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

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Reviews: 128
Hads: 266
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 9.68%
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 StaveHooks
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. served into a SA perfect pint.

A - Amber body with an airy tan head that takes its time sinking. Leaves behind a few specks of bubbles on the sides of the glass.

S - Rich malt, steely caramel, sweet bread, molasses, nutmeg.

T - Brown bread crust, toasty, sweet caramel malt, nutty, hints of nutmeg, burnt brown sugar comes out on the finish.

M - Moderate carbonation, medium body, soft and chewy, smooth feel.

Simple, clean, malty, and tasty. I wouldn't seek this out but I would definitely drink it again.

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

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Dark brown color. Two fingers of creamy/frothy beige head. Retention isn't too great, but a solid ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Light supple roast, lots of caramel, and a light chocolate. Part grainy, part biscuity maltiness.

4.0 T: Clean, roasty, caramel, chocolate. Grainy.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Exceptionally smooth.

4.0 D: Solid dunkel with a good flavor and clean crispness.

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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 oberon
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pourd one and a half bottles into a 1/2 liter stein a garnet hued chesnut brown with a thick tan colored head atop.Clean aromas with a little mineral and toasted grain,not much toastiness and/or sweetness.Firm toast on the palate with mild caramel sweetness,not doughy or very rich but it is easy drinking.A little delicate but it's a decent dunkel.

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Photo of warnerry
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice clear deep amber with one finger of head. Head doesn't last too long and leaves very little lacing.

S - Smell is initially sweet, with some caramel, raisin and plum. After adjusting to the sweetness, a big bread aroma comes through.

T - Taste is similar to smell with more of a spice presence. Dark bread, plums and caramel. Pretty good.

M - Medium, slightly sticky mouthfeel that finishes with a bit of dry spiciness.

O - Pretty decent beer, but it doesn't really stand out in any way.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep clear amber, with several fingers of foamy off-white head. This retains with a smooth ¼ finger, throwing up a robust cascade of froth onto sides which leaves back a strong smattering of lace. The aroma smells grassy, lightly spicy, and citric, with some mineral notes. A sticky blend of caramel and toast comes out across the back. That mineral character really starts to control the nose after a while.

The taste is similar, with that same mineral flavor clinging to an herbal and citric bitterness, while toffee sweetness comes in off the edges, spreading a toasty feel into the finish where it lingers with some earthy pith.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth prickly feel up front which then gives way to more of a soft and bubbly carbonation that thins out the back of this maybe a little too much.
I wanted to like this more but just couldn’t get into like I wanted to. That mineral character overrides the flavor profiles and the body lacked sufficient crispness to it. This wasn’t one of the better Long Shots that I’ve had.

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Photo of bump8628
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A solid dark lager. Brown sugar, toffee, caramel, and bread crust. Little in the way of hops. Clean. Sweet at the start but the balance ends up being neutral. Not much to say - not bad, not great, no real flaws, but it's not blowing my socks off. The two bottles that came in the Longshot 6 pack are enough to give me a feel for this down the middle lager.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in my Noble Pils pilsener glass. Pours a translucent mahogany with a loose, khaki-colored head that sizzles and pops and slowly dissipates into a consistent 1/8th inch skim. Some swaths of lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose expresses grape notes (similar to Fanta) and noble hops. Taste reveals caramel malt, fruity esters (grape is not so prominent) a slight metallic quality and a suggestion of the noble hops present in the nose. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a lively carbonation and a slight stickiness. Overall, a decent Dunkel lager - easy drinking and fairly flavorful. I'd pick this up again if it wasn't a one-of.

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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 ChainGangGuy
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Longshot 2012 six-pack - $9.99 at Total Wine & More in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a dark garnet-hued body with a pint-sized, off-white head.

Smell: Largely smelling of thick bread crusts with caramel and sulphured molasses, though not particularly aromatic, with supporting notes of banana, raisin, spice, and wheat.

Taste: Molasses atop toasted bread crusts with a background hint of nutty melted caramel. Moderate sweetness. A tang of wheat develops as fruity hints of banana and plump raisins rolls in. Light hop character, light bitterness leaving some malty sweetness to remain on the smooth, semi-dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: I sure could go for an Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel right about now.

