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Plead The 5th Imperial Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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2,854 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,854
Reviews: 753
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.12%
Wants: 480
Gots: 689 | FT: 76
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: 2,854 | Reviews: 753 | Display Reviews Only:
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buddyvelt

Michigan

4/5  rDev -7.2%

12-25-2011 07:04:28 | More by buddyvelt
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tripledbrew

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -7.2%

03-13-2012 04:07:03 | More by tripledbrew
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Saltee

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -7.2%

08-01-2013 01:11:47 | More by Saltee
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cjgiant

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -7.2%

04-15-2014 23:48:09 | More by cjgiant
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -7.2%

11-24-2013 23:45:34 | More by XmnwildX12
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rxeight

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.2%

09-13-2013 17:06:27 | More by rxeight
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SaxmanRick

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -7.2%

05-04-2014 21:24:55 | More by SaxmanRick
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sbricker

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.2%

11-14-2011 18:16:38 | More by sbricker
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UcDru

Ohio

4/5  rDev -7.2%

04-08-2014 03:02:54 | More by UcDru
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dbc5

Ohio

4/5  rDev -7.2%

08-14-2013 19:44:13 | More by dbc5
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ipas-for-life

Virginia

4/5  rDev -7.2%

05-12-2013 15:51:24 | More by ipas-for-life
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laxer8811

New York

4/5  rDev -7.2%

12-01-2012 02:58:52 | More by laxer8811
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target88

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -7.2%

02-05-2014 22:52:51 | More by target88
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kingjohnh

New Mexico

4/5  rDev -7.2%

06-14-2014 02:32:40 | More by kingjohnh
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JEdmund

Kansas

4.01/5  rDev -7%

Deep black color with a rich, dark, tan head that’s made up my minuscule bubbles. Head looks like it was fluffed up with nitrogen. And it has staying power.

Aroma is nothing out of the ordinary for style; typical scents of dark roasted malts, chocolate, and booze. There is a hint of bourbon, making me wonder if this was barrel aged. (Website gives no indication it was.)

Taste is again fairly typical for RIS (I’m clearly getting spoiled)—just a huge roasty malt presence and a good, biting and dry hop finish. Some boozy heat in the finish, too. Fairly well balanced; nothing jumps out that it’s overpowering another component.

Enjoyable and well done, but somewhat forgettable, too. Maybe I’ve just had too many RISs lately, but this just doesn’t strike me as being something that stands out. It’s certainly not a bad example of the style, nor does it seem like brewers skimped on ingredients. Points for high drinkability for sure. I should stop quibbling and just enjoy the rest of it!

04-14-2013 01:26:48 | More by JEdmund
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newk340

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev -6.5%

A: inky black pour, line of lacing indicating level of first pour, no head otherwise.

S: caramel and bitter chocolate evident, hints of coffee and oats.

T: heavy chocolate forefront, smooth accenting hints of caramel and coffee as the liquid settles in the mouth.

MF/D: light tingling sensations with each sip, increasing boozyness as it warms. could've/should've cellared longer.

09-01-2010 02:02:51 | More by newk340
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -6.5%

Pours pitch black absolutely sucks up all the visible light spectrum in my glass, big tan head after a vigorous pour. Aroma has dark licorice or pitsella (anise notes) with big ripened fruit notes,and an awesome roasted malt dark chocolate strong coffee combo. Big creamy toasted marshmallow experience this beer is extreme and awesome with a touch of soy sauce. Flavor is completely different than the draft sample I had much more rounded dark fruit sweetness in the flavor in the draft. This one is aggressive needing some age yet still a necessary drinking experience for any beer lover. I used to not be able to get any Dark Horse now that it's distributed in Ohio I've seen most of their beers come through, I really like their standards and their limited releases have been outstanding. Extremely sweet creamy sweet it could use a bit more hop balance than this, really it has anise (black licorice) a touch of soy sauce tones, and some dark fruit with soothing alcohol tones...strong espresso and dark chocolate this is one big ass stout. There's nothing here screaming hop bitterness I just wish it had more of that. Body wise this beer borders chewy full bodied stout with strong residual finishing characterisitcs and a strong soothing alcohol burn in the finish. Drinkability overall is a one and done type of affair, I liked it on draft much better. Challenging huge flavors going on but the balance could have been much better.

05-18-2010 20:53:32 | More by WVbeergeek
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rudylaw

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -6.5%

Pours nice and black with a thin, mocha head.

The smell bombards you with equal parts chocolate and vanilla. I get some woodiness as well.

Tastes like equal parts blueberries and banana. Fruity and sweet while the chocolate is not completely forgotten. Nutty. There's some alcohol burn present, it's not as hot as other RIS but there's more than I like.

