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Plead The 5th Imperial Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,867
Reviews: 754
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.12%
Wants: 486
Gots: 693 | FT: 76
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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Photo of abraxel


4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

04-04-2012 17:24:08 | More by abraxel
Photo of jcsull


4.23/5  rDev -1.9%

12oz bottle poured in a snifter, no bottled-on date.

A: Black, can see through the edges when drinking. Great mocha colored head, little lacing, leaves ring around the edge.

S: Roasty. Chocolate, coffee, little hop note in the back.

T: Follows the nose for the most part, maybe a little sweeter than you'd think.

M: Good, coats the mouth, leaves behind all the tastes you want from the style. Slight stickiness.

O: Really good sipper. Going to be incredible with a couple years on it. Get this one, try it, and if you can resist let it sit.

04-04-2012 02:57:09 | More by jcsull
Photo of justintcoons


2.75/5  rDev -36.2%

Poured into a snifter. Aged approximately a year.

A: Pours black as night with a finger of deep brown head.

N: Chocolate covered cinnamon bun, fig and molasses.

T: Sugar coated plum and metal upfront. Fig and bitter cocoa nib appear mid-palate. Finishes with dirt covered chocolate, molasses and prune.

M: Medium-full bodied, silky, smooth, sticky and warming.

O: Not a very impressive Imperial Stout taste wise. Bitter and tastes somewhat like vomit. Not recommended. Try Dark Horse One, Too, Tres or Fore before this one. They're much better.

04-03-2012 23:55:07 | More by justintcoons
Photo of Alieniloquium


4.2/5  rDev -2.6%

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Inky black pour with almost nothing of a head. When I finish pouring, there are some mocha bubbles, but nothing else. A swirl produces decent legs, but it doesn't look that viscous.

Smell - Hops. Lots of hops for a stout. No real sweetness in the smell. Booze is the second most predominant smell. Chocolate malt in the back, but it's a lot of hops and alcohol.

Taste - Wow, it tastes amazing. Hops temper any sweetness that's there. Behind that is all chocolate and coffee. Maybe even some plum flavor. Delicious. Bitter finish, but it's appropriate and nearly perfect. Boozy finish.

Mouthfeel - Not as thick as I'd expect. I enjoy a chewy stout, but this isn't quite that. It makes it easier to drink in regards to the body. The booze is still apparent, but I suppose it's tough to ignore 12% ABV.

Overall - I love this stout. The flavors are nearly perfect. Looks awful and doesn't smell anywhere near as good as it tastes, but damn it's good.

04-02-2012 01:38:28 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of C63AMG


4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

04-02-2012 00:12:48 | More by C63AMG
Photo of JavaNoire


4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

04-01-2012 07:14:22 | More by JavaNoire
Photo of Harvey98


4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

04-01-2012 01:58:06 | More by Harvey98
Photo of wesleypipes237


4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

03-31-2012 20:01:49 | More by wesleypipes237
Photo of Spiekerbox


4.1/5  rDev -4.9%

A- Exactly how a RIS should look, dark almost black color with a thick but short dark brown-reddish head on it.

S- Dark roasted malts and grains with a bit of smokey and dark fruit scents.

T- Toasty and burnt malts are the first flavors to hit with a creamy chocolate sweetness. Hops are there but not overpowering.

M- Thick and creamy with moderate carbonation. Alcohol warming is there but not nearly as much as you would expect from a 12% abv beer.

O- Good beer from a good brewery. This is one of the first darker beers I have had from Dark Horse but after tasting it I think I will need to try a few more :)

03-31-2012 00:38:07 | More by Spiekerbox
Photo of adamdarcy


4/5  rDev -7.2%

03-29-2012 03:02:06 | More by adamdarcy
Photo of olmane


4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

03-28-2012 17:56:11 | More by olmane
Photo of bozodogbreath


4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

03-28-2012 02:18:32 | More by bozodogbreath
Photo of polishkaz


4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

03-28-2012 00:13:46 | More by polishkaz
Photo of calcnerd


4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

03-26-2012 19:02:53 | More by calcnerd
Photo of zoso1967


4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

03-25-2012 21:45:48 | More by zoso1967
Photo of Dan25D


3.75/5  rDev -13%

03-25-2012 05:05:49 | More by Dan25D
Photo of MichPaul


4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

03-25-2012 03:01:12 | More by MichPaul
Photo of TheBierBoutique


4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

03-24-2012 02:13:14 | More by TheBierBoutique
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5/5  rDev +16%

03-24-2012 00:33:31 | More by pBRale
Photo of augie


4/5  rDev -7.2%

03-23-2012 13:13:29 | More by augie
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5/5  rDev +16%

03-18-2012 22:42:08 | More by SpartanHistory2013
Photo of scrizo


4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

03-18-2012 22:03:40 | More by scrizo
Photo of johnson27


4.05/5  rDev -6%

Stumbled upon this stout at the 'healthy' food store and thought I'd give it a try. I have always been a 'stout' fan, and just now branching out from the normal ones I can find on tap at the local pub.

A: Wonderful full black color, pours thick with just a bit of froth

S: Not overpowering, but had a healthy aroma....nutty, and had a tinge of 'smoke' to it.

T: Tasted smooth and clean, not as I would expect from a 12% ABV

M: Smooth and clean. No bitter aftertaste

O: I will have to stock up on these, but hide the car keys...it sneaks up on you quick.

03-18-2012 01:21:29 | More by johnson27
Photo of herman77


4.15/5  rDev -3.7%

A: Black with a dark tan head that dies down pretty quick. Barley any lacing.

S: Dark roasted malt, dark chocolate and dark coffee. A bit of alcohol and a touch of dark fruits and molasses.

T: Again, lots of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee. Some hops punch through a bit near the back end along with a lot of bitter intense malts. Surprisingly short finish that doesn't last too long. There is some booziness in the finish though.

M: Fuller body. Nice carbonation and feel.

O: Average drinkability for an imperial stout. Some booze, but overall its a really nicely done. Seems like it would get a lot better with a year or two on it.

03-16-2012 22:47:58 | More by herman77
Photo of Arcane


4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

03-16-2012 16:34:53 | More by Arcane
Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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