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

LongShot Old Ben AleLongShot Old Ben Ale
261 Ratings
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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by smcolw on 04-02-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 261 |  Reviews: 229
Photo of warnerry
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 8/28/10

Nice translucent amber with one finger of quickly dissipating head.

Smell is mostly caramel malts with faint aroma of raisins and a hint of alcohol.

Similar to the smell, taste is primarily sweet caramel malts with some raisin. A nice small amount of bitterness on the finish.

Very creamy mouthfeel, coats the mouth and lingers.

I am enjoying it, but one is enough. Then again, I seem to feel this way about most old ales. The heavy malt character makes it a filling brew. Enjoyable.

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Photo of sauron681
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruby amber color, very clear with a thick head and nice sticky lacing. Very low carbonation. Aroma of malt, sour fruits and toast.
Very thick and syrupy in the mouth, with hints of caramel malt, burnt fruits and also an aftertaste of scorched caramel.
This is a nice winter warmer beer without the spices and harshness.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: nice copper color, good bubbles with nice head
S: I really liked the nose of this beer, malty, malty, malty, like it should be, reminded me a bit of a German doppelbock in maltiness, EtOH noticeable
T: very nice, chewy, chocolaty, burnt malt, with a correctly balanced amount of hops (read, not overly hopped like most American beers), true to style as an English Old Ale but the ABV is too high for contemporary old ales
M: very smooth with rounded malt qualities
D: drinkable but ABV is noticeable and hotness is slightly evident, a few notches down in ABV (7%) would probably be better

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 04/23/2010:

12 oz bottle at 48 degrees into a snifter.

A: It pours a mostly clear burgundy color with a finger of white fluff that has poor retention but laces well.

S: Cherries, raisins, dates, licorice, and brandy.

T: Molasses, sweet dark fruits, licorice, a mild hoppiness, and some smoke.

M: It has a very thick body texture with an oily feel and palate-sticking flavors.

D: This is actually quite drinkable. Unfortunately the sixer only comes with two of these in it.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.49/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my Narke glass...Medium clear copper with a light amber tint. A big tope head with great retention and lacing...The aroma is malty caramel with a hoppy finish, some dark fruits and alcohol, quadish. Not bad, average...Taste again is very malty with raisins, and dark fruits, light hop finish. A quad light, easy to drink but nothing is outstanding. Can't recommend it but I wouldn't pass on a free one.

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Photo of Tone
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber color. Two inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight alcohol, slight hops, and a hint of dark citrus. Fits the style of an Old Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hint of pale malt, hops, slight alcohol, hint of grain, and caramel. Ovearll, good appearance, feel and body.

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Photo of gpogo
4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear brown amber. Almost a deep purple. Light on bubbles, small foam cap.

A- Sweet malt aromas, dark fruits, sweet caramel breadiness.

T- Sweet caramel malt right up front. Dark fruit notes with a slight hint of brown sugar.

M- Medium body, very sweet and coats the mouth. Low carbonation.

D- I couldn't imagine drinking more than one of these. Quite a sweet beer.

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Photo of ngeunit1
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice hazy amber-brown color with a nice amount of off-white head. The head had pretty nice retention and leaves behind some nice lacing.

S - The strongest smell is of the sweet carmel malts with a some toffee aroma. Just a touch of deep dried fruits (raisins).

T - Starts off with the carmel malt flavor and dark fruit flavors, mostly raisin and dates. There is a bit of brown sugar flavor that comes in toward the end with a finish that is bit of alcohol flavor.

M - Medium-full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Very powerful overall, and kind of think without losing smoothness.

D - Very nice flavors that are very complex and interesting, but stay balanced. The alcohol finish can be a bit intimidating, but it really is the end of a very solid beer. Not the most purely drinkable, but very tasty.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly cloudy bronze color with a grayish beige head that fades quickly but leaves pretty decent lace for a high ABV beer.

The aroma is malty with a nice fruity caramel character to it. There is a pretty good amount of alcohol, and I would say that the booze character is mostly brandy like. The more I stuff my nose into the snifter, the more I pick up on a bit of a toffee and an aroma that reminds me of my parents food dehydrator when they were drying light sweet cherries from the farm.

The flavor is super sweet with an explosion of caramel, brown sugar and rich sweet cherry. This beer has a lot of flavors going on, but they all seem to melt together quite well. There is some toffee and toasted bread in there, a bit of earthiness and perhaps some apricot. The more toasty flavors come through as the beer finishes, and at times they almost reach the point of being what I would even call roasty.

The mouthfeel is on the medium side of full with, in my opinion, way too much carbonation. This is not smooth like most of the good old ales I have had lately, and the finish is super dry despite all that malt, leaving some unflattering hoppy bitterness on my palate.

