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:
3,982
Reviews:
933
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
8.27%
 
 
Wants:
556
Gots:
1,060
For Trade:
113
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Photo of Yellolab2010
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.38/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Won't wear my Sunday suit to walk that street
That would feel Byzantine

12 oz bottle...Ultra dark inky pour into my snifter with a nice thin mocha head that swells and then heads rapidly to lurk around the edges like some two-bit hoodlum.

Dark fruit, sherry, soy, and that scent that I have often described as grape bubblegum that I sometimes find in big stouts, along with some dark chocolate on the back end.

The taste and mouthfeel on this beer are slightly perplexing. For all the complexity, or at least diversity, in the nose, the taste does not quite follow. Upon warming, there is an onslaught of that grape flavor which I attribute to the heavy malt presence. The other scents promised from the smell seem minimally present, with only a slight coffee presence poking through, which I did not detect on the nose.

What is particularly odd is the slightly oily, but very light, almost watery mouthfeel. For the make and model of this diesel motored fiend, I expected a bigger, more rounded feel. Not particularly the experience I was hoping for.

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Photo of sourdog
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dogleg
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Amalak
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of SpdKilz
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of zeledonia
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2011 vintage.

Pours black, one of the darkest stouts I've seen. Half-finger of dark chocolate brown head, also among the darkest I've seen. Retention and lacing are fine.

Smell is lovely milk/dark chocolate, backed by some other deep roasty aromas. No char, very clean, with a lot of sweetness. I really like the sides of the dark malts that come out in this beer's smell.

This is delicious. It's like sweet chocolate zested with tingly, lightly bitter hops. Big up-front flavors, but also a lot of sublety behind that. Among the best non-bal imperial stouts I've had.

Mouthfeel is thick, chewy, and creamy, with just enough carbonation. Lasting, sludgy finish. Heavy stuff!

This is simply a fantastic imperial stout. I love the chocolate and sweetness, which comes close to stepping over the line, but backs off just a hair. Very happy I have several more of these, and I will most definitely be buying more.

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Photo of fossage78
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of rye726
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a thick oily black with a silky espresso head. Nose has big roasty malts, chocolate, subtle piney hops, molasses, licorice, dried plums and cherries, coffee and vanilla. Taste is a well balanced blend of bitter hops, molasses, dark malts, fugde, and ripe pitted fruits. Thick body is very well carbonated. Great stuff from Dark Horse.

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

Photo of jayhunter357
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of JeffTheJuice
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of crbnfbr
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of RobinLee
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Ri0
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of jegross2
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Plead The Fifth from Dark Horse Brewing Company.
Score: 90

2011 release vintage bottle (specific date is unknown) served in a snifter glass and enjoyed 12/23/11. This is the first of three reviews I wrote a month ago and forgot to publish.

Appearance: Motor oil colored body with dark brown highlights at the top of the glass. Pours a half finger or so of creamy chocolate brown colored head that settles into a thin lacing. Leaves an oily lacing behind on the side of the glass. 4/5

Smell: Roasted milk chocolate, dark fruit, light coffee and a hint of smokieness. 4/5

Taste: Roasted chocolate, raw dark chocolate and mellow coffee upfront. Subtle hints of wood. Finishes with bitter, dark and unsweetened chocolate. The intensity of the finish seemingly increases as the beer layers. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, minimal carbonation. Dry, slightly bitter finish. 4/5

Overall: If my experience with a year-old bottle of Founders Imperial Stout is any indication, I am going to have to re-review this one fresh. Even with a year of age on it, Plead the Fifth is still a pretty solid and tasty Russian Imperial Stout.

Recommendation: A must seek out brew for all, but wait until the 2012 release to try this one. Casual beer drinkers should be able to enjoy this one thoroughly.

Pairings: Porterhouse steak.

Cost: $11.99 for a four pack.

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Photo of HeartofMiami
3.84/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DonFrap
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- pours as black as night with a two finger head that is nearly the same color. Head sticks around for awhile and laces beautifully

S- pungent aroma of coffee, with some chocolate in there, and a tad bit of booze. It smells excellent

T- very bitter chocolate. Some booze to it. The finish is pretty sweet. It's certainly overpowering, that's for sure

M- THICK. Monstrous. Luscious

O- the taste puts me off a little bit...it's "too much". But this is still a fantastic beer

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Photo of NateMac13
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of iatethecloudsfor
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of mpayne5
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a light brown head. Smells like boozy dark fruits, dark caramel, and bitter dark chocolate. Tastes like dark baker's chocolate, dark chocolate milk, roast and ash, some complex dark fruits, maybe cherry, light herbal hops, with a caramely, roasty, coffee dark cocoa finish. Feels medium-bodied with little carbonation. Overall a really great imperial stout.

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Photo of hardy008
3.06/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pitch black with a dark tan one finger head with good retention. Leaves spotty lacing. Smells like raisins, alcohol, anise, dark chocolate, dark roasted malt, and vanilla.

Tastes like dark chocolate, dark roasted malt, alcohol, anise, raisins, and vanilla. Very sweet, with a lot of bitterness provided by the dark roasted malt. I am not a big fan of anise or licorice, and wish I had not detected so much of it.

Full bodied with average carbonation. There is a lot of alcohol heat with this beer, which is the main problem I have with it. The second problem is that this beer is too sweet, and too bitter. The aftertaste mostly is alcohol, roasted malt, and dark chocolate. This isn't a bad beer, but is a bit too hot for me to enjoy properly. Also not as well made as the best Russian Imperial Stouts. I should have let this one age a while before drinking it.

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Photo of DangerDawg
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
4.23 out of 5 based on 3,982 ratings.
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