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
Ratings:
3,963
Reviews:
929
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
8.27%
 
 
Wants:
555
Gots:
1,056
For Trade:
114
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Ratings: 3,963 |  Reviews: 929
Photo of MrDis
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PJCarnell
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jglaser451
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ZebulonXZogg
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of Lelampp
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of WindUpBird
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Dark dark brown...almost black, with just a wisp of a head.The smell is of cocoa, coffee and smoke. The taste is somewhat sweet but not cloying, cocoa and fruit with just a hint of booze. The overall impression is of a beer that demands attention, but savoring its complexity is worth the effort. It packs a strong punch at 11%, which for me makes it a "one-and-done," but also one I'd like to come back to.

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Photo of Meyers1023
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours completely dark with light brown head. Aroma is full of chocolate, caramel, and dark fruits. Flavor is raisins, chocolate, a little bit of roasted coffee, and some alcohol. The feel is a little thicker than medium, more carbonation than expected, and goes perfectly with the beer. This is a great stout! I've heard so much about it and I'm glad to finally be trying it.

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Photo of jlindros
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Looks like my review for this was lost, so luckily doing it side by side with the BBA verison, this one has some age on it, white label with no logo cap, must be 2011.

Pours a small darker fizzy head that fades quickly, super dark pitch black beer with looooong legs.

Nose lots of dark malts, plenty of roasted malt barley, char, roasted coffee, some fudgey chocolate, dark roasted cocoa and a little fluffy nougat, some baking spices, that nougat and chocolate bring candy bar sweetness, a creamy note, coffee syrup, chocolate syrup.

Taste brings plenty more dark roasted malts, charred barley, a little burnt coffee, coffee beans, coffee syrup, super dark chocolate, into chocolate syrup and some fudgey chocolate cocoa, a little fluffy nougat and baking spices again and maybe faint anise, mild caramel and syrupy flavors in general, with some spicy bitter hops kicking in late. A little booze warmth, little creamy and fluffy, a little fusel alcohol flavor on the back end.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, a little creamy and fluffy, decent carb, some hot tingly booze.

Overall not bad, better than I remember, less anise and I think there was smoke before, or too much burnt char, but a pretty good beer, feels a touch thin for what it is.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bubseymour
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bcsbeer
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of warlock_with_a_backpack
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jzlyo
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is chocolate/dark chocolate, dark malts, coffee and a hint of dry earthiness. The flavor is chocolate/dark chocolate, coffee, dark malts, mild dark fruit/fruit and a mix of big acidity and slight spiciness/alcohol in the finish.

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Photo of emptyglassagain
3.38/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SaltofOH
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle no date, but bought from the worst craft beer store in Ann Arbor so it might be a year or more old (other bottles were). Michigan craft pint glass.

A: pours a completely opaque black with a quarter finger tan head. Not really any visible carb at the glass rim. No lacing, modest retention.

S: raisins, molasses, dark chocolate, prunes, caramel, honey, needless to say - sweet, with loads of dark, dried fruit.

T: arrives sweet, and develops into cascading layers of the aforementioned prunes, molasses, dark chocolate. Syrupy molasses sweetness lingers. A little alcohol as it warms.

M: full bodied and slick, very slick. Relatively high carbonation keeps it just on this side of cloying.

O: wow is that a big, sweet beer. This is my first RIS in a long time, and it's a bit too sweet. A real sipper. Not my fave RIS.

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

Photo of fosters9
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paulish
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dragginballs76
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours black off white head great lacing

Aroma - Dark chocolate, caramel, tobacco, cocoa and roasted malts.

Flavor - Flavors are well balanced, bitter chocolate, vanilla , cocoa and roasted malts.

Feel- Pretty full mouthfeel coats the mouth very smooth and velvet feeling.

Overall - Very solid beer, great flavors and very smooth feel.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of alcohline_trip
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of basaywhat
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours black with low brown head. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits. Nice creamy rich and full bodied stout with loads of coffee, chocolate and vanilla.

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Photo of Gtg642
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SayBoom
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
4.23 out of 5 based on 3,963 ratings.
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