Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Longshot Five Crown Imperial Stout

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Today I'm drinking Samuel Adams' Longshot Five Crown Imperial Stout brewed by The Boston Beer Company in Boston, Cincinnati or Breinigsville, Pennsylvania. I bought what appeared to be the last six pack of this year's trio of Longshot beers this afternoon at Total Wine. Was a little strange, just sitting there by itself on the shelf, and I had not seen it there just a few days earlier.

Anyway, the homebrewer that created this beer and is a winner of this contest, Joe Formanek, has a sketch of him on the label. The neck label talks a little about Joe's background and then calls this a "satisfying winter brew" which is perfect since it's 87°F here now and my A/C has been broken for 3 days. Enjoy before August, 2012.

Nice chocolate-dominant aroma, with some roasted coffee and licorice with an aggressive swirl. Chocolate also dominates the flavor profile initially, sweet and milky, creamy and silky. Licorice and a light roast are nuanced at first but become more pronounced with a bit of warmth (which as I mentioned comes quickly in my 83°F home). The 8.9% alcohol also highlights those secondary flavors while adding a little heat.

Some coffee bitterness comes through toward the end, offering a little balance to an otherwise lightly sweet beer. Those coffee flavors taste just a little stale and flat. Low carbonation, decent body. Nice flavors overall and very enjoyable. Congratulations to Joe with a very nice beer!

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