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Plead The 5th Imperial Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,757
Reviews: 750
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.14%
Wants: 476
Gots: 664 | FT: 70
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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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kbuzz

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

06-24-2012 04:21:59 | More by kbuzz
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brother_kenneth

Virginia

4/5  rDev -7%

02-04-2014 01:33:13 | More by brother_kenneth
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aaronh

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer definitely looks thick as it pours, and I was convinced it was flat as I completed the pour. However, after a few moments a thin layer of dark brown bubbles formed atop the beer, only to disappear before I made it to a comfortable place to sit. The aroma has a slight hint of musty fruit, intermingled with coffee, alcohol, and brown sugar notes. The flavor is powerful, with highly evident tobacco flavors that are accented by coffee, cocoa, and pure alcohol. A bit of an earthy note is in there as well, with a moderate sweetness wrapping things up. Mouthfeel is very silky and seems nearly devoid of carbonation, even though visibly carbonation is evident. Drinkabilty is surprisingly good for such an assertive beer. Not sure how old this one is, but a few years of age would have rounded it out nicely. Yet another fine beer from this "Dark Horse"...

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2005 01:19:18 | More by aaronh
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

02-28-2013 05:30:36 | More by DaftPatrick
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RichH55

Illinois

5/5  rDev +16.3%

06-21-2013 15:24:17 | More by RichH55
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Soto

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

09-07-2013 00:06:21 | More by Soto
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dbossman

Nebraska

4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Black and thick--looks like motor oil coming out of the bottle; dark brown head that loses its retention quickly until it becomes very still and black; lacing is okay for the style

S: Some alcohol and lots of dark roasted malts with some coffee and hints of chocolate, vanilla, and dark fruits; a hint of bourbon and tobacco even

T: Slightly burnt roasted malts: coffee, tobacco leaves, vanilla, and a touch of dried, dark fruits and chocolate; also some subtle but pleasant booziness peaking through

F: Nice creamy and yet sticky beer; this is viscous and chewy and the beer sticks pleasantly to the inside (especially roof) of the mouth

D: This is a strong and slightly boozy beer but it is complex with lots of subtle nuances making this one hell of a sipper

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 02:56:47 | More by dbossman
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brycevolk

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

04-08-2013 13:55:06 | More by brycevolk
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jplopez21

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

03-15-2013 19:34:40 | More by jplopez21
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Stigs

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, served in a DFH oversized snifter

A - pours with a thin layer of loose khaki colored film, quickly falls away to just a ring around the glass. the beer is pitch black in color, with just the faintest dark brown getting through in front of light.

S - very sweet...dark fruits, very dark and slightly bitter chocolate, oak, vanilla, some lightly roasted coffee beans and toasted nuts. some warming alcohol at the end along with brewers licorice.

T - bitterness comes through here much more predominantly than the nose...full of dark bakers chocolate, roasted espresso beans, smoke...sweetness comes into play the second half with dark fruits coming alive, licorice, alcohol, and dark roasted malt.

M - the body is just a *tad* thin, carbonation though is nice and controlled. a little syrupy going down, coats the mouth and leaves a lingering bitter chocolate flavor.

D - not bad at all...glad i have another bottle of this as i think time will do it well, calming the bitter flavors and bringing everything else up a notch. has a lot of potential.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 05:09:41 | More by Stigs
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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Pours incredibly black. As dark as they come. Almost not head. More of a brown film. Impressive alcohol legs.

S- A lighter roast. A big coffee presence, A subtle caramel. A dark brew.

T- A light roastyness up front. Really goes well with the caramel. A smooth creamyness, almost a desert style stout.. Sugary but not too sweet. Some roasted toffee an burnt sugar.A decent hop presence but still very subtle. A touch of chocolate on the back end. A well balanced and rounded RIS.

M- A solid Feel to the beer. A sticky, roasty sweetness. Alcohol is extremely well hidden. Drinks like a champ.

O- This is a great RIS. Up there with Stone's IRS and ten fidy. I would love the BA version.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 01:35:05 | More by TwelveOunces
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Bartos

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-16-2014 01:31:39 | More by Bartos
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ChugginOil

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark Horse: Plead the Fifth

Pours a very thick and syrup like dark brown and settles black hole. A fingers worth of orange tinted mocha colored head sits and dissipates quickly. Some oily lacing grabs the glass.

The nose is a bit overpowering with alocohol up front. Underneath lies some sweet and roasty aromas. Chocolate vaguely lingers behind it all. Lots of booze.

The taste offers much more than the nose thankfully. Massive roast overload that is akin to toasted nuts. Some caramel and a bit of cocoa come through next. A lot of heat on the back end.

The mouthfeel is thick as oil. Super viscous and syrupy. Awesome.

Overall, i love the cards being played here but aging will improve this beer by lowering the highly noticeable heat. I cant wait to try it again next time this year ( if i dont finish the other 5 bottles).

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 03:53:05 | More by ChugginOil
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CaptainNomihodai

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7%

02-26-2013 06:22:45 | More by CaptainNomihodai
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BB1313

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a shiny jet black, nice brown bubbly head. I love the color of the head, I just wish it was bigger; lacing is decent. Amazing aromas fill up the room, especially as it warms up. I could've given the smell a "5". This is definitely a chocolate bomb. Lots of milk chocolate and vanilla. The flavors definitely don't disappoint. There's a slight roastiness, but this one seems to be all chocolate. Coffee is also present in a minor way. Great bittersweet flavors, just what I look for in a RIS. The mouthfeel is nice, but not super-thick. Carbonation is there, not overdone. Alcohol is extremely well hidden, dangerously drinkable. Overall, this is what it's all about, amazing brew! This is the real deal. Extremely impressive!

This is definitely my favorite from Dark Horse. This is an easy A. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 15:23:54 | More by BB1313
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steve8robin

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a trade...

A: Pitch black with little to no head that leaves a slight mocha head on the top of the brew. Decent.

S: Roasty oak upfront with dark fruit boozy chocolate in the middle and creamy bourbon type scent on the backend. Good.

T: Watery boozy roastiness upfront with dark fruit and chocolate blended in the middle and bitter hops on the backend. Decent.

M: Very smooth carbonation feel. A bit watery, but good.

D: Goes down super easy. Very good here.

All in all, this is a decent brew. Ok to try at least once, but not great. Ok, for a stout. Many better brews in the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 01:58:21 | More by steve8robin
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cosmonick

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

05-18-2013 14:51:31 | More by cosmonick
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ChrisPro

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

08-04-2013 05:08:20 | More by ChrisPro
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HumanParaquat

Indiana

4/5  rDev -7%

03-03-2014 01:49:29 | More by HumanParaquat
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HarmonMW

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

04-16-2012 02:09:06 | More by HarmonMW
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ChrisMon02

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

09-17-2012 22:25:37 | More by ChrisMon02
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Nolen12

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

04-29-2014 18:57:17 | More by Nolen12
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standardcherry

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

09-20-2012 04:01:21 | More by standardcherry
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KJ2013

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

10-04-2013 02:28:10 | More by KJ2013
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Yeti1979

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

10-06-2013 12:52:16 | More by Yeti1979
Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 2,757 ratings.