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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

258 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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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 david131
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours an absolutely pitch black liquid with a very thick and creamy mocha head that settles to a nice, thin covering while leaving nice lacing on the glass. It looks mean.

S- Cocoa, dark roasted coffee with caramel creamer, anise, vanilla, and alcohol. Aromatic, complex, and very appealing.

T- Sweet, dark roasted coffee, anise, dark fruits, smoke, and a bit of alcohol. Very tasty.

M- The body balances creamy and light pretty well and the carbonation lightens it up on the finish.

O- A surprisingly well-made beer. Drinks really nicely and I am glad to see it is under 9% ABV. If this came from a different brewery and was hyped up with a special release, this could rival some of the big name stouts out there.

david131, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of YouSkeete
4.75/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black with a very large, fluffy mocha-grey colored head. Dark cocoa, roasted coffee, caramel malts, thick molasses, heavy cream, rum and spices. Really rich, creamy, hearty aroma. Taste is a big boozy kick of chocolate and caramel malts, cream and roasted coffee. Lots of alcohol with some hints of bourbon. nutty, roasty, malty and full bodied with moderate carbonation. Bittersweet, chocolaty-rich finish. Fantastic brew!

YouSkeete, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of MikeH210
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

MikeH210, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of TheFightfan1
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my seventh sun snifter.
Pours midnight black with a nice lighter brown, creamy heading.

Heavy roasted malts and a touch of cocoa and fig in the nose.

Roasted malts and cocoa, heavier fruits in the finish. Plum, fig , banana all make their way into this brew. One thing that is missing is the hops. I have no bitterness feeling on the tongue and really nothing coming out at me from the aroma.

Full bodied, good carbonation. Extremely smooth and decent balance not too watery or too thick.

I didn't know what to expect from this one and I have to admit not bad at all but nothing really to go out of your way for.

TheFightfan1, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of tsulli
4/5  rDev +5.3%

tsulli, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of johnnnniee
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid black with a decent sized tan head that leaves moderate lace. Smells of licorice, dark fruits, smoke, acridic coffee, a bit of caramel. Taste is quite sweet with lots of dark fruits coming through as well as lots of anise and caramel. Medium to thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. This one reminds me a lot of the regular Sam Adams imperial stout. Its thick and tasty but its missing the heavy roasted grain presence that should be there for the style.

johnnnniee, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of jfcaa193
4/5  rDev +5.3%

jfcaa193, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of SpartanHistory2013
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

SpartanHistory2013, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of StoutHunter
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got a bottle of Five Crown Imperial Stout in the Samuel Adams LongShot six pack last week for $10.99 at The Lager Mill. It's a little chilly tonight so a Imperial Stout sounds like a good choice, lets see how it goes. It had a best buy date of August 2012. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks the same as the others just a different face to represent the different home brewer, it looks ok. It poured a dark black used motor oil color that didn't let any light come through and it had five fingers worth of fluffy mocha colored head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left lots of nice looking lacing. This is one awesome looking beer, nice dark color and lots of nice dark head, this may be one of the best looking Imperial Stout I have ever had.

S- The aroma is pretty damn sweet. It starts off with loads of nicely roasted malts that have a high amount of sweetness to them and impart some nice roasty aromas with dark chocolate sticking out the most but there was also some molasses and a slight amount of grainy and coffee aromas with just a slight amount of anise at the end. After that I get some sweet dark fruits with plums sticking out the most and I get a little bit of alcohol at the end. The aroma is a little too sweet, but the other aromas are nice and true to style, it's good.

T- Thankfully it isn't as sweet as the aroma but I still find it to have a little more sweetness then the average Imperial Stout. It started off with lots of roasted malts that impart a sweet roasty flavor and some nice dark and milk chocolate flavors. Next comes a slight creamy flavor along with some molasses and a slight amount of coffee. After that I get some dark fruits with plums sticking out the most but there was also a slight cherry like flavor. I pick up a slight amount of earthy hops at the end along with a slight amount of alcohol. It had a medium amount of bitterness, with a roasty, sweet, and dark fruit aftertaste along with a little warming alcohol. The flavors were good and it had some nice complexity but the sweetness was a little too much.

