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:
3,963
Reviews:
929
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
8.27%
 
 
Wants:
555
Gots:
1,057
For Trade:
114
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Ratings: 3,963 |  Reviews: 929
Photo of ntanner83
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fern22
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2016 Bottle poured into typical glass snifter at room temp on 2/12/17.

Appearance is black, opaque, viscous, very little dark brown head. Looks like someone melted licorice and carbonated it a little. The whiff hints of what might be expected by the appearance: malt, molasses, peaty to some extent. Malt bomb with the elements of dark chocolate that carries through the same taste from beginning to end with a strong aftertaste. There's almost a burnt maple syrup taste as well. Not exactly the smoothest beer considering how strong its taste is, but you will not get any alcohol. This beer sets the bar for the imperial stout standards of excellence.

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Photo of DankScuba
3.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of goblue30
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of alarmclock314
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, dated 12/13/16. Pours jet black with a small sized dark khaki head. Smells of roasted malt, caramel, cocoa with some earthy hops, coffee, and char. The taste follows exactly with roasted malt, caramel, cocoa, hops, coffee, and char. Surprisingly low bitterness for the style and light sweetness. The alcohol is well hidden. Thick, rich body and low carbonation. Overall, this felt like a mix of a RIS and a Milk Stout. It's viscous, lightly bitter, and hits on all the relevant stout flavors. A well crafted brew.

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Photo of kinggimp
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MOARBEEEER
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mxsluis
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jeromedepot
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cycle69
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mjgsilva
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hayley_86
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rick778
3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Donkster46
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

I love this stout. Pours a dark chocolate with hint of deep deep red and brown. Smells incredible. Like a cup of coffee with a chocolate bar melted in it. Plus maybe cocoa nibs and toasted nuts maybe? Flavor is outstanding, coffee, chocolate, toasty sweet goodness followed by smooth malty toasted...something. Overall it's a top quality stout. I can barely detect any alcohol at all which is incredible for a big beer at 11% abv.

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Photo of bb_hagen
4.74/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of biggoon16
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Masonz223
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smell: big Umami smoked meat bakers chocolate raisin tobacco

Taste: upfront there's an initial sweetness raisin bakers chocolate transitions in the middle of the mouth to a big Smokey presence pipe tobacco smoked meat Umami. Im the finish you get a vanilla type sweetness and some expresso bitterness.

Feel: medium to full body creamy soft dry in the finish the expresso biterness lingers in the aftertaste.

Overall: bottled 11/11/15 more smokiness a very complex smokey flavor less sweet big expresso note in the finish just enough sweetness there to keep the smoke and biterness in line I think this beer is better with some age on it. But fresh it's really good too.

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Photo of ItsBeer4Me
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of derekgw123
4.61/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ChrisTota
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jpb123
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Leif_Eriksson
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: pours pitch black, with a cherry red head and light carbonation.

Nose: milk chocolate, cherries, old wood smoke.

Taste: creamy, chewy, woodsmoke, chocolate milkshake, dark cherry character. Huge beer!

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