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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
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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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TheMonk41

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

03-06-2012 01:42:16 | More by TheMonk41
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Makebelieve81

Oklahoma

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

01-12-2014 22:06:13 | More by Makebelieve81
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knight84

California

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Thanks to alexgash for this bottle. 12oz 2008 labeled as "Plead the 5th"

With a vigorous pour this motor-oil black beer produced very little head. What did show was a hazelnut brown with little lacing. Cold coffee dominates the smell though there is a hint of oak and molasses.

Chocolate sweetness shows up front but is quickly overwhelmed by coffee. I didn't get much else, just very sweet and roasty.

Light carbonation seems to explain the lack of head, it seems to lack some of the robustness I would have expected. It feels more like a coffee stout, similar in feel to the ABC Espresso Love. A bit less "imperial" than I was hoping.

Not a bad beer overall but, given my excellent past experiences with other brews from Dark Horse, I expected a little more than I got. Drinkable but not terribly memorable.

03-24-2008 03:04:45 | More by knight84
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Brdlist

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

06-03-2014 17:23:51 | More by Brdlist
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pavpav12

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

12-24-2011 21:21:43 | More by pavpav12
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

01-19-2014 04:07:10 | More by ygtbsm94
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Mikeluzzjr

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

03-25-2014 19:27:22 | More by Mikeluzzjr
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TheCrowsNest

California

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

06-16-2013 17:16:56 | More by TheCrowsNest
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meanmutt

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

05-01-2012 21:39:31 | More by meanmutt
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hayesez

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Received in a recent trade with wedgie9. Got home late from work tonight and figured I'd have a few beers before crashing for the evening.

Very deep, dark, nearly black beer that piles up in my Stone Imperial Russian Stout glass without much carbonation. This is being poured at a temperature that is a bit lower than normal (for my liking) for this style of beer. Normally I like to let these sit out for about a half hour - in this case, I'll let it sit in my glass. That being said, the pour portrayed the beer as fairly viscous...perhaps slightly inaccurately due to the temperature. Regardless, I like a good thick Russian Imperial Stout. A one finger cocoa colored head quickly scattered from the middle and huddled up around the edges. The resulting ring of foam is quite impressively thick and leaves a short-lived lacing on my glass every time a take a drink.

Lots of smells going on in here - there is an obvious soy sauce component that detracts from the wonderfully dark cherry aroma. A bit of chocolate and just a hint of coffee peak through as well. The alcohol is pretty well masked by these different elements resulting in a nose that would be top-notch if not for the annoying soy sauce.

The soy sauce gives way to the alcohol as the prominent detractor in the taste. The beer starts out a metallic sweet before yielding to the (again) obvious dark fruits - primarily cherry. As the beer warms I notice some dark chocolate at the beginning that I wasn't picking up 15 minutes ago. The very low carbonation makes these flavors even more obvious as there is nothing getting in the way. The 12% ABV is not nearly as masked as it was on the nose - this one is a bit hot. After completing a drink the sweet malty flavor remains for a bit before ceding to a slightly bitter roastiness. If not for the metallic sweetness and the heat, I would really enjoy this. As this beer continues to approach room temperature, it becomes a bit too thin for my liking, but still holds together well.

Not a bad beer. A bit on the green side, keeping the flavors well separated as opposed to nicely integrated. A little bit hot to drink too terribly much of, however, the 12 ounces I did have were not a problem. A solid brew that just falls a bit short in a couple of areas. As could be anticipated, I'm sure this one could stand to use a bit of time chilling out.

Consumed: 5/25/2010

05-25-2010 05:53:23 | More by hayesez
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FullObs

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

11-15-2013 00:46:29 | More by FullObs
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Brown120

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

04-05-2013 01:59:22 | More by Brown120
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rboinski

California

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

05-13-2013 17:15:29 | More by rboinski
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hombrepalo

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

01-29-2014 13:56:51 | More by hombrepalo
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thedifferencemaker

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

03-21-2014 00:39:53 | More by thedifferencemaker
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theGlasstronaut

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

07-18-2013 15:33:58 | More by theGlasstronaut
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avalenzuela

New York

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

08-20-2014 19:05:36 | More by avalenzuela
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JDM44

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

10-06-2013 20:02:51 | More by JDM44
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Auztan

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

06-18-2013 19:29:59 | More by Auztan
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Dontcounttoday

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

05-15-2012 00:29:47 | More by Dontcounttoday
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mendonza

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

08-13-2013 05:11:59 | More by mendonza
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tmars13

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

03-03-2013 19:18:18 | More by tmars13
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xipho

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

01-04-2012 04:21:52 | More by xipho
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starrdogg

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

01-21-2013 22:16:59 | More by starrdogg
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Kirk

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

06-20-2013 21:16:44 | More by Kirk
Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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