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

LongShot Five Crown Imperial StoutLongShot Five Crown Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
85
very good

251 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

(view ratings)
Ratings: 251
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.55%


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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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you like beer, it’s hard not to absolutely love this idea: a homebrewer gets their beer bottled out by a major brewer. It says a lot about Sam Adams’ love of beer and support of the culture, I feel. Cheers!

Drink by date is this month, and that’s just alright for an imperial stout.

A: The perfect look for an imperial stout: impenetrable black body with a thick, creamy, dark brown head. Lots of lacing and a smooth, low layer of retention.

S: Rich chocolate and roasts: thick, potent malts. Plum, smoke, dark chocolate, and caramel, with spiced, potent booze undertones. Coffee bitters and some sweet toffees mix for a flavored coffee effect, too. A mighty nose.

T: Smoky malts and molasses-heavy flavors with lots of chocolate and espresso. The palate thins out a bit as the palate extends to light raisin and herbal hop flavors, tart and bright; there’s no escape from the darkness, but there’s certainly balance from lighter tastes. A few moments of chalky yeast before the tastes settle on a tannic, oily aftertaste, with some bits of licorice and cola. Stand-out taste for what is essentially a homebrew.

M: Not bubbly, but not smooth – it’s slick as it makes its way over the tongue. It does have a minor thinness to it, though, which is definitely not something you want in a big stout (though something I feel would separate a commercial-brewed beer from a homebrew).

O: A great, drinkable example of the style, so it's easy to see why Jim Koch and Co. picked it to brew and bottle. And there weren't really any big instances of "well, I can tell this wasn't created by a big craft brewery;" to me, that just reinforces the beer culture ideal that what you brew in your garage is still the same product that you get at the bottle shop (though having a professional brewer's fancy equipment does help). Joe Formanek deserved this recognition, and so does the Boston Beer Company for making it possible.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 04:27:22 | More by BarryMFBurton
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ToddT

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Black topped with a large tan head, head fades slowly and leaves lots of stick lace rings on the glass.

S- Mild notes of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. The nose is a little week for the style, was expecting a more.

T- Note of coffee and chocolate, mixed with a mild amount of bittering hops and wood char.

M- Full bodied and creamy, finish is dry with a final not of bittersweet choholate.

O- Decent beer but there are much better examples of the style out there. The 8.9% ABV is well hidden but the flavors and the aroma seem subdued.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 17:31:34 | More by ToddT
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BabyBastard

New York

3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark into the tulip. Nice dark brown head that leaves lacing on the side of the glass. Smells is deep roasted malt, a hint of coffee and a tiny bit of alcohol.
Tastes of dark chocolate, very malt forward. Taste seems to fall a bit short for this big of a brew, though it isn't horrible. Feel is just about right for this still, in my opinion. Not too light and yet not overly heavy, I believe it's pretty darn good. Overall a decent stout that was fairly priced.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 00:04:56 | More by BabyBastard
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HalfFull

California

4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After spending about four weeks searching for this on BeerAdvocate, I settle down for this live review.

Pours a deep chocoloate into a large wine glass. Quite opaque and with a deep mocha cap of good retention. Decent lacint to follow.

Aroma of chocolate malts and a notable infused dark cherry component, and alcohol esters are quite prominent as well. Warming diminishes the alcohol component and brings out more fruit. Offers a spicy cinnamon and pepper note along with dark fruit.

Rich flavor, dark and robust. A solid brew that lacks only it it's malt complexity as for the style. Hops are difficult to discern, present yet light and earthy.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 05:02:25 | More by HalfFull
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womencantsail

California

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is almost black in color with a thin layer of tan head. Nose is of dark chocolate, roasted malt, licorice, and earthy hops. There’s some molasses, a hint of coffee, and maybe a touch of fruit. The flavor is quite smooth. Rich chocolate and cocoa flavors with a lot of roast. Hints of burnt sugar and licorice with a slight molasses sweetness. Creamy on the tongue with a full body.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 04:56:49 | More by womencantsail
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tophers

Michigan

2.65/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pouring this beer made me think I was draining my oil pan from my Prizm. Super dark and thick. I really like the head on this beer...dark brown, frothy, and creamy. Looks very appetizing.

Aroma is of dark roasted malts with bready notes. Little bit of spicy hop aroma too.

Strong alcohol taste and roasted malt...that seems to be all that is going on.

Basically just an alcohol bomb on this one with roasted character. Appearance and smell was quite good though....just big let down on taste.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 23:02:27 | More by tophers
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DonDirkA

Arizona

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nose is heavy black licorice and some chocolate. That's about it. Taste is a bit flat for me. The anise is super strong, I can't pick up a lot else. There are some hints of coffee and very slight chocolate in the background, but they're very minor. Not too bad, but I'm more of a fan of coffee stouts and a huge fans of chocolate stouts.