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

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration date of Aug 2012. Sampled on March 31, 2012. It pours a deep mahogany amber with a fluffy head that builds up then fades fairly fast. The aroma has a moderate balance of sweet malts, licorice, yeast, and a subtle hop presence. The body is about medium and a little chewy. The taste begins sweet and malted but there is a moderate and almost astringent hop bitterness that presents itself after a moment. This is a fairly easy beer to drink.

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Photo of russpowell
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent brown/copper with 3 fingers of tan head. Good head retention & lacing

Se: Apple peels & pear, faint breadyness

T: Pears, slight brown bread flavor & a touch of persimmons up front, along with faint leafy & woody hops, plus some dryness. Subtle brown sugar, more brown bread & dry woody hoppyness as this warms. Finishes dry & fruitty

MF: Medium bodied, soft carbonation, skews malty

Drinks easy, a nice, not great Dunkel

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Photo of david131
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a very clear dark amber brown with a thin and splotchy off-white head.

S- Plums, apples, pears, bread, some molasses. Simple with a bit of a Sam Adams aspect at the end.

T- Sweet bread, some fruit, and some caramel. Simple and tasty with a definite Sam Adams edge to it.

M- There is a nice amount of carbonation and a clean finish with just a bit of lingering breadiness.

O- Not a bad beer by any means, but sure as hell doesn't stand up to the German counterparts.

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Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice tawny dark copper color, transparent when held to a bright light. Some creamy tan foam rises and settles, though it lacks staying power. Spotty lace flecks the sides of the glass.

Molasses and toast, light yeast and mild malt sweetness in the nose. Light aroma, but pleasant.

More molasses, light bitter walnut, nutty and a little bit toasty. Aftertaste lingers nicely, it's light to medium bodied with adequate carbonation levels. Finishes clean and slightly dry. Fairly easygoing, with an expressive flavor. A perfect beer for a cool Spring thaw...

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Photo of gtermi
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer pours a nice dark copper body with a thin white head that quickly fades. It does leave a tiny bit of lace on the glass and it also had a nice cloudy head that stays on top of the beer. All around a decent looking beer.

S: There really isnt much there. I do get a bit of malt and the funky usual yeast smells that Lagers give off.

T: WOW! I hate lagers, but this is so good. The malt is very strong, which I really like. The more it lingers the more I pick up caramel flavors. Its also really nice and sweet.

M: There is a strong bit of carbonation, which I find nice, but can be a little too much. It is crisp on the tip of the tongue and the back of the throat.

O: This is a great Homebrew. Like I said, I usually hate Lagers, but this is an all around great beer. For sure a Sam Adam's style beer... no wonder why they chose it.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a transparent brownish color. Dark but light does shine through. Mild head leaves mild lacing.

S-Very faint dark wheatiness. Also has an off coppery aroma like the other beer I had from the sixpack (Derf's). Dark fruits and some banana bread.

T-Tastes like banana pudding with brown sugar. Sweet and wheaty. Light metallic twang but it isn't that intense. A mild but subtly tasty beer.

M-Medium bodied with a creamy feel and soft carbonation.

O/D-Pretty decent little beer I got here. Not intense or even very memorable but it will go down smoothly for sure.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a dark ruby-tinged copper colored body with about middling clarity. The three finger light tan colored head fades quickly, but leaves plenty of interspersed lacing on the glass.

S: Caramel, toffee, and toasted malts lead the way, with a solid noble aspect making itself known a bit later on. Not the strongest or most complex smell, but it works.

T: It's pretty simple here, toasted malts mixed with caramel, toffee, and hazelnut; finishing with a grassy, earthy note. Not very flavorful or heavy, but incredibly easy to drink, so I'll be a little kinder with the score. This would pair well with a Mexican dish, such as chicken enchiladas in mole sauce.

M: Lighter bodied with little dryness in the finish, and good carbonation. Can seem slightly watery at times.

