LongShot Five Crown Imperial Stout - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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LongShot Five Crown Imperial StoutLongShot Five Crown Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
85
very good

260 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 260
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SawDog505 on 03-15-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 260 | Reviews: 127
Photo of CowsandBeer
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle from 2012 poured into a Blind Tiger snifter. Best by notches on 08/12...whoops.

A: Pours a thick, mocha colored head. Inky black body with plenty of creamy lacing.

S: Lots of dry, roasted black malts that bring to mind dark chocolate, iced coffee, and soy sauce. Some cherry sweetness towards the end with a bit of oxidation. Kind of like a s'more.

T: Dry black malts, smoke, maraschino cherries and oxidized chocolate. A bit of a boozy finish.

Mf: Medium feel with a very velvety low carbonation. Some heat but not too much for the listed ABV. Sticky sweet and dry.

Overall: Has held up ok over two years but this was probably better fresh. As it is it's gotten a bit of that smokey, oxidized black malt flavor that might mellow out with a few years. Really nice mouthfeel.

Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2013 longshots,
I poured this beer into a glass, it has black body with a small tanbb head. The aroma has a roasty, chocolate smell. The taste is of roasted, chocolate, malt. As it warms up i get some dark fruit notes also. The mouthfeel is good and overall a good ris.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.48/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - impressive pour, inky and oily. A fat finger of dark mocha foam sets up and hangs around a while, hanging some thick lace on the glass. Melts back a little fast but still holding on a solid cover.

Aroma - darkly roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate. maybe not as layered as some others but an excellent presentation of the primary I.S. elements.

Taste - big and roasty, dark and delicious. Notes of currant, fig, espresso, black cherry skins. The abv is melded without coming across hot or intrusive.Finishes with dry, gritty cocoa powder and drying sweetness.

Mouthfeel - not as heavy as some, but enough heft to hold its own. Carbonation is lively but a little overwhelmed by the smooth body.

Overall - one of the best Longshots yet. One more bottle, at least a year or two until that one pops.

Photo of DrJay
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black. One of the darkest heads I've ever seen on a beer. Excellent retention with thick foam clinging to the glass. Aromas of sweet milk chocolate and roast, caramel and bittersweet chocolate, faint alcohol and light hops. Moderate citrusy bitterness, sort of sweet with chocolate and caramel, licorice and roast, lingering bittersweet character. Full to heavy in body, kind of thick, lowish carbonation, creamy and a bit warm with mild astringency. Pretty good overall. There were a lot of nice flavours here, but left the impression that there could have been more depth.

Photo of hosehead83
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Vintage 2012 bottle. Poured into a balloon glass.
Inky black color, with a big head of chocolate milkshake foam.
Aroma-Coffee, dark chocolate
Taste-Roasty, dark malt, rich chocolate notes. Very smooth for 8.9ABV. Complex. Very enjoyable, and a fine effort. A nice match for BBQ or as a dessert brew.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

LOOK: Pours a midnight black with a tan silky froth that leaves plenty of lace on the snifter. No sediment, this bottle has been fridge aged for over a year now. Appears like an imperial stout.

SMELL: Big and roasty, with a woodsy aroma that is intriguing and expressive.

TASTE: Smooth and surprisingly mild flavors of roast, oats, coffee and some fruity notes. Has some earthy, dirty flavor to it as well as alluding to suggestions of wood, though I don't believe this is an oak aged brew. As it warms notes of chocolate dial in.

FEEL: Full bodied, very smooth, velvety feel.

OVERALL: A good American Double Stout, pleasing to sip on, and gets better as it warms slightly. This makes for a nice sipper on a rainy spring evening.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a snifter)
A- The inky jet black body supports a cocoa tan head of cream that takes on an espresso crema being thick and lasting.

S- The earthy slightly fruity dark chocolate malt aroma has some leather notes mixed in and gives is a good depth.

T- The big roasted coco notes has a natural tootsie roll malt flavor with a prune hint in the finish. There are some dark mellow roasted malt flavors that linger just a moment without any bitterness.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a spicy little carbonation but no real alcohol heat.

O- This beer has a well-blended depth of dark malt and some good yeast character making it a very nice beer to sip several in a row.

