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

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128 Reviews

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Reviews: 128
Hads: 266
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 9.68%
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 Murrhey
2.53/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bought as part of the brewer's pack. Poured in a flute glass. Reviewed live.

A- Finger and a half khaki head with mediocre retention. Fluffy, creamy looking head and heavy carbonation along the sides of the glass. Amber color when held up to light, crystal clear.

S- Caramel malts, some coffee notes, almonds, some doughiness and spices. I'm seeing on the bottle it is yeasty too, I'm picking that up on a second whiff.

T- Doughy and caramel tastes, very yeasty and unbalanced here. Some noble hops, almonds and ...nutmeg? I don't know. It tastes most like unfinished bread.

M- Substantial feel, fairly smooth with a bit of a wet finish.

O- I was just not a fan of the taste, it tasted unfinished and doughy. Otherwise an average beer.

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Photo of riversider76
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a Sam Adams tasting glass, natch!

A- Poured with a nice tan head, once settled it looks like a glass of Coke.

S- Malty goodness, not much else.

T- Malty sweetness at first then a roasty toasted barley note.

M- Rich, heavy and smooth...I really like how this one drinks.

O- Very good...one of the top Dunkles I've had. I can see why it was chosen. Made with loving care and it shows.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.98/5  rDev +7%
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

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of tzieser
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served into pint glass:

a: very dark brown, cola like color with a thick white head that settles into a thin lacing that doesn't really dissipate.

s: sweet malty aroma with notes of roasted malt. not much else to speak of.

t: nice malty flavor. notes of caramel, chocolate and light roasted malt notes. very subtle grassy hop flavor that balances everything nicely. alcohol is non-existent. great finish. very drinkable and similar to an authentic dunkel.

m: pretty thin mouthfeel, but munich dunkels should never be thick.

fantastic dunkel! well made and true to style. i'm always a sucker for a good lager....this is a style i'd love to see more of.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P:  Deep dark ruby body with a thin layer of airy off white head that recedes quick. 

S:  Rich roasted malt, sweet pound pecan pound cake, weak coffee, subtle moss, and timid floral hop aroma. 

T/M:  Zesty carbonation in a medium-full velvety body.  Bready, roasted sweet malt,  light brewed coffee, toffee, a touch of spice and candied pecans. Hops are very subtle and floral. Finish is semi dry and leaves lingering dark chocolate and salty caramel. 

O:  I'm very impressed with this beer and love the idea of the Long shot Competition.  Complex but not bewildering.  Flavors work well with each other and the subtle hops really cut the sweet malt just enough so to not overpower. Great brew. 

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.26/5  rDev +14.5%
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!!

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Photo of Thickfreakness
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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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Photo of BDIMike
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a great looking munich dunkel. A cloudy brown hue with a good amount of carbonation that gives the beer an awesome tan head that stays all the way throughout the drink.
Smell is nice. Good malt smells with a very sweet sugary smell too. A bit of clove and banana as well.
Taste is great. A well-balanced beer that has some nice tastes. A good malt background with some very sweet and spicy notes.
Mouthfeel has a medium thickness. A bit of chewiness as well.
A good balanced beer makes this one go down well. A very good balance of nice smooth malts and spices ames the a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A: Pours a translucent, dark copper color with 1/2 finger of pale tan head. Some retention and lace.

S: Sweet malt, bit of tea, some light hay.

T: Leads with sweet tea and spice, then sweetness fades in the middle and caramel malt on the finish. Dark fruits emerge as the beer warms.

M: Medium body with a healthy dose of oil.

O: Very drinkable with nice complexity. I wouldn't mind seeing this one come back again.

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Photo of ToddT
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark garnet with a nice khaki head, the head fades slowly and leaves some nice lace on the glass.

S- Strong bready malts, toffee, and a floral hop note hiding in the back.

T- Very malt forward, bready and sweet. No real presence of hops but a bitter note from the roasted malt. Finish is sweet and a lot cleaner that what I was expecting given the sweetness of this.

