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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Ratings: 3,113
Reviews: 773
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.12%
Wants: 527
Gots: 723 | FT: 77
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  rDev -7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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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.

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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5/5  rDev +16%

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5/5  rDev +16%

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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

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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.

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


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.

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5/5  rDev +16%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 3,113 ratings.