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Plead The 5th Imperial Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,690
Reviews: 748
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.14%
Wants: 469
Gots: 666 | 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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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

03-08-2014 13:11:05 | More by badmotorgrunge
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Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

03-08-2014 05:01:41 | More by Asmitty210
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tpaetow

Missouri

4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- thick, black, tan head, half a finger that dissipated quickly

S- dark chocolate, coffee, bit of caramel sweetness but not much

T- similar to smell but I also get some berry notes. Really nice.

M- medium to full bodied, lighter than I had expected for a stout this big. Hides its alcohol well.

O- this is a tasty RIS. I don't like it as much as the barrel aged version, but it's a really tasty stout!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 03:00:04 | More by tpaetow
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Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

03-08-2014 02:36:01 | More by Jaysmittyland
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South Dakota

4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Center pour from a 12oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

What a lovely pour. A deep rich (nearly black) mahogany with a nice brownish-red foam that quickly dissipates to less than half a finger.

The smell is incredible! I get caramel, toffee, chocolate, perhaps prune, roasted coffee and a bit of booziness.

The first taste: A little bite of booze then a hit of sweetness and fruit followed by dark chocolate and raisin. The aftertaste is dark chocolate, slightly bitter and creamy. It lingers on the tongue, awaiting the next sip.

The mouthfeel is wonderful. Full and creamy with a late tingle on the tongue from the carbonation.

Overall, this is a great beer. Full of wonderful smells and flavors. I feel like the next time I have it, I'll be picking up different layers. I can't wait.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 02:27:24 | More by SD-Alefan
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Michigan

4/5  rDev -7%

03-08-2014 01:03:14 | More by PaulyB83
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andrewjraab

Michigan

4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a opaque oily black with a dark brown pancake batter (oily) head. Wonderful smell of campfire, malts, vanilla, roasted malts, coffee. The taste follows the nose with some added semi sweetness up front (raisins, figs) followed by a drying dark chocolate. Some smoke detected in the back end. Overall this is a must have kick ass RIS. I purchased two wight the idea of aging one, but I don't think I can wait. Phenomenal brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 00:57:47 | More by andrewjraab
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Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

03-07-2014 03:50:11 | More by UWBadgerFan4Life
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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

03-07-2014 03:47:08 | More by justinp
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Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

03-07-2014 03:24:38 | More by bcm75
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Michigan

4.89/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a 12oz snifter. Fresh.

A: Impenetrable dark black, very minimal frothy head on a moderately aggressive pour that faded to nothing almost immediately <30 sec.

S: Chocolate, espresso, roasted malt, difficult to place - dark berries, red wine???

T: The taste is much more subdued than the smell. Essentially just heavy rich roasted malt. A little alcohol in the aftertaste. I get some dark chocolate bitterness, im sure hops are also involved but they're mild. The same ?blackberry, black raspberry, and what chilhood memories tell me are elderberries? come out with warmth - this is very subtle and I clearly am having a hard time nailing it down. Lets just say "dark fruit ester."

M: Full bodied, rich and creamy. Big bad beer. This is perfect, what you expect when you hear Imperial Stout. Moderate warmth from the 11%. Carbonation is mild and extremely fine.

O: Perhaps the, if not one of the best imperial stouts I have ever tasted. This blows the socks of Founders booze bomb, which I very much respect. Very complex and full bodied providing a filling feeling along with a complex palate. I can see why people wait in line for the BA version, it would likely be amazing.

Serving type: bottle

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Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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Delaware

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7%

03-06-2014 13:52:58 | More by LIVEfreak2
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Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

03-06-2014 13:23:47 | More by Jeffries55
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California

4/5  rDev -7%

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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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Michigan

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Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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Minnesota

4/5  rDev -7%

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Illinois

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Missouri

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Maryland

4/5  rDev -7%

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California

4/5  rDev -7%

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Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 2,690 ratings.