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Plead The 5th Imperial Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,912
Reviews: 756
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.12%
Wants: 492
Gots: 706 | FT: 79
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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3.75/5  rDev -13%

Jrobertmac, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of knight84
3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Thanks to alexgash for this bottle. 12oz 2008 labeled as "Plead the 5th"

With a vigorous pour this motor-oil black beer produced very little head. What did show was a hazelnut brown with little lacing. Cold coffee dominates the smell though there is a hint of oak and molasses.

Chocolate sweetness shows up front but is quickly overwhelmed by coffee. I didn't get much else, just very sweet and roasty.

Light carbonation seems to explain the lack of head, it seems to lack some of the robustness I would have expected. It feels more like a coffee stout, similar in feel to the ABC Espresso Love. A bit less "imperial" than I was hoping.

Not a bad beer overall but, given my excellent past experiences with other brews from Dark Horse, I expected a little more than I got. Drinkable but not terribly memorable.

knight84, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of CurtisLoew
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%

Pours a nice rich brown/black color. Small tan head. Nice looking beer.

Smells of dark malts, dark chocolate, dark fruits, slights hops.

Tastes like a really good stout, with some little dark fruit tones. Chocolate flavors, a little roast coffee. Everything blends together very nicely.

Mouthfeel is medium, pretty creamy. Not too thick or too thin.

Overall very good beer. Easy to drink, I wouldn't mind putting down multiple bottles in one sitting. Good stuff.

CurtisLoew, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of mcbeerbrew
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

mcbeerbrew, Apr 18, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Donnymcslick, Apr 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

Quinn41, Aug 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

RebeccaMB, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of RJBGooner
3.75/5  rDev -13%

RJBGooner, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of happilysurly
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%

A: I love the look of this beer. So dark and no chance of seeing through it. No head, very few bubbles. Serious legs.

S: Sweet, chocolate, a bit of fresh roasted coffee.

T: Tons of flavor. I can taste some alcohol in this, but only towards the end. The alcohol is overall very well hidden considering that it is 12% ABV. Dark chocolate and molasses and dark cherries.

M: No part of my mouth can escape this beer. It hits all the areas of the tongue and lingers at the back of my mouth for quite a long time. The flavor that lingers is sweet and very pleasant.

D: Love this as a sipping beer, but more than one in a sitting would be a mistake for me. The high ABV and thick, dark flavor make this a one-a-week type beer for me.

happilysurly, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of AdamMY
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%

The appearance leaves a lot to be desired, hardly any head, and that which came out was very brown.

The aroma though is like good hot chocolate, which is completely evident in the amazingly chocolate taste. This really tastes like high quality chocolate with hints of espresso.

The mouth feel is very smooth and creamy, almost silky smooth. Combined with its amazing chocolate taste, this is quite drinkable and I honestly do not think I am drinking anything alcoholic.

AdamMY, May 14, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Sender, Aug 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

TheMonk41, Mar 06, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev +0.9%

tmclain, Jul 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Hesscabob, Jul 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

xipho, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of nwu008
3.48/5  rDev -19.3%

A -- Rich dark brown with a very thin head, even after a vigorous pour.

S -- Loads of chocolate, roast nuts

T -- Sweet roasted malt, chocolate finish. Some sour notes on the finish

M -- thick and chewly

D -- a little hot even for a high abv imperial stout, richness limits drinkability.

nwu008, Jan 21, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev -4.2%

A: ideal slim headed stout. Pretty low carbonation but an amazing opaque black color.

S: i got virtually no scent until it warmed up and i got chocolate and nice coffee but mostly roast and alc.

T: great taste, smooth high gravity, the coffee taste is great. If you like a full bodied stout with subtle coffee. This is your beer.

M: very nice, smooth, in fact, im appreciating the low carbonation strong body now.

O: im thankful for my currently half full barglass of plead the fifth. The great part of this well made stout is it shockingly spectacular delivery of the warming 12%abv. I highly recommend this to coffee afficianados.

YumYumGumGum, Aug 06, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

jleidner, May 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

BrittQ, Nov 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

lbriones5, May 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

jdobe13, May 01, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16%

Trooper92292, Aug 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

brians52, Tuesday at 02:40 AM
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5/5  rDev +16%

Kyleschultz, Sep 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

wawarner, Jan 19, 2014
Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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