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LongShot Old Ale | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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88
very good
207 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
207
Ratings:
233
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
12.76%
 
 
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LongShot Old AleLongShot Old Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by billybob on 01-20-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 207 | Ratings: 233
Photo of mcallister
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks good. Deep garnet/mahagony with a thick tannish head that fades moderately and leaves trace lacing.

Honeyed graham cracker, toffee, and alcohol are most present in the aroma. Hints of caramel, milk chocolate, fig, sweet hops, and thick malty goodness as well.

Very nicely balanced with good complexity. Large on the toffee malt and slightly sweet but not cloying at all. RS is about perfect actually. Nice carbonation and a hint of alcohol. Graham cracker makes an appearance in the taste as well. Dried fig, caramel, and dusty earth round out the flavors.

Mouth is medium and leaves a long finish. I could find myself drinking many of these. Than again I love Old Ales in general.

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Photo of Ego
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

eyes...
quite the fluffy head for an old ale, off white and about half a finger maintained, a brown ruby hybrid, lacing is good, plenty of carbonation. pretty solid.

nose...
malty and aromatic alcohol (like some good stiff bourbon), a trace of hop leaf which almost smells like spice, it almost has a sherry like aroma as well... nice job.

taste etc...
the carbonation is interesting in this one, the actual depth of flavor seems lacking at first... but then you remember the ABV here and wonder what sort of magic was used to hide it, thick and malty, near chewy in the mouth, a nice little twang of bitterness in the aftertaste

verdict?
way too easy drinking for the ABV, a tribute to the recipe. Nice on a cold crappy jersey night.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this brew pours a wounderful mohogany with highlights of copper and hints of red from the light, it pouurs very vicious and does not reviel much of a head.
the aroma is very thick with malty goodness and has some under laying hints of alcohol which made me take a seond look at the bottle and i realized it was 10.6%, there is a good amount of carmelized malt aroma and some sweetness.
the flavor is very malty, boarding on sweet, i has a great hop flavor, kinda spicy and herbal, carmelized malt and a hint of alcohol, some fruity esters hint of peaches.
these are very cool beers, what a dream come true to have sam adams make you homebrew recipe. this beer get a 5 - exceptional in the coolness factor.

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Photo of Hefe
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich brown colour with thick sticky cream coloured head. The nose is malty and sweet, with a slightly alcoholic, bite. There is no hot alcohol nip however in the taste, all toffeeish malt, sweet overripe fruits, molasses, and milk chocolate. Mouthfeel is uber-rich with a very lasting finish. I did savour this over a period of an hour or so, rich but not cloying, great drinkability.

Well done!

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Photo of nortmand
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown-red pour with a sturdy tan head.

Huge malty nose. Caramel molasses And the faintest of resiny hops.

Raisin sweet up front, honey and molasses mid tongue. By the end, there is this fantastic grainy malt character and a balancing bitterness.

Huge body and fairly drinkable, the alcohol is well hidden. Balance is the name of the game with this brew.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
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!!!!

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Photo of billybob
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 american homebrew contest winner came in a six beer box with two other contest winners brew of two bottles each. pours a dark mahogany color with a two finger head, fair head retention and lacing. smell is fruity, caramel, toffee, and coffee. taste very sweet coffee and cherry flavor. mouthfeel heavy and slick, oily smooth feel on the tongue. this is a high test ale so i don't think you need to drink to many.

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LongShot Old Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
88 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.