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LongShot Old Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
88
very good

230 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 230
Reviews: 207
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  10.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: billybob on 01-20-2007)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like old ales, enough to want to drink a 10.6% 330 ml on my own. A bit of fizz on top of barleywine rosewood colour. looks like a vintage ale. Neutral on mouthfeel, there was a bit of active carbonation that I think would dissapear if aged longer, but I am going by the June expirey. Well malted, though a drop of soapiness in the finish. Satisfying and well done.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2007 03:43:05 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +1.5%

11-10-2012 14:31:19 | More by t0rin0
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

06-12-2012 23:16:34 | More by djrn2
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black cherry with bright raspberry highlights. The upper third of the snifter is filled with a large scoop of golden beige colored whipped cream that is leaving a surprising amount of fine, feathery lace. This is one lovely looking old ale.

The nose is right on the money as well. The dominant aromas are dark berries soaked in tawny port, with earthy and woody underpinnings. Having said that, it's extremely doubtful that this LongShot offering saw the inside of a port cask.

Old Ale is an excellent version of the style. Despite my fears that old age had resulted in some amount of deterioration, the beer has held up expectionally well. Of course, not having tasted it prior to today, it's impossible to know how well. It might even have another year on it yet.

Let's go with plump black raspberries, raisins, port wine, dark toffee and maybe even a little bittersweet chocolate. It's amazing how the various flavors are so well-integrated, yet how they combine seamlessly into a unified whole. Warming increases flavor intensity, but it was pretty damn good right out of the gate.

Drinkability is a definite strong suit. The alcohol is expertly buried and there are no rough edges. Those who want to dip a toe into the style would do well to start here. The boys from Boston should seriously consider releasing some of these LongShots on a regular (or a seasonal) basis.

The mouthfeel is medium, silky smooth and slightly underbubbled. Just as it should be. Gulping is possible, but is not advised. Sipping is the way to go so that each and every nuance can be appreciated.

Old Ale is good beer that deserves to see the light of day again. It's too bad that I only have this single bottle because I could use a few dozen more to warm my bones during the coming winter months. Thanks to Georgiabeer for hooking me up.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2008 15:25:06 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a pancake bubble head that coats the glass with webs oflace

Smell: Rum-soaked raisins with a lighter touch of dried apricot

Taste: Starts with a fruity, caramel flavor that builds mid-palate, after the swallow, the sweet, brown sugar and alcohol flavors join the fray to make for a complex, malty finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very nice beer that should age well

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2007 00:22:15 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

ark chocolate brown with a nice head of light tan on the top of it. Smooth, easy settling left behind some nice side glass lacing. The aroma was soo sweet. Lots of caramel, smooth molasses and brown sugar like smells coming off of here. The flavor was much more of the same. Rich and very sweet, defintly a dessert beer. I found myself savoring each and every sip of this one as the delicate sweetness of this one overwhelmed me. Soo much flavor here as the sweet caramel malts just overpowered everything and made for a wonderful flavo

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 02:43:30 | More by mikesgroove
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very daring brew, but one that is well formulated, calculated, and cleanly brewed. Starts off with an impressively carbonated and headed brew. Dark brown with a mix of ruby highlights shining through the carbonation. Smells solidly of malts, dark fruits and candies, and with a pronounced ethanol impact. Tastes closely confirm what the aromas told me, a very malt-sweet brew that brought out the characteristics of dates, figs, raisins, frutcake, and rum. Hopped only for balance. The feel is a medium to medium heavy, thus remaining quite drinkable even with the numbing alcohols lurking underneath. Certainly on par with North Coast Old Ale, and perhaps with better drinkability. Thanks Clvand0!

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2007 15:59:44 | More by BEERchitect
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a rich, dark reddish-brown body with a small, beige head.

Smell: Surpassingly sweet-smelling, earthy aroma overflowing with maltiness. Strong notes of cinnamon, molasses, and berry-flavored bubble gum.

Taste: Loaded with malts, this beer is terribly sweet, almost sugary and cola-like at times (so much so that you can just barely feel the 10.6% abv). Flavors of caramel, raisins, ripened bananas, cinnamon sticks, and maple syrup. Hardly any hops detectable along the way or in the sweet, syrupy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with a light carbonation. Smooth and very warming.

Drinkability: One bottle would be more than enough, as for me, this was almost on the verge of having too much residual sugar. Now, on to the Boysenberry!

