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

LongShot Five Crown Imperial StoutLongShot Five Crown Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
85
very good

251 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 251
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.55%


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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YouSkeete

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +25.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 01:40:04 | More by YouSkeete
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4.58/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 23:39:38 | More by KarlHungus
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

4.51/5  rDev +19%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 03:38:18 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 15:10:42 | More by woodychandler
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david131

California

4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 03:26:06 | More by david131
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gmfessen

Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 00:05:42 | More by gmfessen
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 01:18:39 | More by Cyberkedi
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neenerzig

Ohio

4.31/5  rDev +13.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 04:18:10 | More by neenerzig
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SawDog505

New Hampshire

4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 00:26:50 | More by SawDog505
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jjanega08

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notch on the bottle says Aug

A= Pours a thick black color. One of the thickest pours I've ever seen with a small head on it that rises and actually says a decent amount of time before falling to a ring and a few spots. Some pretty decent lacing despite the lack of head.

S= less roasty and more sweet with molasses. Some what muted on the nose but still pretty imperial stoutish with the thick sweet odor.

T= The flavor follows the nose pretty well. I actually enjoy this for the flavor. It's not the kick our ass flavor you would expect from a thick imperial stout but it's a nice molasses sweetness with a bit of roast. Very nice balance for an imperial stout with sweetness and roasty bitterness.

M= The mouth is nice and thick.

O= This is actually a quality beer. Imperial stout maybe a little underwhelming but for a beer it's really great. A nice mix of imperial and regular. I don't see it improving with age as it is great right now as it is. Check this out for sure it's the best in the pack and I hope SA hires this guy to brew more.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 02:41:04 | More by jjanega08
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into snifter

Appearance – Pours a wonderfully black color with a very light brown head formed upon pouring. The beer looks thick just while pouring it and you can tell it has a nice body. The light head faded fast giving way to a nice amount of lacing.

Smell – Chocolate and a roasted coffee aroma are the strongest. These are mixed with some roasted coffee-espresso aromas as well as some lighter sweeter vanilla and dark fruit aromas. There is a little kick of boozy aroma in there as well.

Taste – The taste up front is a mostly of more roasted malt, coffee, and dark chocolate. The roasted notes lighten some more toward the middle giving some sweeter vanilla and a bit of caramel some time to develop. There is an ever so light dark fruit/plum flavor mixed in. These lighter flavors are lost in the end however with some nice bitter chocolate and bitter malt flavor taking over.

Mouthfeel – Just as the appearance hinted at, this beer has a nice creamy body that allows it coat the mouth with all of the wonderful flavors. The carbonation however was a little bit too high not really complementing the creaminess of the body. While a bit overcarbonated it was by no means awful and overall the mouthfeel is very nice.

Overall – This is a nice imperial stout. I would hope that Sam Adams brings this or something similar into the regular rotation. It has wonderful characteristics and is very affordable (part of the longshot 6 pack for only $11.00). Fantastic!!!

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 01:06:53 | More by Darkmagus82
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dfillius

Michigan

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!

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 01:40:55 | More by dfillius
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 05:00:27 | More by MattyG85
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oberon

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 19:48:22 | More by oberon
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BDIMike

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a great looking brew. A jet-black color with a great dark tan, almost brown head. A medium-sized head has great retention and stays throughout the drink.
Smell has very nice maltiness to it. A good amount of toffee and good chocolate notes. A bit of smokiness as well, but balanced by a hoppy sweetness.
Taste has some very nice tastes to it. Great malt tastes of chocolate and a tad bit of smokiness. A tinge of hoppy sweetness really makes this a great sip.
Mouthfeel is as good as it gets. A medium thickness is as good as it gets. Silky smooth sip is one of the best mouthfeels I have ever had.
Drinkability is very nice on this beer. The slight hop tastes balance out the chocolate and heavy malt tastes. The mouthfeel is unbelievable, making every sip go down so smooth.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 01:30:18 | More by BDIMike
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

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

From the one time batch with an expiration date of Aug 2012. Sampled on March 29, 2012. It pours black as a starless night with a humongous foamy dark tan head that takes forever to settledown but leaves a thin lacing in its wake. The aroma is full of dark malts and coffee with a slight alcohol bitterness in there. The body is well above medium but I like how smooth it is too. The taste begins with a super quick sweetness but that is almost instantly taken over by a sharp acidic bitterness on the end. A reasonably well crafted beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 22:11:54 | More by puboflyons
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Arithmeticus

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in ale glass.

A: solid black, very thin head (but creamy looking); carb stream not great
S: thin, appealing charcoal aroma; toasted grains; yep, an imperial-stout smell
T: very flavorful imperial stout; low on hops and not very sweet; the entire flavor profile is put into the roasted coffee/chocolate RIS-like wort
M: foamy, filling, thick; very creamy mouthfeel

Pretty nice!

