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 | website

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

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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with 3 fingers of mocha head. Good head retention & above average lacing

S: Dark fruit

T: Roasty malt, a bit of plum & raisin, plus oaky dryness, plus figgyness up front. There's a fruitty sweetness to this that almost reminds me of banana laffy taffy, weird. Some charred grain & figgyness as this warms, a touch of plummyness as well. Finishes dry with charred grain & much figgy sweetness& just a bit of booze heat

MF: Chewy enough, slight carbonation, fairly smooth

An alright Imp stout, just too sweet & strange for me to really enjoy

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep dark brown body with a respectable espresso colored head.

It's soft in the smell department. There's some roasted chocolate, a little berry from hops, and cardboard.

Burnt chocolate, light bitterness, and dark berry flavor.

Good soft mouthfeel with low carbonation.

It's the bet beer of the longshot series this year and the alcohol was masked well.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my seventh sun snifter.
Pours midnight black with a nice lighter brown, creamy heading.

Heavy roasted malts and a touch of cocoa and fig in the nose.

Roasted malts and cocoa, heavier fruits in the finish. Plum, fig , banana all make their way into this brew. One thing that is missing is the hops. I have no bitterness feeling on the tongue and really nothing coming out at me from the aroma.

Full bodied, good carbonation. Extremely smooth and decent balance not too watery or too thick.

I didn't know what to expect from this one and I have to admit not bad at all but nothing really to go out of your way for.

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Photo of FlatRabbitRed
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
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

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Photo of CowsandBeer
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle from 2012 poured into a Blind Tiger snifter. Best by notches on 08/12...whoops.

A: Pours a thick, mocha colored head. Inky black body with plenty of creamy lacing.

S: Lots of dry, roasted black malts that bring to mind dark chocolate, iced coffee, and soy sauce. Some cherry sweetness towards the end with a bit of oxidation. Kind of like a s'more.

T: Dry black malts, smoke, maraschino cherries and oxidized chocolate. A bit of a boozy finish.

Mf: Medium feel with a very velvety low carbonation. Some heat but not too much for the listed ABV. Sticky sweet and dry.

Overall: Has held up ok over two years but this was probably better fresh. As it is it's gotten a bit of that smokey, oxidized black malt flavor that might mellow out with a few years. Really nice mouthfeel.

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Photo of coldriver
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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 siege06nd
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic pint...

A: Deep, dark rich oily black. Two fingers of medium dark brown head, thick and bubbly. Good lacing and great legs...leaves an molasses-like residue on the sides of the glass.

S: Dark chocolate, roasted coffee, molasses, and hints of vanilla. An odd watery pine note, however, which I assume is hops but it's not very well-integrated. As good as most of the smells are, there's a faint trace of dishwater in the background.

T: Chocolate and some very light coffee roast. An almost nutty fruitiness with a little bit of zest to it in the mid. Some alcohol burn on the back end.

M: A touch overcarbonated, but there are some good and well-balanced flavors here.

O: Not a bad stout by any means, but not extremely memorable. Hits some of the right notes in the flavor profile, but adds a few more things in (hop and fruit) that just aren't very well-integrated. Overall impression on the nose was "watery" and I'm not sure what was causing that. Anyways, worth a tick but, in my opinion, certainly the weakest of the LongShot series this year.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black in the body with a large bubbled mocha tan head forming thick, fine even lacing. Aroma has dark fruit, roasted malt forward quality going on, a bit of soy sauce in the distance but not bad...this is a traditional RIS. Warming alcohol booze soaked fruit mix well, dark chocolate syrup around the sides, super sweet and rich RIS. Mouthfeel is a bit cloying the alcohol warmth, and big chewy body are a lot to handle and some things fail to mix as well as I would hope. After a couple sips it starts to weigh heavy on the palate, slow carbonation just a bit cloying. Some excellent flavor overall, just a bit rough around the edges to land up there with my favorite imperial stouts, will try more of these Longshot offerings this just wasn't my favorite for the style.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a viscous black color with a decent-looking, but great retenting brown head. Spotty lacing and I am enjoying marveling at the longevity of the sheen and collar.

Smells like a dark chocolate Reese's Peanut Butter Cup topped with a small piece of RedVines black licorice and a fresh, leafy cone of Columbus hop.

Taste is pretty damn smooth...light roast, deep chocolate and a nice hop/yeast secondary flavor profile. Some definite anise and licorice flavors come out, with maybe a little dark fruit as well. Its not super deep or complex, but overall this is a well done beer. Alcohol is a bit hot, especially for a <9%er. I am happy with it, and this seems to be one of the better longshot packs over the past few years. I dont think it will age well though, so I will be drinking all of mine relatively soon.

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Photo of Brenden
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours and forms a pool of inky black. A creamy brown head rises to about a finger in height. Retention is very good, and lacing is left on the glass in good quantity.
No doubt it's an imperial stout, and all the elements are here. There's a creaminess to aroma and flavor, not just feel, with a caramel and vanilla, almost lactic, sweetness. It stops well short of cloying and has good balance. The only issue is that roastiness just touches acridity and alcohol takes on an edge into the finish. There's just a ghostly touch of leafiness and raw, fresh wood.
Creaminess makes this beer filling and flowing without overfilling, and low carbonation allows everything to feel properly. This is standard big stout stuff.

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Photo of Beejay
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep black in color, with a deep brown head. The head looks like a chocolate mousse on top of a glass of obsidian.

