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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Photo of Bierguy5
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clear and mahongany in color. Thick off-white foamy head that lasts forever, despite the size of this beer. Vey nice patches of sticky lace stuck to the glass. Huge malty, caramel, candied fruit and brown sugar aroma. A bit of citrusy hops too. Toffee flavors, caramel and some dark fruits. Thick, robust, and almost syrupy. Fairly low carbonation. Malt character lingers on the palate for quite some time. Alcohol is very well hidden. Seems to be a close cousin of a strong Scottish Ale. Very well made. I think this is the best of the Longshot pack, but I was very pleased with all 3.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice mahogany color with a frothy tan head that leaves nice lacing...beauty of a beer. The aroma is also impressive with notes of sherry, date, fig, blackberry, molasses, some roastiness, a slight earthy hoppiness and a hint of alcohol. The flavor is similar to the aroma with a huge malt character, notes of fig, date, blackberry, molasses, burnt bread, sherry, nutmeg and plum. The mouthfeel is medium with light carbonation and excellent drinkability with little to no alcohol presence. An excellent old ale, drinkable and not overbearing with alcohol.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Longshot Old Ale by Don Oliver
12 oz brown bottle
Best before June 2007 clearly notched on the side label
Served in a Chouffe Houblon goblet

* Superbowl Sunday - XLI *

Pours a dark red with ruby highlights that shine through. A massive head froms and then settles to a thin lace around the glass. Little spots of sticky lacings cling to the sides of the goblet.

The nose is juicy with hints dark fruits and ripe black cherries.

A sweet and syrupy mouthfeel lays down the base with malty prune flavors. The cherry flavors are omnipresent. Reminds me of Ludens cherry cough drops with a brown sugar sweetness. Each sip is quite rich and vinous with a mini hop presence.

My question is, where the heck is the is the 10.6% ABV!? It's extremely well-hidden under the complexity of flavors. Definitely the highlight of the Longshot series.

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Photo of tonistruth
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- clear mahogany, two finger thin creamy off white head, retent is okay, filmy lace, head settles to a ring

S- spicy, slight whiffs of alcohol, raisin and caramel

T- spicy, date and raisin fruit flavors, sweetness is balanced well, alcohol is evident (especially as it warms)

M- medium body, alcohol heat, warm and smooth

D- drinkable but not sessionable, but is enjoyable. special occasion kind of brew, very fine

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Photo of chilidog
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first of this three bottle series, I was bost excited on this Old Ale, esp. when I noticed the 10.6% abv. Not that I was looking for a big kick, its that this was a good sign to me this homebrew series is the real deal as home quality gets.

The beer poured a nice rich deep mahogany red, small tan head, not much lace with I thought carbonation abit up and the body alittle lighter than I expected which aided its drinkability which was outstanding.

Aroma was slight malt, not to strong
The taste was malted with dark fruits like plum and raisin. Hops were mild and the alcohol was not overpowering. Again, aids the drinkability which was outstanding!!

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Photo of oberon
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an oversized wine glass a deep mahogany color with deep amber tint showing thru a well formed but quick to fade off white head atop.Alot of stuff going on aroma wise first of I picked up notes of spiced cherry and caramel with underlying dark fruit and molasses a definent malt bomb to say the least hear,full near syrupy mouthfeel its sweetness coats the mouth after a bit.Quite sweet on the palate molasses really sticks out with prune/raisin qualities showing themselves and a bit of dark cola after awhile a faint earthiness comes in the aftertaste just a bare touch though.This is a late night sipper, Iam sipping it now watching the snow squalls come thru....only fitting.

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Photo of edchicma
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogany with a small head with a tad of lacing. Smell is sweet, malty, molasses, plums..very nice. Taste is sweet, malt, molasses, plums/grapes..very complex. Mouthfeel is chewy, syrupy, coating the palate completely...great winter option. Drinkability is very good..a great sipper...two for the evening would be about right.

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Photo of Foxman
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a crystal clear and utterly ruddy gem-quality garnet. Two fingers of yellow-tan head settle to surface velour. Comet-tails of lacing streak the inside of the glass.

