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Plead The 5th Imperial Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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2,929 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,929
Reviews: 757
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.12%
Wants: 496
Gots: 706 | 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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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

sind310, Oct 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

BarryInMN, Mar 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -13%

Azzy, Mar 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

BravaLenox, Oct 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

BubbaBeerMan, Jan 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

slim24, Mar 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

WolvAlerine, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of Zeller12
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Zeller12, Sep 16, 2013
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3.92/5  rDev -9%

CruzWilder, Aug 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

danielnovak3, Dec 13, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16%

CadetGCBD, Jun 07, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16%

Deltrus, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of javablaine
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

javablaine, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of paxtonthegreat
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Weighing in at more like 14% abv, this incredible imperial stout packs in flavors such as tobacco, dark and milk chocolate, roast, smoke and more. With a nose that is reminiscent of dark chocolate smoke and tobacco this is sure to please any russian imperial stout enthusiast for sure. Some molasses in the finish.

paxtonthegreat, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of MIMicrobrews
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured similar to all the rest (black, thick, choco head), yet seemed to have a bit more girth to it. Could it get any thicker? I beg to differ... A slightly sweet and creamy sensation hits my nose, with a subtle smoky undertone. There is a tinge of hop presence underneath the bold, dark aroma. The taste rolls and changes from sip to as it goes down. Smooth upon first taste, then a robust grittiness to a bitterness all in the same motion. It's well-balanced, but it's also very bold. It is an imperial stout, and you clearly get that from every sip. There's a strength to every sip that you can sense on your tongue and in your nose. With all the boldness, elements of roastiness and molasses come through nicely. The aftertaste is something I hadn't gotten from the previous 4 brews: heat. This is an imperial stout and it is strong. Once this brew goes down, there is a good amount of hot in the end to remind you to enjoy this brew slowly and responsibly :)

Overall, I like this brew very much. I love a big, bold, no frill, knock you on your ass stout. And this one is no exception. The ABV is not available, but I can tell you it's up there. On top of that, there is a good amount of smooth and boldness meshed together. All that said, I would be interested to see how this brew would age. I'd like to see if aging it would bring out more flavor. In addition, I would consider warming this brew slightly before enjoying. I do feel I enjoyed it a bit too cold, as a bit less chill would have enhanced the flavor. This is a bold brew, and a great way to top off this stout series.

MIMicrobrews, May 08, 2010
Photo of Ehrnstrom
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: pours very dark with virtually no head.

smell: definite chocolate and malt notes. toffee/sweet flavors come through as well as the relatively strong scent of alcohol

taste: deep, rich flavor of dark chocolate. creamy molasses taste comes through as well.

mouthfeel: aftertaste lingers a bit much, but really not too much of a flaw.

overall: an excellent accomplishment by Dark Horse. Definitely recommend trying this one.

Ehrnstrom, Mar 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

sanitysgoodbye, Apr 30, 2014
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5/5  rDev +16%

bridges2l82, Jul 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Quart2000, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of chadmoe1
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at D's SixPax and Dogz in Regent Square, PA. Served in a Goblet at about 40-45 F.

Appearance -- Dark reddish-brown, opaque, with 1/4 inch dark tan head that dissipated rather quickly. Amused that it was darker than the Diet Pepsi sitting on the table.

Smell -- Notes of dark chocolate and deep roasted coffee; not much in terms of hop smell. No smell of alcohol.

Taste -- Impressive for the alcohol content. The initial chocolate/roasted coffee taste was a bit bitter but enjoyable. Flavor lasted well after a sip. Limited discernible hop flavor. Some boozy flavors (12% ABV!) but not overwhelming or overpowering. Rather smooth for such a big beer.

Mouthfeel -- This was the thickest beer I've had so far, and I think part of the long lasting flavor was due to the beer still sticking to my tongue and cheeks. Carbonation was medium to low and spot on for style.

Overall -- For such a big beer in the middle of a hot summer, I really enjoyed all aspects of it. I've had higher ABV beers you could gulp through, but this was a definite sipper -- and I enjoyed this. I would get it again, though I'd really like to try a version BA as vanilla notes would really open the taste up further.

chadmoe1, Jul 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Ilovebeer1212, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of truebluebums
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured in a tulip

App: Black, like an Imperial. Pours a small brown head that disappears quickly leaving almost no traces.

Smell: Cocoa, roasted malts, caramel, some espresso, dark berries, slight hops, and the alcohol is there but not readily apparent

Taste: Roasted malts with cocoa, leaning more towards sweet than bitter, good balance. Definite berry flavors in there which are a little odd but delicious none the less, adding a tart sweetness to the beer. Smooth vanilla. Warm, light espresso. Slight acidic finish but mostly covered by the roasty malt bitterness.

Not much as far as carbonation goes. A little lacking with mouth-feel but overall a great Imperial. Sets itself apart with a very interesting palate. The taste is pretty intricate. Love it.

truebluebums, Feb 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

bhart, Mar 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Bubbaloosh, Apr 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

JJ_17, Jul 15, 2014
Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 2,929 ratings.