Plead The 5th Imperial Stout | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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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:
3,970
Reviews:
930
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
8.27%
 
 
Wants:
556
Gots:
1,059
For Trade:
114
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Photo of CRJMellor
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours syrupy black and brown with no head or lace at all. Carbonation is there just well concealed.
Aroma of chocolates, roasted nuts, some raisins and some seriously resiny bitterings.
Flavors of dark chocolate, caramel with a hint of coffee was noted early. Upon further review some dark fruits and atouch of heavy, oily resins also comes through on the palate.
Mouthfeel is palate coating sweetness with some gritty coffee notes and a hot "spicy" finish. Unique finish on this one.
Drinkability is good. True to style, strong, thick, filling and syrupy. Broad, round complex flavors, nice transitions.

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Photo of ssimpson89
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

- 2013 vintage
- 12 oz. bottle poured into stemless wine glass on 8-Jun-14

This tastes like an imperial milk stout. Body's very smooth, almost velvety. Nice toasty and roasty flavors. Bitter dark chocolate with slight hints of vanilla. Very easy drinking for an 11% brew.

Comparing to other fresh IRS's... I like this slightly better than Stone's and Bell's Expedition, but not better than Siberian Night and maybe BORIS. In other words, this is among the top tier RIS's out there and I'm glad to have finally enjoyed a glass.

Gotta say, the BBA version is pretty nuts.

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Photo of thewimperoo
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of alexsergio
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of ncstateplaya
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of jvillefan
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Chaney
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I split this with my wife tonight during dessert.

A: Absolutely no head whatsoever! Very dark, but almost more of a dark, dark, dark brown color as apposed to a pitch black one.

S: A bit of teryaki sauce, but also a huge dark, bittersweet chocolate bill. As it warmed, it became even more intense, but even more enticing.

T: Dark chocolate milk and then some. Initially, when I tried this one too much on the cold side, I was conflicted about it. However, now this is dark chocolate magic. I've read some reviews on here where others have mentioned a burnt quality. To be honest, I didn't get that at all. Quite the contrary..

M: Heavy, but worth it. Low carbonation (as it should be), not too sweet in the slightest.

O: It's hard to make an impression in a market saturated with great Imperial Stouts, but this one delievered. I would love to try the bourbon-aged version of this one.

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Photo of Hanzo
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of BcOneSeven
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Soneast
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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

Photo of BT_Bobandy
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of ThickNStout
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Whatsarezaf (thanks man!). Served in a snifter. No bottling date noticed. 

Pours deep black with a wisp of mocha head. No lacing.

Smells of roasty malts, dark fruit, smoke, chocolate, coffee and licorice.

Taste follows the nose. Bitter dark chocolate covered burnt coffee beans, leather, dates, smokey wood and a mere hint of bitter hops. I taste a little booze but not near what I expect from 12% alcohol. 

Creamy medium thick feel with mild carbonation. 

This was an awesome extra in a trade. If given the chance, I'll happily pick up a pack or two of this. I have to assume this has a little age from the rich creamy feel and well hidden alcohol. Big, bold, delicious- worth a try for any fan of imperial stouts. 

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Photo of Danielr26
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of emmasdad
3.15/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've had this one a few times now, and waited to review it as I figured maybe something in my perception of this beer was off. After further consideration, I realize that maybe I just don't care for it all that much.

Pours a very dark brown, black color, with a small but firm dark brown head. Aromas of black licorice, molasses and a bit of vanilla. Somewhat bitter on the palate, with more licorice, chocolate and alcohol. I can't place my finger on it, but I just don't like it.

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Photo of jsanford
3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with brown highlights and a thin mocha ring. Aromas of dark chocolate, bitter roasted malt, and a touch of caramel. Nice, but fairly typical of the RIS style. Taste is similarly middle-of-the-road, with more roasted malt, dry cocoa powder, espresso beans, and a long bitter finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and moderately creamy, with a medium-full body and low carbonation. Overall a tasty RIS, but nothing new.

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Photo of Patches826
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kbuzz
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of bnes09
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good stout, however, lacks carbonation which makes the appearance suffer as well. Robust, roasted flavor and aroma though.

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Photo of JohnK17
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ruizjoeseph for this as an extra!

Appearance:
Holy darkness, this is a thick, black imperial stout with a razor thin tan head. There is very little carbonation and the lacing came and went as fast as the head did.

Smell:
Intense, rich chocolate and a biting alcohol. What a big beer!

Taste:
This beer rivals a FBS with it's richness and chocolatiness. The alcohol blends perfectly with an incredibly potent stout. I can't believe how this would be barrel aged.

Mouthfeel:
Thick as it appears and tastes, the amount of carbonation is perfect and the alcohol is almost completely hidden. It's an absolutely phenomenal imperial stout and I have no complaints.

Overall:
What else can I say, this beer was outstanding and highly recommended.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thebigredone
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
4.23 out of 5 based on 3,970 ratings.
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