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 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 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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Photo of FickleBeast
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Delerium Tremens snifter.

Pours pitch black with a full finger of mocha foam. Aroma is very malty sweet, with toffee, cocoa, and licorice in the nose.

First sip is quite malty, nice creamy mouthfeel, with a substantial bitter finish. Quite a bit of roasted and chocolate flavors as well. Excellent lacing as the beer recedes.

Overall, a very respectable RIS. Nice balance of chewy and dryness, nice hop kick at the end, and no harsh lingering flavors. I'd buy a 6 pack of this.

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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 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 CraftBeerTastic
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ba Review #167
Served On: 05/25/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: 8.9%
Date/ Code: 08/2012

This was from the 2011 winners of the Sam Adams LongShot Contest.

Look: Poured a pitch-black color with a thin 1-finger of dark mocha foam. Some excellent head lacing started to form along with some expected alcohol legs.

Smell: Aroma was a rich chocolate and espresso coffee. There was an almost lactose-like sweetness.

Taste: Very creamy mouth-feel. Upfront was a nice roasted coffee that moved into a mild bitterness. The roasted note returned for the middle coupled with some alcohol warmth. Finish was a some of the lactose quality from the nose. Aftertaste was rather clean with some residual coffee notes and sweetness hanging on.

This was a decent Imperial Stout. I can't say it would hold up to an OB Ten-Fidy or anything like that, but still as solid brew.

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Photo of nickfl
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with half a finger of medium brown foam on top of an opaque black body. The foam settles fairly quickly and leaves light lace in its wake.

S - An aroma of chocolate, caramel, and nutty malt.

T - Dark, smoky malt with notes of molasses, burnt caramel, and anise. Some pepper and chocolate in the middle. The finish is full of chocolate and coffee with lots of peppery brown sugar and a hint of vanilla.

M - A thick, oily body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Drinkability doesn't really apply here, this is so havy and thick that I am actually surprised that it isn't stronger than it is. It is intense and flavorful, but I don't think it is any better than the regular Sam Adams Imperial Stout.

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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 Cyberkedi
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Strong, smoky aroma has subtle molasses, roast coffee and horehound notes and a hint of burnt wood. It pours a rich sable a mere whisker above black with a thick, fine-bubbled, persistent tan head that leaves generous lacing. Mouth-filling flavor is a little sweet and has notes of roast quality coffee, molasses, caramel and licorice plus a hint of anchovies. The last part actually seems to add to the flavor instead of subtracting from it. Thick, smooth, oily texture has a decent amount of fizz. Attention Boston Beer Company: Hire Joe Formanek - he knows how to brew some a** kicking beer!

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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 KarlHungus
4.58/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark black color. The head is one inch of dark tan foam that recedes very slowly into a firm cap of lacing that lasts until the beer is gone. This is one fine looking beer. The aroma is of graham cracker, roasted malt, burnt malt, and chocolate. The taste is full of chocolate, and graham cracker with some nice roasted malt characteristics rounding everything out. There is a noticeable alcohol presence in the finish that slightly distracts from the taste, but only slightly. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a silky texture, and appropriately mild carbonation. Overall, this is a really good imperial stout that I would certainly drink again.

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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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Photo of Apellonious
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 0z out of the 2012 long shot sixer.

A - dark black, with a one finger creamy head with orange tint.

S - chocolate, dark fruit, malt. Slight whiff of alcohol.

T - chewy chocolate high octane goodness. Fig. Yep, I said it. Fig. Had a fig newton yesterday. 1st in about 15 years. This has fig like qualities. Mild smoke. The hops are tame, but to the beers advantage.

M - chewy, on the low side of carbonation, which gives it a smoothness. Gets sticky as it gets warm.

O - Good version of an imperial stout. Definitely worth checking into. The whole long shot mix is above par this time around.

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Photo of JerseyKirk
3.06/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pitch black, tan khaki head (less than a finger), nice lacing on edges. No light shines through at all.

S: Burnt coffee, toast, roasty and caramel malts. Dark chocolate.

