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Plead The 5th Imperial Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Plead The 5th Imperial StoutPlead The 5th Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 2,908
Reviews: 756
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.12%
Wants: 490
Gots: 704 | FT: 79
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 korguy123
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%

Old black and white label. No bottling date. Purchased at Horrock's in Lansing MI.

A- Dark, inky, oily black pour. Totally opaque with not even the slightest light around the edges. Finger width dark, chocolate milk head that quickly recedes. Lacing is spotty but alcohol clings like there is no tomorrow.

S- Bakers chocolate, molasses, licorice dates, figs and brandy soaked raisins. There is a little coffee and char.

T- Chocolate syrup, bitter sweet chocolate, espresso and black strap molasses. There is a little licorice but not as much as the nose leads on. The dark fruits are non-existent and the brandy is replaced with a touch of bourbon.

M- Full bodied, creamy, sliky with a touch of alcohol and carbonation. Sticky on the lips.

O- This is a monster dressed as a sheep. Big, bad and bold throw in the fact that it's 12% and you get one hell of a beer. Turn it into a beer that drink like none of that and you have danger in a bottle. I don't know if it's the age or the beer itself but it is remarkable.

korguy123, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of mwill7287
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%

From a 12oz bottle to a similarly sized snifter.

Appearance: Pours motor oil black into my snifter. Pitch black even in the lamplight. Half finger's worth of a mocha-tan creamy head sits atop after a mild pour. Little carbonation bubbles abound in the brew. A little bit of lacing is left behind on the snifter after the liquid vacates. Looks noice. 4.5/5

Smell: Dark roasty notes balanced by a dose of hops Americano. A little creamy, definitely roasty coffee beans and a bit of chocolate. Very rich and enticing. 4.75/5

Taste: Strong presence of bold Russian Imperial stout hops ride alongside dark fruit, raisin and anise notes in the first sips. A little bit juicy and fruity on first bite. Sweet. A bit of bitterness of coffee notes and building hops creep along with repeated sips and a pleasantly present aftertaste. Alcohol doesn't interfere too much. Nice, not 100% my thing, but good. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Not too syrupy or thick. Medium body. Mild stickiness on tongue and lip. Bitterness is pretty light and doesn't hinder on the palate too much. Maybe a tad light for me for a RIS. 3.75/5

Overall: Very solid taste, tasty and complex but not overwhelming. Looks & smells wonderful. Mouthfeel provides for a nice drink. Obviously not sessionable but a relatively easy drink for a RIS. Nice. 4/5

mwill7287, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of beerhan
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%

I finally got around to trying this one on tap at Reverend's.

Served in a 10 oz snifter.

A-Jet black, one finger tan head that does not last long. Super turbid appearance.

S-Lots of burned espresso notes and some roastiness and dark chocolate.

T-Bitter dark chocolate dominates with a very mild coffee taste in the back with hints of molasses, cocoa and a bit of smoke character.

M-Very rich and chewy. Goes down smooth with relatively no burn for something of this caliber.

O-Decent beer but I would prefer a slightly milder one if I had the chance. It tastes good but it is a bit much more me. I would drink it again but it goes better with cold weather.

beerhan, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of SlapMaster
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

SlapMaster, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of Goldfishman
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Goldfishman, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of hilgart1
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

hilgart1, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of stoppertb18
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

stoppertb18, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of kevgod
5/5  rDev +16%

kevgod, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of atone315
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

atone315, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of Caterwaul
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Caterwaul, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of Jamesg440
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Jamesg440, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of jaasen64
4.18/5  rDev -3%

12oz bottle from 4-pack purchased at local liquor store for $15

A- Pours a pitch dark black with a very thin creamy mocha brown head. A little bit above average carbonation for a stout, can see tiny carbonation bubbles rising along the side of the bottle. Looks pretty thick/a little bit syrupy.

S- Smells delicious- espresso beans, malts, chocolate, and a little bit of booze (not surprising considering the 12% abv).

T- Sweet, but not overly sweet. Taste of milk chocolate, espresso, and a little bit of roasted malts.

M- Creamy, heavy, and a little bit syrupy. Alcohol hard to detect, 12% ABV hard to detect. Well balanced.

O- This was a very good imperial stout. I could have definitely used a more pronounced flavor and a little bit more sweetness, but other then that it was great. For a 12% abv stout the alcohol is very well hidden and balanced with the sweetness of the stout. A lot of imperial stouts sweetness of the stout deosn't really hide the abv well enough to go with the sweetness. While this stout isn't overly sweet, the high abv is very well hidden. Not my favorite imperial stout that I've had, but I would definitely recommend trying it.

I've sampled the Bourbon Barrel Aged Plead at EBF, which is what prompted me to want to try this beer. From what I remember that beer had a little bit more flavor.

jaasen64, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of match1112
3.7/5  rDev -14.2%

a: pours thick and black like ink. half finger of mocha colored head doesnt stick around long.

s: alochol, dark fruit, chocolate, roasted malt.

t: alochol, dark fruit, alochol, chocolate, alochol.

m: thick and creamy. decent carbonation. alochol burn.

o: not very well blended, alochol dominates everything about this beer. have had better ris that were better blended and more enjoyable.

match1112, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of jmich24
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

jmich24, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of kirkse
5/5  rDev +16%

kirkse, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of TonyTalon
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

TonyTalon, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of Cbing6
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Cbing6, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of rarapacz
4/5  rDev -7.2%

rarapacz, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of thegerm87
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

thegerm87, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of bobv
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

bobv, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of dlello2
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%

A - Super dark and viscous. Dark dark brown with just a hint of red head.

S - Roasty. Definitely dark fruit.

T - Very nice. Chocolate, not as much fruit, almost no alcohol for 12%. Some signature dark horse smokiness shows up at the beginning and end.

M - Viscous and smooth. Good amount of carbonation.

dlello2, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of abraxel
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

abraxel, Apr 04, 2012
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.

jcsull, Apr 04, 2012
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.

justintcoons, Apr 03, 2012
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.

Alieniloquium, Apr 02, 2012
Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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