Plead The 5th Imperial Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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Ratings: 2,863 | Reviews: 754 | Display Reviews Only:
4.76/5 rDev +10.4%
A: Darkest of dark, looks like used motor oil but in a good way. little to no head on the beer.
S: Sweet roast smell, one of the best smelling RIS's I have had
T: Just as it smells, very sweet with the roasted malt finish. As with most RIS's, this gets better as it warms
M: Nicely carbonated and thick in your mouth, just as it should for this style
O: This is one of my favorite RIS's, it pushes the limits of the style but in a very good way. It is hard to tell this is 11% abv
04-11-2014 23:26:40 | More by barhoc11
4.29/5 rDev -0.5%
Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Bottleneck says 3.20.14
A- Pours an intensely opaque black color with a 1/4 inch light brown head that retains well before diminishing to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves large clots behind on the glass.
S- Heavy dark roast brings notes of molasses, raisin, vanilla and...overripe banana? Wow, I've never smelled banana in a stout before but this isn't like banana notes you get from Belgians and Hefeweizens where it's fresh and sweet. This is banana that's been sitting a while and, since the malt also brings notes of chocolate it's like a chocolate-covered banana! Remarkable.
T- The dark roast sets in but is smooth at first bringing notes of dark chocolate, caramel and more molasses but then it progresses toward a heavy, bitter, charry finish. There's that banana again. I swear, this is uncanny. Booze is there and plays off the heavy flavors well resulting in a great drinkability for the ABV. Slightly sweet.
M- Creamy, thick and chewy. Medium-low carbonation and the fullest of bodies.
O- A powerhouse of a stout with intense flavors but a great delivery.
04-10-2014 02:34:28 | More by Immortale25
Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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