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
Ranking:
#504
Reviews:
943
Ratings:
4,033
pDev:
7.89%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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1,078
Trade:
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Ratings: 4,033 |  Reviews: 943
Photo of CharlesK
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

A very complex, flavorful Imperial Stout that is easy to drink- maybe a bit too easy for the 11.0% abv!!! But hey, I'm not complaining at all about that! This will be on my dark beer rotation from now on.

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Photo of Justdoit1234
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NathanBeets
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of amsett10
3.71/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

12oz bottle, bottled on 12/05/17, served in a snifter.

Appearance: Pitch black letting no light through at all. Thin dark tan ring of foam, some fine island and strands of lacing that slowly slid down the glass.

Smell: At first, a little coppery, and then a nice hit of roasted malt, maybe just a hint of almond, and some toffee-like sweetness. Cocoa powder chocolate notes as well.

Taste: Chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, a little licorice, a little marzipan, and a lingering bitterness that is part black coffee, part metallic, part bittersweet chocolate

Mouthfeel: Creamy, just right carbonation. A bit sticky on the teeth and a little warming at the finish.

Overall / Drinkability: A really good imperial stout, quite rich flavors and a nice combination of flavors as well with some interesting notes I haven't typically had in a stout, at least not in awhile. Would definitely pair this with a meal, but quite good by itself as a slow sipping beer. I will definitely have to pick this up again.

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Photo of Mikecd234
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of willp27
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

Photo of austinc94
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ADKbeerguy
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of mush
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AmeriCanadian
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jkblr
3.97/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottled 11/25/16 poured into a tulip glass at fridge temp 11% ABV. The beer pours dense black with a little tight reddish brown head. The head recedes quickly leaving just a faint ring and a bit of lacing. The aroma is dark chocolate and just a little tobacco. The taste is dark chocolate up front with a very roasty bitterness coming in to finish. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, adequately carbonated with a wet, but not overly sweet finish. Overall, very good, but not in the same class as some of the titans of the style.

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

Photo of antman27
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eman17
3.73/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cmukid87
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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

I'm gonna go ahead and exercise this amendment. No...nevermind. That wouldn't be right, as this was a gift. Thanks Joe!

Please The 5th pours pitch, burnt, motor oil black with a thin tan head that completely throws in the towel.

Molasses, burnt toast, olive, brown sugar. All the makings of a fine imperial stout.

The flavor again is abundant in molasses and brown sugar. The other aromas seem to have opted out if this segment. As it warms, flat cola comes through. The alcohol is well hidden. And I mean well hidden.

Despite its sticky coating of the mouth and tongue, this beer seems surprisingly thin. Most likely due to the lack of carbonation, but in general, it makes this very easy to rinse and repeat. Roasty bitterness really aids this beer from being too sweet, and really brings it all together nicely.

I don't have the right words to sum it up. It's a delicious stout. I think it lacks a little in look and feel, but it smells great and tastes even better, and those are the most important things. Cheers!

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Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 4,033 ratings