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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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258 Ratings

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Ratings: 258
Reviews: 127
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 GarthDanielson
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

GarthDanielson, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of Kromes
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

A: Pitch black with a huge, thick tan colored head that leaves sheets of lacing down the glass.

S: Lots of chocolate and roasted malt. Also has some dark fruit, alcohol and tobacco aromas.

T: A strong bitter and sweet roasted malt flavor up front. The chocolate flavors show up in the finish with the still strong roasted flavors.

M: Medium bodied, not as smooth as other Imperial Stouts.

O: A good Imperial stout. Recommend picking this one up.

Kromes, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of Lob
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Lob, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of hopley
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

hopley, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of Gmann
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

Gmann, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of BDIMike
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%

Pours a great looking brew. A jet-black color with a great dark tan, almost brown head. A medium-sized head has great retention and stays throughout the drink.
Smell has very nice maltiness to it. A good amount of toffee and good chocolate notes. A bit of smokiness as well, but balanced by a hoppy sweetness.
Taste has some very nice tastes to it. Great malt tastes of chocolate and a tad bit of smokiness. A tinge of hoppy sweetness really makes this a great sip.
Mouthfeel is as good as it gets. A medium thickness is as good as it gets. Silky smooth sip is one of the best mouthfeels I have ever had.
Drinkability is very nice on this beer. The slight hop tastes balance out the chocolate and heavy malt tastes. The mouthfeel is unbelievable, making every sip go down so smooth.

BDIMike, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of bluejacket74
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%

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.

bluejacket74, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of Fitzmke
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Fitzmke, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

jlindros, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of zbooks
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

zbooks, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of JohneHoodlum
4/5  rDev +5.3%

JohneHoodlum, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of bootsandbeer
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

bootsandbeer, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of Arithmeticus
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

Poured chilled in ale glass.

A: solid black, very thin head (but creamy looking); carb stream not great
S: thin, appealing charcoal aroma; toasted grains; yep, an imperial-stout smell
T: very flavorful imperial stout; low on hops and not very sweet; the entire flavor profile is put into the roasted coffee/chocolate RIS-like wort
M: foamy, filling, thick; very creamy mouthfeel

Pretty nice!

Arithmeticus, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of SuperSpy
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%

Thick and black as old motor oil. creamy looking, chocolate milk colored head and plenty of lace.

Charcoal, molasses, cocoa and some vanilla. The aroma is not all that strong but there are some layers to it.

Super thick, creamy and oily. It just coats the tongue. Plenty of roasted malt, a hint of cola, gummy pine hops with charcoal and a vanilla bourbon flavor in the boozy, sticky finish. All in all it's a good beer. I prefer more dark complex flavors in an imperial stout but honestly this beer has no flaws.

SuperSpy, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of siege06nd
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%

Poured into a nonic pint...

A: Deep, dark rich oily black. Two fingers of medium dark brown head, thick and bubbly. Good lacing and great legs...leaves an molasses-like residue on the sides of the glass.

S: Dark chocolate, roasted coffee, molasses, and hints of vanilla. An odd watery pine note, however, which I assume is hops but it's not very well-integrated. As good as most of the smells are, there's a faint trace of dishwater in the background.

T: Chocolate and some very light coffee roast. An almost nutty fruitiness with a little bit of zest to it in the mid. Some alcohol burn on the back end.

M: A touch overcarbonated, but there are some good and well-balanced flavors here.

O: Not a bad stout by any means, but not extremely memorable. Hits some of the right notes in the flavor profile, but adds a few more things in (hop and fruit) that just aren't very well-integrated. Overall impression on the nose was "watery" and I'm not sure what was causing that. Anyways, worth a tick but, in my opinion, certainly the weakest of the LongShot series this year.

siege06nd, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

Knapp85, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of obrike
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%

Bought a single at HEB for 1.99.

Really liked the look on this one. Jet black pour, sudsy brown head with a very sticky lacing. Looing good Five Crown!

Nice clean stout scent. Coffee, sweet chocolate, roasted malt. Good, not great.

Taste follows, mainly getting the chocolate and roasted malt. Wish it were just a bit more pronounced. Doesn't quite linger on the palate as much as i'd like. Still, an enjoyable Imp stout.

A pretty easy drinking Imp stout here. Certainly will not blow you away but has enough going for it to give it a thumbs up. Actually, it's pretty close to Brooklyn Black, and that's a good thing.

obrike, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of dragomni
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

dragomni, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of Jwale73
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

Jwale73, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of StaveHooks
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

12oz bottle served into a Great Divide Pint Glass.

A - Pitch black with an espresso head that retains very well. The bubbles form a dense collar with wispy cap patterns and very nice lacing.

S - Toasted chocolate malt, fruity alcohol, roasted coffee, pine hop resin, minerals, bready yeast comes out as it warms.

T - Toasted malts, creamy milk chocolate, berry fruit, creamy coffee, green pine hops provide a solid, oily bitterness, raspberry tartness on the finish.

M - Super fuzzy and creamy carbonation, tart cocoa bite. dry finish.

A great looking brew. Very dense and yeasty aroma with tangy chocolate and coffee beans. Drinks good with some fruity tartness on the finish. I would buy this again.

StaveHooks, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of Burt
4.75/5  rDev +25%

Burt, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%

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!

lordofthewiens, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of OneDropSoup
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured into a tulip pint: A vigorous pour straight down the middle yields four fingers of glistening, mocha head over a black body. Head retains well but sinks a little & leaves thick layers of lacing.

There's a mild cocoa note in the aroma at first whiff, & then each subsequent whiff is pretty hop-forward, with a moderate orange-peel bitterness. A little dark, roasty character comes through with a few short sniffs.

Dark chocolate shows up initially in the taste, with a strong roast grain bitterness & a moderately citric hop character bringing up the rear, like oranges in potpourri. Finishes with a mixture of coffee & alcohol taste, with a lingering coffee-like bitterness in the aftertaste. A lightly creamy flavor emerges as it warms.

Full-bodied, a little acidic, with restrained heat from the booze. On the slightly astringent side, but not unpleasant.

Hop-forward stouts are not my favorite, but this one kept it in check. Pretty flavorful overall, can't say it's terribly outstanding or memorable but definitely enjoyable.

OneDropSoup, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

oberon, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

Kegatron, Apr 05, 2012
LongShot Five Crown Imperial Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
86 out of 100 based on 258 ratings.