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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

256 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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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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warnerry

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

04-26-2013 23:42:54 | More by warnerry
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neenerzig

Ohio

4.31/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've had 2 bottles of this sitting in my beer cellar for almost a year now, as I got 2 bottles as part of the 6 pack of last year's Longshot series that I picked up. So I figured it was time to crack one open. A 12 oz. bottle poured into my snifter, this beer pours a very dark brown color with a mocha brown creamy looking head that is about an inch thick when poured. Head settles to a nice surface coating of foam that sits on the surface of the beer along with a nice medium to thick size ring lining the inside of the glass. Excellent lacing here too! Aromas of cocoa nibs, roasted nuttyness, a hint of coffee, and bits of dark fruity esters. Has a nice sweetness of cocoa nibs upfront that gives way to some roasted nuttyness and coffee, hints of vanilla, bits of dark fruityness, and is all rounded out with a slight touch of hop bitterness. Excellent mix of different flavors and a good balance of the different flavors. Has a creamy, smooth, frothy, velvety medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. An excellent beer! One of the best from the Longshot series I have had so far!

Eric

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 04:18:10 | More by neenerzig
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

04-23-2013 06:20:50 | More by Kelp
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randylangford

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

04-14-2013 01:22:53 | More by randylangford
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Zachtheporter

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +5.3%

03-12-2013 19:46:27 | More by Zachtheporter
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pitch black on the pour. The half inch brown head settles after a little while. Thin, scraggly lacing.

S: Fudge, brownie batter, and chocolate syrup. Blackstrap molasses. Raisins and blackberries. Subtle undercurrents of wood and vanilla. Smells like it'll be a big, rib-sticking beer.

T: Fudge and chocolate syrup. Big darkfruit presence. Lots of plum and currant. Slight solventy kick of alcohol. Finishes with chocolate and a drying, woody roasted malt presence.

M: Thick and rich in body. Very chewy and slightly viscous and mouth coating. Almost no carbonation.

O: Nicer on the nose, but in the end it's pretty plain-Jane. Lacks depth and complexity.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 00:32:47 | More by ryan1788a5
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Jadjunk

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

"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." Brewed in the style of a Russian Imperial Stout. Date ticked on the bottle is Mid August 2012.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a snifter. Served north of 50º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a very dark brown head of an initially crispy, but overall foamy consistency over an inky black body. In regards to coloration, its one of the darkest and thickest Russian Imperial Stouts I've observed to date. Head retention is slightly above average, foamy and creamy with light lacing trails. A wonderful color for the style and nearly identical head quality, although it just didn't last quite like I had expected it to. 4.25

(Smell) The aroma is surprisingly light for what I gathered in the aroma. Puffs of roasted chocolate, black malt, char and cream is most notable, while a faint spicy, resiny hop bouquet rounds out the flavor a notch. Some mild tart flavors with hints of dark fruit and licorice are curious amongst my general impressions of the style, but welcome additions to it. Generally toasty with roasted bread notes, it's a touch less sweet than I expected, which is pleasant for the style. It's an inviting aroma. 4

(Taste) The sweetness is much more prevalent in the flavor, but most other hidden characters, good and bad, are as well. Roasty flavors of toasted bread, cream and milk chocolate are up front. A note of char and smoke is prevalent on the otherwise semi-sweet chocolatey finish. The drinkability is relatively high despite some expected complexity, mainly due to a clean, airy finish; the balance is slightly sweet over bitter yet the finish is medium dry and a bit tart. Flavor is generally pleasant in this beer, although there are a few challenges that keep this from achieving the coveted worldwide holy-stout status, I found the beer to be overall enjoyable. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Creamy, silky and oily thick mouthfeel with a slightly sweet balance over bitter and mild acidic notes. Body is a notch below medium amongst Russian Imperial Stouts, and high compared to all beers. Finish is mild slick and oily; carbonation is mild overall. A bit more creaminess and air in the carbonation would help pair with the texture and improve the body perception of this beer. I actually find the carbonation one of the biggest challenges to the drinkability and overall enjoyment of this beer, it just isn't doing its part. 3

(Overall) I rarely find a Russian Imperial Stout I dislike, so it's a challenge picking even a half-decently constructed one apart. This stout is nearly where it needs to be in flavor; some may dislike the tartness on the finish, but this one gets much milder in the upper 50'ºs, so hold off for best results. The carbonation texture didn't really match the flavors. I got a lot of chocolate and roasted malt potential and not as much creamy carbonation presence to match the roasted thickness and inky viscosity of this beer. In the end, it's still a solid Russian Imperial Stout in terms of its recipe, but a fix in regards to the carbonation will take this beer miles further. 3.75

