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Longshot Blackened Hops - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
87
very good

242 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 242
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: silentjay on 03-17-2011)
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -22.7%

11-20-2011 14:59:13 | More by jenray
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bacher468

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -22.7%

11-19-2011 12:08:52 | More by bacher468
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GorgonSed

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-18-2011 04:25:01 | More by GorgonSed
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thearsenal

Ohio

2/5  rDev -48.5%

11-16-2011 20:11:04 | More by thearsenal
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Pamola

Vermont

4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-16-2011 17:21:06 | More by Pamola
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JimboHD2005

Illinois

2/5  rDev -48.5%

11-15-2011 18:03:33 | More by JimboHD2005
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Jstark5150

California

4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-14-2011 21:13:36 | More by Jstark5150
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-14-2011 14:34:30 | More by justintcoons
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OsuJohn

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- a black beer, with creamy colored foam. Looks like Guinness.

S- there are hints of coffee and malty aromas.

T- roasted malt, coffee,

M- creamy, heavy beer. It coats your mouth with every sip.

O- you have to be in the mood for this. If you drink Guinness you know what I'm talking about. This could be the best beer if this is what your looking for or too much if your not prepaired

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 05:17:25 | More by OsuJohn
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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Probably the most beautiful pour I've seen. Sizable chocolate colored head almost "rolled" up the pint glass and stuck around for a long while. Black as night, a little deep coffee color at the edges. Great lacing. Smelled of a little coffee and chocolate, and burnt malts. Hints of hops on the nose, mainly a pine-y scent.

Burnt malts and coffee were very prominent. The hops didn't really kick in towards the end. Pretty good, but not as good as the pour made me anticipate. Aftertaste wasn't real big, just a little hops on it. Felt kind of thick, about like milk on the palate. Still drinkable, but definitely one you'd nurse for a bit.

I really like this one. It's kind of out of my normal taste for a darker beer, but I liked this one. I might try to find more before its all gone. A great beer with the cold weather coming up.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 17:24:28 | More by boilermakerbrew
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yankeej13

Florida

4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Last of the three longshots so, time to rate it.

A- Pours out a nice black color with a mild head of brown foam that quickly fades away. Little carbonation.

S- Has a really nice hearty smell to it. A nice robust smell, great hoppiness smell as well as citrus and piney smell.

T- Extremely hearty a nice robust taste, nice piney citrus hops right out of the gate. Has a creamy mid palette. Has a great sweet finish.

M- Has a good drinkability, a nice hearty flavor that leaves your mouth with a nice smooth sweet finish.

Overall- Out of the sixpack this was my favorite of the three beers. Great bold intense flavor, very happy with this. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 01:05:37 | More by yankeej13
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bucklemyshoe

Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: It pours a nearly opaque black color with two fingers of off-white head.

S: Lots of roastiness, citrusy hops, oily nuts, and chocolate.

T: A perfect marriage of porter and IPA; delicious.

M: It has medium body thickness and a very smooth finish.

O: It is a very nice Black ale. One of the best I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 16:00:22 | More by bucklemyshoe
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JamesS

Indiana

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured an excellent black with some very nice head and very nice lacing. Excellent scent, with some nice roasted grains, a decent sweetness, and a nice bittery (half-citrusy) hop aroma. Nice flavor, with a good merging of malts and hops; they all balance each other quite nicely with roasted grains, sweet malt, and bitter hop hits. Goes down very well.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 18:37:29 | More by JamesS
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 17:31:12 | More by mikesgroove
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zaphodchak

Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Two fingers of well-retaining khaki head and an almost opaque amber body. Liberal lacing.

Smell is of hops and perhaps orange peel?

Plenty of hops up fromt, some grapefruit, but chocolatey finish with plenty of malt.

Super-creamy and smooth mouthfeel.

Very good-- could make me like hops yet. Drinkable and very flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 01:10:57 | More by zaphodchak
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BierFan

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Big cascading light brown head on a very dark brown/black body. Great head retention. Mostly piney hops in the nose. Some roast and alcohol as it warms. This might just be the best black ale I've ever had. Hops and malt really come together in the taste to form a roasty, piney tongue blanket of awesome. I apologize for the hyperbole, but I'm really loving this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 07:23:27 | More by BierFan
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adam42381

Florida

4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 12 ounce bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a dark cola brown, almost black, with a 2 finger creamy light tan head consisting of very fine carbonation bubbles. Excellent head retention and perfect lacing. I don't see how it could look any better.

Smell: Piney hops with a touch of citrus and a hint of malt in the background.

