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

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LongShot Five Crown Imperial StoutLongShot Five Crown Imperial Stout

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127 Reviews

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Reviews: 127
Hads: 261
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 14.74%
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:
Beer added by: SawDog505 on 03-15-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Photo of jlindros
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
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.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Having the 2 bottles of the Imperial Stout from the Longshot 6-pack I snagged yesterday ($8.99).

This one comes out quite inky and oily, dark and dense. The head is a creamy, mocha-hued layer of foam, sitting at about 1/4" while slowly ebbing away. There's alittle lacing, but not much. The nose has some roastiness and a touch of bitterness. It is quite smooth on the tongue, and the body is a little more than medium.

There is a little light sweetness on the palate to start off with, along with some dark fruit action. There are hints of raisins and black currants, plus some licorice and espresso, all mixed in with a subtle tinge of molasses. Dark chocolate also comes into play, and the hops are quite evident, with a decent amount of florality and slight fruitiness present. Reminds me verry much of the regular Sammy Imperial Stout; may have to try a side-by-side. On a per-bottle basis, this Longshot 6-pack is far cheaper than an Impy 4-pack. Prosit!!

4.05/5 rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

LOOK: Pours a midnight black with a tan silky froth that leaves plenty of lace on the snifter. No sediment, this bottle has been fridge aged for over a year now. Appears like an imperial stout.

SMELL: Big and roasty, with a woodsy aroma that is intriguing and expressive.

TASTE: Smooth and surprisingly mild flavors of roast, oats, coffee and some fruity notes. Has some earthy, dirty flavor to it as well as alluding to suggestions of wood, though I don't believe this is an oak aged brew. As it warms notes of chocolate dial in.

FEEL: Full bodied, very smooth, velvety feel.

OVERALL: A good American Double Stout, pleasing to sip on, and gets better as it warms slightly. This makes for a nice sipper on a rainy spring evening.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
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!

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Photo of HalfFull
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After spending about four weeks searching for this on BeerAdvocate, I settle down for this live review.

Pours a deep chocoloate into a large wine glass. Quite opaque and with a deep mocha cap of good retention. Decent lacint to follow.

Aroma of chocolate malts and a notable infused dark cherry component, and alcohol esters are quite prominent as well. Warming diminishes the alcohol component and brings out more fruit. Offers a spicy cinnamon and pepper note along with dark fruit.

Rich flavor, dark and robust. A solid brew that lacks only it it's malt complexity as for the style. Hops are difficult to discern, present yet light and earthy.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass, even though the glass isn't perfect or a pint.

Beer is black with a nice soft off white head, lacing is there, moderate to low carbonation, small bubbles, decent retention, looks good.

Aroma is sweet with a back end roast.

Beer is medium body. Nice roast on the back end, mildly bitter, not ashy just clean and nice. Moderate sweetness up front, I'd have it again...maybe.

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Photo of morebeergood
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aged this bottle for a bit. Poured into a tulip glass. Huge mocha brown head sat on top of a motor oil black body. Great looking stout. Smell was of espresso and raisins. Flavor was a melody of chocolate and rum and dark malt. Loved the taste of this beer. Mouthfeel was smooth yet a tad visceral at the end. A very nice beer that SA should consider putting into constant rotation. I think I liked this more that their Imp Stout they put in the 4 packs.

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Photo of notjaredlouche
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got from the Longshot 2012 six pack, but I think everyone did.

A: Pours very thick, with a black-reddish color. I poured it fairly cold (just came out of the fridge), so there was very little head to speak of. Lacing is pretty thick, but doesn't linger for long.

S: A bit fruity and sweet, smells a bit like dark chocolate too.

T/M: Smooth coming and going, a bit lighter than expected, with a little alcohol bite at the end. Imagine the darkest chocolate you've ever tasted, it's kind of like that. Lingering aftertaste, but it's not unpleasant.

