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Plead The 5th Imperial Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,007
Reviews: 763
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.12%
Wants: 507
Gots: 720 | FT: 82
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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4/5  rDev -7.2%

BeerHunter76, Jul 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

beergorrilla, Jul 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

danoble1, Jul 23, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Brutesling57, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of jmarsh123
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Luckily stumbled upon these while grocery shopping!

Pours pitch black with a small dark brown head that fades into just a ring along the edge of the glass. Excellent lacing down the glass.

Big rich aroma of chocolate, coffee and roasted malt with a little bit of a booze presence.

More chocolate on the flavor along with a subtle undertone of bitter roasted malt. A tad too sweet at times.

Thick and viscous. Great mouthfeel with lowish carbonation.

Prefer the bourbon aged version, but that's apples to oranges. This one is a tad on the sweet side, but still damn tasty with an excellent thick mouthfeel.

jmarsh123, Jul 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

ncaudle, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of cfrances33
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 vintage bottle, poured into a snifter.

Pour: Pitch black and oily. A finger of mocha head slowly rises and recedes to a rim, leaving a slight amount of lacing along the way. Good lookin stout.

Smell: Lots of bitter roasted malt up front, with some coffee and dark chocolate, and a touch of booze. Some dark fruits crawl out as it warms.

Taste: Nice roasted coffee and dark chocolate. A touch of bitterness. Dark chewy raisins and a light burning alcohol. Finishes with a lingering roastiness.

Mouthfeel: Big, thick, and chewy. A definite sipper. A bit of alcohol heat, but not a ton.

Overall: A solid RIS, but no where near in the league of its big brother from bourbon barrels.

cfrances33, Jul 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Holland, Jul 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

mcintire78, Jul 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

dumptruck81, Jul 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Hanzo, Jul 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Friskybeerrapist, Jul 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

Stinger80OH, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an inky black color with a brown head. The aroma has a lot of roasted malt, as well as some chocolate. The flavor is a little more complex. There is definitely a good dose of chocolate and roasted malt, but the dark fruit and alcohol also come through and add to the flavor. Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice stout, glad I got to try it.

Mora2000, Jul 07, 2012
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4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle from my beer buddy Jeffo (Jeff) some weeks ago, just before we went the the CBC festival in Kopenhagen. Tonight is good night to open this one.

Poured in my Struise glass this beer has some problems to develop a head...but with a strong pour the head get two fingers big. After a few minutes the head is a few millimeter. The fluid is deep deep dark.

Smell is very nice with some boozeyness. I like 'm this way. Soft and smooth with the alcohol well hidden! Thanks Jeff for this beer!

Brabander, Jul 05, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16%

bluesplit63, Jul 04, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to kstrickler for providing this as an extra in a trade.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Pitch black in color with a small mocha colored ring on top. It appears very still. It's like staring into an abyss.

S: Black licorice, dark chocolate, alcohol, sweet roasted malts all make up the aroma. Well balanced with aspects.

T: Lots of roasted malts and dark bitter chocolate. Black licorice and notes of smokiness come through.

M: Very smooth. Heavy bodied with minimal carbonation. Finishes very smooth and hides the alcohol extremely well.

O: A well put together RIS. Well above average, hopefully I'll be able to try it again sometime.

BilbosNuts, Jul 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

franklinn, Jul 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

closisinthehouse, Jul 02, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

BearsDitkaBears, Jun 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

hoppymcgee, Jun 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

POTABLE83, Jun 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at cellar temperature.

L - Jet black color with a 1-finger creamy brown head that dissipates rather quickly into a thin cap that stays at the surface all the way down the glass. Not much lacing. This thing has the consistency of motor oil - just the way a good RIS should be.

S - Roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits like raisins and plums, and a little bit of coffee. Alcohol aromas appear here as well and pair nicely with the sweeter aromas of vanilla and dark fruit. Smells delicious.

T - Starts sweet with chocolate, vanilla, and plum flavors. Stays sweet throughout most of the experience until a little bit of bitter coffee and roasted malt creeps up at the finish.

F - Full-bodied with more carbonation than I was expecting, a thick and creamy mouthfeel, and a slightly bitter and dry finish. Coffee bitterness lingers for a little bit, but vanilla and dark fruit sweetness lingers longer. A nice throat-warming sensation from the alcohol accompanies the finish.

O - This was a really good RIS. I would’ve liked to see a little bit more of a head and more lacing, but the thick consistency and jet black color were great. It smells and tastes a little bit on the sweeter side of the style, but very tasty. The mouthfeel is terrific. The alcohol is hidden amazingly for a beer with an ABV this high. I’ve been hearing about this one for a long time and I’m glad I finally got to try it.

BlackBelt5112203, Jun 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

vrbulldog22, Jun 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

AndrewK, Jun 25, 2012
Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 3,007 ratings.