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

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BA SCORE
84
good

128 Reviews
THE BROS
80
good

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Reviews: 128
Hads: 266
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 5.88%
Wants: 5
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.

No notes at this time.
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Photo of siege06nd
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Such a great idea that I'm surprised more brewers have not picked up on rewarding excellent home brewers by bottling and distributing their creations. Poured into a standard pint...

A: Pours a very dark ruby brown, much like the other Longshot beer I had the other night, Derf's Secret Alt. These beers look nearly identical. Dark and slightly cloudy tobacco sunburst tones. Two fingers of light cream head sift down to a half finger. Really nice, finely beaded lacing down the sides of the glass. Very pretty beer here.

S: Hints of banana, clove, and apple. Lots of grainy notes and touches of bready malt.

T: Lots of roasted biscuit, traces of cherry and grape, some banana. Malt and grains take most of center stage here.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, but there's this slightly cloying, sweet astringency that comes out in the mid and kinda quashes the finish.

O: This is pretty good, my first experience with this particular style. Very strong malt and grain presence when compared to its cousin, the Dunkelweizen. The roasted and bready notes blend pretty well with the spice and fruit flavors I typically associate with dunkels. (1,155 characters)

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in oversize glass

A: dark black, very lively beads of carb; six-finger head (!)
S: caramel, malt, toasted grains; promising, inviting
T: gentle, smooth flavor; heavy on malts; savory spices add some complexity; low on hops (as would be expected); goes down like water

Not bad--very subtle version of the genre (326 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a medium to dark brown with a large tan head. The aroma is very malty with a ton of toffee and biscuit malt. The flavor is more of the same. The toffee and caramel malt really stands out. There is also a little bit of grass and some lightly toasted malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very clean tasting and easy to drink. (348 characters)

Photo of dwren89
4/5  rDev +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 (734 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a fairly clear ruby-copper with a finger of frothy tannish head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of caramel malts and dark fruit with some nuttiness, brown sugar, breadiness, and a touch of spice.

T - Starts off with a mix of come dark caramel and bready malts. Through the middle, some light dark fruit sweetness comes through with some nuttiness and a bit of brown sugar. The finish is mix of caramelized malts with a bit of bready malts, dark fruit, and a bit of spice.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice sessionable lager. The dark malt flavors are nice and provide some rich malty flavor with weighing down the beer too much. (763 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Put a k in front of night and we could have a Batman title.

Crystal mahagony color, great clarity, topped by four fingers of light tan micro-bubble foam.

Bread and biscuit aroma. Earthiness too.

Sweet but not too sweet caramelly beginning. Really good depth. Noble hop bite at the swallow. Clean finish.

Smooth light-plus mouthfeel.

A well done dunkel. (359 characters)

Photo of Pencible
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear dark copper with thick off-white head.
S: It smelled like sourdough bread with some copper hops and wild honey and creamy yeast.
T: It tasted like copper hops and sourdough bread, with some wild honey and creamy yeast. It had a clean and bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was thick with moderate carbonation. Quite full body.
D: This had a scent and taste that were just right for the style. Nice big body and smooth finish, so it was easy to drink. Not a bold complex brew, but a solid version of a traditional lager. (537 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark brownish mahogany with a thin beige head. Sweet aromas of toffee, bread, graham cracker. Moderate body. Carbonation spot on. This a total malt-bomb, and I love it. Caramel, toffee, coffee cake. Faint ethanol on the finish. Really a great beer. I dig it and I want more. Make this a seasonal! (342 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up the Longshot series from BevMo in Mission Valley, San Diego, Calif. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. About 1 ½ fingers of head. Color was dark red, almost brown. Light tan lacing on the top. Average retention.

Smelled dark chocolate and coffee malts. Also some caramel in there, and some dark fruits, mainly cherry. Slighty reminded me of the Sam Adams Cherry Boch.

First thing that stood out with the taste was the smoothness. Got dark chocolate, light coffee, toffee and cherry. Got some Riesen candy in there as well.

Medium-to-full body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long-lasting, smooth finish.

