Plead The 5th Imperial Stout | Dark Horse Brewing Company

Plead The 5th Imperial StoutPlead The 5th Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
4.31/5
3,985 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:
#472
Reviews:
935
Ratings:
3,985
pDev:
7.89%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
555
Gots:
1,063
Trade:
112
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Ratings: 3,985 |  Reviews: 935
Photo of DonFrap
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
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 +4.4%

Photo of iatethecloudsfor
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of SomethingClever
3.87/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Speigelau glass

A: pitch black rich chocolate head

S: lots of roasted goodness with some very strong chocolate and licorice

T: very smooth sweet chocolate a little bit of lactate milk taste

M: a touch thin for a stout but it's not bad

O: this is a pretty good stout it's got a lot of nice chocolate and sweetness with a little bit of roast it's a tad thin though

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Photo of mpayne5
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of hardy008
3.06/5  rDev -29%
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 Tracker83
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Kuhnhenn tulip glass. Thanks to Scoot1969 for this as an extra.

Pours black with a thick motor oil consistency, reddish tan ring of head. You know when you make chocolate milk with Hershey's syrup, and when you're done drinking the glass there's still some syrup at the bottom? The bottle has this. I thought maybe this was a chocolate stout, but I don't see any indication of that. Smells like sweet malt, chocolate syrup, and a little cream and vanilla. Has a nice fresh smell to it. Really nice, based on the smell I can't wait to take a sip. Taste is sweet Hershey's syrup up front, roasted malt, a little bittersweet cocoa and smoke on the finish. Full bodied and mouth coating, nice medium-light carbonation, warming from the alcohol. Overall, a delicious, big, sweet stout, about as drinkable as you could hope for given the parameters of the beer.

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Photo of CraftFan5
4.94/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of joe1510
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle
$11.99
Four Seasons Liquors

Plead the 5th glugs from the bottle pouring like 10w30. It's black. No light passes through whatsoever and as a matter of fact, I think it actually swallows light. The foam is easy to conjure and grows to a couple fingers in height. the head is dark beige, so dark in fact that it seems to sport a nearly purple hue. The foam eventually settles to a thin cap while leaving respectable velvety lacing down the sides of the glass.

The nose is packed full of rich stoutiness. Big and bold. The roast is on the heavy side of the spectrum with a touch of char. Walnut pith and black coffee are bold through the middle. Macadamia nuttiness adds both character and brightness. There's a noticeable alcohol presence but it's clean and appetizing in the form of a blackberry brandy. Dark berries play a nice role along with cocoa powder that verges on slightly bitter. This beer is a monster.

As in your face as the nose happened to be, the flavor profile comes along with even more precise, hit you in the mouth, interpretations of each aspect I mentioned above. The roast, again is on the heavier side with the slight char but that whole aspect sort of cradles the rest. Dark berries soaked in a neutral spirit kick it off. It's spicy and rich. Straight cocoa powder adds a touch of bitterness and molten brownies bring along a huge dark chocolate character. Black dark roast adds character and there's a touch of earthiness as well. Whew! This guy is slam packed!

The body is amazingly easy to handle for the immense size. Weighing in at 11% the body somehow manages to sit between moderate and heavy. It doesn't reach that viscous quality like you'd expect which helps and hurts. The drinkability is higher but the luxuriousness falls. The roast leaves behind a dry finish with a good amount of bitterness, and I can get behind that with such a hefty libation. The whole thing works.

This beer has been a favorite of mine for years now. With that said, I haven't drank a bottle in a long time. Revisiting opens my eyes up to its greatness again. This beer is not to be trifled with. It's big, bold, and mean. Old school in nature and it won't take no shit.

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

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for giving me a bottle of this at some point

Appearance: Dark, dark brown - pours somewhat heavy - starts off with a minimal head, but this is forgivable - retains a nice, light brown ring, as well as some streaks of lacing

Smell: Roasted malts and chocolate - burnt and roasty, but more roasty than burnt - perhaps more chocolate than anything else - dark chocolate, semisweet chocolate, chocolate malts, dark brownie mix - some roasty dryness, but some sweetness, including some molasses - leather, some booze, and some black licorice

Taste: Basically, it's like a dark chocolate bar with some semisweet chocolate chips, sprinkled with molasses and black licorice - burnt and roasty, but the chocolate characteristics make this seem like a badass candy bar - dry chocolate malts, and some cooked, caramel malts - some booze, some dark fruits - not the most complex RIS ever, but very interesting

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium, very smooth, very oily and slick, minimal carbonation but it works

Overall: Beyond solid

This is better than some hyped, hard-to-get monsters of this style. Seriously. It's not mind blowing in any way, but it's decidedly "imperial" and very flavorful. So much chocolate! I must age this.

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Photo of sholland119
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub.

A-Beautiful. Dark and rich with a thick, dark mocha head. My favorite loon in an RIS. A beer that looks like this rarely disappoints.

S-Nicely complex. Lots of bourbon and alcohol, vanilla, dark chocolate and milk chocolate.

T-Caramel and dark chocolate in the front with lost of vanilla. Then a hint of maple, then some bourony notes in the finish. Quite hot in the finish, but it's fresh and 14% so no huge surprise there.

M-Medium bodied but rich and coating.

D-14% so proceed with caution (duh!). A little hot (again, duh!) but really delicious and enjoyable.

HV

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dannycohen62
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chefduff2
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of xdtfx
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of ralerwen
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Zbeetleman
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of midlifec
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of cultclassic89
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of heysuz
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of mctizzz
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Plead The 5th Imperial Stout from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 3,985 ratings
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