Plead The 5th Imperial Stout | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
darkhorsebrewery.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

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
2014 - white label with black logo cap, ABV of 11% in the top right corner, government warning on bottom right side of label

Added by HopHead84 on 09-27-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#856
Reviews:
947
Ratings:
4,051
pDev:
7.89%
 
 
Wants:
563
Gots:
1,077
Trade:
107
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Ratings: 4,051 |  Reviews: 947
Photo of cozmo
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tittyfish
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cmurphy7
3.81/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Danmullens1
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bum4ever
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jordanginsberg
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tp1962
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of APH
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DavidRandall
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GRap
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Hallbrauhaus
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kilconey
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Here here! Judge Raul has entered his chambers! But unlike Charles Laughton in Witness for the Prosecution, this one is not large and in charge. Looks all dark and Stout-like, ok cool. Aroma is a bit light for me, while taste and feel are the same. It’s tasty like Maureen O’Hara when she’s being all kinds of naughty, still, Plead The 5th ain’t naughty enough for the Raul man.

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Photo of Milktoast75
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Dark as night. Darker, thin head gone immediately. Watery appearance vs. syrupy. Dark fruit smell. Sweet smell of raisin, molasses.
Taste is smooth. Light for the style but not lacking in flavor. Stout with a refreshing taste. But a full stout. Light feel.
Excellent beer.
If you see it. Buy it.

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Photo of Anselm
3.87/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

More obvious hop presence than other imperial stouts but not as overdone as, say, Old Rasputin. Reallly good flavors accompany the usual stuff you get with imperial stouts, remniscient of caramel, riesen candy, tootsie rolls, and some black licorice.

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Photo of BenHoppy
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Was not a fan of this beer fresh or bourbon barrel aged, then again maybe I had a bad batch of the bourbon barrel aged version.


This beer aged 12-18 months as no bottle date is on bottle but I had had it aging for over a year. Poured room temp into snifter:

Dark as night but not as pretty as other imperial stouts such as Oskar Blues Ten Fidy
Aroma is chocolate, malt, barley, dark fruit

Feel is thin yet syrupy and enough boozy to slow sip yet easily drinkable

Taste is chocolate fudge, syrup, molasses, hops, and oats with a tobacco finish

Overall this is best aged and drunk room temp in a snifter.

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Photo of blevinsaj
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Qwest_35
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mnine
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of khoff5
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KarlHvK
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cd34
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tshane
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the top 10 delicious beers I have ever tasted. Strangely enough, the Bourbon Barrel aged version tastes raw by comparison, a little young.

Appearance: Pours a deep, rich, coffee brown with a short creamy dark tan head that dissipates after about five or six minutes. A strong cell phone flashlight does not penetrate or illuminate the brew in a tall glass!

Aroma: Molasses, complex coffee and of course, beer.

Taste: Roasty malty sweetness, balanced by coffee-like bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Thick and slippery.

Overall: Delicious! An amazing combination of sweetness, coffee bitterness and a touch of molasses.

One of my favorite beers ever. Reminds me of Sumatra Mountain Brown Coffee Ale by Founders, another top ten favorite.

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Photo of Botulizard
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 4,051 ratings