Plead The 5th Imperial Stout | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Plead The 5th Imperial StoutPlead The 5th Imperial Stout
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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: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Could only score one bottle on the latest release. Motor oil thick pour. Large brandy snifter resembles a rare black pearl held neatly in my hands. As I swirl the glass, the lacing clings in sticky fashion after the wake.

Smell of chocolate and a hint of vanilla. Some roastiness and burnt malt.

Tastes like it smells. Charred oak comes first followed by dark cocoa. Some bitterness. As it warms up, more dark fruit complexity.

Thick and oily feel. My glass was stained a sticky mahogany hue.

Was it worth to search out to just obtain one bottle--no. If you missed out on this release just relax. Measures well with Expedition, Founders RIS, Ten-fidy...etc.. Great company but doesn't stand apart. Even the price point was high, $5, which is also part of the store markup I'm sure. For the right price I will buy more, but I refuse to chase down!

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2013

A-Pours heavy and completely black into my snifter glass and leave a half finger head that fades quickly.

S-Dark chocolate with heavy doses bready and roasted malts. Also catching a good wiff of booze on the back end of the nose.

T-Follows the nose but the roasted malts are front and center with notes of dark chocolate and toffee. Then a slight booziness before the dark chocolate comes back and lingers on the palate.

M-Nice thick mouthfeel, which is preferable for the style, IMO. Lower levels of carbonation.

O-An excellent example of the style. Straight forward flavors, not overly complex, but perfectly executed

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2011 Vintage opened on 3.13.13

A - Pours a motro oil blakc with a small dark brown head that slowly fades to one side.

S - Teriyaki, chocolate, soy, and sweet.

T - Similar to the nose at this point, but more booze and heet.

D - Low carbonation with a heavy body.

O - Heavy stout with a sweet teriyaki essence. Still enjoyable.

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Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 4,036 ratings