Longshot Derf's Secret Alt - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.33/5 rDev -11%
reviewed from old notes.
12oz bottle poured into a lager glass.
A: Burnt sienna color, good clarity. Creamy tan head retains well. Foamy lacing.
S: Bready and crusty. Toast. Hints of dark caramel and molasses. Soft grassy and floral hopping. Very clean. Simple and muted nose.
T: Crust. Nutty, brown cocoa. Molasses and caramel. Hints of currant and raspberry. Spicy alcohol. Sweet. Dry herbal hops stay in the background. Nutty, cocoa, caramel finish.
M: Large in body. Thick and chewy. Syrupy. Full and very rich. Low carbonation.
O: A very large beer that sits heavily on the palate. Rather one-dimensional and too simplistic.
10-05-2013 15:46:51 | More by ryan1788a5
4.49/5 rDev +20.1%
Appearance - caramel brown pour, a sticky light mocha head crests at about a finger. Lots of lacy residue.
Aroma - big, sweet caramel and malt. Reminds me of a barleywine but with more grain presence.
Taste - chewy, robust grains mixed with light citrus and raisiny flavor. A nice twangy syrupy bite, like a tangy orange. Mellow abv warming. Finishes lightly bitter and slowly but increasingly dry. Some delicious Kahlua-like notes as it warms.
Mouthfeel - very smooth for feeling so crisp in the mouth. Big, weighty beer, great fit for this one.
Overall - an ideal fall beer for the fireside, though a few too many will feel like a hammer to the head tomorrow. Too bad there's only two per sixer, I'd by a dozen of these.
09-24-2013 02:24:53 | More by brewdlyhooked13
3.74/5 rDev 0%
Clear, very dark red beer with a dark beige cap. Good head retention, sticky lacing. Aromas of raisins, figs, malt, dried fruit, faint alcohol and grain. Mostly the same in the flavour, but with low bitterness, a caramel/buttery edge, and a dried fruit/alcohol character in the finish. Slightly dry with soft carbonation, a medium/full body and mild alcohol warmth. Although a little on the plain side, it was a pleasant beer and fruitier than expected -- everything came together quite nicely.
08-18-2013 20:10:36 | More by DrJay
3.86/5 rDev +3.2%
Sam Adams Longshot : Derf's Secret Alt
Boston Beer Co.
This review is my 1924th, and is dedicated to my grandfather who was born in that year. A Longshot to survive his battles in WWII, he still enjoys a good beer now and then.
LOOK: Pours a cloudy orange color, with a good bit of froth that laces a little then recedes to a ring. This looks the part of an imperial strength Altbier, an unfiltered one at that.
SMELL: Notes of caramelized malts, toasty bread, orange marmalade and some warming alcohol.
TASTE: Fully malty, with a small citrus and warming alcohol. Nutty malts, roast, mild licorice and grains are all detectable. Had a subtle fruity yeast note and a slight vinous quality. Hops lend a citrusy, solidly bitter flavor. Alcohol is felt more than tasted, but lingers around
FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated, surprisingly light for the alcohol range. Drinks with some heat, and has a hop/alcohol bite to it which dries it out a bit.
OVERALL: A solid strong lager that drinks smoothly and provides a good kick. The hops are a good touch, but I would have gone with a more noble variety here. Still a fine brew, made broadly in the vein of a strong German Alt. I thought this was a well made version of an Altbier with an American notion of extreme abv that could not be denied.
05-11-2013 23:07:07 | More by Stinkypuss
3.15/5 rDev -15.8%
(Served in a Sam Adams glass)
A- This beer pours a dense glowing garnet body with a light tan head of thick foam that last a good bit.
S- The slight sweet malt aroma has a soft dry hop finish.
T- The toffee note has a slight sweet green nougat hop note in the finish with a fruity hint and sweet malt note lingering. The sweet taste grows cloying as the beer opens.
M- The medium-full mouthfeel is creamy with a tight fizz and a soft alcohol heat warmth.
O- This beer is a bit thick like milk and the melanodin flavor is the strongest malt flavor with not a lot of grain character or hops for the alcohol level.
04-30-2013 15:35:05 | More by rhoadsrage
Longshot Derf's Secret Alt from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 257 ratings.