M- Medium in body and carbonation. Again, I was surprised by the clean finish, although as it warms some sugars do begin to build up on the palate.

O- A decent Dunkle, but not as drinkable as I like, it's not the 5.9% ABV that takes away form the drinkability but rather the mouthfeel. It just feel too heavy for the style.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
4.13/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of SuperSpy
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown on first look but a clear ruby on closer inspection. A decent half-inch head to start but it dies down to nothing very quickly.

Sweet and bready malt aromas. Nutty and toffy like.

Sweet and malty. Dark crusty bread, a slight nuttiness, a good balance of bitterness from the hops at the end. A great medium body keeps the sweetness from feeling syrupy and overall the beer is pretty good. In my opinion this is one of the better Longshots Sam Adams has put out.

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Photo of TechTriumph
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes on 03/30/12:
Best by: August 2012; Poured in a pint glass.

A - Nearly two inches of carbonated off-white head with good retention; Mahogany in color with a slight ruby hue; Clear appearance, though dark; Specks of lacing left behind

S - Good bit of caramel in the nose with light notes of spicy/herbal hops, lemon/citrus fruit, sweetness, and grains

T - Caramel, earthy, bready, and light nutty flavors come forward here; Some sugary sweetness follows toward the end of the taste accompanied by a hint of fruit and metallic flavors with some grassy/leafy hops as well; The metallic finish of the taste isn't the most pleasant, but it seems to disappear as the beer warms, making the aftertaste much more enjoyable

M - Good amount of carbonation; Medium bodied; Pretty smooth going down behind the carbonation; Leaves a light syrupy coat in the mouth

O - At first, the flavor of this beer wasn't really one that stood out, but it seemed to grow on me as I drank more and as the temperature rose. While not the type of beer to bring any complexity, it's pretty smooth and easy to drink, and just a solid beer that seems perfect for these young and lightly cool Spring days.

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Photo of fank2788
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of YouSkeete
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep dark brown with a finger thick light tan head. Roasted malts, roasted nuts, bittersweet chocolate and molasses and brown sugar in the aroma. Initial sip is a blast of smokiness followed by deep, thick roasted malts with rolled oats, barley, and brown sugar sweetness. Very balanced, nutty, smoky mouthfeel. Medium sized body with moderate carbonation. Dry, roasted finish.

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Photo of rodney45
4.13/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of dwren89
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.


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Photo of Dodt
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of JerseyKirk
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Super dark toffee to dark brown in color. Clear and translucent. Nice 2 finger eggshell white colored head. Nice lacing around edges of the glass.

S: Bread, biscuit, caramel malts. Sweetness. Some German yeast esters. Touch of milk chocolate in the finish. Some coffee/roastiness.

T: Sugary sweet caramel malts. Some milk chocolate. Biscuit more than bread. Some coffee. Delicious.

M: Medium bodied. Sweet finish.

O: This is an excellent beer. Super tasty. The malt flavors and aromas are spot on for the style. Nicely done. Would not know this wasn't from a German brewer!

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Photo of imasloth
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark reddish brown with creamy tan head. Little lacing. Beer is clear red when held to light.

S- Sweet, roasty malt. Light hop bitterness.

T- Roasted dark malts, sweet (perhaps a light molasses flavor), light bitterness.

M- Light to medium-bodied, dryness in finish.

O- Very good. Wish I'd made it ...

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Photo of dananabanana
3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of FlatRabbitRed
4.44/5  rDev +19.4%
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

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Photo of tophers
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Dark ruby in color with a creamy off-white head

Aroma is clean and has toast notes to it, along with sweet smells that smell almost apricot in nature.

Very mild bittering with no hop taste. Toast flavor along with melanodins mixed in.

Mouthfeel is light, somewhat watery, and moderate carbonation.

Not complex enough for me. These Longshots this year were disappointing to me. Perhaps these just sat in my fridge for too long....or maybe it is me? Props to the homebrewers who brewed these though...quite the competition to win!

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