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:
3,973
Reviews:
930
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
8.27%
 
 
Wants:
556
Gots:
1,060
For Trade:
114
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Photo of CurtisLoew
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice rich brown/black color. Small tan head. Nice looking beer.

Smells of dark malts, dark chocolate, dark fruits, slights hops.

Tastes like a really good stout, with some little dark fruit tones. Chocolate flavors, a little roast coffee. Everything blends together very nicely.

Mouthfeel is medium, pretty creamy. Not too thick or too thin.

Overall very good beer. Easy to drink, I wouldn't mind putting down multiple bottles in one sitting. Good stuff.

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Photo of jjdc
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of jcsull
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured in a snifter, no bottled-on date.

A: Black, can see through the edges when drinking. Great mocha colored head, little lacing, leaves ring around the edge.

S: Roasty. Chocolate, coffee, little hop note in the back.

T: Follows the nose for the most part, maybe a little sweeter than you'd think.

M: Good, coats the mouth, leaves behind all the tastes you want from the style. Slight stickiness.

O: Really good sipper. Going to be incredible with a couple years on it. Get this one, try it, and if you can resist let it sit.

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Photo of thetomG
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sipping on this one as I type - its a LIVE review!

Very thick blackness with only a small amount of head even with a less than gentle pour. Strong aromas of a smokey coffee/chocolate... taste is a bit intense with a multitude of flavors very much like the smell but with an added bonus of some slight booziness as you drink. I'm nibbling on some dark chocolate as I sip and it is a very very nice combination!

IMO this is one to share as its high 12% ABV might be a bit much for one person, but overall I'd definitely recommend trying it if you can find it - particularly if you like BIG flavorful stouts.

Recommended!

:)

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Photo of Kadonny
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter glass. This bottle was probably in my cellar for close to a year.

A: A jet black thick murky liquid that allows no light to pass through it at all. Still I get a one finger light brown mocha colored head. Almost no glass lacing.

S: Dark smells of espresso, licorice, roasted malts, dark chocolate and some caramel sweetness.

T: Sweetness starts with flavors of dark chocolate, espresso, caramel, dark fruit and some licorice. The chocolate and caramel malty sweetness becomes more pronounced and some slight dark fruits mix in. Very thick and sticky but less alcohol flavor than I would have expected for a 12% beer. Finish stays sweet and sticky with the alcohol kicking in.

M: Full, coating, sweet and of course alcohol is felt.

O: A very nice RIS that is complex and full bodied. A big beer that should be sipped and enjoyed.

Overall this could never be in my regular rotation as it was just a tad too sticky sweet for me especially on the finish. Still, I enjoyed it but it could never be something I would reach for on a regular basis.

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Photo of fgilbert2
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JamesH
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of DuffDadddy
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Crosling
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted blind against Dieu Du Ciel Peche Mortel, Stone Imperial Russian Stout, Dark Horse Imperial Stout, Southampton Imperial Russian Stout, Rogue XS Imperial Stout, Great Divide Yeti, Bell’s Expedition, Alesmith Speedway Stout, Victory Storm King, Thirsty Dog Siberian Night, Pizza Port Santa’s Little Helper, Avery The Czar, Hawk’s DM’s Imperial Stout, Three Floyds Dark Lord, Bear Republic Big Bear Black, North Coast Old Rasputin, and two of Scott Jackson’s homebrewed Impys. Dark Horse Imperial Stout impressed be, taking 3rd place for me, among 19 other Imperials. Black. Rich malts in the nose, with hints of chocolate, roast, fruit, tar and tocacco. Flavor is full of charred fruits and chocolate. A very good Imperial Stout.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from 4-pack purchased at local liquor store for $15

A- Pours a pitch dark black with a very thin creamy mocha brown head. A little bit above average carbonation for a stout, can see tiny carbonation bubbles rising along the side of the bottle. Looks pretty thick/a little bit syrupy.

S- Smells delicious- espresso beans, malts, chocolate, and a little bit of booze (not surprising considering the 12% abv).

