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Plead The 5th Imperial Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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2,993 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,993
Reviews: 761
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.12%
Wants: 506
Gots: 717 | FT: 82
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: 2,993 | Reviews: 761 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to stevef03 for this bottle. I'm finally getting around to doing the Dark Horse One - 5th tonight.

A: Pours a beautiful motor oil opaque black. There is little to no head on this beer. There is just the tiniest of bubbles along the top of the beer. Minimal lacing as it drinks.

S: Smells of sweet chocolate malt, raisin, vanilla, and booze. Super stone fruits and alcohol. It smells delicious.

T: Spot on plum, chocolate, vanilla, and toffee. There is a big boozy sweetness in the finish as well. I get hints of brownie and caramel too. Great flavor, but just a tad sweet. I'm nit picking at this point.

M: This is a full boded beer that starts off sweet and smooth. The silky chocolate notes are evident from start to finish. The flavors envelop the palate. There is some serious cloing that occurs (really sticky and chewy), but it's feels fantastic.

O: This beer is damn delicious. It's a bit boozy at times, ans a bit sweet times, but it's fantastic. What an incredible beer. It's just right for the style. I'd drink this all the time if I could.

trxxpaxxs, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of dogfishandi
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

yet another huge thanks to mizzouguy for the awesome noob bif box!

12oz bottle a little above fridge temp poured into a snifter. cant make out freshness info.

pours out super opaque black, like old motor oil, one of the darkest of the style. small, creamy dark mocha brown colored head. faded to a retenive ring. bits of lace at times.

initially lots of fruity aromas, mostly dark fruits, rasisons. definatly some roast and cocoa there, but seems unusually fruity considering how complex the taste is. a little alcohol as it warms.

great well rounded taste. all kinds of dark fruits from start to finish, heavily roasted, burnt malts, some very nice dark chocolate/ cocoa notes, a bit of burnt coffee and maybe some anise. lots of bitterness from the roast. almost a bourbon like alcohol in the finish with a dark fruity cocoa flavor that lingers.

big and chewy, love it... carbonation feels about right for the style, slightly warming.

a top notch imperial stout, really fits the RIS style so well. the aroma didnt really seem to fit the rest of the beer, but still top notch. now i really cant wait to try the BA version...

dogfishandi, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of Automator
5/5  rDev +16%

Automator, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of cmsimeur
5/5  rDev +16%

cmsimeur, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of ms11781
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 06/13/2011. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a medium thick, solid black color. A one and half finger, dark brown head develops, turns tan rather quickly and settles as a soap-like foam ring around the glass. Slight wispy lacing is left on the glass.

Excellent nose. Huge dark fruit aromas from the beginning. Some nice roasted notes as well as some dark chocolate and a hint of coffee. There is a bit of alcohol as well. Straightforward aromas but they stand blend together well and make for a great nose overall.

Taste is similar to the nose. Some bitterness from the roasted malt plays a huge part, as do the dark fruit notes. Dark, bitter chocolate, some sweet chocolate and a touch of coffee are here too. No detection of the alcohol that was in the nose. As with the nose, the flavors play off each other really well.

Huge, thick mouthfeel. Carbonation, while not high in general, may be a bit high relative to style and the size of the beer. Creamy, thick and viscous. Very smooth.

This is an excellent beer. I find the carbonation a bit odd, it's seems higher than it should be, but that seems contradictory considering the beer is silky smooth. Either way, it doesn't detract from the beer too much. Can't wait to see what age does to this one.

ms11781, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of jz989
5/5  rDev +16%

jz989, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of Nitrogenx
5/5  rDev +16%

Nitrogenx, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of groetman
4/5  rDev -7.2%

groetman, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
5/5  rDev +16%

kjkinsey, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of bpattt
4/5  rDev -7.2%

bpattt, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of rab53
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

rab53, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of MrVonzipper
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to MrHirshybar for this fine piece along with aging it a year for me.

Oilslick black along with it's oily glass coating viscosity. Mild foamy 1/2cm brown head with low retention and light spotty lacing.

Deep, dark and bold nose. Notes of rich bitter chocolate, rich liquored dark fruit, bourbony oak and deep rich soy sauce. They soy sauce stands out at first, you really gotta swirl to open up the other characteristics.

Flavor is huge and bold! Big robust notes of bitter chocolate (cacao), dark fruits, vanilla, bourbon, oak and faint black licorice. The Flavor is amazing.

Full bodied mouthfeel. Silky and viscous. Wonderful palate coating creaminess with low carbonation.

Overall this beer is pretty fucking awesome. I'm really interested to try it fresh, cuz the age is apparent and great. I can't imagine it getting any better with any more age, so I think a year is about right on for this piece.

MrVonzipper, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev -7.2%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of J0E
5/5  rDev +16%

J0E, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of GehenHerzog
5/5  rDev +16%

GehenHerzog, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of ferrari29
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a snifter at Jerry's

A - Beer pours with a black "lights out" colored body and chocolate shake head; one finger head; good lacing; held very well

S - Beer has a strong dark chocolate scent; espresso coffee beans; dark fruit, figs and dates; touch of vanilla; cocoa

T - Cigar, oak, chocolate, dark roasted coffee, vanilla; very nice dark fruit, figs; maple syrupy; some toffee notes; dark cocoa powder

M - Full body beer with a chewy consistency; dry finish; espresso and dark chocolate aftertaste - 4.0

D - Awesome; great dessert beer; good balance of roasted malt and dark fruit

ferrari29, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of rlee1390
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An extra from jrags8, finally opened this puppy up.

A-Black one finger creamy brown head

S-Coffee, roasted malt and some chocolate

T-Great blend of coffee and chocolate, roasted malt is in there as well. Some bitterness creeps in.

M-Heavy, creamy with some carbonation.

O-A great beer, thankful for the extra. The flavors blend together nicely.

rlee1390, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev -7.2%

mdillon86, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of huadog
5/5  rDev +16%

huadog, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Exiled, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of spoonhawk
5/5  rDev +16%

spoonhawk, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle

Acquired via trade
Thanks, Kgristoff!

Black, thick, shiny, and oily with very little, almost zero, visible carbonation. The eventual head is small and dark brown in color and doesn't leave much in the way of stick to the glass.

Rich aroma of roasted coffee and dark malts, decadent chocolate, and just a bit of an alcoholic, burning bite.

Roasted malts and chocolate flavors dominate and the alcohol plays a very minor role in this beer's flavor. With no bottled on information, I can't know for sure how old this one is, but it did sit at the back of my refrigerator for quite a long time. This is rich, complex, and quite divine.

Thick mouthfeel with low carbonation. A pleasure.

This is a wonderful big stout. It doesn't get much better.

ehammond1, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of wdeck9
5/5  rDev +16%

wdeck9, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of plumcrazyfx
4/5  rDev -7.2%

plumcrazyfx, Nov 23, 2011
Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 2,993 ratings.