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Plead The 5th Imperial Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,948
Reviews: 757
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.12%
Wants: 501
Gots: 711 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

coreymcafee, Feb 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Stouttyme, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of brstls4drmrs
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to pest for this one.

A - Pours a thick dark coffee/black color with a thin tan head. The head disappears quickly leaving some good lacing.

S - Molasses, nougat, hints of caramel and dark chocolate. Also some fig and raisin in there with a very small hint of licorice.

T - Just like the aroma with molasses and some bitter flavors in there too. Some dark chocolate (very small) and dark fruits in there too.

M - Mildly carbonated with some bitterness.

O - A very good stout. Would definitely recommend this one.

brstls4drmrs, Feb 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

will1256, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of russwbeck
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Absolutely motor oil black pour out of the bottle and in the glass. A deep brown head is noted briefly after a very vigorous pour. No retention, black as the night.

S: Big hints of molasses on the aroma, mixed with some dark fruits, chocolate, and only very slight roast. Much more sweet and fruity than I was expecting.

T: The taste really mirrors the aroma, with a lot more roastiness on the backend. Molasses and chocolate dominate, dark fruits rest underneath, and some booze and roast finish it off. The taste is pretty nicely balanced, but lends towards the sweet side.

MF: Thick, creamy body with basically no carbonation. The sweetness and roast mix to make this pretty drinkable.

O: This was a pretty good deal. Got it in a trade, but I believe it was less than $5 a bottle. For a 12% RIS this was great. You really can't tell the ABV is so high. Would definitely recommend this.

russwbeck, Feb 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

beersis81, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of tjkinate
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to millerbuffoon for this one.

A: Very subtle head with only little retention settling to a thin ring. Just one shade below black dark brown bodied brew. No lacing to speak of.

S: Molasses, dark fruits, hint of caramel, milk chocolate, quite robust vanilla notes.

T: Like the smell, but drier than expected. Strong molasses and bitter flavors, dark fruits, nice vanilla backbone. Really mellows out and improves as the beer warms.

M: Medium bodied for the style, slightly under carbonated.

O: Great beer that I have been wanting to try for sometime now. Now I just the BA version!

tjkinate, Jan 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Jefe73, Jan 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

smutty33, Jan 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

atoulouk, Jan 27, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16%

PhineasGage, Jan 27, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16%

danielp215, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared by yourefragile recently along side the bourbon barrel plead the fifth, these beers don't especially resemble each other.

Beer is black, with a thin lazy head of small tan bubbles, halos the snifter, no lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is mildly sweet, mildly bitter, mildly ashy, a little roast.

Beer is medium in body and quite bitter on the finish. Not as sweet as I thought it was going to be on the palate from the nose, the lead off is a little malt syrup, medium body, the beer thins at the back and finishes moderately bitter from the roast. Nice beer overall though.

drabmuh, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of jegross2
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Plead The Fifth from Dark Horse Brewing Company.
Score: 90

2011 release vintage bottle (specific date is unknown) served in a snifter glass and enjoyed 12/23/11. This is the first of three reviews I wrote a month ago and forgot to publish.

Appearance: Motor oil colored body with dark brown highlights at the top of the glass. Pours a half finger or so of creamy chocolate brown colored head that settles into a thin lacing. Leaves an oily lacing behind on the side of the glass. 4/5

Smell: Roasted milk chocolate, dark fruit, light coffee and a hint of smokieness. 4/5

Taste: Roasted chocolate, raw dark chocolate and mellow coffee upfront. Subtle hints of wood. Finishes with bitter, dark and unsweetened chocolate. The intensity of the finish seemingly increases as the beer layers. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, minimal carbonation. Dry, slightly bitter finish. 4/5

Overall: If my experience with a year-old bottle of Founders Imperial Stout is any indication, I am going to have to re-review this one fresh. Even with a year of age on it, Plead the Fifth is still a pretty solid and tasty Russian Imperial Stout.

Recommendation: A must seek out brew for all, but wait until the 2012 release to try this one. Casual beer drinkers should be able to enjoy this one thoroughly.

Pairings: Porterhouse steak.

Cost: $11.99 for a four pack.

jegross2, Jan 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

bconsidine, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of csbinva
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle came in a trade from commis, what an awesome extra!

A - Nice pour, thin head
S - Roast malts and chocolate
T - Definitely taste the chocolate, call me crazy but I sense something almost like a creme soda taste, a little sweet
M - Smooth and creamy

O - Very nice beer and I'm glad to have had the chance to try it, had no idea it was as potent as it was, the alcohol is definitely hidden

csbinva, Jan 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

2dogbrew, Jan 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

FirstBrewsoon, Jan 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Moose34, Jan 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

gafferjohn, Jan 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

johnhenryconway, Jan 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

MeisterSmudge, Jan 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

marct, Jan 15, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours black with a finger of brown head that fades imto a thin ring with no lacing.

S: roasted malts with lots of sweet chocolate. Strong molasses aromas follow with notes of raisins and plums. There are some floral notes as well.

T: roasted malts with notes of chocolate and coffee at first. Sweet molasses and dark fruit notes follow with a lightly bitter, roasted, and smokey finish.

M: thick body with lowish carbonation, this beer is thick and creamy.

O: a good imperial stout. A bit on the sweet side for me, but still good.

n2185, Jan 15, 2012
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3.05/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pitch black with a dark tan one finger head with good retention. Leaves spotty lacing. Smells like raisins, alcohol, anise, dark chocolate, dark roasted malt, and vanilla.

Tastes like dark chocolate, dark roasted malt, alcohol, anise, raisins, and vanilla. Very sweet, with a lot of bitterness provided by the dark roasted malt. I am not a big fan of anise or licorice, and wish I had not detected so much of it.

Full bodied with average carbonation. There is a lot of alcohol heat with this beer, which is the main problem I have with it. The second problem is that this beer is too sweet, and too bitter. The aftertaste mostly is alcohol, roasted malt, and dark chocolate. This isn't a bad beer, but is a bit too hot for me to enjoy properly. Also not as well made as the best Russian Imperial Stouts. I should have let this one age a while before drinking it.

hardy008, Jan 14, 2012
Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 2,948 ratings.