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Plead The 5th Imperial Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,027
Reviews: 764
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.12%
Wants: 511
Gots: 721 | FT: 83
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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Ratings: 3,027 | Reviews: 764 | Display Reviews Only:
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

jacksonweite, Aug 08, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.Pours an opaque black with little lacing of tan head. Aroma is bittersweet with roasted malts and somewhat unsweetened chocolate and some plum. Tastes sweet and chocolaty with a hint of fig. Palate is slick and bitter. Overall this beer is quite drinkable for a 12% RIS.

stabzmcgee, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of mentaltraveller
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours very dark with a very impressive, darkened head; though I had to hard pour the beer. It smells of alcohol, chocolate, malt and raisin. It tastes as it smells and finishes with a sweet and thick lingering taste. The mouthfeel is thick and nearly chewy. A very good brew.

mentaltraveller, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of ryantho00
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

This beer has one of the deepest dark black colors i've seen, it's purely opaque and leaves a nice tannish lacing around the glass as you drink. It has a brownish gold hue and sticks throughout. Very nice appearance.

I get deep coffee and chocolate aromas' from the beer and a small hint of caramel or some other sweet maltiness.

From the beginning I get a lot of smokiness and maltiness that gives way to a deep chocolate and coffee mocha taste that has a hint of alcohol; which is nicely masked well. I get a deep espresso aftertaste with chocolate and small alochol aftertasetes but nicely balanced into a beautiful stout. There is a hint of bitter hops throughout, but very slightly. This is simply awesome. Very good interpretation of the imperial stout, has a delicious taste entirely and fully with no overpowering aspect. Very well balanced, the 12% ABV is masked well, be careful, it's like a nice milkshake and ice cream blend with whipped cream on top!!!!

Great job, Cheers!!

ryantho00, May 22, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

klegos, Apr 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

binx, Aug 06, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

snowbose, Sep 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

rboinski, May 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

EliSpitzner, Mar 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

chefbrew211, May 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Eddyfunt, Aug 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Thrashsquatch, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of adrock7309
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lucky to find a couple singles from last years batch sitting on a shelve at my local bottle shop.

Poured the bottle into my trusty Chimay goblet. After a vigorous pour almost no head to speak of. The top did experience a dark brown glaze but that quickly subsided.

Aroma is huge on the milk chocolate, dark chocolate, a bit of a blueberry hint, and a bit of leather.

Taste is heavy on the roasted malts, and lost of cocoa or chocolate. There is definitely some dark fruit or berry flavor i am picking up. The hops are pretty mellow but show up a bit on the sides of my tongue. There is no burn or hotness of the alcohol at all. I am pleased by the heavy mouthfeel and the low carbonation.

This is going down way to easily.

adrock7309, Nov 12, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

mj0126, May 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

Clarkson, Oct 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

ChiBrewKing, Aug 23, 2014
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3.71/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2013 Vintage poured in snifter.
A - Very dark pour with a small amount of dark brown, quickly dissipating head.
S - Dark roast smell. Medium coffee smell with overtones of red wine.
T - Medium-heavy coffee. Rich, full flavor. A little on the heavy roasted side with a light amount of hops.
M - Medium viscosity with a good mouth coating quality.
O - Overall a good stout, especially if you like the coffee variety.

kdahnke123, Feb 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Sam_Gladieux, Mar 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

j_therk, Sep 17, 2014
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5/5  rDev +16%

stonelis, Nov 21, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

ShreddedThumb, May 02, 2014
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5/5  rDev +16%

thickgirth, Apr 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Labaden, Jul 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

CraftBeerFTW, Sep 13, 2014
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5/5  rDev +16%

mattizmyname, Dec 24, 2012
Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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