LongShot Old Ale | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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LongShot Old AleLongShot Old Ale

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by billybob on 01-20-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 232 |  Reviews: 207
Photo of auxiliary
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

appearance - Nice ruby color, very nice offwhite tannish head. Some lacing here.

smell - Roasted malts, and molasses.

taste - Malts, fruits, and alchole taste here.

mouthfeel - Sweet, syrupy and foamy.

drinkability - Wow. I just sent an email to Sam Adams and some how they need to buy this from the long shot winner. One of the best 5 beers I have tasted. Loved this beer I can drink it all night.

Aged it for a year, and drank it Feb. 08 To die for I think, it was so good, I miked it becuase I only aged one. Sweet molasses here.

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Photo of asabreed
4.79/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a Thomas Hardy's snifter. Best by June 2007.

Appearance: A gorgeous ruby color with some plum highlights to add to the darkness of the brew. With some swirls, some absolutely gorgeous lacing akin to pointalism is left all around the glass, and the outeredge'd ring keeps thick and off-white.

Smell: Rich and complex, with molasses, vanilla, honey, dark maple, brown sugar, candied raisins, hints of figs, dark bread, caramel richness. Not only are all of these aromas present, but they're volatile and balanced. I don't get much hops, but they're probably in there somewhere. This is like a liquid cake better at the finest bakery around.

Taste: I have to say, everything from the aroma really comes together in the taste wonderfully, with the long finish of dessert sweetness and a bit of citrus hops for good measure. What I really love about this is that in its seemingly young stage, there's not much hop presence to mask the richness that would, I think, ordinarily come out after it's in the cellar for a bit. Here, though, there's enough hops by the finish not to make it syrupy or too rich, but there's also a complete mask of the alcohol, which baffles me. Wonderful stuff all around, and unfortunately way to easy to drink, 10.6% ABV or not.

Mouthfeel: Luscious and coating without feeling cloying or nearly too rich in the least, and enough carbonation to also contribute without making itself either too known or too little known.

Drinkability: Certainly the best of the 3 Longshot brews, and quite easily the best Old Ale I've had in a long time. The worst thing about this is that I only have one more bottle. I'd love to see this as a seasonal staple, though sadly I doubt that will ever happen. Maybe it's time to lay the other one down and savor the fact that I still have it to drink eventually.

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Photo of CJStout
4.72/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Anticipation is high, I heard a lot of this brew. Looking forward to kicking its tires. Bought in the Long Shot 6-pack. Brown bottles.

Appearance - Pours deep ruby/copper color with great clarity (when held to light). Slight off-white head dissapates quickly, but does not disappear. Some clingy lace.

Smell - Nice malty aroma, deep and complex.

Taste - Great Big beer taste without any downside. Very tastety. Big malty taste with a hint of raisin and molasses. For the size of the beer it is very balanced, yet a slight bias to sweetness - certainly NOT overpowering in any way. The taste is so pleasant, it really makes you question its advertised ABV (10.6%). Delicious.

Mouthfeel - Heavy, slick and smooth but that is to be expected for an old ale. Low to medium carbonation.

Drinkability - Wow! Great beer. Can only drink one in any session, but quite the star in any line-up. A very statisfying, delicious, treat.

Great job Don Oliver, and thank you Jim Koch bringing this great beer to the market.

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Photo of nriech
4.67/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ranking this at #1 of this series of LongShot. Hire this guy on now SA!

Appearance: Dark copper color with ruby highlights.

Smell: Totally awesome. Sweet malts, caramel, alcohol, a little of dark fruits like plum or dates.

Taste: Excellent. Toasted malts, sweet caramel, and vanilla. An equal amount of hops and malt make it very enjoyable. Alcohol is definately there but not overpowering. A little sticky. An excellent sipper. I think would age nicely.

Please make this a regular and keep it coming, at least as a seasonal. I know its already been said but agree that this is the American Samiclaus.

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Photo of TheDragonTony
4.65/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is the first beer that I've tried from the LongShot series, and if the other two brews are as good as this then the $30 I spent on the case was obscenely well spent! One note before I get to the specifics; I've not tried any other Old Ales before so I have no stylistic basis (other than the style description that I've read on this site) to compare this to.

