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

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86
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127 Reviews
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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 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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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

LOOK: Pours a midnight black with a tan silky froth that leaves plenty of lace on the snifter. No sediment, this bottle has been fridge aged for over a year now. Appears like an imperial stout.

SMELL: Big and roasty, with a woodsy aroma that is intriguing and expressive.

TASTE: Smooth and surprisingly mild flavors of roast, oats, coffee and some fruity notes. Has some earthy, dirty flavor to it as well as alluding to suggestions of wood, though I don't believe this is an oak aged brew. As it warms notes of chocolate dial in.

FEEL: Full bodied, very smooth, velvety feel.

OVERALL: A good American Double Stout, pleasing to sip on, and gets better as it warms slightly. This makes for a nice sipper on a rainy spring evening.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours pitch black with a full dark brown head, this is like Chocolate Yeti territory. Lots of thick lace, great head retention.

S: Semi-sweet chocolate, not really dark. Some roasted malt.

T: Dark chocolate here, fairly one dimensional, but it does it well. Not as good as the regular SA Imperial Stout, but definitely solid here.

M: Full-bodied and thick, soft carbonation, smooth, creamy.

O: A very solid RIS, don't know why it's classified as an ADS. For a price under $3 a bomber if you can find it in singles, this may be the best deal in RIS today. Not a world changing beer, but a good example of this all too expensive style.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the one time batch with an expiration date of Aug 2012. Sampled on March 29, 2012. It pours black as a starless night with a humongous foamy dark tan head that takes forever to settledown but leaves a thin lacing in its wake. The aroma is full of dark malts and coffee with a slight alcohol bitterness in there. The body is well above medium but I like how smooth it is too. The taste begins with a super quick sweetness but that is almost instantly taken over by a sharp acidic bitterness on the end. A reasonably well crafted beer.

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

(Served in a snifter)
A- The inky jet black body supports a cocoa tan head of cream that takes on an espresso crema being thick and lasting.

S- The earthy slightly fruity dark chocolate malt aroma has some leather notes mixed in and gives is a good depth.

T- The big roasted coco notes has a natural tootsie roll malt flavor with a prune hint in the finish. There are some dark mellow roasted malt flavors that linger just a moment without any bitterness.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a spicy little carbonation but no real alcohol heat.

O- This beer has a well-blended depth of dark malt and some good yeast character making it a very nice beer to sip several in a row.

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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 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 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 DrDemento456
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Well I assume this beer is hella dark since I am awe struck by how ridiculously dark the mocha colored head is. I believe this might be the darkest head I have ever seen on a beer! Lacing is pretty good as well.

S - Goes down a bit from here. I can smell only mild roasts and chocolate sweetness. Thankfully the hop bitterness is also minimal.

T - Not bad it does totally taste homebrew but that doesn't mean it's terrible. I get mild roasts, lactic sweetness, a touch of cocoa and a mild hop finish. The best aspect of this beer is how well it hides the ABV.

M - Medium bodied yet filling.

Overall if I were to compare this to anything it's kind of like Great Lakes "Blackout Stout" but with less sweetness sticking to the true style of an imperial stout it's close but not something worth high class. Still better than some of the imperial stouts I have tried and the most reasonably priced at a mere $1.75 a pop which is long gone now. Still have one left... score!

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Photo of DrJay
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black. One of the darkest heads I've ever seen on a beer. Excellent retention with thick foam clinging to the glass. Aromas of sweet milk chocolate and roast, caramel and bittersweet chocolate, faint alcohol and light hops. Moderate citrusy bitterness, sort of sweet with chocolate and caramel, licorice and roast, lingering bittersweet character. Full to heavy in body, kind of thick, lowish carbonation, creamy and a bit warm with mild astringency. Pretty good overall. There were a lot of nice flavours here, but left the impression that there could have been more depth.

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

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.

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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 Darkmagus82
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into snifter

Appearance – Pours a wonderfully black color with a very light brown head formed upon pouring. The beer looks thick just while pouring it and you can tell it has a nice body. The light head faded fast giving way to a nice amount of lacing.

Smell – Chocolate and a roasted coffee aroma are the strongest. These are mixed with some roasted coffee-espresso aromas as well as some lighter sweeter vanilla and dark fruit aromas. There is a little kick of boozy aroma in there as well.

