Plead The 5th Imperial Stout | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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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

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very happy that Dark Horse is now available in Kentucky as I've always wanted to try this one. Poured from a bottle into a Founders tulip. The pour is black with no light getting through. It sports a nice big chunky light tan head that has some good retention. The nose is typical of the style. I get notes of burnt fruit, roasted malt, some coffee, and a faint sweet vanilla-like smell.

Full body, lots of flavor, and a surprisingly luscious, creamy feel (given that I didn't think it looked all that viscous when pouring). I get a nicely balanced roasty-sweet taste up front and the roasty bitterness and dark fruit seem confined to the back of the palate, where they pick up a real welcome, warming, boozy kick. The beer is incredibly smooth and drinkable for the style. Flavors are intense, but so well-balanced they all just work well together. A nice flavor of espresso and dark chocolate lingers in the mouth.

This beer did not disappoint. I will likely pick up a few more to enjoy and/or cellar. Not my favorite of all the RISs I've had so far, but certainly in the top 4 or 5.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Glass: Odell Tulip Stemmed Glass.

Appearance: Dark black, syrupy on the pour. An aggressive pour produces a half finger of tan-chocolate head. Head quickly dissipates into a thin film that remains on top.

Smell: Chocolate forward, with a mixture between dark and milk, slightly favoring sweeter milk chocolate. Slight coffee aroma. Roasted malt, tiny hop bitterness.

Taste: Chocolate forward again, but the overall flavor is more roasted and bitter than the smell would suggest. Smokiness is present as it warms. Alcohol is present in mid-taste, a bit strongly for me.

Mouthfeel: Very syrupy. Thick, and creamy. Light carbonation.

Overall: A very good imperial stout, that suffers from a bit too much alcohol presence as well as the overly decadent and thick mouthfeel.

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A thick creamy mocha head bubbles up bringing cinnamon, dates, cherry tobacco along with it. It fades quickly but works heavily coating the outside of my tulip after a swirl. The color is black as pitch no highlight's to this one. A hint of clover, and gamey undertones in the dark fruit of the nose. The flavor rolls gently, powerfully capturing my full attention as it goes from cocoa roast malts, to frothy coffee, with undertones of leather and roast goose. It all finishes with a dominant mouthfeel and lingering biterness that reminds us not to say too much.

In my 2nd decade with stouts as my favorite style, I was not expecting to be impressed by this. Perhaps the bottle of 1 I had was bad... However, I can't say enough about the creamy roasty mouthfeel, the depth of flavor, or the character of this beer. I'll be buying more tomorrow.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into tulip. no bottled on date, but I assume the most recent bottling.

A: super dark brown, just about as close to black without being black. head is dark brown and tight. reasonable retention, spotted lacing.

S: rich dark chocolate. decadent. smells like dessert in a glass. little wisps of alcohol. some heat with it. big time roast. smells inviting.

T: lots of roast, super meaty. tobacco. cedar. sweet without being too sweet. roasty without being too roasty. this thing is big, yet very balanced. well crafter.

M: a lot of velvet. smooth. super smooth.

D: wow, this is what a stout should be. and similar to another offering of Dark Horse's, bottle conditioning is a plus. not sure how this holds up over time, but really satisfied with drinking it fresh. well done.

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Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
4.23 out of 5 based on 3,976 ratings.
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