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Longshot Blackened Hops - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Ratings: 246
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.82%
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:
Beer added by: silentjay on 03-17-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
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

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of yankeej13
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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!

Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Photo of JamesS
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
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

Photo of zaphodchak
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.

Photo of BierFan
4.23/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of adam42381
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of Haybeerman
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.

Photo of GossageBrewery
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of secondtooth
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of jondeelee
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Longshot Blackened Hops from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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