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Plead The 5th Imperial Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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3,067 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,067
Reviews: 767
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.12%
Wants: 518
Gots: 717 | FT: 82
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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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Jason1337, Jun 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

KJ2013, Oct 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

ChrisL24481, Sep 16, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

sammyg832, Jun 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

coz, May 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

WesM63, Aug 30, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16%

kevgod, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Awesome extra from stxSS07! 12oz bottle into a Stone IRS glass.

A: Inky black beer with about a finger worth of frothy tan head that recedes to practically nothing. Completely opaque. No lacing to speak of. This is a damn dark beer. Some mung on the bottom of the glass.

S: Molasses, brown sugar, roasted barley, and a fair amount of booze. Roasted barley and a bit of coffee as well. Dark fruits, plums, and just a hint of earth in there as well.

T: Chocolate and a fair amount of coffee and burnt malts, some caramel, decent amount of hops in here which pair nicely with the bitter burnt malts. Finish is bitter and resinous hops dominate the long finish. Brown sugar and molasses are mixed in with a lot of chocolate. Not bad at all.

M: Very heavy, viscous body, with light creamy carbonation. Sticky on the lips, and fairly warming on the finish. Warms the whole way down, without really being hot. Very nice here.

O: A nice stout that I would love to have on hand regularly in the winter time. Tons of great flavors and a nice amount of complexity without ever being overwhelming. Nicely done!

pokesbeerdude, May 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

calcnerd, Mar 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Massbmx, Apr 23, 2012
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3/5  rDev -30.4%

CityofBals, Jan 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Yeti1979, Oct 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -13%

DaveMiller, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of mattcrill
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Dark cocoa, roasty nose up front. Bready yeast aromatics in the background. Dark fruit esters and some warming alcohol notes flood the nose. Milk chocolate aromatics as the beer warms up.

Appearance: Deep brown pour with a tan sudsy head. Impressive lacing and a bit of legs as the beer is swirled.

Flavor: Dark chocolate and cocoa, espresso with cream, and roasted grain flavors all up front. Just a touch of dark carmel to provide the counterpoint to all the roasted goodness. Balance is firmly toward the bitter roasted flavors. Finish is bone dry.

Mouthfeel: Big, velvety, slightly creamy. Moderate carbonation. Warming alcohol but it's well knit with the flavor. Can definitely feel it coating the tongue.

Overall impression: Wow! Perfect sipper for this cloudy, cool spring day. I'll definitely be enjoying this again as long as we can get it in Ohio. Good stuff.

mattcrill, Mar 28, 2010
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4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz 2010 bottling into Leffe chalice. Thanks for the glass, Ding. Enjoyed at room temperature.

Head fizzes out but beer is a healthy robust brown. Nose is chocolaty and a bit of dark fruit, some serious alcohol too. Taste has big velvet chocolate flavors, some pipe tobacco, pine resin hops and more dark fruit. Mild coffee. Very sweet, pretty hot. Still, it works. Mouthfeel is a bit hot but ultimately satisfying. This beer is stellar- a hefty, bold, no-nonsense RIS. One of Dark Horse's stronger beers. Would like to see this with some age on it.

ShogoKawada, Oct 13, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

HoppyBastard2, May 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

DanGeo, Apr 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

scotv, Jun 24, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev -9.5%

ortie, Sep 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

LotsofLupulin, Aug 03, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Rand_ale_Thor, Mar 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

NooseJustice, Dec 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

NateMac13, Aug 17, 2012
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3.45/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Thanks to Carl! No date. Purchased at Julio's.

Pours a thick motor-oil black with some tan head after a thorough agitation. Nose is weird at first but some blows off. Fresh milk is the first thing to mind (uh oh). Creamy milk chocolate and grass. Palate is sharp and biting with alcohol. Creamy creamy creamy carbonation. Mocha (coffee + chocolate)....

stop the presses. Me thinks there's lacto ruining this beer. Banana peel comes out on the nose and things fall apart. Will re-rate if the opportunity presents. Fail. (A: 4, S: 2.5, T: 2.5, M: 2, Overall 1.5 = D+ or 2.33)

Re-Review: Appearance is the same as above but everything else is different. Big milk chocolate and coffee on the nose. Palate is rich and thick with tons of roasted black coffee beans, grounds and brew. Bitter/dark chocolate, earthy moss and top soil, lots of tanned leather and cocoa nibs. Long finish. Delightful. Sucks that I had an infected bottle the first time. The score reflects the good bottle, but the overall score is lowered due to lack of coding and the off-bottl.e

SFLpunk, Jul 10, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

TheBishopco, Dec 22, 2011
Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 3,067 ratings.