Plead The 5th Imperial Stout
Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #89
Ranked #1,271
4.3 | pDev: 7.91%
Apr 07, 2022
Sep 28, 2008
Plead The 5th Imperial StoutPlead The 5th Imperial Stout
Notes: 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
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Photo of qrazvan
4.61/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by qrazvan from Romania

Old bottle kept at cold for a some years: quite simply one of the references imperial stout worldwide.

Apr 07, 2022
Photo of trevormajor
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by trevormajor from Ohio

12 oz can poured into a snifter at 55 degrees F. Side by side tasting with BBA Plead the 5th:
L - dark and silky with a dark hazelnut head that quickly evaporated
S - roasted malt, coffee, molasses
T - follows the nose, a bit of chocolate on the finish
F - thick mouthfeel with medium carbonation
O - very nice stout, bitter notes of coffee and roasted malt mix with a sweet molasses flavor

Jan 30, 2022
Photo of wartarthur
3.6/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by wartarthur

A bit disappointing. Dark color low foam. The flavor seemed little off not what I was hoping for in an Imperial stout.

Jan 08, 2022
4.4 by BLPasch from Michigan on Dec 25, 2021
3.75 by GaryM6 from New York on Jan 28, 2021
4.58 by AshBlackstone from Florida on Dec 18, 2020
Photo of Scottsbeer
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Scottsbeer from Florida

2016 on tap at Red Pig Brewing. Very nice Imperial Stout!

Oct 08, 2020
4.29 by GoffmanvsDuffman from Arizona on Aug 20, 2020
4.24 by puftdank from Illinois on May 14, 2020
4.63 by Shanex from France on May 04, 2020
4 by doctorgary from New York on Mar 10, 2020
Photo of PapaGoose03
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by PapaGoose03 from Michigan

12/01/21 It's aged a year and a half since my comment below and it's much more mature in taste. My only characteristic of this beer that is not improved is the mouthfeel. It's a bit on the thin side.
My favorite Imperial Stout and this one is just off the brewing/packaging line so it's tasting a bit young. I'll score it higher after some aging.

Mar 05, 2020
Photo of Bluecrow
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Bluecrow from New York

—deep colored bottle pour with a thin foam cap and an aroma of licorice and vitamin K. The flavor is full and rich, toasted malt, molasses, licorice are prominent. The brew is a bit sweeter than I prefer. The mouthfeel is very smooth.

Mar 03, 2020
4.25 by Patlee3324 from Massachusetts on Feb 12, 2020
4.1 by zbelair from Pennsylvania on Jan 13, 2020
Photo of dfillius
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by dfillius from Iowa

2011 vintage opened on 1/3/20. Aggressive pour yielded Low carbonation. I poured it back and forth between pint glasses to get it to breathe a bit and roused 0.5 fingers of marshmallowy-thick dark brown head with great retention. Liquid is pitch black. Very good looking. Aroma is molasses and bourbon and cocoa, some vanilla and coffee. Decent aroma. Flavor is remarkably sound after 8-9 years in the cellar and 2 house moves. Only off note is slight cardboard in the aftertaste which knocks the enjoyment down a bit. Strong beer that got a lot mellower in time and is quite enjoyable!

Jan 03, 2020
4.17 by ItsYourBoyBlue from Washington on Dec 12, 2019
4.27 by craigbelly from Iowa on Dec 09, 2019
4.96 by jwohio from Ohio on Dec 08, 2019
4 by rare_bird from Michigan on Dec 02, 2019
Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Newbeergeek1 from Maine

Damned fine RIS! I did some homework on this brew, decided it looked really good and it was everything I hoped it would be. Can’t wait to buy it again and would highly recommend this as one of the better RIP’s I have had.

Oct 27, 2019
4.04 by Duncian from Pennsylvania on Aug 05, 2019
Photo of GuyFawkes
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

Bottled 1/16/15; drank 3/10/17 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

A violent pour yielded a nice dark khaki head; decent lace.

