Plead The 5th Imperial Stout | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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4.31/5
Outstanding
4,037 Ratings
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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:
#511
Reviews:
946
Ratings:
4,037
pDev:
7.89%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
564
Gots:
1,078
Trade:
110
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 4,037 |  Reviews: 946
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

Photo of tvenne
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HopsAreDaMan
4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first go around with this was pretty nice. It reminded me of Bell's Expedition stout, but not as good.

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

Photo of Thrifty101091
4.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of axf4129
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lahey
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark black with medium head. Coffee smell. Smell and taste is a dry bitter coffee taste with light chocolate. Nice full body. This is a very well rounded imperial stout. Not too much sweetness and no off flavors. I prefer barrel aged imperial stouts, but this is a very good offering.

Edit: I originally tried this on tap. I just tried it out of the bottle and it's equally as good. Very enjoyable. Somewhat dry, but the flavors are legit.

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Photo of MrJuengling
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of Dharmelink
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of outdoor7or24
4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass, purchased at total wine in Charleston, SC.
A: nothing spectacular, 1/4 inch thin brown foam head that quickly fades, used motor oil brown, thick looking
S: heavily smoked malt, chocolate, coffee, booziness, prune, dark fruit
M: thick and chewy, feels like thick coating on the tongue
T: raisins, prune, dark smoked malt, black molasses, hint of bittering hops, slight burbon taste, oak, little booziness in the finish
O: great RIS and will seek this out again, taste was very fresh in this bottle, nothing was overkill including the alcohol taste, great job brewery!

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Photo of NMA
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Very covered up eleven 11%er... Nice.

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
3.35/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pitch black color with minimal head that diminishes completely. Smells like chocolate and bourbon. Taste is of tobacco, chocolate, bourbon, mild coffee, and malt. Feel has no lingering and is not as thick as expected. Slow sipper nonetheless.

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Photo of Wardt16
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MacMalt
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

BIF gift from @superspak. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into stout glass. It pours nearly jet black with mahogany hues when held to the light, with one finger of rich, mocha-colored head and lacing. It's an elegant pour. It smells of dark malt, caramel, cocoa, dark coffee, nuts, and faint bourbon. It is delicious! Chocolate and coffee-forward with vanilla, nuts, and lots of dark cherry. It has a hint of smoke and finishes with just a touch of bitterness. It is medium-bodied, creamy, fairly-lightly carbonated, and despite the 11% ABV it is not overtly boozy. In fact, it is quite easy to drink. I'm surprised by the variation in ratings; folks seem either to really like it or are ambivalent. To me, it's an outstanding RIS; it has all the attributes to make it a leader of the style. It deserves its Outstanding rating.

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

Photo of Jaypeajus
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Into snifter. 11-11-16 date. Deep black pour; brown ring, no head. Smells charred earth and chocolate wonderfulness. Taste is sweet at first, middle is big chewy boozed fruit, end is bitter and dry. I really like it it. Swallow is pretty thick, Mouthfeel leaves a heavy earthy dirt/wood feel. Overall, IMO, a great stout. Would love to try the BA version. Will drink again.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.99/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip...

Pours a classic fairly-opaque dark-brown to black. Very little head, perhaps half an inch of root beer float tan, and surprisingly little lacing.

The aroma is somewhat unique, albeit subdued. Amid the smoky coffee notes (expected) are some fairly pronounced herbal notes (anise?) with some solvent in the background.

The flavor is much more of an explosion than the aroma, but follows it. Dark fruit and herbs take more of a center stage than coffee and chocolate. The ABV is fairly well hidden, though there are solvent notes at the finish.

The mouthfeel is excellent. Thick and chewy like an RIS should be, but with a fine dry finish, helped along by ample carbonation and a bite of alcohol bite.

Overall, a fine take on the style, if a bit off-beat.

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Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 4,037 ratings