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

BA SCORE
85
very good
262 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay
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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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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 bh123
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of thegerm87
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Mitchster
2.7/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

$11.99 for a mixed 6 pack. No ingredients listed per the website or label. Notched BBF 8/12. 8.9% ABV. Pours out to a clear dark black, forming a small dark tan head with very poor retention and sparse lacing. Mild to moderate carbonation. The nose opens with lots of caramel, molasses, sour milk, and when swirled, some faint black walnut. Mouthfeel is medium dense. The taste is nice...opens with herbal hops, followed by carob, espresso, and prunes. Bitterness is herbal and a bit too grassy, but mild in intensity. Aftertaste of burnt grains, burnt masrshmallows, a touch of higher alcohols. The hops are way too grassy and peculiar for me. When it comes to Imperial stouts, these beers should have a balanced bitterness, but the flavor hops are way overboard and put it out of balance.

Not digging this one. Wouldn't buy it again. There are so many other better examples of the style...try Founders RIS, Great Lakes Blackout, Goose Island Bourbon County, Dark Horse Special Reserve Black Bier or Bell's Expedition.

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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 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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Photo of Lob
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of hopley
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Gmann
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a near black dark brown color with a short dense light brown head that settles into a light cap.

The aroma is roasted malt, bitter chocolate, and burnt toast. Some carob notes as well as raisin. Pretty spot on for a RIS.

The taste has big roasted flavor. The malt brings burnt toast, bitter chocolate, and anise flavors. There is a fairly strong raisin/prune flavor as well. There is some caramel and molasses to provide sweetness. Very similar to Old Rasputin, perhaps not quite as flavorful.

The stout is well bodied with some prickly carbonation. Fairly smooth considering the roasty flavor. The beer can be a tad hot at times and is quite sticky.

A fine RIS, quite flavorful. I might actually like this one over SA's traditional imerial stout.

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Photo of BDIMike
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a great looking brew. A jet-black color with a great dark tan, almost brown head. A medium-sized head has great retention and stays throughout the drink.
Smell has very nice maltiness to it. A good amount of toffee and good chocolate notes. A bit of smokiness as well, but balanced by a hoppy sweetness.
Taste has some very nice tastes to it. Great malt tastes of chocolate and a tad bit of smokiness. A tinge of hoppy sweetness really makes this a great sip.
Mouthfeel is as good as it gets. A medium thickness is as good as it gets. Silky smooth sip is one of the best mouthfeels I have ever had.
Drinkability is very nice on this beer. The slight hop tastes balance out the chocolate and heavy malt tastes. The mouthfeel is unbelievable, making every sip go down so smooth.

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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 Fitzmke
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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 zbooks
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of JohneHoodlum
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of bootsandbeer
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Arithmeticus
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in ale glass.

A: solid black, very thin head (but creamy looking); carb stream not great
S: thin, appealing charcoal aroma; toasted grains; yep, an imperial-stout smell
T: very flavorful imperial stout; low on hops and not very sweet; the entire flavor profile is put into the roasted coffee/chocolate RIS-like wort
M: foamy, filling, thick; very creamy mouthfeel

Pretty nice!

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

Bought a single at HEB for 1.99.

Really liked the look on this one. Jet black pour, sudsy brown head with a very sticky lacing. Looing good Five Crown!

Nice clean stout scent. Coffee, sweet chocolate, roasted malt. Good, not great.

Taste follows, mainly getting the chocolate and roasted malt. Wish it were just a bit more pronounced. Doesn't quite linger on the palate as much as i'd like. Still, an enjoyable Imp stout.

A pretty easy drinking Imp stout here. Certainly will not blow you away but has enough going for it to give it a thumbs up. Actually, it's pretty close to Brooklyn Black, and that's a good thing.

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Photo of dragomni
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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 StaveHooks
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served into a Great Divide Pint Glass.

A - Pitch black with an espresso head that retains very well. The bubbles form a dense collar with wispy cap patterns and very nice lacing.

S - Toasted chocolate malt, fruity alcohol, roasted coffee, pine hop resin, minerals, bready yeast comes out as it warms.

T - Toasted malts, creamy milk chocolate, berry fruit, creamy coffee, green pine hops provide a solid, oily bitterness, raspberry tartness on the finish.

M - Super fuzzy and creamy carbonation, tart cocoa bite. dry finish.

A great looking brew. Very dense and yeasty aroma with tangy chocolate and coffee beans. Drinks good with some fruity tartness on the finish. I would buy this again.

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Photo of Burt
4.75/5  rDev +25%

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