A- This beer poured with a slight head that quickly receded, but left a nice lacing on my glass. The color is a deep brown, holding it up to the lights reveals a reddish tinge, as well as that it is crystal clear.

S- The smell is fruity (I get figs most of all, but I know there are others there that I'm not identifying) and a bit spicy, but not overly strong.

T- I get the figs and spice that I mentioned in the smell, as well as a nice maltiness (which is well balanced by the hops) and just a bit of alcohol presence.

M- Very full creamy mouthfeel with not too much carbonation.

D- This is quite a drinkable brew. However, I don't think that I would be able to drink more than a few of these in a night.

Obviously I really like this beer, I think that it is exceptional. One final note I put the bit about the hops in parenthesis because while they are there, to me they mostly balance out that wonderful maltiness.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.62/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark ruby-red pour with a substantial foamy head atop it. Very nice aroma! Sweet dark-chocolate malt with a coppery-metalic vinous, slightly vinegary smell. At least as good as Olde Suffolk! Very nice flavor as well, chewy sweet cocoaish malt with lots of fruity esters (I imagine slow-cooked apples, caramelizing in their own juices, maybe with some raisins or dried cherries added), with just enough bitterness to take an edge of the sweetness, together with some subtle and not-quite-identifiable spiciness. It's a heady brew, but the alcohol is only apparent in its warming qualities, never making an appearance in the taste. Quite full-bodied, but soft and creamy as well.

Superb! It's too bad this beer can't come in its own 6-pack, or better yet, as a yearly offering from Sam Adams. Replace the bland Old Fezziwig with this beer, and I'll vow to buy cases of it every year!

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.57/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Mahogany color, thick and sizzling white head that vanishes instantly. The nose is welcoming--dark fruits, deep roasted malts, sugary soaked raisins and traces of warming alcohol. Initially, the sips maintain dark fruits, plums, black cherries and rum-soaked raisins. Full bodied to the core and nothing to be shy about! Toasted malts with edgy spicy hops, leafy-like in flavoring, but they are quickly over powered by the medicinal-herbal body. Dark cherry malts, molasses and a warmed-dark-cola tasting! Dark berries and warmed rum come into play; just a bit carbonated, which contributes to the sweet and enjoyable flavorings. Don Oliver--you have produced an outstanding beer! Sam Adams--get this thing in your yearly offerings! You will not find a better old ale that this long shot!

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.52/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

For sure a worthy winner of Sam Adams Longshot contest. I mean, come on folks, this is a nationwide winner for the biggest of the small breweries in this country. It was destined for greatness, which it is. Nice deep mahogany color, with a slight wispy head. Malts out the yin-yang. If you are a malt lover, this is for you! Only the slightest hop bite at the end. Drinkability s off the charts, at 10.6% you will not, I repeat, will not find a more drinkable beer at this ABV. With the exception of SA Impy Pils, this is the best Sam Adams out there.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.52/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$8.99 for the mixed Longshot 6'er. This one is 10.6% ABV. Whoa. Brewed by Dan Oliver from California. Pours out to a thick deep mahogany, forming a whipped yellow head with very good retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is very large...rich with dark fruit..prune, dates, figs...some thick malty sweetness is in there with lots of fruity esters...crystal malt grain husk in droves and when swirled, a grassy pungent sweet hop nose kicks in. Wonderful nose. As expected, massive body with a chewy, oily mouthfeel. Taste begins with the grassy hops, followed by the thick malt sweetness, dark fruits, whisky, moist pipe tobacco, and leather. Grain husk and a TON of vanilla hangs on the tongue in the aftertaste with a mild residual berry sweetness. Expertly balanced with no off-flavors.

Impressive young padawan. This is an excellent Old Ale. I could see this coming from Avery/Rogue/Great Lakes/Goose Island, but color me impressed Sam Adams!

