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

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BA SCORE
84
good

128 Reviews
THE BROS
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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)
Massachusetts, United States | website

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 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 jaasen64
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Sam Adam's Longshot Brewing Contest 6-pack. Poured into Sam Adams glass.

A- Pours a translucent dark amber/copper color, almost no head, average carbonation.

S- Yeasty maltiness mixed with floral notes. Not too aromatic.

T- Some caramel malts, yeasty, slightly sweet and a little bit bitter.

M- Medium bodied, average carbonation, well-balanced.

O- Another quality beer from the Sam Adams Longshot 6-pack. Not nearly as much taste as the Five Crown Imperial Stout, hence the lower rating but not bad for the style. Could definitely use some more flavor and aroma, but not bad for a home-brew and you can't beat the price on the 6-pack. Next up the Derf's Secret Alt.

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

The Saturday night tickathon continues. Best by August 2012

A very dark brown that reveals itself as not-black only when held up against the light, this beer is capped with a dense, creamy, light brown head with good retention and nice lacing. The nose is toasty and roasty, with a lot of nice grain character. Mildly fruity as well, with some dark fruit character coming out as I swirl it. There's also a lot of dark chocolate and even a little bit of smoke present here. Quite nice.

The palate opens with quite a bit of creamy dark chocolate (rather unsweetened, though), a little bit of coffee, a mild fruitiness (dates?) and brown sugar. Not as much Munich malt breadiness as I expect for the style - in fact, there's very little. Medium-light in body and drying on the finish with roast and cocoa lingering, this beer is pretty good. Carbonation is moderate. Decent, solid stuff.

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Photo of ToddT
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, best before August 2012. Served in a pilsener glass, the beer pours a clear ruby red/brown color with a half inch light tan head that went away quickly. There's also a decent amount of lacing. The beer smells like caramel and toasted malt, nuts, chocolate, and a bit of toffee. Taste is mostly like the aroma, but there's also a bit of brown sugar and spice (maybe nutmeg?) noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy with a good amount of carbonation. It's also smooth and easy to drink. Another solid brew from the Longshot mixed six pack. I think it's worth trying.

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Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A clear burgundy colored lager with a one-finger, tan head of foam. Nice retention and some thin sheets of lace left on the pint glass.

S - It smelled of roasted oats, malt and sweet breads. A slight floral presence.

T - It tasted of roasted malt with some dark chocolate. Nice spicy bitterness adds some balance.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied brew with a dry finish.

O - This is a nice Munich Dunkel Lager. Another some homebrew added to the Longshot series.

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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 Jadjunk
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"Corey has been working on his Munich-style Dunkel for some time and the result is this amber, medium-bodied brew. With a nice malty backbone, this lager has roasty, slightly spicy notes and a traditional doughy character from the yeast. It is well worth the time he took to perfect it." Brewed in the style of a Munich Dunkel Lager, available exclusively as part in the Longshot Variety 6 packs, a one time release best-of-competition lager. Although I purchased this in November, the date on the bottle is ticked at Mid-August 2012. First of three reviews from the series.

Poured from a 12 oz. glass to a pilsner glass. Served north of 58º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a thin crispy foam head that recedes slightly below average, color is a nutty cream white, lacing is thin and droopy. Body color is a deep amber red with some pale coloration at thin spots, carbonation presentation is medium. Light creamy surface cover. Pretty nice appearance- I like the body color and depth but the head and lacing could be of better quality. 3.5

(Smell) Malt presence is mildly spicy and earthy, deep caramelized malts in aroma, very toasty munich. Generally clean but also bready lager yeast aroma, a slight puff of grainy bitterness is also notable. Some mild bitter hop presence is notable, mostly earthy blends. More malt forward but not overly sweet; it's rather complex. I much like the aroma- whether it is common for the style or not, the malt complexity makes for an intriguing anticipation. 4

(Taste) Doughy, sweet yet rasp malt character with a little earthy and nutty bitterness and alcohol puff on the back end. A bit doughy sweet malt forward but falls short on bitter qualities as well as complementary body- thin mouthfeel doesn't pair ideally with the complex malt profile of this beer. It needs something thicker and/or creamier. Flavor-wise, it's quite drinkable despite having some huskiness to the malt bill, but doesn't have the ideal balance that I think it should. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Medium+ body for the style, medium overall. Very shallow carbonation presence, not quite creamy in texture, it's just a touch fluffy. Alcohol presence is medium. Carbonation is in general a bit lacking throughout- this one could have a touch more froth or cream to better compliment the malt bill and accentuate the flavor. 3

(Overall) Pretty nice Dunkel Lager, it's a bit cloying at times due to the elevated sweetness and the carbonation presence is shallow. I could envision this being fine tuned to a far superior beer but due to my recent introduction to the style, I'm just glad to have tried something new and can't find any major flaws that would keep me from enjoying another of these. 3.5

Boston Beer Company's
Longshot 2012: A Dark Night In Munich
3.55/5.00

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Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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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 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 Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a nice looking brown color, it's clear and had good visibility through the glass. The smell of the beer is a mixture of malts and lager yeast aromas, there are some subtle hop notes as well. The taste of the beer gives off a nice dry Dunkel like flavor from the roasted malts and earthy notes from the yeast. The mouthfeel of the beer was medium bodied, not heavy at all but not light either. The carbonation was was sharp but still drinkable. Overall this beer was pretty good.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
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

1500

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Photo of Beejay
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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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 johnnnniee
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber bordering on brown with a smallish beige head that dissipates quickly and leaves minimal lace. Smells of caramel and dark fruit mostly. Smooth malty aroma with maybe a hint of chocolate if I squint a bit. Taste is fairly smooth with lots of caramel and burnt sugar along with darker fruits in the form of prunes and plums. Maybe a hint of chocolate in there as well. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a solid malty grainy mouthfeel. I enjoyed this one a bit more than the other two in the sixer. It pairs well with chocolate chip cheesecake, but that was a happy accident. I've had better dunkels, but this one is not half bad.

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Photo of DrJay
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear reddish brown with a fluffy beige cap. Good head retention, sticky lacing. Nutty and bready aroma, malt with a hint of cola and cocoa, molasses, faint raisin. Medium bitterness with a bit of lingering bitterness. Malty, nutty and bready, slightly grainy, slightly sweet, brown sugar. Grain husk astringency, creamy carbonation, medium body, decent texture overall. Easy drinking.

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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 beerluvr
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of Dodt
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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