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Plead The 5th Imperial Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,072
Reviews: 767
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.12%
Wants: 518
Gots: 716 | FT: 80
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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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

superjose, Mar 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

mymasterpiece75, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of SAxDRC5
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A:Black with a brown/tan head. leaves decent lacing

S: Dark chocolate and dark fruits. a hint of caramel, and maybe a touch of alcohol.

T: burnt malts, dark fruits and dark chocalate are the first flavors I get. a bit of sweet brown sugar and molasses in the middle and finished with a touch of hops and some warm alcohol. very complex.

M: a bit fizzy for the style. alcohol is more present than I would expect, warm alcohol feeling throughout.

O: pretty good. better taste than most imperial stouts, mouthfeel is the only downfall of this beer. I would like to try the bourbon barrel aged Plead the 5th, it may be a bit less fizzy.

SAxDRC5, May 09, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Donnymcslick, Apr 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Imacopyouidiot, Dec 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Chiefilliniwek, Sep 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

Puppetz, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of gregy55902
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a thick jet black with a finger's worth of nearly black head. The head quickly recedes, and we are left with a pitch black brew. Completely opaque. Looks impressive.

S - Various roasted malts, a hint of dark fruits and caramel. Bit of coffee and soy.

T - Very impressive for what it is. Huge roasty malt characteristics and a mild warming sensation from the alcohol. Some dark fruit essences are present as well, with a tiny hint of anise (less so than other RIS's) and hops.

M - Alcohol is well-hidden for being a massive brew. Very creamy and smooth. Strong lasting power.

O - Great imperial stout that would benefit from some age. As it is, it is already robust, thick, and very smooth. I was a fan of Dark Horse's other stouts, but this is much more of a home run in every sense. I will try to find some of the barrel aged bottles as those are probably even better.

gregy55902, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of watsonmd
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served 55F, poured into snifter.

A: Black, with thick brown head that stays... and brown lacing during the session.

S: Chocolate, malt, maybe a hint of licorice?

T: Wonderful. Coffee, chocolate, with full malty backbone, maybe some cherry, or other fruits hidden in there... Something roasty trying to break through...

M: Heaven, coating the mouth, slippery, silky and full. Stays with you long after the swallow. Thick feel, with dense carbonation.

O: Awesome trade. Would definitely buy if it was available in GA. Will have to settle for Bell's Expedition, and Founder's Imperial....

watsonmd, Mar 30, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

jleidner, May 31, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

ojgio, May 14, 2014
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5/5  rDev +16%

Kyleschultz, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of EliteDigger
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle of "Plead the 5th"
A-Forceful pour yields almost no head at all. Small amount of tiny bubbled, dense light brown foam appears around the edge of the glass, but that's it. However, when taking a sip, there's enough carbonation to leave a bit of lacing on the sides and rebuild the bit of foam around the edges. Body is dark, basically black with virtually no light peeking through the edges.
S-Not a large amount of aroma here, but I pick up a bit of molasses, dark chocolate, and earthy roasted grains.
T-Subtle flavors in this one, growing stronger the more it warms...very subdued coffee shows through, with more dark chocolate. Tastes of molasses, dark fruit, more roasted grain, and a bit of hops shows up.
M-Nice thickness, creaminess, and although the head was non-exisitant, the carbonation is adequate to give this one a very pleasant mouthfeel.
D-Decent drinkability taking into account the ABV but I'm not sure I'd want more than a couple.
Overall a decent RIS, but not outstanding. I'm glad I got to try it and I threw a couple down in the cellar to see what some age does to this one.

EliteDigger, Apr 20, 2008
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4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful used motor oil blackish brown in color with deep khaki brown head. Good carbonation with some lacing.

Deep roasted coffee malts on the note. Not much abv present on the aroma

Taste. Again dark roasted scorched black coffee with mild chocolate notes. Although this was not the BA version, still sensed some vanilla/oak sweet tones followed by a little bitterness. The high abv well blended in the flavors.

Good mouthfeel, smooth on the tongue and senses but very bold, especially after temp increases. Excellent sipper. Powerful brew.

Siggy125, Jul 14, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

tripelz, May 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Wilmo831, Mar 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Sumdeus, Jun 09, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

WynnDavis, Oct 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

tommyz, Jun 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

BSchnab, Jun 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Schulte30, Mar 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

Boozermurfin, Oct 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Bobthehuman, Jul 10, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

KISSFR33K, Mar 25, 2014
Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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