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

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85
very good
262 Ratings
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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 Bierman9
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Having the 2 bottles of the Imperial Stout from the Longshot 6-pack I snagged yesterday ($8.99).

This one comes out quite inky and oily, dark and dense. The head is a creamy, mocha-hued layer of foam, sitting at about 1/4" while slowly ebbing away. There's alittle lacing, but not much. The nose has some roastiness and a touch of bitterness. It is quite smooth on the tongue, and the body is a little more than medium.

There is a little light sweetness on the palate to start off with, along with some dark fruit action. There are hints of raisins and black currants, plus some licorice and espresso, all mixed in with a subtle tinge of molasses. Dark chocolate also comes into play, and the hops are quite evident, with a decent amount of florality and slight fruitiness present. Reminds me verry much of the regular Sammy Imperial Stout; may have to try a side-by-side. On a per-bottle basis, this Longshot 6-pack is far cheaper than an Impy 4-pack. Prosit!!

4.05/5 rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

LOOK: Pours a midnight black with a tan silky froth that leaves plenty of lace on the snifter. No sediment, this bottle has been fridge aged for over a year now. Appears like an imperial stout.

SMELL: Big and roasty, with a woodsy aroma that is intriguing and expressive.

TASTE: Smooth and surprisingly mild flavors of roast, oats, coffee and some fruity notes. Has some earthy, dirty flavor to it as well as alluding to suggestions of wood, though I don't believe this is an oak aged brew. As it warms notes of chocolate dial in.

FEEL: Full bodied, very smooth, velvety feel.

OVERALL: A good American Double Stout, pleasing to sip on, and gets better as it warms slightly. This makes for a nice sipper on a rainy spring evening.

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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 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 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 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 notjaredlouche
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got from the Longshot 2012 six pack, but I think everyone did.

A: Pours very thick, with a black-reddish color. I poured it fairly cold (just came out of the fridge), so there was very little head to speak of. Lacing is pretty thick, but doesn't linger for long.

S: A bit fruity and sweet, smells a bit like dark chocolate too.

T/M: Smooth coming and going, a bit lighter than expected, with a little alcohol bite at the end. Imagine the darkest chocolate you've ever tasted, it's kind of like that. Lingering aftertaste, but it's not unpleasant.

O: Only my second Russian Imperial Stout, but I think it's pretty solid. Certainly not sessionable but good for a cold winter day. (why does Sam release these in the summer?)

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Photo of DruC4
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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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Photo of RAFH
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of nebula1999
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of tsulli
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Tumble
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of JohneHoodlum
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of ChaseTheAce
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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 jaidenjb
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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 elec
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Zachtheporter
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of buckyp
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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