LongShot Old Ben Ale | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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LongShot Old Ben AleLongShot Old Ben Ale

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

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by smcolw on 04-02-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of bashiba
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep dark amber with some bright ruby highlights, with a soapy ring of tan head and a couple bubbles.

The smell is powerfully malty with a big molasses, brown sugar, and cedar nose.

The taste follows the nose completely, this is a malt bomb. Huge woody and toasted malts mixing in with sweet brown sugar and molasses along with a hint of alcohol. Eventually while drinking it some light earthy hops start to sneak through in the finish.

The mouthfeel is thick and oily with some nice warmth.

A decent old ale for the malt lovers.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear, deep red-amber with a massive creamy head that leaves globs of lacing. A surprising amount of carbonation.

Aroma is sweet caramel malt, brown sugar, and hints of toffee.

Taste is sweet and malty as the nose suggested. Generous brown sugar and molasses. Rich notes of alcohol soaked dark fruit. Finish holds a dry woody, and earthy character, and lingering alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is medium-full. Thick and chewy.

A big alcohol infused malt bomb. Alcohol comes on strong, but not harsh. The way I like it. The richness of the dark fruit and woody aspect adds a nice complexity. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of silentjay
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

pours much lighter and more red than i would have thought, but thats not necessarily bad. looks like an amber, with a nice, big head that clings on to the glass real well.

smells similar to an amber, as well, with lots of caramel malt. no hops or anything else comes through really. kind of tame.

tastes a little more like what i expected. definitely lots of caramelly malt, maple syrup, plenty of alcohol, woody, nutty. some fruits are hiding in there too. raisins, currants, dates. a metallic quality is there throughout. alcohol that is there up front does not linger long; finishes sweet. reminds me a bit of a bourbon.

medium-bodied, creamy, frothy, with good amount of carbonation. nice.

drinkability is ok. high alcohol content is there, and actually it seems like its stronger than 9%. a sipper, as it should be, though the predominantly caramel and maple syrup flavors dont keep me intrigued enough.

not bad. not notable.

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Photo of smcolw
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle:
Old Ben Ale
Brewed with a blend of five malts and American hops, this well balanced English-style Old Ale has fruit and raisin notes with a hint of caramel in the finish. Full-bodied and slightly sweet, this brew is the perfect ending to a fine meal or to enjoy on a cool evening.

Rich off-white head that leaves extensive lace on the glass. The color is dark amber and clear.

Sweet smelling with caramel notes. I can detect the alcohol, but it remains in the background.

True to its roots, this is a rich, creamy ale. Sweet without any notable bitterness. The swallow shows the warmth of the higher level of alcohol. Almost chewy to the tongue.

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LongShot Old Ben Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.76 out of 5 based on 261 ratings.
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