Plead The 5th Imperial Stout | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
3,976
Reviews:
930
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
8.27%
 
 
Wants:
557
Gots:
1,062
For Trade:
114
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of ZebulonXZogg
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black, small dark brown head leaves an oil slick on the side of the glass. Awesome appearance!
Aroma is heavy on roasted malt, coffee and ash. Ya just gotta love the aroma, almost like burnt stale gas station coffee at 4am.
Tastes are quite similar, hints of dark fruit in the finish.
Thick and oily on the tongue, goes down smoothly.
This is one terrific beer, incredible flavors and aromas make this another super RIS outa Michigan.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a glass from the bottle, one must note the attractiveness of this beer. Pouring a handsome black color, a mocha colored head tops the beer before fading to lace the sides of the glass. In the aroma, one gets notes of burnt malts, chocolate, and a hint of molasses. I was a little surprised that the aroma is so muted since this is relatively fresh. On the initial taste, one detects dark chocolate, smoke, burnt sugar a sweet backbone. The alcohol is noticeable, but in a good way. I enjoyed this stout near room temperature, which really helps to highlight the nuances of the beer. The smooth mouthfeel allows a sweet dark chocolate note to linger on the back of the tongue until it almost becomes mediciney. It is an that point that the warming sensation of the alcohol bursts through and reminds you that this stout has an 11%ABV. After about three sips of this beer, I am starting to feel it. This beer is an excellent nightcap, and may be best shared with a friend.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured this into my beer tasting wine glass. Not much to be said for the head, a little caramel color that disappeared quickly. This monster poured like 10W-30! The aroma is caramel chocolate, and raisin. Taste is the same, nice hop balance bitter coffee with a little bit of lactose and vanilla. The mouthfeel is silky smooth, like the oily pour would suggest. Highly drinkable, though you better not be a lightweight. Once again a SOLID effort from a brewery that has puts out a lot of winners. I applaud Dark Horse for putting out some great and fairly priced four packs of specialty beers.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle picked up at Abe's in Bethlehem. Uncapped and poured into a standard shaker glass. The 5th appears a nearly opaque brown color with about an inch of dark tan foam. Smells and tastes of molasses, dark and bittersweet chocolate, mocha, licorice, espresso, a hint of soy sauce, dried dark fruits. Approaching full bodied, syrupy and slick, with decent carbonation for the style. Alcohol heat is well hidden. Overall, a great stout at a good price.

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Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
4.23 out of 5 based on 3,976 ratings.
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