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

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Reviews: 127
Hads: 260
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 10.26%
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 Georgiabeer
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Solid beer, if a bit soft for the style. Pours black with a nice caramel colored head that sticks around for the duration. Some slight lacing. Smells sweet and malty with a bit of roastiness and a touch of dark chocolate and a pronounced ashiness on the finish. A bit light, though. The taste is a bit more layered with very nice bitter chocolate notes, a bit of sweetness, some creaminess, and some of that ash on the finish which helps to dry things out a bit. Very creamy, and a bit too light overall, but nice flavors make this one worthwhile.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer pours a solid, viscous looking jet black with a dense, low profile, dark brown head that starts a solid half an inch and settles into an uneven film. Aromas are rich molasses and bitter dark chocolate, with an earthy depth to it all. Flavors are rich and full, with a strong coffee and dark chocolate bitter layering initially, and some earthy undertones to balance the strong, robust palate. Slight booze highlights at the end of the flavor profile, which helps to dry up a bit into the aftertaste. Some smokey and roasty notes throughout, as well. The aftertaste is rich and smooth, with a meaty character that really holds onto the palate for a while, giving the finish a decent linger. The bitter flavors show up in the aftertaste again, as well, giving a slight drying feel to the finish, also. Decent beer.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Tone
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of a tan color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of alcohol, roasted malt, sweet malt, slight hop, and a hint of chocolate. Fits the style of a Russian Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is a hint of sourness, as well. Tastes of roasted malt, alcohol, slight sweet malt, hint of hop, and a hint of chocolate. Overall, average in appearance, but good aroma, blend, and body.

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Photo of DrJay
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black. One of the darkest heads I've ever seen on a beer. Excellent retention with thick foam clinging to the glass. Aromas of sweet milk chocolate and roast, caramel and bittersweet chocolate, faint alcohol and light hops. Moderate citrusy bitterness, sort of sweet with chocolate and caramel, licorice and roast, lingering bittersweet character. Full to heavy in body, kind of thick, lowish carbonation, creamy and a bit warm with mild astringency. Pretty good overall. There were a lot of nice flavours here, but left the impression that there could have been more depth.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark black color with tan head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is dark roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate and a hint of alcohol. The aroma is a little on the faint side for an imperial stout.

T- The taste is dark and roasty up front with a lot of sweetness coming in next along with a roasty and warming finish from the alcohol.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, a solid imperial stout. The appearance, taste and mouthfeel were all solid. The aroma was the only weak link in my opinion. Definitely worth a try!

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Photo of puboflyons
4.11/5  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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.11/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, best before August 2012. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with a half inch brown head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like roasted malt, licorice, and bittersweet chocolate. Aroma seems a bit weak in general. It tastes like dark fruit, licorice, roasted malt, and some molasses. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit creamy and smooth with a moderate amount of carbonation. Overall I think this is an average brew, it just doesn't do anything for me at all. I do think it's worth trying, but I wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Well I assume this beer is hella dark since I am awe struck by how ridiculously dark the mocha colored head is. I believe this might be the darkest head I have ever seen on a beer! Lacing is pretty good as well.

S - Goes down a bit from here. I can smell only mild roasts and chocolate sweetness. Thankfully the hop bitterness is also minimal.

T - Not bad it does totally taste homebrew but that doesn't mean it's terrible. I get mild roasts, lactic sweetness, a touch of cocoa and a mild hop finish. The best aspect of this beer is how well it hides the ABV.

M - Medium bodied yet filling.

Overall if I were to compare this to anything it's kind of like Great Lakes "Blackout Stout" but with less sweetness sticking to the true style of an imperial stout it's close but not something worth high class. Still better than some of the imperial stouts I have tried and the most reasonably priced at a mere $1.75 a pop which is long gone now. Still have one left... score!

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Photo of barczar
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
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!