Taste: Pine and sweat cream-like malt up front followed by toasted malt the middle before ending with lemon zest and burnt toast at the finish. Aftertaste is a mix of burnt toast and hoppy bitterness. Very well-balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full-bodied with a fairly high amount of carbonation. Goes down smooth.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. I could see myself drinking several of these in one sitting. The slightly elevated ABV% is well-masked.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. While I admit I haven't had more than a handful of American Black Ales, this one is the best I've had. This is easily one of the best Sam Adams products I've tasted and think they could do well by releasing this full-time. If you can still find one, give it a shot.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 20:42:24 | More by adam42381
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Haybeerman

Colorado

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep, dark brown/black color; no light. Poured a massive 4 finger light brown head with good retention to a 2 finger cap. Lots of sticky lace.

S: Sharp grapefruit, citrus and floral hop character. Rich toasted malt aromas - burnt toast, chocolate - in the background.

T: Like the nose but the toasted malts are much more prominent. Resiny hop feel transitions to bitter, balancing finish.

M: Medium to full body. Moderate carbonation. Resiny and dry on the palate.

O: Lots of malt and hop character and nicely balanced.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 21:15:05 | More by Haybeerman
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GossageBrewery

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this American Black Ale from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The ale poured a dark coffee black color, it produced a thin tan head, retention was average and it leaves behind think sticky lacing all over the pint glass. The aroma is full of roasted dark malt, coffee, mild chocolate and piney hops. The ale is smooth, creamy, and full bodied. The taste is a nicely balanced mixture of roasted malt, coffee, and piney hops. Overall, Above average.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 20:22:40 | More by GossageBrewery
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secondtooth

Indiana

4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black, with massive head of tan froth. Dense, thick, and impenetrable lace.

Hoppy aroma, some roastiness. Quite appealing.

Taste is a delicious melding of hoppy orange and pine tones, accented by some chocolatey dark malts.

A delightful, hoppy, rich,and satisfying dark ale. Probably my favorite of the Longshot series.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 14:12:05 | More by secondtooth
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Blackened Hops may look black, but the nose speaks of a greater variety of ingredients than just charred grains. Those grains are present, of course, lending aromas of deeply toasted bread and faint hints of ash, but what steals the aroma show is a brilliant burst of hops, which provide a bright, citrusy, lemon-and-pine counter to the ashes.

On the tongue, the beer is equally divided between dark and light, on the one hand having distinct espresso, ash, and tobacco notes that are more likely to be found in a stout, and on the other having an IPA-like burst of lemon and grapefruit rind, and all that atop a good bed of caramelized brown sugars. The beer is fairly well balanced between these tones, such that one does not overwhelm the other, though the hops do end up stealing the show near the end and dominating the long-lasting aftertaste (though a few smidgens of ash do creep their way in). Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium to medium-high.

Overall, I'm perhaps as torn on how to review this beer as the beer is divided within itself. Part of me likes the audacity and brashness of the invention and thinks the result quite drinkable and tasty, but the other half keeps thinking "grapefruit rind and burnt toast," and wants a bit more subtlety and nuance. Very worth a try, but keep in mind that some might find this experiment overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 02:28:42 | More by jondeelee
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aubuc1

Florida

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle dated best before september 2011.

Pours almost black with a very thick tan head.

Fint hops buried under a roasty, chocolatey, coffeish malt.

Taste is a charred and chocolate. Simple and rich.

Mouthfeel is very rich and creamy.

Overall this is a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 00:56:01 | More by aubuc1
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Apellonious

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours black, four finger head. Huge release, and it was poured correctly.

S - chocolate, roasted barley

T - chocolate, hops, some strange licorice type aftertaste.

M - decent though lacking carbonation (probably related to the four finger head mentioned earlier), sticky

O - Definitely an acquired taste. Recommended to try. Would like try it on tap.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 02:08:05 | More by Apellonious
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buschbeer

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It pours dark brown with ruby highlights. It is topped with one finger of mocha head.

S - I can definitely smell the floral hops.

T - I get all hops up front. It finishes with roasted malt. There is some mild hop bitterness in the middle. I enjoy all of the flavors.

M - Medium

O - I like how this beer offers a variety of tastes through each swallow.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 23:01:42 | More by buschbeer
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark ruby. Almost black. Thick crop of light brown head. Good retention and nice lacing. Nice aroma of roasted malts and piney hops. Good blend. This blend carries nicely to the flavor. This black IPA tends to tip the balance more on the side of the roasted malt and coffee tones. The pine and citrus is there as well, but the pendulum swings to the "black" part of this beer...and that's not a bad thing. It's a very flavorful easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 21:34:59 | More by Bighuge
Longshot Blackened Hops from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
87 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.