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

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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.

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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: thin milk chocolate head on a jet black body. looked like motor oil as poured.

S: lots of chocolate and vanilla, roasted malt, some espresso roast with a subtle earthy hop note and sourness.

T: roasted malts from start to finish which linger a long time. lots of coffee. nice dark chocolate and toffee sweetness.

M: full, thick bodied. moderate carbonation. VERY smooth.

Overall: thick stout. aroma is complex with the flavor less so but still nicely drinkable for the style.

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a deep black oily like liquid. The head was brown in color and held up nicely over time. The aroma on this beer wasn't as strong as I was hoping for. There was a decent amount of burnt chocolate aromas in there with some hoppy notes too, but still not something that was overly impressive to me. The taste of the beer was sweet with a bitter finish. There is a bit of depth to this one but could use a little more I think. The mouthfeel was big and thick, very nice and easily the best part of the beer in my opinion. Overall It's a good brew, I enjoyed it and it was a good sipping beer for sure.

Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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 emerge077
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.

Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a thick, viscous, jet black color with a small, light brown head of bubbly, foam.

S - It smelled of chocolate and some roasty notes.

T - Good roasted malt flavor with some dark chocolate and burnt molasses. A goo deal of sweetness with a touch of bitter bite for some balance.

M - It was smooth and full bodied. There was a slight alcohol warmth, too.

O - This is a pretty nice Imperial Stout. It has a great look and taste.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of nickfl
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with half a finger of medium brown foam on top of an opaque black body. The foam settles fairly quickly and leaves light lace in its wake.

S - An aroma of chocolate, caramel, and nutty malt.

T - Dark, smoky malt with notes of molasses, burnt caramel, and anise. Some pepper and chocolate in the middle. The finish is full of chocolate and coffee with lots of peppery brown sugar and a hint of vanilla.

M - A thick, oily body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Drinkability doesn't really apply here, this is so havy and thick that I am actually surprised that it isn't stronger than it is. It is intense and flavorful, but I don't think it is any better than the regular Sam Adams Imperial Stout.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, dark fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty roasted malt character that is quickly followed by bitter-sweet flavors of dark chocolate and black coffee. There are some background flavors of dark fruit and licorice. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it’s solid beer but there are a lot of other options in the style that I would pick first.

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 Kegatron
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black in the body with a large bubbled mocha tan head forming thick, fine even lacing. Aroma has dark fruit, roasted malt forward quality going on, a bit of soy sauce in the distance but not bad...this is a traditional RIS. Warming alcohol booze soaked fruit mix well, dark chocolate syrup around the sides, super sweet and rich RIS. Mouthfeel is a bit cloying the alcohol warmth, and big chewy body are a lot to handle and some things fail to mix as well as I would hope. After a couple sips it starts to weigh heavy on the palate, slow carbonation just a bit cloying. Some excellent flavor overall, just a bit rough around the edges to land up there with my favorite imperial stouts, will try more of these Longshot offerings this just wasn't my favorite for the style.

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of russpowell
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with 3 fingers of mocha head. Good head retention & above average lacing

S: Dark fruit

T: Roasty malt, a bit of plum & raisin, plus oaky dryness, plus figgyness up front. There's a fruitty sweetness to this that almost reminds me of banana laffy taffy, weird. Some charred grain & figgyness as this warms, a touch of plummyness as well. Finishes dry with charred grain & much figgy sweetness& just a bit of booze heat

MF: Chewy enough, slight carbonation, fairly smooth

An alright Imp stout, just too sweet & strange for me to really enjoy

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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