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Plead The 5th Imperial Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,759
Reviews: 750
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.14%
Wants: 477
Gots: 665 | FT: 71
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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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Ratings: 2,759 | Reviews: 750 | Display Reviews Only:
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NateMac13

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

08-17-2012 14:34:31 | More by NateMac13
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dkw0063

Texas

4/5  rDev -7%

10-29-2013 18:05:49 | More by dkw0063
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JVan

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7%

04-04-2013 13:36:20 | More by JVan
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vrbulldog22

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

06-25-2012 04:04:13 | More by vrbulldog22
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dalepryor

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +16.3%

05-07-2013 20:45:04 | More by dalepryor
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stortore

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

07-20-2013 03:43:55 | More by stortore
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Anonymous1

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

11-16-2012 08:34:16 | More by Anonymous1
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Zuidman

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-30-2014 01:41:53 | More by Zuidman
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ArchEnemyBrew

Washington

4/5  rDev -7%

06-26-2013 04:07:19 | More by ArchEnemyBrew
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Jordy777

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

07-01-2013 04:48:15 | More by Jordy777
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tdmccarthy

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

03-09-2013 02:06:40 | More by tdmccarthy
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samie85

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours an inky black with a full finger of dark brown head that quickly dissipates.

S-Smells of banana bread, some dark fruit, and a bit of roasted and chocolate malts.

T-Very sweet and rich chocolate on the front end with dark and bitter chocolate one the finish with a slight, clean bitterness.

M-Medium bodied with low carbonation and a slight bit of warmth in the mouth and throat.

D-This one is almost too easy drinking considering the body and ABV; the alcohol is barely present in the warmth I described in the mouthfeel and I'm used to a heavier feel with bigger beers. I want to like it, but I yearn for a some more complexity in flavors and a richer mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 02:58:45 | More by samie85
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WesM63

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

08-30-2013 02:28:00 | More by WesM63
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Hessian257

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

11-17-2012 02:42:04 | More by Hessian257
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CWhite

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

03-25-2014 06:25:36 | More by CWhite
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -- Pours a rich dark brown with a slim creamy brown head. Coats the glass like crazy. Very photogenic.

Smell -- Very dark fruit forward, culling up notes of figs, dried cherries and cranberries. Additional notes of coffee and dark chocolate.

Taste -- On the whole Plead the 5th is First impression is of flourless chocolate cake and dried black cherries. Anise, figs, charred malt, and faint woodsmoke are also present. Slightly sweet, like a dark spice cake. Charred roast flavor does well in helping to balance the malt sweetness. The finish is rich with cocoa, black cherry, and charred malt.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-full in body, velvety. Carbonation is pitch-perfect: soft, but not quite creamy. Slightly thicker and this would have been perfect for me. I'm probably nitpicking to be honest.

Overall -- Great imperial stout. Stellar rich malt notes, and great depth. The finish had a bit more burnt char acridity than I would like. Otherwise the beer was amazing. This would be worth buying by the case. Quality for certain.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 20:24:56 | More by yeahnatenelson
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marburg

Michigan

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

I'm going skiing up north this weekend, and I thought it'd be a good idea to change some of the fluids in my car. So I added some power steering fluid (now specially formulated with StopLeak...!!! and !) and some anti-freeze. No big deal.

But then I was surprised and angered to see that my wife had taken some serious automtoive initiative performed an oil change on my car and left the remnants in my Detroit Brewing Co pint glass. Now, what the hell would anyone do that for?

This is serious, viscous, flat, sludge-like beer. Not even a jacuzzi jet stream could churn up a head on this. Chocolate brownie nose with a side of oatmeal and a splash of nail polish remover in the nose. Fairly potent after it opens up a bit.

Starts with a fleeting sweetness that's driven by chocolate. Before getting accustomed to it, there seems to be a bit of a rubbing alcohol astringency in the finish. Hops or alcohol gone awry? Eventually, all I really get is a roasty coffee bitterness with a heaping tablespoon of sugar and a pump of some sort of trendy mocha syrup.

Interesting beer and hard to rate for some reason. Dark Horse has something of a penchant for stouts, and this doesn't really disappoint. A bit intense through the first sip or two, but give it a few minutes -- it really gets quite good.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2005 05:28:44 | More by marburg
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jayhunter357

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

04-22-2014 12:15:49 | More by jayhunter357
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danwho

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

04-14-2013 16:12:03 | More by danwho
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DanGeo

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

04-16-2013 13:46:07 | More by DanGeo
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Greywulfken

New York

4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 19:15:23 | More by Greywulfken
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dcloeren

Texas

4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured an ink black with a finger of frothy dark copper head. The head quickly receded but I like to think that it was swallowed by the dark hole that is at the center of this stout. No lacing, but this beer has some heavy heavy curtains for sure

This beer is aromatic as hell! The aroma of this beer billowed out of the glass as it filled up. RICH RICH dark chocolate, great hints of vanilla up front that only become more and more present as this beer warms. Subtle coffee and caramel along with roasted malt and some booze. Very robust smelling and inviting all at the same time

The taste of this beer follows the nose to the T. Rich and bitter dark chocolate is the major player in this beer with nice hints of cocoa, coffee and roasted/burnt malt. The vanilla is a extremely nice touch as it becomes more and more apparent as this beer warms up. Finishes off with a nice hint of booze after each sip. Fantastic.

This beer tastes mother f***ing phenomenal but the mouthfeel is where it really makes its money. Rich, thick and chewy with an abundant amount of carbonation that really gives this beer a nice touch. Very present chocolate/coffee aftertaste that straight up coats your entire mouth with every sip.

This was a fantastic find. An excellent, easy drinking stout. They did an amazing job of blending the dark chocolate and vanilla together to where they both are easy to pick out but mix together OH SO WELL! Although the booze becomes more apparent once this stout warms up, it does no harm to this stout whatsoever. Will be going out of my way to find some more for sure. Extremely pumped that I got 2 bottles!

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 00:39:40 | More by dcloeren
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POTABLE83

New York

4/5  rDev -7%

06-25-2012 14:05:30 | More by POTABLE83
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stumac

Texas

4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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...

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2008 23:34:56 | More by stumac
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sammyg832

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

06-26-2014 21:53:10 | More by sammyg832
Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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