Plead The 5th Imperial Stout | Dark Horse Brewing Company

Plead The 5th Imperial StoutPlead The 5th Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
95.9%
Liked This Beer
4.31 w/ 3,982 ratings
Plead The 5th Imperial StoutPlead The 5th Imperial Stout
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:
#455
Reviews:
933
Ratings:
3,982
Liked:
3,820
Avg:
4.31/5
pDev:
7.89%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
556
Gots:
1,060
Trade:
113
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,982 |  Reviews: 933
Photo of jason_nwx
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

2013 version ... awesome sick motor oil. Wow!

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

Had this one with two years of age on it

L -- Pours a fairly dark black color that doesn't let much light through but does have visible carbonation on the side of the glass. Small tan head produced with well-aerated pour retains minimally and laces alright
S -- Molasses, booze, caramel, toffee, dark chocolate, peanut, hazelnut, and nougat
T -- Big molasses, booze, well-roasted malts, and dark chocolate. Semi-sweet
F -- Huge mouthfeel that isn't totally booze-centric. Minimal carbonation. Somewhat velvety when the carb is still perceivable. Smooth, dark finish
O -- Nice, big, smooth stout. Nothing too extreme in either the aromas or the flavors. Remarkably little booziness for the ABV (although it's still definitely there!)

85/100

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Photo of Sabtos
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour is viscous shiny black with a large, light mocha froth receding to a thin film and thick mocha ring.

Smell has a luscious, seductive peanut buttery nutty coffee roastiness with chocolate milk and a hint of black licorice.

Taste is nutty molasses, dark chocolate, salty roasted nuts and smoky tobacco--Pt5 is just absolutely dialed into the darkness.

Feel is moderately thin though, with a light crisp fizz and semi-dry chew.

Side by side with the bourbon barrel aged version, I liked this better due to the complexity and depth of flavors able to be expressed here without the crippling interference the overbearing barrel brings.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jwilcox767
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown body (opaque), dark tan head.
S - Subtle notes of toffee and chocolate, big on the booze but well balanced.
T - Most identifiable are coffee/char/roasted malt. Taste lingers for a bit but never quite leaves. The alcohol is well covered but comes out in the aftertaste.
M - Definitely big on mouthfeel, more than full bodied, medium amount of carbonation, long lingering close.
O - Awesome RIS that I will be sure to get more of.

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

Photo of OompaMentor
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

9/4/2016; well balanced

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Photo of Vivaresh
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Tarps68
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MeIquiades
4.99/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of JustLikeMyDad
4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Mortalix
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Reef
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle dated 11/21/16 from chalice style glass

Pours black, minimal head subsides to a narrow ring. Full but short lived lacing. No solids.
Aroma has toffee, prunes, cocoa, spices, rain.
Cocoa nibs, coffee, slight char, stone fruit, peanut skins.
Full mouthfeel, rush of harmonious flavors released across the tongue. Little kick on aftertaste is the only noticeable alcohol.
I have a few local RIS' which I enjoy, but keep picking up Plead The Fifth when it shows up because of it's refined, complex flavors. Definitely has a place when I don't have the energy to wrestle with a BA monster.

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Photo of jwarsenal9
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Isarnan
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Raziel313
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Curt3
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wizzle32
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Moneyman11
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of clager
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

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Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 95.9% out of 100 with 3,982 ratings
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