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

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BA SCORE
84
good

258 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 258
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.53%
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SawDog505 on 03-15-2012)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 258 | Reviews: 127 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by DonDirkA:
Photo of DonDirkA
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nose is heavy black licorice and some chocolate. That's about it. Taste is a bit flat for me. The anise is super strong, I can't pick up a lot else. There are some hints of coffee and very slight chocolate in the background, but they're very minor. Not too bad, but I'm more of a fan of coffee stouts and a huge fans of chocolate stouts.

On a side note, the head looks amazing and sticks around FOREVER. The lacing is fantastic.

DonDirkA, Aug 01, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a fluffy deep mocha colored head atop that settles into a creamy mass.Alot of dark fruit and alcohol in the nose,a bit of nuttiness shows itslef but it's dominated by sweet alcohol and alcohol dipped fruit.Alot of stuff going on on the palate dark fruit,bitter chocolate,deep somewhat raw roast,roasted nut,it's complex and true to what it should be.This is a damn fine impy stout made by a homebrewer,hell yeah.

oberon, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer presented well. Poured into a tulip glass, it was near black in color with a half inch light brown head. The head retained well and left a bit of lace.

Chocolate aroma on the first whiff. Roasted malt aroma became more apparent later.

Semi-sweet chocolate taste up front, followed by coffee and a little burned toast taste.

A dark and rich brew. Well done!

lordofthewiens, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

warnerry, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of Jason
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Massive brown head and barely dissipates. Liquid is as black is black can be.

SMELL: Molasses bread, chicory, cacao nibs, black currants, mild charcoal, burnt marshmallow, alcohol

TASTE: Creamy, smooth, full-ish body, warming, char, burnt toast, dark chocolate, currants, mild hopping, burnt semi-sweet finish

I was hoping for a bit more depth here, hits all the bells and whistles for the style but lands a bit flat from sip to sip.

Jason, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of mctizzz
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

mctizzz, May 12, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a very dark brown to black color with a brown head. The aroma is full of heavily roasted malt and sweet chocolate, as well as some oak and vanilla notes. The flavor has a lot of chocolate and roasted malt, as well as a hint of smoke. The mouthfeel and very thick and somewhat creamy and the carbonation is low to medium. A nice imperial stout, even if it is somewhat basic and doesn't really have any standout features.

Mora2000, May 16, 2012
Photo of MattyG85
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark oily black with no other colors. Moderate amount of bubbles and a impressive four fingers of deep brown head with decent retention. Also a good amount of lacing left on the glass. Looks really great.

Smell: Sweet dark roasted malts with big hints of dark chocolate. Good hints of molasses and some anise. Also some hints of chocolate milk, coffee, and oats. Some subtle hints of dark fruit and earthy hops. Smells on the sweeter side of imperial stouts with the dark chocolate notes standing out.

Taste: A very roasty and sweet stout. Sweet roasty malts with a big taste of dark chocolate. Sweet molasses and hints of milk, coffee, oats, and anise. Some hints of dark plums and cherry in the background. Subtle hints of earthy hops in the finish. A sweeter imperial stout but the finish is fairly drying.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very creamy, chewy, and somewhat syrupy. Starts sweet and finishes dry. No sign of the alcohol.

Overall: A pretty good stout. Leans more towards being a imperial milk/sweet stout than a typical imperial stout. Sweet but balanced enough.

MattyG85, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of rwilde
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

rwilde, May 27, 2012
Photo of williamjbauer
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass

A - Obsidian black with 2 finger brown head with excellent retention and excellent frothy lacing.

S - Burnt Chocolate, espresso

T - Primarily burnt chocolate tones with a malt forward presence sweet with bitter herbal hops for balance. A bit too much EtOH flavor. Simple but good.

M - Full body, moderate carbonation. Oily.

O - Nice chocolate flavor but not quite as robust as I would hope from a Russian Imperial Stout and a little too much alcohol for my liking.

williamjbauer, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black in the body with a large bubbled mocha tan head forming thick, fine even lacing. Aroma has dark fruit, roasted malt forward quality going on, a bit of soy sauce in the distance but not bad...this is a traditional RIS. Warming alcohol booze soaked fruit mix well, dark chocolate syrup around the sides, super sweet and rich RIS. Mouthfeel is a bit cloying the alcohol warmth, and big chewy body are a lot to handle and some things fail to mix as well as I would hope. After a couple sips it starts to weigh heavy on the palate, slow carbonation just a bit cloying. Some excellent flavor overall, just a bit rough around the edges to land up there with my favorite imperial stouts, will try more of these Longshot offerings this just wasn't my favorite for the style.

WVbeergeek, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

rhoadsrage, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of Brenden
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours and forms a pool of inky black. A creamy brown head rises to about a finger in height. Retention is very good, and lacing is left on the glass in good quantity.
No doubt it's an imperial stout, and all the elements are here. There's a creaminess to aroma and flavor, not just feel, with a caramel and vanilla, almost lactic, sweetness. It stops well short of cloying and has good balance. The only issue is that roastiness just touches acridity and alcohol takes on an edge into the finish. There's just a ghostly touch of leafiness and raw, fresh wood.
Creaminess makes this beer filling and flowing without overfilling, and low carbonation allows everything to feel properly. This is standard big stout stuff.

