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Plead The 5th Imperial Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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2,912 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,912
Reviews: 756
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.12%
Wants: 492
Gots: 706 | FT: 79
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%

Zuidman, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

wow, talk about having no idea what you're grabbing and being pleasantly surprised.

A - pitch black, motor oil with a dark angry brown head that starts slowly and lasts the full glass

S - Dark chocolate, coffee, roasted grains and a sweet dark malt vinous note.

T - lush rich malts convey dark chocoloate, coffee, roasted grains, dark ripe fruits...

M - full bodied, modestly carbonated, silky smooth, rich and full with a nice residual roasted feel.

D - a sipper but only so as to extract all that wonderfull flavor!

Yes sir, I'll have another.

barleywinebrewer, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of thampel09
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

thampel09, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of elgiacomo
3.88/5  rDev -10%

12oz bottle, unknown date but at least a year old. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours thick black with a small brown head that quickly recedes to a wispy cap but does leave lots of spotty lacing in its wake.

Aroma is dark roasted malts, dark fruits, black currant, anise, some coffee and chocolate, quite a bit of alcohol. Some oxidation/cardboard is noticed. Very good strength overall.

Flavor is coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, anise, black currant, dark fruits, a hint of smoke, some sweetness, moderately boozy and warming.

Mouthfeel is thick & sticky, creamy, soft carbonation.

A big, intense Imperial Stout. Very good stuff, had been looking to try this one for some time. Could have used some more time to mellow out the heat, but on the other hand oxidation was setting in so I’m glad I cracked it open when I did.

elgiacomo, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of NateMac13
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

NateMac13, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of Nunya
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Nunya, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of Yeti1979
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Yeti1979, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of IBUnit63
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%

Thanks to aqsprint for this trade - 12 oz. into perfect size and shape of Moosehead mug.

40, 50 or 60 weight? Thick jet-black spent motor oil topped with very thin banana nut bread-colored head. This one's gonna be trouble.

The gang's all here - coffee, cocoa, cinnamon sugar, beef BBQ char, oily hop pine and prodigious amounts of slow-roasted chocolate malt. This one's solid.

Extremely roast-forward and complex. Austere to an extent but viscous enough to jell everything going on here - the cocoa, cinnamon sweetness, overloaded burnt malt and a mild piney hop profile. Husky alcohol notes carve out thickness in a very faint bourbon sort of way to keep it clean.

This absolutely oozes down the palate with the ingredients working together in Beautiful Chemistry to git 'er done. Finish is long and strong. Strong and soothing.

Well this one was finished way before I was ready to let it go. For such a powerful brew this drinks painfully easily. Savor this puppy.

IBUnit63, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of vrbulldog22
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

vrbulldog22, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of joepais
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%

A huge thanks to Bill Scoobydank for making this happen.

Bottle poured into a small snifter produced a good finger of than head that stuck around and settled to a thick lace. The color of the brew was black with some tan highlights at the edges.

Great aromas' of chocolate and figs just filled my head. The flavor was outstanding as well with rich sweet chocolate and some nice espresso notes. The mouthfeel was just spot on for what I look for in a stout, thick and coating in you mouth.

A great drinking stout. It left me wanting for more. This one is worth seeking out.

joepais, Apr 11, 2010
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

cjgiant, Apr 15, 2014
Photo of JVan
4/5  rDev -7.2%

JVan, Apr 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

hopley, May 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

KJ2013, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of BB1313
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

BB1313, May 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16%

sgoro, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

CaptainNomihodai, Feb 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

HumanParaquat, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of tastybeer
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%

A good looking beer....Totally opaque, deep brown color, modest light brown head, and nice lace. Aroma is an easy going mix of dark chocolate, cocoa, dark berries, plums, vanilla bean, and perhaps a hint of smoke. Deep and smooth aromas... Taste is very chocolatey with some caramel, creamy vanilla, and lactose sweetness. Slight piney bitterness works its way through. Very yummy; dessert in a glass. Mouthfeel is extremely smooth, coating, and almost silky. Overall an excellent Russian Imperial Stout. Chocolate chocolate chocolate.

tastybeer, Dec 08, 2013
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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.

steve8robin, May 22, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

ChrisMon02, Sep 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

danwho, Apr 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

ralerwen, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of Gatch
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%

A: Pitch black with a short, medium brown head that fizzes up quickly and fades just as quickly. No lace or retention but huge legs.

S: Booze, raisins, molasses, dark chocolate, booze, roasted malt, coffee, booze, olive juice?

T: Big roasted malt, big booze, big chocolate & molasses. Smooth, sweet, and delicious. Although the booze can overwhelm the tongue at times.

M: Can be a bit cloying at the back with all that roasted malt and coffee. But the booze isn't too much and the flavors are great.

O: Everything a huge RIS should be. Finely crafted beer. A nice treat.

EDIT/Re-Review: enjoyed on-tap at Stoddard's Fine Food & Ale on 2/20/13. $8 for a 13oz. tulip. Not bad. This beer was better than I remember. Nothing that will blow your mind but it's a well-crafted, balanced, highly enjoyable RIS. The 12% ABV is barely noticeable and the rich flavors kept me craving a sip every few minutes. A very delicious sipper with all the great qualities of the style such as rich chocolate, dark fruits, woody/earthy flavors, and a hint of bitterness.

Gatch, Feb 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

Kramerbarthomer, Mar 10, 2014
Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 2,912 ratings.