The aroma brings dense, brown sugar sweet malt, roasted to an earthy crustiness. Caramel, sloe, raisins, and molasses abound around a portly vinous port presence, complete with toasty alcohol. A tingle of hops tickle the periphery.

Upon sipping, there arrives a malt-syrup sweet roasted graininess along with caramel, vanilla, cherry, currant, and light molasses. The barest blush of zesty hops flits gingerly ahead of a port wine alcohol character. Malt sweetness reasserts with an earthy treacle and biscuit pairing. A moderate bitterness cleans and crisps a lingering, mildly dry finish. It's thick, rich, complex, and of fine fettle.

Full bodied, the heavy syrupy malt flow coats like sweet oil, sliding away so slowly.

For my money this is easily the best of the Longshot beers, and by a long toss. It's plenty big and brassy, but also comfy, complex, and impressively blended. The bulging ABV is worthy of caution, but it does nothing to keep it from being enjoyably drinkable. Kudos to the brewer for this bad boy, and may I see this again soon.

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Photo of xav33
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sam Adams Longshot Old Ale
12 oz bottle
Moderate pour in an English pint glass
Best before 06/07, longed over 02/07

Poured a dark copper brown with a huge foamy mostly lasting head with good lacing.

Smelt of moderate toffee, caramel, brown sugar, light toast.

Taste was upfront strong sweet caramel and dates with moderate toasted grain followed by a strong bitter mix of toasted grain and sweaty yeast with a moderate caramel sweetness holding it all together on a long rustic finish. Palate was medium to full bodied, syrupy and velvety, somewhat fizzy, with moderate astringency and alcoholic warmth on the finish, although not unpleasant.

Overall, a very good Old Ale with concentration on malt sweetness and a nice crisp yeast taste on the finish. A little too rich for my taste though.

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Photo of sabrills70
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle with a best by date of June 07. pours a medium dark mahogony color with a 1 finger head, OK longevity and OK lace. Subtle aromas of caramel malts, brown sugar, sherry and hints of vanilla. Upon tasting similar flavors emerged although a decent hop bitternness emerged at the end but quickly faded into a rich vanilla malt aftetaste. Rich, creamy and somewhat spritzy. Smooth for a young beer of this ABV. A nice old ale.

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Photo of Phatz
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark ruddy bronze. Thick but when backlit the light only will show through. Light tan head. Plenty of spotty lacing in my snifter glass.

Smell: Whoa, that's sweet. Sweet sherry or brandy dark caramelized malts, raw sugar cane, toffee, figs and more brown sugar fill the nose.

Taste: Rum and raisins, and brown sugar and caramel. This beer is almost too sweet but the alcohol helps to balance it. Still is pushes the line. The sweetness berries of dates and prune and raisins and figs soaked in caramel and maple syrup hits right before the swallow. The aftertaste has a bit of alcohol burn and as it fades it reveals some toffee cocoa, and even hops. The aftertaste stings a bit.

Mouthfeel: Viscous and sticky. This thick chewy smooth rich body is heavy and warming and lightly carbonated.

Drinkability: This is certainly a sipping beer and it is not for beginners. I am very impressed this came out of the homebrewers competition. I think it is a bit alcoholic and young. It maybe that the sweet sticky flavors will meld together over a year or two but maybe not. It is very much worth a try.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of ZAP
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Cherrywood colored....light tan head of 1/4 inch..impressive in the glass...if all of the Long Shot Beers were a football team...this is the one you'd want to come off the bus first

S-Very rich aroma of honey, toffee, caramel, mild vanilla, dark fruits (black cherries), and brown sugar..very nice.

T-Very full flavored and sweet...similar to the nose...a good dose of the honey, toffee, and caramel....light vanilla is there too...the dark fruits seem less sweet on the taste and offer almost a very mild fruit tartness on the finish..that is needed to keep this from becoming too sticky sweet. As it is, it is definitely a sweet malty old ale but not one that is overdone.

M-Full bodied...medium carbonation....finishes with just enough fruity tartness to balance.

