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

BA SCORE
85
very good
262 Ratings
THE BROS
78
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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
samueladams.com

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
Ratings:
262
Reviews:
127
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
10.26%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
2
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 262 |  Reviews: 127
Photo of caverog
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of RichD
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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 nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Hopswagger
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P:  Almost absolute black body with a thin dark brown cloud if head that dissipates quick. 

S:  Dark chocolate, espresso beans, plums, an alcohol sting in the nose and banana fudge. Saw dust and pine resin once swirled. 

T/M:  Super sweet caramel malts, molasses, light chalkiness, bitter cocoa powder and burnt toast. Body is full and moderate carbonation sting on the tongue.  Finishes warm and boozy. Can't help but notice an artificial grape flavor at the end. Odd! 

O:  Boozy and malty with a much sweeter taste than the nose. Not my preference for a great stout but good. I can't say that I would want to purchase this again but I'm glad I picked this up. I can honestly say its hands down better than anything I could ever brew and an impressive rendition of the style.

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a Longshot 6-Pack from BevMo in Mission Valley, San Diego, Calif. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. About two fingers of head. Color was black with lots of brown in there. Caramel tan lacing. Minimal retention.

Smelled a nice mix of caramel, toffee, dark chocolate, light coffee beans and alcohol. The alcohol reminded me of a mud slide (vodka and ice cream I think). All blended together nicely.

Got a bit different taste than the smell. Got a huge taste of alcohol (still that mud slide) first. Then got hit with dark chocolate, coffee, toffee and caramel.

Full body. Creamy thick texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish. Consistent and drinkable throughout the pour.

Just a pretty good beer. Smooth and the aftertaste was to die for. Give it a try.

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

Appearance - Pours a deep, near black chocolate with a finger width mocha head. Retention is average, and the resulting lace is thin but sticky.

Smell - Typical RIS aromas; deep roasted malts, raisin and some heat from the alcohol.

Taste - Starts with some bitter chocolate and dark roasted coffee, then sweet raisin and a bit of alcohol burn comes into play, finishing sweet and with heat.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Moderate amount of carbonation. A touch creamy.

Overall - This Imperial starts out promising, but warms quickly and too much alcohol shines through. Not as deep and complex as one might expect from this style, but a commendable effort and decent representation of the style nonetheless.

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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 corzocl
4.75/5  rDev +25%

Photo of hiphopj5
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of Lantern
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

Photo of DruC4
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of jk3
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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 StoicBeast
3/5  rDev -21.1%

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 ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark brown-black with a finger of frothy chocolate head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted chocolate malts with some dark fruit, licorice, with a hint of booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of roasted dark and milk chocolate malts with some light plum and other dark fruit sweetness. Through the middle, some more bitter cocoa comes through with some black licorice. The finish is a mix of dark chocolate with some dark fruit sweetness and a bit of booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and a bit syrupy with a sweet and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice Imperial Stout. Could have used a touch stronger flavor and body, but the balance is very nice.

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Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - dark as a stout with a half finger with a caramel-mocha smooth head

S - roasted malts, some dark chocolate notes, followed up by some rich anise aromas

T - the anise/licorice flavors are amplified, the cocoa elements don't diminish and the two play off each other nicely. the hop profile is little more than a balancing note, but a bit of the alpah acid burn hits the back of the throat at the end

M&D - the bottle says this beer has a "velvety smoothness", and they're not wrong. rich and warming, great flavors and smooth going. a deserving winner

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Photo of Onenote81
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Super thick pour as this slowly glugs out of the bottle. A thin dark mocha head on top. Sip rings left behind. The nose is rather tame with slight charred roasty aromas, but not much else pulls through. Wonderfully coating mouth as this just wraps up the entire palate with a smooth creamy feel. Semi sweet chocolate, cold coffee, roasted malts make up the flavor profile. Good beer. I like this better than the SA Impy Stout.

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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 cowboy83
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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 shand
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

This beer pours black with a finger of brown foam that retains well. The aroma is a little weak, but presents a very pleasant roastiness, with a touch of dark fruits. The taste is smooth at first, then yields to dark fruits and dark chocolate. Coffee comes through more on the finish, along with a touch of vanilla. The mouthfeel is smooth and lightly carbonated, and the drinkability is very good. Overall, this is a solid imperial stout that excels at it's easy drinking attributes while still being full-flavored.

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LongShot Five Crown Imperial Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.8 out of 5 based on 262 ratings.
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