1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

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

Not Rated.
LongShot Five Crown Imperial StoutLongShot Five Crown Imperial Stout

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

259 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

(view ratings)
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.
View: Beers (120) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of LongShot Five Crown Imperial Stout Alström Bros
Ratings: 259 | Reviews: 127 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.48/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - impressive pour, inky and oily. A fat finger of dark mocha foam sets up and hangs around a while, hanging some thick lace on the glass. Melts back a little fast but still holding on a solid cover.

Aroma - darkly roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate. maybe not as layered as some others but an excellent presentation of the primary I.S. elements.

Taste - big and roasty, dark and delicious. Notes of currant, fig, espresso, black cherry skins. The abv is melded without coming across hot or intrusive.Finishes with dry, gritty cocoa powder and drying sweetness.

Mouthfeel - not as heavy as some, but enough heft to hold its own. Carbonation is lively but a little overwhelmed by the smooth body.

Overall - one of the best Longshots yet. One more bottle, at least a year or two until that one pops.

Photo of nebula1999
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of DrJay
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of WVUbrew
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of OKCNittany
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of ranokmai
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Smurf2055
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of hosehead83
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Vintage 2012 bottle. Poured into a balloon glass.
Inky black color, with a big head of chocolate milkshake foam.
Aroma-Coffee, dark chocolate
Taste-Roasty, dark malt, rich chocolate notes. Very smooth for 8.9ABV. Complex. Very enjoyable, and a fine effort. A nice match for BBQ or as a dessert brew.

Photo of Jackal
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of mwbrady12
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of pathman
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of derkfromwi
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of spikechiquet
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Johnnyv310
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of neenerzig
4.29/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've had 2 bottles of this sitting in my beer cellar for almost a year now, as I got 2 bottles as part of the 6 pack of last year's Longshot series that I picked up. So I figured it was time to crack one open. A 12 oz. bottle poured into my snifter, this beer pours a very dark brown color with a mocha brown creamy looking head that is about an inch thick when poured. Head settles to a nice surface coating of foam that sits on the surface of the beer along with a nice medium to thick size ring lining the inside of the glass. Excellent lacing here too! Aromas of cocoa nibs, roasted nuttyness, a hint of coffee, and bits of dark fruity esters. Has a nice sweetness of cocoa nibs upfront that gives way to some roasted nuttyness and coffee, hints of vanilla, bits of dark fruityness, and is all rounded out with a slight touch of hop bitterness. Excellent mix of different flavors and a good balance of the different flavors. Has a creamy, smooth, frothy, velvety medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. An excellent beer! One of the best from the Longshot series I have had so far!

Eric

Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of randylangford
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Zachtheporter
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pitch black on the pour. The half inch brown head settles after a little while. Thin, scraggly lacing.

S: Fudge, brownie batter, and chocolate syrup. Blackstrap molasses. Raisins and blackberries. Subtle undercurrents of wood and vanilla. Smells like it'll be a big, rib-sticking beer.

T: Fudge and chocolate syrup. Big darkfruit presence. Lots of plum and currant. Slight solventy kick of alcohol. Finishes with chocolate and a drying, woody roasted malt presence.

M: Thick and rich in body. Very chewy and slightly viscous and mouth coating. Almost no carbonation.

O: Nicer on the nose, but in the end it's pretty plain-Jane. Lacks depth and complexity.

Photo of Jadjunk
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

"For the past 15 years, Joe has been brewing his Russian Imperial Stout. This malt-forward ale has a rich complexity, with roasty and chocolate notes, yet enough hop bitterness to balance out the sweetness. This satisfying winter brew is full-bodied with an enjoyable velvety smoothness." Brewed in the style of a Russian Imperial Stout. Date ticked on the bottle is Mid August 2012.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a snifter. Served north of 50º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a very dark brown head of an initially crispy, but overall foamy consistency over an inky black body. In regards to coloration, its one of the darkest and thickest Russian Imperial Stouts I've observed to date. Head retention is slightly above average, foamy and creamy with light lacing trails. A wonderful color for the style and nearly identical head quality, although it just didn't last quite like I had expected it to. 4.25

(Smell) The aroma is surprisingly light for what I gathered in the aroma. Puffs of roasted chocolate, black malt, char and cream is most notable, while a faint spicy, resiny hop bouquet rounds out the flavor a notch. Some mild tart flavors with hints of dark fruit and licorice are curious amongst my general impressions of the style, but welcome additions to it. Generally toasty with roasted bread notes, it's a touch less sweet than I expected, which is pleasant for the style. It's an inviting aroma. 4

(Taste) The sweetness is much more prevalent in the flavor, but most other hidden characters, good and bad, are as well. Roasty flavors of toasted bread, cream and milk chocolate are up front. A note of char and smoke is prevalent on the otherwise semi-sweet chocolatey finish. The drinkability is relatively high despite some expected complexity, mainly due to a clean, airy finish; the balance is slightly sweet over bitter yet the finish is medium dry and a bit tart. Flavor is generally pleasant in this beer, although there are a few challenges that keep this from achieving the coveted worldwide holy-stout status, I found the beer to be overall enjoyable. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Creamy, silky and oily thick mouthfeel with a slightly sweet balance over bitter and mild acidic notes. Body is a notch below medium amongst Russian Imperial Stouts, and high compared to all beers. Finish is mild slick and oily; carbonation is mild overall. A bit more creaminess and air in the carbonation would help pair with the texture and improve the body perception of this beer. I actually find the carbonation one of the biggest challenges to the drinkability and overall enjoyment of this beer, it just isn't doing its part. 3

(Overall) I rarely find a Russian Imperial Stout I dislike, so it's a challenge picking even a half-decently constructed one apart. This stout is nearly where it needs to be in flavor; some may dislike the tartness on the finish, but this one gets much milder in the upper 50'ºs, so hold off for best results. The carbonation texture didn't really match the flavors. I got a lot of chocolate and roasted malt potential and not as much creamy carbonation presence to match the roasted thickness and inky viscosity of this beer. In the end, it's still a solid Russian Imperial Stout in terms of its recipe, but a fix in regards to the carbonation will take this beer miles further. 3.75

Boston Beer Company's
Longshot Five Crown Imperial Stout
3.75/5.00

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