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
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 5.88%
Wants: 5
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (298 characters)

Photo of FlatRabbitRed
4.44/5  rDev +18.7%
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 (401 characters)

Photo of Dodt
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (418 characters)

Photo of dfillius
2.91/5  rDev -22.2%
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. (539 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (1,301 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (520 characters)

Photo of Bung
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (407 characters)

Photo of FickleBeast
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (552 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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

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Photo of JackieTH
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (307 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
4.6/5  rDev +23%
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. (406 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
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. (886 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 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. (682 characters)

Photo of Thickfreakness
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (639 characters)

Photo of ToddT
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (697 characters)

Photo of Beejay
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep brown in the glass, when held to a bright light it turns a golden shimmering crimson. The head is off-white, thick like a cappuccino foam, and falls into itself if left undisturbed.

S: Malty and syrupy sweet. Brown sugar, and maybe coffee cake in there. A touch of breadiness, and possible fig newton, or dried fruit.

T: Malty, with a touch of smokiness. Roasty, with a very lager like finish. Definitely sweet, the bitterness comes from the dark malts, rather than any noticeable hop profile.. Almost a hint of a coffee taste.

M: Medium in body, carbonation seems about appropriate, but there is a bit of a dryness in the finish.

O: Overall not bad. Not my favorite, but certainly an interesting brew, and something new. (737 characters)

Photo of tophers
3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
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! (532 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brownish in color with an off-white head. Sweet malt with molasses and toffee notes being the strongest. A touch of earthiness, and a nice toasted note. The flavor has a great molasses flavor with a little earthy and spicy character to it. Plenty of bread and toast, too. I enjoyed this one. (291 characters)

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - dark chestnut brown with a finger of tan head that fades swiftly

S - malt heavy as expected, rich and roasted nutty aromas permeate with just a hint of sweetness

T - the malts grow even more in the sip, a deep roasted flavor accompanied with some smooth sweetness resembling vanilla or toffee, perhaps even the deep sweetness of thorny berries, black or boysen

M&D - smooth and rich, several flavors give it complexity without pretentiousness. Sam Adams shoudl consider adding this to its year round lineup (514 characters)

Photo of beerluvr
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (401 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep brown color with amber highlights and a dense one inch cream head that leaves sheets of lacing as it slowly dissipates.

Aroma consists of melanoidin qualities, with caramelized sugar, toffee, and toasted malt leading the profile. There's a hint of herbal hops at the finish.

Flavor reveals sweet, nutty malt, with more toffee and toasted bread notes. It's fairly cloying, but there's a bit of a tangy note that provides relief. Chocolate and a touch of acrid roast malt round out the sip.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation and a bit of astringency.

Overall, a very malt forward brew, per the style. Perhaps a bit on the sweet side, and not sure what causes the tangy flavor, but it's a touch overpowering. (738 characters)

Photo of beagle75
3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a becker glass.

A: Clear, reddish-brown color with over one finger of light beige foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Bread and caramel stand out. Lesser chocolate is fleeting. Generally medium-dark, but with too much fruit.

T: Begins off-dry, with malt that is refined and cola-like. Acidity is mild into the middle where flavors become drierand more roasty, peppery. Finish continues the drying trend; husky with a trace coffee edge.

M: Medium viscosity, oily suggesting lifelessness, with low carbonation.

D/O: Dunkels can sometimes hover indistinguishably near to their ale equivalents, but here the difference is not very difficult to detect. While its individual qualities are not particularly inspiring, they add up to a beer that is interesting, if not compelling. It seems to overshoot the intention of smoothness, ending up with a texture that is slippery yet tiresome. (933 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 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)

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