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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 allengarvin
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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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 TheManiacalOne
3.83/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of barczar
3.83/5  rDev +3%
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.

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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 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 Zachtheporter
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Mason jar mug.

A- Pours a deep dark ruby tinted brown. Has a tan colored bubbly, foamy head. Leaves a generous lacing on the edges of the glass.

S- The smell is malty with a bit of a cola scent to it. Has a slightly yeasty character to it as well that is slightly hard to detect that adds a very mild sour note to the finish.

T- The start is slightly sweet and malty with another show of cola flavor. Has a bit of a bready doughiness to it as well. Has some malty notes throughout the whole body most of which give off a more bready and sweet grainy flavor. Has a slight bit of cocoa/toffee flavor to it as well that is barely noticeable.

M- Very smooth and full bodied with medium/low carbonation (more on the low side really).

O- A very enjoyable lager for a style that doesn't seem to get enough attention these days. Has some very strong bread and "dough' notes throughout it all rather than more of a sweeter malt profile but being a malt head I think that it's awesome. The mouth feel seemed somewhat off a bit though with how watery it felt overall. A beer I'm glad I got to try.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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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 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 jlindros
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours into my SA Perfect Pint Glass with the perfect head, that reaches 2 fingers to the very top of the glass and fades very slowly, reinforced by quite a few bubbles rising from the bottom. The slightly darker colored fluffy head fades slowly but leaves much lacing on the sides as if the lacing still exists within the sides of the glass. The beer is a crystal clear mahogany slight chestnut ruby colored beer.

Nose brings coppery malts, semi sweet brown toasty malts bring a bit of a biscuity almost bready malt aroma. Sweeteners ensue with a bit of a caramel and slight molasses syrupy like aroma, hint of toffee. Then gives way to a hint of grassy hops but quite faint as I have to swirl it a bit to coax it out. The head is still slowly dying, making it still difficult to get the rest of the aroma out from under it. I do get a slight lager crispness coming through as well.

Taste comes in layers of malts again, mostly sweeteners this time starting with some caramel, molasses, and hint of toffee, giving a decent sweet kick that doesn't get too sweet or nagging. The next layer of malt complexity brings some toasty reddish coppery malts with some biscuity brown malt. That all dances around my mouth in layers blending nicely, and leaving just enough room for a bit of a grassy and slight herbal hop flavor. The hops get just slightly bitter but not much, although they also bring forward a slight bitterness from a darker roasted, maybe heavy crystal malt. I think I get a hint of a fruity flavor, a yeasty fruit, with maybe even a hint of bananas foster like flavors, and slight earthy root like taste (think root beer). The lager profile is almost completely drowned out by the layers of malts and sweetness as it tries to dry on the finish and move toward a crisp lager, but can't seem to make it. The sweetness on the finish seems to remain a bit, and the bitterness ramps slightly but is still a background profile to the sweeteners that all linger fairly well.

Mouth is med bodied but a bit creamy and slightly lush, carbonation actually seems a bit less than I though as the beer gets heavy and layers the tongue without the carbonation rest.

Overall not bad, a nice toasty brown and sweet malt profile, with some decent hops that come through but lets the malts be the star of the show. I would have liked the lager flavors to come through a bit more, especially on the finish which could have benefited from a drier and crisp finish. Other than that a decent drinkable dunkel.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from old notes.
12oz bottle poured into a lager glass.

A: Brown in color with caramel shades. Tight beige head, great retention. Plenty of foamy lacing coating the glass in sheets.

S: Brown sugar, brown cocoa, caramel, crust. Rich and inviting. Hints of floral hopping and dried herbs.

T: Brown molasses up front. Brown cocoa and nutty flavors. Bread crust. Dried grass and tame herbal hops in the background. Hint of vague fruit and perhaps just the slightest suggestion of alcohol. Finishes with lingering caramel, molasses, and cocoa.

M: Medium bodied. Full-ish. Rounded and creamy. Moderate carbonation.

O: Well executed, an all-around good brew.

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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 morebeergood
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from the bottle into a tall pilsner glass. Tons of cola-like carbonation. Nice sized white head on top of a leather brown body. Smell was very malty and bready. Taste was certainly pleasant. I liked the flavors of fig and maple syrup. Only downfall here was the mouthfeel. I found this beer to be way too sweet; almost sticky on the palate as it warms to room temp. A tasty beer, but really need to drink it cold to avoid the sugariness that builds up at the end.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of Kromes
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A clear dark brown with a finger's width tan colored head with a little lacing down the glass.

S: Toasted honey and bready malt.

T: Sweet honey toasted malt up front with a roasted malt flavor in the background. The bready yeast comes through in the finish with the earthy, roasted malt.

M: Medium bodied with a spicy feel from the carbonation.

O: Lots of malt in this one. I do like how you can differentiate between the different types of malt in the beer. Gives it some depth. Well done.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
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

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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 GarthDanielson
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is an amber-highlighted chestnut coloring with a sparse, uneven, yellowish film covering the surface of the brew. Aromas of rich, sweet nut and earthy peat, with a slight smoking. Smells good. Flavors are dark and sugary sweet, with a hazelnut backbone and some earthy roasted highlights. Caramel and syrup sweetness underly all flavors, and transition into the rich and dark aftertaste. Slightly cloying finish, with a touch of bitterness to clean the palate. Surprisingly light and easy to drink, with rich and layered malty flavors. This is a tasty, light beer.

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Photo of edfish
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Longshot went up in price this year to 11$ a six. Trying this one first not to bad...
Had in a bottle.
Taste is very smooth not to "dark" tasting. Definatly has the german malt taste to it. Not overpowering.
Very consistant taste start to finish, light dry, malt lingering.
I like this beer.

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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 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 bum732
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S: Malty, bready, very bready in fact, slightly funky, some herbal hoppiness.

L: Crystal clear dark red, light tan, creamy head with great retention and lacing.

T: Rich bready malt with dark fruit undercurrents. Raisin like bread with some cinnamon. Medium low herbal hops with a touch of hop flavor. Finishes slightly sweet with some residual hoppiness and dark fruit on the palate. Gets very fruity as it warms.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation.

Pretty good, big flavors. A tad sweet and not very clean in the finish. Very fruit forward, breadiness takes a backseat. Must be lots of munich malt.

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Photo of Bung
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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