Plead The 5th Imperial Stout | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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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:
#855
Reviews:
947
Ratings:
4,051
pDev:
7.89%
 
 
Wants:
563
Gots:
1,077
Trade:
107
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Ratings: 4,051 |  Reviews: 947
Photo of Wolvmar
4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Jan 2017. Poured into a tulip glass.

Pour: dark brown/black with a one to two finger golden tan head. Dissipates fairly quickly onto some clouds and a ring on top. Attractive.

Nose: coffee upfront, cocoa, yeasty bread or Belgium waffle sweetness. Caramel. Really nice, not subtle but not over the top.

Taste: dark roast coffee with bitter chocolate. Burnt toast, molasses, hops bitterness on the sides of the tongue. Clean finish with no aftertaste despite the strong, well balanced flavors.

Mouthfeel: oily, milkshake, whipped cream. This is reallly nice to drink. Substantial without feeling “filling”. Or maybe I just didn’t overeat while drinking!

Overall: this is one of my favorite stouts. You do have to like coffee and bitter chocolate or it might be a bit to much. And it’s readily available.

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Photo of dd53grif
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Extrajoker00
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drcaligari
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JoeLacy
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MJSFS
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bigpoppa67
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of johnverduin
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WunderLlama
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into teku

Motor oil black syrup in color, thin layer of brown foam quickly settles to a ring

Aroma of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, whiff of licorice

Taste of roasted malts, bit of chocolate, bit of coffee

Roasted coffee lingers on the tip of the tongue

Good beer

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Photo of josanguapo
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

From Labirratorium. In Teku glass. Playing Cally's Trials. Balanced, with everything very well integrated, smooth on the sip and with the abv extremely well hidden

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Photo of Lonewolfwmv
4.01/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kinmundy77
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of RMW66
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EvoRich
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dbl_delta
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated bottle into pint glass. Pours a very dark brown - looks totally black in the glass. Thin, milk-chocolate colored head. Initial impression is blackstrap molasses, dark chocolate, with maybe a taste of black coffee. Mouthfeel is medium - thinner than I like/expect of an Imperial Stout. Alcohol is extremely well hidden. Finish is smooth and semi-sweet - again, the molasses is front and center.
Pt5 isn't something you'd imbibe by the dozen, but if you're sitting by the fire on a chilly February evening it sure makes winter seem a lot more bearable!

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Photo of RochefortChris
3.83/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of CharlesK
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mudROCK
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A very complex, flavorful Imperial Stout that is easy to drink- maybe a bit too easy for the 11.0% abv!!! But hey, I'm not complaining at all about that! This will be on my dark beer rotation from now on.

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Photo of Justdoit1234
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NathanBeets
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of amsett10
3.71/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

12oz bottle, bottled on 12/05/17, served in a snifter.

Appearance: Pitch black letting no light through at all. Thin dark tan ring of foam, some fine island and strands of lacing that slowly slid down the glass.

Smell: At first, a little coppery, and then a nice hit of roasted malt, maybe just a hint of almond, and some toffee-like sweetness. Cocoa powder chocolate notes as well.

Taste: Chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, a little licorice, a little marzipan, and a lingering bitterness that is part black coffee, part metallic, part bittersweet chocolate

Mouthfeel: Creamy, just right carbonation. A bit sticky on the teeth and a little warming at the finish.

Overall / Drinkability: A really good imperial stout, quite rich flavors and a nice combination of flavors as well with some interesting notes I haven't typically had in a stout, at least not in awhile. Would definitely pair this with a meal, but quite good by itself as a slow sipping beer. I will definitely have to pick this up again.

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Photo of Mikecd234
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 4,051 ratings