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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

256 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 256
Reviews: 126
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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shockrocker65

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

03-26-2012 02:40:51 | More by shockrocker65
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TheBeerDad

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

05-31-2014 14:09:21 | More by TheBeerDad
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

04-22-2012 01:40:22 | More by kaelingirl
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brotherloco

California

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

05-01-2012 04:24:40 | More by brotherloco
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Latarnik

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

05-24-2014 21:11:03 | More by Latarnik
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hopley

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

04-16-2012 01:16:30 | More by hopley
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thegerm87

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

04-18-2012 00:55:26 | More by thegerm87
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jjanega08

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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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dfillius

Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +10%
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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Darkmagus82

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +10%
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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MattyG85

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
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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rhoadsrage

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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 +7.9%
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 +7.9%
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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tdm168

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 08:34:18 | More by tdm168
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emerge077

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
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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FickleBeast

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
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 +7.4%
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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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
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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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a jet black in the glass, with 3 big fingers of rich dark mocha head. This eventually simmers down into a tight ¾ finger that just drenches the sides of the glass with robust lacing which hangs in sticky swathes. The aroma smells of ripe dark fruit, damp earth, green hops, cocoa, burnt smoky roast, a touch of anise, and an underlying wave of warm spiciness that picks up steam as this warms. This has some nice depth to it in the nose.

The taste is bittersweet chocolate and a touch of tangier caramel sweetness, earthy green citrus, dark fruit, licorice, and burnt feeling roast across the back. A sweet and spicy alcohol presence is scattered throughout the profile, carrying into in the finish where it lingers with leftover bitterness and dry roast. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a sharper feel up front that then gets much creamier as the carbonation rides out along the back of the throat. The alcohol is handled very well here, staying strictly to the added flavors here and keeping any excess warmth out of the equation.
This is a nice steady sipper.

This was a really nice example of an English style Imperial Stout, with plenty of complex and well balanced flavor and quite the smooth and drinkable body for a close to 10% Stout. I’d like to see how one of these would age with time. This is probably one of the best that I’ve had from the Long Shot series. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 17:13:03 | More by Kegatron
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A perfect way to get prepped for stoutfest tomorrow, with a Sam Adams Longshot winner, Imp Stout.

it pours a decent fluffy dark cocoa colored head that hits about 1/2 a finger before fading at a med pace, with some lacing. The beer is essentially pitch black, with no real light coming through.

Nose brings plenty of dark malts, starting with some chocolate, bakers and dark mostly, mixed with plenty of caramel, as well as some roasted malt. The roast brings a slight coffee and just a bit of over roasted briny aroma but barely. A creamy malt, like hint of oats, and light milk chocolate, add a nice balanced malt profile, and just a hint of hops.

Taste continues, starting though with more of the roast, a slight smoky like malt as well, with hint of campfire, which moves to the roasted barley, light briny roasty burnt taste typical with dark malts. Then hints of chocolate but not nearly what the nose brought, more baker's chocolate with bitterness and earthy flavors. A bit lush with some creamy oats, and just a hint of chocolate milk. bitterness kicks in more from the dark malts than the hops, but just a hint of earthy hops that slowly intensify to a light spicy hop flavor. A hint of caramel and molasses like sweet flavors finish it. The finish itself is a bit drier but still semi sweet and sticky, mouth coating dark malts, bit of caramel, very dark chocolate, some roasted malt, and even a bit of earthy spicy hops finish it for a long lingering taste.

Mouth is bigger bodied, a bit lush and creamy, decent carb, and just a hint of booze.

Overall not bad, a nice imperial stout that doesn't go so far that you can only drink it with your best friends on special occasions, or when you know you can't drink anything else as it will literally burn your tongue off. Drinkable with a nice malt profile, decent hops, booze hidden fairly well, but still tasty.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 03:10:35 | More by jlindros
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 02:48:33 | More by TMoney2591
LongShot Five Crown Imperial Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
86 out of 100 based on 256 ratings.