LongShot Traditional Bock | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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LongShot Traditional BockLongShot Traditional Bock

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

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 12-30-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.38/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Another bock that pours thin, brown, whispy 1/5" head. Aroma is muted.

Taste imparts a more dark fruit alcoholic british mild brown ale vibe. Tobacco, plums, prunes, cigars, tobacco.

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3.31/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Review based on notes taken 7-2-10.

I have been overlooking this brew for a long time. Wanted to give it a shoot before age took to strong a toll. A vigorous pour gets early three fingers of fluffy biscuit tan head. Head turns quickly rocky as it slowly fades. Body is a deep mahogany amber tone. Nose is very faint with notes of minerals and toasted grains, both are tough to detect. Taste is malty up front with some snappy almost crisp fruit tones coming in afterwards. Malts stay prominent and get long and thick on the back of the tongue the more you drink. Mouthfeel quickly becomes thick and cloying. Drinkability is not bad but man, this beer really stays thick and malty all over the palate.

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Photo of jondeelee
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Traditional Bock has a rich, superbly malty nose, smelling in many ways not so much like beer as a freshly-baked, yeasty loaf of thick brown bread, drizzled with molasses, butter and wildflower honey. Brown sugars and vanillas round out the aromas, making a delicious cookie dessert to the bread.

On the tongue the brew is far thicker than would be expected--medium viscosity at least--and feels slightly grainy on the tongue, as if it were unfiltered. The flavors are incredibly complex, with all of the notes from the aroma resounding in even fuller fashion than seems possible. Malts are obviously king here, huge caramelized brown sugars waltzing with toasted grains, while in the background dark fruit esters (plum and cherry, yes, but also hints of banana) do the mambo with marble rye bread. Hops are minimal, providing just enough bitter kick to perfectly balance the malts.

In fact, if one word were to describe this brew, it would be "balanced": everything in here nicely complements everything else, and there is nothing extra to get in the way. This is a superb bock, in other words--in fact, a beer that deserves to be placed into full-time production.

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Photo of July2Nov
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: lighter burnt brown with some orange edging. 1/2 inch head that very quickly is subdued to a very thin lace.

Smell: Has bit of sweetness on the nose with the malts. Getting a cinnamon raisin note in there.

Taaste & Mouthfeel: Mild at first, then peaks up with a good malt full of goodness. The plum/raisin notes come through as indicated by the nose. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

Drinakbility: While not the best Bock I've had, it is a worthy drinking beer.. Congrats to Samuel Adams for putting together the Longshot series.

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Photo of Foxman
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a clear coppery amber that aspires to be mahogany one day. A beefy finger of fluffy light tan head sinks and sheaths the surface. Mountains of lace scape the inside of the glass.

The aroma is malt, toasty and sweet, with caramel, plum, toffee, and a lash of cocoa. A distant vinous tinge rings the fringes.

Upon sipping, a toasted malt melange brings caramel, sloe, toffee, and a crust of baked dough. Dark cherry and yeast dangle lightly along with a deftly moderated, behaved sweetness. A softly resurgent curl of real malt creeps along the back of the tongue as a distant, barely spiced crispness pads toward a low-key but satisfying finish. It's just what the bock doctor ordered.

Medium bodied, it goes round and creamy and swirls as it meanders across the palate.

I'm no style snob, and far from an expert, but this seems to be just what a bock is supposed to be, an homage to fine Bavarian brewing. It's a temperate malt pleasure, drinkable and enjoyable to the last. Feel free to make this part of your seasonal rotation, Jim.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a dark amber color and the head has a slightly tinted head. It has a caramel/toffee aroma. The body is watery with mild carbonation. There is a little bit of slickness in the mouthfeel. As it goes down there is a nice warming feeling. Even the aftertaste is sweet on this beer.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep clear amber, with 2 finger of light caramel colored head. This retains with a rich ¾ finger of froth, leaving a thick cascade of thick foamy lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is thick in the nose with bread, toffee, and fruit, which sits underneath some spicy Noble hop character. Just a touch of alcohol on the backend of this after each sniff.

The taste consists mostly of sweetness, which sits with some heft in the mouth, with notes of caramel, bread, and fruity citrus flavor. This is mostly well balanced by those hops, which are coming off as spicy and gritty with bitterness, leaving a good bit of dryness and earth in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth sharpness that fills the mouth up at first but then becomes much slicker towards the back, mingling with some leftover warmth after each sip.

