Longshot Blackened Hops - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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4.03/5 rDev +3.9%
High quality black IPA. Very roasty,with some blackened bits intentionally, lacey, black body with retained three-eighths head of beige foam head. Aromas of roast and mocha. Well balanced, slightly sweeter only at the end of the bottle. Bitterness is well controlled. Enjoyable roastiness. Excellent drinkability.Average mouthfeel.
05-25-2011 02:53:28 | More by Sammy
4/5 rDev +3.1%
Appearance: Pours a translucent dark brown with a thick mocha head that lingers and laces
Smell: Roasted black bread and coffee notes, complemented by piney hops
Taste: Opens with the black bread and roasty flavors; by mid-palate the piney hops emerge to challenge the malt; nicely balanced into the finish
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carebonation
Overall: A pretty nice stab at the style; not the best Black IPA out there but enjoyable enough
05-03-2011 01:59:55 | More by brentk56
4.05/5 rDev +4.4%
black pour with a big head of tan lacing; a near perfect balance of rich roasted malts, smoked notes, dark earthy, and piney hops. warming only brings the hops to the front even more and allows them to steal the show. quick hitting and bitter as the first sip hits your palate it was amazing how smooth and easy this one went down. nice long finish initially was wrapped in hoppy dryness
08-21-2011 17:31:12 | More by mikesgroove
3.68/5 rDev -5.2%
Bottle shared by Bobby.
A: The beer pours a dark brown color with some amber notes and a tan head with plenty of spider web lacing.
S: Dank hops with some nice citrus (grapefruit) and pine, perhaps even some spicy hop notes. The roasted malt aroma is quite strong and takes away from the hoppiness of the beer.
T: The roast really dominates the flavor. Some hints of chocolate malt and a bitterness from the roasted malts as well. A moderate citrus character and some piney hops giving bitterness as well.
M: Medium in body with a moderate carbonation.
O: A good but not great Black IPA. Could have used less roast character and brighter hops.
05-19-2011 16:10:00 | More by womencantsail
3.85/5 rDev -0.8%
For Brewery-Fresh Taste, Enjoy Before Month Notched (September).
Appearance: Pours a, well, a black body with a tight, creamyish, beige-hued head.
Smell: A nose of chocolate chunks and char from the well-malted barley teamed up with hop scents of pine and juicy citrus fruits.
Taste: Dusky, lightly sweetish taste of bittersweet chocolate, chilled coffee, and reasonably charred roasted grains. Hops bring about flavors of resinous pine, lemon peel, and also orange peel. Moderately bitter. Eventually the hop flavors drop out, leaving behind their imparted bitterness, while the chocolate and roast returns for the sweetish finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Overall: While the Honey B's Lavender Ale was the more interesting of this year's Longshot pack, I thought this was the best executed, though, I gotta tell ya, and this is no complaint against Samuel Adams, but I'm getting wearied by the real glut of Black IPA's (or whatever the hell you wanna call'm) flooding the market these days.
05-01-2011 18:42:26 | More by ChainGangGuy
4/5 rDev +3.1%
Very nice looking Black IPA. This pours out with a nice roasted dark brownish black color. The head is big and brown and leave an impressive lacing on the glass. This beer has the aroma of a big west coast IPA that really makes me wanna dive right in to this one. The taste has a great citrusy pine hop flavor up front that fades into an elegant roasted malt aftertaste. The mouthfeel is slick and smooth. This one is very good and worth having again. All 3 beers this year were quite impressive.
04-28-2011 00:00:05 | More by Knapp85
3.68/5 rDev -5.2%
Served in a Sam Adams sensory pint glass.
And the sixer is finito. This finale pours a murky garnet-sienna topped by nice finger of dirty cream foam. The nose comprises pine, cedar, light roasted malts, and mild milk chocolate. The taste is rather light and wanting on the roasted malt/chocolate aspect, but the hops are in full swing, with pine and orange rind taking center stage. The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a pretty dry finish. Overall, a pretty nice ABA, but I'd like a bit more balance to go with these hops here. Pretty easy to drink, though.
04-26-2011 07:02:42 | More by TMoney2591
4.2/5 rDev +8.2%
Great to see a local homebrewer win this for the 2nd time in a row...
Amazing pour, copious foam that billows above the rim of the glass, forming irregular yet sturdy peaks that have a whipped meringue texture. Jet black body, slightly dark brown as it was poured.
Mellow nose of roasty black malt, some initial minty green hop presence when the bottle was opened.
Rich creamy porter-like feel, bitter hop herbals, dry bakers chocolate, and mellow coffee roast blend seamlessly. Texture is really nice and the flavors are harmonious. Wish this was offered as a seasonal in six-packs.
