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Plead The 5th Imperial Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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2,825 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,825
Reviews: 751
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.12%
Wants: 482
Gots: 682 | 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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magictacosinus

California

4.26/5  rDev -1.2%

Finally found a chance to open my sole bottle of this, sent to me by angrybabboon in April 2013. This is the '13 bottle, and I believe it's about a year old at this point. Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass - split, as I always do with RISs.

Yeah, that pours like syrup - just black treacle all the way, with a surprisingly high amount of head (mocha colored... Yum!) that rises to the glass about 1-2 fingers high. No light shines through this, suffice to say. The head eventually dies down, and it loses its carbonation slowly over time, but it does leave a terrific amount of lace and foam at the sides and does coat the glass semi-dark with each swirl. While it brings nothing new to the table, it is indeed a benchmark for what I expect with these beers.

Smells really good, however - this isn't a sweet RIS at all, and rather, this contains all of the roasted and hedonistic qualities that I simply adore these beers for. Big roasted chocolate notes, coffee, as well as peanut butter, with molasses, plum, cherry pits, and a sharp earthy bitterness at the back. Caramel, nutmeg, and burnt toffee finish it off. This is one of the nuttiest imperial stouts I've whiffed on in a good long while, and the roasted character is very fresh and lively. Perhaps due to the age, it does lack a complex array of flavors, but the heat is magnificently toned down - invisible, in fact, and no extra sweetness other than the malt profile completely comes through, in the end. Very good stuff.

The flavor is an explosion of chocolate and roasted malt flavors that coat the palate in a ridiculously hedonistic way - it's really the equivalent of eating a coffee filled dark chocolate truffle. After the roasted notes come in, there's a sharp nutty, peanut brittle flavor that becomes overrun with molasses, dark fruit, light leather, and finishes with more caramel and cinnamon, with a baker's chocolate bittered finish. The chocolate becomes more predominant over time, and with the added effect of the beer coating the mouth with a melting sensation, the truffle effect is turned up to 11 on this - honestly, the only other equivalent flavor is from Marshall Zhukov, although not NEARLY as exaggerated. While it does get more syrupy and less lively as it gets flatter, it always tastes really full and thick as an RIS should.

Yeah, this is pretty great stuff, and while it's not as complex or insane as other domestic offerings, it still is notable for its stupidly easy drinkable character, especially with the alcohol being this well hidden, in this case. I definitely was happy with my half portion, but I could have easily had more if I wanted. Definitely worth a try, and a very interesting look on how the base beer changes substantially compared to the bourbon barrel version.

03-14-2014 20:05:31 | More by magictacosinus
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Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -13%

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Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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Qbdoo

Illinois

4.79/5  rDev +11.1%

From a bottle, pours black as night with hardly any head (despite three tries), though what you get is a dark tan.

Scent is not powerful: roasted malt, coffee.

Taste: roasted malt, coffee, a little chocolate, There's just a bit of booze, but not too much. There are Russian imperial stouts that have too much, but this - despite 11% abv, is just right.

Mouthfeel is unbelievable: thick, creamy with a light carbonation. Probably the best mouthfeel of any stout, maybe any beer.

This may be my new favorite beer. Wish it were more readily available.

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Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -7.2%

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Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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Virginia

4/5  rDev -7.2%

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Michigan

4/5  rDev -7.2%

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Vinithing

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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Hawaii

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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Georgia

4/5  rDev -7.2%

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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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Jakep2021

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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Colorado

4/5  rDev -7.2%

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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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