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

Aged this bottle for a bit. Poured into a tulip glass. Huge mocha brown head sat on top of a motor oil black body. Great looking stout. Smell was of espresso and raisins. Flavor was a melody of chocolate and rum and dark malt. Loved the taste of this beer. Mouthfeel was smooth yet a tad visceral at the end. A very nice beer that SA should consider putting into constant rotation. I think I liked this more that their Imp Stout they put in the 4 packs.

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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 gmfessen
4.41/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, Five Crown pours like motor oil, black as night with a thick, creamy, mocha colored head. The smell is a pleasent sweet mixture of chocolate nibs, brown sugar, caramel and possibly some currants or raisins. The taste follow suit nicely, the sweetness of the chocolate and caramel notes come to the forefront but are perfectly balanced with muted bittering hops - the alcohol has a nice spicey, warming bite but is not overwhelming. Mouthfeel is very full in body with a thick, creamy carbonation and a slightly dry finish. Overall, a great RIS, not overly big in any category but nicely balanced and perfectly drinkable.

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Photo of dfillius
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass
A: 3/4 finger of coffee colored/dark brown head, nearly like Abyss. Very dark head with good retention. Pitch black, slightly viscous liquid.
S: Banana, nuts, vanilla, bready. Very much like banana nut bread. Lactose? Molasses. Interesting and a little confusing at first, but pleasant. The faintest trace of ethanol at the end.
T: Chocolate, malty but bright. Some hops come out in the finish. I love that it is not boozy. Like a milk stout almost. Like Breakfast Stout without the coffee.
M: Gentle, not hot :-) Velvety as the bottle claims. Full and creamy.
O: A solid RIS. Very tasty and balanced. Superb. I'd love another!

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

From notes.

Poured dark brown/black with a solid tan rocky head that was very persistent. Good lace. Smell was heavily roasted malt and orange citrus elements. Taste was semi-sweet, blackstrap molasses, roasted malt, resin and citrus hop flavors with medium level of bitterness that washed away any overt sweetness into a dry finish. Medium, creamy body that holds together well. I enjoyed it.

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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 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 BarryMFBurton
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you like beer, it’s hard not to absolutely love this idea: a homebrewer gets their beer bottled out by a major brewer. It says a lot about Sam Adams’ love of beer and support of the culture, I feel. Cheers!

Drink by date is this month, and that’s just alright for an imperial stout.

A: The perfect look for an imperial stout: impenetrable black body with a thick, creamy, dark brown head. Lots of lacing and a smooth, low layer of retention.

S: Rich chocolate and roasts: thick, potent malts. Plum, smoke, dark chocolate, and caramel, with spiced, potent booze undertones. Coffee bitters and some sweet toffees mix for a flavored coffee effect, too. A mighty nose.

T: Smoky malts and molasses-heavy flavors with lots of chocolate and espresso. The palate thins out a bit as the palate extends to light raisin and herbal hop flavors, tart and bright; there’s no escape from the darkness, but there’s certainly balance from lighter tastes. A few moments of chalky yeast before the tastes settle on a tannic, oily aftertaste, with some bits of licorice and cola. Stand-out taste for what is essentially a homebrew.

M: Not bubbly, but not smooth – it’s slick as it makes its way over the tongue. It does have a minor thinness to it, though, which is definitely not something you want in a big stout (though something I feel would separate a commercial-brewed beer from a homebrew).

O: A great, drinkable example of the style, so it's easy to see why Jim Koch and Co. picked it to brew and bottle. And there weren't really any big instances of "well, I can tell this wasn't created by a big craft brewery;" to me, that just reinforces the beer culture ideal that what you brew in your garage is still the same product that you get at the bottle shop (though having a professional brewer's fancy equipment does help). Joe Formanek deserved this recognition, and so does the Boston Beer Company for making it possible.

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

After spending about four weeks searching for this on BeerAdvocate, I settle down for this live review.

Pours a deep chocoloate into a large wine glass. Quite opaque and with a deep mocha cap of good retention. Decent lacint to follow.

Aroma of chocolate malts and a notable infused dark cherry component, and alcohol esters are quite prominent as well. Warming diminishes the alcohol component and brings out more fruit. Offers a spicy cinnamon and pepper note along with dark fruit.

Rich flavor, dark and robust. A solid brew that lacks only it it's malt complexity as for the style. Hops are difficult to discern, present yet light and earthy.

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

Nose is heavy black licorice and some chocolate. That's about it. Taste is a bit flat for me. The anise is super strong, I can't pick up a lot else. There are some hints of coffee and very slight chocolate in the background, but they're very minor. Not too bad, but I'm more of a fan of coffee stouts and a huge fans of chocolate stouts.

On a side note, the head looks amazing and sticks around FOREVER. The lacing is fantastic.

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Photo of fank2788
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a pint glass.
Opaque inky black in the glass, the head is dark khaki in color and relatively restrained and the lacing is abundant. The smell is perhaps slightly weak for such a big beer. I do get some roasted and black patent malt, dark and milk chocolate, black currant and licorice. The taste too is good but falls short of great. The malt is dominant but not as full as it should be hop bitterness is there but held back and it maybe could have used a few more IBUs. A good char and burnt character carries thoughout with a touch of sweetness in the middle and the bitterness in the end. This beer is nice and full to almost creamy. The carbonation is low but there is enough to keep things lively on the tongue as stated before the finish is a little bitter from the hops and black malts. Overall this is a very solid example of the style and a great winner of the longshot competition.

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Photo of philbe311
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Two plus finger's worth of the darkest brown head that I've ever seen with a rich creamy texture... Some small bubbled sluggish carbonation can be seen rising along the sides of the glass... The color is a deep dark black abyss... Completely opaque... Rings of lacing cling to the glass... A nice looking brew...

S - Roasted malts... Milk chocolate... A light smokiness... A bit of soy sauce... Perhaps some black licorice... Everything in near perfect proportion... Nothing outstanding, but very solid...

T - Things aren't as well balanced on the palate... Roasted malts and soy sauce dominant... The milk chocolate sweetness takes a bit of a backseat... A nice bitter finish with some burnt charred character...

M - Creamy lushness to start... Full bodied... A bit sludgy... Viscous... Sleek... Smooth... Some prickly carbonation... A slightly burnt chalky finish...

D - This is perhaps my 2nd favorite Longshot offering from Samuel Adams (Mile High Barleywine is 1st)... Kudos to Mr. Formanek for such an outstanding brew... I wouldn't be at all upset set if this was made year round... Spot on for the style... Not top of the class, but far better than average...

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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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