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Longshot A Dark Night In Munich - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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83
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266 Ratings
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Ratings: 266
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: AmericanGothic on 03-17-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 266 | Reviews: 128
Photo of chefhatt
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I poured this beer and it has a dark brownish color body(almost like ice tea) with no head to it. The smell has a roasty choc malt aroma to it. The taste is malty with a little choc and a bread, doughnut flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth and overall pretty tasty.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - a dark caramel, iced tea hue, a finger of smooth even mocha foam. Some lacing down the sides for a nice touch.

Aroma - notes of dough, yeast, chocolate, a bit of cola.

Taste - lightly roasted malts with a definite sweet edge. Cola, a note of anise. Ends sweetly with a tickle of hops.

Mouthfeel - weighty, smooth, fluffy carbonation is medium but almost feels less so.

Overall - would buy a sixer of these. Good stuff.

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from old notes.
12oz bottle poured into a lager glass.

A: Brown in color with caramel shades. Tight beige head, great retention. Plenty of foamy lacing coating the glass in sheets.

S: Brown sugar, brown cocoa, caramel, crust. Rich and inviting. Hints of floral hopping and dried herbs.

T: Brown molasses up front. Brown cocoa and nutty flavors. Bread crust. Dried grass and tame herbal hops in the background. Hint of vague fruit and perhaps just the slightest suggestion of alcohol. Finishes with lingering caramel, molasses, and cocoa.

M: Medium bodied. Full-ish. Rounded and creamy. Moderate carbonation.

O: Well executed, an all-around good brew.

Photo of dwren89
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: molassesy brown with a nice dark and medium brown mix, thick tan head, great clarity

Aroma: malty sweet, great bread and molasses notes with some dark fruit hints as well. No noticeable hop aroma, clean yeast character

Taste: great depth of malt character spanning the same bready and molasses notes found in the aroma. A nice balanced and crisp finish that leaves just a hit of of sweetness and fruitiness

Mouthfeel: crisp, medium bodied lager feel, medium carbonation

Overall: Delicious example of the German classic dunkel. This definitely took me back to sitting in the Munich beer halls sucking down dunkels by the liter. Great balance with slight residual sweetness and a little fruitiness on the finish.

4.0/5

Photo of DrJay
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear reddish brown with a fluffy beige cap. Good head retention, sticky lacing. Nutty and bready aroma, malt with a hint of cola and cocoa, molasses, faint raisin. Medium bitterness with a bit of lingering bitterness. Malty, nutty and bready, slightly grainy, slightly sweet, brown sugar. Grain husk astringency, creamy carbonation, medium body, decent texture overall. Easy drinking.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.24/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

LOOK: Pours a clear dark amber color, with a pillowy froth, not much lace.

SMELL: Highly caramelized Munich malts, giving off sweet bready notes as well as toffee, caramel and multi grain toast.

TASTE: Malty, very authentic tasting dunkel beer. Mild leafy, citrusy hops are kept well in check but add a pleasant bitterness to the toasty caramel malt profile. Has just a touch of clove like spice. Perhaps more fuller bodied and richer than many of the style, that is hardly a complaint.

FEEL: Full bodied, well carbonated. This richly malty beer has depth and character, and drinks very easily.

OVERALL: Flavorful and balanced, this Munich style Dunkel tastes like it came from a small town in Germany. Expertly executed by the Boston Beer Co, this is one they should have kept around.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a dimple mug)
A- This beer pours a dense brown body that glows at the base with a thin head that soon boils away.

S- The aroma has some Munich malt in the nose with a bit of a coffee malt hint but it is pretty clean in the nose.

T- The grainy flavor of pale malt has some pot caramel notes coming through as it opens and hints of roasted biscuit malt for a moment in the clean finish. There is a spicy hop hint in the aftertaste.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a tight little fizz.

O- This beer seems a bit thick and heavy but not much malt flavor or it is all muttled together.

