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Plead The 5th Imperial Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,726
Reviews: 747
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.14%
Wants: 472
Gots: 671 | 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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metalgdog

New York

5/5  rDev +16.3%

12-07-2011 03:23:00 | More by metalgdog
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Cottzilla

Ohio

5/5  rDev +16.3%

12-07-2011 02:29:58 | More by Cottzilla
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shwillivanilli

California

4/5  rDev -7%

12-07-2011 01:39:37 | More by shwillivanilli
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trxxpaxxs

New York

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to stevef03 for this bottle. I'm finally getting around to doing the Dark Horse One - 5th tonight.

A: Pours a beautiful motor oil opaque black. There is little to no head on this beer. There is just the tiniest of bubbles along the top of the beer. Minimal lacing as it drinks.

S: Smells of sweet chocolate malt, raisin, vanilla, and booze. Super stone fruits and alcohol. It smells delicious.

T: Spot on plum, chocolate, vanilla, and toffee. There is a big boozy sweetness in the finish as well. I get hints of brownie and caramel too. Great flavor, but just a tad sweet. I'm nit picking at this point.

M: This is a full boded beer that starts off sweet and smooth. The silky chocolate notes are evident from start to finish. The flavors envelop the palate. There is some serious cloing that occurs (really sticky and chewy), but it's feels fantastic.

O: This beer is damn delicious. It's a bit boozy at times, ans a bit sweet times, but it's fantastic. What an incredible beer. It's just right for the style. I'd drink this all the time if I could.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 01:31:20 | More by trxxpaxxs
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dogfishandi

New York

4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

yet another huge thanks to mizzouguy for the awesome noob bif box!

12oz bottle a little above fridge temp poured into a snifter. cant make out freshness info.

pours out super opaque black, like old motor oil, one of the darkest of the style. small, creamy dark mocha brown colored head. faded to a retenive ring. bits of lace at times.

initially lots of fruity aromas, mostly dark fruits, rasisons. definatly some roast and cocoa there, but seems unusually fruity considering how complex the taste is. a little alcohol as it warms.

great well rounded taste. all kinds of dark fruits from start to finish, heavily roasted, burnt malts, some very nice dark chocolate/ cocoa notes, a bit of burnt coffee and maybe some anise. lots of bitterness from the roast. almost a bourbon like alcohol in the finish with a dark fruity cocoa flavor that lingers.

big and chewy, love it... carbonation feels about right for the style, slightly warming.

a top notch imperial stout, really fits the RIS style so well. the aroma didnt really seem to fit the rest of the beer, but still top notch. now i really cant wait to try the BA version...

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 23:09:16 | More by dogfishandi
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Automator

Ohio

5/5  rDev +16.3%

12-04-2011 19:36:30 | More by Automator
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cmsimeur

Illinois

5/5  rDev +16.3%

12-03-2011 16:58:54 | More by cmsimeur
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ms11781

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 06/13/2011. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a medium thick, solid black color. A one and half finger, dark brown head develops, turns tan rather quickly and settles as a soap-like foam ring around the glass. Slight wispy lacing is left on the glass.

Excellent nose. Huge dark fruit aromas from the beginning. Some nice roasted notes as well as some dark chocolate and a hint of coffee. There is a bit of alcohol as well. Straightforward aromas but they stand blend together well and make for a great nose overall.

Taste is similar to the nose. Some bitterness from the roasted malt plays a huge part, as do the dark fruit notes. Dark, bitter chocolate, some sweet chocolate and a touch of coffee are here too. No detection of the alcohol that was in the nose. As with the nose, the flavors play off each other really well.

Huge, thick mouthfeel. Carbonation, while not high in general, may be a bit high relative to style and the size of the beer. Creamy, thick and viscous. Very smooth.

This is an excellent beer. I find the carbonation a bit odd, it's seems higher than it should be, but that seems contradictory considering the beer is silky smooth. Either way, it doesn't detract from the beer too much. Can't wait to see what age does to this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 04:40:33 | More by ms11781
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jz989

Michigan

5/5  rDev +16.3%

12-02-2011 16:06:07 | More by jz989
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Nitrogenx

Illinois

5/5  rDev +16.3%

12-02-2011 08:03:56 | More by Nitrogenx
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groetman

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7%

12-02-2011 01:04:10 | More by groetman
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kjkinsey

Texas

5/5  rDev +16.3%

12-01-2011 19:13:38 | More by kjkinsey
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bpattt

Ohio

4/5  rDev -7%

12-01-2011 06:40:41 | More by bpattt
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rab53

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

12-01-2011 05:20:23 | More by rab53
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

11-30-2011 23:54:14 | More by Rochefort10nh
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MrVonzipper

California

4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to MrHirshybar for this fine piece along with aging it a year for me.

Oilslick black along with it's oily glass coating viscosity. Mild foamy 1/2cm brown head with low retention and light spotty lacing.

Deep, dark and bold nose. Notes of rich bitter chocolate, rich liquored dark fruit, bourbony oak and deep rich soy sauce. They soy sauce stands out at first, you really gotta swirl to open up the other characteristics.

Flavor is huge and bold! Big robust notes of bitter chocolate (cacao), dark fruits, vanilla, bourbon, oak and faint black licorice. The Flavor is amazing.

Full bodied mouthfeel. Silky and viscous. Wonderful palate coating creaminess with low carbonation.

Overall this beer is pretty fucking awesome. I'm really interested to try it fresh, cuz the age is apparent and great. I can't imagine it getting any better with any more age, so I think a year is about right on for this piece.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 06:31:53 | More by MrVonzipper
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brandoman63

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7%

11-29-2011 03:13:21 | More by brandoman63
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J0E

Michigan

5/5  rDev +16.3%

11-28-2011 19:41:24 | More by J0E
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GehenHerzog

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +16.3%

11-27-2011 14:48:09 | More by GehenHerzog
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ferrari29

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a snifter at Jerry's

A - Beer pours with a black "lights out" colored body and chocolate shake head; one finger head; good lacing; held very well

S - Beer has a strong dark chocolate scent; espresso coffee beans; dark fruit, figs and dates; touch of vanilla; cocoa

T - Cigar, oak, chocolate, dark roasted coffee, vanilla; very nice dark fruit, figs; maple syrupy; some toffee notes; dark cocoa powder

M - Full body beer with a chewy consistency; dry finish; espresso and dark chocolate aftertaste - 4.0

D - Awesome; great dessert beer; good balance of roasted malt and dark fruit

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2011 23:40:47 | More by ferrari29
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An extra from jrags8, finally opened this puppy up.

A-Black one finger creamy brown head

S-Coffee, roasted malt and some chocolate

T-Great blend of coffee and chocolate, roasted malt is in there as well. Some bitterness creeps in.

M-Heavy, creamy with some carbonation.

O-A great beer, thankful for the extra. The flavors blend together nicely.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 18:22:06 | More by rlee1390
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7%

11-26-2011 14:15:31 | More by mdillon86
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huadog

California

5/5  rDev +16.3%

11-25-2011 02:58:51 | More by huadog
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Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev -7%

11-25-2011 02:56:10 | More by Exiled
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spoonhawk

Iowa

5/5  rDev +16.3%

11-23-2011 22:54:27 | More by spoonhawk
Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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