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Plead The 5th Imperial Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,311
Reviews: 803
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.12%
Wants: 549
Gots: 846 | FT: 90
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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:
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: 3,311 | Reviews: 803
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4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into tulip. no bottled on date, but I assume the most recent bottling.

A: super dark brown, just about as close to black without being black. head is dark brown and tight. reasonable retention, spotted lacing.

S: rich dark chocolate. decadent. smells like dessert in a glass. little wisps of alcohol. some heat with it. big time roast. smells inviting.

T: lots of roast, super meaty. tobacco. cedar. sweet without being too sweet. roasty without being too roasty. this thing is big, yet very balanced. well crafter.

M: a lot of velvet. smooth. super smooth.

D: wow, this is what a stout should be. and similar to another offering of Dark Horse's, bottle conditioning is a plus. not sure how this holds up over time, but really satisfied with drinking it fresh. well done.

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4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: into a flute, black motor oil with a dark brown mousse head that slipped away pretty quickly; sparse lace motes

S: typical roasted dark and chocolate malts, with suggestions of espresso

T: big bitter bite right up front, sweeter and warmer chocolate notes soon to follow; rich maltiness and bitterness throughout, with high points of oak/wood; semisweet chocolate and roasted espresso

M: full-bodied, slightly coating, slightly sticky, some shapness from the bitter hops and alcohol

O: rich, rough, and deeply chocolate, with a bit of the abv peeking through - lots of flavors, does justice to the tradition of the Russian Imperial stout. Dark Horse makes very good beers at a decent price, and this is just par for the course.

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4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Almost pitch black with a kahki head of 1/2 finger depth. Not much retention or lacing.

S: Roasty malts, caramel, sweet dark chocolate, a little alcohol, very nice aroma.

T: Roasy malts along with the smell, nice dark chocolate and toffee, just really great. A little bitterness lingers.

M: Moderate carbonation, a little more than necessary, but otherwise a nice full body with good smooth texture and a nice finish.

O: This is equal to, if not better than, FIS. I'm just really, really loving this brew. It's hard to improve upon. Very nice.

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4.97/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One hell of a dark beer. Even darker than Expedition. Forms a creamy DARK brown head with purple accents. Good retention and moderate lacing, with mild to moderate carbonation. The aroma is just amazing. Prunes and raisins, figs, sorghum molasses, soy sauce, intensely roasted grains, vanilla, black walnut, and an inkling of the alcohol that is in there. Wow. The mouthfeel is glamourous...silky smooth with an amazing lingering finish and a dense, oily body. Taste starts out with the prune juice, black walnuts, espresso and soy sauce, followed by a expertly balanced herbal/green oily hop bitterness. Cocoa, dark chocolate, and charcoal appear but never with any harshness, astringency or acidity (a tough feat to accomplish!). Chalk, tobacco, prunes, leather and a warming alcohol sensation teases me in the finish. Cleanly fermented. Even though the alcohol is felt, it's never tasted. Sweet throughout with a sweet roasted finish.

Wow. Amazing Imperial Stout here. Probably the best in Michigan, maybe even better than Founders. Completely trouces Expedition. The fact that this thing is so amazingly drinkable speaks volumes for this beer. Highly recommended!

Re-review 3/9/13-Maybe my tastes have changed, but I am not impressed with this years batch. The alcohol is near overpowering at 11%, adding a very astringent finish. The dark fruit is minimal in comparison to the roast and char. The very large percentage of chocolate malt and black patent adds to the astringency and creates an unpleasant tartness. It finishes very dry for the style with too much charcoal and burnt grain.

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4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours black. And I mean fucking black with a two finger dark mocha head that sticks around long after the pour. Left no lacing.

S - Lots of coffee and black coffee beans followed by a moderate amount of alcohol.

T - Loads and loads and loads of dark coffee and espresso, followed by some creamy dark chocolate and booze.

M - The body is surprisingly thin with moderate carbonation.

O - Overall, It was a good stout and exactly what I was expecting.

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Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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