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Plead The 5th Imperial Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,923
Reviews: 757
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.12%
Wants: 494
Gots: 707 | 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 Jamesg440
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Jamesg440, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of jaasen64
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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 10, 2012
Photo of match1112
3.7/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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 04, 2012
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

C63AMG, Apr 02, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

JavaNoire, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of Harvey98
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Harvey98, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of wesleypipes237
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

wesleypipes237, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of Spiekerbox
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 :)

Spiekerbox, Mar 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

adamdarcy, Mar 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

olmane, Mar 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

bozodogbreath, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of polishkaz
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

polishkaz, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of calcnerd
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

calcnerd, Mar 26, 2012
Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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