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

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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before 8/2012.

Pours an absolutely pitch black with a 2 inch foamy super dark khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Thick foamy rings of lace line the glass on the entire drink down. Definitely one of the best looking stouts I have seen in a long while. Smell is of dark roasted malt, chocolate chip cookie dough, and cocoa powder. Taste is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, coffee beans, and some slightly sour dark fruit flavors. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp but somewhat thin mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good stout with an incredible look and great smell. Unfortunately, the taste and mouthfeel just don't quite add up to what I was hoping for.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: thin milk chocolate head on a jet black body. looked like motor oil as poured.

S: lots of chocolate and vanilla, roasted malt, some espresso roast with a subtle earthy hop note and sourness.

T: roasted malts from start to finish which linger a long time. lots of coffee. nice dark chocolate and toffee sweetness.

M: full, thick bodied. moderate carbonation. VERY smooth.

Overall: thick stout. aroma is complex with the flavor less so but still nicely drinkable for the style.

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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 emerge077
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cheers to Chicago homebrewer Joe Formanek, and congrats on the Longshot win.

Five Crown pours into a tulip glass with a billowing voluminous head of mocha foam, coating the glass with sheets of sticky lacing.

Milk chocolate, sweet melted dark chocolate, hint of fried plantains and banana. Slight hint of alcohol as it warms, that creeps up over time.

Super creamy and smooth, roasted malt, caffe latte, melted chocolate. Light dry bitterness in the aftertaste. Smooth like a melted chocolate milkshake, full bodied and viscous. Pretty damn nice.

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Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a thick, viscous, jet black color with a small, light brown head of bubbly, foam.

S - It smelled of chocolate and some roasty notes.

T - Good roasted malt flavor with some dark chocolate and burnt molasses. A goo deal of sweetness with a touch of bitter bite for some balance.

M - It was smooth and full bodied. There was a slight alcohol warmth, too.

O - This is a pretty nice Imperial Stout. It has a great look and taste.

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Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a fluffy deep mocha colored head atop that settles into a creamy mass.Alot of dark fruit and alcohol in the nose,a bit of nuttiness shows itslef but it's dominated by sweet alcohol and alcohol dipped fruit.Alot of stuff going on on the palate dark fruit,bitter chocolate,deep somewhat raw roast,roasted nut,it's complex and true to what it should be.This is a damn fine impy stout made by a homebrewer,hell yeah.

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

A - Pours with half a finger of medium brown foam on top of an opaque black body. The foam settles fairly quickly and leaves light lace in its wake.

S - An aroma of chocolate, caramel, and nutty malt.

T - Dark, smoky malt with notes of molasses, burnt caramel, and anise. Some pepper and chocolate in the middle. The finish is full of chocolate and coffee with lots of peppery brown sugar and a hint of vanilla.

M - A thick, oily body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Drinkability doesn't really apply here, this is so havy and thick that I am actually surprised that it isn't stronger than it is. It is intense and flavorful, but I don't think it is any better than the regular Sam Adams Imperial Stout.

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

A perfect way to get prepped for stoutfest tomorrow, with a Sam Adams Longshot winner, Imp Stout.

it pours a decent fluffy dark cocoa colored head that hits about 1/2 a finger before fading at a med pace, with some lacing. The beer is essentially pitch black, with no real light coming through.

Nose brings plenty of dark malts, starting with some chocolate, bakers and dark mostly, mixed with plenty of caramel, as well as some roasted malt. The roast brings a slight coffee and just a bit of over roasted briny aroma but barely. A creamy malt, like hint of oats, and light milk chocolate, add a nice balanced malt profile, and just a hint of hops.

Taste continues, starting though with more of the roast, a slight smoky like malt as well, with hint of campfire, which moves to the roasted barley, light briny roasty burnt taste typical with dark malts. Then hints of chocolate but not nearly what the nose brought, more baker's chocolate with bitterness and earthy flavors. A bit lush with some creamy oats, and just a hint of chocolate milk. bitterness kicks in more from the dark malts than the hops, but just a hint of earthy hops that slowly intensify to a light spicy hop flavor. A hint of caramel and molasses like sweet flavors finish it. The finish itself is a bit drier but still semi sweet and sticky, mouth coating dark malts, bit of caramel, very dark chocolate, some roasted malt, and even a bit of earthy spicy hops finish it for a long lingering taste.

