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)

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 WesWes
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
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 oelergud
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful clear ruby body with low carbonation. Tan uneven head with full range of bubbles. Good retention and lace.
Strong malt and brown sugar smell. Some nut and raisen notes.
There is a slight fruity acidity.
Nice caramel and malty flavors held in check with balancing spicy hops. Burnt caramel aftertaste but again well balanced and spiced.
Medium to full body, plenty of residual sugars and abit of coating.
Highly drinkable. The high abv is not noticable in either the smell or taste but can be felt as a warm relaxing sensation.


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Photo of UnionMade
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautifully clear, glowing ruby red. A light wispy head on the pour, but it quickly dies to nothing. Strong malty aroma. Sweet and caramelly, with heady raisin, red grape and prune fruitiness. A slight trace of booze. No hop presence, save maybe the barest touch of herbal, floral englishness. The flavor opens up strong and rich. Sweet, potent malt, carrying bready, sorta biscuity sweetness into supercharged fruit and energetic carbonation. Syrupy on the tongue, and it leaves the rim of the glass sticky with sugar. The depth of the fruitiness is great, but aside from that, it's pretty one sided stuff. I love malt, but it's basically doughy and caramelly, and that's it. Some nuttiness to the yeast character, and light smoky phenols as well. Tongue-tingling booze in the finish. I could see this developing some really nice sherry notes with a couple years Maybe a year or two will mellow this baby into something really great. More or less an ale version of Sam's double bock. If you're going to mimic something, at least it's a good beer to begin with. All the beers in this Longshot pack have a striking similarity to, or at least parallel a beer in the existing Sam Adams line up. Still tasty. i shouldn't complain, since I am enjoying this. Easy to put down.

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Photo of plaid75
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep amber hue with a one finger creamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a strong caramel and molasses accented malt with hints of raisins. A light maple aroma as well.

The taste was upfront sweet malts with elements of molasses, toffee and dried fruit. Mild warming alcohol.

The mouthfeel was full and heavy with some chewiness.

Overall a relatively easy to drink old ale. The heavy flavors mask the ABV from start to finish.

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Photo of Rudgers73
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I wasn't sure how to serve an old ale, so I poured it into a chalice. It appears to be a pretty nice beer: deep brown thick body, and a fizzy tan head that settles to clumpy lacing. The smell is big chocolate malts, buttery and soft, almost butterscotch. It tastes great as well. Very similar to the smell. Big maltiness, dark chocolate almost like a s'more. Thick, chewy, and silky smooth body. Creamy mouthfeel. Very slight alcohol taste, more like just a warming sensation as it goes down. This beer is right up my alley: big and malty. Watch out for the blinding 10.6%...

Think of it as Rogue's Hazelnut Brown Nectar on steroids.

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Photo of edskirk3
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

For me, the final brew of the much talked-about 2006 LongShot series.

Don Oliver's Old Ale weighs in at 10.6%. Nice, Don. Nice. It pours with more viscosity than the other two LS beers. Sits in the glass glowing deep mahogany, with a beautiful sticky froth about 1.5 fingers thick. The head eventually wears off to a half finger and laces the pint glass heavily. So far, so good.

Wafting to my nostrils are copious malty notes and a hint of alcohol. I can best describe the taste as bready with twinge of licorice. Hop bitterness lingers in afterward and it takes its time doing so. Alcohol has a negligible presence. I didn't even know the ABV was that high until the fourth bottle. That being said, it's probably not a good idea to drink four bottles in one sitting.

Dare I say it, this is my favorite of the LongShot beers. I declare Old Ale the champ. Like a meal in a glass. The label notch says to consume before June but it could probably last a little longer than that under the right conditions.

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Photo of BBM
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This old ale poured a thick, auburn with not much head to speak of. Aroma was pleasant, somewhat sweet and raisiny with a hint of alcohol.

The taste was of mild dark fruits, sweet syrupy malt and a warming alcohol finish. To be honest this was a good beer but not the best Old Ale I've had. It's missing something, though I'm not sure what. As it warmed the brew did gain some more character, but overall it was a bit too sweet. It's a really good beer, but I was more impressed by the other homebrews in the LongShot six-pack, to be honest. Still, I'm glad I still have another one.