Congrats Rodney on the 2nd Longshot win!
05-31-2011 02:52:35 | More by emerge077
4.22/5 rDev +8.8%
A - Poured out a dark, dark brown color with a two-finger, light brown, bubbly head of foam. It had nice retention and left stikcy trails of lace.
S - It smelled of roasted malt, floral notes and a touch of citrus.
T - Good roasted malt flavor with mild coffee-like notes. It had bitter, piney hops with a touch of tropical fruits.
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a very clean, dry finish.
O - This is a very good black ale. One of the best Longshot brews they've had.
05-07-2011 00:55:07 | More by zeff80
4.45/5 rDev +14.7%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a deep black color, with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is a nice blend of grassy hops, roasted malts, chocolate and some citrus.
T: The taste starts out with mildly sweet flavors of chocolate, coffee and citrus that are quickly followed by a strong hop bitterness. The malt character is very hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is best Longshot beer I’ve tried thus far and one of the best Sam Adams beers I’ve had overall, this beer is well-worth drinking for an entire evening.
06-16-2011 03:35:44 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.68/5 rDev -5.2%
A black ale but when held toward the light ruby highlights come through with a thicket of tan head. Somewhat dimpled texture, looks like rising bread dough. Fine layered lacing looks great in my glass. Aroma this has a lively citrus/grapefruit and pine hop combo busting through right away. Along with roasted dark malts with hints of herbal mint chocolate. Flavor wise dark roasted malts wrapped with hoppy herbal pine citrus and grapefruit induced hop additions. A very bitter beer, starts off like a porter and finishes with super alpha hoppiness. Not perfectly balanced but then again it's a black IPA. Mouthfeel is dry with dark roasted malt bitterness and big hops leaving their makr with each sip, medium bodied slightly slick with hop oils. Overall not a bad take on the style I'm glad this is the best one of the mixed sixer but on the other hand it doesn't say much about it.
03-27-2011 20:24:54 | More by WVbeergeek
3.83/5 rDev -1.3%
Pours mahogany with 2+ fingers of mocha colored head. Fantastic lacing & good head retention
S: Herbal & woody hops, they kind of fade over time
T: Follows the nose, some toasty malt & a touch of charred grain & some Baker's chocolate up front. Slight flinty hop edge, plus dryness as this warms, more baker's chocolate & wet charred grainyness, there's a touch of chicory too. Finishes with charred wet grain, herbal hops & some carob
MF: Medium bodied, soft carbonation, good balance
A good tale on the style, would buy this again if sold in 4 or 6 pack format
04-12-2011 03:29:47 | More by russpowell
4.08/5 rDev +5.2%
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a deep black in the glass, topped with 1 ½ fingers of tight mocha colored head. This retains with a thick ½ finger, which just showers the sides of the glass with robust creamy lacing. Great look to this! The aroma is leafy and citric smelling up front, which melds into notes of chocolate and roasted coffee, which then in turn trails off into a bit of a smoky astringency in the back of the nose.
The taste is hoppy, roasted, and tangy, all at once, with green bitter citrus set against a backdrop of smooth chocolate sweetness, and then trailing into a dark crunchy roast in the rear. Hops kick back into the finish, with a smack of grapefruit and some lingering spiciness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth crispness that flows easily in the mouth. Considering the amount of hops at play in this, I was expecting a little more crispness to the feel but the alcohol is nicely hid here, so I’m pretty much just nitpicking at this point.
Wow, this was a really well done take on a Black Ale and was probably the big winner for me out of this year’s Longshot six-pack. This really towed the line for me at times between a Black IPA and hoppy Porter but that final blast of citrusy hops sealed the deal and made me think that they nailed the style on this one. Good stuff here that I’d love to see them move into their portfolio on a regular basis.
06-02-2011 18:49:42 | More by Kegatron
4.05/5 rDev +4.4%
This beer pours a very deep brown with a slight tan rocky cap. The lace clings well, clarity is translucent and retention is also good. The smell is pretty hoppy, nice fruit with some mild citrus elements. The feel is very good -nice bitterness level with some light roasted texture and dry finish w/ mild sweetness in the middle.
I enjoy the way the hops and yeast taste in this, there is some dark roasted malt flavor, but it is definitely secondary to the hops. The hops are bitter, but also have a good amount of fruitiness. I like how the ale finishes dry. Overall I enjoyed this, I would purchase this if they decided to make it a year round offering.
03-31-2011 14:00:34 | More by Slatetank
4/5 rDev +3.1%
Pours a large lush creamy almost 2 finger head that fades semi slowly over super dark brown color with barely any light coming through, and some lacing.