Taste – The taste up front is a mostly of more roasted malt, coffee, and dark chocolate. The roasted notes lighten some more toward the middle giving some sweeter vanilla and a bit of caramel some time to develop. There is an ever so light dark fruit/plum flavor mixed in. These lighter flavors are lost in the end however with some nice bitter chocolate and bitter malt flavor taking over.

Mouthfeel – Just as the appearance hinted at, this beer has a nice creamy body that allows it coat the mouth with all of the wonderful flavors. The carbonation however was a little bit too high not really complementing the creaminess of the body. While a bit overcarbonated it was by no means awful and overall the mouthfeel is very nice.

Overall – This is a nice imperial stout. I would hope that Sam Adams brings this or something similar into the regular rotation. It has wonderful characteristics and is very affordable (part of the longshot 6 pack for only $11.00). Fantastic!!!

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer presented well. Poured into a tulip glass, it was near black in color with a half inch light brown head. The head retained well and left a bit of lace.

Chocolate aroma on the first whiff. Roasted malt aroma became more apparent later.

Semi-sweet chocolate taste up front, followed by coffee and a little burned toast taste.

A dark and rich brew. Well done!

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

Very impressed with the body and texture on this....full bodied and velvety texture....aroma is ok but not a strong point...some roasty notes and licorice.

The taste begins roasty with some dark chocolate....a little black strap molasses as well and then a dry finish from the hops....the hops are not extremely bitter or biting but lend a dryness to the finish which is cool.

Overall this is solid....it has its strong points and its average points. Overall an above average Impy

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Strong, smoky aroma has subtle molasses, roast coffee and horehound notes and a hint of burnt wood. It pours a rich sable a mere whisker above black with a thick, fine-bubbled, persistent tan head that leaves generous lacing. Mouth-filling flavor is a little sweet and has notes of roast quality coffee, molasses, caramel and licorice plus a hint of anchovies. The last part actually seems to add to the flavor instead of subtracting from it. Thick, smooth, oily texture has a decent amount of fizz. Attention Boston Beer Company: Hire Joe Formanek - he knows how to brew some a** kicking beer!

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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 williamjbauer
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass

A - Obsidian black with 2 finger brown head with excellent retention and excellent frothy lacing.

S - Burnt Chocolate, espresso

T - Primarily burnt chocolate tones with a malt forward presence sweet with bitter herbal hops for balance. A bit too much EtOH flavor. Simple but good.

M - Full body, moderate carbonation. Oily.

O - Nice chocolate flavor but not quite as robust as I would hope from a Russian Imperial Stout and a little too much alcohol for my liking.

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Photo of gtermi
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: This pours a pitch black body with a thin DARK brown head that quickly fades to nothing more than a little ring around glass. It also leaves a tiny amount of lace on the glass too.

S: I am getting a strong amount of dark chocolate, roasted malt and some coffee. I am even get a little bit of wood scent too. Almost smells like a Brooklyn Chocolate Stout.

T: A nice amount of roasted malt and oaked wood. As the beer lingers, it starts to really turn into a chocolate and coffee flavor. I love the flavor of this beer!

M: The beer feels a little to flat to me. It is smooth for how strong it is, but leaves a bit to be desired.

O: This is a great home brew and I wish I could make something this good. As a fellow Homebrew, I applaude and say congrats to Joe Formanek.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.58/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark black color. The head is one inch of dark tan foam that recedes very slowly into a firm cap of lacing that lasts until the beer is gone. This is one fine looking beer. The aroma is of graham cracker, roasted malt, burnt malt, and chocolate. The taste is full of chocolate, and graham cracker with some nice roasted malt characteristics rounding everything out. There is a noticeable alcohol presence in the finish that slightly distracts from the taste, but only slightly. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a silky texture, and appropriately mild carbonation. Overall, this is a really good imperial stout that I would certainly drink again.

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Photo of Pencible
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured an opaque black with moderate dark tan head.
S: It smelled like sweet brown sugar and caramel, with some coffee and cream and dark chocolate.
T: It tasted like sweet dark chocolate and brown sugar, with some roasted coffee and cream and copper hops. It had a smooth and clean aftertaste that was fairly sweet.
M: It was super thick with a little carbonation. Huge chewy body.
D: This was a great imperial stout. It looked perfect. The scent and taste were nice, and the body was gigantic. The finish was really mellow, so it was easy to drink. Don't know how it would age, since it's already so drinkable. Solid brew all around.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a textbook black as night body that looks thick as motor oil. I love how the carbonation bubbles rise up to the top on this one in a uniform manner. The head is a one-finger mocha color with solid retention and lacing.