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Photo of BeerRun13
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear and bubbly deep reddish/amber. a stable off white head leaves some good lace.
Malty with some fruit ester. Nutty with caramel and toffee notes.
Malty flavor with a touch of chocolate. Nice fruitiness and hop balance.
Full bodied with some alcoholic warmth, but no kick. Incredibly creamy smooth with low to moderate carbonation. Bitterness grows a bit, and there is a bit of residual sweetness.
Very good beer. Probably my favorite of the '06 long shot's.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got 2 of these in the LongShot mixed 6 pack.

A - Clear red/brown color with a tan head that settled quickly leaving a little lacing.

S - Malt, dates or figs, a good, sweet aroma.

T - Good taste, sweet malt and raisin, hops show themselves, sweet malty finish with very slight alcohol warming. This is 10.6% abv?

M - Medium bodied, light carbonation, alcohol well hidden.

D - It's a sipping beer. I had this as a nightcap, and it will definitely put me to sleep.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
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 TheDragonTony
4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
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 bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle says best before June 2007. It pours dark brown with an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. It smells like malt, butterscotch and dark fruit. The taste is pretty similar to the aroma, but there's also a bourbon and rum taste along with some peppery spicyness. Mouthfeel is medium/full, it's smooth and a bit creamy, and has noticable alcohol warming to it (but not too much). Drinkability is good, it's relatively easy to drink considering the high ABV but it's definitely a sipping beer, no chugging this one! This is my favorite out of the LongShot beers. I'd like it if Sam Adams made this beer one of their regular offerings along with the Dortmunder.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darkish auburn body, excellent clarity, no carbonation, topped by a thick though rapidly fleeing rocky off-white head. Good rings of lace.

Candy sweet nose, with a bit of cherry.

Big semi-sweet malty start slathers down a massive foundation. The noble hops shove their way onto the taste buds for a while, but then in a big comeback the malt returns much sweeter than before. Nice non-citrusy fruity notes throughout.

Enjoyably solid medium-plus mouthfeel oozes about. Good drinkability for the style.

An enjoyable take on the style, a style easy to go astray on and make too sweet. This doesn't cross that line. I wouldn't go hunting for sixers of this, but I wouldn't mind one or two in the Christmas Classics collection.

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Photo of hunteraw
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased in Atlanta the day of the NCAA championship game (go gators!)...

Appearance: Rich garnet in color, very clear, big head that exhibits excellent retention and lacing. A fine looking beer.

Smell: Malt and dark fruits, alcohol. Not much hops.

Taste: Lots of dark fruit, brown sugar. Alcohol warming at the swallow. Reminiscent of an underhopped barleywine, perhaps - or a Belgian dark ale brewed with American yeast. Slightly soapy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation.

Drinkability: I didn't realize this was 10.6% abv when I opened it - I would rather have split this 12 oz bottle...

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Photo of rayjay
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thick deep brown ale with lots of tan foam and nice lace. Actually, great lace considering the abv. This one reminded me of a dopplebock in many ways. The body is thich, huge, creamy, and oily. Big big rich rich malty nose, resembling a big bock. Huge mix of flavors, mostly butterscotch, malt reduction, mild noble hops, and sugar daddies. Fun to drink, but I was expecting something more along the lines of an English Old Ale, and this was like a big thick alt or dopplebock instead. Well, it's insanely well-balanced, with no signs of alcohol, not even burn (although the thickness and maltiness give it away). Carbonation lost its vigor after a while, but was easy to stir back up again. Make sure you're very well hydrated before tackling this one, because it will slow you down. I'd recommend it at about 45°F to keep the drinkability in check. Recommended. Cheers!

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like old ales, enough to want to drink a 10.6% 330 ml on my own. A bit of fizz on top of barleywine rosewood colour. looks like a vintage ale. Neutral on mouthfeel, there was a bit of active carbonation that I think would dissapear if aged longer, but I am going by the June expirey. Well malted, though a drop of soapiness in the finish. Satisfying and well done.

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Photo of Lexx
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, rusty, almond brown with a tight head that dissipates quickly, leaving minor lace.

The scent of bananas is extremely potent as this is poured, and then settles down into rum and plums. There is also a hint of licorice behind a slightly tart blackberry.

