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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

256 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 256
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.05%
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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains raisins and other fruits, caramelized malts, brown sugar and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with flavors of caramel, brown sugar and raisins. Then a hearty malt character comes in along with a touch of an alcohol bite. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, not too filling, decent representation of style, it’s a solid beer but there are others in the style that I would choose first.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of jheezee
4/5  rDev +5.8%

jheezee, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of JohneHoodlum
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

JohneHoodlum, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of alamode
4/5  rDev +5.8%

alamode, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +5.8%

THECPJ, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of rab53
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

rab53, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of tzieser
5/5  rDev +32.3%

tzieser, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of EasyReader
4/5  rDev +5.8%

EasyReader, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Exiled, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Jstark5150
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Jstark5150, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of yankeej13
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A nice heavy redish color, kinda cloudy with a mellow carbonation with a small rim of foam.

S- Has a pretty potent smell, can most def pick out the caramel and raisen.

T- It truly packs a nice punch right off. Has a heavy carmael taste with a mellow raisen finish. Has a hearty full body taste to it.

M- Drinkability is ok def take you a bit to finish. A heavy flow that comes along. More on the heavy side. Very enjoyable

Overall great beer, took a little while for my tastebuds to fully register all the malts.

yankeej13, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of OWSLEY069
2.75/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to light brown color with a small off white head. In the aroma, small malt and a hint of earth. In the taste, malty and earthy, with small hints of fruit. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry fruit in the aftertaste. Mellow and hides ABV, quite fruity and easy to drink.

OWSLEY069, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a brilliant clear ruby, topped with 1 ½ fingers of foamy light tan head. This retains with a rich ½ finger that showers the sides of the glass with a frothy cascade of lacing. The aroma has some sweet heft to it, with notes of toffee, cocoa, fusel alcohol, spice, fruity orange, leafy hops, a bit of roastiness, and a touch of tobacco. Lot of complexity here!

The taste is a smooth blend of citric orange, caramel, creamy vanilla, sweet alcohol, some light roasted malt character, and a bit of leafy hops on the backend. There’s a lot of dryness in the finish, with a lingering sweetness and warmth to this that sees some dark fruit emerge as well as this warms. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied and extremely slick feeling, which sits underneath a light creamy carbonation. This is just VERY smooth in the mouth, with no stinging alcohol present whatsoever besides the flavors here from the ABV.

This is another great entry from the Longshot Class of 2010, with a rich complexity and super easy feeling body for the size. This is another one that I would have loved to have squirreled some bottles away of!

Kegatron, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This old ale pours out as a copperish red color with a decent head on it. The lacing is pretty nice looking at first but faded with time. The smell was sweet with some sugar aromas and fruit on the nose. The taste had a light boozey warmth with the sugary dark fruity keeping it alive. There was a slight hoppiness to it but not much. The mouthfeel was a little thick. Overall it was a pretty nice brew.

Knapp85, May 31, 2011
Photo of harrymel
2.68/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Let's see what a year did for this...

A: Pours a burnt copper ale with a single finger of peanut head which falls quickly to a sheet of the same. Rare spotting lacing. Excellent clarity.

S: Caramel, toffee, sugar, subdued hops. Hints of butterscotch, butter, candy. Although not strong, intriguing.

T: Too bad, the taste doesn't follow the nose. A bit astringent, alcoholic, sharp. Not as much sweetness and complexity as adverted in the nose.

M: Thin for the style. Medium carb. Slightly slicking.

O: Not aging gracefully.

harrymel, May 24, 2011
Photo of nimrod979
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a fairly clear reddish-copper color with a big off-white head with some decent lacing. Complex malty caramel, and nutty aroma. Fruity with raisin and banana aromas as well. Taste is sweet, malty. Dark fruits are prominent throughout, Notes of brown sugar, before a slightly bittering and alcohol warming finish comes through. Full-bodied and soft carbonation. Overall, not something I really love but I supposed a well rounded beer that has fairly interesting and complex features. It's a little sweet for me and does kind of put me to mind as a not so intense barleywine.

nimrod979, May 08, 2011
Photo of RunForYourBeer
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark brown/red with a thin off white head.

S: Dark fruits. Raisin and some plumb with a hint of alcohol.

T: Some brown sugar along with the dark fruit from the smell. Finishes with some slight hop bitterness and alcohol warmth.

M: Medium, some noticeable carbonation.

O: Good beer, drinkable for the strength. Lots of sweet flavors from malts.

RunForYourBeer, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of angrybabboon
2.95/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Review adapted from notes taken 10/1/10

Appearance: An interesting brown/red/amber, clear with some white head

Smell: Tons of malts and alcohol in the nose - lots of caramel, too - smells way too sweet, and it doesn't get much better, even at room temperature

Taste: Much like the smell, there is way too much sweetness and alcohol - I used the phrase "overcooked malt bomb" in my notes, but in retrospect that seems harsh - this was not a bad beer, but I personally would not call it good - the high level of sweetness is only increased by some interesting fruity esters - malts are on the dark side, kind of reminds me of a brown ale in terms of flavor - not exactly what I was looking for

Mouthfeel: Too thin to handle the copious malt sweetness - otherwise, the carbonation is good

Overall: Too sweet for me, I wouldn't call this drinkable

This is one of those beers that I could imagine someone enjoying... But I personally did not love it. It kind of tasted like a barleywine gone wrong. Maybe I should have let it sit for a year or two.

angrybabboon, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"It is inevitable that some defeat will enter even the most victorious life. The human spirit is never finished when it is defeated... it is finished when it surrenders."

