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RATINGS: 222   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   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.

hershiser2's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hershiser2 (1450) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 6, 2012
Bottle. I have never seen a darker, thicker beer. DARK brown head. Amazing. Smells of caramels, honey, and some grapefruity hops. Tastes of sweet caramel and finishes with a real dark chocolate flavor. Terrific. Wow.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 25, 2014
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbrana (591) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - AUG 28, 2014
Very thick and dark with some interesting dark fruit, molasses, and coffee flavors. Good, just not my favorite beer to have in the summer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (9686) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2014
Big bold tasting beer, some age did not hurt. Big black with lasting head. Some complex roast and chocolate. Very good drinker.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkmagus82 (2032) - - MAY 25, 2014
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!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
devman171 (1221) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - SEP 16, 2013
Found this in the back of the fridge, nice roasted aroma, smooth and roasty flavor, nice stout

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
monkeychugg55 (966) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2013
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DoublEE (783) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2013
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

   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.)

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