Plead The 5th Imperial Stout | Dark Horse Brewing Company

Plead The 5th Imperial StoutPlead The 5th Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
95.9%
Liked This Beer
4.31 w/ 3,982 ratings
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
Ranking:
#473
Reviews:
933
Ratings:
3,982
Liked:
3,820
Avg:
4.31/5
pDev:
7.89%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
556
Gots:
1,060
Trade:
113
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.3/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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

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

12oz bottle. Pours a viscous pitch black color with an inch plus of dark brown head. Some lacing. Roasty aroma with lots of espresso and chocolate syrup. Molasses, tobacco and leather. The taste is espresso, molasses and leather with more of the chocolate syrup. Roasty espresso towards the end with some licorice. Moderate alcohol burn. Earthy. Lots of carbonation with a heavy, creamy mouthfeel. Overall, great RIS I'll be buying again.

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

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of xtonytx
4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Extremely dark brown with very little head and no lacing.

Smell: Milk chocolate, coffee, molasses, toffee and dark fruit - smells like a very standard RIS.

Taste: Great mix of more bitter espresso & dark chocolate and sweet molasses & licorice. Simply an everyday RIS done right.

Feel: Thick, rich and luxuriant. Fairly warming, but the finish is not as dry as desired.

Overall: Very well executed RIS. However, there are many similar ones on the market, and despite enjoying this greatly, I feel little need to have it again.

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4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of zimm421
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip. Appears a dark brown, nearly black, with one finger of tan head. The head dissipates fairly quickly, but leaves a ring around the glass, and has nice lacing.

The nose is full of deep roastiness and wonderful dark and milk chocolates. Not overwhelmingly powerful, but the notes are there (just too weak for me). The taste is again full of chocolate, some dark fruits, smoke and a wonderfully roasted malt finish. This is just what I'm looking for in a stout: not something that is overwhelming in one direction or another, but is wonderfully balanced in all aspects. The alcohol is very well hidden, and everything works together very well.

The mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied, with low carbonation, and a finish that isn't overly sticky. Overall, this is a very good imperial stout, with wonderfully complex and subtle flavors. This is also something that I can drink over and over again, not something that is so overwhelming that you're knocked out after one. Really hope I can try the barrel aged version at some point!

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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

Thanks for the great extra!

Pours a viscous, slimy black with a big dark brown head. Mmmmm. The head is surprisingly long lasting, and leaves gobs all over the glass. *CHUCKLE*

Smells ... whoa, like plums/raisins/dates dark fruits with a tinge of malt and dark chocolate. This is one of the dark fruitiest smelling RIS's I can recall.

And the smell carries through to the flavor. Wow. Robust dark fruit base, mixed with an acrid, roasted malt that's very subtle, some espresso, and dark chocolate. The sweets you're getting here are from a fruit flavoring. Interesting.

I like. I like much. Mouthfeel is slick and oily, but not overly thick, and it's pretty drinkable for the ABV.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of grub
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Biergotter Tasting, Day 2: Stouts and Belgians. i contributed this bottle, a bonus in a trade with GrandCruDrew. thanks drew!

12oz "plead the 5th" bottle. sampled nov 28/08.

pours inky black and nearly opaque. a small dense brown head forms, quickly dropping to a ring around the glass. the ring seems to last forever and leaves spotty lace the whole way down the glass.

aroma is excellent. anise. dark chocolate and dark roast coffee. some dark fruit too. light alcohol. caramel. toffee. there's some hops in there, a bit of pine and grapefruit. vanilla. i'm in love with it and don't even need to taste it.

taste is great. anise. dark and bittersweet chocolate. coffee. caramel and toffee. big whole wheat bread and biscuit. dark fruit. light alcohol. medium bitterness level. light pine and grapefruit again. also has a nice earthy component.

mouthfeel is great. nice big body. medium-low carbonation level. silky smooth.

drinkability is great. excellent balance. great depth. an excellent stout.

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3.83/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -13%

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4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had no idea Dark Horse distributed to Indiana until a couple of weeks ago, and Double Crooked Tree was rockin. Now on their famous Plead the 5th? Can’t wait.

A: I can’t even see through the beer as it’s flowing thick from the bottle; dark black motor oil body. It looks excessively viscous. The head is rich reddish-brown, oily and just a hair lighter than the body. Smooth and about a half-inch high, the retention stays around for a while. Little lacing, though.

S: Holy hell, that’s a boozy beer. Layers upon layers of pepper, pungent bourbon, roasted malt, and lots of char come up. Excessively fiery. There’s some black cherry, hazelnut, dark chocolate, toffee, and more than enough smoky peat, too – killer smokiness against some rich sweets. Ends piney, though the main body of this robust nose is alcohol and spice.

T: Vanilla, chocolate fondue, fondant, strawberry shortcake, and molasses; starts creamy. Lasting just a quick second, the sugar is overcome by a thorny bitterness: pine, booze, fig, licorice, and spicy alcohol with a moment or two of cough syrup tongue-smacking character. Some smoky flavors are there, as well, but without the big roast tastes of the nose; satisfying, nonetheless. Finishes with that thought, as well as a caramel stickiness, a chalky yeast flavor, and some light hop fruitiness.

M: Hot, though wonderfully creamy. Astringency is dark, lifting the sugary tastes off the tongue to avoid stickiness.

O: A great stout; it’s a showcase for the often-limited smoke tastes of imperial stouts. Glad I had this fresh – some age would just empower the big ol’ booze character. Like I need any more excuses to drink the rest of my four-pack…

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4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3/5  rDev -30.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 95.9% out of 100 with 3,982 ratings
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