LongShot Old Ale | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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LongShot Old AleLongShot Old Ale
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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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by billybob on 01-20-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of JDV
1.7/5  rDev -56.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

bottle from ford9719. Thanks!
Porus dark maroon with mostly clear body and a short lived tan head. Smell is soy and malt and pretty odd. Taste is tart, and old malt. Not sure this one aged so well. Definitely has that "soy" character strongly about it. A bit thin as well. Lingering awful taste. Drink this now before it gets worse!

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Photo of odbjs735
1.75/5  rDev -55.6%

Photo of semihobo
1.9/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

From the 6er, drink by June 07.

Poured into a chalice at slightly above-fridge temp. Dark brown but I can see through past the bottom of the chalice as I drink. Head died out fast.

Smells of rum and raisins. Lots of residual sugars. Scorched sugar, like the bottom of a flan. Alcohol is sharp. Brown sugar mixed with rum. Coarse, and as it warms and the alcohol gets stronger, offensive.

Brown sugar, raisins, and rum on the tongue, along with an unpleasant astringent taste. There is some bittering but it is overcome by the astrigency and a metallic finish. Not to mention the alcohol is not subtle (I know it's 10.6%, it's still blatant even with that in mind).

Overcarbonated for something this sugary, loses any possible smoothness. Pretty thin bodied.

The nicest description for this would be "young and brash." There's not much to like.... unless you get your jollies from drinking the "imitation vanilla" at the supermarket. Not slamming it, but it is "not impressive" in all dimensions.

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Photo of DogFood11
2.23/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Poured into a snifter it forms a tan head that falls to islands. Picturesque ruby red body with slow rolling carbonation.

Plumbs, crystalized sugar and a touch of cloves. Very sweet to the point of being sickly sweet. This was much better cool, as it warmed the truckloads of unfermented sugars ooooze out.

Notes: My least favorite of the longshots. Nothing turns me off of a beer more than being syrupy, sugary, and a cloying sweetness. This has all three. Great to look at but not for me.

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Photo of goochpunch
2.36/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours out a deep ruby body with a rather thin head (though sizable for a beer with such a high alcohol content), and some spots of "lacing" here and there. Aroma is of dark maltiness, Welch's concentrated fruit punch, banana, and some alcohol. Flavor is of dark malts, dark fruits, perhaps some plums in there, but I get the fruit punch thing as with the smell. There is some banana here as well as hot, medicinal alcohol in the finish. Toasted bread lingers on into the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is thick, slick, and sticky, which wouldn't have been too bad had I enjoyed the flavor profile of this beer. A little too carbonated as well. This isn't for me.

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Photo of Vancer
2.8/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Beer #2 in the mixed pack, and the second one that I wasn’t too happy to drink. It looks OK – a clear mahogany with a quick dying ivory head. Aromas of boysenberry and cherry are a prelude of things to come.

The taste was a major letdown – this stuff was a sour cherry mash, pretty much cough syrup in a bottle. Way to sweet and sticky, I’m glad I only had 2 bottles of this stuff to choke down.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
2.82/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

My last and least favorite out of the three beers in the LongShot six pack.

Crystal clear mahogany liquid with a thin head that disappeared before I could even see what color it was. I'm guessing it was an eggshell color. Very effervescent pour...sounded like Alkaseltzer.

The smell was of sour dark fruits, sweet roasted malts, toffee and alcohol.

The taste has flavors ranging from the spicy alcohol to sweet dark fruits. It is a bit sour and tangy, as well. The sweetness almost becomes intolerable. The further I get into the glass, the less I like it.

Medium body, average carbonation. Cloyingly sweet. I can't even finish this one. I am glad I only have one other bottle to get rid of instead of five.
Give me more of the Boysenberry Wheat.

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Photo of jfcaa193
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.07/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Has the appearance of diluted, thinned out molasses. Heavy carbonation rising throughout the glass and a skightly tan head that holds some decent retention. Nose has a slight pepperiness to it and a stronger sweet, maltiness as well.

Flavor conceals the alcohol wonderfully. However, I find it all rather one-dimensional with a strong malt base and not much else. Malts come across as molasses. Just a slight tang from the hops. Not a whole lot much else. Medium, but slick, mouthfeel that seems to thin out as the beer catches up to room temperature.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.08/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

It's always nice to try something new and recommended. A big brewer giving the limelight to the little guy. Throw in a love interest and some chase scenes, and you have your next summer blockbuster. :D

I poured slow & let the bubbles work their magic. My nose burns a little from the alcohol & citrus notes, but the total richness of it all gives a nudge in a better direction.