S: Definitely on the sweeter side of things, with plenty of bittersweet dark chocolate, licorice, and roasted malt. A bit lacking in some of the more bitter components (namely coffee and hoppiness), but then again, I like my stouts sweet.

T: Again, it's a sweeter impy stout. The first sip opens with some nice chocolate notes (ala Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout), while roastier notes appear on the tongue after the stout has left the palate. After about five sips, the licorice, plum, and fig notes make an appearance. The alcohol is hidden well enough to make it very drinkable. While I like the complexity in this one, the flavor could stand to be a little more in your face.

M: Probably my biggest complaint is that the flavors don't linger on the tongue as long or as well as they could. Otherwise, it has a medium body with slight carbonation and a touch of astringency. Only a slight hint of alcohol can be felt going down the throat, and it's enough to warm me up on an unusually muggy March night.

O: Where this stout succeeds is drinkability. It's not the heaviest hitter in the world of impy stouts (at 8.9%), but it's pretty damn easy to drink. Not the best IS of all time, but a more than admirable attempt with very good execution.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got a bottle of Five Crown Imperial Stout in the Samuel Adams LongShot six pack last week for $10.99 at The Lager Mill. It's a little chilly tonight so a Imperial Stout sounds like a good choice, lets see how it goes. It had a best buy date of August 2012. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks the same as the others just a different face to represent the different home brewer, it looks ok. It poured a dark black used motor oil color that didn't let any light come through and it had five fingers worth of fluffy mocha colored head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left lots of nice looking lacing. This is one awesome looking beer, nice dark color and lots of nice dark head, this may be one of the best looking Imperial Stout I have ever had.

S- The aroma is pretty damn sweet. It starts off with loads of nicely roasted malts that have a high amount of sweetness to them and impart some nice roasty aromas with dark chocolate sticking out the most but there was also some molasses and a slight amount of grainy and coffee aromas with just a slight amount of anise at the end. After that I get some sweet dark fruits with plums sticking out the most and I get a little bit of alcohol at the end. The aroma is a little too sweet, but the other aromas are nice and true to style, it's good.

T- Thankfully it isn't as sweet as the aroma but I still find it to have a little more sweetness then the average Imperial Stout. It started off with lots of roasted malts that impart a sweet roasty flavor and some nice dark and milk chocolate flavors. Next comes a slight creamy flavor along with some molasses and a slight amount of coffee. After that I get some dark fruits with plums sticking out the most but there was also a slight cherry like flavor. I pick up a slight amount of earthy hops at the end along with a slight amount of alcohol. It had a medium amount of bitterness, with a roasty, sweet, and dark fruit aftertaste along with a little warming alcohol. The flavors were good and it had some nice complexity but the sweetness was a little too much.

M- Somewhat smooth, dry, a little creamy, a little chewy, full bodied, with a nice amount of medium carbonation. I liked the mouthfeel, it was how a Imperial Stout should feel and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I liked this beer and I thought it was a good Imperial Stout, but it was a little rough around the edges and that prevents it from being one of my favorite Imperial Stouts. It had ok drinkability, it went down fairly smooth for a Imperial Stout, but the sweetness and alcohol would stop me from wanting another, one is just enough with this beer. What I liked most about this beer was the the appearance and the mouthfeel, this was straight up one of the best looking Imperial Stouts I have had, and the mouthfeel was also pretty damn good. What I liked least about this beer was the higher amount of sweetness and that is was a little rough around the edges, if it was cleaned up a little and wasn't as sweet I could see this beer holding it's own against some of the heavy hitters of the style. I might buy this beer again but for the price I think I would rather have an Old Rasputin. If Imperial Stouts are your thing then this beer is worth a try and if you like sweeter Stouts this may be your perfect beer. I liked this beer it was pretty good example of the style, but it lacked that extra something special needed to be one of my favorites. After trying all three beers in the 2012 LongShot series, I have to say that my favorite was the Altbier, with this beer coming in second and the Dunkel coming in third, they were all good but in my eyes the Altibier was a step above the rest. Joe did a nice job with this beer and for sure earned his place in this years LongShot series, thanks for putting this out Samuel Adams, this was a solid six pack and a great yearly contest, I can't wait to try next years winners, if they are as good as this years was I know I will be in for a treat.

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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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