Plead The 5th Imperial Stout | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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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:
3,976
Reviews:
930
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
8.27%
 
 
Wants:
557
Gots:
1,062
For Trade:
114
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Photo of GbVDave
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter at Map Room 4/27/08.

A: Pure, black evil. Dark khaki/espresso crema colored head that didn't leave too much lace.

S: Huge aromas of blackened malt, raisins/plums, dark & milk chocolate, burnt toast, and a molassas reduction drizzled over cherry.

T: Slightly boozy rum-soaked raisin, dark chocolate covered cherry, espresso, cocoa, toasted oats, burnt white bread, plum bread pudding with a coconut glaze.

M: Silky smooth. A great mixture of sweet, boozy, and spicy.

D: What an awesome RIS. Hopefully this becomes easier to find in IL.

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Photo of DCLAguy11
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of micromaniac129
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I gave this beer an aggressive pour and i was rewarded with a tall mocha head. I also watched as the Guiness effect unfolded, quite pleasing.
Appearance other then that was rather standard.
Aroma was rich with nice depth. Really lots of roasted goodness. Hints of vinnilla and coffee some chocolate too perhaps.
Taste was good lots of roastedness, chocolate and coffee. There was an earth taste too.
This beer also has a lighty sweeten taste which i think nulls the alcohol profile because at 12 percent it is almost absent from the tasting, which could be dangerous.
The feel on the palette is flat, velvetty flat which I did not like. Restrained alcohol warms and coats the tongue.
I'd say all in all a pretty damn good beer, but be fore warned alcohol wise it drinks small.

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Photo of dheldman
3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of jvillefan
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Jspriest
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Fargrow
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of BPMeyer27
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Danielr26
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of Iamjeff6
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of WesMantooth
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kbuzz
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of CRJMellor
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours syrupy black and brown with no head or lace at all. Carbonation is there just well concealed.
Aroma of chocolates, roasted nuts, some raisins and some seriously resiny bitterings.
Flavors of dark chocolate, caramel with a hint of coffee was noted early. Upon further review some dark fruits and atouch of heavy, oily resins also comes through on the palate.
Mouthfeel is palate coating sweetness with some gritty coffee notes and a hot "spicy" finish. Unique finish on this one.
Drinkability is good. True to style, strong, thick, filling and syrupy. Broad, round complex flavors, nice transitions.

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Photo of bnes09
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good stout, however, lacks carbonation which makes the appearance suffer as well. Robust, roasted flavor and aroma though.

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

- 2013 vintage
- 12 oz. bottle poured into stemless wine glass on 8-Jun-14

This tastes like an imperial milk stout. Body's very smooth, almost velvety. Nice toasty and roasty flavors. Bitter dark chocolate with slight hints of vanilla. Very easy drinking for an 11% brew.

Comparing to other fresh IRS's... I like this slightly better than Stone's and Bell's Expedition, but not better than Siberian Night and maybe BORIS. In other words, this is among the top tier RIS's out there and I'm glad to have finally enjoyed a glass.

Gotta say, the BBA version is pretty nuts.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from the growler via Jungle Jim's in a snifter---THANKS Little Lady!

Pours a rich opaque with a firm head of brown foam that settles to a thick ring, subtle layer, and awesome clinging lacing. Nose of bakers chocolate, coffee, char, deeply roasted malts, and hints of raisins. Flavors exceed the nose with rich coffee and bakers chocolate melding together with dark sweet malts and subtle char on all sides. Light vanilla and dark DARK raisins and plums present themselves to the back with strong warming alcohol on the throat with a touch of cream. THIS is one to be mindful of. Rich roasted malts are cut by a light carbonation that is prickly and sip-able making this one dangerous. Bitter malt aftertaste with notes of char and cocoa.

Awesome. Period.
A great brew from a great brewery.

Cheers

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Whatsarezaf (thanks man!). Served in a snifter. No bottling date noticed. 

Pours deep black with a wisp of mocha head. No lacing.

Smells of roasty malts, dark fruit, smoke, chocolate, coffee and licorice.

Taste follows the nose. Bitter dark chocolate covered burnt coffee beans, leather, dates, smokey wood and a mere hint of bitter hops. I taste a little booze but not near what I expect from 12% alcohol. 

Creamy medium thick feel with mild carbonation. 

This was an awesome extra in a trade. If given the chance, I'll happily pick up a pack or two of this. I have to assume this has a little age from the rich creamy feel and well hidden alcohol. Big, bold, delicious- worth a try for any fan of imperial stouts. 

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Photo of thewimperoo
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of ncstateplaya
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Chaney
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I split this with my wife tonight during dessert.

A: Absolutely no head whatsoever! Very dark, but almost more of a dark, dark, dark brown color as apposed to a pitch black one.

S: A bit of teryaki sauce, but also a huge dark, bittersweet chocolate bill. As it warmed, it became even more intense, but even more enticing.

T: Dark chocolate milk and then some. Initially, when I tried this one too much on the cold side, I was conflicted about it. However, now this is dark chocolate magic. I've read some reviews on here where others have mentioned a burnt quality. To be honest, I didn't get that at all. Quite the contrary..

M: Heavy, but worth it. Low carbonation (as it should be), not too sweet in the slightest.

O: It's hard to make an impression in a market saturated with great Imperial Stouts, but this one delievered. I would love to try the bourbon-aged version of this one.

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Photo of Hanzo
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of BcOneSeven
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into snifter glass. Pours opaque oily black leaving very little brown lacing throughout the session. Sweet, roasty malt aroma this bursting with lots of silky chocolate as well as some oatmeal, roasted coffee bean, toast and nut. There’s also a slight lactic cream presence but the nose of this beer is all about roasted malt and chocolate. Medium bodied but on the fuller end with a slightly chewy, viscous consistency. Deep roasted malt flavor with hints of coffee/espresso bean, oatmeal, burnt toast and toffee. This is complimented by a sweet chocolate malt presence and subtle creaminess. There’s also some earthy hop bitterness and a prominent alcohol burn in the finish. The ABV isn’t well masked with a ton of heat and warmth in the finish. I expect that this will tone down with age but this fresh bottle is too hot for my liking. Dry boozy finish. A little disappointment for me.

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Photo of jwat
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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