Even as far as old ales go I don't find this to be terribly drinkable. The carbonation, sweetness and finish really do it in. It is a shame because it has some very nice flavors. I would be willing to be that this was way better in homebrew form.

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Photo of Jayli
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Acquired this from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Poured in to a pint glass
Consumed 11/16

A: This beer pours a deep hazy copper color with a 1/2 inch of khaki color head. Head recedes quickly and leaves spotty wisps of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is toasty malts, brown sugar, and bit of caramel.

T: Taste starts incredibly sweet. Caramel malt and brown sugar. Decent alcohol bite hits in the middle when the dar fruit flavoring comes in. Finish has a mild hop bite that I just can't quite place.

M: Medium body, low carbonation, somewhat thin and clean.

D: Goes down relatively easily, big kick, somewhat filling, ok representation of style.

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Photo of rembrant
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks- Golden brown with a beige 2 finger head
Aroma - Fruits and breads,some scent of yeast,port soaked dried fruits like an old style home made fruitcake.
Taste- Follows the nose. There's an earthy,bready flavor,a toffee lead,sweet dark fruits,a hint of sherry or port. A bit busy and saturated but the complexity is very interesting.

Mouthfeel- Nice viscosity and overall good. The aftertaste is just okay,a rather dry and quick finish...which isn't unusual for the style.

Drinkable,Lots of flavors happening,maybe a bit heavy handed but a different and complex beer worth exploring.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into SABL glass.

A. 1 finger head. Average retention. Not much lacing. Rich dark brown color.

S. Caramel malt, spices, clove, yeast. Has a bit of a fruity smell, almost like banana and dark fruit. Some brown sugar.

T. Taste is pretty rich. Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, honey seetness. Maybe a little vanilla. Has a lot of tastes that are hard to pin down.

M. Medium/full bodied. Medium carbonation. Chewy mouthfeel. Lingering sweetness.

D. An interesting beer. One of the better ones I have had from SA. Not all that familiar with the style.

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Photo of billab914
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured brown in color with some nice ruby highlights to it when held up to the light. It started with a moderate creamy and dense tan head to it. The head retreated to the edges of the glass but left some decent lacing.

The aroma shows a lot of caramel malts to it. A little bit of a dark fruit flavor is present along with a moderate alcohol presence. Not much really standing out in the nose for me.

The taste shows some nice dark fruits to it right off the bat. Raisins and figs both come through with a malty, caramel sweetness coming through more towards the finish. A moderate hop bitterness in the finish prevents it from becoming too sweet though. A little bit of a warming alcohol is there but not bad. Pretty good flavors overall.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it had some nice malty, caramel and fruity flavors to it overall. It was pretty easy drinking for a big beer as well. Not a bad beer at all and a pretty good old Ale overall.

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Photo of portia99
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a deep amber color with excellent clarity. A sparse cap of white foam dies quickly and leaves a loose, bubbly collar around the glass.

S - Fruity and floral hops, sweet malt and alcohol. Overall gives a sweet impression.

T - Boozy - alcohol, floral and perfumey, malty sweet. Spicy and fruity...tastes almost like its trying to be Belgian, raisiny with some brown sugar kicked in for good measure.

M - Medium-full bodied with a mid-level carbonation. Alcohol warmth...quite boozy all around. Spicy flavors last well past the swallow into the aftertaste.

D - Not a bad beer at all. Pretty enjoyable but definitely one of those beers where a single 12oz bottle is enough in a sitting. A worthy offering that I'm glad to have tried.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle - Best Before Sept. '10

Pours a nice rich amber with some red hues. Fairly clear, lots of carbonation. Head settles fairly quickly. Not a lot of lacing.

Smells of strong malts, fruits and caramel are pretty apparent.

Similar to the taste, it is very flavorful, but a little one sided. Big notes of dark fruits and caramel, and a spicy ending that coincides with a touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is thick and wet, full bodied.

Can't drink past one, but overall not half bad.

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Photo of chaz01
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a thin pilsner type glass.

A: Deep amber, copper color beer with a nice foamy white head, although it recedes quickly.

S: Fruity, earthy, alcohol and caramel malts in the aroma

T: The taste if very malty, caramel-like with a dates/raisins/fig fruity flavors. There is also some alcohol notes, especially as the beer goes down the throat.

M: Rich, thick syrupy mouthfeel, with just enough carbonation.

D: There's a bit too much alcholol and boozy presence to drink a lot of this, but it's a nice heavy sipping beer. I'll be putting a few bottles away to see how this one ages.

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Photo of July2Nov
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured with one inch of head that quickly disappeared to a thin lace. Orange-red amber color with slight carbonation.