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 23:19:22 | More by Arithmeticus
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Pencible

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 05:26:37 | More by Pencible
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 16:48:06 | More by rhoadsrage
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emerge077

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cheers to Chicago homebrewer Joe Formanek, and congrats on the Longshot win.

Five Crown pours into a tulip glass with a billowing voluminous head of mocha foam, coating the glass with sheets of sticky lacing.

Milk chocolate, sweet melted dark chocolate, hint of fried plantains and banana. Slight hint of alcohol as it warms, that creeps up over time.

Super creamy and smooth, roasted malt, caffe latte, melted chocolate. Light dry bitterness in the aftertaste. Smooth like a melted chocolate milkshake, full bodied and viscous. Pretty damn nice.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 02:31:41 | More by emerge077
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle 1 of 3 different beers from the Sam Adams Longshot American Homebrew Contest 6-pack. Poured into my Sam Adams glass.

A- Pours an opague pitch black like motor oil. About two and half fingers of foamy mocha colored head that leaves nice layered mocha lacing and fades to about a finger of head. No visible carbonation bubbles, just a black hole of pitch blackness.

S- Dark chocolate, a little bit of Espresso, hints of vanilla and roasted malts, maybe a tiny bit of hops mixed in there.

T- Creamy milk chocolate, hints of roasted malts, finishes with a milky sweetness with a hint of a bitter hop taste.

M- Creamy and velvety, milky smooth, a little bit on the heavy side, alcohol very hard to detect, well balanced.

O- This was the first beer that I tried from the Sam Adams Longshot Home Brewing Contest 6-pack. I bought this last year and in my opinion it is one of the best deals you can get- for $8.99 for a 6-pack of 3 different great beers. In my opinion this beer definitely lived up to my expectations of the beers from last year.

This beer looked great from the first pour. I loved the smooth velvety mouthfeel mixed with a great balance of milky/dark chocolate and slight taste of bitter hops mixed in the background. The abv is perfectly mixed in and is tough to detect at it's hefty 8.9%. Out of all the imperial stouts I've had this probably ranks among the best of them. I definitely recommend picking up some, I wish they made 6-packs of this stuff. I probably like it better then just about anything else Sam Adams makes. Not sure why the other reviewers didn't rate this higher. Sure it's not the most complex beer, but sometimes in my opinion simpler is better.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 22:07:47 | More by jaasen64
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FickleBeast

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Delerium Tremens snifter.

Pours pitch black with a full finger of mocha foam. Aroma is very malty sweet, with toffee, cocoa, and licorice in the nose.

First sip is quite malty, nice creamy mouthfeel, with a substantial bitter finish. Quite a bit of roasted and chocolate flavors as well. Excellent lacing as the beer recedes.

Overall, a very respectable RIS. Nice balance of chewy and dryness, nice hop kick at the end, and no harsh lingering flavors. I'd buy a 6 pack of this.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 00:56:40 | More by FickleBeast
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before 8/2012.

Pours an absolutely pitch black with a 2 inch foamy super dark khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Thick foamy rings of lace line the glass on the entire drink down. Definitely one of the best looking stouts I have seen in a long while. Smell is of dark roasted malt, chocolate chip cookie dough, and cocoa powder. Taste is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, coffee beans, and some slightly sour dark fruit flavors. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp but somewhat thin mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good stout with an incredible look and great smell. Unfortunately, the taste and mouthfeel just don't quite add up to what I was hoping for.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 03:03:13 | More by UCLABrewN84
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 08:34:18 | More by tdm168
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wagenvolks

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into an unmarked snifter. Reviewing as a Russian Imperial Stout (listing has in as American Double Stout)

Flat-out perfect pour. Thick, oily black liquid fills the glass and builds a gorgeous, creamy head the color of sandpaper. Retention is superb, as is the lacing, and not a hint of light penetrates the inky darkness beneath. Aroma is on-point for the style, too, with roasty chocolate, caramel, and coffee leading the way alongside dark fruity notes of plum and fig. Alcohol and hops are hidden well, for ill or for good.

The flavor is a bit--tangy--for lack of a better descriptor. Reminds me a lot of Sam Adam's Imperial Stout in that respect, with a lot of fruitiness up front, followed by chewy roast and coffee grounds. Nice flash of warming booze in the finish with more roast and a kiss of hops. Great mouthfeel--velvety smooth in its carbonation and the consistency is right where it needs to be. Not too heavy, but still viscous. All in all, a tasty addition to the Longshot series. I can see why this won!

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 01:39:21 | More by wagenvolks
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LongShot Five Crown Imperial Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.