Nose brings earthy malts and hops, some earthy spicy hops, light pine and citrus, some darker malts, light roast and chocolate, light caramel and vanilla.
Taste starts with creamy darker malts, light roast and chocolate malt, then plenty of hops, bitter earthy and spicy hops, light pine, chewy hops, and gets very bitter as it goes and eventually finishes very bitter, lingering bitter hops, spicy hops, some darker chewy malts, light darker roasted malts.
Mouth is medium to slightly heavier bodied, with decent carbonation.
Overall pretty good, a decent cascadian dark, plenty of dark malts and plenty of spicy earthy hops, mostly a middle of the road Cascadian Dark.
04-17-2011 02:05:23 | More by jlindros
3.7/5 rDev -4.6%
The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a large tan head. The aroma is heavy on the chocolate and roasted malts, with some pine notes mixed in as well. The flavor is a mix of pine and roasted malt. I don't get the same amount of chocolate in the flavor that I got in the aroma. Low bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
05-05-2011 04:20:30 | More by Mora2000
3.83/5 rDev -1.3%
Highly aromatic dark ale.
Attractive dark brown with well-retained carbonation and nice dollop of foam. I think this is getting to be one of my favorite categories. Lots of aromatic hops without the overpowering bitterness. Dark flavors but crisp.
Bitterness is a nice long aftertaste. Good malt, complex burnt and roasted malts. Fairly thin body, more like a strong German lager or a Doppelbock. Nice hint of sweetness, touch of pineapple, sharp and a bit woody. I think it's ready for a "real" name like "Patriots Dark Ale" and make up an IPA story about it being shipped to the colonies in America with the extra hops, blah, blah, and it would fabulous on tap in pizza places everywhere.
04-14-2011 04:44:45 | More by mactrail
4.3/5 rDev +10.8%
Tight, thick light beige head. Dark brown liquor where light passes only at the edge. Superb blanketing lace.
Nice earthy aroma with darker (unmated?) grains. Just enough hop to noticeable and subtle. A touch of chalk.
This is a very special beer. It's earthy, chewy and dark on the tongue. Then comes the hop spice--peppery and biting. The body might be the only component that is pedestrian. Wonderfully complex, even in the aftertaste. This a great beer, IMHO.
04-10-2011 22:22:10 | More by smcolw
3.75/5 rDev -3.4%
12 oz. bottle,
A: Pours black with a frothy two finger tan head, with good retention. Lots of lace.
S: Very hoppy initially with a lot of grapefruit, some coffee and roasts adds something to the mix later on.
T: Dark chocolate heavy with a very hoppy finish. Bitter melon, pine needles, white grapefruit, watermelon rind. Disjointed at times, but overall an enjoyable effort.
M: Full-bodied, thick, rich, creamy, long aftertaste - a mix of chocolate and pine that threw me for a loop.
O: A solid effort, has its good points and is well made to style. Just a bit all over the place and the flavours don't meld together that well, but this is much more of a problem at colder temperatures. Don't drink this under 50F.
03-27-2011 04:07:15 | More by Halcyondays
3.4/5 rDev -12.4%
Not a bad brew, but one that starts off better than it finishes. Pours a nice black with a fine head that sticks around and leaves some substantial lacing. Smells of toasted grains primarily, with a touch of cream and citrusy hops. The taste is similar to start, but the grains are almost charred tasting and the bitterness is primarily from them rather than the hops. The finish becomes somewhat one-dimensional as a result, and frankly tastes a little of overroasted coffee beans. A little less roastiness, a touch more malt and some more hops are needed here.
05-06-2011 02:56:26 | More by Georgiabeer
4.13/5 rDev +6.4%
(Served in an American pint glass)
Sept. 2011 date on bottle
A- This beer has a jet black body with that is dense with a thick creamy tan head that last for the full beer. It is a bit to dark to see any carbonation but there are a few tiny bubbles that trail up the side of the glass.
S- The woody herbal hop aroma is full with a soft faint pine and black roasted malt hint to follow.
T- The clean flavor has Noble hop and woody hop flavors with some citrus hops growing in the finish as the beer warms. There is a soft pine pungency and hint of black malt that linger after each sip.
M- The full mouthfeel is added by the creamy texture of the head. There is no alcohol heat noticed.
O- This beer is pretty clean and lagered in flavor but the Northwest coast hops are full and a bit pungent with the pine notes covering the faint black malt notes. This is very drinkable especially at 7.00%.
06-07-2011 21:54:47 | More by rhoadsrage
Longshot Blackened Hops from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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