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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

259 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 259
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.29%
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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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid black with a decent sized tan head that leaves moderate lace. Smells of licorice, dark fruits, smoke, acridic coffee, a bit of caramel. Taste is quite sweet with lots of dark fruits coming through as well as lots of anise and caramel. Medium to thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. This one reminds me a lot of the regular Sam Adams imperial stout. Its thick and tasty but its missing the heavy roasted grain presence that should be there for the style.

Photo of barczar
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick dark black opaque color with a solid 2 inch chocolate head that dissipates somewhat quickly, leaving spotty lacing.

Roasted malt and booze begin the aroma, with a bit of plastic and chocolate following. Floral hop notes are subtle.

Slightly sweet roast malt and molasses comprise the backbone of the flavor profile, with hints of chocolate and bitter, lightly citrusy, earthy hops lingering in the finish. Nuttiness and chocolate emerge, adding complexity. I'm having difficulty getting beyond the metallic middle flavor.

Body is somewhat syrupy, with minimal carbonation and a slight alcohol warmth.

Overall, a little lacking in complexity for the style. Flavor is cloyingly sweet, and the aroma has an off note that is not pleasant.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.34/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Longshot 2012 six-pack - $9.99 at Total Wine & More in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a black body with a growing, steady, dark tan head. Sporadic lacing on the drop.

Smell: Roasted malt, heavily toasted malt, Dutch cocoa, dried fig, oatmeal, light spice, even lighter alcohol, and a small sprinkling of Morton's salt.

Taste: Roast, toffee, with plenty of melted chocolate and coffee spiked with spirits. Moderately sweet. Fruitiness of dehydrated figs and black currants. Very low hop character, low bitterness. Faint but noticed salty-ish iodine twang underneath. Puckish pinch of alcohol. Drying, silken, roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. The mouthfeel, it's quite smooth.

Overall: Almost really nice except for a slight salty, iodine quality. If I wanted salty, soy, I'd pop open an old bottle of Triple Bock.

Photo of BabyBastard
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark into the tulip. Nice dark brown head that leaves lacing on the side of the glass. Smells is deep roasted malt, a hint of coffee and a tiny bit of alcohol.
Tastes of dark chocolate, very malt forward. Taste seems to fall a bit short for this big of a brew, though it isn't horrible. Feel is just about right for this still, in my opinion. Not too light and yet not overly heavy, I believe it's pretty darn good. Overall a decent stout that was fairly priced.

Photo of Jason
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Hopswagger
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P:  Almost absolute black body with a thin dark brown cloud if head that dissipates quick. 

S:  Dark chocolate, espresso beans, plums, an alcohol sting in the nose and banana fudge. Saw dust and pine resin once swirled. 

T/M:  Super sweet caramel malts, molasses, light chalkiness, bitter cocoa powder and burnt toast. Body is full and moderate carbonation sting on the tongue.  Finishes warm and boozy. Can't help but notice an artificial grape flavor at the end. Odd! 

O:  Boozy and malty with a much sweeter taste than the nose. Not my preference for a great stout but good. I can't say that I would want to purchase this again but I'm glad I picked this up. I can honestly say its hands down better than anything I could ever brew and an impressive rendition of the style.

Photo of RichardMNixon
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of budgood1
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours out an opaque jet black colour with a massive dark tan/brown head with some incredible retention and chunky lace. about a perfect look as one can get. aroma of burnt malts, cocoa and coffee, figs and dough, with some black cherry nuances and black liqorice hints. the flavour profile leans heavily on a black patent malt type of flavour, lending itself to some dark, unsweetened chocolate notes with a yeasty depth charge that throws out the residual currant and black cherry fruitiness notes that the homebrewer must like or is aiming for. it does lack in overall character, and has a body of work that i wouldn't aim for if i was constructing a RIS. one plus is that the booziness and ethanol aspects are well integrated as not to notice too much. well rounded body and a soft, supple, yeasty mouthfeel are also positives that can be attributed to this longshot offering. drinkability is ok...even the label has a statement considering the enjoyment derived from this "winter brew", but i'll withhold judgment this time as to the effect season has on sampling this ale.

overall, while a nice stab at the style, it doesn't trip my trigger as something something i appreciate in RIS's. good, but lacks the yummy factor.

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LongShot Five Crown Imperial Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.