S: Sweet with a lots of dark chocolate, some maple syrup, and a touch of black licorice.

T: Rich and malty with the chocolate and licorice notes coming through form the aroma. There is a hit of booze in this, and possibly just a touch of a metallic taste. The finish is earthy, with a hint at burnt bread.

M: Thick, the carbonation seems a touch on the aggressive side for me.

O: Overall a very good brew, but I feel like it is a little rough around the edges, and could be considerably more mellow. It lacks the complexity that I crave in this style.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a snifter. Pours an inky black with a loose, quarter inch, mocha-colored head that quickly disperses towards the edges. Nose expresses artificial sweetener, cocoa and a light, roasted character. Taste reveals brown sugar, molasses, cocoa and artificial sweetener. There's also a slight metallic quality towards the back. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with a low, even carbonation and a slight oiliness. Overall, a pretty decent RIS - there's a little too much artificial sweetener action with this beer, in my opinion, but it is very accessible and style consistent. Well deserving of the Longshot award.

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Photo of SuperSpy
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick and black as old motor oil. creamy looking, chocolate milk colored head and plenty of lace.

Charcoal, molasses, cocoa and some vanilla. The aroma is not all that strong but there are some layers to it.

Super thick, creamy and oily. It just coats the tongue. Plenty of roasted malt, a hint of cola, gummy pine hops with charcoal and a vanilla bourbon flavor in the boozy, sticky finish. All in all it's a good beer. I prefer more dark complex flavors in an imperial stout but honestly this beer has no flaws.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ba Review #167
Served On: 05/25/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: 8.9%
Date/ Code: 08/2012

This was from the 2011 winners of the Sam Adams LongShot Contest.

Look: Poured a pitch-black color with a thin 1-finger of dark mocha foam. Some excellent head lacing started to form along with some expected alcohol legs.

Smell: Aroma was a rich chocolate and espresso coffee. There was an almost lactose-like sweetness.

Taste: Very creamy mouth-feel. Upfront was a nice roasted coffee that moved into a mild bitterness. The roasted note returned for the middle coupled with some alcohol warmth. Finish was a some of the lactose quality from the nose. Aftertaste was rather clean with some residual coffee notes and sweetness hanging on.

This was a decent Imperial Stout. I can't say it would hold up to an OB Ten-Fidy or anything like that, but still as solid brew.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"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."

Pours from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is quite thick and viscous, very chewy looking. Topped with a rock solid mocha colored head. Lots of lacing and the retention is out of this world. Looks great!

Aroma was sweet. Dark fruits and maltiness. The dark fruit really shows as notes of raisins and figs shine through any coffee or chocolate.

The flavor was a very good ape to the aroma. Raisins, figs, dark chocolate, molasses, tobacco. Oily and thick. A bit boozy at times as the abv is not very well hidden; more like a smack in the face.

This one is surely a sipper. Not exactly the best beer to be drinking on a 100F degree day either, but still a very solid beer.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from drabmuh. Thanks Matt.

An outstanding appearance. The beer is black with an inch of dense beige head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

The aroma brings chocolate, roast, molasses, anise, some sweet malt.

The flavor is sweet, focusing on molasses and anise. Roast and chocolate come in next, and a touch of booze finishes things off.

Medium bodied with a creamy feel.

Overall, pretty good. Some really nice things going on here, but overall, a little too sweet for my personal preference.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark black color with tan head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is dark roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate and a hint of alcohol. The aroma is a little on the faint side for an imperial stout.

T- The taste is dark and roasty up front with a lot of sweetness coming in next along with a roasty and warming finish from the alcohol.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, a solid imperial stout. The appearance, taste and mouthfeel were all solid. The aroma was the only weak link in my opinion. Definitely worth a try!

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer pours a solid, viscous looking jet black with a dense, low profile, dark brown head that starts a solid half an inch and settles into an uneven film. Aromas are rich molasses and bitter dark chocolate, with an earthy depth to it all. Flavors are rich and full, with a strong coffee and dark chocolate bitter layering initially, and some earthy undertones to balance the strong, robust palate. Slight booze highlights at the end of the flavor profile, which helps to dry up a bit into the aftertaste. Some smokey and roasty notes throughout, as well. The aftertaste is rich and smooth, with a meaty character that really holds onto the palate for a while, giving the finish a decent linger. The bitter flavors show up in the aftertaste again, as well, giving a slight drying feel to the finish, also. Decent beer.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
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

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Photo of Mora2000
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a very dark brown to black color with a brown head. The aroma is full of heavily roasted malt and sweet chocolate, as well as some oak and vanilla notes. The flavor has a lot of chocolate and roasted malt, as well as a hint of smoke. The mouthfeel and very thick and somewhat creamy and the carbonation is low to medium. A nice imperial stout, even if it is somewhat basic and doesn't really have any standout features.

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Photo of Kromes
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black with a huge, thick tan colored head that leaves sheets of lacing down the glass.

S: Lots of chocolate and roasted malt. Also has some dark fruit, alcohol and tobacco aromas.

T: A strong bitter and sweet roasted malt flavor up front. The chocolate flavors show up in the finish with the still strong roasted flavors.

M: Medium bodied, not as smooth as other Imperial Stouts.

O: A good Imperial stout. Recommend picking this one up.

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LongShot Five Crown Imperial Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
86 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.
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