Photo of dananabanana
3.34/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Translucent chestnut brown in color. 1-finger head with fairly strong lacing. Foam is off-white in color.

S: Vaguely sweet, but muddled. Hard to detect much of anything.

T: Definitely tastes like a darker, German beer. Faint traces of hops, apples, and a crusty dark loaf of bread.

M: Lightly carbonated. Surprisingly, it's refreshing for a darker beer.

O: Pretty decent offering from the Sam Adams Longshot pack. I think unfortunately, it's overshadowed by the other two beers in the six-pack, which are both excellent entries.

Photo of neenerzig
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pokal/pilsner glass. This beer pours a clear deep amber/light to medium brown color. Has a head that is 1/2 inch when first poured that settles to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass along with a nice coating of foam settles on the surface of the beer. Decent lacing. Aromas of slightly toasted bready malt are nicely present, and not much else here smellwise. Flavors of slightly toasted bready caramel malt upfront followed by somd dark fruit flavors of prunes and plums along with perhaps a slight hint of clove, a bit of vanilla, and perhaps a slight hint of cocoa as well. Very nicely done here! No discernible hop flavors though. Has a crisp, yet smooth and creamy, slightly chewy, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. An excellent beer, one of the best that The Longshot Series has produced yet!

Eric

Photo of Jadjunk
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"Corey has been working on his Munich-style Dunkel for some time and the result is this amber, medium-bodied brew. With a nice malty backbone, this lager has roasty, slightly spicy notes and a traditional doughy character from the yeast. It is well worth the time he took to perfect it." Brewed in the style of a Munich Dunkel Lager, available exclusively as part in the Longshot Variety 6 packs, a one time release best-of-competition lager. Although I purchased this in November, the date on the bottle is ticked at Mid-August 2012. First of three reviews from the series.

Poured from a 12 oz. glass to a pilsner glass. Served north of 58º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a thin crispy foam head that recedes slightly below average, color is a nutty cream white, lacing is thin and droopy. Body color is a deep amber red with some pale coloration at thin spots, carbonation presentation is medium. Light creamy surface cover. Pretty nice appearance- I like the body color and depth but the head and lacing could be of better quality. 3.5

(Smell) Malt presence is mildly spicy and earthy, deep caramelized malts in aroma, very toasty munich. Generally clean but also bready lager yeast aroma, a slight puff of grainy bitterness is also notable. Some mild bitter hop presence is notable, mostly earthy blends. More malt forward but not overly sweet; it's rather complex. I much like the aroma- whether it is common for the style or not, the malt complexity makes for an intriguing anticipation. 4

(Taste) Doughy, sweet yet rasp malt character with a little earthy and nutty bitterness and alcohol puff on the back end. A bit doughy sweet malt forward but falls short on bitter qualities as well as complementary body- thin mouthfeel doesn't pair ideally with the complex malt profile of this beer. It needs something thicker and/or creamier. Flavor-wise, it's quite drinkable despite having some huskiness to the malt bill, but doesn't have the ideal balance that I think it should. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Medium+ body for the style, medium overall. Very shallow carbonation presence, not quite creamy in texture, it's just a touch fluffy. Alcohol presence is medium. Carbonation is in general a bit lacking throughout- this one could have a touch more froth or cream to better compliment the malt bill and accentuate the flavor. 3

(Overall) Pretty nice Dunkel Lager, it's a bit cloying at times due to the elevated sweetness and the carbonation presence is shallow. I could envision this being fine tuned to a far superior beer but due to my recent introduction to the style, I'm just glad to have tried something new and can't find any major flaws that would keep me from enjoying another of these. 3.5

Boston Beer Company's
Longshot 2012: A Dark Night In Munich
3.55/5.00

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours deep brown with an enormous lasting big bubbly head, leaving lots of lace. Bold malty aroma. Smooth creamy, easy drinking dunkel.A nominal amount of roast (which I would want a larger amount of). FInishes sweet. Although not spectacular taste, I enjoyed it. Dry sugary aftertaste.Thanks John.