O: Only my second Russian Imperial Stout, but I think it's pretty solid. Certainly not sessionable but good for a cold winter day. (why does Sam release these in the summer?)

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Photo of philbe311
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Two plus finger's worth of the darkest brown head that I've ever seen with a rich creamy texture... Some small bubbled sluggish carbonation can be seen rising along the sides of the glass... The color is a deep dark black abyss... Completely opaque... Rings of lacing cling to the glass... A nice looking brew...

S - Roasted malts... Milk chocolate... A light smokiness... A bit of soy sauce... Perhaps some black licorice... Everything in near perfect proportion... Nothing outstanding, but very solid...

T - Things aren't as well balanced on the palate... Roasted malts and soy sauce dominant... The milk chocolate sweetness takes a bit of a backseat... A nice bitter finish with some burnt charred character...

M - Creamy lushness to start... Full bodied... A bit sludgy... Viscous... Sleek... Smooth... Some prickly carbonation... A slightly burnt chalky finish...

D - This is perhaps my 2nd favorite Longshot offering from Samuel Adams (Mile High Barleywine is 1st)... Kudos to Mr. Formanek for such an outstanding brew... I wouldn't be at all upset set if this was made year round... Spot on for the style... Not top of the class, but far better than average...

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Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is almost black in color with a thin layer of tan head. Nose is of dark chocolate, roasted malt, licorice, and earthy hops. There’s some molasses, a hint of coffee, and maybe a touch of fruit. The flavor is quite smooth. Rich chocolate and cocoa flavors with a lot of roast. Hints of burnt sugar and licorice with a slight molasses sweetness. Creamy on the tongue with a full body.

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Photo of JackieTH
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes.

Poured dark brown/black with a solid tan rocky head that was very persistent. Good lace. Smell was heavily roasted malt and orange citrus elements. Taste was semi-sweet, blackstrap molasses, roasted malt, resin and citrus hop flavors with medium level of bitterness that washed away any overt sweetness into a dry finish. Medium, creamy body that holds together well. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of Apellonious
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 0z out of the 2012 long shot sixer.

A - dark black, with a one finger creamy head with orange tint.

S - chocolate, dark fruit, malt. Slight whiff of alcohol.

T - chewy chocolate high octane goodness. Fig. Yep, I said it. Fig. Had a fig newton yesterday. 1st in about 15 years. This has fig like qualities. Mild smoke. The hops are tame, but to the beers advantage.

M - chewy, on the low side of carbonation, which gives it a smoothness. Gets sticky as it gets warm.

O - Good version of an imperial stout. Definitely worth checking into. The whole long shot mix is above par this time around.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark brown-black with a finger of frothy chocolate head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted chocolate malts with some dark fruit, licorice, with a hint of booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of roasted dark and milk chocolate malts with some light plum and other dark fruit sweetness. Through the middle, some more bitter cocoa comes through with some black licorice. The finish is a mix of dark chocolate with some dark fruit sweetness and a bit of booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and a bit syrupy with a sweet and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice Imperial Stout. Could have used a touch stronger flavor and body, but the balance is very nice.

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Photo of DonDirkA
3.99/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got a bottle of Five Crown Imperial Stout in the Samuel Adams LongShot six pack last week for $10.99 at The Lager Mill. It's a little chilly tonight so a Imperial Stout sounds like a good choice, lets see how it goes. It had a best buy date of August 2012. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks the same as the others just a different face to represent the different home brewer, it looks ok. It poured a dark black used motor oil color that didn't let any light come through and it had five fingers worth of fluffy mocha colored head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left lots of nice looking lacing. This is one awesome looking beer, nice dark color and lots of nice dark head, this may be one of the best looking Imperial Stout I have ever had.

