in an over-sized wine glass.

Appearance: Pours motor oil thick, seriously opaque with a tan head that rose to just below a finger's length.

Smell: Light coffee and a little chocolate, sticks to you after the third or so sniff.

Taste: Incredibly complex, all over the place with this brew, sweet bitter chocolate and hardcore espresso. You feel the malts like as if drinking beer for the first time, is it the best stout ever....little room for improvement.

Mouth: A rough coffee bean feel in the end that is almost forever lasting.

Overall: A F'n masterpiece. Quality over quantity and this brew delivers. I got a lot more than what i bargained for and was fortunate enough to pick up a 4 pack of this gem. Salud!

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4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

first of all, thanks yet again to thebrewo for hooking this up via the best trade of my life, I definitely owe this crew some beers! been aching for this beer, and finally here it is, sort of a hybrid between the west coast hugies and the Midwestern Russian imperials, a real treat. this pours an impossibly dense shade of black, brutal and old oil sludge looking, just not that thick. the head is though, cappuccino color, lasting, frothy. its got an understated nose for the style, come bitter espresso beans, and an oaty, boozy magnitude. the flavor is different than most, not sweet or roasty up front, but ashy, tobacco heavy, like the first puff of a cigarette before the tar gets on your lips and the chemicals really concentrate towards the filter. its got a roast bitterness that comes in for a second, but it doesn't manifest. earthy chocolate and coffee notes round it out, before a subtle residual sugar and alcohol warmth bring it home. also a backing touch of gingerbread, out of nowhere. its deep and rich and complex and close to perfect as far as taste goes, I could not imagine the barrel aged versions of this, just too much to process mentally for me! thick as hell on the body, but not teeth coating and filling and lasting and dental work necessitating. its cleaner than that, although not clean by any stretch. the alcohol is present, but its right in step, not too intrusive, not invisible, this is a very conscious beer, self aware, no identity crisis here. overall this is an exceptional piece of art, by a brewery I need to get more involved with. really truly a brilliant offering. thanks again to thebrewo for hooking it up!

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Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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