Plead The 5th Imperial Stout | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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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
Reviews:
926
Ratings:
3,939
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
8.27%
 
 
Wants:
554
Gots:
1,056
For Trade:
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Reviews: 926 | Ratings: 3,939
Photo of truebluebums
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured in a tulip

App: Black, like an Imperial. Pours a small brown head that disappears quickly leaving almost no traces.

Smell: Cocoa, roasted malts, caramel, some espresso, dark berries, slight hops, and the alcohol is there but not readily apparent

Taste: Roasted malts with cocoa, leaning more towards sweet than bitter, good balance. Definite berry flavors in there which are a little odd but delicious none the less, adding a tart sweetness to the beer. Smooth vanilla. Warm, light espresso. Slight acidic finish but mostly covered by the roasty malt bitterness.

Not much as far as carbonation goes. A little lacking with mouth-feel but overall a great Imperial. Sets itself apart with a very interesting palate. The taste is pretty intricate. Love it.

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Been wanting to try this one for awhile. Big thanks to Andrew for the hookup on this one...

Poured from 12oz bottle into a Hangar 24 Barrel Roll snifter...

A - Pours black with a half finger brown head that dissipates very quick. Lacing is minimal...

S - Chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits, a hint of coffee, and some alcohol...

T - Plums, figs, roasted malts, and a good dose of chocolate. Finishes with roasted malts and some lingering chocolate. Alcohol makes an appearance in the finish, but it comes across very smooth. Not overwhelming at all...

M - Rich and creamy. On the lighter side of being full bodied with a decent amount of carbonation...

O - Was expecting a little more heat, but this one came across super smooth. Definitely a dessert beer, and something i'm looking foward to trying again in the near future...

Cheers...

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Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to RedHaze for this brew.

Pours a black color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, which leaves some minimal sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some chocolate/toffee notes, vanilla. The taste is very nice, malty, sweet/vanilla note, lots of chocolate/toffee. Medium body, a nice smooth/slightly creamy brew, ABV hidden very well, but a sipper for sure. Very Drinkable, another very tasty brew from DH.

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Photo of WeedKing4
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pours a dark black with a decent amount of caramal brown foam forming the duvel glass. The taste is of very subtle dark chocolate with a hint of espresso like coffee. Very damn smooth and no indication of the 12% at all. Very nice beer and easy to drink. Glad I have another bottle of these left. Dark Horse is impressing me a lot so far.

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Photo of Siggy125
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful used motor oil blackish brown in color with deep khaki brown head. Good carbonation with some lacing.

Deep roasted coffee malts on the note. Not much abv present on the aroma

Taste. Again dark roasted scorched black coffee with mild chocolate notes. Although this was not the BA version, still sensed some vanilla/oak sweet tones followed by a little bitterness. The high abv well blended in the flavors.

Good mouthfeel, smooth on the tongue and senses but very bold, especially after temp increases. Excellent sipper. Powerful brew.

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Photo of jale
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the brewery.

A: Pours a thick black with two quarters of head.

S: Roasted malts, burnt sugar, chocolate, coffee and some dark fruits.

T: Sweet roasted malt, raisin, cherry, slight bitter chocolate and coffee. Just a hint of alcohol. This beer is so complex.

M: Thick body and good carbonation.

O: This is a sipper and not just due to the alcohol level.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a duvel glass.

A: pours black with 3/4 of a finger of chocolate colored head.... Head hangs around for a min before dissapating into a film, not much lacing. Looks delicious!

S:chocolate and sweet dark malts a bit of roastyness... Notes of caramel, vanilla and alcohol.... The aroma here is delicious. And very well rounded.

T: wow... This is delicious, taste is like a
Beautifully amplified version of the nose, chocolate and roasty notes, toasty caramel and a touch of vanilla... The alcohol is here, but considering the 12% abv it is very well hidden... All the flavors work so well together here and are very Nicley rounded. As the beer warms I start to get notes of dark cherries.

M: heavy bodied a slick, on the thick side with tight medium carbonation.... Dry and nivley bitter on the finish very nice.

O: another one of my favorite IRS this one does a great job of hidding it's abv with loads of roasty and toasty delicious chocolatyness.... Awesome!

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Photo of Franz4
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Looks like a stout should with a brown sugar colored head.

S- Roasty and chocolately here, closer to milk chocolate than dark, very nice, slightly hot.

T- Chocolaty goodness and lots of roasted flavors come through, very complex, a little nutty. Very nice

M- thick and slick, just what I want in a stout.

O- Usually I give an overall score based on the scores that I've given in the 4 categories, but this beer brings everything together exceptionally well. I'd like to do a side by side with Ten Fidy, I'm not sure I could tell the difference. Quite a good brew, this one will likely be harder to find next year.