Blackberry, bakers chocolate, raspberry & marshmallow notes in the nose; enticing!

Thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Blackberry & cream flavors up front; bakers chocolate notes on the finish. Faint booze heat emerged as this warmed.

The nose was incredible, but the flavor wasn't transcendent. Very good, and just shy of great...

Jul 22, 2019
Photo of soze47
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by soze47 from Massachusetts

Two and a half year old 12 oz bottle in a jar glass. Hardly a lick of head. Jet black Body.

Nose has a Molasses-heavy scent. Deeper notes of cinnamon and some leather tones also present more as it warms. Almost black licorice.

Taste is awesome - lots going on. Really like that it is heavy but complex - evolves throughout the pour - sweeter malts pop early and black Malts dance later.

Slick mouthfeel and i think it could stand a bit more bubbles. Maybe a product of it being an aged beer in a bottle.

Really nice - like this beer and think the classic imperial Russian stout malt profile do this beer week.

Jun 27, 2019
4.25 by ian_graf from Minnesota on Jun 09, 2019
Photo of Eyedoc27
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Eyedoc27 from Illinois

Really good

May 19, 2019
4.38 by Scottors from Wisconsin on May 05, 2019
4.35 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington on May 04, 2019
4.5 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania on May 01, 2019
Photo of flyingpig
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by flyingpig from Scotland

355ml bottle from (£4.90):
A jet black, opaque beer that's got a very fine, tan brown lacing on top but it quickly fades to a bubbly lacing around the circumference a few seconds later. The nose isn't quite as strong as you'd expect from an 11% beer but opens with dark malts, coffee & an earthy bitterness as well as some alcohol & touches of vanilla. The taste is stronger although the alcohol is surprisingly well hidden given the strength, there's plenty dark malts & a few smoked flavours with earthy hops & hints of caramel alongside some dark fruits sitting in the background. Its a full bodied beer with light carbonation & a fairly thick, smooth feel that goes down well with a pleasantly warming feel to round things off; great stuff. 

Apr 26, 2019
4.25 by schopenhauerale from Arizona on Mar 23, 2019
4.35 by Mickt465 from New Hampshire on Mar 10, 2019
4.27 by Biggiekrock627 from Maryland on Mar 09, 2019
4.21 by gradey from Indiana on Mar 06, 2019
4 by Dutchcraftbeergeek from Netherlands on Mar 04, 2019
4.27 by jimmyd3 from Michigan on Feb 24, 2019
Photo of larryi86
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by larryi86 from Delaware

Thank you FlintB for these!
2016 vs 2017 side by side, poured into tekus

A- Black with a two finger tan head 4.25

S- Dark fruits, dark chocolate, roasted malts, caramel malts, hints of licorice. 4.25

T- Roasted malts, dark fruits, chocolate, some coffee, caramel malts, touch of licorice. 4.5

M- Smooth, medium body. 4

O- A nice stout for aging, nice balanced dark fruits to the base beer, very enjoyable. 4.25

A- Black with a two finger tan head. 4.25

S- Roasted malts, dark chocolate, caramel malts, some dark fruits, hints of licorice. 4.25

T- Roasted malts, chocolate, touch of dark fruit, caramel malts, hint of licorice. 4.5

M- Smooth, medium body. 4

O- A tasty stout, very nice balance. 4.25

Feb 17, 2019
Photo of Nass
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Nass from Florida

No date or vintage on the bottle. Not a very big aroma as compared to other RIS that I have had in the past. On the taste I'm getting a fair amount of dark fruit notes but it's melded well together, some baker's chocolate, nice roast character on the finish. Yes, black licorice is a note that I can agree with on this beer. The 11% abv is well hidden, just a slight sting. I also agree that there is a good hop presence on the beer which I can care less for. It's a good RIS but it's not up there with the greats. Cheers! A-

Feb 17, 2019
4.34 by robotic_being from Florida on Jan 26, 2019
4.17 by NCSapiens from Indiana on Jan 26, 2019
Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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