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LongShot Old Ben Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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LongShot Old Ben AleLongShot Old Ben Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

255 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 255
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.32%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: smcolw on 04-02-2010)
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Reviews by Fnord:
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Fnord

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Clear, light reddish-brown with a large, dense, and persistent off-white head.

Smell - Alcohol, brown sugar, dates, resin, and pine.

Taste - The alcohol and sweet toffee flavors come right out, and give way to a very warm sensation on the throat. I got some cherry and oak in the middle this time. Hops are present, but they're letting the malts have the spotlight. Rather kind of them, I think.

Mouthfeel - Thick and creamy with medium carbonation.

Drinkability - Good for the alcohol content.

Notes - It says on the bottle to enjoy it on a cool evening. Unfortunately, I waited until summer to buy it, I live in Texas, and I'm too poor to get my A/C fixed, so I'll never have the chance to try it when the warming sensation is welcome. However, everything else about this beer is extremely welcome, making this the best Longshot this year. It makes me wish we had more of the style around here.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 15:41:13 | More by Fnord
More User Reviews:
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - a reddish peachy cast to the sunset orange brew. A thin but sticky manila cover on top with an impressive bead underneath.

Aroma - caramel and biscuit malt, nice but not overly complex.

Taste - licorice and grain up front, sweet but not sugary. The hops provide a little balance - they are quite faded at this point to do much else. Really shows off the malts. Somewhat shallow to me, like the malt bill was retrained, resulting in a dryer tasting ale. Finishes clean as a result, hints of anise and abv heat in the wake.

Mouthfeel - fluffy, light on the body, I'm cool with it.

Overall - it's good but it doesn't show depth of flavor. Despite, one of the better longshots.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2014 03:56:12 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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zestar

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

05-21-2014 04:50:31 | More by zestar
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beagle75

Iowa

3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Murky, light amber color with less than one finger of diminishing white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Chewy treacle and concentrated grape fruit preside over a bready foundation. Yeast influences practically disappear between the bread and dark fruit. Qualities are predictable in quality, but show considerable depth. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins sweet, with toasted malt and rich toffee. Acidity is high into the middle where flavor qualities become saccharine and very shallow. The finish is fairly bitter for the style, but with enough dark crystal roast and vanilla hints to redeem the profile. No alcohol is detected.

M: Thick viscosity, acidic and slightly syrupy on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Aside from the pleasing and decadent smell, this strong ale underwhelms. The bottom seems to drop out of the flavor profile in the second act, which is unfortunate because up until that point the taste was fairly congruent (in a good way) with the smell. For the abv, a beer of this style ought to resonate with more consistent and interesting flavors.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 01:10:58 | More by beagle75
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csfcmitchell

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

03-17-2014 17:15:50 | More by csfcmitchell
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

12-25-2013 19:40:33 | More by LXIXME
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best by date of September 2010; Sampled April 2012 & stored in my fridge the whole time
A steady pour into my tulip glass produces a four finger thic, lightly amber tinged, dark tan colored head that leaves an expansive, though light, layer of lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a concentrated amber color that shows a lightly hazed, golden red-amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of savory malt (that is boosted by age / oxidation), lots of caramelized malt character, some slightly nutty toasted whole grain character, and an interesting bright cherry character that comes out as you take a deep draught of the nose. The cherry / fruit note adds an unexpected, though still balanced, dimension that I wasn’t expecting.

Fairly thick and viscous feeling as it first hits my palate, but it isn’t really all that sweet. The malt has a richness to it more than a sweetness, there is a significant toasted brown grain character, complex caramelized notes that are significantly rounded by a light oxidation (this is purely positive at this point as it helps cut the percieved sweetness). There is something like a light tartness here that doesn’t seem out of place. The fruit character seems to have more of a prune like leaning to it rather than the cherry note that was in the aroma. The oxidation also boosts a rich nuttiness in this beer, though the oxidation itself remains well in check.

The age on this beer seems to fit it quite well at this point; I can’t say for sure that it will improve any more after this, and if you have been storing this warmer than at 50°F it might be over-the-hill, though I would expect this particular bottle to be quite drinkable for at least a couple more years if I had not opened it.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 02:28:26 | More by Gueuzedude
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

09-29-2013 07:54:10 | More by ejimhof
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

09-02-2013 02:00:50 | More by jaydoc
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Drknight

Virginia

4/5  rDev +5.8%

06-10-2013 01:41:08 | More by Drknight
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

04-23-2013 06:21:57 | More by Kelp
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Budinetz

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.6%

02-04-2013 19:35:57 | More by Budinetz
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +5.8%

08-26-2012 18:10:49 | More by t0rin0
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been sitting on this for a while, I'm surprised I haven't already reviewed it.
Served at room temperature it pours a medium copper color with a huge milky white head that takes forever to retreat and sticks lots of lace on the way down. Lots of dark sugar and sweet dark fruits fill the aroma. There's a hint of sherry and a touch of alcohol, but they meld nicely. The flavor is sweet and malty with a solid warming alcohol that I can trace as it flows southward. Lots of sweet dark sugars with light citrus and darker dried fruits in the flavor. Almost like a marmalade thing going on too. Medium to thick body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. Nice beer, but a bit sweet and still a bit hot which is odd.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 00:40:05 | More by johnnnniee
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womencantsail

California

3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a darkish amber color with an off-white head. Strong aromas of caramel and toffee. There is a good brown sugar and toasted bread note to it and perhaps a little bit of dark fruit character. Pretty nice nose to this. The flavor is a bit less robust, but still enjoyable. A hint of vanilla to go along with the caramel and toffee. Mild molasses and brown sugar and just a touch of black cherry.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 18:29:16 | More by womencantsail
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crobinso

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

06-24-2012 00:40:22 | More by crobinso
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cowboy83

New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

06-06-2012 15:03:41 | More by cowboy83
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40451

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

05-19-2012 01:07:00 | More by 40451
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chrispoint

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -14%

04-11-2012 05:51:41 | More by chrispoint
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durwood64

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

03-08-2012 23:16:31 | More by durwood64
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imperialking

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

01-21-2012 01:09:51 | More by imperialking
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RBlaszak

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

01-13-2012 18:14:24 | More by RBlaszak
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jsanford

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Snifter.

Pours a clear copper with a thin, creamy off-white head that settles to a slight ring and spotty haze. Aromas of sweet caramel, toffee, raisins, and baked bread with some piney, resinous hops. Taste is similar to the nose, pleasantly sweet and nicely balanced between the caramel, raisins and fairly pungent pine and citrus hops. Mouthfeel is smooth, slightly sticky, with a touch-over-medium bodied and good carbonation. Overall a very nice surprise from the SA Longshot pack, I'm glad I have another to age a bit longer!

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 04:36:02 | More by jsanford
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Sinewave

Texas

3/5  rDev -20.6%

01-01-2012 23:29:06 | More by Sinewave
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buckyp

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-01-2012 02:54:00 | More by buckyp
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LongShot Old Ben Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 255 ratings.