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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
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 UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best before 8/2012.

Pours a clear super dark brown with a 1/2 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and some bread dough. Taste is of toasted malt and some nice caramel flavors on the finish. There is a slight hop presence on the finish but brings no real bitterness. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the flavor doesn't match up to the dough aromas I am getting and was looking forward to tasting.

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Photo of philbe311
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Two fingers worth of tightly packed lush creamy off-white colored whipped froth with a slightly rocky top... Super retention... The color is a warm inviting medium brown with a faint reddish hue... A moderate bit of sluggish to moderate paced micro-sized carbonation bubbles... A good bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - Caramel... Some dark fruit notes... A layer of sweet dark breads... A touch of brown sugar... Toffee... A hint of nuttiness...

T - Nutty to start... Lots of bready malts... Toffee... Light brown sugar... A bit grainy...

M - Light to medium bodied... A bit thin... A bit sticky... Very lightly carbonated... Very pedestrian and rather uneventful...

D - A beautiful beer in terms of appearance and aroma that doesn't quite measure up on all other facets... An above average beer that I had no problem finishing and would never shy away from in the future, but not one that I would necessarily seek out nor recommend either... Kudos to Corey on his brew and this is far superior to any of my home brews to date...

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a dark reddish amber with a nice, fine two finger light brown head with good retention and lacing. Looks good. Aroma of sweet caramel and biscuit malt and slight cola. Flavor is unusual, bready and slightly toasted malt, nuts, hint of fruit andmolasses, spicing. Fairly complex start and middle. Finish is a bit dry and astringent, perhaps from cloves or other spicing, no much hop flavor. Light to medium bodied, but active carbonation gives this a nice mouth feel. An interesting take on a dunkel lager.

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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 Duff27
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 8/12

A- One inch fizzy head gives way to just a cap and collar. Deep, deep translucent burgundy color of body.

S- Caramel, cola notes. Some toffee.

T- More of the caramel goodness. Slighty roasty. Similar to an Irish Red I feel. This is a lager than you wouldn't mind if it warmed a bit to open up the on the tongue.

M- Thicker mouthfeel than you'd expect, even the carbonation is different than most Sam Adams beers (a tad lower).

D/O- This is something that you'd want to sit at a bar and drink all afternoon...plenty of flavor without a huge alcohol presence. Well done fellow homebrewer dude!

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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 shand
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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

Malty aroma has an overtone that seems to be molasses in one whiff and caramel in the next. Pours a clear, dark, slightly ruddy brown with a thick, fluffy, beige head that sticks around and also leaves some generous lacing. Malty flavor has some roasted character, as well as nutty, caramel and earthy hints and just a touch of cloves. Firm-bodied texture has a decent amount of tingle. Corey Martin, you have a career in brewing in your future!

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Photo of nickfl
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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

12oz brown bottle.

LOOK: Dark and tawny, decent lacing

SMELL: Brown bread, mineral, very malty, melanoidan-like, floral, clean

TASTE: Sweet, big bodied, coffee, dark bread, black currants, malty, faint alcohol, clean, herbal, nutty, toasted grain, semi-sweet finish

Pretty good, seem to have a bit too much body for my liking and the style and does take away from the drinkable potential here. Happy to try it but it is one and done.

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

Glass poured from bottle.

A - Dark brown-red with a small tan head. Edges of the glass are copper in color.

S - Penny copper smell with roasted malts.

T - Much like it smells. Roasted malts with a good taste of copper bitterness on the back of the toungue.

M - Full bodied yet drinkable. Sticky, somewhat chewy on the roof.

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

Dark, ruby red body, excellent chunky, light tan head.

Faint roasted malt in the aroma. Hint of dark bread. Ever so slight bit of light cocoa.

Soft and smooth mouthfeel, clean and dry.

Pretty good overall taste. Rich and roasty with a soft cocoa and chocolate taste underlying it all. Slightly sweet. Faint bitterness closes the finish.

A very good, smooth drinking dark lager. Excellent dark beer complexity wrapped inside a lager smoothness.

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

A Dark Night in Munich pours a dark burgundy color. Plenty of light cuts through, revealing some dark red highlights. Looks good. A tan head covers the top and stands about a finger and a half tall. It recedes somewhat quickly. Lacing was on the light, spotty side. Not bad at all.

The nose is pretty good. It’s a tad weak and would benefit from more strength. It smells a little sweet up front. Caramel malt is front and center. It has a rather strong yeasty scent through. It’s interesting…and doughy. It smells fruity and a bit spicy. Apple, plum, and pepper scents are all present. It’s an interesting mix that works pretty well. Alcohol is blended very well and is hardly noticeable.

