elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 19, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an opaque dark brown-black, with a very thin tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of dried cherries and alcohol dominates, with a profile that almost resembles cherry cordial or brandy. The characteristics that make the aroma so compelling pose problems for the taste, however. The burn of alcohol is overpowering, with roasted chocolate malts noticeable only in the aftertaste. Had these taste profiles been flipped around, this would have been a superb imperial stout. As it is, I simply think there’s too much alcohol flavor. Mouthfeel is also a bit thin, with too much carbonation. In sum: A nice try, but I think the beer lacks the roasted malt flavor and creamy palate that typifies an imperial stout.
Jimthechap (1941) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lord knows I love an Imperial Stout. They’re inevitably the heavy hitters that garner the better scores in my opinion. Most of those I have sampled have been exceptional in the beer world. This one, and I apologise to Joe Formanek, was pretty good. I like to use superlatives with beers that deserve them, but this was pretty good but not up to the leap to the next level. It looked bang on and its aroma was of bitter cocoa, juicy raw cranberries and other ripe, tart berryfruit. This was prevalent in the flavour that was ultra tart at first and then along comes molasses and burnt caramel. It wasn’t as fulsome as many highly rated exponents of the style, but in staying that, there was nothing wrong with it.
jbrana (549) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - AUG 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very thick and dark with some interesting dark fruit, molasses, and coffee flavors. Good, just not my favorite beer to have in the summer.
Sammy (9279) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big bold tasting beer, some age did not hurt. Big black with lasting head. Some complex roast and chocolate. Very good drinker.
Darkmagus82 (1940) - - MAY 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Transfer from BA review on 3-25-12 -
Poured from bottle into snifter
Appearance – Pours a wonderfully black color with a very light brown head formed upon pouring. The beer looks thick just while pouring it and you can tell it has a nice body. The light head faded fast giving way to a nice amount of lacing.
Smell – Chocolate and a roasted coffee aroma are the strongest. These are mixed with some roasted coffee-espresso aromas as well as some lighter sweeter vanilla and dark fruit aromas. There is a little kick of boozy aroma in there as well.
Taste – The taste up front is a mostly of more roasted malt, coffee, and dark chocolate. The roasted notes lighten some more toward the middle giving some sweeter vanilla and a bit of caramel some time to develop. There is an ever so light dark fruit/plum flavor mixed in. These lighter flavors are lost in the end however with some nice bitter chocolate and bitter malt flavor taking over.
Mouthfeel – Just as the appearance hinted at, this beer has a nice creamy body that allows it coat the mouth with all of the wonderful flavors. The carbonation however was a little bit too high not really complementing the creaminess of the body. While a bit overcarbonated it was by no means awful and overall the mouthfeel is very nice.
Overall – This is a nice imperial stout. I would hope that Sam Adams brings this or something similar into the regular rotation. It has wonderful characteristics and is very affordable (part of the longshot 6 pack for only $11.00). Fantastic!!!
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Midnight black with a large dark brown cap. Aroma of dark roasted malts, coffee, molasses and light hops. Taste is sweet with coffee, chocolate, dark roasted malts and a bit of alcohol.
devman171 (1171) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - SEP 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Found this in the back of the fridge, nice roasted aroma, smooth and roasty flavor, nice stout
monkeychugg55 (941) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very thick black pour with a small brown head. The aroma is super dark roast, chocolate, some oxidation, and some mellow alcohol. The flavor is similar, with a lingering bitterness. Pretty tasty stuff.
DoublEE (783) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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 mind-blowing
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 21, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
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.
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.
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.)