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Photo of nerdrocker101
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours solid black with a small, tight tan head. The head quickly dissipates to a solid ring with mediocre lacing.

The nose is made up of chocolate, coffee, and a just a touch of dark fruit.

Flavors of roasted malts, bitter chocolate and coffee burst up front. Toffee and nutty flavors linger toward the back end.

Full body with a smooth, silky texture. Lower carbonation.

Very good. I need to try the rest of the series.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%

From notes on 2/27/14

Jet black. Minimal dark tan had. Very strong stout smell. Really sweet smelling. Taste like eating a dark chocolate candy. Mildly roasty. Minimal coffee flavor. Mostly chocolaty. Very good. Would love to try the bourbon barrel version.

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Photo of schris
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great, complex beer. No oats in the recipe that I know of but there's a smoothness that is reminiscent of an oatmeal stout. Big and bold on the nose. Main body of the flavor is bitter chocolate with some coffee. Some sweetness lingers on the finish. Solid offering, I'd like to get the barrel aged version some day.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark as oil with a shallow tan head that fades slowly; negligible lacing but leaves behind a thin oily film tha's a big hintof goodness to come. The smell is a very rich roasted coffe over black licorice and a cherry vanilla coating. Lightly carbonated, medium bodied, the mouth feel is tangy from the alcohol, et smooth and oily. Full flavored, surprisingly boozier than anticipated, mokah-licorise is repeated well from the nose. A really nice sipper. The 12% ABV is all there and ALL GOOD in my book. Highly recommended. Many thanks guys!!

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Photo of slentz
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to Duvel tulip at 50 degrees.

A: Aggressive pour leads to two finger creamy mocha colored head that slowly dissipates to a small ring after a few minutes. Plead the 5th is super dark ....when held to light none passes through. 4.0

S: Notes of vanilla, coffee, caramel, chocolate, super roasty, molasses, brown sugar, slight hint of alcohol. This one smells really good. Best smelling non barrel aged stout I have had in a while 4.0

T: Super tasty. Again one of the best non barrel aged stouts I have ever had. I am really enjoying this one. Very balanced very nice roasty flavors as in the nose.... chocolate, coffee....vanilla... slightly bitter ...great aftertaste. This one damn fine stout. 4.5

M: Mouthfeel is light not too carbonated or oily. Goes down smooth keeps you wanting more. 4.0

O: Overall Plead the 5th is awesome. Not sure if this has much hype but if not it is deserving of some. One of the best non barrel stouts I have had in a while. I will definitely be seeking this out regularly.

Edit: WOW! Just realized this stout is 12%. I would have never though it was...drinks more like 8-10% if that. Only a slight hint of alcohol. Super smooth. 4.5

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Photo of ryanmextorf
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good offering here. Very reminiscent of a fresh Founders Imperial Stout for me. Gonna put a good year or two of age on this and see what it does.

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Photo of Bugs318
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 bottle poured into a teku in August 2015.

A: Black body capped by a scant creamy mocha head of little retention, though a slim ring remains throughout.

S: chocolate forward, with some trace vanilla, some licorice, a bit of coffee, light notes of faded hops.

T: chocolate, then coffee, then a touch too much ethanol.

M: a touch oily, but nicely thick. Moderate carbonation, but muted by the body. A bit hot.

O: pretty solid beer!

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Photo of Neorebel
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Plead the 5th looks almost perfect... pitch black, with a thin, off white ring around the perimeter of the glass. Splash of tan in the center. Visible and minimal carbonation. Aroma is very heavy... dark chocolate cake, dark fruits, some sour cherry, and it is indeed very roasty. Flavor wise, that roasty, toasted malt aspect comes through in a big way. Secondary to that are the pleasing coffee and chocolate notes. It does start off very smooth, and appropriately fades out into a very dry finish. There is a very strong 'campfire' aspect to this as well, which could turn some people off. I rather like it, myself. The mouth feel is medium-heavy, and overall, this is an interesting blend of sweet and smoky. Recommended for any RIS head.

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Photo of mhksuccess
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured from bottle into founder snifter glass
dark no head just a little line
smell is malt and heavy chocolate
taste is so smooth nice slight chocolate not as much as the smell would indicate
nice mouthfeel not super thick or thin great consistency
little lacing on the glass
would definite get again this is a class stout very nice

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Photo of emyers
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Great Lakes snifter.

Appearance: Pours black with a thin medium brown head dissipating quickly into a light lacing.

Smell: Roasted barley, strong molasses, dark chocolate. Strong dark fruit presence. Bold aroma, yet well balanced.