--Ben Stein

Glowing topaz topped by a creamy crown of orangish ivory cream that filled the upper third of the snifter on the pour. Gradual meltage, splendid looks while doing so, and a high collar of thick lace all combine to earn the good score.

The aroma is less impressive. It's toasted and earthy, with some background contribution from caramel and almost no hoppiness. No alcohol is a plus, but there needs to be some sort of hook to draw the drinker in.

Old Ben is a little more accomplished on the palate. Time, and the next 11 ounces, will tell if it's enough to enter the realm of the soldily good. For whatever reason, this LongShot brew tastes English. Samuel Adams, as one of the leaders of the American revolution, was definitely anti-red coat, but I'm sure he'd still approve.

The passage of time and several more degrees have done wonderful things to the flavor profile. OBA has become deeper and more complex... which is the way it's supposed to work. Specifics include toasted brown bread, caramel, sugared pecans, medium-dark fruit, and hints of black tea leaves. Splendid job of alcohol masking as well.

The mouthfeel works well with either sipping or gulping. The former is recommended so that flavor transfer can be maximized. A luscious creaminess is more than hinted at on the suprisingly long finish. Very close to very good.

Michael Robinson's Old Ben Ale is another in a long line of LongShot successes. Whoever judges this competition knows what good beer is all about. And so will you if you're lucky enough to have cellared a few bottles of this enjoyable old ale.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of rlshep
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Dark fruit, plum, raisins. A lot of burnt caramel and breadiness, with a hint of dark chocolate.

Appearance: Dark Amber color. Pours thick, creamy, long lasting, off-white head, three-finger head. Lots of lacing. Lots of carbonation. Very clear.

Flavor: Plum and raisin stand out. Maltiness takes center stage wile citrusy American hops play in the background. Dark caramel leaves a burnt sugar taste. Low bitterness. Hints of vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Sticky sweetness stays on tongue. Alcohol noticeable and warming. High mouthfeel, high carbonation.

Overall: A good beer. Caramel/sugary sweetness too cloyingly my tastes. I love the fruit and mixture of citrusy hops in background. I wish the whole Longshot six pack was of this beer.

rlshep, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of warnerry
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 8/28/10

Nice translucent amber with one finger of quickly dissipating head.

Smell is mostly caramel malts with faint aroma of raisins and a hint of alcohol.

Similar to the smell, taste is primarily sweet caramel malts with some raisin. A nice small amount of bitterness on the finish.

Very creamy mouthfeel, coats the mouth and lingers.

I am enjoying it, but one is enough. Then again, I seem to feel this way about most old ales. The heavy malt character makes it a filling brew. Enjoyable.

warnerry, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of sauron681
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruby amber color, very clear with a thick head and nice sticky lacing. Very low carbonation. Aroma of malt, sour fruits and toast.
Very thick and syrupy in the mouth, with hints of caramel malt, burnt fruits and also an aftertaste of scorched caramel.
This is a nice winter warmer beer without the spices and harshness.

sauron681, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of wisrarebeer
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: nice copper color, good bubbles with nice head
S: I really liked the nose of this beer, malty, malty, malty, like it should be, reminded me a bit of a German doppelbock in maltiness, EtOH noticeable
T: very nice, chewy, chocolaty, burnt malt, with a correctly balanced amount of hops (read, not overly hopped like most American beers), true to style as an English Old Ale but the ABV is too high for contemporary old ales
M: very smooth with rounded malt qualities
D: drinkable but ABV is noticeable and hotness is slightly evident, a few notches down in ABV (7%) would probably be better

wisrarebeer, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 04/23/2010:

12 oz bottle at 48 degrees into a snifter.

A: It pours a mostly clear burgundy color with a finger of white fluff that has poor retention but laces well.

S: Cherries, raisins, dates, licorice, and brandy.

T: Molasses, sweet dark fruits, licorice, a mild hoppiness, and some smoke.

M: It has a very thick body texture with an oily feel and palate-sticking flavors.

D: This is actually quite drinkable. Unfortunately the sixer only comes with two of these in it.

bucklemyshoe, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of jrallen34
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my Narke glass...Medium clear copper with a light amber tint. A big tope head with great retention and lacing...The aroma is malty caramel with a hoppy finish, some dark fruits and alcohol, quadish. Not bad, average...Taste again is very malty with raisins, and dark fruits, light hop finish. A quad light, easy to drink but nothing is outstanding. Can't recommend it but I wouldn't pass on a free one.

jrallen34, Jan 14, 2011
LongShot Old Ben Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 256 ratings.