Dark Horse Plead The 5th Imperial Stout

I found this beer at the Craft Beer Outlet outside of Philly. This was the only beer in the stout series that I hadn’t been able to find with relative ease. All of the others were reviewed in 2014. This was hiding in the corner of the cooler and I almost missed it. Let’s see how the final beer was.


ABV: 11%

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The fifth and final beer in our stout series. Our Russian Imperial Stout is pitch black in color with a faint tan head that immediately identifies this beer as BIG. Aromas of dark fruits, chocolate, caramel and roast also make it even bigger. Roasted coffee and fruity chocolate notes are just the beginning of this beer’s complex flavor. You have the right to enjoy or remain silent (ha, ha!).”

Random: I like this idea of Dark Horse’s stout series. They come out at different times of the year so you always have something to look forward to.

This beer poured with a half a finger of tan head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was black with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose was filled with smoke, ash and dark chocolate. The taste had a bit more depth. It had a lot of smoke and ash with dark fruit, molasses and dark chocolate. After a few sips, there was some licorice as well. I got booze warming as well, but nothing like the ABV. The body was thick like oil with light carbonation. It had a long finish with dark chocolate and smoke. This was $11.99 for the bottle, which breaks down to a pricey $1 per ounce. Despite the price, it was just an excellent beer and one worth searching out. Now, to find the bourbon barrel version…

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

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