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2007 05:40:41 | More by ChainGangGuy
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

09-02-2013 02:00:40 | More by jaydoc
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oberon

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an oversized wine glass a deep mahogany color with deep amber tint showing thru a well formed but quick to fade off white head atop.Alot of stuff going on aroma wise first of I picked up notes of spiced cherry and caramel with underlying dark fruit and molasses a definent malt bomb to say the least hear,full near syrupy mouthfeel its sweetness coats the mouth after a bit.Quite sweet on the palate molasses really sticks out with prune/raisin qualities showing themselves and a bit of dark cola after awhile a faint earthiness comes in the aftertaste just a bare touch though.This is a late night sipper, Iam sipping it now watching the snow squalls come thru....only fitting.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2007 23:04:45 | More by oberon
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zeff80

Missouri

3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours out a brown color with a strong reddish hue. A small, short-lived head that did not leave any lace.

S - It smelled of malt and fruits. Also, a chocolate-like aroma.

T - Tasted malty with a roasted quality. A subtle bitter bite.

M - Fairly crisp. It is a little bready, too. A mediu-bodied brew.

D - A very good beer. Despite the high alcohol content it wasn't very noticeable.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2007 22:26:29 | More by zeff80
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

11-15-2011 01:01:22 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Easily the jewel in this year's LongShot line, Don Oliver's Old Ale delivers a remarkably balanced, rich, and malty ale.

It's clear, ruby-accented mahogany body is topped by a massive head of frothy tan foam that settles slowly into a thick finger of creaminess. The head retention is excellent, and it leaves remarkable lace throughout almost the entire glass.

The welcomes you with a solid hand shake of deeply caramelized malt and a sparkle of vinous fruitiness. There are notes of brown sugar, sweet red wine, and damp fallen leaves.

The first sip is rich and full and almost overwhelming... this one's definitely a sipper!!! Dark fruits (plum, prune, fig, black cherry, raisin) combine with dark sugars (brown sugar - deeply caramelized - but not scorched, molasses, even a touch of maple) within a rich, bready and toasty malt base. Some dark cocoa appears, almost like a warm, soft brownie at the swallow; and its rigid bitterness calls for notice from below. Suddenly, the cocoa vanishes, and some vinous and sherry-like character appears in the finish. A wide smear of leafy hops step in, along with a smudge of herbal character, and from there it simply lingers, slowly ebbing away with dull notes of dark cherry skins and apple. The alcohol never really makes an impression, although its influence is seen in the black cherry, sherry, and red wine characteristics.

Superbly done! Incredibly impressive!!!! If you enjoy old ales or even strong ales or barleywines DO NOT LET THIS ONE PASS YOU BY!!!!

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2007 03:26:53 | More by NeroFiddled
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Off notes 4/2007. Pours a darker ruby with a light tan head that sticks around. Nose is sticky sweet. Flavor is doughy and with a long sweet edge. Very firm caramel characters too. Feel is good. The feel has a talcy touch on the liquid and a low carbonation. Overall this is extremely drinkable. Definitely the winner out of the three beers in the LongShot series. Too bad it won’t be a permanent fixture on the lineup.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 05:08:11 | More by RblWthACoz
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright ruby red color with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, vanilla, spice, a little bit of hops and some alcohol.

T: The taste is malty and creamy with flavors of vanilla, caramel, some spice and a faint bit of hops. The alcohol burn is pretty constant as you drink the beer unless you sip it very slowly. The after-taste is a little sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium carbonation, medium-to-heavy body, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down pretty easily for a beer with such a high ABV, just a little filling, good representation of style. Although I’ve only had a few Old Ales, this one is definitely the best I’ve had so far, but go easy with this beer as it packs good wallop.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2007 01:27:27 | More by TheManiacalOne
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours caramel/auburn with 2+ fingers of sand colored head. Super lacing & pretty good head retention

S: Breadyness with a little fruittyness & some alcohol esters & toffee as this warms

T: Bready malt with some caramel & a little warming alcohol up front. Fruittyness (berries & dates) follows when this warms along slight hop bitterness & chocolate. Tofffee, breadyness & warming alcohol in the finish

MF: Medium body with low carbonation. a little thin for the sstyle

Drinks too easy for the abv, I'd guessed a few points of ABV lower. Not a bad effort at all, glad to see something with some real heft in this mix

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2007 05:27:09 | More by russpowell
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

05-26-2013 23:03:08 | More by Slatetank
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WesWes

New York

4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep red/mahogany color with a 1/2" offwhite head that fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a wonderful malt scent that boasts of crystal and roasted malts. It's warm and inviting. The taste is awesome. It's warm and malty with lots of complexity in the malt bill. It goes down easy and finishes a bit dry with some residual sweetness. This is one tastey beer. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a special brew. They should consider brewing this one every year as part of their winter beer collection.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2007 22:52:11 | More by WesWes
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours mahogany with a one-finger head that descends a bit and hangs on. Some trailing lace sticks to the glass. Nice color - good retention for abv/style.