This actually tastes a bit bourbony, but rum is more present. There is also some major raisin going on. The banana becomes a bit more present as it warms up. As does a little bit of cherry.

Overall, pretty nice. I look forward to the longshot packs in the future.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the beer that demanded I purchase this mixed sixer...
Rust brown, with a beautiful mahogany color as some natural light passes thru...less than half a finger of off-white head.
Tight lacing generated quickly, but fades just as fast...the brew itself is quite clear.
Plums up front with some toasted malt in the nose and some cherries in the back end.
Taste is even better...rum raisins, floral hops, cherry twizlers, a warming alcohol that is not harsh and no way showing itself as high as the abv indicates.
Mouthfeel is full bodied and the carbonation is a touch high.
Easy to consume, but one to respect.
Hint to Sam Adams...allow this beer to be a seasonal.

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Photo of AaronHomoya
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from the 2007 Sam Adams Longshot homebrew competition release.

This old ale pours a rich auburn color with fairly minimal carbonation but a nice little tan head. Head is creamy and has nice lacing and retention.

Aroma is toasty malts, a little yeast fruitiness with fig and dark fruit aromas as it warms. Some earthy hop notes as well.

Taste is very nice - roasty, sweet malt with fruitiness and fig in the middle. This is followed by a bit of spicy, peppery alcohol and finished with some earthy hop flavor and light bitterness. Smooth, complex and tasty.

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Photo of Gmann
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
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 AustinBeerLvr
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 ounce bottle from the Longshot six pack.

A: A very dark ruby brown color with a good amount of head. Very nice lacing on the glass.

S: The potent alcohol and hop spice dominate the nose.

T: Starts off with a brown sugar malt sweetness that is quickly balanced by a fairly strong alcohol flavr, that is followed by a nice array of fruit flavors that cleans everything up in the end leaving you wanting another sip. The alcholol flavor is so strong in this brew that if you inhale while sipping, it will slightly burn the nose.

M: Good for style. Nothing great, but doesn't seem watery at all.

D: I normally don't care for beers quite this strong. This brew however, is simply exceptional. Although the alcohol flavor seems very potent, it somehow just works with this beer, as there are so many complex flavors that mix well with it. Defenitely a sipping brew, as I find myself greatly enjoying this beer for about an hour while reading a good book. Finally, make sure you drink this one fairly warm compared to other beers, as the complexity of the flavors will not shine through if it's too cold.

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Photo of semihobo
1.9/5  rDev -51.5%
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 jwc215
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours mahogany with a one-finger head that descends a bit and hangs on. Some trailing lace sticks to the glass. Nice color - good retention for abv/style.

The taste is of raisins and plums with malty sweetness. Cinnamon and peppery spiciness come through.

The taste is of sweet caramel with some dark fruitiness in the back. Malty sweet with a subtle hop bitterness that balances out the sweetness to a degree. Boozy spiciness is almost over-powering, but controlled well-enough.

It's full-bodied, rich and creamy. Sweetness and alcohol hang on in a long, dry, warming finish.

A fine sipping brew.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a rich, dark reddish-brown body with a small, beige head.

Smell: Surpassingly sweet-smelling, earthy aroma overflowing with maltiness. Strong notes of cinnamon, molasses, and berry-flavored bubble gum.

Taste: Loaded with malts, this beer is terribly sweet, almost sugary and cola-like at times (so much so that you can just barely feel the 10.6% abv). Flavors of caramel, raisins, ripened bananas, cinnamon sticks, and maple syrup. Hardly any hops detectable along the way or in the sweet, syrupy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with a light carbonation. Smooth and very warming.

Drinkability: One bottle would be more than enough, as for me, this was almost on the verge of having too much residual sugar. Now, on to the Boysenberry!

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Photo of BeefyMee
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This beer looks incredible with a deep copper-red body. Smells of chewy malts, a little brown sugar and raisins, and a good dose of alcohol if you take a deep breath. A little too sweet in the nose. The taste is still very sweet but mellows drastically as the beer warms. Some alcoholic heat and raisins in the finish. Though the alcohol is noticeable, I was pleasantly surprised by how subdued it is. This beer seemed like a doppelbock with an overdose of malt at first, but as soon as it warmed up it became much more.

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