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Photo of Jwale73
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a snifter. Pours an inky black with a loose, quarter inch, mocha-colored head that quickly disperses towards the edges. Nose expresses artificial sweetener, cocoa and a light, roasted character. Taste reveals brown sugar, molasses, cocoa and artificial sweetener. There's also a slight metallic quality towards the back. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with a low, even carbonation and a slight oiliness. Overall, a pretty decent RIS - there's a little too much artificial sweetener action with this beer, in my opinion, but it is very accessible and style consistent. Well deserving of the Longshot award.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a viscous black color with a decent-looking, but great retenting brown head. Spotty lacing and I am enjoying marveling at the longevity of the sheen and collar.

Smells like a dark chocolate Reese's Peanut Butter Cup topped with a small piece of RedVines black licorice and a fresh, leafy cone of Columbus hop.

Taste is pretty damn smooth...light roast, deep chocolate and a nice hop/yeast secondary flavor profile. Some definite anise and licorice flavors come out, with maybe a little dark fruit as well. Its not super deep or complex, but overall this is a well done beer. Alcohol is a bit hot, especially for a <9%er. I am happy with it, and this seems to be one of the better longshot packs over the past few years. I dont think it will age well though, so I will be drinking all of mine relatively soon.

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Photo of williamjbauer
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass

A - Obsidian black with 2 finger brown head with excellent retention and excellent frothy lacing.

S - Burnt Chocolate, espresso

T - Primarily burnt chocolate tones with a malt forward presence sweet with bitter herbal hops for balance. A bit too much EtOH flavor. Simple but good.

M - Full body, moderate carbonation. Oily.

O - Nice chocolate flavor but not quite as robust as I would hope from a Russian Imperial Stout and a little too much alcohol for my liking.

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Photo of ZAP
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Very impressed with the body and texture on this....full bodied and velvety texture....aroma is ok but not a strong point...some roasty notes and licorice.

The taste begins roasty with some dark chocolate....a little black strap molasses as well and then a dry finish from the hops....the hops are not extremely bitter or biting but lend a dryness to the finish which is cool.

Overall this is solid....it has its strong points and its average points. Overall an above average Impy

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Photo of Brenden
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours and forms a pool of inky black. A creamy brown head rises to about a finger in height. Retention is very good, and lacing is left on the glass in good quantity.
No doubt it's an imperial stout, and all the elements are here. There's a creaminess to aroma and flavor, not just feel, with a caramel and vanilla, almost lactic, sweetness. It stops well short of cloying and has good balance. The only issue is that roastiness just touches acridity and alcohol takes on an edge into the finish. There's just a ghostly touch of leafiness and raw, fresh wood.
Creaminess makes this beer filling and flowing without overfilling, and low carbonation allows everything to feel properly. This is standard big stout stuff.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
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!!!

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Photo of Bung
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. a solid looking black pour, a light brown layer. Retains quite well, laces just barely.

Aroma, molasses, licorice, plum, dark chocolate. Alittle citrus and pine. Some booze.

Taste, plum and black raspberry, a faint bitter citrus. This fades quickly to roast malt, molasses, stork chocolate resin. Cocoa is real heavy in the finish. Pretty nice and no booze unlike the nose.

Med-full bodied. Not quite creamy, but coats well. Drinks easy and the alcohol was well hidden at this point.
Expectations were low and it exceeded.

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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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Photo of Pencible
4.11/5  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.

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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 KarlHungus
4.58/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

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Photo of Gmann
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a near black dark brown color with a short dense light brown head that settles into a light cap.

The aroma is roasted malt, bitter chocolate, and burnt toast. Some carob notes as well as raisin. Pretty spot on for a RIS.

The taste has big roasted flavor. The malt brings burnt toast, bitter chocolate, and anise flavors. There is a fairly strong raisin/prune flavor as well. There is some caramel and molasses to provide sweetness. Very similar to Old Rasputin, perhaps not quite as flavorful.

The stout is well bodied with some prickly carbonation. Fairly smooth considering the roasty flavor. The beer can be a tad hot at times and is quite sticky.

A fine RIS, quite flavorful. I might actually like this one over SA's traditional imerial stout.

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