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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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3,129 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,129
Reviews: 774
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.12%
Wants: 526
Gots: 729 | 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:
Beer added by: HopHead84 on 09-27-2008

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: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of BostonHops
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a jet black tone while yielding a short-lived 1/4" mocha-colored head; some lacing evident. big wallop of chocolate leads the way in the nose, followed by notes of roasted malt, coffee, and a little dark fruit charcter. all the usual suspects.

flavor follows the nose closely, imparting heavy doses of the chocolate and roasted malt, with secondary notes of coffee, molasses, dark fruits, and a touch of vanilla. alcohol present, particularly in the finish. it's on the hot side - to be expected given the 12% ABV - but a delicious beer nonetheless. full, chewy mouthfeel coats the tongue; adequate carbonation.

overall this is an outstanding imperial stout. not without flaws, but very, very good... the prototype of a sipper.

(originally reviewed: 06-20-2011)

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Formed about a 1/4" dark brown head on top of an inky black, motor oil body. Lacing was in thin, sticky sheets.

Nose is heavy on coffee and chocolate, with bold roast malts, caramel, and smoky notes.

Taste is bold and forward, but not over the top. Bold roast and burnt malt flavors, accented with a light dark fruit body, and tons of chocolate and coffee.

Body is thick and inky, lingering chocolate and coffee finish.

Overall it's damn delicious stuff, certainly worthy of all the hype. I slow sipped this one for over an hour and enjoyed every minute of it.

Photo of natemort13
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hard jet-black pour gives a minimal dark mocha head that dissipates quickly into a ring.

Deep roasted malts with a bunch of coffee right up front on the nose. Dark chocolate undertones with some smooth vanilla as well. This is an incredible, big, and balanced nose.

Taste is smooth espresso with a hint of milk chocolate. Roasted malts are still dominant but dont even approach astringent. Mid palate is big chocolate malt. Lingering coffee on the finish.

Mouthfeel is full full bodied with enough carbonation to back it up. Slightly oily but not too much.

Overall this beer is fucking big and incredible without overdoing it on anything. Big and balanced.

Photo of cradke
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark dark and pours quite thin and viscous. Finger thick dark head. Reflective, see-your-face-in-the-beer, dark.

Smell: Delicious. Dark chocolate and malt. Perfect level of sweetness (dry). Touch of smoke to it. Wonderful.

Taste: First thing that hits me is biter chocolate and then some smokey notes and peat. GREAT roasted malts and dark chocolates spread across the palate. Great amounts of flavor. Nicely earthy with some bitter coffee. Fantastic level of dry-ness.

Mouthfell: Spot on. Thick and substancial. Good amount of carbonation.

Overall: Wow. This beer is fantastic.

Photo of PeterIngemi
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a duvel glass.

A: pours black with 3/4 of a finger of chocolate colored head.... Head hangs around for a min before dissapating into a film, not much lacing. Looks delicious!

S:chocolate and sweet dark malts a bit of roastyness... Notes of caramel, vanilla and alcohol.... The aroma here is delicious. And very well rounded.

T: wow... This is delicious, taste is like a
Beautifully amplified version of the nose, chocolate and roasty notes, toasty caramel and a touch of vanilla... The alcohol is here, but considering the 12% abv it is very well hidden... All the flavors work so well together here and are very Nicley rounded. As the beer warms I start to get notes of dark cherries.

M: heavy bodied a slick, on the thick side with tight medium carbonation.... Dry and nivley bitter on the finish very nice.

O: another one of my favorite IRS this one does a great job of hidding it's abv with loads of roasty and toasty delicious chocolatyness.... Awesome!

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -13%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of MDDMD
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark brown black color with a tan head and small amount of lacing

S-coffee and chocolate with slight smoky notes

T-chocolate and espresso with slight charcoal and light bitter hop flavor

F-medium body with light carbonation, smooth and silky texture

O-rich and flavorful with good body and balance

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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3/5  rDev -30.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.89/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: Black color. Not quite one finger of light brown frothy/creamy head. Retention is poor, even for a beer this big. No lacing left.

4.0 S: Supple roastiness. Caramel and lots of molasses. A touch of black cherry. Light chocolate, a bit burnt, and booze that's well hidden.

4.0 T: Roasty with lots of molasses and caramel. Cherry, chocolate, and toastiness underneath. Actually, there's lots of cherry in this. Well hidden booze.

3.5 M: Heavier medium to heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Could be a bit creamier, but it's still good here.

4.0 D: Tasty with well integrated flavors.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of thecheapies
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark Horse Plead the 5th -- snifter glass. Not entirely sure of the vintage (based on where I picked it up, and the lack of bottle dating info), but assumed to be from this past January.

Pitch black pour looked gluggy and thick coming out of the bottle. Rich, but humble, mocha brown-colored head and ring-and-spotty-bubble to follow. Darkest head on a beer that I've seen to-date. Even the shadows of the big bubbles on the top of the foam looked black. Tried to look up through the bottom of the empty bottle and couldn't see through thanks to a pancaked layer of sediment. As for the beer? Precisely the look of an RIS to make me smile and eagerly await nosing and sipping. 5.0

Mega roast notes with dark cocoa powder, malted milk powder, earthy coffee, peatiness, burnt sugars, tree bark, vanilla bean, and a light smokiness. Unreal potency in both aromatics and strength, but the alcohol gets overshadowed here. That's how f***ing remarkable this beer smells. 5.0

Black malt roastiness with chocolate specialty malts driving the train into a whole smokestack of peaty, leathery, and charred flavors. Espresso, bitter chocolate bar, campfire, booze bite, scorched earth, vanilla, light lactose, tart blackberry/cherry, kiss of spruce hop, and woodiness. Freakin' incredible. 4.5

Medium-thick body with light buzzing of bubbles. Mouth-filling and milky. The alcohol is right where it should be for 12%, if not a little hidden. 4.0

**Before I do the overall, I must say (and, since I've had this fresh before) that there is a strong possibility that this is an early '11 vintage sitting on the shelf for the duration. The dark fruits have fallen off and given way to rich malt smoke intensity and implied coffee and chocolate.

Elite class RIS. Among your commons (and considering I haven't reviewed anything too super-rare in the style), it's the best there is. Better than Founders Impy. Better than Yeti. Better than Ten FIDY. Better than Old Raspy. A perfect overall rating if I may say so myself. 5.0

Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 3,129 ratings.