S- The aroma is pretty damn sweet. It starts off with loads of nicely roasted malts that have a high amount of sweetness to them and impart some nice roasty aromas with dark chocolate sticking out the most but there was also some molasses and a slight amount of grainy and coffee aromas with just a slight amount of anise at the end. After that I get some sweet dark fruits with plums sticking out the most and I get a little bit of alcohol at the end. The aroma is a little too sweet, but the other aromas are nice and true to style, it's good.

T- Thankfully it isn't as sweet as the aroma but I still find it to have a little more sweetness then the average Imperial Stout. It started off with lots of roasted malts that impart a sweet roasty flavor and some nice dark and milk chocolate flavors. Next comes a slight creamy flavor along with some molasses and a slight amount of coffee. After that I get some dark fruits with plums sticking out the most but there was also a slight cherry like flavor. I pick up a slight amount of earthy hops at the end along with a slight amount of alcohol. It had a medium amount of bitterness, with a roasty, sweet, and dark fruit aftertaste along with a little warming alcohol. The flavors were good and it had some nice complexity but the sweetness was a little too much.

M- Somewhat smooth, dry, a little creamy, a little chewy, full bodied, with a nice amount of medium carbonation. I liked the mouthfeel, it was how a Imperial Stout should feel and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I liked this beer and I thought it was a good Imperial Stout, but it was a little rough around the edges and that prevents it from being one of my favorite Imperial Stouts. It had ok drinkability, it went down fairly smooth for a Imperial Stout, but the sweetness and alcohol would stop me from wanting another, one is just enough with this beer. What I liked most about this beer was the the appearance and the mouthfeel, this was straight up one of the best looking Imperial Stouts I have had, and the mouthfeel was also pretty damn good. What I liked least about this beer was the higher amount of sweetness and that is was a little rough around the edges, if it was cleaned up a little and wasn't as sweet I could see this beer holding it's own against some of the heavy hitters of the style. I might buy this beer again but for the price I think I would rather have an Old Rasputin. If Imperial Stouts are your thing then this beer is worth a try and if you like sweeter Stouts this may be your perfect beer. I liked this beer it was pretty good example of the style, but it lacked that extra something special needed to be one of my favorites. After trying all three beers in the 2012 LongShot series, I have to say that my favorite was the Altbier, with this beer coming in second and the Dunkel coming in third, they were all good but in my eyes the Altibier was a step above the rest. Joe did a nice job with this beer and for sure earned his place in this years LongShot series, thanks for putting this out Samuel Adams, this was a solid six pack and a great yearly contest, I can't wait to try next years winners, if they are as good as this years was I know I will be in for a treat.

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Photo of TechTriumph
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes on 04/07/12:
Best by: August 2012; Poured in a pint glass.

A - 1-1/2" mocha colored fluffy head with superb retention; Pitch black in color - no light penetrates this beer at all; Awesome blankets of lacing left all around the glass - probably the most I've ever seen for any stout

S - Light aroma, but what's there is pretty nice; Notes of cinnamon, brown sugar, rich chocolate, marshmallow, caramel, light ginger, and very malty overall; there's a bit of dark fruits and floral/earthy hops as well

T - Fairly obvious alcohol in the taste, especially in the beginning, but it meshes well with flavors of plum-like dark fruits, a bit of sweetness, ginger, molasses, tobacco, and earth; Finishes with subtle chocolate, a bit of roast, and caramel; Bitterness is present, but faint

M - Low amounts of carbonation; Full bodied; very velvety and creamy mouthfeel, approaching that chewy quality; Brings some pleasant warmth in the finish

O - This imperial stout is another satisfying brew from the Longshot six-pack, and probably my favorite of the three in this year's edition. In fact, this was one of the best looking beers (especially stouts) that I've seen in a long while. Aside from the look, the mouthfeel was my favorite part of the beer, with its warm, smooth, and creamy qualities. While this imperial stout might not stand up to the heavy weights, I think it's a solid interpretation of the style and one I'd certainly have again.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours pitch black with a full dark brown head, this is like Chocolate Yeti territory. Lots of thick lace, great head retention.