It has nice carbonation and a full, chewy mouthfeel. This is a solid stout... but it's still a full step down from the best in class. I'll age the remaining three in hopes the burn lessens.

08-30-2009 01:05:22 | More by rudylaw
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -6.5%

(Served in a snifter)
A- This beer pours a jet black inky body with a thin broken film of bubbly tan.
S- There is a soft creamy roasted black chocolate malt aroma with some dark toffee notes coming through as it opens.
T- The chocolate malt blends with some full dark roasted black malt finish. Some tootsie roll flavors underneath turn more into dark chocolate milk and some dark roasted coffee bean taste come through in in the finish. There is no real bitterness in the finish just a mellow black malt flavor lingers after a slightly sweet finish.
M- The medium mouthfeel has no real alcohol heat noticed.
O- Nice full chocolate malt flavor with more dark roasted black malt character for support with no bitterness and very smooth and creamy.

04-30-2013 18:25:57 | More by rhoadsrage
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bashiba

Iowa

4.03/5  rDev -6.5%

This is a 2008 plead the 5th Imperial stout in a 12oz bottle.

Poured a thick dark black with no head to speak of.

The smell had a very full coffee and smoke aroma with a bit of molasses.

Taste is a huge blast of burnt and smokey black malts, a bit of sweet alcohol and chocolate manage to sneak there way through.
Leaves a big bitter burnt black flavor that mixes with a strong blast of pine and lingers forever.

Mouthfeel has a slighlty sticky and oily body that leaves a warm coating.

A nice Hoppy Imperial Stout, will enjoy this one again soon.

03-31-2008 03:33:31 | More by bashiba
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Beejay

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -6.5%

First off, I would like to state that I believe some of the issues I had with this beer were due to the growler filler rather than brewery. I have had this beer before and really enjoyed it, my bottle review is on here as well for comparison.

A: Motor Oil Black, with no head at all, just a coffee brown ring of bubbles.

S: Sweet, dark chocolate, raspberries, dark fruit and brown sugar.

T: Dark and roasty. Coffee and burnt caramel throughout. Sweet, big and tasty.

M: Thick and syrupy, very low carbonation. The carbonation that is there is very fine.

D: Very nice overall, but it just doesn't match the awesomeness that this beer is from a bottle. I would love to try it on tap sometime, and see how it compares. Unfortunately, a bad growler fill done this one in a bit. For shame whole foods..

05-09-2010 22:22:45 | More by Beejay
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oline73

Maryland

4.03/5  rDev -6.5%

2009 bottle poured into a goblet.

The beer pours black as night with just a small ring of cocoa colored head around the edge of the pour. I'm getting a strong sweetness and fairly intense roast in the nose. I'm also getting some dark fruit and warm alcohol. More of the same follows in the taste. Lots of roast, but the age has made sure it isn't abrasive. Dark fruit and bitter dark chocolate along with some smoke. The finish is bitter and warm from the alcohol. I'm glad I didn't drink this fresh, I think it would have been too bitter for my tastes. The smoke/roast flavors stick with you well after your done with each sip. The body is really thick with smooth carbonation and the finish is dry.

Overall: I enjoyed this one but I don't think I'd like it as much fresh. I had it side by side with a fresher barrel aged version, and the barrel really does some magic. I'd definitely have more of this one, but I won't go out of my way to get it.

10-25-2013 01:43:03 | More by oline73
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ne0m00re

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -6.5%

Poured the 12 oz bottle into an oversized red wine glass to capture the aroma.
A: Jet black with a chocolate head, which died to a good lace.
S: Chocolate mocha, burnt malts, and rum raisin.
T: It is a sweet stout, with raspberries and a brandy/bourbon alcohol. Nothing lingers, oddly. The chocolate and mocha flavors are not overpowering.
M: Creamy, yet clean and frothy. It is an awesome blend of really good textures.
D: Excellent.

03-27-2010 05:44:53 | More by ne0m00re
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TasteTester

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -6.5%

Got this in a trade from Younger35. Thanks bud.

A-Dark body, oily consistency. Not a bit of head to speak of. No lacing.

S-Too much alcohol overtones. Other than that, chocolaty.

T-Alcohol will kick your a**. Heavy in the right places. Stick to your ribs good.

M-Thick and sticky. Not much else to it.

D-Be careful with this one. I could probably stomach 3 or 4 then call it a night.

12-22-2008 22:33:49 | More by TasteTester
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stabzmcgee

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev -6.5%

.Pours an opaque black with little lacing of tan head. Aroma is bittersweet with roasted malts and somewhat unsweetened chocolate and some plum. Tastes sweet and chocolaty with a hint of fig. Palate is slick and bitter. Overall this beer is quite drinkable for a 12% RIS.

11-03-2011 22:22:40 | More by stabzmcgee
Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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