Photo of neenerzig
4.29/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've had 2 bottles of this sitting in my beer cellar for almost a year now, as I got 2 bottles as part of the 6 pack of last year's Longshot series that I picked up. So I figured it was time to crack one open. A 12 oz. bottle poured into my snifter, this beer pours a very dark brown color with a mocha brown creamy looking head that is about an inch thick when poured. Head settles to a nice surface coating of foam that sits on the surface of the beer along with a nice medium to thick size ring lining the inside of the glass. Excellent lacing here too! Aromas of cocoa nibs, roasted nuttyness, a hint of coffee, and bits of dark fruity esters. Has a nice sweetness of cocoa nibs upfront that gives way to some roasted nuttyness and coffee, hints of vanilla, bits of dark fruityness, and is all rounded out with a slight touch of hop bitterness. Excellent mix of different flavors and a good balance of the different flavors. Has a creamy, smooth, frothy, velvety medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. An excellent beer! One of the best from the Longshot series I have had so far!

Eric

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pitch black on the pour. The half inch brown head settles after a little while. Thin, scraggly lacing.

S: Fudge, brownie batter, and chocolate syrup. Blackstrap molasses. Raisins and blackberries. Subtle undercurrents of wood and vanilla. Smells like it'll be a big, rib-sticking beer.

T: Fudge and chocolate syrup. Big darkfruit presence. Lots of plum and currant. Slight solventy kick of alcohol. Finishes with chocolate and a drying, woody roasted malt presence.

M: Thick and rich in body. Very chewy and slightly viscous and mouth coating. Almost no carbonation.

O: Nicer on the nose, but in the end it's pretty plain-Jane. Lacks depth and complexity.

Photo of Jadjunk
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

"For the past 15 years, Joe has been brewing his Russian Imperial Stout. This malt-forward ale has a rich complexity, with roasty and chocolate notes, yet enough hop bitterness to balance out the sweetness. This satisfying winter brew is full-bodied with an enjoyable velvety smoothness." Brewed in the style of a Russian Imperial Stout. Date ticked on the bottle is Mid August 2012.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a snifter. Served north of 50º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a very dark brown head of an initially crispy, but overall foamy consistency over an inky black body. In regards to coloration, its one of the darkest and thickest Russian Imperial Stouts I've observed to date. Head retention is slightly above average, foamy and creamy with light lacing trails. A wonderful color for the style and nearly identical head quality, although it just didn't last quite like I had expected it to. 4.25

(Smell) The aroma is surprisingly light for what I gathered in the aroma. Puffs of roasted chocolate, black malt, char and cream is most notable, while a faint spicy, resiny hop bouquet rounds out the flavor a notch. Some mild tart flavors with hints of dark fruit and licorice are curious amongst my general impressions of the style, but welcome additions to it. Generally toasty with roasted bread notes, it's a touch less sweet than I expected, which is pleasant for the style. It's an inviting aroma. 4

(Taste) The sweetness is much more prevalent in the flavor, but most other hidden characters, good and bad, are as well. Roasty flavors of toasted bread, cream and milk chocolate are up front. A note of char and smoke is prevalent on the otherwise semi-sweet chocolatey finish. The drinkability is relatively high despite some expected complexity, mainly due to a clean, airy finish; the balance is slightly sweet over bitter yet the finish is medium dry and a bit tart. Flavor is generally pleasant in this beer, although there are a few challenges that keep this from achieving the coveted worldwide holy-stout status, I found the beer to be overall enjoyable. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Creamy, silky and oily thick mouthfeel with a slightly sweet balance over bitter and mild acidic notes. Body is a notch below medium amongst Russian Imperial Stouts, and high compared to all beers. Finish is mild slick and oily; carbonation is mild overall. A bit more creaminess and air in the carbonation would help pair with the texture and improve the body perception of this beer. I actually find the carbonation one of the biggest challenges to the drinkability and overall enjoyment of this beer, it just isn't doing its part. 3

(Overall) I rarely find a Russian Imperial Stout I dislike, so it's a challenge picking even a half-decently constructed one apart. This stout is nearly where it needs to be in flavor; some may dislike the tartness on the finish, but this one gets much milder in the upper 50'ºs, so hold off for best results. The carbonation texture didn't really match the flavors. I got a lot of chocolate and roasted malt potential and not as much creamy carbonation presence to match the roasted thickness and inky viscosity of this beer. In the end, it's still a solid Russian Imperial Stout in terms of its recipe, but a fix in regards to the carbonation will take this beer miles further. 3.75

