Plead The 5th Imperial Stout | Dark Horse Brewing Company

Plead The 5th Imperial StoutPlead The 5th Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
95.9%
Liked This Beer
4.31 w/ 3,982 ratings
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
Ranking:
#473
Reviews:
933
Ratings:
3,982
Liked:
3,820
Avg:
4.31/5
pDev:
7.89%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
556
Gots:
1,059
Trade:
112
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,982 |  Reviews: 933
Photo of dallynusa
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of luke12345
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Raislak
4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Wonderful taste and smooth aftertaste.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.34/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

No BOD. Pours black. Very little head - less than a finger with a 90 degree pour. Consequently, retention and lacing are also very poor.

Light, but otherwise typical, stout nose. A bit of roast, vey faint char and a touch of malt.

Medium body with a slightly slick texture. Quite outstanding carbonation / body balance. The middle is quite effervescent and the finish is a finely bubbled rollicking explosive ride.

The flavor profile is borderline very good. Complexity is a bit missing in this stout. Flavors are presented well and also are well balanced. Roast with a touch of char float above a very well balanced slightly sweet molasses / caramel base. From the middle on, sweetness peaks and is overcome with a bit of alcohol taste and astringency. The finish is a fade of molasses and alcohol. Dark fruits are missing, except for a brief touch of prune about three quarters through as the alcohol becomes uncovered.

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Photo of Timc32
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmd88
3.92/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jheimbigner
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of izzyismyrott
3.92/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.97/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark and black like the heart of a volunteer firefighter with a menial job in real life. Nice 3/4" tan/brown head on it, good retention. Aroma is big time roasty with dark fruit bitter notes.

Taste more roast, nice and chewy, dense without being excessively challenging. Hides alcohol nicely. Not overly acrid or bitter. Less dark fruit (plum/raisin/prune) notes than your average RIS, something I definitely appreciate. Usual malt descriptors without adjuncts of roasted coffee and chocolate. Not really much else to say about it, its definitely elite Russian Imperial Stout territory.

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Photo of edthehead
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MNAle
4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very dark, black even, with a small brown-tan head that recedes into a thin ring quickly. Dark fruit, chocolate aroma with roasted malts as well. Thick mouth feel. Roasted taste, lots of coffee, with solid bittering in the middle and finish.

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Photo of GtBoros
4.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of T-34-85
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Solid russian imperial stout. Sturdy malt body with a complimentary thick mouthfeel and a dark roasty malt aroma that rounds out a nice beer. Good for sipping on a cold night on the sofa.

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Photo of martinpfal
4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Darkness. One finger dark tan head. Malty nose. Taste is sweet and malty with the booze not overly present...which is good. This is one to pursue when it's available

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Photo of AccipiterofBeer
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of darktronica
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cjtuggle
4.07/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RBuckley73
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ntanner83
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fern22
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2016 Bottle poured into typical glass snifter at room temp on 2/12/17.

Appearance is black, opaque, viscous, very little dark brown head. Looks like someone melted licorice and carbonated it a little. The whiff hints of what might be expected by the appearance: malt, molasses, peaty to some extent. Malt bomb with the elements of dark chocolate that carries through the same taste from beginning to end with a strong aftertaste. There's almost a burnt maple syrup taste as well. Not exactly the smoothest beer considering how strong its taste is, but you will not get any alcohol. This beer sets the bar for the imperial stout standards of excellence.

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Photo of DankScuba
3.89/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drone
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of goblue30
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AlarmClock314
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, dated 12/13/16. Pours jet black with a small sized dark khaki head. Smells of roasted malt, caramel, cocoa with some earthy hops, coffee, and char. The taste follows exactly with roasted malt, caramel, cocoa, hops, coffee, and char. Surprisingly low bitterness for the style and light sweetness. The alcohol is well hidden. Thick, rich body and low carbonation. Overall, this felt like a mix of a RIS and a Milk Stout. It's viscous, lightly bitter, and hits on all the relevant stout flavors. A well crafted brew.

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Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 95.9% out of 100 with 3,982 ratings
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