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

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LongShot Five Crown Imperial StoutLongShot Five Crown Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by SawDog505 on 03-15-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
127
Ratings:
261
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
14.74%
 
 
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Reviews: 127 | Ratings: 261
Photo of greenjeff4141
2.69/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice black-brown with a good two fingers of head which slowly dissipates into a thin froth on the top of the beer. A small amount of lacing also.

S: At first I didn't pick up much but then as it settled I noticed some deep roast, vanilla, a bit of alcohol, and burnt caramel. Nice but not great.

T: At first, deep roast flavors, malt, coffee-like, strong alcohol on the finish. Good but not too complex. A tad acidic and a lingering burnt sugar flavor.

M: Low carbonation, a bit chewy and oily. Not great.

Overall, not one of my favorite stouts. It needed a bit of work to smooth out the edges.

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Photo of Mitchster
2.7/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

$11.99 for a mixed 6 pack. No ingredients listed per the website or label. Notched BBF 8/12. 8.9% ABV. Pours out to a clear dark black, forming a small dark tan head with very poor retention and sparse lacing. Mild to moderate carbonation. The nose opens with lots of caramel, molasses, sour milk, and when swirled, some faint black walnut. Mouthfeel is medium dense. The taste is nice...opens with herbal hops, followed by carob, espresso, and prunes. Bitterness is herbal and a bit too grassy, but mild in intensity. Aftertaste of burnt grains, burnt masrshmallows, a touch of higher alcohols. The hops are way too grassy and peculiar for me. When it comes to Imperial stouts, these beers should have a balanced bitterness, but the flavor hops are way overboard and put it out of balance.

Not digging this one. Wouldn't buy it again. There are so many other better examples of the style...try Founders RIS, Great Lakes Blackout, Goose Island Bourbon County, Dark Horse Special Reserve Black Bier or Bell's Expedition.

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Photo of tophers
2.76/5  rDev -27.4%
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.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.77/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours thick engine old engine oil black. Big, sexy peanut butter colored head. Thick and chunky head hangs around for the whole beer and leaves multiple dense rings. A sharp lookin' beer.

Sweet, dark malt aroma. Doesn't showcase a whole lot of roast malt, vanilla, dark fruit or any of the typical, or even atypical, RIS highlights. Just a monotone mildly sweet, mildly roasted eh. Tastes the same. Big chewy mouthfeel for such a bland beer.

I often call Sam Adams the James Taylor of beer (they're both offensively inoffensive) and this is pretty much par for them. Sam Adams that is. James Taylor doesn't brew beer. But I bet if he did it would be a mild, inoffensive pale that everyone could enjoy.

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Photo of bum732
2.99/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

S: Roasty, slightly ashy, some dark cocoa powder, slight vanilla.

L: Dark, thick black, dark tan head that dissipates slightly. Ok lacing.

T: Dry cocoa with a slightly roasted coffee malt. Little bitterness leads to a slight dark chocolate sweetness finishing fairly dry with additional cocoa powder with a touch of roast. Decent mix of coffee and chocolate flavors. Has a slight odd flavor in the finish.

M: Medium full mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

A quite dry RIS. Reminds me of old rasputin. Aroma is pretty weak. Taste has an odd flavor but not too bad overall.

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Photo of Luigi
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out pitch black with a dark creamy tan two finger head. settles down to just a few small lacing on the glass.

The aroma is kind of weak. I get light notes of chocolate and alcohol.

The taste is is pungent with chocolate and booze. There is lighter roasted flavors.

Slick on the tongue and a semi dry finish that is a little bitter but does have that strong booze taste.

There is lack complexity in this stout. The flavors were rather light yet the alcohol was overtly sweet.

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Photo of JerseyKirk
3.06/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pitch black, tan khaki head (less than a finger), nice lacing on edges. No light shines through at all.

S: Burnt coffee, toast, roasty and caramel malts. Dark chocolate.

T: Slightly harsh beginning with dark fruits in the front. Leather, dark chocolate, raisin and slight vanilla. Very complex. My pallet can't distinguish all the flavors.

M: Thick and chewy.

O: Not for me. I like big stouts but this one has elements that aren't for me. Specifically the leathery dark tones.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.11/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, best before August 2012. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with a half inch brown head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like roasted malt, licorice, and bittersweet chocolate. Aroma seems a bit weak in general. It tastes like dark fruit, licorice, roasted malt, and some molasses. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit creamy and smooth with a moderate amount of carbonation. Overall I think this is an average brew, it just doesn't do anything for me at all. I do think it's worth trying, but I wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of BB1313
3.16/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours pitch black, nice mocha head, sticky lacing, and great retention. The aromas are full of roasted malts and grains. There's some expresso notes along with a touch of chocolate and vanilla. The flavors practically match the nose. I can pick up alot more burnt chocolate in the flavors though. The coffee notes are more subtle. Very roasty. Hops are noticeable, giving this one a slight bitterness. Dry flavors. Mouthfeel is really nice; creamy but not too thick; right amount of carbonation. The alcohol isn't noticeable at all. Easy to drink.

Nice beer, but it doesn't stand out at all in the Imperial Stout category. Very one note. But it's still a nice beer to enjoy, just not mindblowing. Props to Joe Formenek.

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Photo of mactrail
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of barczar
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.34/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of BabyBastard
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of Jason
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.42/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of RichardMNixon
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of budgood1
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2013 longshots,
I poured this beer into a glass, it has black body with a small tanbb head. The aroma has a roasty, chocolate smell. The taste is of roasted, chocolate, malt. As it warms up i get some dark fruit notes also. The mouthfeel is good and overall a good ris.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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

This poured out as a deep black oily like liquid. The head was brown in color and held up nicely over time. The aroma on this beer wasn't as strong as I was hoping for. There was a decent amount of burnt chocolate aromas in there with some hoppy notes too, but still not something that was overly impressive to me. The taste of the beer was sweet with a bitter finish. There is a bit of depth to this one but could use a little more I think. The mouthfeel was big and thick, very nice and easily the best part of the beer in my opinion. Overall It's a good brew, I enjoyed it and it was a good sipping beer for sure.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
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.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of beerpadawan
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.

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Photo of Murrhey
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 pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- One finger width mocha head. Minute-long retention. Thick foamy lacing. Pitch black, no light permeates.

S- Molasses, chocolate, vanilla beans, toffee, walnut or almond. Maybe not layered too well.

T- Coffee and bitter molasses with a deep cocoa feel and roast flavors. Finishes bitter and somewhat boozy.

M- Thick and creamy with a dry finish.

O- I liked this beer quite a bit, tasty and roasty, nice look and nice feel.

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