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Plead The 5th Imperial Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,994
Reviews: 761
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.12%
Wants: 506
Gots: 718 | FT: 81
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%

TheKmac, Jul 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

ranokmai, Aug 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

fireman1013, Dec 23, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16%

Justinmatt21, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of drpdaddy
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, warbird07 for this one. Poured into snifter. Pours pitch black with very little head and no residual lacing. Smell is spectacular dark malts, chocolate, molasses, raisins very faint ethanol. Taste chocolate, coffee, raisins, sweet malt, tobacco, the ethanol is very well hidden considering the abv. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, almost creamy, faint carbonation. Overall a very solid RIS, underrated if you ask me. This beer is way to easy to drink which is dangerous at this abv. I definitely recommend this one.

drpdaddy, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of timahood32
3.69/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Smell on this beer as it warms up is some dark chocolate malt beer is dark as night taste follows smell dark roasted chocolate malt the thing that really stands out about this beer is the fact you really don't taste the 11% or at least in my opinion anyway I know a lot of other people say different.

timahood32, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of LakeridgeLiquor
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

LakeridgeLiquor, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of mwill7287
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 12oz bottle to a similarly sized snifter.

Appearance: Pours motor oil black into my snifter. Pitch black even in the lamplight. Half finger's worth of a mocha-tan creamy head sits atop after a mild pour. Little carbonation bubbles abound in the brew. A little bit of lacing is left behind on the snifter after the liquid vacates. Looks noice. 4.5/5

Smell: Dark roasty notes balanced by a dose of hops Americano. A little creamy, definitely roasty coffee beans and a bit of chocolate. Very rich and enticing. 4.75/5

Taste: Strong presence of bold Russian Imperial stout hops ride alongside dark fruit, raisin and anise notes in the first sips. A little bit juicy and fruity on first bite. Sweet. A bit of bitterness of coffee notes and building hops creep along with repeated sips and a pleasantly present aftertaste. Alcohol doesn't interfere too much. Nice, not 100% my thing, but good. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Not too syrupy or thick. Medium body. Mild stickiness on tongue and lip. Bitterness is pretty light and doesn't hinder on the palate too much. Maybe a tad light for me for a RIS. 3.75/5

Overall: Very solid taste, tasty and complex but not overwhelming. Looks & smells wonderful. Mouthfeel provides for a nice drink. Obviously not sessionable but a relatively easy drink for a RIS. Nice. 4/5

mwill7287, Apr 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

bepps, Mar 16, 2013
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4.2/5  rDev -2.6%

BuchananStude, Aug 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

brasky11, Mar 01, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Arcane, Mar 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Asmitty210, Mar 08, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

crackshot, Aug 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

owenbrau, May 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

bellsfounder, Sep 03, 2014
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4.6/5  rDev +6.7%

amaass2, Sep 16, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

jnowak, Dec 08, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

funhog, Mar 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Yosefus, May 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

s_currie, Aug 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

englishwc, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of SeaUrchin
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle into an unbranded tulip

appearance - pours black with a thin mocha head, no noticeable carbonation but there are a few bubbles escaping the abyss that is plead the fifth

smell - dark roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee are in this nose, there is a hint of bitterness with a hit of alcohol at the end

taste - taste follows the nose, sweet roasted malts up front, chocolate, caramel and coffee are the main flavors in that order, there is some hop bitterness here, helps to balance out the sweetness, followed by a bit of an alcohol burn in the nose, this one seems like it needs some time to sit

mouthfeel - thick, not sticky, feels like im drinking whole milk

overall - delicious, glad i picked up 2 bottles, other one is going to be tucked away for at least a year probably more to see what it turns into, enjoy one fresh and tuck the rest away for a while

SeaUrchin, May 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

MCBrigno, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of BradenMK
3.21/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a weird beer for me. I don't know if my palate is wrecked by something... it shouldn't be... but I was feeling under the weather today. EDIT: Hmm... my palate is indeed wrecked. I am currently drinking a Founders Imperial Stout and I taste nothing but chocolate covered raisins...

I will have to return to this one at a later date. Unfortunately for me, this is the first 5th I've ever seen and was the only one on the shelf. Hopefully I can find another.

BradenMK, Mar 26, 2014
Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 2,994 ratings.