Taste: Similar to the smell. Very strong roasted barley/dark chocolate base complemented by dark fruit, molasses, and a smokey character. Tons of depth but maintains great balance. No alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel; Full-bodied, but not extremely thick as many imperial stouts tend to be. Medium carbonation.

Overall: One of the best non-barrel-aged imperial stouts on the market.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A-Dark, dark brown head, an aggressive pour yielded a huge, frothy, thick head which sustained well. Gorgeous black beer, poured literally like motor oil.

S-Roasted malt, chocolate. Fruity esters, very prominent and mixed, with hints of blueberry.

T-Roasted malts, slight chocolate with a hint of vanilla. Hop bitterness does its job appropriately. Slight alcohol arises in the finish, plays with the dark fruity flavors, then fiishes with choco/vanilla with a roasted maltiness.

M-Creamy and smooth. Fine bubbled carbonation. Full body, luxurious and satiny.

D-High. First had this one on cask, and now having had it from the bottle has firmly established my enjoyment of this brew.

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Photo of nickadams2
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A_ Pours black with a small burgundy color head that dissipates quickly. Very little lacing.

S_ Lots of dark fruits and dark chocolate. You also pick up on the booze. Very fruity though more so than most other RIPs.

T_Tastes great. Dark fruits and chocolate mix together perfectly to give this a nice rich taste.I can also taste coffee in the after taste that gives it a nice bitter finish.A little alcohol burn too.

M_ Thick and full bodied. Goes down pretty smooth and coats the mouth nicely.

D_ The high ABV limits the drinkability but these go down very easy. Could enjoy a couple in sitting but I think these are best savored. Besides two of these and just about anything will taste good

MaCain likey

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Photo of alovesupreme
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured intoa snifter this beer yielded a dark brown head which dissipated to a ring over a few minutes. This beer is black.
Black coffee with dark belgian chocolate. Bananas, walnut and alcolhol are also present.
Trader Joe's Belgian Dark chocolate with a chalky character. Walnuts are once again present and coffee finishes the beer with a roasted after taste.
A good body that holds up to the flavor of this beer.
A great imperial stout that I would love to enjoy again.

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Photo of cjacobsen
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to sweemzander for hooking me up with this one.

Poured out a jet black with a thin brown head that quickly dissipated.

Smelled of chocolate, coffee, alcohol and kind of earthy.

The alcohol is present and the sweetness and bitterness almost fight for taste space. A bit of a wooden character to it, almost like a roasted, smoky wood or malt. There's a lot that takes place in each sip of this beer.

This beer is thick and syrupy and fills your mouth. You're really drinking something here, its not just washing past your mouth to your throat.

This beer was tasty but one for the night was good enough. There's a lot of flavor and a decent amount of alcohol so its not one to take lightly.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass.

Comes out just jet black. Sits on a very dark black body. Leaves some dark cocoa powder like bubbles of a small head but doesn't stick around. Manages to leave a collar and lots of leg action on the glass.

Bouquet is a very barleywine like with sweet raspberry fruit. Small hints of dark chocolate in the back, and some powdery dry arid sensations.

Taste is a real soft berry and chocolate. It feels like berry chocolate. This is very light bodied too and feels incredibly balanced. Slight tinges of tobacco on the swallow also with a good deal of masked abv quality. Kind of a dry finish also sort of hinting that at first from what the nose felt like. A little thin but surprising. Hints of smoke and chocolate too.

Overall it's quite enjoyable actually, interesting take for such a big abv.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of sgoro, thank you very much Sean! Pours a viscous black with a small brown head, even with an aggressive pour. Never did get much foam stickage...

Nose is a gorgeous blend of bruised dark fruit, chocolate covered licorice malt and a faint tropical alcohol aroma. Smells good, and rich.

Taste is decadent! Viscous chocolate malts mix with a burnt grain and robust raisin juice to mix all the delicious flavors of a deep, imperial stout with the smoothness of a silky oatmeal stout. Man, I was not expecting to be this impressed tonight, but this beer is de-lic-ious! I would absolutely love to be in the distribution range of this bad boy! 12%? No way! Sooo smooth. Im glad I drank it fresh(ish) rather than ageing it, as I think it cant possibly get any better than it tastes right now.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a midnight black with a one-finger tan head.

S - Smell of sweet chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee.

T - Sweet upfront with a nice amount of dark chocolate. Roasted malts, espresso, and some smokiness throughout. Finish has a nice coffee bitterness. ABV is well hidden.

M - Heavy bodied with medium carbonation. Nice smooth creamy mouthfeel.

O - This is a fantastic RIS. Very drinkable with lots of big bold flavors. Highly recommended.

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Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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