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 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 bump8628
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Down the middle Imperial Stout. Balanced between roasty bitterness and malt sweetness. Requisite coffee, cocoa, anise, and burnt sugar offset by a firm earthy hop bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden. Clean fermentation profile. A solid beer from start to finish.

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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 BB1313
3.16/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours pitch black, nice mocha head, sticky lacing, and great retention. The aromas are full of roasted malts and grains. There's some expresso notes along with a touch of chocolate and vanilla. The flavors practically match the nose. I can pick up alot more burnt chocolate in the flavors though. The coffee notes are more subtle. Very roasty. Hops are noticeable, giving this one a slight bitterness. Dry flavors. Mouthfeel is really nice; creamy but not too thick; right amount of carbonation. The alcohol isn't noticeable at all. Easy to drink.

Nice beer, but it doesn't stand out at all in the Imperial Stout category. Very one note. But it's still a nice beer to enjoy, just not mindblowing. Props to Joe Formenek.

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Photo of Luigi
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out pitch black with a dark creamy tan two finger head. settles down to just a few small lacing on the glass.

The aroma is kind of weak. I get light notes of chocolate and alcohol.

The taste is is pungent with chocolate and booze. There is lighter roasted flavors.

Slick on the tongue and a semi dry finish that is a little bitter but does have that strong booze taste.

There is lack complexity in this stout. The flavors were rather light yet the alcohol was overtly sweet.

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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 greenjeff4141
2.69/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice black-brown with a good two fingers of head which slowly dissipates into a thin froth on the top of the beer. A small amount of lacing also.

S: At first I didn't pick up much but then as it settled I noticed some deep roast, vanilla, a bit of alcohol, and burnt caramel. Nice but not great.

T: At first, deep roast flavors, malt, coffee-like, strong alcohol on the finish. Good but not too complex. A tad acidic and a lingering burnt sugar flavor.

M: Low carbonation, a bit chewy and oily. Not great.

Overall, not one of my favorite stouts. It needed a bit of work to smooth out the edges.

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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 Murrhey
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 pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- One finger width mocha head. Minute-long retention. Thick foamy lacing. Pitch black, no light permeates.

S- Molasses, chocolate, vanilla beans, toffee, walnut or almond. Maybe not layered too well.

T- Coffee and bitter molasses with a deep cocoa feel and roast flavors. Finishes bitter and somewhat boozy.

M- Thick and creamy with a dry finish.

O- I liked this beer quite a bit, tasty and roasty, nice look and nice feel.

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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 BlurryVisi0n
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served ina snifter.

Appearance: Black and seriously opaque, head is tan maybe a little darker the an your usual stouts rising to a full two fingers length.

Smell: Your lighter side of chocolate, slight roast.

Taste: Unique in the sense that it comes off creamy. Though not my favorite attribute for an imperial stout this would be the first in the easiest to drink category for a beer of this kind.

Mouth: Medium, but may come off light...overall goes down easy (excuse my french).

Overall: I will buy another six pack of this years LongShot just because of this beer. I really can't complain it is well crafted and incredibly smooth. Salud!

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Photo of bum732
2.99/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

S: Roasty, slightly ashy, some dark cocoa powder, slight vanilla.

L: Dark, thick black, dark tan head that dissipates slightly. Ok lacing.

T: Dry cocoa with a slightly roasted coffee malt. Little bitterness leads to a slight dark chocolate sweetness finishing fairly dry with additional cocoa powder with a touch of roast. Decent mix of coffee and chocolate flavors. Has a slight odd flavor in the finish.

M: Medium full mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

A quite dry RIS. Reminds me of old rasputin. Aroma is pretty weak. Taste has an odd flavor but not too bad overall.

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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 Hopdaemon39
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic tumbler- pours a charcoal color with two fingers (after five seconds) of mocha colored head. Decent retention, moderate lacing.

Smell is very nice- barely any trace of booze (though this is a little light for an imperial stout), big roasted dark malt, and what to me smells like malt balls.

Taste is a little more alcoholic- kicks in a bit at the beginning, followed by the malted milk taste, roasted dark malts, finishing with a bit of semi-sweet chocolate.

Mouthfeel is rich- full bodied, definitely noticeable tang of booze, mild to moderate carbonation. This is a fine brew- maybe not my kind of imperial stout but fine nonetheless.

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