Robitussin, but definitely not cherry or grape flavored. More like macerated fruit. Such a deceptive nose. Greasy like cold bacon, but the numbness, my lips, am I willingly being poisoned? The alcohol is soft, but it's coats everything. The alcohol isn't well hidden, it's just smooth. A clean, dry, bready finish helps stop the childhood flashbacks.

Although it is syrupy to no end, it is quite mild in all aspects, & is easy to drink. What does stop me, is the simple mundaneness of it all. Drinking a flat, warm, rum & coke is alright two hours after the guests have gone home & your sitting on the living room floor covered in confetti. It doesn't quite cut it anywhere else.

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Photo of beveritt
3.13/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a snifter. Label depicts the brewer and gives a brief description of him and the beer. BEst by date of June 2007, although at 10.6%, this one is definitely age-worthy.

Appearance: Pours with 1 1/2 inches of creamy, tan head that settles slowly to a thin layer of foam with a ton of lacing. The beer itslef is a beautiful ruby color.

Smell: Sweet, tangy malt with powerful notes of brown sugar, molasses, and plums.

Taste: Very sweet, almost syrupy. Flavors presnt in smell (brown sugar, molasses, and plums) are present, but lack depth; seem to give way to plain sugar sweetness. Alcohol is warming, but not very present in taste.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is decent.

Drinkability: Started out great, but went downhill after smell. Too sweet and cloying. Maybe I will save the other bottle for a year or two and see what happens with some oxidation.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.18/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Inspection: June 2006 (Sampled Dec 2007), 10.6% abv.

Aroma: Mild grape soda note, mild fusel note as well.

Appearance: Very clear brown glass with a thin head that gives loopy lace.

Flavor: Grape, almost artificial, but not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel: Medium light body, moderate carbonation

Overall Impression: A simple beer, it’s good, just not great.

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Photo of jsh420
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of DefenCorps
3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Reading some of the classics (the experiments of Stern and Gerlach, Thompson and others) made me want something old, and this seemed fitting. I had my other bottle shortly after the release and I have no recollection of how it tasted.

Clear ruby red with a dense, light brown head with solid retention and a little lace, this looks good. Giving it a swirl results in a coating of the glass, suggesting that the sweetness might be a bit high.

The nose is big and rich, with a blend of light smoke, vanilla, a little butterscotch and a fairly strong brown sugar and caramel sweetness. A little tobacco is also noticeable; this beer was meant to be aged. Fruity with some pear and plums. Great stuff

The palate opens quite sweet with plenty of grainy and caramel sweetness, there's also a certain harshness to the palate, with honey and molasses-like character. Plenty of fruitiness is perceived, with a mellow fruity tartness present as well. Fruit-character brings to mind apples and pears, no real oxidation is noticeable. A mild tobacco character is noticeable mid-palate, with the sweetness almost making this taste like shisha.The finish is disappointing, mildly sweet with no real lingering flavors of note, just some grainy character and sweetness. A little alcohol is also noted. Full in body with a moderate level of carbonation, this beer is decent. Not the most drinkable beer, but still, a solid effort.

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Photo of guinnessfan
3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into Das Festhaus glass.

A: Dark brown, clear with no head and little lacing.

S: Sweet alcohol, sugar.

T: Rum...sugary, boozy taste. Dark sweet fruits, prunes, raisins, etc. Reminds me of vicks cough syrup, without the flavoring added.

M: Slightly syrupy and sticky. Mild carbonation.

D: Too strong not to be a sipper. Good on a cold night to get warm and drunk. Sting of alcohol and carbonation make it harder to drink a lot.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.31/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle purchased as part of a Longshot 6-pack from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" tan head over the clear reddish brown brew. Head lasts nicely, with tons of lace, esp for the style. Aroma is dominated by alcohol, makes it hard to discern much else. Taste is heavy on the sweet maltiness upfront, some dark fruitiness in the middle, closing with bitterness and alcohol warmth. Have trouble getting past the strong booze aroma, even when drinking. Mouthfeel is smooth, but drinkability is quashed for me by the pervasiveness of the aroma. Maybe it's just me and this time and place, will revisit and edit if the other bottle warrants. Still an interesting brew, esp under a Sam Adams banner.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.36/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - deep reddish amber, a finger's worth of beige head. It's disappearing fast but holding at a thin cover. Some rivulets of lace run down the glass like streamers off of a fireworks flower.

Aroma - caramel, roasted malt, a bock-like sweet breadiness. Not very aromatic strengthwise.