O: Decent, but pretty nondescript. Luckily, it manages to have a superbly high drinkability factor, so it's good for those who don't want an extreme beer, or those who want something to go along with food. Even though this one is just pretty good, I'd like to think that the Longshot 6-pack has been a success overall.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a bottle of A Dark Night In Munich in the Samuel Adams Longshot six pack for $10.99 at The Lager Mill a couple days ago. It got a little cooler today and a nice Dunkel sounds good, so lets see how it goes. It had a best buy date of august 2012. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label isn't that interesting, just a picture of the person who developed this beer. It poured a pretty clear darker brown color that took on a real dark copper color when held to the light. It had four fingers worth of fluffy tan head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left a good amount of spotty lacing. This is a good and proper looking Munich Dunkel Lager.

S- The aroma is pretty simple and clean, it starts out with a large amount of lightly toasted malts that have a medium amount of sweetness to them and impart some grainy, lightly toasted malts, and sweet toffee aromas along with a pretty noticeable bready aroma. Towards the end I get a little bit of banana and cloves that caught me off guard and added some nice complexity to the aroma. The aroma was nice, no complaints.

T- The taste seems to be just as simple and clean as the aroma, which isn't a bad thing. It starts out with loads of lightly toasted malts that impart lots of biscuit, white bread, brown bread, and sweet toffee flavors that are followed by some a light fruity flavor with banana being the only specific fruit I can pick up. I couldn't taste any hops in this brew it was all about the malts. It had a low amount of bitterness on the finish and a lightly toasted malt aftertaste. This wasn't the most flavorful Dunkel, but I thought that the simple and clean flavors worked well with this beer and I liked it.

M- Smooth, slightly chewy, a little creamy, medium bodied, with a nice amount of medium carbonation. I got no complaints, the mouthfeel was good.

Overall I liked this beer and I thought that it was a good Munich Dunkel Lager. It wasn't that flavorful but what it lacked in flavor it made up for in clean simple flavors that helped showcase the nice drinkability that this style should have. It had good drinkability it went down very smooth and the flavors don't ware on me, I would be happy drinking three or four of these in a night. What I liked most about this beer was the appearance and the drinkability, they were both really nice. What I liked least about this beer was the lack of roasted flavors, if it had a little more I would know for sure this was a drunkel if I drank it blind. I would buy this again when looking for a very drinkable Dunkel, and I recommend it to anyone that likes this style. This brew proved to be one solid dunkel that went down way faster then I was expecting and it had just enough flavor to hold my attention. This was my first time trying the Longshot series and I got to say that I really like the concept, it was a good call for Samuel Adams to hold this competition and I can't wait to try the other two winners. Good job Corey, this is a worthy dunkel that emphasized what this style is all about.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear, dark tea/cola color, with a nice two-inch head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Faint toasted malt
Taste-Subtle roastiness, toasted malt, faintly spicy. Nice flavor, very drinkable. Sessionable at 5.9ABV. A nice match for a burger or bowl of chili.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a beep brown color with a huge billowy off white head. The head is very porous with huge bubbles trapped within. The head fades very slowly to give some nice lacing.

Smell – Sweeter toffee aromas are the most prevalent. These are mixed with a bit of banana and some good breadiness.

Taste – Malty through and through. A nice roasted malt flavor is present all the way through the taste experience. Up front it is a bit on the medium dry side and seems to gain sweetness as the taste experience advances; mainly toffee and brown sugar flavors come into play. Toward the end the a little bit of fruit flavors come into play and leave a nice smooth taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The mouthfeel is a bit on the creamier side with a lower level of carbonation. This makes for a very easy drinking and very enjoyable mouthfeel giving the nice malty flavors a chance to really permeate the tongue.

Overall – Very easy drinking with a nice taste profile. I would say it would make a great beer for a lighter fish meal (balancing out the lightness with some nice thick, but not too thick, maltiness) or for session drinking with a friend on a cooler fall day.

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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 SawDog505
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a very dark brown, with a quarter inch off white head, some lines of lacing. Smell is fig, bread, carmel, and some hops. Taste is really well balanced, not as sweet as the nose would have you expect dark fruits and carmel start, with a surprise subtle hit of citrus hops in the finish. The body is medium, nice amount of carbonation, a touch dry, and very drinkable. Not a style I drink often, but this is very pleasant.

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