The flavor is a notch better. Good stuff. It’s definitely malty and sweet. Caramel and toffee flavors anchor things down nicely. There’s a bit toasted malt in the mix, as well. It’s a little fruitier than I anticipated. Apple and pear flavors are relatively strong. There is a hint of plum, but it’s secondary. Yeast is definitely noticeable. It is doughy and seems to add a peppery spice flavor. A touch of grassy noble hops is noted on the tail. Alcohol is buried. I’m not getting any in flavor. Finishes fruity and yeasty.

A Dark Night in Munich has a medium body. Carbonation is light and soft. Feels very night and smooth. It goes down incredibly easy. I could honestly handle a couple of these easily.

A Dark Night in Munich is a pretty good addition to the Longshot series. It’s rather straight forward and simple. Overall, it’s a pretty nice representation of the style. It hits all the bells and whistles without making any missteps. I’m enjoying it. If you’re looking for a reason to pick up this year’s Longshot release…well…this is a pretty good one.

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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 RonfromJersey
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.95/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle pours a medium chestnut color with great clarity. Decent cap of creamy tan head sticks around well enough and leaves some spotty lace.

Nose is darkly roasted crushed grains with a hint of sweetness. It is not coffee, nor is it chocolate, toffee or caramel...the only way to describe it is the smell you get at a homebrew shop when feeding some dark malted barley into the crusher...go figure, haha.

The taste just doesnt seem to do it for me as far as a dunkel is concerned. It is too astringent and the roast too bold. There is some definite coffee ground flavor going on here. The nutty, tannic bitterness lasts waaay too long on the palate. I love a good dunkel and was looking forward to this one the most in the longshot pack. I ended up liking it the least! A good dunkel goes down easy and smooth, this one is harsh and barfalicious. Im already wondering who I can pawn these off on if I end up buying another longshot pack this year, the other two offerings were worthy of a repeat purchase.

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

Clear copper color with and aggressive off white head.

Heavy on the bready malt smell, almost sourdough.

Bready malt taste with a little earth and grass notes.

Mouthfeel is soft and light on the carbonation.

A decent beer and a good homebrew.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass. This appears a chesnut brown with good clarity. Thin head that dissappeared towanrd the end and did not lace. The aroma has some malt and hints of sweetness. The taste starts off with mild malt with hints of vanilla followed by a good bread finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth 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 KarlHungus
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear mahogany color. The head is an inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of dark caramel, toffee, and bready. The taste is similar to the aroma with a bit more of a breadiness to it. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a nice Munich Dunkel, but there are better versions out there that I would buy before this. It just doesn't have the complexity in the malt character that I look for in a dunkel.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A very dark brown very clear in color 1/4 inch of head that turns to an exceptionally nice tan colored lace ring.

S - Smells of nice Dunkel notes of dark fruits, roast, and a touch of bread.

T - Ow wow it has some weird "sharp" character that is reminiscent of hard water of BMC. It's must be the malt since it doesn't really taste of hard water is just "sharp"

Mostly the flavor is toasted malt with mild caramels and a finish of mild roast. It's good.

M - Medium and chewy a good munich style lager.

Despite of the weird sharp malt which resides in the beginning of each sip it's still quite a good beer and worth trying.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle stamped for best by AUG

A= Pours produces a dark brown color with a small off white head on it that holds little retention and lacing on the side of the glass.

S= The smell is fun. A nice mix of sort of "poopy" malt as well as some of the darker roasted malts. Little hop character and it really smells like a loaf of bread with a dark twang.

T= The taste is again some of the wheaty "poopy" malt character which despite the name is actually enjoyable. The roast character is lost in the delicious wheat character. Again little hopping but a solid drinkable wheaty flavor.

M= The mouth is lighter than the color would tell. Lagers are always a trick on the tongue.

O= Loving this. Another solid brew from longshot brews. Tasty flavors with a loager drinkablity. Worth trying again and so far I'm impressed with this mix pack.

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

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a medium copper with a soft white head, nice lace.

S: Sweet malt, toffee, hint of toast.

T: Nice sweet malty flavour, hint of molasses, toffee, and caramel, but well balanced with the hops and a very mild acidity.

M: Medium-bodied, frothy carbonation, smooth, easy to drink.

O: Quite a good Dunkel Lager, a style you don't see very often, but one I love from Germany. Hops Sam Adams makes this a regular.

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