Totally serviceable Bock here, with a well balanced chewy sweetness to it that remained smooth in the mouth despite an overall heftier presence. This was pretty darn decent.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 22 May 2010.

Poured in a 0.4 L Radeberger mug. Medium sized tight light brown head. Medium carbonation. Color is deep warm mahogany. Aroma is sweet, dried fruit, raisins, dates, reminiscent of a fig newton. Flavor is full of sugary figs, raisins and plums. Finish is a bit drier with warming ethanol, fruity aftertaste. Medium to heavy body.

Nicely done.

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Photo of beer2day
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep caramel pour with fluffy 2-finger light cream head. Head fades to a thin layer pretty quickly, but that thin layer stays around. Decent lacing.

Nose is all malt as expected. Nice, bright apple aroma with good caramel backing. Lot of depth here.

Sweet caramel hit up front. Caramel really develops midway through and leaves you with a very sweet finish. Just sweet all the way around. Very little hop presence.

Decent body, but a tad too thin.

Easy enough to drink, but there are better bocks out there.

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

A - Poured an amber brown color with a tan head that leaves some lacing behind

S - Is of sweet caramel malt

T - Follows the nose with sweet caramel malt and some bready malt

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - I think this is one of my favorite LongShot beers that I've had it has a pretty good taste that I'm enjoying worth picking up if you see it

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Photo of Jayli
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!

A: This beer pours a nice clear brown color with a one finger of khaki colored head. Head recedes quickly and leaves spots of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is very sweet. Caramel and toffee. Nose is pretty one dimensional.

T: Taste starts with a big toffee flavoring. Hints of breadiness mingled with caramel sweetness fill the middle. Finish has a great deal molasses and hint of raisin flavoring that lingers for a bit.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, some what crisp and then becomes slightly creamy.

D: Goes down ok, mild kick, ok representation of style. This is one sweet beer. I could only have one of these in a sitting.

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Photo of portia99
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle (best before Sept '09...so, a bit past) poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a clear, dark amber brown color with a very small head that fizzes away almost immediately and leaves behind a thin collar and a few islands of bubbles on the surface.

S - Caramel and a ton of diacetyl. A bit of fruit added in. Aromas are pretty light and difficult to pick up much else in there.

T - Light caramel, good amount of diacetyl. Bready, a bit yeasty, a touch metallic. Hops are barely perceptable flavorwise, just a mild bitterness against the other flavors.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation too. Feels tingly on the tongue and lips. Metallic and buttery lingering aftertaste.

D - Well, to be fair, this isn't close to being a favorite style and the bottle is on the old side, but this is definitely a one and done for me. The buttery diacetyl is very noticeable and distracting to my pallette, making this a bit tough to get thru.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a copper brown with great head retention and lacing thanks to large carbonation. A mix of bready malt along with leafy hops and hints of orange, figs and dark fruit in aroma. A greatly balanced medium body that is chewey and prickly yet filling at the same time. Sweet sticky malts like caramel along with dry malts like toffee and bread cover the tongue while hints of citric and bitter hops poke through and really shine on backend. Also tastes of cherries, raisins, orange and dark fruit in there as well. A complex beer that goes down easy and is a must try.

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Photo of bourbonbock
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this from the bottle into a cool pilsner glass and was pleasantly surprised with this one.

A. This beer just looks good. Great depth of color body was a deep auburn with thick light brown creamy head, very good retention, which left a nice lace behind.

S. Begins with malty notes and a hint of licorice hiding in there somewhere.

T. Taste is exceptional with complex malt and nuttiness. Slight bitterness balances the flavor. Aftertaste is pleasant and delicious. Smooth on the tongue and no trace of carbonation, very nice.

D. This beer would go good with just about anything wish I could purchase this in 12-pack form. You cannot go wrong with this one.

I paired this one with a salmon dinner which worked well together but may have been better with some steak.

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Photo of Strix
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured brown, thin head.

Caramel and malt in the smell.

Caramel is dominant in the malty taste. I also get bread, toffee, wood, dark fruits, and a touch of alcohol. Nice complexity.

Slightly viscous mouthfeel works well here.

This was by far the standout of the longshot pack in my opinion.

