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Plead The 5th Imperial Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,832
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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FatBoyGotSwagger

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7.2%

07-14-2014 12:36:32 | More by FatBoyGotSwagger
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Labonix

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.2%

2010 bottle. This one pours pitch black with a small tan head. The aroma is roasty with chocolate and carmel and molasses. It has a roasty and bitter chocolate taste with some hints of vanilla. This beer is nice, smooth, and hides the high alcohol really well.

10-07-2011 21:58:00 | More by Labonix
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BeerFink

Ohio

4/5  rDev -7.2%

Pours thick opaque black, nearly entirely devoid of head - even after quite the vigorous pour. My nostrils are assailed by oily pungency - coffee, bittersweet chocolate, roasted grain, and even a hint of dark fruit. Taste is what you would expect based on the aroma, just a little weaker. Starts out with coffee and chocolate, subtle raison is noted. Some roasted grain comes in, and is most noticeable in the aftertaste. Hops are barely discernable, but are there in meek form. Mouthfeel is not as thick/chewy as I would have expected, but it is still pleasantly oily. Decent imperial stout. As cheap as these are, I wouldn't mind grabbing another and putting some age on it.

05-27-2005 04:27:25 | More by BeerFink
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mad3air

Delaware

4/5  rDev -7.2%

05-06-2014 15:06:28 | More by mad3air
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ChiliSauce

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7.2%

07-15-2014 18:23:19 | More by ChiliSauce
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gueuzegossage

California

4/5  rDev -7.2%

05-05-2012 05:02:28 | More by gueuzegossage
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MCBrigno

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -7.2%

11-12-2012 02:35:20 | More by MCBrigno
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MacQ32

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -7.2%

07-30-2014 02:35:20 | More by MacQ32
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mnbearsfan

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -7.2%

08-07-2014 12:49:34 | More by mnbearsfan
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plumcrazyfx

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -7.2%

11-23-2011 02:32:13 | More by plumcrazyfx
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lbriones5


4/5  rDev -7.2%

05-17-2012 22:29:53 | More by lbriones5
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quine

Colorado

4/5  rDev -7.2%

09-25-2013 18:41:17 | More by quine
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johnny29er

California

4/5  rDev -7.2%

08-06-2013 23:50:39 | More by johnny29er
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colts9016

Idaho

4/5  rDev -7.2%

Poured into a nonic at 53 degrees.

Appearance: A one finger head that has fair retention. The head is dark brown, like chocolate, and the head is foamy. The head did not leave any lacing on the glass. The clarity of the beer is opaque. The color of the beer is dark brown with slight reddish brown tint. The beer leaves some legs on the glass as it is drank.

Nose: A very deep rich malt complex that is roasted, a burnt character, and kettle caramelization. Other aromas in the beer is coffee, chocolate, wood, citrus, floral, alcohol, raisins, and dark cherries.

Taste: A complex rich dark roasted malt that has a burnt character, kettle cook caramel, and chocolate. Other flavors in the beer is espresso, wood citrus, floral, raisins, dark cherries, molasses, citrus, and floral esters.

Mouth feel of the beer is coating, warm, and chewy.

Overall: The body of the beer is full and the finish is full. Ah a RIS, however it is not what I think is the greatest representation of this beer. When I want a RIS, I want a full body, thick, chewy, aggressive beer that ages like fine wine. This beer nails most of it but lacks just a little for my taste. Solid beer nonetheless, I am very greatful that I got to try it.

12-04-2012 02:11:09 | More by colts9016
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BeerThursdays

Delaware

4/5  rDev -7.2%

01-20-2013 14:14:27 | More by BeerThursdays
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Benjiehorn

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.2%

07-07-2013 22:12:48 | More by Benjiehorn
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JohnSnowNW

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -7.2%

03-16-2013 02:56:04 | More by JohnSnowNW
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EvilAsh

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7.2%

04-23-2014 15:57:25 | More by EvilAsh
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Kreko7

California

4/5  rDev -7.2%

05-19-2013 16:15:09 | More by Kreko7
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brother_kenneth

Virginia

4/5  rDev -7.2%

02-04-2014 01:33:13 | More by brother_kenneth
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WorldWideStout

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7.2%

Thanks to Lukafer, czoch85, and flandersned for all hooking me up with this brew in different trades!

A: Nice and viscous with a dark, but decidely brown body. Very small mocha head fizzles out after around half a minute.

S: Coffee is the predominant scent I get; chocolate and a bit of spicy rye hang around in the background.

T: Starts off with a bit of sweetness, then goes to semi-sweet chocolate. Coffee is there in the middle as well, but less prominent than it was in the nose. Coffee moves forward for a more bitter end, and the aftertaste is a muted coffee flavor.

M: Somewhat silky, a little lighter than I was expecting.

D: Goes down easy for a big fella.

This was a good stout, but not a great stout. There was no delicious flavor or complexity or anything that stood out to me. I was hoping for a more stellar brew, but I enjoyed it, and look forward to seeing how it ages.

05-22-2010 22:07:45 | More by WorldWideStout
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matt2591

Ohio

4/5  rDev -7.2%

07-05-2014 01:53:34 | More by matt2591
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hopley

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -7.2%

05-22-2014 02:29:00 | More by hopley
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wsnich

Texas

4/5  rDev -7.2%

12-10-2012 23:58:37 | More by wsnich
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beast464

Maryland

4/5  rDev -7.2%

03-05-2014 14:42:41 | More by beast464
Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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