D-Shit, I loved the other two Long Shots but would buy the sixer if it had two bottles of this and two bottles of Milwaukkes Best and two bottles of Black Label...the two old ales would more than make up for the crap beers. This is a hell of a nice old ale and the six-pack as a whole is top notch. I will be purchasing more.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Tiger Town in Gardiner (as part of the LongShot 6-pack). A quarter inch or less of off-white head tops a fairly translucent brown-red body. Leaves some lacing as it moves. Smells like roasted/toasted malt with hints of a black licorice quality. Roasty/toasty malt dominates the flavor is a strong presence of a black-licorice flavor. Alcohol is not at all present in the flavor or aroma, which surprises me considering the abv. A nice creamy mouthfeel rounds it out. I like it, though I'd like it better without the licorice quality. That said, it's a really sold beer, a good Old Ale, and hides the alcohol perhaps the best of any beer I've had.

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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 RedHaze
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, awesome looking garnet, with a thick two finger head that fades gently to a soapy cap. Lots of thick lacing is left behind and this foam settles.

Smell; tons of sweet caramel and toffee malts, with a surprising presence of cherries and a little bit of apples. There's an almost vinous quality in the aroma.

Taste; dark fruits, with cherries, a touch of apples, and raisins are evident on the first couple of sips, followed by sweet toffee, brown sugar and molasses. Though this is a bit fruity and sweet it does not come off as cloying or syrupy at all, in fact it is really damn good. There's almost no presence of alcohol at all, and with this being 10.6% that's really saying something.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability; mouthfeel is medium to full and very smooth, and the drinkability is really good for a beer with such a high abv.

Sam Adams has a winner on their hands here. I hope they can continue to make this beer, as I would definitely make this a regular in the beer fridge.

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Photo of Chaz
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Moderately aggressive pour allows a two fingered head, a khaki/tan in color. Looks a bit like the head on a root beer float! Nice lacing really coats the glass. Ruby-amber in color, brilliant,and with moderate carbonation evident by its several steams of small, bubbles slowly ascending. So far, this is very appealing to the eye. Nose is pleasant, subdued and malt-driven: smells a bit easy-going, maybe even "dangerously drinkable." Some fruity esters on the nose (a bit of plum and caramel-apple : ), and a little buttery diacetyl. Sweet/tangy right away, maybe a bit too sweet? Notes of candi sugar, honey, and a little molasses. 10.6% ABV? Wow, this is gonna be a sipper. Poured cold from the fridge this ought to really improve as it warms. Body is a little light straightaway, but doesn't lack in complexity of flavors: I'm getting a touch of star anise / anise, caramel, pineapple (!), maraschino cherry, and marshmallow - again, wow! Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, and dangerously drinkable just as I had smelled! Bitterness is restrained but not non existent. A great beer, and one to stock up on. A big Thank You to both Boston Brewing (for bringing Longshot out my way, finally) and Don Oliver - congratulations!

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep dark mahogony with a giant foamy tan head. The head is long lasting and leaves great lacing. The smell is pungent with alcohol and dark fruit. Their is also a malt sweetness to this beer making the nose very complex. The taste has alot of roasted malt along with alcohol,dark fruit,and vanilla. A nice mixture of flavors that combined make a first class beer. The m/f is heavy and well mixed making this a top notch beer.

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Photo of shirfan
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper-brown in color with minimal foam.

Aroma is a mix of alcohol and heavy malt. Almost a malted chocolate (soda fountain drink) smell to this.

Mouthfeel and taste combine for a malt bomb of epic proportions. The old "you can stand a spoon in it" cliche comes to mind. Dextrins, milk chocolate, and caramel combine in a thick syrup that can only be sipped. A bit cloying. There's also a sort of earthy, rich note that I can only describe as tasting like a barn smells. Some almost greasy smoke as well.

Against the style, this beer is great. If you want an uber-rich, complex beer, seek it out. If you want refreshment, look elsewhere... this could be served in shot glasses.

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Photo of HossMcGraw
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Meh. I suppose we're supposed to review beers based on their style and subjectively, but this is just a cloying mess to me. Pours a dark murky amber brown, with a small head and a little lacing. Pretty decent for the ABV.

