Plead The 5th Imperial Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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3.85/5 rDev -10.7%
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.
05-22-2010 01:58:21 | More by steve8robin
4.53/5 rDev +5.1%
this delectable brew pours up pitch black with a brown head... the nose is composed of wonderful dark chocolate malts... the taste is some alcohol, slight chocolate malts.... delicious!!!If only I could have it my way like at Burger King and order up one of these beers at my local convienence store... that would be quite convienient...
09-04-2008 23:34:56 | More by stumac
4.1/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
07-03-2010 05:09:41 | More by Stigs
4.4/5 rDev +2.1%
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).
05-08-2011 03:53:05 | More by ChugginOil
4.29/5 rDev -0.5%
A: into a flute, black motor oil with a dark brown mousse head that slipped away pretty quickly; sparse lace motes
S: typical roasted dark and chocolate malts, with suggestions of espresso
T: big bitter bite right up front, sweeter and warmer chocolate notes soon to follow; rich maltiness and bitterness throughout, with high points of oak/wood; semisweet chocolate and roasted espresso
M: full-bodied, slightly coating, slightly sticky, some shapness from the bitter hops and alcohol
O: rich, rough, and deeply chocolate, with a bit of the abv peeking through - lots of flavors, does justice to the tradition of the Russian Imperial stout. Dark Horse makes very good beers at a decent price, and this is just par for the course.
03-10-2013 19:15:23 | More by Greywulfken
Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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