LongShot Five Crown Imperial Stout - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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4.43/5 rDev +16.6%
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.
10-28-2012 00:05:42 | More by gmfessen
4.18/5 rDev +10%
Poured into a pint glass
A: 3/4 finger of coffee colored/dark brown head, nearly like Abyss. Very dark head with good retention. Pitch black, slightly viscous liquid.
S: Banana, nuts, vanilla, bready. Very much like banana nut bread. Lactose? Molasses. Interesting and a little confusing at first, but pleasant. The faintest trace of ethanol at the end.
T: Chocolate, malty but bright. Some hops come out in the finish. I love that it is not boozy. Like a milk stout almost. Like Breakfast Stout without the coffee.
M: Gentle, not hot :-) Velvety as the bottle claims. Full and creamy.
O: A solid RIS. Very tasty and balanced. Superb. I'd love another!
10-27-2012 01:40:55 | More by dfillius
3.8/5 rDev 0%
From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: Best by August 2012
Glass: US pint glass
Probably my favorite from the Longshot series, Five Crown Imperial Stout hits all the right flavor notes for the style, along with having a very smooth, soft, creamy mouthfeel that's quite satisfying. While I found it fairly average in aromatics, this was still a rich, reasonably complex, and enjoyable imperial stout.
Pours a 1cm head of dark brown foam, made up of fairly small bubbles, that collapses fairly quickly to a thin ring around the glass. Head leaves some residual lacing along sides of glass, as well as a few scattered stretches of bubbles. Body is an opaque dark brown to black color: light doesn't change a thing about this dark of a color. Carbonation is not visible.
Aroma is rather subdued, of modest roasted barley and chicory root, juicy black grapes, slight mineral-ness, and ethanol. While not unappealing, this is not a particularly exciting collection of scents or intensities.
Flavors of strong, roasted malt, burnt molasses, dark chocolate, slight coffee, and ethanol. Tasting opens with roasted barley, dark chocolate, black grape sweetness, and slight acridity from the roasting process. Mid-palate brings in some ethanol, continued roasted barley, dark chocolate, and bitterness from burnt grain or hop usage. Back of palate notes particular ethanol, a bit of anise, and some roasted malt flavor. Lingering aftertaste of some bitterness, ethanol, roasted barley, and mild chocolate.
Beer is medium-heavy in body, with fairly low levels of carbonation that result in a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Ethanol can be felt in the nostrils and back of the palate, but it is not overtly intense and fits well within the bounds of the beer itself and the style as a whole. Closes out dry, with significant residual stickiness across the palate after each sip.
10-22-2012 04:45:19 | More by falloutsnow
3.85/5 rDev +1.3%
Solid beer, if a bit soft for the style. Pours black with a nice caramel colored head that sticks around for the duration. Some slight lacing. Smells sweet and malty with a bit of roastiness and a touch of dark chocolate and a pronounced ashiness on the finish. A bit light, though. The taste is a bit more layered with very nice bitter chocolate notes, a bit of sweetness, some creaminess, and some of that ash on the finish which helps to dry things out a bit. Very creamy, and a bit too light overall, but nice flavors make this one worthwhile.
09-25-2012 01:47:18 | More by Georgiabeer
4.08/5 rDev +7.4%
A - pours like oil; pitch black with a huge, brown, dense head that has great retention
S - chocolate, roasted malt, alcohol, licorice
T - chocolate, huge roasted malt, coffee, faint anise, alcohol
M - medium bodied, a little thin at times, warming alcohol
This is a really good beer. The mouthfeel is a bit thin which I think detracts slightly from the full-flavor. Overall, this has great flavor and aroma. I'll definitely try to find a few more bottles of this.
09-24-2012 08:34:18 | More by tdm168
3.9/5 rDev +2.6%
12 oz. a solid looking black pour, a light brown layer. Retains quite well, laces just barely.
Aroma, molasses, licorice, plum, dark chocolate. Alittle citrus and pine. Some booze.
Taste, plum and black raspberry, a faint bitter citrus. This fades quickly to roast malt, molasses, stork chocolate resin. Cocoa is real heavy in the finish. Pretty nice and no booze unlike the nose.
Med-full bodied. Not quite creamy, but coats well. Drinks easy and the alcohol was well hidden at this point.
Expectations were low and it exceeded.
09-21-2012 01:57:51 | More by Bung
3.38/5 rDev -11.1%
Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a goblet.
A: Completely opaque black body with a good amount of mocha head. Head fades to a surface fizz over a few minutes while leaving some nice lacing.
S: Chocolate and leather. It's nice, but not particularly potent.
T: Some nice chocolate and molasses notes with a good amount of booze that takes over at the end.
M: Velvety smooth up front but a little too boozy at the end which lingers after your sip.
O: Not bad, but a little too much alcohol. I think I'll sit on the other bottle for a few months and see if it mellows any.
09-15-2012 00:30:41 | More by RichardMNixon
4/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
09-04-2012 17:10:57 | More by JackieTH
3.18/5 rDev -16.3%
Deep brown in the tall tulip, nearly black. Pleasant beige head. I can't get much aroma out of this. Barleywine sort of body.
This stuff is so sweet and fruity, it's like some kind of barley candy bar. Distinct flavor of licorice. More malty sweet than burnt and sour, but they must have charred a lot of barley to get it this dark. Hard to take too much of this, even sipping, but it keeps up the intrigue. Fairly bitter aftertaste.
Total dark flavor is actually quite remarkable. Interesting, and makes you wonder what they do to the malt to get this Midnight Oils taste. From the 12 oz bottle.
09-02-2012 05:01:35 | More by mactrail
3.6/5 rDev -5.3%
12 oz bottle pours an opaque black with beautiful deep tan head. Aroma is dark fruit, alcohol, cocoa, and burnt sugar. Given that I recently had a milestone birthday, the flavor comes a bit too close to a prune juice beer, but there is a pleasant smokey molasses taste as well. Creamy smooth finish, alcohol well hidden, bitter aftertaste makes me wince a little rather than craving more. Overall I'd like to see less fruitiness and more cocoa/coffee/licorice/etc in my RIS's.
08-26-2012 18:32:27 | More by coldriver
3.8/5 rDev 0%
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.
08-26-2012 04:27:22 | More by BarryMFBurton
3.53/5 rDev -7.1%
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.
08-19-2012 17:31:34 | More by ToddT
3.35/5 rDev -11.8%
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.
08-12-2012 00:04:56 | More by BabyBastard
LongShot Five Crown Imperial Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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