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Plead The 5th Imperial Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,868
Reviews: 754
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.12%
Wants: 486
Gots: 692 | FT: 76
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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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4.43/5  rDev +2.8%

A good Russian Imperial Stout that somehow keeps me wanting more. Maybe it's because Plead has a balanced and mellow take on the style (Similar to Blackout) or becuase the gravities aren't quite insane as I expected. It's kinda like a big Oatmeal Stout with the creamy texture, slickness, and weight. Lightly carbonated, the beer falls still fairly quickly and doesn't lift off of the tongue the way I like. A balanced roastiness never prefers the char or the toffee malts. Milk flavors and sweetness round out the herbal hops, sharp roasted grains, and alcohols. Still, the coffee, chocolate, anise, blackberries, plubs, grapes and dates are bold and varying and have come together very well. Nice disguise of the abv. With all the compliments, I still want more...

06-24-2009 02:08:08 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev -2.1%

Had this on-tap at Sheffield's for the Dark Side of Oz event. Served in a half-pint glass.

A - A half finger of dark mocha foam with good retention and lacing. Tar black with no hints of color at the edges (although it was pretty dark in the bar, so I could be wrong).

S - Roasty bitterness, boozy. This brew had a surprisingly small bouquet, even after I let it warm up a bit. It just did not smell all that interesting.

T - The taste is huge - loads of roast malts, dark fruits, and chocolate. Nowhere near as bitter as it smelled, although there is a mounting bitterness in the aftertaste. The half-pint serving kept it from getting to be too much. Not boozy in the slightest.

M - Medium body, lighter than I expected. Low carbonation, with lots of residual stickiness. It needs a little more viscosity to support such an otherwise big beer.

D - Surprisingly drinkable for a 12% brew. I can see the bitterness getting a little overwhelming, but otherwise it's pretty easy going - low carbonation and well-hidden ABV.

03-26-2009 04:34:01 | More by MasterSki
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3.95/5  rDev -8.4%

Got this one from czoch75; cheers Clint!. This one comes in a 12oz bottle

Pours ebony with 1 pinky of brown/peach tinged head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Chocolate, vanilla, booze, & carob

T: Dark chcolate, dark fruit, oaky dryness up front. Oak & vanilla as this warms along with with a touch leafy hops, & bit of wet charred grain. Finishes with some chcolate & chicory

MF: Oily, medium bodied, with minimal carbonation, along with some slickness

Drinks easy for the style, but not enough flavor depth to push this to upper echelon RIS status

09-13-2008 03:53:04 | More by russpowell
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.3/5  rDev -0.2%

I received this lovely 12ounce bottle of Plead the 5th in a great trade for the Dark Horse stout series a couple months back. I have made my way through most of those, but last night I wanted to really give this one a try. Service at cellar temperature I poured it into a UK pint glass.

Appearance - I poured it very forcefully and was able to muster up about a half inch or so of tan and chocolate colored head off of this one, which quickly faded and left behind only a small crown of lace and some decent side glass presentation. The color was very nice, a rich dark brown, nearly black, save for a few glimpses on the corners. Overall though nice look and presentation to this one, albeit a little slim on the head.

Smell - The aroma was rich with dark chocolate, amazingly sweet smelling it really had a nice depth to it. Some hints of vanilla at first, and they really came up towards the end when it started to warm. Some slight touches of woody aromas coming off of it and a touch of caramel and coffee, but this was one sweet smelling stout for sure.

Taste - The flavor was very nice, and absolutely full of chocolate flavored malts. It was a deep, sweet chocolate flavor that was dominating this one. Rich and sweet, like Hershey's syrup, this was coming across very nice. Deep rich molasses like sugar flavors now coming into play, and this was turning out to be one of the sweetest stouts I have had in a good long while. Not sure what the percentage was here, but there was virtually no alcohol present in this one. Really just remarkably well done. Long lingering flavor of rich dark chocolate and the perfect sweet coffee flavor just made me want to rush back in for another sip.

Mouthfeel - Very rich and creamy with a nice amount of carbonation, which to be honest surprised me due to the lack of carbonation of the pour. Nice full bodied feel with a great texture going down, pretty much classic for a big stout.

Drinkability - Outstanding ability to put this one down. Just ridiculously smooth and a great amount of flavor in this one. No detectable amount of alcohol, just a super smooth delivery with a great flavor and good carbonation. Could have sipped it all night.

Overall I thought this one was really great. A solid imperial stout that hid the alcohol very well and leaned heavily toward the side of chocolate with the flavor. Quite solid in both appearance and profile, this is one I would love to go back to and try again. Definitely very good.

05-12-2008 23:22:50 | More by mikesgroove
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New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

09-03-2014 00:09:07 | More by Bieniek30
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

09-02-2014 04:23:20 | More by Slick_wick23
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5/5  rDev +16%

09-02-2014 01:26:17 | More by Kyleschultz
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3.9/5  rDev -9.5%

09-01-2014 22:29:28 | More by ortie
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

09-01-2014 20:05:28 | More by WesFoxlove
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

09-01-2014 12:47:40 | More by thampel09
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5/5  rDev +16%

08-31-2014 23:42:41 | More by Trooper92292
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3.75/5  rDev -13%

08-31-2014 22:14:38 | More by blee0891
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

08-31-2014 20:33:42 | More by Quinn41
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

08-31-2014 19:24:35 | More by MIbeer27
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

This is one of my favorite imperial stouts. It's too bad it's so hard to get. I've had 3 bottles in my life. The one I am reviewing was a year and a 1/2 old.
Nose was intense with dark fruits and dark chocolate.
Taste was smooth across the board with nothing overpowering. One of the finest mouthfeel ever for this style.

I'll be searching these out again!

08-30-2014 21:42:22 | More by Bshaw22
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

08-30-2014 21:04:04 | More by David_Menendez
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

08-29-2014 17:46:50 | More by JefferyLaGrow
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -13%

08-29-2014 04:36:48 | More by Camel242000
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New York

3.66/5  rDev -15.1%

A - Coffee body with thin cola highlights. Ok retention and low lace on a light tan head.

S - Roast nose with a light edge of booze. Cocoa, burnt toast, touch of caramel and dark fruits. Fairly light.

T - Caramel, barley, and molasses. Dusty center with just a hint of balsamic vinegar. Astringent burnt toast finish.

M - Smooth, but a little light for an RIS.

O - Not bad, but a little disappointing given the hype.

3.66 Plead the 5th
--- -Jay- -Jon- -Anth- -Vin- -Avg- Weight
A - 4.00 4.00 ------- 4.00 4.00 10%
S - 3.50 3.75 ------- 3.25 3.50 20%
T - 3.75 3.50 ------- 3.50 3.58 40%
M - 4.00 3.25 ------- 3.50 3.58 10%
O - 4.00 3.75 ------- 3.75 3.83 20%

08-27-2014 23:08:21 | More by vfgccp
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

08-27-2014 17:42:50 | More by ssarkozi1
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3.75/5  rDev -13%

08-27-2014 06:02:18 | More by RedDon
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3.75/5  rDev -13%

08-27-2014 02:23:09 | More by GuidedByBill
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

08-27-2014 00:56:24 | More by 007age
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

08-26-2014 23:47:04 | More by srudow11
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

08-26-2014 16:30:39 | More by wils1705
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Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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