Aroma reminds me of a BDSA, with yeasty, bready qualities and a generous amount of (Belgian?) sugar. Flavor is sweet with caramel, molasses, honey, cinnamon, gingerbread, and a bunch of other stuff. Too rich for me right now. Maybe I'm just not in the mood for this, but I couldn't see myself buying this again, due to the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is slick and full. Drinkability is pretty good I guess, considering the ABV and sweetness. Well crafted and reccomended for those with a sweet tooth.

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Photo of Morris729
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogany color with a creamy light tan head that leaves heavy sheets of lace on the walls of the glass as it recedes. Nose is reminiscent of honey graham crackers along with some dark fruit and a bit of spicy alcohol. Taste is rich caramel malt and molasses along with some strong raisiny notes and a touch of cinnamon. A bit of warming alcohol is detectable in the finish. Nicely done.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear mahogany. Big, frothy light brown head leaves lots of clingy sheets of lace. The aroma is thick and rich. Full of juicy malts and dark fruits. Also caramel and toffee and vanilla. Inviting to say the least. The flavor is pretty rich as well. A lot of the nose is translated nicely. Sticky molasses, caramel, toffee and rich malts. Some dark berries and rum as well. But the alcohol actually is very nicely hidden overall. Body is about medium and the beer is lightly carbonated. Flows down easily for a 10+% beer. Nice Old Ale.

Damn glad these Longshots have made a return. Hope they keep doing them every year.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep mahoganywith a thin tan head and a few trails of lace.

S - Sweet malty caramel, dark fruits, figs, rum soaked raisins.

T - Toffee and caramel, raisin, molasses, sweet but not cloying.

M - Smooth and creamy with just the slightest touch of mouth coating syrup.

D - ABV is well hidden. A nice complex beer. All 3 of the Longshot beers were very good. I will be buying another 6 pack.

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Photo of Fugazme
4.36/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours wonderfully with a very thick, egg-shell colored head over an inch high. Dark reddish brown... lots of bubbly action. A very, very good looking beer.

Aroma is good, as well... malty, caramel... some hints of alcohol, but very subtle. Some deep, rich dried fruit characters.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy... a little touch of harshness on the backend, but overall very good.

Flavor is great... malt, raisin, a hint of dried apple slices with cinnamon... some molasses... not much alcohol... a touch dangerous!

Drinkability is high... just watch out @ 10.6%

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Photo of BeerSox
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Dark ruby red colors that create a dark hue that doesn't let much light through. A one finger light than frothy head lasts a while until it settles to a thin cap. The lacing is solid, completely painted along the glass with layers of differing thickness.

Sweet malts that are accompanied by dark fruit, including raisin. A little bit of alcohol comes through in the nose.

A very smooth flavor from the malts, with a little bit of caramel and molasses combining. Some more of the raisins come through, along with a little bit of spice. The body is full, with good carbonation, and a bit of an acidic feel. The brew flows through the mouth like oil. The alcohol comes through in the end to add a warming effect to the palate. The finish is creamy, with a little bit of warming alcohol.

I can see why this one was picked for a winner in the Long Shot contest by Sam Adams. It's a good brew that has a lot of complexity and character. Watch out for the alcohol though, it may sneak up on your. Try it for yourself. Recommended.

Edit: After about a year of aging:
Everything seems to be where it was last year, but with perhaps a little smoothness added. The alcohol doesn't seem to be as harsh either. It's still a malty delight, and hops that were there have probably faded. I would say at this point it's pretty similar to a Wee Heavy. Still Recommended.

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Photo of umustdrink
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My Long Shot ranking:

1. Boysenberry Wheat
2. Old Ale
3. Dortmunder Export

A - Dark red color, held up to light it looks just like blood. Head fades to splotches and sticks heavily to the side of the glass.

S - Smell is prunes, not too sweet, and caramely malts. Spice notes as well.

T - Good maltiness followed by sweetness. Strong cinnamon like spiceyness. Slim to no alcohol detectable.

M - Thin but with a noticeable creaminess to it.

D - A very nice warming beer for the winter. Complexity is there but it's not crazy obtrusive like some strong darks were used to. It's smooth.

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