Photo of FlatRabbitRed
4.44/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

These longshot beers are all very good...I think a lot of them should be regular line up beers.
This one is no exception, killer brew...could not get enough of these. If they revive these in the future, grab as many as you can!

I am not sure where a "Dunkel" fits in with a Porter or Stout, this one was dark and heavy like a stout, but had more flavor qualities to it.

Roasted malt, coffee, caramel

Photo of Dodt
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

picked up a case of the long shot beers, poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass. nice color that reminds me of either maple syrup or cola. tiny bubbles and a decent head. nice smooth flavor of coffee and maltyness. wonderful aroma of caramel. the body isn't to heavy and goes down smoothly. glad the people at sam adams give a chance for the little guy to have his or her beer tasted by the people of this nation.

Photo of dfillius
2.91/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass
A: Moderate pour yields 1.5 finger of pillowy, tight off-white head with great retention. Deep crimson liquid is crystal clear. Beautiful.
S: Metallic, bready, some molasses. Slight coffee
T: Slight sweet caramel up front followed by metallic general sweetness with some roasty edge. Kind of like an American Amber. Not terribly pleasant. Improves later in the pint. VZery bready, which is a positive.
M: Thick, chewy, a bit rough overall!
O: Fair, but not enjoyable for me. I would not buy again or order another.

Photo of falloutsnow
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: Best by August 2012
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

Pours a 2cm head of dense, small, tan bubbles that has above average retention. Lacing is on the more numerous side of modest, with some large clumps resembling stalagmites. As the head descends, it leaves a thin cap atop the body of the beer. The body is a dark brown-amber color, with light bringing out brighter orange and brown tones. Body is transparent, with no residual yeast.

Aroma is fairly timid, of very light caramel malts and bread crusts; no real presence of European hops.

Front of palate features some roasted malts tempered by prune-like fruit esters and a modest caramel sweetness. Mid-palate has very slight bitterness, possibly from the roasted malt or hops, along with some caramel malt sweetness, a bit of bread crust, faint cocoa, and prunes. Back of palate has some modest, but notable, roasted malt, a hint of vanilla, caramel sweetness. Lingering aftertaste of slightly cloying sweetness and a bit of residual roasted malt.

Beer is medium-light in body, with low levels of carbonation, leading to a smooth and slightly creamy mouthfeel. What carbonation is there feels soft, and this moves across the palate rather easily. Closes semi-dry, with a slight bit of stickiness around the lips.

Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - dark brown with amber around the edges; big, crackling, soft brown head that has good retention

S - very malty; bread and caramel

T - caramel, doughy, light lager yeast

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated, crisp

This is a rather simple, one-dimensional lager but it stays true to the dunkel style. I was hoping for just a little something to cut the big malt character. It is very easy to drink and doesn't fatigue the palate at all. It has its merits. I can see how it made it into the Longshot six-pack.

Photo of Bung
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. Dark brown with a slightly reddish tint. Thin layer of off white sets atop.

Aroma, toasted malt and pecan. Chocolates.

Taste, toasted malt again. Chocolate covered peanut. A sweet brown sugar or molasses. Sweetness fades to more of a woody cocoa and tea finish.

Somewhere between light and medium bodied. Adequate carbonation. Drinks pretty easy. Maybe just a tad sweet, but all in all pretty nice.

Photo of FickleBeast
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a goblet.

Pours very dark brown with a half finger of foam. Aroma is very sweet, crystal malts, some plum, and a hint of fruity esters.

First sip is quite malty, a touch of fruitiness, and finishes very sweet, but clean. This is a very pleasant pseudo-malt bomb. No real hops to speak of, but there is a bit of tropical fruit contribution from the yeast. Not the best head retention or lacing.

This is a solid, very drinkable beer. Perfect for those who don't enjoy hops or spicy yeast flavors... this is very approachable.

