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:
3,974
Reviews:
930
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
8.27%
 
 
Wants:
556
Gots:
1,062
For Trade:
114
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Photo of chillin
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rockjocknroll
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Elimav
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of HeartofMiami
3.84/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of giediprime41
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Pierre_Pressure
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of buzzedup
3.43/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

This beer pours a rich black with a huge, light brown head. The aroma starts with coffee and chocolate, as well as maple syrup, brown sugar, and hickery smoke. The flavor leads with chocolate and maple, as well as hickoery, and something floral and bubblegum like. The mouthfeel is fairly dry, excellently light for how powerful this beer is. Overall I love the complexity and unexpected flavors here, as well as the lighter mouthfeel. Really good example of an imperial stout.

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Photo of Bisco42
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MrTh4159
4.81/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of 1levelabove247
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pezhead_79
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is about as smooth as an imperial stout can get, while still having bite. There is definitely a strong finish but it mellows as it should. I may try storing longer next time. This one was 8 months old.

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Photo of FBarber
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a viscous opaque shiny black with a thin mocha head. Head dissipated down to a think film that stuck around throughout.

Smell had aromas of cocoa, milk chocolate, and roasted malts tinged by a light smoky char. Undertones of slight nuttiness and some espresso tones. Very rich and decadent aromas. This smell lets you know this is a rich beer.

Taste follows the nose with notes of cocoa, milk chocolate and a nuttiness (not sure which nut, but more like an almond) that is very pleasant. Rich roasted malt backbone gives way to a slightly bitter cocoa finish. Vey chocolatey in nature, but supremely tasty.

Feel was thick and velvety but not overly hefty. Its still very drinkable and in spite of the high ABV is not at all overwhelming.

Overall a top notch Russian Imperial Stout.

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Photo of mschrei
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 4ElfJoe
3.26/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

INCONSISTENT BITTER TRASH

Until this brewer makes the effort to bottle it properly, I will not discuss Pt5th's attributes. Instead, I'll express my disappointment for what could very easily be a first-class brew.

This beer has so much potential. I've purchased six 4-packs at various liquor stores and only one lived up to its potential, just as it's on tap at the Dark Horse brewery. I know Dark Horse can do it right because I've enjoyed fifteen 2015 BARREL AGED Plead The 5th beers have been solid 4.75-5 ratings. But in the bottle, the non-aged Plead the 5th becomes various sour degrees of bitter garbage. I give up.

I will never waste my money on this beer again and instead opt for any other brewer that brews a consistent and solid Russian Imperial Stout. If this was a consistent beer as it is on tap and as I've tasted in only 1 out of six 4-packs I've had, it would easily get a 4.25-4.5+ rating from me. It can be delicious but Dark Horse must be cutting corners somewhere in the bottling process.

Others I've discussed this with concur: don't waste your money on the bottles but don't pass up this on tap at the brewery.

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Photo of CBrodbeck
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HopHunter19
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - nice dark brown/black beer that's opaque and had a mocha head that dissipates quick
S- dark chocolate, roasted malts, milk chocolate, cookies, burnt marshmallow, slight smoke
T- same as nose, dark chocolate, roasted malts, umami, cookies, burnt marshmallow, slight smoke
M- heavy mouthfeel, alcohol covered, aftertaste is a roasty smore, dark chocolate, kind of smokey
O- real solid Michigan impy stout.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I get why Plead The 5th is ranked in the 60s out of the top 100 with the highest rankings.
I like it primarily because it hides its alcohol. That shows craft.
It has many of the other flavors associated with a good RIS, but it works because it doesn't hit you over the head unless you drink it all at once... which I did not.
I Had 3/4 of it to relax after some lousy Chicago spring weather, then waited 30 minutes before I ate dinner and saved some Plead the 5th for dessert. It went well with chocolate cookies.

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

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

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cwkash
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of butters_mcgee
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
4.23 out of 5 based on 3,974 ratings.
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