Plead The 5th Imperial Stout | Dark Horse Brewing Company

3,973 Ratings
no score
Send samples
Plead The 5th Imperial StoutPlead The 5th Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

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

For Trade:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 3,973 |  Reviews: 930
Photo of JISurfer
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of treywinkle
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of beerguy23
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of adjunctlager
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of PopnLoads
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of ShreddedThumb
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of Hops_n_Hawks
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of RyanCFriedrich
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of TechBrew
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of gr8zehaman
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of SlothB77
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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

Bottle purchased at EBI in Saratoga, NY.

Pours a dark black, with a half inch head that fades down to film and a little bit of foam quickly. Not much lacing.

Smells like chocolate, roasted malt, and a bit of alcohol.

This stout uses its alcohol very well- it gives a spicy bite that plays nicely off the malty, chocolatey sweetness. There's a tiny bit of soy sauce flavor, with roasty bitterness and dark fruit flavors.

Medium to full bodied, creamy, smooth delectable mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Present but not threatening alcohol.

The bourbon barrel aged version of this is a classic, this base version is very nice as well, and holds itself up on its own.

 664 characters

Photo of alostplot
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of AnitaBrewski
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of PSU_Mike
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of McBAINx
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of mtomlins
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a coffee mug (the only way to drink stout in the morning!).

Pours a deep a deep black with 1-2 fingers of dark mocha head, dissipating quickly to a creamy collar and leaving slight lacing. Massive roasted malts, dark chocolate, a bit of coffee in the nose. On the palate the dark roasted malts shine through with lots of dry coffee, fudge, dark chocolate and some nice bitterness. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy with just the right amount of carbonation. Overall, this is just a delicious, well balanced stout, one of my new favorites!

 570 characters

Photo of earlholman
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of mdube0378
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of shawnp
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of Bubbaloosh
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of stanale
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of sanitysgoodbye
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of kenzilka007
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of jokemon
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
4.23 out of 5 based on 3,973 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.