Boston Beer Company's
Longshot Five Crown Imperial Stout
3.75/5.00

Photo of Pencible
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured an opaque black with moderate dark tan head.
S: It smelled like sweet brown sugar and caramel, with some coffee and cream and dark chocolate.
T: It tasted like sweet dark chocolate and brown sugar, with some roasted coffee and cream and copper hops. It had a smooth and clean aftertaste that was fairly sweet.
M: It was super thick with a little carbonation. Huge chewy body.
D: This was a great imperial stout. It looked perfect. The scent and taste were nice, and the body was gigantic. The finish was really mellow, so it was easy to drink. Don't know how it would age, since it's already so drinkable. Solid brew all around.

Photo of FlatRabbitRed
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Once again can't go wrong Longshot beer by Samuel Adams.... or should I say a homebrewer!
I look forward to these being a homebrewer, knowing that someday maybe I can make beer this good! Out of the three beers in this years winners, this was the least of my favorite.

Roasted malt, coffee

Photo of TMoney2591
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I was in no position to remember this one the first time I tried it back after my buddy's wedding. Now, my eyes and mind are clear... This stuff pours a straight onyx topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, light vanilla, dark chocolate, and a kiss of coffee. The taste brings in more of the same, with the elements coming together into a very pleasant cocoa-like brew with a distinct roasted barley character. The body is a lithe medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a very nice impy stout, one I wish I could duplicate in my own homebrewing efforts.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, dark fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty roasted malt character that is quickly followed by bitter-sweet flavors of dark chocolate and black coffee. There are some background flavors of dark fruit and licorice. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it’s solid beer but there are a lot of other options in the style that I would pick first.

Photo of morebeergood
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aged this bottle for a bit. Poured into a tulip glass. Huge mocha brown head sat on top of a motor oil black body. Great looking stout. Smell was of espresso and raisins. Flavor was a melody of chocolate and rum and dark malt. Loved the taste of this beer. Mouthfeel was smooth yet a tad visceral at the end. A very nice beer that SA should consider putting into constant rotation. I think I liked this more that their Imp Stout they put in the 4 packs.

Photo of beerpadawan
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours thick and dark. Sparse brown head formed.

Smells sweet, chocolate. Roasted malt, deep dried/dark fruit, and some alcohol.

Flavor is not quite as sweet as the nose, though it is chocolatey. It has a chalkiness to it that is reminiscent of powdered hot cocoa. Some dried dark fruit/raisin flavor, following the nose. Some booze comes through, along with a little hop and roasted malt bitterness.

I don't know that I would seek it out again but half of a 12oz bottle was enjoyable.

Photo of gmfessen
4.41/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, Five Crown pours like motor oil, black as night with a thick, creamy, mocha colored head. The smell is a pleasent sweet mixture of chocolate nibs, brown sugar, caramel and possibly some currants or raisins. The taste follow suit nicely, the sweetness of the chocolate and caramel notes come to the forefront but are perfectly balanced with muted bittering hops - the alcohol has a nice spicey, warming bite but is not overwhelming. Mouthfeel is very full in body with a thick, creamy carbonation and a slightly dry finish. Overall, a great RIS, not overly big in any category but nicely balanced and perfectly drinkable.

Photo of dfillius
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass
A: 3/4 finger of coffee colored/dark brown head, nearly like Abyss. Very dark head with good retention. Pitch black, slightly viscous liquid.
S: Banana, nuts, vanilla, bready. Very much like banana nut bread. Lactose? Molasses. Interesting and a little confusing at first, but pleasant. The faintest trace of ethanol at the end.
T: Chocolate, malty but bright. Some hops come out in the finish. I love that it is not boozy. Like a milk stout almost. Like Breakfast Stout without the coffee.
M: Gentle, not hot :-) Velvety as the bottle claims. Full and creamy.
O: A solid RIS. Very tasty and balanced. Superb. I'd love another!

Photo of falloutsnow
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: Best by August 2012
Glass: US pint glass

Probably my favorite from the Longshot series, Five Crown Imperial Stout hits all the right flavor notes for the style, along with having a very smooth, soft, creamy mouthfeel that's quite satisfying. While I found it fairly average in aromatics, this was still a rich, reasonably complex, and enjoyable imperial stout.

