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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
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LongShot Five Crown Imperial StoutLongShot Five Crown Imperial Stout

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

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by SawDog505 on 03-15-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 262 |  Reviews: 127
Photo of greenjeff4141
2.69/5  rDev -29%
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 -28.8%
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 Lantern
2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of tophers
2.76/5  rDev -27.2%
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 -26.9%
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 -21.1%
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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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of Smurf2055
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of tubeyes
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of CelticAleMan
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of Gehrig13
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of wrightst
3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of Luigi
3/5  rDev -20.8%
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 -19.3%
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 -17.9%
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 -16.6%
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 -16.1%
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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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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