Really liked this beer, a bit better than the Longshot Derf’s Secret Alt that I just had. Just smooth and consistent. (752 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish ruby red with lots of rising bubbles. Huge five finger off white head with good retention. A good amount of lacing sticks to the glass.

Smell: Dark roasted malts with a good mix of caramel and toffee. Some hints of nuts and brown sugar. Has a pretty noticeable hint of spice which might be from clove. Light hint of dark fruit and a nice presence of earthy hops.

Taste: A good taste of roasty malts up front with lots of caramel and toffee. Has some nuts and brown sugar in the mix. Hint of clove spice and banana. Also some hints of dark fruit. Finishes with a nice drying presence of earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very creamy and somewhat chewy. Finishes somewhat dry.

Overall: A very solid take on a German Dunkel lager. Easy drinking with a full bready, nutty flavor. (923 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear mahogany tone. Good sized ivory white cap. Lacing is sporadic and droopy. Aroma is malty and sweet. A little chocolate. Flavor is more of the same. Nice little bread pudding maltiness with a little chocolate to boot. Easy drinking medium bodied beer. (256 characters)

Photo of Shaw
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby in color with a short tan head.

Very nice caramel aroma combined with toasted grain.

Rich flavor with lots of hop notes to balance it out. Nice.

Great body is substantial.

Overall I think I underrated this beer the first time I had it. It's one of my favorite Longshots this year. (306 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I stumbled across this during a recent visit to The Foodery (N. Liberties) and thought, "What the heck, I'm a bit of a long shot my dang self!" I have certainly bought beer for lesser reasons in the past.

From the bottle: "Corey Martin"; "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."

My pour netted just under two fingers of medium-tan colored head that fizzed and popped its way out of existence pretty quickly. Color was a deep mahogany with ruby highlights and NE-quality clarity. Beautiful! Nose smelled of chocolate and bread dough and I was anxious to get that first taste going. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a slightly cinnamon taste to go along with the chocolate noted on the nose. Finish was semi-sweet but pleasant, even for this self-avowed hophead. Well done, Mr. Martin! (1,033 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into SA sensory glass. This appears a chesnut brown with good clarity. Thick and dense heady with creamy texture forms and retains itself nicely, leaving thick lacing. The aroma is heavily malty. Notes of caramel, toffee, roasted nuts, and brown bread come through. Almost nothing in the way of hops. The taste starts off with mild malty sweetness. Waves of mellow sweetness are brought on along with bready notes. The finish is toffee and somewhat sweet. The mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied, and mellow carbonation. Overall, this is an easy drinking and flavorful Dunkel Lager. The balance is great and the body is nice. Definitely worth a try. (655 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$11.49 for a mixed 6 pack of this years Longshot. No ingredients or specs per the website or the bottle. 5.9% ABV.

Pours out to a clear mahogany, forming a small deep yellow head with poor retention and no lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate. The aroma is of crystal malt, caramel, clean lager fermentation, and a touch of spicy hops. Mouthfeel is smooth with a nice medium body. Very drinkable. Opens with the spicy hops, followed by a nice toasty and meaty malt middle with cocoa and lightly roasted malts, with damp pipe tobacco in the finish, and leather in the aftertaste. Mild bitterness. Rich yet easy drinking. Well balanced.

Even though Munich Dunkels are not my favorite, this is probably the best example of one that I've had. Really nice, well crafted and well balanced beer. Flavorful and rich, but not too heavy. It reminds me a lot of Moose Drool, which has similar characteristics, but obviously is an ale. Recommended. (941 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: half finger head on a clear deep amber/mahogony brown body.

S: caramel malt with lots of toffee. Chocolate, some earthy hops and oak notes as well.

T: nice sweet caramel malts and toffee are the backbone of this one with a subtle chocolate and almost coffee like note sneaking in. Nice spiciness throughout.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Very complex in both smell and flavor which is very drinkable. (427 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of off-white foam on a hazy, medium brown body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves decent lace on the glass.

S - A deeply malty aroma of caramel, toffee, toasted nuts, and dark sugar.

