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RATINGS: 224   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
Created by Joe Formanek.
For the past 15 years, Joe has been brewing his Russian Imperial Stout. This malt-forward brew 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 27, 2013
Bottle: Pours black with a thin tan head, big coffee and chocolate aroma, starts and ends lightly sweet with a bitter fruit ending, mellow carbonation, full bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 21, 2013
Appearance: Pours a delightfully thick oily black with a thick espresso crema head which fades slowly and sticky, leaving lace as it recedes. What remains is mousy and velveteen, like a fine dessert brewed just for me.
Nose: Massive and impressive. Black root, black licorice, tar and char. Espresso and toffee melted together. Bitter dense dark chocolate fudge. Espresso crema. Burnt wood and burnt caramel. Oily pipe tobacco leaf. Vanilla cream.
Palate: I am one happy Beer Ambassador from the first quaff to the last as my tastebuds sing under the delicious onslaught of creamy toasted marshmallows and melted milk chocolates with a bitter dark chocolate finish. And that’s not all! Decadent dark chocolate fondue. Burnt edges. Caramel nougat and caramel truffles in the middle. Cigar and pipe tobacco leaf in my breath – oily and rustic. As the beer warms up, the flavors open up even more and eventually melt into a seamless river of quaffing pleasure. More tar, more char, more burnt chocolate coffee beans tobacco caramel nougat vanilla cream indulgence.
Final Thoughts: Why this Longshot entry did not win simply blows my mind. Of all the various Samuel Adams Longshot entrants I have tasted over the years, the Five Crown Imperial Stout was by far the best. In fact, I dare say it beats out Samuel Adams own imperial stout. Maybe that’s why it wasn’t chosen. Hm… If you are reading this Jim Koch, please bring this beer back in its pure unadulterated delicious form. Pretty please with vanilla ice cream on top.
(An original written work by Beer Ambassador, LLC. Plagiarism is not tolerated.)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUN 17, 2013
Bottles from the long shot series. Dark brown / black colored pour with a tan head. Big chocolate, coffee, and malt aroma. Sweet and thick with a good amount of chocolate. Pretty bold beer, and a good beer from Sam Adams - I would love to see this brewed all the time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Imaena (2231) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - JUN 8, 2013
Bottle: The nose is deeply roasted malts and sweet molases. It pours a dark black with a negligible head. The taste is roasted malts and a faint whiff of hops. The palette is thick and oily. Overall a decent Impy and great for the price when you can grab it as a single.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (7027) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUN 8, 2013
Bottle shared by Dogbrick on Memorial Day. Black pour with a thick tan head. Chocolate malt aroma with notes of licorice and roast. Malty and chocolatey flavor with caramel and licorice before a roasty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (11621) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 1, 2013
Sample at the Memorial Day Deck Beers tasting on 05/27/2013: Deep brownish-black pour with a medium tan head that recedes gradually. Small patches of lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and hops. Medium to full body with flavors of chocolate malt, coffee and subtle hops. The finish is roasty with a coffee aftertaste. Above average overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 29, 2013
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. Serving type: bottle 04-08-2012

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
italianjohn (2909) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2013
Black pour with a tan head .... aroma is roasted and of light licorice, earthy and chocolate..... Taste is of light licorice, chocolatey, roasted with a bitter earthy hop and dark fruits .... roasted and chocolatey soft overtones on the mouthfeel it is full bodied, slick and oily ... Abv hidden well ... typical solid imperial stout finishes dry and with a lingering bitter hop and roasted bite.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
olr1984 (1500) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 30, 2013
12oz bottle Pours pitch black with tad head. Chocolate and coffee aroma. Taste better as it warms. Chocolate vanilla and roasted malt

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Johnsense (1368) - - MAR 29, 2013
Black pour, huge head. Roasty aroma, cocoa, fudge, subtle woodiness. Taste of Cocoa, chocolate syrup, brown sugar, subtle vanilla, slightly charred wood. A bit too sweet for me. Nice effort, though it took a bit for flavours other than chocolate to come through.

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