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:
No notes at this time.

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 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 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 kylehay2004
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: thin milk chocolate head on a jet black body. looked like motor oil as poured.

S: lots of chocolate and vanilla, roasted malt, some espresso roast with a subtle earthy hop note and sourness.

T: roasted malts from start to finish which linger a long time. lots of coffee. nice dark chocolate and toffee sweetness.

M: full, thick bodied. moderate carbonation. VERY smooth.

Overall: thick stout. aroma is complex with the flavor less so but still nicely drinkable for the style.

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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 hosehead83
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Vintage 2012 bottle. Poured into a balloon glass.
Inky black color, with a big head of chocolate milkshake foam.
Aroma-Coffee, dark chocolate
Taste-Roasty, dark malt, rich chocolate notes. Very smooth for 8.9ABV. Complex. Very enjoyable, and a fine effort. A nice match for BBQ or as a dessert brew.

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

Poured into a tulip pint: A vigorous pour straight down the middle yields four fingers of glistening, mocha head over a black body. Head retains well but sinks a little & leaves thick layers of lacing.

There's a mild cocoa note in the aroma at first whiff, & then each subsequent whiff is pretty hop-forward, with a moderate orange-peel bitterness. A little dark, roasty character comes through with a few short sniffs.

Dark chocolate shows up initially in the taste, with a strong roast grain bitterness & a moderately citric hop character bringing up the rear, like oranges in potpourri. Finishes with a mixture of coffee & alcohol taste, with a lingering coffee-like bitterness in the aftertaste. A lightly creamy flavor emerges as it warms.

Full-bodied, a little acidic, with restrained heat from the booze. On the slightly astringent side, but not unpleasant.

Hop-forward stouts are not my favorite, but this one kept it in check. Pretty flavorful overall, can't say it's terribly outstanding or memorable but definitely enjoyable.

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

A- Black with foamy brown head and tight lacing.

S- Alcohol front, back, and center. Roasty chocolate malts and light sweetness.

T- Chocolate malt with light bitterness. Aftertaste has slight alcohol flavor, chocolate and bitterness.

M- Smooth, medium-bodied with light alcohol feel. No real afterfeel but perhaps slightly dry.

O- Nice brew that wouldn't disappoint in a standalone sixer.

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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 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 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 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 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 RonfromJersey
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Total black body, no highlights, topped by two fingers of very dark tan foam. Minimal lacing.

Lovely complex aroma of coffee, chocolate, licorice, and dark fruits.

Taste follows. Coffee up front. Undercurrent of chocolate. Dark fruits. No real sense of booziness - no heat, no licorice. Not as complex as nose.

Mouthfeel is medium, lacks the oily slickness to kick this up a notch.

Good beer, but a style that requires greatness to impress.

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Photo of Shaw
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black, black, black with a creamy off-white head.

Mild roasted aroma with a hint of cinnamon and soy sauce.

Big roasted flavors along with a dry twang. This isn't as sweet as others in its style, instead it's a bit astringent. That's not a negative.

Great body is almost like a milkshake.

This is my favorite of the 2012 Longshot beers.

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

Five Crown Imperial Stout is a very dark, chocolate fudge color. It’s nearly opaque. Light shows some faint burgundy highlights. A darker tan head covers it and rises to just over a finger in height. It’s fairly slow to recede. Lacing was rather sticky and moderate in volume. Looks good!

The nose is pretty good. It seems just a tad weak. More strength would help. It does feature a nice mix of roasted and chocolate malts. The chocolate variety even incorporates some cocoa and sweet milk chocolate. Not bad at all. Secondary scents include roasted coffee and a hint of dark fruit. Smells like plum to me. Alcohol is definitely noted. Smells a tad strong for its abv. It seems pretty straight forward for the most part. Not bad at all though.

The flavor is even a little better. The malt base consists of roasted and chocolate varieties. There is a blend of bittersweet dark chocolate, cocoa, and sweet milk chocolate flavors. I like it! Roasted coffee complements the malt base nicely. There are some light dark fruit notes. It’s just a tad tangy and tastes like plum.There’s a hint of charred barley on the tail. Alcohol is blended a little better than the nose suggested. It’s there, but doesn’t seem overly strong. Definitely not hot or boozy. Finishes malty with a slight charred note.

The body leans toward the heavier side of medium. It really feels a tad thin. More body would definitely add some smoothness and character to it. It’s not bad though. Certainly goes down easy for a bigger beer.

Five Crown Imperial Stout is probably my favorite beer in this year’s Longshot release. While it may not have any distinguishing characteristics, it is a nice representation of the style. My only complaint is that the body seems too thin. A little more would improve it. Good stuff in any event.

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

Opaque black body with a thick, creamy tan head. Excellent lacing down the glass.

Cocoa and brownies; a subtle overall sweetness to the smell. A tinge of hop spiciness. Mint chocolate...

Smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel; rich and sugary...

Bitter chocolate at the start of the taste, followed with a fair bitterness that quickly gets over-taken by an aggressive alcohol warmth.

Considering the style, I can give this an overall 4, but I find the strong alcohol-taste a bit over-dominating. The alcohol, judged against the other robust roasted grain and chocolate flavors that create an otherwise intriguing, complex beer, lends a somewhat unbalanced character to the entire beer. Not a complete show-stopper, but does mar an otherwise good beer.

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Photo of rhultstrand
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a glass.

A: Great appearance. Dark black with small dark orange brown head. What an imperial stout should look like.

S: Chocolate and woody notes... Slight mocha.

T: Chocolate, bitters, and actually some very slight lemon sourness on the tip.

M: Full but very drinkable. A little alcohol heat on the way down.

O: Very good classic imperial stout.

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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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