T - Thick, brown malt up front with lots of toffee. More of the same malty thickness in the middle with caramel and some nutty notes. Finishes with more of the thick, dark malt as well as moderate bitterness a just a hint of herbal hop flavor.

M - A thick, almost syrupy body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Very interesting, the malt character is really nice and unusually thick for the style. I would even go so far as to say that the malt character is excessive for the style with a thickness and intensity that could put it in the bock category. Still it is a flavorful and well made beer. (839 characters)

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ba Review #169
Served On: 05/27/2012
Glassware: Samuel Adams Perfect Pint
Labeled ABV: 5.9%
Date/ Code: 08/2012

This was from the 2011 winners of the Sam Adams Longshot Contest.

Look: Poured into the 'Perfect Pint' glass. Color was a deep rich copper with some ruby red tinges. The head was a nice even layer of eggshell foam. Head lacing was already forming. Carbonation bubbles were steady and plentiful. Impressive so far.

Smell: Biscuit notes with a bold lager character in the nose. Some spice in the background. Notes of wet grain and a slight sweetness as the class is pulled away.

Taste: Taste is extremely smooth and not as heavy as the appearance and aroma may suggest. First on the palate is a very deigned malty biscuit. The middle lended a nice dark fruit note of cherry or plum. Finish had some pleasant roasted notes a slight sourness that really helped to balance out the malty aftertaste.

I thought this was an awesome brew. It had a wonderful balance of flavor, drinkability and character that honestly could not get much better. (1,052 characters)

Photo of rodney45
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Fierce dark crimson with a creamy white head that leaves an outstanding latticework lacing and sticks around a while.

S: big chocolate and munich malts, with a hint of chestnut and roasted caramelized peanuts.

T: First notes are of almond, slight citrus flavors and walnut. Secondary profile of big crystal, chocolate and munich malt. Lastly, a dry but satisfying finish with a lingering mild bitterness.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation. Not too sweet or bitter.

O: A good munich dunkel, i can see why this won a long shot competition. Its a very good example of the style, even if it isnt itself outstanding amongst other choices. I'd recommend this beer to anyone. (682 characters)

Photo of shand
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Strangely enough, I think this one is actually a style tick for me. Strange, as I love German beers. It pours out a nice brown color with three fingers of head that quickly detain to a centimeter of head that retains well. The aroma is richly malty. Chocolate, caramel, nutty, roasty, it's all here. A nice maltiness. The taste isn't quite as rich as the nose suggests, but it's still rather good. It's malt dominated, coming on a bit weak at first, but finishing strong with caramel and roasted malts. There's a bit of chocolate and coffee flavors in there as well. A bit of yeastiness becomes apparent on the finish. The aftertaste isn't lingering at all. The mouthfeel is decently carbonated, and the drinkability is good. All in all, this is a tasty and drinkable lager. A good start to this year's Longshot package. (866 characters)

Photo of riversider76
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
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. (286 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
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. (791 characters)

Photo of neenerzig
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
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 (857 characters)

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.26/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsener- pours a dark brown/ruby color (Coke-ish), visibly effervescent, lustrous two finger creamy head, with beautiful, even, sticky lacing.

German dark malts dominate the aroma- similar to many Belgian dubbels or dark strong ales (sort of a dark fruity smell). Some round wheat notes along with a bit of yeast.

Taste is great- so much more flavorful than many a Sam Adams brew. Smooth and sweet all the way through. Definitely a lot of round dark malted barley which is superceded by wheat and yeast towards the end.

Mouthfeel is good- medium body, light to no carbonation. Very quaffable. This is certainly a fine example of the style. BUY THE SIX PACK AND SUPPORT HOMEBREWERS!! (722 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A well made dunkel lager. Medium brown colored...nice sweet malty aroma....bready and doughy but also some mild cocoa and caramel sweetness. This would be a heck of a beer to make some beer bread with. Also a heck of a beer to drink. It's a nice drinker as it is not overpowering in alcohol or body but substantial enough. Brewer did a nice job keeping the roasted notes in check while achieving a sweeter, bready type of flavor.

A quality brew. Would seem to be a nice crossover beer too for those just getting into craft beers. (530 characters)

Longshot A Dark Night In Munich from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.