Smell: Slightly, but not overtly sweet with hints of dates/raisins.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Big, big alcohol mouthfeel at the beginning that lingers on for awhile. Still tingles throughout it all with a "chewy" spicy middle. The aftertaste has a sweet raisin bread pudding flavor shine to it.

Drinkability: The Longshot series is great for sampling styles that normally I wouldn't buy a 6-pack of and the Old Ben Ale is just that type of beer. Kudos to the Boston Beer Company for sharing these brewer's delights with the rest of the country.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazy reddish brown color. A fairly small tan head. Head becomes a few bubbles and leaves almost no lacing.

S- Smells is very fruity, bit of alcohol and dark fruits.

T- Taste is quite a bit of malts here and darker fruits. Picking up raisins, apples and plums.

M- Fuller side of medium in body and lighter side of medium in carbonation.

D- Not to bad to drink. Probably my favorite of this years Longshot.

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Photo of Bung
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. A ruby amber pour, maybe a finger of off white head.

Very malty, caramel/toffee laden aroma. Some yellow raisin.

Taste is equally caramelly. There is a large amount of pale malt I'm guessing, which detracts quite a bit for me. Give it a bit of a bmc twang. It recovers though back to toffee and brown sugar. Just a nip of peat, oak, citrus and pine.

Mouthfeel is good medium and quite coating. Carb is good. Drinks all right, though a bit warming. No abv comes through though.

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass

Thanks to TMoney2591 for this bad boy

This beer pours a nice amber color with a finger of fluffy white foam that fades to a nice film on the surface. There are lots of caramel notes in the aroma. I do also detect a hint of cinnamon spice, bourbon, and orange zest citrus. The taste is a rich caramel flavor, there is a hint of booze in the background but it is reserved and subtle. Hints of bitterness do linger in the back There is a buttery feel for an old ale, but it goes down relatively smooth and hides the alcohol quite well. The syrupy nature of it does linger in the mouth. But for an old ale this one does drink very well. Too bad it's a limited release this would be a go to old ale.

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Photo of DrinkinBoy
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Old Ben Ale's body appears a bright brown-orange hue and slightly translucent. The head is light beige and has little retention.

The smell is slightly fruity and roasted, reminiscent of maple syrup. There is very little to no hop characteristic. It also has a very mellow heat character for a beer with a higher ABV.

This beer starts off very sweet. On the mid palate the dried fruit and maple syrup flavors come forward. It finishes with a fruity twang and some roasted notes. There is a lot going on with this beer, but it is nicely complex and balanced.

The mouthfeel is medium to heavy in body with light carbonation.

Old Ben Ale is not very sessionable, but it is a fun beet to taste. And as the label says it is perfect for an after dinner drink, or by itself on a coold day.

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Photo of jwhawkins81
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma - Bock malt sweetness with no real hop aromatic aromas that I could distinguish

Appearance - Dark amber red with tons of residual carbonation. Big light tan head that didn't dissipate quickly. This was a very nice looking beer'

Taste - Maybe the smoothest old ale I've ever had. There was a dominate sweetness upfront on the palate with just a hint of bitterness to balance it out. The sweetness had hints of caramel and a touch of brown sugar. Just a good smooth and sweet beer.

Notes - Medium mouthfeel with a good level of carbonation. The alcohol wasn't present in the taste but could be detected thanks to a nice warming as time went by.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a caramel amber color with a small white head. Nose brings forward some caramel, brown sugar, and a low dose of hops. The taste is brown sugar, caramel, some lighter dark fruits, and some booze. Medium body with a nice warming effect from the alcohol. Drinkability is pretty good; looking forward to seeing how this ages.

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Photo of joefuzz
2.45/5  rDev -35%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Pours very nice clear amber with a small white head, looks very nice in a snifter.

S - A nice warming sugary caramel smell comes to mind.

T - brown sugar up front with a strange metallic aftertaste, i dont know if it is suppose to taste like this but its not very enjoyable.

M- a little on the light side for this style with alot of carbonation, not really looking for that in a old ale

D - really couldn't drink the whole thing the taste put me off.

Overall a beer that looks and smells very nice but tasted off, im not going to write it off just yet. If i ever get another chance to try it ill have to take it, it might just be my bottle.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes.

A: Super clear reddish amber color. Poured with a quarter finger of white head with really nice lacing.

S: Caramel toffee some dark fruit. Tons of malt. The alcohol really did not come across in the nose as it does for many examples of the style. Raisins more as it warmed.

T: The taste is nice but not as complex as the nose. Nice sweetness. No real hint of the ABV from the nose. Caramel toffee. Just to style.

M: A little syrupy but not thick. Carbonation is low but really works with this beer.

D: Fairly easy drinker for the style and ABV. Not something I would reach for everyday but I think this one has some legs to age

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LongShot Old Ben Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 261 ratings
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