M- Somewhat smooth, dry, a little creamy, a little chewy, full bodied, with a nice amount of medium carbonation. I liked the mouthfeel, it was how a Imperial Stout should feel and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I liked this beer and I thought it was a good Imperial Stout, but it was a little rough around the edges and that prevents it from being one of my favorite Imperial Stouts. It had ok drinkability, it went down fairly smooth for a Imperial Stout, but the sweetness and alcohol would stop me from wanting another, one is just enough with this beer. What I liked most about this beer was the the appearance and the mouthfeel, this was straight up one of the best looking Imperial Stouts I have had, and the mouthfeel was also pretty damn good. What I liked least about this beer was the higher amount of sweetness and that is was a little rough around the edges, if it was cleaned up a little and wasn't as sweet I could see this beer holding it's own against some of the heavy hitters of the style. I might buy this beer again but for the price I think I would rather have an Old Rasputin. If Imperial Stouts are your thing then this beer is worth a try and if you like sweeter Stouts this may be your perfect beer. I liked this beer it was pretty good example of the style, but it lacked that extra something special needed to be one of my favorites. After trying all three beers in the 2012 LongShot series, I have to say that my favorite was the Altbier, with this beer coming in second and the Dunkel coming in third, they were all good but in my eyes the Altibier was a step above the rest. Joe did a nice job with this beer and for sure earned his place in this years LongShot series, thanks for putting this out Samuel Adams, this was a solid six pack and a great yearly contest, I can't wait to try next years winners, if they are as good as this years was I know I will be in for a treat.

StoutHunter, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of gtermi
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

gtermi, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

emerge077, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of puboflyons
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

puboflyons, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of jsh420
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

jsh420, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of MattyG85
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark oily black with no other colors. Moderate amount of bubbles and a impressive four fingers of deep brown head with decent retention. Also a good amount of lacing left on the glass. Looks really great.

Smell: Sweet dark roasted malts with big hints of dark chocolate. Good hints of molasses and some anise. Also some hints of chocolate milk, coffee, and oats. Some subtle hints of dark fruit and earthy hops. Smells on the sweeter side of imperial stouts with the dark chocolate notes standing out.

Taste: A very roasty and sweet stout. Sweet roasty malts with a big taste of dark chocolate. Sweet molasses and hints of milk, coffee, oats, and anise. Some hints of dark plums and cherry in the background. Subtle hints of earthy hops in the finish. A sweeter imperial stout but the finish is fairly drying.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very creamy, chewy, and somewhat syrupy. Starts sweet and finishes dry. No sign of the alcohol.

Overall: A pretty good stout. Leans more towards being a imperial milk/sweet stout than a typical imperial stout. Sweet but balanced enough.

MattyG85, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Texasfan549, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

kjkinsey, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of homebrew311
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is the brew that prompted my purchase of the 6 Longshot 6 pack. Poured into a Unibroue tulip. This pours deep and dark with a viscous appearance. Head is brown and maintains nicely. Some lacing present. The nose features robust roasted malts intertwined with dark fruits. There is a touch of smokiness in there and a small bite of ethyl alcohol on the finish. The taste is much less roasty than the nose leads on. Instead, it is quite bitter with a powerful punch from the hop profile. Bits of smoke seep through and the finish is all fruit and sweetness. Wishing the flavor had a little more roast to better balance things out. Mouthfeel is slightly sharp with a big body. Overall, another solid offering in the Longshot pack, but not a brew that would keep me coming back.

homebrew311, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of joshtrich
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

joshtrich, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of shockrocker65
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

shockrocker65, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of DrewV
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours jet-black with a solid 2-finger medium-brown head. One of the darker heads I've seen on a RIS. A really, really nice looking beer.

Smells of cocoa and some roast, and something sweet, but overall the aroma isn't very potent. Taste is similar, with more emphasis on the roast. Creamy mouthfeel, with some sharpness. No alcohol detected.

Overall an easy drinker for nearly 9% ABV. Smooth, creamy, unoffensive. Enjoyable brew to be sure. This brew, along with the other 2 in the 2011 Longshot sixer from Sam Adams, is a winner.

DrewV, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of mquinn919
4.75/5  rDev +25%

mquinn919, Mar 25, 2012
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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Bierman9, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of russpowell
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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

russpowell, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a textbook black as night body that looks thick as motor oil. I love how the carbonation bubbles rise up to the top on this one in a uniform manner. The head is a one-finger mocha color with solid retention and lacing.

S: Definitely on the sweeter side of things, with plenty of bittersweet dark chocolate, licorice, and roasted malt. A bit lacking in some of the more bitter components (namely coffee and hoppiness), but then again, I like my stouts sweet.

T: Again, it's a sweeter impy stout. The first sip opens with some nice chocolate notes (ala Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout), while roastier notes appear on the tongue after the stout has left the palate. After about five sips, the licorice, plum, and fig notes make an appearance. The alcohol is hidden well enough to make it very drinkable. While I like the complexity in this one, the flavor could stand to be a little more in your face.

M: Probably my biggest complaint is that the flavors don't linger on the tongue as long or as well as they could. Otherwise, it has a medium body with slight carbonation and a touch of astringency. Only a slight hint of alcohol can be felt going down the throat, and it's enough to warm me up on an unusually muggy March night.

O: Where this stout succeeds is drinkability. It's not the heaviest hitter in the world of impy stouts (at 8.9%), but it's pretty damn easy to drink. Not the best IS of all time, but a more than admirable attempt with very good execution.

ThisWangsChung, Mar 25, 2012
LongShot Five Crown Imperial Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
86 out of 100 based on 258 ratings.