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Photo of isualum12
2.99/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is an above average bock I would say. I didn't have any expectation for this beer and it surprised me.
Pours with little head at all. Brown in color almost a carmel color.
Smell- I am not getting much from this.
Taste- You can taste the bourbon barrel in it. There is a bit of smooth flow as it hits your tounge.
The beer was a little rough on my stomach for what ever reason....who knows but I typically have no issues and this one was a no go on stomach

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Photo of Jimbo87
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent bock.

Smells sweet; caramel mostly.

Tastes: caramel, lightly roasted malt, vague hop balance.

mouthfeel: ok

pretty drinkable.

I have not had many bocks. St. Nikolaus Bock Bier Brewer's Reserve is the first bock I had, and it is one of the best beers ever. This is only faintly recognizable as the same style. But it's a decent brew, certainly worth drinking.

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Photo of plaid75
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber hue with a two finger foamy off white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured buttery bready malts, earthiness and an herbal hop.

The taste consisted of earthy malts, and herbal hop and a short loved sweetness. Very assertive overall.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall an excellent bock.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.15/5  rDev -45%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I like some bocks, not my favorite style, this beer is indicative why. Pours a little thin and cloudy brown. Smell is nothing special. Taste too, a little like a maltier heavier Newcastle. Typical Sam Adams anti hop quality, mouthfeel turns tobacco-y halfways through. Drinkability is almost nil.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Longshot Bock, I love the idea of the long shot beers. I should see if I can track more down.

Beer is poured into a standard pint glass. Beer is brown, dark brown. Beer is clear and has a thin broken head. No lacing really.

Aroma is dominated by caramel. Smells good. Kind of an odd aroma for a bock but really inviting.

Beer is medium body and smooth. There are really simple clean flavors here like sweetness, there is no caramel or roasted flavors. No hop bitterness, this beer is really drinkable, and really simple. Mouthfeel is good.

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Photo of earthboundagain
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Notes:

A: A rich copper, with a creamy white head that does not last, lacing is not there.

S: I smell toffee and pepper, with dark fruit as well. I smell some alcohol and some nice grains.

T: Taste follows the nose to the letter. It is a good balance of flavors that makes you want to drink more.

M: Medium body is a wee dry. Carbonation level is good.

D: The alcohol in this beer warms you up a bit, it makes me really cheerful. I could drink a few since it is very good, but it hurt me later I'm sure.

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Photo of matjack85
4.67/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at Binny's in Plainfield, IL for$1.49 The release date was 11 months ago, so while not the freshest bottle, it should still be good to go.

The beer pours a clear walnut brown color with a 1 finger tan head that lasted less than a minute. Lacing was minimal.

Nice bread and malt smell with a touch of fruitiness in the background.

The taste is delicious. Tons of malt flavor without being overly sweet. A touch of fruitiness and subtle hoppiness add some balance, but this is a big malt monster.

This stuff is really smooth and goes down easy. Medium to almost full body with mild carbonation. The 6.8% abv is barely noticeable. Grab all you can of this Longshot Bock while it's still available.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Eh, not bad. Pours a deep drown with a lively head. The aroma is malty, with chocolate and a little wood. The flavor is woody, with toffee and caramel, a little cherry-like wood. But the finish is a bit chalky and almost sour. The mouthfeel is clingy, which only serves to emphasize the borderline-unpleasant finish. Not awful, but not one that should be brewed commercially again.

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Photo of bnes09
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep chocolate brown. Thin layer of white head emerges then disappears quickly leaving little lacing. Smell is sweet and smooth with a mild alcoholic presence. Taste is sweet upfront with plenty of molasses. Also has a nice roasted character with chocolate notes. Hops provide a mild bite but are overpowered by the enormous sweet and roasted malt character. Medium to full-bodied with low carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a rich, complex and smooth brew. The flavors blend together nicely and leave me wanting more.

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Photo of Brenden
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a deep, woody brown with red highlights. A moderate head retains well, leaving patches of fairly thick lacing.
The nose is backed by rich, full malts. Roasty toasty bready smells follow, with a touch of fruits and a nutty note. There's something creamy in here as well.
Lots of toasted breads with the presence of fruits and complimenting notes of nuts, toffee, and earth / wood work right in sync with a big, rich, hearty malt presence. There's a light bitterness that comes out fully in the finish. This is a great bock as I understand it, and tasty regardless.
The feel of this one is thick and rich, with a light carbonation in a pretty full body.
I'm throughly impressed with the homebrewing (and subsequent interpretive) skills displayed in this beer.

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