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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

259 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 259
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.55%
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 Bierman9
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
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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Photo of wagenvolks
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into an unmarked snifter. Reviewing as a Russian Imperial Stout (listing has in as American Double Stout)

Flat-out perfect pour. Thick, oily black liquid fills the glass and builds a gorgeous, creamy head the color of sandpaper. Retention is superb, as is the lacing, and not a hint of light penetrates the inky darkness beneath. Aroma is on-point for the style, too, with roasty chocolate, caramel, and coffee leading the way alongside dark fruity notes of plum and fig. Alcohol and hops are hidden well, for ill or for good.

The flavor is a bit--tangy--for lack of a better descriptor. Reminds me a lot of Sam Adam's Imperial Stout in that respect, with a lot of fruitiness up front, followed by chewy roast and coffee grounds. Nice flash of warming booze in the finish with more roast and a kiss of hops. Great mouthfeel--velvety smooth in its carbonation and the consistency is right where it needs to be. Not too heavy, but still viscous. All in all, a tasty addition to the Longshot series. I can see why this won!

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 HalfFull
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.

Photo of gtermi
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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

Served in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass, even though the glass isn't perfect or a pint.

Beer is black with a nice soft off white head, lacing is there, moderate to low carbonation, small bubbles, decent retention, looks good.

Aroma is sweet with a back end roast.

Beer is medium body. Nice roast on the back end, mildly bitter, not ashy just clean and nice. Moderate sweetness up front, I'd have it again...maybe.

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

Aged this bottle for a bit. Poured into a tulip glass. Huge mocha brown head sat on top of a motor oil black body. Great looking stout. Smell was of espresso and raisins. Flavor was a melody of chocolate and rum and dark malt. Loved the taste of this beer. Mouthfeel was smooth yet a tad visceral at the end. A very nice beer that SA should consider putting into constant rotation. I think I liked this more that their Imp Stout they put in the 4 packs.

Photo of DruC4
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of DonDirkA
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.

Photo of HoneyLamb
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of notjaredlouche
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?)

Photo of nebula1999
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of tsulli
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Tumble
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of StoutHunter
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of JohneHoodlum
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of shand
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of ChaseTheAce
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of womencantsail
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.

Photo of jaidenjb
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Jlang2012
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Dodt
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of TastyIsBeer
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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

From notes.

Poured dark brown/black with a solid tan rocky head that was very persistent. Good lace. Smell was heavily roasted malt and orange citrus elements. Taste was semi-sweet, blackstrap molasses, roasted malt, resin and citrus hop flavors with medium level of bitterness that washed away any overt sweetness into a dry finish. Medium, creamy body that holds together well. I enjoyed it.

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