Plead The 5th by Dark Horse Brewing

12694508_10103065567380360_1890059998842830703_o 12657921_10103065565863400_4529280787460920162_oRating: 5.35/6

Plead The 5th by Dark Horse Brewing is an 11% ABV Imperial Stout

COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

==Introduction==

I got this one as an extra when I purchased the Cigar City Error Establishing Database Connection. I have heard many great things about this beer and especially the bourbon barrel version of this. Since I don’t have the bourbon barrel version, just the fact that I get to try this one and bring it to the site is a fine honor. Even on their own, Imperial Stouts have shown to be more than perfect. Like some stouts go above and beyond even when they are not barrel aged. With that being said, I do have high expectations for this one. Cheers!

Aromas:
Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, German chocolate, bakers chocolate, coffee, toasted coconut, chocolate chip cookies, rocky road ice cream, dark fruit raisins, prunes, currants, blackberry, plum sauce, soy sauce, marshmallows, caramel, sweetened condensed milk and roasted malty notes.

Flavors:
Super Rich Dark roasted notes, coffee, Kahlua, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, German chocolate, bakers chocolate, dark fruit raisins, prunes, currants, blackberry, plum sauce, soy sauce, cherry and fudge cake, vanilla, molasses, milk sugar, chocolate smores, marshmallows, caramel, sweetened condensed milk, tobacco, smokey notes, toasted coconut, chocolate chip cookies, rocky road ice cream, almond milk, espresso notes, pecan pie, hazelnut, crème brulee and toffee.

Aftertaste:
Finishing rich with roasted malts, earthy hops dark fruit, dark cholate, molasses, licorice, vanilla and caramel. No alcohol in the taste, Dark full body, smooth, silky and creamy mouthfeel and moderate drinkability.

Overall:
An exceptional stout! It is just as I thought, this stout is a great example of how a regular stout can go beyond its base style. While it is not Dark Lord or Surly Darkness, it does bring its own roasty uniqueness that reminds me of some of the best stouts I have tried in the world. The kind that can really just stand higher in quality and taste just on its own. I hope to try the barrel aged version of this one day. I highly recommend this one.

Anime Corner:
Selvaria Bles from Valkyria Chronicles was used in this beer pairing to go with the spirally artwork of the label and the colors but also a proof of authority. While she seems to be a representation of lawful good, this fits with law in terms of the name, Plea the 5th. Aside from that, she has several colors of dark fruits but also the dark colors that represent the stout colors as well.

Sources:
http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/valkyria/images/0/0c/DBFC_Selvaria.png/revision/latest?cb=20141215184003
http://wallpoper.com/images/00/28/15/22/selvaria-bles_00281522.jpg

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