Brenden, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of RichardMNixon
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

RichardMNixon, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a deep, near black chocolate with a finger width mocha head. Retention is average, and the resulting lace is thin but sticky.

Smell - Typical RIS aromas; deep roasted malts, raisin and some heat from the alcohol.

Taste - Starts with some bitter chocolate and dark roasted coffee, then sweet raisin and a bit of alcohol burn comes into play, finishing sweet and with heat.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Moderate amount of carbonation. A touch creamy.

Overall - This Imperial starts out promising, but warms quickly and too much alcohol shines through. Not as deep and complex as one might expect from this style, but a commendable effort and decent representation of the style nonetheless.

TheSixthRing, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of DruC4
4/5  rDev +5.3%

DruC4, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Sammy, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of tdm168
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

tdm168, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of WoodBrew
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a deep black oily like liquid. The head was brown in color and held up nicely over time. The aroma on this beer wasn't as strong as I was hoping for. There was a decent amount of burnt chocolate aromas in there with some hoppy notes too, but still not something that was overly impressive to me. The taste of the beer was sweet with a bitter finish. There is a bit of depth to this one but could use a little more I think. The mouthfeel was big and thick, very nice and easily the best part of the beer in my opinion. Overall It's a good brew, I enjoyed it and it was a good sipping beer for sure.

WoodBrew, May 15, 2012
Photo of cjgator3
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark black color with tan head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is dark roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate and a hint of alcohol. The aroma is a little on the faint side for an imperial stout.

T- The taste is dark and roasty up front with a lot of sweetness coming in next along with a roasty and warming finish from the alcohol.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, a solid imperial stout. The appearance, taste and mouthfeel were all solid. The aroma was the only weak link in my opinion. Definitely worth a try!

cjgator3, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of avisong
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

avisong, May 09, 2012
Photo of prototypic
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Five Crown Imperial Stout is a very dark, chocolate fudge color. It’s nearly opaque. Light shows some faint burgundy highlights. A darker tan head covers it and rises to just over a finger in height. It’s fairly slow to recede. Lacing was rather sticky and moderate in volume. Looks good!

The nose is pretty good. It seems just a tad weak. More strength would help. It does feature a nice mix of roasted and chocolate malts. The chocolate variety even incorporates some cocoa and sweet milk chocolate. Not bad at all. Secondary scents include roasted coffee and a hint of dark fruit. Smells like plum to me. Alcohol is definitely noted. Smells a tad strong for its abv. It seems pretty straight forward for the most part. Not bad at all though.

The flavor is even a little better. The malt base consists of roasted and chocolate varieties. There is a blend of bittersweet dark chocolate, cocoa, and sweet milk chocolate flavors. I like it! Roasted coffee complements the malt base nicely. There are some light dark fruit notes. It’s just a tad tangy and tastes like plum.There’s a hint of charred barley on the tail. Alcohol is blended a little better than the nose suggested. It’s there, but doesn’t seem overly strong. Definitely not hot or boozy. Finishes malty with a slight charred note.

The body leans toward the heavier side of medium. It really feels a tad thin. More body would definitely add some smoothness and character to it. It’s not bad though. Certainly goes down easy for a bigger beer.

Five Crown Imperial Stout is probably my favorite beer in this year’s Longshot release. While it may not have any distinguishing characteristics, it is a nice representation of the style. My only complaint is that the body seems too thin. A little more would improve it. Good stuff in any event.

prototypic, May 27, 2012
Photo of jheezee
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

jheezee, May 01, 2012
Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic tumbler- pours a charcoal color with two fingers (after five seconds) of mocha colored head. Decent retention, moderate lacing.

Smell is very nice- barely any trace of booze (though this is a little light for an imperial stout), big roasted dark malt, and what to me smells like malt balls.

Taste is a little more alcoholic- kicks in a bit at the beginning, followed by the malted milk taste, roasted dark malts, finishing with a bit of semi-sweet chocolate.

Mouthfeel is rich- full bodied, definitely noticeable tang of booze, mild to moderate carbonation. This is a fine brew- maybe not my kind of imperial stout but fine nonetheless.

Hopdaemon39, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of russpowell
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with 3 fingers of mocha head. Good head retention & above average lacing

S: Dark fruit

T: Roasty malt, a bit of plum & raisin, plus oaky dryness, plus figgyness up front. There's a fruitty sweetness to this that almost reminds me of banana laffy taffy, weird. Some charred grain & figgyness as this warms, a touch of plummyness as well. Finishes dry with charred grain & much figgy sweetness& just a bit of booze heat

MF: Chewy enough, slight carbonation, fairly smooth

An alright Imp stout, just too sweet & strange for me to really enjoy

russpowell, Mar 25, 2012
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LongShot Five Crown Imperial Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 258 ratings.