On a side note, the head looks amazing and sticks around FOREVER. The lacing is fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 08:12:08 | More by DonDirkA
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fank2788

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a pint glass.
Opaque inky black in the glass, the head is dark khaki in color and relatively restrained and the lacing is abundant. The smell is perhaps slightly weak for such a big beer. I do get some roasted and black patent malt, dark and milk chocolate, black currant and licorice. The taste too is good but falls short of great. The malt is dominant but not as full as it should be hop bitterness is there but held back and it maybe could have used a few more IBUs. A good char and burnt character carries thoughout with a touch of sweetness in the middle and the bitterness in the end. This beer is nice and full to almost creamy. The carbonation is low but there is enough to keep things lively on the tongue as stated before the finish is a little bitter from the hops and black malts. Overall this is a very solid example of the style and a great winner of the longshot competition.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 00:34:48 | More by fank2788
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Two plus finger's worth of the darkest brown head that I've ever seen with a rich creamy texture... Some small bubbled sluggish carbonation can be seen rising along the sides of the glass... The color is a deep dark black abyss... Completely opaque... Rings of lacing cling to the glass... A nice looking brew...

S - Roasted malts... Milk chocolate... A light smokiness... A bit of soy sauce... Perhaps some black licorice... Everything in near perfect proportion... Nothing outstanding, but very solid...

T - Things aren't as well balanced on the palate... Roasted malts and soy sauce dominant... The milk chocolate sweetness takes a bit of a backseat... A nice bitter finish with some burnt charred character...

M - Creamy lushness to start... Full bodied... A bit sludgy... Viscous... Sleek... Smooth... Some prickly carbonation... A slightly burnt chalky finish...

D - This is perhaps my 2nd favorite Longshot offering from Samuel Adams (Mile High Barleywine is 1st)... Kudos to Mr. Formanek for such an outstanding brew... I wouldn't be at all upset set if this was made year round... Spot on for the style... Not top of the class, but far better than average...

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 00:56:02 | More by philbe311
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 00:47:49 | More by williamjbauer
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TechTriumph

Virginia

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes on 04/07/12:
Best by: August 2012; Poured in a pint glass.

A - 1-1/2" mocha colored fluffy head with superb retention; Pitch black in color - no light penetrates this beer at all; Awesome blankets of lacing left all around the glass - probably the most I've ever seen for any stout

S - Light aroma, but what's there is pretty nice; Notes of cinnamon, brown sugar, rich chocolate, marshmallow, caramel, light ginger, and very malty overall; there's a bit of dark fruits and floral/earthy hops as well

T - Fairly obvious alcohol in the taste, especially in the beginning, but it meshes well with flavors of plum-like dark fruits, a bit of sweetness, ginger, molasses, tobacco, and earth; Finishes with subtle chocolate, a bit of roast, and caramel; Bitterness is present, but faint

M - Low amounts of carbonation; Full bodied; very velvety and creamy mouthfeel, approaching that chewy quality; Brings some pleasant warmth in the finish

O - This imperial stout is another satisfying brew from the Longshot six-pack, and probably my favorite of the three in this year's edition. In fact, this was one of the best looking beers (especially stouts) that I've seen in a long while. Aside from the look, the mouthfeel was my favorite part of the beer, with its warm, smooth, and creamy qualities. While this imperial stout might not stand up to the heavy weights, I think it's a solid interpretation of the style and one I'd certainly have again.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 11:03:15 | More by TechTriumph
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cjgator3

Florida

3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 03:02:54 | More by cjgator3
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budgood1

Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours out an opaque jet black colour with a massive dark tan/brown head with some incredible retention and chunky lace. about a perfect look as one can get. aroma of burnt malts, cocoa and coffee, figs and dough, with some black cherry nuances and black liqorice hints. the flavour profile leans heavily on a black patent malt type of flavour, lending itself to some dark, unsweetened chocolate notes with a yeasty depth charge that throws out the residual currant and black cherry fruitiness notes that the homebrewer must like or is aiming for. it does lack in overall character, and has a body of work that i wouldn't aim for if i was constructing a RIS. one plus is that the booziness and ethanol aspects are well integrated as not to notice too much. well rounded body and a soft, supple, yeasty mouthfeel are also positives that can be attributed to this longshot offering. drinkability is ok...even the label has a statement considering the enjoyment derived from this "winter brew", but i'll withhold judgment this time as to the effect season has on sampling this ale.

overall, while a nice stab at the style, it doesn't trip my trigger as something something i appreciate in RIS's. good, but lacks the yummy factor.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 01:04:39 | More by budgood1
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barczar

Kentucky

3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 05:21:29 | More by barczar
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Beejay

Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep black in color, with a deep brown head. The head looks like a chocolate mousse on top of a glass of obsidian.

S: Sweet with a lots of dark chocolate, some maple syrup, and a touch of black licorice.

T: Rich and malty with the chocolate and licorice notes coming through form the aroma. There is a hit of booze in this, and possibly just a touch of a metallic taste. The finish is earthy, with a hint at burnt bread.

M: Thick, the carbonation seems a touch on the aggressive side for me.