S: Semi-sweet chocolate, not really dark. Some roasted malt.

T: Dark chocolate here, fairly one dimensional, but it does it well. Not as good as the regular SA Imperial Stout, but definitely solid here.

M: Full-bodied and thick, soft carbonation, smooth, creamy.

O: A very solid RIS, don't know why it's classified as an ADS. For a price under $3 a bomber if you can find it in singles, this may be the best deal in RIS today. Not a world changing beer, but a good example of this all too expensive style.

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Photo of DrewV
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours jet-black with a solid 2-finger medium-brown head. One of the darker heads I've seen on a RIS. A really, really nice looking beer.

Smells of cocoa and some roast, and something sweet, but overall the aroma isn't very potent. Taste is similar, with more emphasis on the roast. Creamy mouthfeel, with some sharpness. No alcohol detected.

Overall an easy drinker for nearly 9% ABV. Smooth, creamy, unoffensive. Enjoyable brew to be sure. This brew, along with the other 2 in the 2011 Longshot sixer from Sam Adams, is a winner.

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Photo of gtermi
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: This pours a pitch black body with a thin DARK brown head that quickly fades to nothing more than a little ring around glass. It also leaves a tiny amount of lace on the glass too.

S: I am getting a strong amount of dark chocolate, roasted malt and some coffee. I am even get a little bit of wood scent too. Almost smells like a Brooklyn Chocolate Stout.

T: A nice amount of roasted malt and oaked wood. As the beer lingers, it starts to really turn into a chocolate and coffee flavor. I love the flavor of this beer!

M: The beer feels a little to flat to me. It is smooth for how strong it is, but leaves a bit to be desired.

O: This is a great home brew and I wish I could make something this good. As a fellow Homebrew, I applaude and say congrats to Joe Formanek.

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Photo of shand
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

This beer pours black with a finger of brown foam that retains well. The aroma is a little weak, but presents a very pleasant roastiness, with a touch of dark fruits. The taste is smooth at first, then yields to dark fruits and dark chocolate. Coffee comes through more on the finish, along with a touch of vanilla. The mouthfeel is smooth and lightly carbonated, and the drinkability is very good. Overall, this is a solid imperial stout that excels at it's easy drinking attributes while still being full-flavored.

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Photo of obrike
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a single at HEB for 1.99.

Really liked the look on this one. Jet black pour, sudsy brown head with a very sticky lacing. Looing good Five Crown!

Nice clean stout scent. Coffee, sweet chocolate, roasted malt. Good, not great.

Taste follows, mainly getting the chocolate and roasted malt. Wish it were just a bit more pronounced. Doesn't quite linger on the palate as much as i'd like. Still, an enjoyable Imp stout.

A pretty easy drinking Imp stout here. Certainly will not blow you away but has enough going for it to give it a thumbs up. Actually, it's pretty close to Brooklyn Black, and that's a good thing.

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Photo of bump8628
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Down the middle Imperial Stout. Balanced between roasty bitterness and malt sweetness. Requisite coffee, cocoa, anise, and burnt sugar offset by a firm earthy hop bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden. Clean fermentation profile. A solid beer from start to finish.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served into a Great Divide Pint Glass.

A - Pitch black with an espresso head that retains very well. The bubbles form a dense collar with wispy cap patterns and very nice lacing.

S - Toasted chocolate malt, fruity alcohol, roasted coffee, pine hop resin, minerals, bready yeast comes out as it warms.

T - Toasted malts, creamy milk chocolate, berry fruit, creamy coffee, green pine hops provide a solid, oily bitterness, raspberry tartness on the finish.

M - Super fuzzy and creamy carbonation, tart cocoa bite. dry finish.

A great looking brew. Very dense and yeasty aroma with tangy chocolate and coffee beans. Drinks good with some fruity tartness on the finish. I would buy this again.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
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!

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LongShot Five Crown Imperial Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.