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Monday, May 25, 2015

Plead the 5th Imperial Stout by Dark Horse Brewing Company

Memorial Day is a day to remember those who have given their lives so I can be free. Because of them I am free to write down my thoughts and feelings about anything, it just so happens that beer is my passion. Drinking craft beer for the taste and not for the buzz, trying to visit breweries and throw my hat in the realm of home brewing. For those who gave their lives and those who are putting their lives on the line, we salute you. Have a beer on me.

A great movie that portrays war is Saving Private Ryan. That is what is on the boob tube this evening. AMC always has good programming. Tom Hanks is an amazing actor and the script is awesome. What a wonderfully relaxed way to spend my Memorial Day. Tonight's beer of choice comes from another Michigan Craft Brewery, Dark Horse Brewing Company. I have had the barrel aged version of Plead the 5th at the Winter Beer Festival, and the flavor and taste were very enjoyable. This particular bottle of Plead the 5th was purchased at 8 Degrees Plato about 3 months ago.

Plead the 5th Imperial Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company

ABV: 11.00%
Type: Russian Imperial Stout

Look: 4.25
Smell: 4.0
Taste: 3.5
Feel: 3.75
Overall: 4.00

This beer pours as black as motor oil with a small mocha head that dissipated quickly. The aroma has strong notes of caramel and molasses with hints of nuts and alcohol. The first taste is a bit sour. This could be due to the age and temperature of the beer. The body is smooth and lighter then I was expecting.

After letting it warm up the flavor was much more enjoyable. The sour taste went away and my taste buds were greeted by notes of caramel and molasses. Their is a bit of an alcohol bite in the after taste. Overall, Plead the 5th was a good Imperial Stout. Letting it warm up was a good idea. I hope to venture to Dark Horse Brewing Company in the very near future to taste some delicious beer at the source. Dark Horse is located in Marshall, MI, not too far from Kalamazoo, MI which is the home of Bell's Brewery. 

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