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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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South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

A - Pours near black with a finger of rich chocolate colored head. Solid retention, fantastic lacing.

S - Roasty chocolate and big boozy nose predominantly. Light vanilla notes, some definite coffee type roast.

T - Monster booze with roasty chocolate notes, coffee, vanilla. Almost bourbony from the substantial alcohol heat. Finish is much more enjoyable as the sweetness starts to dominate through the aftertaste.

M - Fullish bodied, silky smooth with minimal carbonation, big boozyness. Definitely a bit of a sipper/warmer

07-30-2014 02:35:20 | More by MacQ32
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3.75/5  rDev -13%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

07-28-2014 20:19:32 | More by jrhottle
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Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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5/5  rDev +16%

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Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

07-28-2014 03:14:48 | More by MLaVioletteJr
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Quebec (Canada)

5/5  rDev +16%

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Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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Dave_Heltzel

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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Cenosillicaphobic

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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New York

4/5  rDev -7.2%

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Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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Virginia

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Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -7.2%

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Kentucky

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Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev -11.6%

Based on the site's "Notes", this is a 2013 bottle, but I do not know whether it was purchased at The fridge or at The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop. Either way, it is part of the great Bottle Purge of 2014 here at Chez Woody and I raise a toast to "Dark Horse Nation", which will debut on History Channel next Tuesday, 29 July 2014. Skoal!

I could see some lees at the bottom of the bottle, so I employed a very gentle pour to get things started. I still got a brief finger of deep-tan head with limited retention, quickly falling to wisps. Color was a deep, dark-brown (SRM = 44), allowing zero light penetration. Nose smelled of molasses or medicinal cough syrup from when I was a kid. It had a vegetal, root-like quality that also put me in mind of my grandparents' Geritol. I am not trying to be funny or anything of that nature, either. That is just what comes to mind. Mouthfeel was big, dense, thick, chewy. There was an initial, immediate fusel alcohol burn that slowly died down, allowing for flavors of burnt charcoal, dried dark fruits, anise, and molasses to come forth and be recognized. Whew! This was definitely a no-playing-around beer. Finish was dry, mainly due to the alcohol heat, with a lingering smoky chocolatiness that began to put me in mind of brownies. It was a good beer and I am sure that it is an excellent example of the style, but a) I do not really dig the style and b) it could have aged a while longer to reduce the heat.

07-23-2014 18:33:46 | More by woodychandler
Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 2,854 ratings.