Photo of Bierman9
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this as part of the Longshot 6-pack back in the spring, and had forgotten about the last 2 bottles of the Dunkel. Since I'll be in Munich in 2 weeks time, I opted to do this one up for #1500....

Started with a pour into a nonic glass...This one is a clear, deep, rich ruby/garnet hue. Head was a light beige, thin and fine, with ok lacing. Can see steady carbo bubbling up through the beautifully-colored brew. Head was some mildly sweet malts with some roastiness. Body is medium, and it is fairly smooth, having just some mild prickle on the tongue.

Flavor has some light sweetness, with a little caramel and a hint of toffee present as well. It is only mildly roasty, with the sweetness being a bit more evident. Hopping comes in with some floral, earthiness, which lingers a spell. Not a bad dunkel, all-in-all. Prosit!!

3.58/5 rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1500

Photo of JackieTH
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes.

Poured a medium brown with a finger of light tan foam that faded, leaving minimal lacing. Smells of earthy malt, toffee and nuts. Taste is caramel malt, sweet, roasted elements coming in behind and a sense of doughiness and bread. Medium body, holds together. Mildly carbonated. Enjoyable beer.

Photo of Lemke10
4.6/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got this as part of a mix & match 6pk at Madison East.

Pours a dark brown with an average lasting off-white head. Scent is mostly malts that are toasted and roasted with hints of cocoa. Taste is rich and refreshing. It is full of sweet, malty flavors and a mixture of spices. Great texture and drinkability with a sweet cocoa after taste. Very well made and very impressive for being a home brew winner.

Photo of HalfFull
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle form a mixed Longshot box poured into a large wine glass. Pours a clear brown in color and crimson in the light with a fleeting cap of foam and minimal lacing.

Aroma is a bit stale and nondescript. A good swirl, early on, does throw forth some malt and some chocolate spice notes. Unfortunately the carbonation is a bit too mild to support this character for long, though does offer a nice aroma with aggressive agitation.

Flavor of light chocolate and spice, bit of sublte caramel and some watered down brown sugar notes. Bit subdued as for malt structure and complexity, and a bit thick in body for the style.

Overall an enjoyable brew that seems a bit at odds with the style. Interesting though non-traditional hop character, overly full feel and dense character, lacking that clean delivery I was expecting. Likely American Hop derived. A fence straddler for sure.

Photo of riversider76
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a amber orange hue. Thin off white head, with some retention, and a bit of lace. Aroma is of malty chocolate, spice, and dark fruit. Body on the light side of medium with a good amount of carbonation. Taste is of rum rasin and chocolate. Nutey,spicey. Very nice.

Photo of fank2788
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
Deep dark brown with bright reddish orange highlights. The off white head starts out relatively thin and settles to a layer of fine bubbles. The smell is of dark bread, caramel, a bit of chocolate and maybe a touch of yeast. The taste is pretty good it starts out with the bread and dark caramel, coffee, nuts with again a significant chocolate malt as well. The malt is clearly dominant as hop bitterness is very restrained to nearly nonexistent. The finish of this beer is neutral with just a bit of lingering malt sweetness that does fade quickly, carbonation is moderate to high. Overall this is pretty good but with some room for improvement.

Photo of Thickfreakness
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a warming ruby brown into my DFH glass. A billowing, three finger tan head floats... then gently disappears leaving behind a nice bit of lacing.

S- Sweet charred malts, notes of caramel, roasted nuts, subtle hints of coffee beans, licorice.

T- Sweet toasted dark malts. Some huge notes of toasted nuts... brazil nuts, walnuts, hazelnuts. Nice toffee and bitter coffee bean flavors. No sence of any hops at all.

M- Really thin and wimpy. It has a decent black coffee bitterness, but not very slick. Just lies rather dull in your mouth.

O- A decent Dunkel. Really nice smell and taste, but its really lacking in the mouthfeel.

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Longshot A Dark Night In Munich from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 266 ratings.