T: Slightly harsh beginning with dark fruits in the front. Leather, dark chocolate, raisin and slight vanilla. Very complex. My pallet can't distinguish all the flavors.

M: Thick and chewy.

O: Not for me. I like big stouts but this one has elements that aren't for me. Specifically the leathery dark tones.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a very dark brown to black color with a brown head. The aroma is full of heavily roasted malt and sweet chocolate, as well as some oak and vanilla notes. The flavor has a lot of chocolate and roasted malt, as well as a hint of smoke. The mouthfeel and very thick and somewhat creamy and the carbonation is low to medium. A nice imperial stout, even if it is somewhat basic and doesn't really have any standout features.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep dark brown body with a respectable espresso colored head.

It's soft in the smell department. There's some roasted chocolate, a little berry from hops, and cardboard.

Burnt chocolate, light bitterness, and dark berry flavor.

Good soft mouthfeel with low carbonation.

It's the bet beer of the longshot series this year and the alcohol was masked well.

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

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 Halcyondays
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours pitch black with a full dark brown head, this is like Chocolate Yeti territory. Lots of thick lace, great head retention.

S: Semi-sweet chocolate, not really dark. Some roasted malt.

T: Dark chocolate here, fairly one dimensional, but it does it well. Not as good as the regular SA Imperial Stout, but definitely solid here.

M: Full-bodied and thick, soft carbonation, smooth, creamy.

O: A very solid RIS, don't know why it's classified as an ADS. For a price under $3 a bomber if you can find it in singles, this may be the best deal in RIS today. Not a world changing beer, but a good example of this all too expensive style.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notch on the bottle says Aug

A= Pours a thick black color. One of the thickest pours I've ever seen with a small head on it that rises and actually says a decent amount of time before falling to a ring and a few spots. Some pretty decent lacing despite the lack of head.

S= less roasty and more sweet with molasses. Some what muted on the nose but still pretty imperial stoutish with the thick sweet odor.

T= The flavor follows the nose pretty well. I actually enjoy this for the flavor. It's not the kick our ass flavor you would expect from a thick imperial stout but it's a nice molasses sweetness with a bit of roast. Very nice balance for an imperial stout with sweetness and roasty bitterness.

M= The mouth is nice and thick.

O= This is actually a quality beer. Imperial stout maybe a little underwhelming but for a beer it's really great. A nice mix of imperial and regular. I don't see it improving with age as it is great right now as it is. Check this out for sure it's the best in the pack and I hope SA hires this guy to brew more.

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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 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 jaasen64
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle 1 of 3 different beers from the Sam Adams Longshot American Homebrew Contest 6-pack. Poured into my Sam Adams glass.

A- Pours an opague pitch black like motor oil. About two and half fingers of foamy mocha colored head that leaves nice layered mocha lacing and fades to about a finger of head. No visible carbonation bubbles, just a black hole of pitch blackness.

S- Dark chocolate, a little bit of Espresso, hints of vanilla and roasted malts, maybe a tiny bit of hops mixed in there.

T- Creamy milk chocolate, hints of roasted malts, finishes with a milky sweetness with a hint of a bitter hop taste.

M- Creamy and velvety, milky smooth, a little bit on the heavy side, alcohol very hard to detect, well balanced.

O- This was the first beer that I tried from the Sam Adams Longshot Home Brewing Contest 6-pack. I bought this last year and in my opinion it is one of the best deals you can get- for $8.99 for a 6-pack of 3 different great beers. In my opinion this beer definitely lived up to my expectations of the beers from last year.

This beer looked great from the first pour. I loved the smooth velvety mouthfeel mixed with a great balance of milky/dark chocolate and slight taste of bitter hops mixed in the background. The abv is perfectly mixed in and is tough to detect at it's hefty 8.9%. Out of all the imperial stouts I've had this probably ranks among the best of them. I definitely recommend picking up some, I wish they made 6-packs of this stuff. I probably like it better then just about anything else Sam Adams makes. Not sure why the other reviewers didn't rate this higher. Sure it's not the most complex beer, but sometimes in my opinion simpler is better.

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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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