T- Sweet, but not overly sweet. Taste of milk chocolate, espresso, and a little bit of roasted malts.

M- Creamy, heavy, and a little bit syrupy. Alcohol hard to detect, 12% ABV hard to detect. Well balanced.

O- This was a very good imperial stout. I could have definitely used a more pronounced flavor and a little bit more sweetness, but other then that it was great. For a 12% abv stout the alcohol is very well hidden and balanced with the sweetness of the stout. A lot of imperial stouts sweetness of the stout deosn't really hide the abv well enough to go with the sweetness. While this stout isn't overly sweet, the high abv is very well hidden. Not my favorite imperial stout that I've had, but I would definitely recommend trying it.

I've sampled the Bourbon Barrel Aged Plead at EBF, which is what prompted me to want to try this beer. From what I remember that beer had a little bit more flavor.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark brown black color with a tan head and small amount of lacing

S-coffee and chocolate with slight smoky notes

T-chocolate and espresso with slight charcoal and light bitter hop flavor

F-medium body with light carbonation, smooth and silky texture

O-rich and flavorful with good body and balance

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip. 2013 vintage.

Plead the Fifth pours a full onyx color with a rumbling mocha froth. The head recedes gradually, leaving the dark, viscous liquid with just a small island and a ring of tightly wound bubbles.

The aroma is deep and full, with an emphasis on dark chocolate and espresso notes. The dark chocolate is the strongest and deepest presence in my nose, with espresso, roasted malt, and a bit of oatmeal as well. Not much in the way of dark fruits.

Each sip has a huge burst of flavor. It starts off with a moderate sweetness that comes through with the dark chocolate, with full roasted notes unraveling in my mouth. There are some mostly hidden dark fruits in the middle, with a bitterness that grows along with a creamy espresso flavor. The bitterness seems to linger in the aftertaste and accumulate with each sip.

This beer is thick, although the body is not quite as big as I was expecting. There is a stickiness to it, but it is not overwhelming. I prefer a gentler body than an overly thick and syrupy body, for sure. With the alcohol well-hidden as well, this beer definitely drinks like a 8% imperial stout. The carbonation is creamy and adds a layer of smoothness to the beer.

Dark Horse makes some nice beers in the high ABV range. This is a strong imperial stout by any standard.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sammy
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark with little head, very roasty. Thanks to Wohlfs who sent along beer for Radekfest 05. Oily and bitter more than bittersweet in the finish and aftertaste. but quaffable. Full mouthfeel. High alcohol - warming.
Three years later shared a bottle that was great chocolate and incredible aroma.

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Photo of tourdot
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ClePaul
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Plead the 5th

Look 9/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 38/40
Feel 9/10
Drinkability 17/20

Overall 91/100

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

Photo of beerdrifter
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up from a great trade with Evan! This one has over a year of age in the cellar on it. Pitch black pour with a caramel colored head that lasts about 5 seconds with no lacing. The nose is a bit unique with a roasty maltiness and subtle sweet smokiness along with hints of soy sauce, molasses, black coffee, dark chocolate, and a touch of licorice. The taste follows suit with the sweet smokiness really showing up early along with black cherries, espresso, dark chocolate, booze, port wine, and licorice. Definitely a complex stout. The mouthfeel is thick and chewy, smooth and oily, with a subtle creaminess and a nice warming alcohol burn on the finish. Overall, this is definitely a standout RIS. Big and complex and flavorful, but probably just a tad bit too sweet to put it in the elite category.

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Photo of Chef74
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Grodd87
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of RMD579
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of oldn00b
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured on tap into a snifter. Pitch black, foamy head forms but fades really quickly.

Nose is a bit light to me - nice, roasty malts, hint of chocolate but relatively typical for an Imperial Stout.

Flavor is pretty great, a very well made beer, but it doesn't exactly stand out for me.

Feel is nice, great weight but not syrupy. Overall very enjoyable - would definitely have again.

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