Plead The 5th Imperial Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,109
Reviews: 771
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.12%
Wants: 529
Gots: 723 | FT: 77
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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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1.5/5  rDev -65.2%

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2/5  rDev -53.6%

Photo of Buebie
2.6/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I spent the evening bored outta my mind at an art show that involved some of the works with people staring at each other and other weird shit. I was so thirsty for beer by the end of this nonsense I needed the strongest thing in my fridge.

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an oversized snifter. Off the pour I get a smallish half an inch very dark brown head, cola like, receeding very fast. Leaving very small traces of spotty lace. A colar of retentoion. The beer itself is black, no light penetration.

The aroma holds some boozy warmth, alot of very dark chocolate, all bitterness in the aroma. Some cocoa powder smell in there too. A touch of roasted grain smell.
The aroma is a bit dissapointing overall, with the boozy warmth being the main contender.

The mouthfeel is quite slick with a full bodies creamy mouthfeel, mixed with quite a bit of carbonation.

The taste on this is as the aroma would suggest. Its very bitter, nothing too inviting for an RIS, its more like a really malty dry stout with lots of bitterness. My tastebuds are really overwhelmed here with bitter burnt grain overload here and I'm a bit dissapointed. No warmth suggesting 12% in the taste though, its well hidden. This finishes dry and again, bitter with nothing fun or exciting going on here.
For an RIS I'd have to plead the 5th, rather then say what is really on my mind with this one, as its probably going to offend somone.

Do not want

Photo of malty
2.63/5  rDev -39%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured pitch black (like motor oil) with no head whatsoever - just a faint beige halo surrounding the edge.

Scent is vinous with a somewhat pronounced alcohol (sharp) presence. Raw sourdough with distant bitter chocolate.

Flavors of dry, bitter baker's chocolate with burnt coffee and woody notes. Very liquer-like flavor, kind of like dark rum. Sharp alcohol flavor is very noticable.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with virtually no carbonation. Dry and chalky texture right through the finish.

Drinkability for me is a bit less than good. I wouldn't order another at a pub, would move onto something else.

Overall a nice full-bodied Imperial, though very unbalanced. Alcohol sharpness is very intrusive and mouthfeel is watery and uneventful. Nice bold dark roasted malt flavors, but get squelched by the alcohol presence. Bold, strong but unrefined.

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2.68/5  rDev -37.8%

Photo of justintcoons
2.75/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter. Aged approximately a year.

A: Pours black as night with a finger of deep brown head.

N: Chocolate covered cinnamon bun, fig and molasses.

T: Sugar coated plum and metal upfront. Fig and bitter cocoa nib appear mid-palate. Finishes with dirt covered chocolate, molasses and prune.

M: Medium-full bodied, silky, smooth, sticky and warming.

O: Not a very impressive Imperial Stout taste wise. Bitter and tastes somewhat like vomit. Not recommended. Try Dark Horse One, Too, Tres or Fore before this one. They're much better.

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2.75/5  rDev -36.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -36.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -36.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -36.2%

Photo of FtownThrowDown
2.95/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a near black in color with almost no head to be found.

Smell is some dark cocoa and some hops coming through as well. The hops are throwing off the smell a bit though. Taste is roasted black malt and some slight coffee as well. Mouthfeel is tad thin too. This is my least favorite beer from an outstanding brewery. I've liked everything else from them, so this beer definitely won't deter me from seeking out more Dark Horse offerings.

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3/5  rDev -30.4%

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3/5  rDev -30.4%

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3/5  rDev -30.4%

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3/5  rDev -30.4%

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3/5  rDev -30.4%

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3/5  rDev -30.4%

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3/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of Arbitrator
3/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Chilled 12oz into a glass. Received in a trade from Hexxed. Thanks buddy!

A: Pours a viscous, opaque motor oil black with no light penetration, even at the edges. The head is a quarter-finger of dark mocha-colored foam that retains well, slowly collapsing into a film on the brew with a thick collar. Some lacing down the glass.

S: Burnt figs and dates, roasted coffee, and a bit of booze burn. Decent; it's pretty malty, but nothing too exceptional.

T: Tons of roasted coffee, burnt sugar, burnt chocolate, burnt figs, and burnt plum. Lots of burn. Ashes, smoke. The chocolate emerges occasionally, but it doesn't dominate the beer or define its taste. The burnt / ashy combination gets kind of strong after a while; I prefer something with more anise and dark fruits, and less burn / smoke.

M: Very thick, with low carbonation. It's a tad below velvety; it's not carbonated enough to cleanse the tongue, leaving a thick coat behind. Quite warm, even a tad hot (but for its ABV, impressively restrained).

D: It's enjoyable, but it doesn't distinguish itself from other imperial stouts.

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3/5  rDev -30.4%

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3/5  rDev -30.4%

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3/5  rDev -30.4%

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3/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of hardy008
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.

Photo of jwhawkins81
3.1/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Aroma - Roasted malts and a coffee bitterness

Appearance - Brown head that quickly fades. The beer itself poured a very dark color without much carbonation.

Taste - Coffee bitter with a sweet roasty backbone. Not as smooth as I would have liked. The bitterness was a little harsh in contrast to the other flavors in the beer.

Notes - Maybe it was because I wasn't in the mood for a big stout like this but I wasn't a fan of this beer. I put the other three in the cellar and expect better things from them in a years time.

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Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 3,109 ratings.