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Dark Horse Plead the 5th Imperial Stout

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RATINGS: 1088   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
It's big and full bodied with lots of roasted malts and balanced with heavy hops to put this imperial in a league of its own.
Previously known as Dark Horse Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holtguy (137) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 24, 2015
Pours black with thin tan head. Aroma of chocolate and burnt toast. Flavor is bitter dark chocolate with roasted malt, with some smokiness and a bit of bitterness that lingers. A bit dry. No noticeable alcohol. Not for the faint hearted.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benfi (691) - DENMARK - NOV 24, 2015
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, cocoa, coffee, licorice and alcohol. Taste is medium sweet and light to medium bitter with a long warm, licorice, coffee and chocolate finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crlnts (390) - SWITZERLAND - NOV 20, 2015
Very nice imperial stout. Black. Thick. Beige head. Clean, mild and dry. Like there was no alcohol. Thank you for the brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scirtes (234) - POLAND - NOV 5, 2015
Bottle. Black beer with nice, brown head and well marked lacing. Aroma is dominated by chocolate notes, with hints of alcohol and dried fruits. Taste is moderately sweet with well marked bitterness. Oily texture, moderately carbonated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tomekk1978 (1064) - Ząbki, POLAND - NOV 5, 2015
Wersja 11%
Aromat: słodki i alkoholowy, wsparty suszonymi śliwkami, wiśniami w czekoladzie, wanilią, czekoladą, lekką kawą czy palonością. Spodziewałem się więcej.

Wygląd: barwa czarna, nieprzejrzysta. Piana jasno brązowa, drobno pęcherzykowa, , jak na ten styl dość obfita, ale umiarkowanie trwała.

Smak: spora słodycz, jednak szybko kontrowana kwaskowością i nutą wytrawną pochodzącą z ciemnych słodów. Jest także spory alkohol. Następnie suszone owoce, czekolada gorzka, tosty, paloność. Goryczka w okolicach średniej, głównie słodowa i umiarkowanie długa. Krągła do tęgiej pełnia, niskie wysycenie, kwaskowy, owocowo- palony finisz z wyraźną nutą alkoholową, rozgrzewającą przełyk, ale w tym pozytywnym znaczeniu.

Zdecydowanie wolę wersje czekoladowe czy kawowe od owocowych i mocno palonych, jak w tym przypadku. Skusiłem się ze względu na oceny rb, jako ukoronowanie mojego Stout Day. Niestety nie warto za nie płacić ponad 20 zł. Wolę już moje stare RIS-y.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fuzzcro (40) - Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2015
Certainly not what I expected. This is a quite excellent imperial stout. Pours black, with little to no head. Aroma is excellent...a bit oily to the mouth, nice and thick with little to no bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hrabren (381) - Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 31, 2015
0.33, KP. Black, small brown head. Roasty, dry fruits, plums. Chocolate. Smoky, roasty, dry fruits and chocolate in finish. Smooth and creamy. Salty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jawlo (242) - Katowice, POLAND - OCT 30, 2015
Aromat: czekolada, wanilia, kawa, paloność Wygląd: barwa czarna, piana średnio obfita. Smak: na początku sporo słodyczy, głównie kawa i paloność, w tle czekolada i wanilia, średnia goryczka, alkohol delikatnie grzeje. Tekstura: geste i likerowe, wysycenie niskie. Ogólne wrażnie: pysze piwo, złożony aromat i świetnie zbalansowany smak.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SNL (494) - - OCT 28, 2015
Bottle. Pitch black pour, microfoam chocolate head. Malty nose, slightly sour. Taste is a little sweet, smooth long finish, slightly bitter. Full body, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
lightbias (361) - USA - OCT 23, 2015
So I’m looking for a glass, and I find my snifter from @NewGloryBrewing and I know it’s the one for me tonight. It’s just the right size for something as hot as a 12% and fits in my hand like it’s meant to be there. I peel the cap from the neck and open a formidable aroma. The boozy bite in the air is easily driven to a second impression as the heady scent of burnt sugar and overripe plums is potent. - I tip the bottle and the thick, oily brew cascades into the glass in a stream of dark mahogany. The head is rich cocoa in hue, foaming at the surface with an aggressive pour, and receding in moments. The surface of the beer is rimmed at the inside of the glass with the deep chocolaty froth; islands of delicate foam drifting atop. Beautiful. - I sip, bringing just a taste to my lips at the edge of the glass and pulling slowly, deeply at the thick brew. The flavor causes an immediate reaction...eyes close, deep intake of breath, the draw of the liquid through my mouth, over my gums; a slow swallow, completing the experience. An exhale brings the true essence of the aroma; dark malts evoke flavors of spent leather, dark fruits and molasses. A glimmer of vanilla in the finish eases the flavors, brings them together and they melt in my mouth. There is nothing about the experience from this bottle that makes this difficult to drink despite the ABV. It’s delectable, aromatic and sexy as hell. If there was a Dark Horse that I’d pick up regularly, this would most definitely be top of the damn list. Fabulous.

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