O: Overall a very good brew, but I feel like it is a little rough around the edges, and could be considerably more mellow. It lacks the complexity that I crave in this style.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 04:16:20 | More by Beejay
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notjaredlouche

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got from the Longshot 2012 six pack, but I think everyone did.

A: Pours very thick, with a black-reddish color. I poured it fairly cold (just came out of the fridge), so there was very little head to speak of. Lacing is pretty thick, but doesn't linger for long.

S: A bit fruity and sweet, smells a bit like dark chocolate too.

T/M: Smooth coming and going, a bit lighter than expected, with a little alcohol bite at the end. Imagine the darkest chocolate you've ever tasted, it's kind of like that. Lingering aftertaste, but it's not unpleasant.

O: Only my second Russian Imperial Stout, but I think it's pretty solid. Certainly not sessionable but good for a cold winter day. (why does Sam release these in the summer?)

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 07:45:32 | More by notjaredlouche
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"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."

Pours from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is quite thick and viscous, very chewy looking. Topped with a rock solid mocha colored head. Lots of lacing and the retention is out of this world. Looks great!

Aroma was sweet. Dark fruits and maltiness. The dark fruit really shows as notes of raisins and figs shine through any coffee or chocolate.

The flavor was a very good ape to the aroma. Raisins, figs, dark chocolate, molasses, tobacco. Oily and thick. A bit boozy at times as the abv is not very well hidden; more like a smack in the face.

This one is surely a sipper. Not exactly the best beer to be drinking on a 100F degree day either, but still a very solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 19:21:09 | More by SaCkErZ9
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Hopswagger

South Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P:  Almost absolute black body with a thin dark brown cloud if head that dissipates quick. 

S:  Dark chocolate, espresso beans, plums, an alcohol sting in the nose and banana fudge. Saw dust and pine resin once swirled. 

T/M:  Super sweet caramel malts, molasses, light chalkiness, bitter cocoa powder and burnt toast. Body is full and moderate carbonation sting on the tongue.  Finishes warm and boozy. Can't help but notice an artificial grape flavor at the end. Odd! 

O:  Boozy and malty with a much sweeter taste than the nose. Not my preference for a great stout but good. I can't say that I would want to purchase this again but I'm glad I picked this up. I can honestly say its hands down better than anything I could ever brew and an impressive rendition of the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 02:21:54 | More by Hopswagger
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BucannonXC5

California

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a Longshot 6-Pack from BevMo in Mission Valley, San Diego, Calif. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. About two fingers of head. Color was black with lots of brown in there. Caramel tan lacing. Minimal retention.

Smelled a nice mix of caramel, toffee, dark chocolate, light coffee beans and alcohol. The alcohol reminded me of a mud slide (vodka and ice cream I think). All blended together nicely.

Got a bit different taste than the smell. Got a huge taste of alcohol (still that mud slide) first. Then got hit with dark chocolate, coffee, toffee and caramel.

Full body. Creamy thick texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish. Consistent and drinkable throughout the pour.

Just a pretty good beer. Smooth and the aftertaste was to die for. Give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 05:44:49 | More by BucannonXC5
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TheSixthRing

California

3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a deep, near black chocolate with a finger width mocha head. Retention is average, and the resulting lace is thin but sticky.

Smell - Typical RIS aromas; deep roasted malts, raisin and some heat from the alcohol.

Taste - Starts with some bitter chocolate and dark roasted coffee, then sweet raisin and a bit of alcohol burn comes into play, finishing sweet and with heat.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Moderate amount of carbonation. A touch creamy.

Overall - This Imperial starts out promising, but warms quickly and too much alcohol shines through. Not as deep and complex as one might expect from this style, but a commendable effort and decent representation of the style nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 03:57:51 | More by TheSixthRing
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Massive brown head and barely dissipates. Liquid is as black is black can be.

SMELL: Molasses bread, chicory, cacao nibs, black currants, mild charcoal, burnt marshmallow, alcohol

TASTE: Creamy, smooth, full-ish body, warming, char, burnt toast, dark chocolate, currants, mild hopping, burnt semi-sweet finish

I was hoping for a bit more depth here, hits all the bells and whistles for the style but lands a bit flat from sip to sip.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 02:55:10 | More by Jason
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black in the body with a large bubbled mocha tan head forming thick, fine even lacing. Aroma has dark fruit, roasted malt forward quality going on, a bit of soy sauce in the distance but not bad...this is a traditional RIS. Warming alcohol booze soaked fruit mix well, dark chocolate syrup around the sides, super sweet and rich RIS. Mouthfeel is a bit cloying the alcohol warmth, and big chewy body are a lot to handle and some things fail to mix as well as I would hope. After a couple sips it starts to weigh heavy on the palate, slow carbonation just a bit cloying. Some excellent flavor overall, just a bit rough around the edges to land up there with my favorite imperial stouts, will try more of these Longshot offerings this just wasn't my favorite for the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 16:36:27 | More by WVbeergeek
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Tone

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
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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ngeunit1

California

4/5  rDev +5.5%
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
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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
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
LongShot Five Crown Imperial Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.