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.51/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a clear brownish-amber color. The head is small, white, and recedes quickly into thin lacing. The aroma is of malt, caramel, candy, with a hint of alcohol. The taste is of caramel, toffee, peat, and alcohol. There is also a slight hint of butter. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a high level of carbonation. Overall, this is a very good old ale. I would certainly buy this again.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Easily the jewel in this year's LongShot line, Don Oliver's Old Ale delivers a remarkably balanced, rich, and malty ale.

It's clear, ruby-accented mahogany body is topped by a massive head of frothy tan foam that settles slowly into a thick finger of creaminess. The head retention is excellent, and it leaves remarkable lace throughout almost the entire glass.

The welcomes you with a solid hand shake of deeply caramelized malt and a sparkle of vinous fruitiness. There are notes of brown sugar, sweet red wine, and damp fallen leaves.

The first sip is rich and full and almost overwhelming... this one's definitely a sipper!!! Dark fruits (plum, prune, fig, black cherry, raisin) combine with dark sugars (brown sugar - deeply caramelized - but not scorched, molasses, even a touch of maple) within a rich, bready and toasty malt base. Some dark cocoa appears, almost like a warm, soft brownie at the swallow; and its rigid bitterness calls for notice from below. Suddenly, the cocoa vanishes, and some vinous and sherry-like character appears in the finish. A wide smear of leafy hops step in, along with a smudge of herbal character, and from there it simply lingers, slowly ebbing away with dull notes of dark cherry skins and apple. The alcohol never really makes an impression, although its influence is seen in the black cherry, sherry, and red wine characteristics.

Superbly done! Incredibly impressive!!!! If you enjoy old ales or even strong ales or barleywines DO NOT LET THIS ONE PASS YOU BY!!!!

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Photo of nortmand
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown-red pour with a sturdy tan head.

Huge malty nose. Caramel molasses And the faintest of resiny hops.

Raisin sweet up front, honey and molasses mid tongue. By the end, there is this fantastic grainy malt character and a balancing bitterness.

Huge body and fairly drinkable, the alcohol is well hidden. Balance is the name of the game with this brew.

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Photo of bonbini26
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Wickedly good in every measure. Dark ruby brown color, not murky, thick tan and sticky head. The aroma is stong and intense, all malt with some dark druits like figs and raisins and a hint of alcohol. The flavor is dominated by the sweetness from the malts, with a balance in the after-taste made up of mild bitterness and alcohol warmth. Thick mouthfeel and outstanding drinkability for the strength.

What an awesome beer. Long Shot is a great concept, it allows you to try only the best beers from the myriad submitted to the Boston Beer Company homebrew contest. You can't help but get good product after that review process.

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Photo of alexgash
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at 55 degrees F.

Brandy-hued, ruby body. Clear and damn-near sparkling. Inch-thick pad of dense, light brown head with good lacing. Looks mighty tempting! Blackberries, cotton candy sugar, plums, sweet figs, grape soda, and tobacco make up a deliciously complex nose. Burnt toffee, toasted bitterness, chocolate, and leather flavors up front. Rummy, mostly sweet malts follow with notes of dark fruits (plums, blackberries) and slightly tart grapes/vinous character. Herbal, faintly metallic, dry bitterness in the finish with lingering molasses and fruit skin sweetness. Full-bodied, syrupy feel that dries out in the finish a little. Very well made and I would love it if SA kept this around as a seasonal!

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great and easy to drink brew. Incredible complexity between malts. Caramel undertones with chocolate domination and a nice hop bitterness too balance. Alcohol is deceiving in this brew. It is my favorite of the long shot edition. Quite a treat. Glad to see one of my favorite styles make it in the longshot mix pack.

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Photo of scarletfire79
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

nice dark ruby red color. i agree with previous reviews in that this beer is very "active". tons of bubbles, nice head and the nose is great. smells kind of tangy but i definitly pick up on that herbal vibe. slight alcohol but not much for being over 10%. the taste is very smooth. almost a flavor of licorice or anise. not over powering at all. just very smooth, too smooth. i would love to get my hands on some more of this.

the only other old ale i've ever tried was the recent harpoon 100 bl. offering. this blows that one out of the water. very solid. i like this one a lot and am looking forward to the rest of the longshot six pack.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.46/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a four finger light brown head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Nice clear deep mahogany color. Light carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Molasses nose. Flavor is sweet molasses/caramel, not cloying, high ABV is hidden. $7.49 6-pak, 12oz bottle from Capital Convenience Concord, NH.

