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 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)

Photo of allengarvin
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an ordinary straight pint glass. It's a pretty dark, but not black beer, with not much of a head at all. Nose offers munich malt, of course, with a bit of caramel. Good flavor, with the emphasis all on the malt. It's sufficiently bready, a tad sweet but not too much, with a moderate bitterness and no hop flavor. Unexciting, but dead-on to style. (359 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A-Poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark brown color with reddish hues and a light tan head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is very malty with caramel and faint hops.

T-The taste like the aroma is very malty with sweet caramel and a smooth moderately hopped finish. 

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, not bad. Definitely a beer that fans of malty beers will enjoy. Worth a try. (473 characters)

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, lager yeast, honey and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with mildly sweet flavors of caramel and honey. Then a hearty but not too heavy malt character and lager yeast breadiness comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sticky.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sweet.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a good beer to drink for a long time if you’re in the mood for the style. (780 characters)

Photo of budgood1
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours out a dark mahoghany colour with a thick light tan head with good retention and lace. doughy malt aroma...bits and pieces of cocoa, toffee, caramel and molasses...reminds me of a x-mas type of beer. the flavour profile has more of the holiday cookie/breadiness character i noticed in the aroma. it seems a bit spicy and somewhat yeasty...definitely a flavourful dunkel if you like the added layers of maltiness. i detect a note of alcohol and there is a touch of hop bitterness that adds a hint of restraint, reigning in the sweetness and providing a nice pairing with the overall dryness. it's medium bodied, with a relative smooth and somewhat creamy mouthfeel. drinakability is nice, this would be a winter time quaffer for sure due to the festive flavour profile. the fact that i'm sampling this at the height of summer detracts just a little bit from the overall enjoyment, but that is a subjective observation on my part.

overall, if i was a homebrewer and could have this readily on hand, especially in the colder parts of the year, i'd drink the hell out of it. pretty tasty stuff here, just wish i was sampling this in december rather than july! (1,161 characters)

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.31/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish snifter

A- pours a very dark shade of brown with a puffy, two finger slightly offwhite head, but the beer is actually transparent despite it's darkness....impressive.

S- very spicy aroma...feels like I'm getting some holiday spices. Nutmeg, cinnamon, etc? Interesting

T- it's....interesting, I guess you could say. Getting some of that spicy flavor, and not much else...eh

M- body is very thin IMO....almost like water

O- not my cup of tea. Not a bad beer, I just don't like it...it is what it is. (538 characters)

Photo of Hopswagger
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
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.  (710 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a beautiful deep ruby brown with a tan 2 finger head, average retention, resulting in a lace that's thin but sticky.

Smell - Faint notes of toffee and even lighter coffee, dry and floral hops.

Taste - Starts with sweet toffee before quickly shifting to a hearty roasted coffee. Notes of caramel and chocolate come into play before finishing with the addition of a floral, drying finish.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Crisp, lively carbonation. Goes down fairly smooth. Finishes semi-dry.

Overall - Really good dark lager. Session friendly. Sam Adams should hire Mr. Corey Martin, because this is one of the better beers I've had from the brewery. (673 characters)

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

Lovely foam on the ruby brown brew. The creamy carbonation renews with each pour; it would do a German brewery proud.

Biscuits and toffee, with an acidic touch. Reminds me of the fruity English beers with a some minerals in the water. Some raisin flavors along with the sweet malt. Roasted dark malt and some slight bitterness from the hops. Thoroughly drinkable; this would be an excellent quaff and a nice alternative to the often anemic German Dunkels.

Another well-crafted beer from Boston Brewing. These guys just know how to make decent beer in a multitude of styles, especially the ones that seem to benefit from a top-notch industrial process. From the 2012 six pack at Baron's Marketplace in San Diego. (713 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 Tone
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark amber color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight caramel malt, slight pale malt, slight hops, and a hint of nut. Fits the style of a Munich Dunkel Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, sweet malt, slight caramel malt, hint of chocolate, slight roasted malt, hint of nut, and slight nut. Overall, good appearance, aroma, blend, body, and complexity. (488 characters)

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