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Longshot Derf's Secret Alt - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Longshot Derf's Secret AltLongshot Derf's Secret Alt

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256 Ratings

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Ratings: 256
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.1%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: AmericanGothic on 03-16-2012)
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Reviews by BucannonXC5:
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3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up the Longshot series from BevMo in Mission Valley, San Diego, Calif. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. About 2 ½ fingers of head. Color was a malty reddish brown. Heavy tan lacing on the top that had average retention.

Lots of different flavors on the nose that came together nicely at the end. Got the malts up front that reminded me a bit of a Rogue Dead Ale or a more wintery beer. Newcastle comes to mind quickly. Toffee, caramel, light chocolate and some candy.

The taste was a bit different than the smell and what I was expecting. Basically an even thicker, maltier version of the smell. Malty is the theme of this beer. Toffee, caramel, light chocolate, light coffee and a bit of roasty nuts.

Medium-to-full body. Creamy, sticky texture. Below average carbonation. Dirty, grimy, smooth finish.

Good first beer for me from this six-pack (two beers each of different kinds). Like I said earlier, malts dominates this beer. Very strong and I already feel it about ¾ of the way down through a pint.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 07:07:23 | More by BucannonXC5
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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.

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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.

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Longshot Derf's Secret Alt from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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