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

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258 Ratings

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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)
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4.75/5  rDev +25%

bigbeers84, Jun 02, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +25%

corzocl, Jun 25, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +25%

mquinn919, Mar 25, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +25%

Lincolnman, Nov 11, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +25%

Burt, Apr 08, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black with a very large, fluffy mocha-grey colored head. Dark cocoa, roasted coffee, caramel malts, thick molasses, heavy cream, rum and spices. Really rich, creamy, hearty aroma. Taste is a big boozy kick of chocolate and caramel malts, cream and roasted coffee. Lots of alcohol with some hints of bourbon. nutty, roasty, malty and full bodied with moderate carbonation. Bittersweet, chocolaty-rich finish. Fantastic brew!

YouSkeete, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of KarlHungus
4.58/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark black color. The head is one inch of dark tan foam that recedes very slowly into a firm cap of lacing that lasts until the beer is gone. This is one fine looking beer. The aroma is of graham cracker, roasted malt, burnt malt, and chocolate. The taste is full of chocolate, and graham cracker with some nice roasted malt characteristics rounding everything out. There is a noticeable alcohol presence in the finish that slightly distracts from the taste, but only slightly. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a silky texture, and appropriately mild carbonation. Overall, this is a really good imperial stout that I would certainly drink again.

KarlHungus, May 21, 2012
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4.51/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

brewdlyhooked13, Mar 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

KnightRider, Apr 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

joshtrich, Mar 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

PGVG, Aug 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Fakexican, May 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

bootsandbeer, Apr 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

outsider, Apr 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

ew1tony, Dec 12, 2012
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4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I stumbled across this during a recent visit to The Foodery (N. Liberties) and thought, "What the heck, I'm a bit of a long shot my dang self!" I have certainly bought beer for lesser reasons in the past.

From the bottle: "Joe Formanek"; "For the past 15 years, Joe has beer 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."

Wow, the pour looked like an oil spill as it entered the glass! This was not deep brown or any other color than Stygian black. It produced two dense fingers of deep brown head that sat there, glaring out at me, refusing to go away. "Be afraid, Woody, be VERY afraid," it cried out to me from the depths. The nose was much more hoppy than I expected and I began to relax a little. Mouthfeel was an iron fist encased in velvet, or perhaps it was Dan Clowes-like: a velvet fist encased in iron, or Velvet Underground ... At any rate, it started really friendly, wriggling around on my tongue like a sensuous lap dancer, but then, Wham!, the bouncer appeared out of nowhere and punched me, reminding me to keep my hands to myself. Jesus, Joe, do you always do this to your friends? It was really rich in terms of its chocolate character, but the minty hops gave it a peppermint quality that was quite refreshing. Finish was like having consumed a Peppermint Patty. Get the sensation!

Phew! Onward and upwards. What was I supposed to do today? Test drive the 2013 Ford Mustang? Nope. Operate an overhead crane? Nope. Vote? Oh, yeah, that's the ticket! I'm ready now!

woodychandler, Apr 24, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours an absolutely pitch black liquid with a very thick and creamy mocha head that settles to a nice, thin covering while leaving nice lacing on the glass. It looks mean.

S- Cocoa, dark roasted coffee with caramel creamer, anise, vanilla, and alcohol. Aromatic, complex, and very appealing.

T- Sweet, dark roasted coffee, anise, dark fruits, smoke, and a bit of alcohol. Very tasty.

M- The body balances creamy and light pretty well and the carbonation lightens it up on the finish.

O- A surprisingly well-made beer. Drinks really nicely and I am glad to see it is under 9% ABV. If this came from a different brewery and was hyped up with a special release, this could rival some of the big name stouts out there.

david131, Apr 05, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

gmfessen, Oct 28, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Strong, smoky aroma has subtle molasses, roast coffee and horehound notes and a hint of burnt wood. It pours a rich sable a mere whisker above black with a thick, fine-bubbled, persistent tan head that leaves generous lacing. Mouth-filling flavor is a little sweet and has notes of roast quality coffee, molasses, caramel and licorice plus a hint of anchovies. The last part actually seems to add to the flavor instead of subtracting from it. Thick, smooth, oily texture has a decent amount of fizz. Attention Boston Beer Company: Hire Joe Formanek - he knows how to brew some a** kicking beer!

Cyberkedi, May 25, 2012
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4.31/5  rDev +13.4%
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!


neenerzig, Apr 24, 2013
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4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 20 oz giant Duvel tulip glass, aggressively. Pours a slick black, with a huge four inch mocha head, that takes it time settling into a thin layer of bubbles in the center of the glass, lots of webbed lace everywhere. Smell is chocolate, roasted coffee, a hinit of licorice, and some piny hops. Taste is very roasty, chocolate and coffee dominate, the flavor lingers awhile, a hint of alcohol. Body is medium large, plenty of carbonation, a hint of dryness mostly due to the roasted coffee, and very drinkable for its size, even if you are surprised it is only 8.9% ABV. This is really excellent, fans of this style like me should make sure they try it. Always impressed with at least one of each LongShot six pack I have ever had.

SawDog505, Mar 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

mctizzz, May 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

beerFool28607, Jun 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

SpartanHistory2013, Mar 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Craigory, Nov 15, 2012
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LongShot Five Crown Imperial Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
86 out of 100 based on 258 ratings.