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Photo of WesWes
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep red/mahogany color with a 1/2" offwhite head that fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a wonderful malt scent that boasts of crystal and roasted malts. It's warm and inviting. The taste is awesome. It's warm and malty with lots of complexity in the malt bill. It goes down easy and finishes a bit dry with some residual sweetness. This is one tastey beer. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a special brew. They should consider brewing this one every year as part of their winter beer collection.

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Photo of NCSUdo
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

A: Opaque dark brown with ruby hints under a very small head that doesn't stick around too long.

S: Excellent smell. Maple sugar, roasted nut, red liquorice, really excellent.

T: Nice sweetness up front followed by some roasted character and warming alcohol. Well balanced tastewise. The sweet red liquorice character shows up on the front of the tongue as well. Damn near excellent taste.

M/D: Big bodied, carbonation has held up well and it tends to stick around oh so subtlely in the finish. Drinkability suffers only due to ABV, but this is one that could be sipped a few at a time a cool night.

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Photo of Gusler
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer departs the 12 ounce bottle a bit hazy and a mahogany color with some ruby highlights at the edges, the head towers above the body, creamy in texture, and an off white color, as it ever so slowly fades to nothing but a seal on top the body, the lace forms a fine sheet to obscure the glass. Nose is steeped in lightly roasted malt with a nut like sweetness, hints of port wine, magnificent this nose. Front has a bountiful malt presence, hints of hops and a bit vinous, top is medium in feel. Finish has a perfect hop spiciness, the acidity tingles the palate, dry enduring aftertaste, and to me the best of the LongShot series and I look forward to more beers from the masterful home brewers.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one into a mason drinking jar. I'm visiting my parents and there is not too much glassware to choose from. This old ale pours a nice deep chestnut color with a thick tan head. The head leaves a nice lace on the glass as it slowly fades.

The aroma is of sweet malt and ripe pears. Taste is also sweet and malty at first, with hints of the pear and other ripe fruits then giving way to alcohol a hop bitterness that finishes long and strong. This beer is very warm and fulfilling.

Mouthfeel is a bit thick with a ton of carbonation. This is a nice sipper on a cold February night in Buffalo. Definitely my favorite out of the longshot mixed six-pack.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

CreatedBy Dan Oliver, 2006 Homebrew winner.

AP: What a beautifully deep mahogony color with ruby-red hues...really good looking. Very active and lively, many bubbles streaming up to create a 1/8" deep, totally even and creamy muddy-white colored head.

Nose: A very aromatic Sweet and herbal malt scent with nuts, cinnemon and a tangy fruit effect. Heavy malt on the nose, alcohol heat tingles the nose.

Taste: Wow, A very rich, buttery molasses malted flavor, nice complexity that includes: Smoked oak and caramalized malts, with an herbal, earthy and mildly bitter hop effect that balances this out very well. Subtle flavors are: Roasted nuts, burnt caramel, and a tangy and sour aftertaste that mellows to a leafy hop flavor lingring on the back of the palate.

MF: Full bodied indeed! Thick and syruppy, slick and smooooth, almost sticky.

DA: This was my favorite of the three "longshots" home brew's. This is easily one of favorite brews in the last year or so. I'm very impressed. I'm feeling the 10.6 % ABV, even from just this 12 oz'er. Nice job Don.

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Photo of billybob
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 american homebrew contest winner came in a six beer box with two other contest winners brew of two bottles each. pours a dark mahogany color with a two finger head, fair head retention and lacing. smell is fruity, caramel, toffee, and coffee. taste very sweet coffee and cherry flavor. mouthfeel heavy and slick, oily smooth feel on the tongue. this is a high test ale so i don't think you need to drink to many.

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LongShot Old Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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