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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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256 Ratings

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Ratings: 256
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.53%
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SawDog505 on 03-15-2012)
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Photo of Tone


3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 14:20:00 | More by Tone
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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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 06:03:02 | More by ngeunit1
Photo of rab53


3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

06-12-2012 01:10:13 | More by rab53
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3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - dark as a stout with a half finger with a caramel-mocha smooth head

S - roasted malts, some dark chocolate notes, followed up by some rich anise aromas

T - the anise/licorice flavors are amplified, the cocoa elements don't diminish and the two play off each other nicely. the hop profile is little more than a balancing note, but a bit of the alpah acid burn hits the back of the throat at the end

M&D - the bottle says this beer has a "velvety smoothness", and they're not wrong. rich and warming, great flavors and smooth going. a deserving winner

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 01:44:41 | More by sinstaineddemon
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North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Super thick pour as this slowly glugs out of the bottle. A thin dark mocha head on top. Sip rings left behind. The nose is rather tame with slight charred roasty aromas, but not much else pulls through. Wonderfully coating mouth as this just wraps up the entire palate with a smooth creamy feel. Semi sweet chocolate, cold coffee, roasted malts make up the flavor profile. Good beer. I like this better than the SA Impy Stout.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 12:40:25 | More by Onenote81
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3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 17:20:44 | More by zeff80
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

06-06-2012 15:03:16 | More by cowboy83
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4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 03:03:13 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of shand


4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2012 04:43:34 | More by shand
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

06-03-2012 21:48:51 | More by beerFool28607
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

06-03-2012 01:53:39 | More by HoneyLamb
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4.75/5  rDev +25%

06-02-2012 08:10:58 | More by bigbeers84
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New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Delerium Tremens snifter.

Pours pitch black with a full finger of mocha foam. Aroma is very malty sweet, with toffee, cocoa, and licorice in the nose.

First sip is quite malty, nice creamy mouthfeel, with a substantial bitter finish. Quite a bit of roasted and chocolate flavors as well. Excellent lacing as the beer recedes.

Overall, a very respectable RIS. Nice balance of chewy and dryness, nice hop kick at the end, and no harsh lingering flavors. I'd buy a 6 pack of this.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 00:56:40 | More by FickleBeast
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

05-31-2012 23:29:35 | More by olbubba
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

05-31-2012 15:12:28 | More by MumboJumbo
Photo of imasloth


3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Black with foamy brown head and tight lacing.

S- Alcohol front, back, and center. Roasty chocolate malts and light sweetness.

T- Chocolate malt with light bitterness. Aftertaste has slight alcohol flavor, chocolate and bitterness.

M- Smooth, medium-bodied with light alcohol feel. No real afterfeel but perhaps slightly dry.

O- Nice brew that wouldn't disappoint in a standalone sixer.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 13:59:24 | More by imasloth
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

05-30-2012 12:10:38 | More by gpblackgt
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

05-30-2012 01:15:47 | More by ChaseTheAce
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.3%

05-29-2012 01:09:59 | More by Jlang2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

05-28-2012 20:27:21 | More by Tumble
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

05-27-2012 20:22:38 | More by rwilde
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

05-27-2012 04:21:35 | More by Mick-e-d
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3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Five Crown Imperial Stout is a very dark, chocolate fudge color. It’s nearly opaque. Light shows some faint burgundy highlights. A darker tan head covers it and rises to just over a finger in height. It’s fairly slow to recede. Lacing was rather sticky and moderate in volume. Looks good!

The nose is pretty good. It seems just a tad weak. More strength would help. It does feature a nice mix of roasted and chocolate malts. The chocolate variety even incorporates some cocoa and sweet milk chocolate. Not bad at all. Secondary scents include roasted coffee and a hint of dark fruit. Smells like plum to me. Alcohol is definitely noted. Smells a tad strong for its abv. It seems pretty straight forward for the most part. Not bad at all though.

The flavor is even a little better. The malt base consists of roasted and chocolate varieties. There is a blend of bittersweet dark chocolate, cocoa, and sweet milk chocolate flavors. I like it! Roasted coffee complements the malt base nicely. There are some light dark fruit notes. It’s just a tad tangy and tastes like plum.There’s a hint of charred barley on the tail. Alcohol is blended a little better than the nose suggested. It’s there, but doesn’t seem overly strong. Definitely not hot or boozy. Finishes malty with a slight charred note.

The body leans toward the heavier side of medium. It really feels a tad thin. More body would definitely add some smoothness and character to it. It’s not bad though. Certainly goes down easy for a bigger beer.

Five Crown Imperial Stout is probably my favorite beer in this year’s Longshot release. While it may not have any distinguishing characteristics, it is a nice representation of the style. My only complaint is that the body seems too thin. A little more would improve it. Good stuff in any event.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2012 02:29:29 | More by prototypic
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3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ba Review #167
Served On: 05/25/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: 8.9%
Date/ Code: 08/2012

This was from the 2011 winners of the Sam Adams LongShot Contest.

Look: Poured a pitch-black color with a thin 1-finger of dark mocha foam. Some excellent head lacing started to form along with some expected alcohol legs.

Smell: Aroma was a rich chocolate and espresso coffee. There was an almost lactose-like sweetness.

Taste: Very creamy mouth-feel. Upfront was a nice roasted coffee that moved into a mild bitterness. The roasted note returned for the middle coupled with some alcohol warmth. Finish was a some of the lactose quality from the nose. Aftertaste was rather clean with some residual coffee notes and sweetness hanging on.

This was a decent Imperial Stout. I can't say it would hold up to an OB Ten-Fidy or anything like that, but still as solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 21:43:40 | More by CraftBeerTastic
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3.8/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 04:17:54 | More by nickfl
LongShot Five Crown Imperial Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
86 out of 100 based on 256 ratings.