The taste is of raisins and plums with malty sweetness. Cinnamon and peppery spiciness come through.

The taste is of sweet caramel with some dark fruitiness in the back. Malty sweet with a subtle hop bitterness that balances out the sweetness to a degree. Boozy spiciness is almost over-powering, but controlled well-enough.

It's full-bodied, rich and creamy. Sweetness and alcohol hang on in a long, dry, warming finish.

A fine sipping brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2007 09:36:20 | More by jwc215
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a lovely clear ruby color with a huge 3" head that slowly falls to a thick surface covering. Some mild lacing develops.

Smell: bit of bread and fruit sweetness excite the nose. Good aroma overall.

Taste: bready maltiness, raisins, dates, caramel, soft alcohol tones, and nice bitterness. Well balanced flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: light crispness at the start but becomes smooth towards the finish. Long caramel and fruit aftertaste. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: another great tasting and easy to drink beer from the Longshot series. Score is down a notch as the alcohol is mild on the tastebuds, but can catch up to you quickly.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2007 20:01:46 | More by Gavage
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.5%

01-21-2012 01:10:18 | More by imperialking
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hey hey, I'm impressed by this old ale.Nutty, cherry aroma at first. Taste is right on style. Big, dry barley fruit flavors without much alcohol evident. My only knock is that the flavor doesn't come off as terribly complex. I've never really considered myself an old ale type of guy, but this is pretty good. At over 10% it's not overly thick or sweet, making very drinkable - relatively speaking. I look forward to m second bottle of this. I hope I have the patience to let it age.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2007 05:18:14 | More by tempest
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a crystal clear but very dense deep walnut brown body with a thin ring of head. There are tiny bubbles of carbonation slowly gliding to the surface. There is a soft glow from light shining through the base of the glass.

S- This beer has a smooth note of dark malt with strong pot caramel notes and a hint of cardboard as it warms, but overall not much depth.

T- This beer has flavors of pot caramel with a soft wet cardboard note and some nougat flavors. The notes of dark raisins and dark run are soft with a slight sweetness. There is a soft spicy heat in the finish but I don't really notice an alcohol taste.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a slightly watery texture and a tiny fizz in the finish that masks the alcohol heat.

D- This beer has a very smooth and lagered quality about it and there is very little depth to the malt flavors. The alcohol taste and heat are missing which I like to have in 10% or higher beers unless they have been well aged. I wouldn't recommend aging this beer for any amount of time as I don't think it will hold up.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2007 21:42:33 | More by rhoadsrage
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a four finger light brown head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Nice clear deep mahogany color. Light carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Molasses nose. Flavor is sweet molasses/caramel, not cloying, high ABV is hidden. $7.49 6-pak, 12oz bottle from Capital Convenience Concord, NH.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2007 23:52:47 | More by jdhilt
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Zorro

California

4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a clear deep brown ale with a considerable amount of ruby red color to it. I could almost call this a reddish brown ale but it is decidedly brown. Not much head forms, not surprising considering how strong this is.

The smell is intensely sweet and fruity. A massive amount of fig in the aroma. Additional scents that are common to massive beers like this mostly raisin, melon, vanilla and tobacco leaf. If I didn't know this was from Boston Beer I would guess that Dogfish Head made this.

The taste begins fairly sweet but intensely thick and malty yet with enough hops to not taste that way. A flash of sweetness and then this goes into Scottish wee heavy territory with malt and earthy flavors. Not a fruity tasting ale at all this is more wood and leather in flavor.

The mouthfeel is quite full and thick.

This is a Sam Adams product? A quite kick ass beer here that is like something Dogfish Head would bottle. A first class old ale for those who like malt but not excessive sweetness. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2007 04:54:34 | More by Zorro
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LongShot Old Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
88 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.