Mouth is bigger bodied, a bit lush and creamy, decent carb, and just a hint of booze.

Overall not bad, a nice imperial stout that doesn't go so far that you can only drink it with your best friends on special occasions, or when you know you can't drink anything else as it will literally burn your tongue off. Drinkable with a nice malt profile, decent hops, booze hidden fairly well, but still tasty.

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

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a jet black in the glass, with 3 big fingers of rich dark mocha head. This eventually simmers down into a tight ¾ finger that just drenches the sides of the glass with robust lacing which hangs in sticky swathes. The aroma smells of ripe dark fruit, damp earth, green hops, cocoa, burnt smoky roast, a touch of anise, and an underlying wave of warm spiciness that picks up steam as this warms. This has some nice depth to it in the nose.

The taste is bittersweet chocolate and a touch of tangier caramel sweetness, earthy green citrus, dark fruit, licorice, and burnt feeling roast across the back. A sweet and spicy alcohol presence is scattered throughout the profile, carrying into in the finish where it lingers with leftover bitterness and dry roast. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a sharper feel up front that then gets much creamier as the carbonation rides out along the back of the throat. The alcohol is handled very well here, staying strictly to the added flavors here and keeping any excess warmth out of the equation.
This is a nice steady sipper.

This was a really nice example of an English style Imperial Stout, with plenty of complex and well balanced flavor and quite the smooth and drinkable body for a close to 10% Stout. I’d like to see how one of these would age with time. This is probably one of the best that I’ve had from the Long Shot series. Well done.

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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 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 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 womencantsail
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is almost black in color with a thin layer of tan head. Nose is of dark chocolate, roasted malt, licorice, and earthy hops. There’s some molasses, a hint of coffee, and maybe a touch of fruit. The flavor is quite smooth. Rich chocolate and cocoa flavors with a lot of roast. Hints of burnt sugar and licorice with a slight molasses sweetness. Creamy on the tongue with a full body.

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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 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 TMoney2591
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.

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

I stumbled across this during a recent visit to The Foodery (N. Liberties) and thought, "What the heck, I'm a bit of a long shot my dang self!" I have certainly bought beer for lesser reasons in the past.

From the bottle: "Joe Formanek"; "For the past 15 years, Joe has beer 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."

Wow, the pour looked like an oil spill as it entered the glass! This was not deep brown or any other color than Stygian black. It produced two dense fingers of deep brown head that sat there, glaring out at me, refusing to go away. "Be afraid, Woody, be VERY afraid," it cried out to me from the depths. The nose was much more hoppy than I expected and I began to relax a little. Mouthfeel was an iron fist encased in velvet, or perhaps it was Dan Clowes-like: a velvet fist encased in iron, or Velvet Underground ... At any rate, it started really friendly, wriggling around on my tongue like a sensuous lap dancer, but then, Wham!, the bouncer appeared out of nowhere and punched me, reminding me to keep my hands to myself. Jesus, Joe, do you always do this to your friends? It was really rich in terms of its chocolate character, but the minty hops gave it a peppermint quality that was quite refreshing. Finish was like having consumed a Peppermint Patty. Get the sensation!

Phew! Onward and upwards. What was I supposed to do today? Test drive the 2013 Ford Mustang? Nope. Operate an overhead crane? Nope. Vote? Oh, yeah, that's the ticket! I'm ready now!

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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 tdm168
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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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 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 drabmuh
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass, even though the glass isn't perfect or a pint.

Beer is black with a nice soft off white head, lacing is there, moderate to low carbonation, small bubbles, decent retention, looks good.

Aroma is sweet with a back end roast.

Beer is medium body. Nice roast on the back end, mildly bitter, not ashy just clean and nice. Moderate sweetness up front, I'd have it again...maybe.

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Photo of Tone
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of a tan color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of alcohol, roasted malt, sweet malt, slight hop, and a hint of chocolate. Fits the style of a Russian Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is a hint of sourness, as well. Tastes of roasted malt, alcohol, slight sweet malt, hint of hop, and a hint of chocolate. Overall, average in appearance, but good aroma, blend, and body.

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