Pours a 1cm head of dark brown foam, made up of fairly small bubbles, that collapses fairly quickly to a thin ring around the glass. Head leaves some residual lacing along sides of glass, as well as a few scattered stretches of bubbles. Body is an opaque dark brown to black color: light doesn't change a thing about this dark of a color. Carbonation is not visible.

Aroma is rather subdued, of modest roasted barley and chicory root, juicy black grapes, slight mineral-ness, and ethanol. While not unappealing, this is not a particularly exciting collection of scents or intensities.

Flavors of strong, roasted malt, burnt molasses, dark chocolate, slight coffee, and ethanol. Tasting opens with roasted barley, dark chocolate, black grape sweetness, and slight acridity from the roasting process. Mid-palate brings in some ethanol, continued roasted barley, dark chocolate, and bitterness from burnt grain or hop usage. Back of palate notes particular ethanol, a bit of anise, and some roasted malt flavor. Lingering aftertaste of some bitterness, ethanol, roasted barley, and mild chocolate.

Beer is medium-heavy in body, with fairly low levels of carbonation that result in a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Ethanol can be felt in the nostrils and back of the palate, but it is not overtly intense and fits well within the bounds of the beer itself and the style as a whole. Closes out dry, with significant residual stickiness across the palate after each sip.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Solid beer, if a bit soft for the style. Pours black with a nice caramel colored head that sticks around for the duration. Some slight lacing. Smells sweet and malty with a bit of roastiness and a touch of dark chocolate and a pronounced ashiness on the finish. A bit light, though. The taste is a bit more layered with very nice bitter chocolate notes, a bit of sweetness, some creaminess, and some of that ash on the finish which helps to dry things out a bit. Very creamy, and a bit too light overall, but nice flavors make this one worthwhile.

Photo of tdm168
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours like oil; pitch black with a huge, brown, dense head that has great retention

S - chocolate, roasted malt, alcohol, licorice

T - chocolate, huge roasted malt, coffee, faint anise, alcohol

M - medium bodied, a little thin at times, warming alcohol

This is a really good beer. The mouthfeel is a bit thin which I think detracts slightly from the full-flavor. Overall, this has great flavor and aroma. I'll definitely try to find a few more bottles of this.

Photo of Bung
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. a solid looking black pour, a light brown layer. Retains quite well, laces just barely.

Aroma, molasses, licorice, plum, dark chocolate. Alittle citrus and pine. Some booze.

Taste, plum and black raspberry, a faint bitter citrus. This fades quickly to roast malt, molasses, stork chocolate resin. Cocoa is real heavy in the finish. Pretty nice and no booze unlike the nose.

Med-full bodied. Not quite creamy, but coats well. Drinks easy and the alcohol was well hidden at this point.
Expectations were low and it exceeded.

Photo of RichardMNixon
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a goblet.

A: Completely opaque black body with a good amount of mocha head. Head fades to a surface fizz over a few minutes while leaving some nice lacing.

S: Chocolate and leather. It's nice, but not particularly potent.

T: Some nice chocolate and molasses notes with a good amount of booze that takes over at the end.

M: Velvety smooth up front but a little too boozy at the end which lingers after your sip.

O: Not bad, but a little too much alcohol. I think I'll sit on the other bottle for a few months and see if it mellows any.

Photo of JackieTH
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes.

Poured dark brown/black with a solid tan rocky head that was very persistent. Good lace. Smell was heavily roasted malt and orange citrus elements. Taste was semi-sweet, blackstrap molasses, roasted malt, resin and citrus hop flavors with medium level of bitterness that washed away any overt sweetness into a dry finish. Medium, creamy body that holds together well. I enjoyed it.

Photo of mactrail
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown in the tall tulip, nearly black. Pleasant beige head. I can't get much aroma out of this. Barleywine sort of body.

This stuff is so sweet and fruity, it's like some kind of barley candy bar. Distinct flavor of licorice. More malty sweet than burnt and sour, but they must have charred a lot of barley to get it this dark. Hard to take too much of this, even sipping, but it keeps up the intrigue. Fairly bitter aftertaste.

Total dark flavor is actually quite remarkable. Interesting, and makes you wonder what they do to the malt to get this Midnight Oils taste. From the 12 oz bottle.

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LongShot Five Crown Imperial Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 260 ratings.