Boston Beer Company's
Longshot Five Crown Imperial Stout
3.75/5.00

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 05:08:26 | More by Jadjunk
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Dodt

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.3%

02-10-2013 03:26:27 | More by Dodt
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NeverSettle

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

02-08-2013 02:39:25 | More by NeverSettle
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Pencible

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured an opaque black with moderate dark tan head.
S: It smelled like sweet brown sugar and caramel, with some coffee and cream and dark chocolate.
T: It tasted like sweet dark chocolate and brown sugar, with some roasted coffee and cream and copper hops. It had a smooth and clean aftertaste that was fairly sweet.
M: It was super thick with a little carbonation. Huge chewy body.
D: This was a great imperial stout. It looked perfect. The scent and taste were nice, and the body was gigantic. The finish was really mellow, so it was easy to drink. Don't know how it would age, since it's already so drinkable. Solid brew all around.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 05:26:37 | More by Pencible
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jsanford

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

02-01-2013 04:58:45 | More by jsanford
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FlatRabbitRed

Arizona

3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Once again can't go wrong Longshot beer by Samuel Adams.... or should I say a homebrewer!
I look forward to these being a homebrewer, knowing that someday maybe I can make beer this good! Out of the three beers in this years winners, this was the least of my favorite.

Roasted malt, coffee

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 20:16:28 | More by FlatRabbitRed
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strongaf

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

01-05-2013 01:52:34 | More by strongaf
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Sipchue

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

12-31-2012 00:48:56 | More by Sipchue
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sendbeer

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

12-14-2012 05:43:55 | More by sendbeer
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ew1tony


4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

12-12-2012 15:50:28 | More by ew1tony
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I was in no position to remember this one the first time I tried it back after my buddy's wedding. Now, my eyes and mind are clear... This stuff pours a straight onyx topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, light vanilla, dark chocolate, and a kiss of coffee. The taste brings in more of the same, with the elements coming together into a very pleasant cocoa-like brew with a distinct roasted barley character. The body is a lithe medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a very nice impy stout, one I wish I could duplicate in my own homebrewing efforts.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 02:48:33 | More by TMoney2591
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, dark fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty roasted malt character that is quickly followed by bitter-sweet flavors of dark chocolate and black coffee. There are some background flavors of dark fruit and licorice. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it’s solid beer but there are a lot of other options in the style that I would pick first.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 04:00:06 | More by TheManiacalOne
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irishgreensoda

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

11-20-2012 21:44:57 | More by irishgreensoda
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Craigory

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

11-15-2012 13:51:59 | More by Craigory
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Lincolnman

New York

4.75/5  rDev +25%

11-11-2012 18:14:06 | More by Lincolnman
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morebeergood

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 16:36:03 | More by morebeergood
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CelticAleMan

California

3/5  rDev -21.1%

11-05-2012 01:47:27 | More by CelticAleMan
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beerpadawan

California

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours thick and dark. Sparse brown head formed.

Smells sweet, chocolate. Roasted malt, deep dried/dark fruit, and some alcohol.

Flavor is not quite as sweet as the nose, though it is chocolatey. It has a chalkiness to it that is reminiscent of powdered hot cocoa. Some dried dark fruit/raisin flavor, following the nose. Some booze comes through, along with a little hop and roasted malt bitterness.

I don't know that I would seek it out again but half of a 12oz bottle was enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 23:46:41 | More by beerpadawan
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gmfessen

Michigan

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

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, Five Crown pours like motor oil, black as night with a thick, creamy, mocha colored head. The smell is a pleasent sweet mixture of chocolate nibs, brown sugar, caramel and possibly some currants or raisins. The taste follow suit nicely, the sweetness of the chocolate and caramel notes come to the forefront but are perfectly balanced with muted bittering hops - the alcohol has a nice spicey, warming bite but is not overwhelming. Mouthfeel is very full in body with a thick, creamy carbonation and a slightly dry finish. Overall, a great RIS, not overly big in any category but nicely balanced and perfectly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 00:05:42 | More by gmfessen
LongShot Five Crown Imperial Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
86 out of 100 based on 256 ratings.