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Plead The 5th Imperial Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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3,006 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,006
Reviews: 763
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.12%
Wants: 506
Gots: 720 | FT: 81
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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Ratings: 3,006 | Reviews: 763 | Display Reviews Only:
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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
Photo of adamdarcy
4/5  rDev -7.2%

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

olmane, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of bozodogbreath
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
Photo of zoso1967
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

zoso1967, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of Dan25D
3.75/5  rDev -13%

Dan25D, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of MichPaul
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

MichPaul, Mar 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

TheBierBoutique, Mar 24, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16%

pBRale, Mar 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

augie, Mar 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

scrizo, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of johnson27
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

johnson27, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of herman77
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

herman77, Mar 16, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Arcane, Mar 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

BarryInMN, Mar 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

sludgegnome, Mar 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

tripledbrew, Mar 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

DSlim71, Mar 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -13%

mkurre, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Dark Horse. Listed ABV wsa 14%.

Served in an 8 oz snifter.

A - Pitch black with a small amoutn of light brown head.

S - A big chocolate aroma up front that compliemnt a robustr roasted malt profile. A big sweetness is present throughout and some molasses flavours in the background. Bittering is light. Extremely smooth for the ABV. The finish has a big roasty malt presence.

M - Med to full body. Silky and somewhat viscous.

O - A superb example of the style. Dangerously drinkable.

TheSevenDuffs, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of Ehrnstrom
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: pours very dark with virtually no head.

smell: definite chocolate and malt notes. toffee/sweet flavors come through as well as the relatively strong scent of alcohol

taste: deep, rich flavor of dark chocolate. creamy molasses taste comes through as well.

mouthfeel: aftertaste lingers a bit much, but really not too much of a flaw.

overall: an excellent accomplishment by Dark Horse. Definitely recommend trying this one.

Ehrnstrom, Mar 08, 2012
Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 3,006 ratings.