Taste - starts with a hearty roasted grain flavor. The swallow unleashes some warm alcohol and malty sweetness. Finishes with a throatful of vapory warmth and a late dry bitterness that is not nearly so subtle as the label states. Almost a peppery ending with unending alcohol heat. Well tamed for as strong as it is. Went fairly well with some dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel - a good solid feel, moderately carbonated, supporting the flavor well.

Drinkability - a fairly safe old ale despite its alcohol strength. Not a show stopper for me, but it drinks well.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a crystal clear but very dense deep walnut brown body with a thin ring of head. There are tiny bubbles of carbonation slowly gliding to the surface. There is a soft glow from light shining through the base of the glass.

S- This beer has a smooth note of dark malt with strong pot caramel notes and a hint of cardboard as it warms, but overall not much depth.

T- This beer has flavors of pot caramel with a soft wet cardboard note and some nougat flavors. The notes of dark raisins and dark run are soft with a slight sweetness. There is a soft spicy heat in the finish but I don't really notice an alcohol taste.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a slightly watery texture and a tiny fizz in the finish that masks the alcohol heat.

D- This beer has a very smooth and lagered quality about it and there is very little depth to the malt flavors. The alcohol taste and heat are missing which I like to have in 10% or higher beers unless they have been well aged. I wouldn't recommend aging this beer for any amount of time as I don't think it will hold up.

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Photo of Gmann
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep ruby brown color with a smallish cream colored head, light lacing. The smell is of dark fruit, rum raisins, carob, not particuliarly strong. The taste is more lively, sweet, rummy, carob tones, syrupy cola, a little bitter in the end. Well bodied but a bit over carbonated for an ale, some lingering bitterness. An average drinker, good for one not sure about more in a sitting, a bit too sweet, almost sticky. Worth a try.

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Photo of drseamus
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a deep rich ruby color with very little head but visible carbonation. The aroma is full of rum and raisins. The flavor is very smooth and full bodied, and i can feel some of the alcohol after the sip. The taste is full of raisins and malt. Overall, I'm not terribly impressed with this beer.

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Photo of GrandpaGeorg
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had high hopes for this. Anything called Old Ale had to be good, right? And for flavor, this one had it all. Complex, malty body with tart overtones of hops. But, for me, the astringent alcohol flavor got in the way of really enjoying the beer. Some dark ales can carry a higher ABV with little impact on taste. For some reason, with this one, the alcohol hits you from the start and just never lets up. Not something I'd buy. Ironically, the same beer with a lower ABV (and less noticable alcohol presence) would be nearly perfect.

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Photo of balconybrew
3.42/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Posted from notes.

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a deep golden amber with minimal head that didn't leave any lacing. The aroma is of dark fruits and sweet. Plums, cherries, figs, a hint of cinnamon. The taste is of dark sweet malts. The alcohol warms all the way down. Very heavy body that sticks to your tounge. This was a one glass beer for me.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I very much appreciate what Sam Adams is doing with the Longshot series, and I'll keep buying them as long as they keep doing it just to support the concept as long as the beers are decent. So far so good- this beer isn't bad, but I don't think it holds a candle to the Dortmunder. This one pours a nice dark ruby with a thin head but good lacing. The smell is exactly like blackstrap molasses. The taste has more molasses up front, a more subdues sweetness throughout, some alcoholic wineiness, and a late hit of some hops. The mouthfeel is a little sticky, but there is an appropriate heft for the abv. This one is a little over the top, and sweet for an old ale, but hey, it is an old ale, and it probably needs to age. I'm going to stick a couple away for a year and see what happens. I suspect it will improve a good deal. Not bad as is, but could use some more integration nd softening.

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Photo of Budlum
3.47/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pouring this beer produces a short, tan head that quickly dissolves. The body is a rich, mahogany and red color with good clarity.

As expected, the nose of this beer presents a huge malt profile. A strong, dark rye bread smell blends with sweet brown sugar and a myriad of spice notes. Dark fruits blend with a light, warming alcohol smell towards the end of a sniff.

A strong, malty flavor blends with prunes and a strong cinnamon flavor. The cinnamon flavor seems to slowly grow stronger. Some vanilla blends in a long with a mild, bourbon-like wood quality. Alcohol content is noticeable but it isn't too extreme. Overall, the malt flavors dominate and provide for a strong finish.

The mouthfeel has a lively, spicy feel with a nice texture.

Drinkability is pretty good. The huge, malty profile is tasty but it gets a little too harsh for the palate. Thankfully, the alcohol content is masked well.

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LongShot Old Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 232 ratings