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Plead the 5th Imperial Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Co.

Plead the 5th Imperial Stout

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Overall: 8.47/10 by 2 dudes

Standard Deviation: 0.23 or 2.72%

Trend: 8.47/10 over past 5 reviews

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

ABV: 12.00%

Season: February

Have Another: 100%

310 beers rated with a 8.28 average
  • 8.70/10 have another
  • A: 9.0 | T: 9.0 | L: 9.0 | M: 8.0 | O: 8.0
  • sDev: 2.72% Color: Black
  • Pours a dark black like motor oil with a thick dark tan head. Great retention on the head. Thick heavy lacing.

    Aroma is big and strong. I am getting some hints of booze, dark fruits possibly cherries, dark coco, dark roasted malts and molasses.

    Taste is surprisingly bitter on the first sip. Lots of strong dark flavors here. I am getting similar flavors as the aroma and some heat from the alcohol. Chocolate, molasses, licorice and roasted malts.

    Big body with medium carbonation. Smooth and creamy mouth feel. Bitter dry finish.

    Overall this is a really tasty beer with huge flavors. It is well balance and a great beer for a chilly night. The alcohol in this beer is a really warming. Between the high abv and the heavy dark flavors you won't want to drink very many of these in one sitting. This is a must try beer!
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  • Reviewed: Saturday, October 22, 2011 at 01:10:50
  • Tasted: Saturday, October 22, 2011
  • $2.99 for 12 oz. bottle
1,216 beers rated with a 7.82 average
  • 8.24/10 have another
  • A: 9.0 | T: 8.0 | L: 8.0 | M: 8.0 | O: 8.0
  • sDev: 2.72% Color: Black
  • Poured opaque into my pint glass. An inch of brown, to dark brown, bubbly foam. Retention was, at best, modest, leaving no foam whatsoever. Lacing wasn't a player.

    Aroma was roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and brown sugar. Dark fruits are there but minor.

    Taste is very rich, sugary, and heavy. Roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate with some bitterness to the finish, seemingly from the roasted malt. A good deal of booze hits the back of the mouth, throat and can be felt all the way down.

    Huge body with a good amount of carbonation for the style. I thought it was a little too much.

    This is a big beer, especially once you get to the nose. It slaps you in the face with bold flavors. The booziness was a little high and of course a large beer like this isn't all that easy to drink in quantity. Enjoy!
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  • Reviewed: Friday, June 25, 2010 at 23:38:04
  • Tasted: Friday, June 25, 2010
  • $3.00 for 12 oz. bottle