LongShot Five Crown Imperial Stout - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by Jadjunk:
3.75/5 rDev -1.3%
"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
02-12-2013 05:08:26 | More by Jadjunk
More User Reviews:
4.13/5 rDev +8.7%
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.
04-05-2012 19:48:22 | More by oberon
3.95/5 rDev +3.9%
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!
04-07-2012 10:58:34 | More by lordofthewiens
3.38/5 rDev -11.1%
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.
06-26-2012 02:55:10 | More by Jason
3.8/5 rDev 0%
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.
05-16-2012 03:30:22 | More by Mora2000
4.15/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
03-29-2012 05:00:27 | More by MattyG85
3.78/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
07-18-2012 00:47:49 | More by williamjbauer
3.63/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
06-17-2012 16:36:27 | More by WVbeergeek
4.1/5 rDev +7.9%
(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.
04-30-2013 16:48:06 | More by rhoadsrage
3.68/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
04-26-2012 19:27:36 | More by Brenden
3.38/5 rDev -11.1%
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.
09-15-2012 00:30:41 | More by RichardMNixon
3.53/5 rDev -7.1%
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.
06-26-2012 03:57:51 | More by TheSixthRing
4.08/5 rDev +7.4%
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.
09-24-2012 08:34:18 | More by tdm168
3.53/5 rDev -7.1%
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.
05-15-2012 01:26:39 | More by WoodBrew
3.8/5 rDev 0%
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!
07-10-2012 03:02:54 | More by cjgator3
3.85/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
05-27-2012 02:29:29 | More by prototypic
3.83/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
04-19-2012 03:25:51 | More by Hopdaemon39
3.58/5 rDev -5.8%
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
03-25-2012 04:38:44 | More by russpowell
LongShot Five Crown Imperial Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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