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Plead The 5th Imperial Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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2,833 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,833
Reviews: 751
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.12%
Wants: 483
Gots: 683 | FT: 74
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: 2,833 | Reviews: 751 | Display Reviews Only:
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ScotNH

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

04-12-2014 21:39:53 | More by ScotNH
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

04-12-2014 14:23:49 | More by DrunkinYogi
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lswilma

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -13%

04-12-2014 13:37:14 | More by lswilma
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rodlavers

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

04-12-2014 03:57:15 | More by rodlavers
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trevorpost

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

04-12-2014 03:41:39 | More by trevorpost
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dejones

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

04-12-2014 03:26:10 | More by dejones
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barhoc11

Michigan

4.76/5  rDev +10.4%

A: Darkest of dark, looks like used motor oil but in a good way. little to no head on the beer.

S: Sweet roast smell, one of the best smelling RIS's I have had

T: Just as it smells, very sweet with the roasted malt finish. As with most RIS's, this gets better as it warms

M: Nicely carbonated and thick in your mouth, just as it should for this style

O: This is one of my favorite RIS's, it pushes the limits of the style but in a very good way. It is hard to tell this is 11% abv

04-11-2014 23:26:40 | More by barhoc11
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drbenderdo

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

04-11-2014 23:03:00 | More by drbenderdo
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BG24

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

04-11-2014 22:58:57 | More by BG24
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ryand14

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

04-11-2014 00:50:25 | More by ryand14
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core42

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

04-10-2014 23:06:00 | More by core42
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Claytonbrewsby

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

04-10-2014 21:52:40 | More by Claytonbrewsby
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jono0101

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

04-10-2014 21:36:55 | More by jono0101
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JohnnyK

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -7.2%

04-10-2014 21:00:52 | More by JohnnyK
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SkinniePost

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

04-10-2014 18:25:22 | More by SkinniePost
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Baab200

New York

4/5  rDev -7.2%

04-10-2014 08:46:52 | More by Baab200
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.29/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Bottleneck says 3.20.14

A- Pours an intensely opaque black color with a 1/4 inch light brown head that retains well before diminishing to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves large clots behind on the glass.

S- Heavy dark roast brings notes of molasses, raisin, vanilla and...overripe banana? Wow, I've never smelled banana in a stout before but this isn't like banana notes you get from Belgians and Hefeweizens where it's fresh and sweet. This is banana that's been sitting a while and, since the malt also brings notes of chocolate it's like a chocolate-covered banana! Remarkable.

T- The dark roast sets in but is smooth at first bringing notes of dark chocolate, caramel and more molasses but then it progresses toward a heavy, bitter, charry finish. There's that banana again. I swear, this is uncanny. Booze is there and plays off the heavy flavors well resulting in a great drinkability for the ABV. Slightly sweet.

M- Creamy, thick and chewy. Medium-low carbonation and the fullest of bodies.

O- A powerhouse of a stout with intense flavors but a great delivery.

04-10-2014 02:34:28 | More by Immortale25
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fleurdelou

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

04-10-2014 01:54:32 | More by fleurdelou
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GetTheYayo

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

04-10-2014 01:04:40 | More by GetTheYayo
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JimmyAloysius

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +16%

04-09-2014 14:56:56 | More by JimmyAloysius
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lochef81

Michigan

4.26/5  rDev -1.2%

Having tried the other four stouts in Dark Horse's vertical, I was very excited to sample the fifth and final offering. It did not dissappoint. This ale pours black with a very small and short lived tan head that leaves a slight film and lacing. The aroma has an over abundance of dark chocolate followed by a lesser amount of coffee, burnt caramel, and vanilla. The nose is the best thing about this beer. The flavor follows the nose but is more subdued. All the notes are there as in the nose but they just are not as dynamic. The coffee is more pronounced particularly in the bitter finish of the ale. Other than the finish it is a rather sweet stout. The mouthfeel is a little thinner than I expected but smooth and satisfying none the less. This is damn good but maybe not as rich and complex as some of the other offerings in this category. Can't wait to see how it ages.

04-09-2014 03:37:30 | More by lochef81
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leftstagebrew

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

04-08-2014 20:02:19 | More by leftstagebrew
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StevenK708

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

04-08-2014 15:49:53 | More by StevenK708
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masterofsparks

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

04-08-2014 14:40:38 | More by masterofsparks
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hplascencia1024

California

3.74/5  rDev -13.2%

Served from a bottle into a snifter

A: Pitch black with no head whatsoever

S: nice dark chocolate, roasty notes, caramel, nice sweetness

T: dark chocolate, slight coffee, heavy roast, slight alcohol burn

M: very light, nice carbonation, I would like it to be thicker(just my preference for the style)

O:A very good stout, but there are a ton of better stouts out there. not disappointing but not world class IMHO

04-08-2014 04:40:55 | More by hplascencia1024
Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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