Plead The 5th Imperial Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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4.18/5 rDev -3%
A - Pours a thick jet black with a finger's worth of nearly black head. The head quickly recedes, and we are left with a pitch black brew. Completely opaque. Looks impressive.
S - Various roasted malts, a hint of dark fruits and caramel. Bit of coffee and soy.
T - Very impressive for what it is. Huge roasty malt characteristics and a mild warming sensation from the alcohol. Some dark fruit essences are present as well, with a tiny hint of anise (less so than other RIS's) and hops.
M - Alcohol is well-hidden for being a massive brew. Very creamy and smooth. Strong lasting power.
O - Great imperial stout that would benefit from some age. As it is, it is already robust, thick, and very smooth. I was a fan of Dark Horse's other stouts, but this is much more of a home run in every sense. I will try to find some of the barrel aged bottles as those are probably even better.
03-04-2012 17:42:21 | More by gregy55902
4.15/5 rDev -3.7%
A: Super dark brown. Nearly black.
S: Roasty and coffee smells.
T: Pretty smooth a little sharpness but it blends in quite well. A really strong coffee flavor in this one.
M: Certainly an imperial stout that can sit around. The alcohol didn't seem to present itself and it sat very nicely.
Overall a good showing on the style. It didn't have the same appearance as say Founders Imperial but I think this brew controlled the high alcohol significantly better.
02-25-2012 15:52:41 | More by Jamesthebrit
4.3/5 rDev -0.2%
Poured into a Alesmith Horny Devil snifter.
A- pours thick, jet black with a 1 finge dark mocha head. Lacing coats the glass but resides quickly.
S- smoked and roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, dark fruits and some molasses.
T- sweet molasses and dark fruits. Roasted malts and coffe with a nice bitter chocolate finish.
M- full body, medium carbonation. Nice creaminess and a slightly dry finish.
O- very good RIS. the smoke/roastiness mixed with the sweet and dark fruits is just perfect. Have 1 bottle of the BA version that I can't wait to try!
02-25-2012 05:50:49 | More by kawilliams81
4.48/5 rDev +3.9%
Pours a thick, murky black sludge with an edge of copper clarity. A quickly dissipating finger of tan froth sits on top. Nice, subtle lacing. What I first notice on the nose are sweeter malts - caramel, toffee, brown and candied sugars, sweet booze, simple syrups, a bit of cocoa as it warms. The booze is very well placed on the tongue. Taste starts with burnt oak, then black cherries and caramel. Just a hint of black licorice if you really look for it. Really a unique flavor. The feel is nearly perfect and showcases the best of the beers base flavors. Overall, I would highly recommend this. This is one of the best ’non-specialty’ imperial stouts I’ve ever tried. Fantastic.
02-24-2012 18:47:34 | More by yamar68
4.48/5 rDev +3.9%
2012 vintage. 12 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter.
A: Pours thick and black as night. A finger of mocha head dissipates very slowly, leaving great lacing and nice retention. Outstanding.
S: Roasted malts, a lot of coffee, and hints of dark chocolate. Maybe a touch of toffee.
T: Toffee, chocolate, maybe some licorice on the finish. There is a nice dark chocolate bitterness on the finish, yet the beer stays creamy throughout. There might be a touch of coffee flavor, but it is largely absent for me. This is wonderfully balanced. By the way, where is the alcohol?
M: Thick, creamy, and a touch of dryness on the finish. Really tough to beat for an imperial stout.
O: This is a fantastic imperial stout. The Bourbon Barrel version is great because this is the base beer. A smooth, rich, and complex imperial stout. A truly great offering from Dark Horse.
02-22-2012 03:43:23 | More by travMI13
4.53/5 rDev +5.1%
Received bottles of this one from smakawhat and thetomG. Thanks for this gem of a beer gents! Finally getting around to reviewing this one along side the bourbon barrel version with Doopie. Good times!
From a bottle into a mini-snifter
Drank right before the BA version
APPEARANCE: A thick, black pour yields a small, thicker looking, tight, dark mocha colored head with good retention. Head slowly fades to a half wisp and a nice ring. Thick, opaque black body with no carbonation evident. A swirling wisp and thick ring remain until the end leaving some dots of lacing down the glass. A big, menacing look to this one. Evil.
SMELL: Roasted, smoky and charred malts on the nose, with some nice coffee, dark chocolate and licorice notes there as well. Heavy dose of booze, mostly red port, provide a base for it all. Big and enticing.
TASTE: Some roasted and smoky malts up front with sweet caramel and molasses. Flavor is a little lacking up front, but then comes in waves after the swallow. Lots of bitter coffee and dark chocolate, smoky charred malts and port wine linger on the palate. Notes of licorice and sweet molasses, but piles of bitter chocolate and charred malts linger on the palate after the swallow. Wave after wave of big flavors. Just needed a little more up front for top marks.
PALATE: Fuller body and higher levels of carbonation. Creamy, thick and full on the palate, goes down smooth with a bit of a bite at the swallow and finishes relatively sticky on the palate. A well measured amount of heat lingers.
OVERALL: This was absolutely phenomenal. I’ve had a few other Dark Horse brews, all of which were mediocre compared to this monster of a delicious treat. Evil looking with a huge nose and flavor profile filled with everything I love about this style. Thick creamy palate gives the show a solid foundation as well. Perhaps a little weak up front and the booze might be slightly too forward, but this was awesome and I enjoyed it more than the 2011 bourbon barrel version we drank right after it. One I’d take anytime it was offered to me, no question. Thanks again for sharing Doops. Kick ass beer!
02-19-2012 16:05:41 | More by Jeffo
4.33/5 rDev +0.5%
Bottle thanks to always-generous Injuredreserve. Thanks so much Shane, this is an excellent beer to have in celebration of my birthday.
poured into Cigar City snifter (Thanks again Shane!)
Appearance: Incredibly dark...There is no translucency here to speak of. Only on the absolute edges of the glass is there a slight color change from obsidian black to tobacco brown. There is a very shortly lived khaki colored head which dies down immediately, though there are some alcohol legs and some slight carbonation blotches. For the darkness of this beer alone, it deserves accolades.
Smell: There's lovely notes of raisins, smoke, char, coffee, and sweet chocolate. Everything has really come together nicely over time, and some of the more prominent aromas are somewhat subdued. It seems a bit tame cool, but once it begins warming up, it really comes alive. I don't necessarily remember such a noticeable smokiness in fresher bottles, but it's adding a nice complexity and counterbalance to the sweeter aromas.
Taste: Lots of dark fruits again, alongside some chocolate and coffee notes, but there's some big smoke and char definitely making itself known. There's some really nice extremes of sweetness, roasty bitterness, decadent chocolate, and some nice subtle alcohol notes.
Mouthfeel: Very light carbonation, but still lively enough to fight it from being too syrupy. This is a viscous beer, it's chewy, and it's intense...I love it.
Overall: This has always been I beer that I've really enjoyed. This vintage bottle was great, fresher vintages are great, and I can't even imagine how the BA version is. I highly recommend this beer to anyone who enjoys bigger and more formidable stouts.
02-15-2012 02:09:48 | More by amcmaho1
Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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