Longshot Blackened Hops | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Longshot Blackened HopsLongshot Blackened Hops

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

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by silentjay on 03-17-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown pour, 1/2" head, light brown. the hopping was somewhat hidden, as you continually keep sniffing, you start to make out a tree like hop nose that is very faint.

More woodiness, bitter, not overly acrid, somewhat dry finish, roast never jumps into this, it has a deep dark color, but the roast stays off the tongue. I guess this is a black ipa. It really tastes what I would expect from SA in a black ipa, so I'll call it that.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Dark brown with a soapy off white head. Leaves plenty of lace and looks like a solid dark beer overall.

Smell: roasted, nutty malts, coffee, chocolate and a whiff of herbal hops.

Taste: Dark malt body, but still quite hoppy with herbal and earthy notes, a bit woodsy and taste faintly of citrus. Roasted malts, fairly bitter still. Has some mild coffee like flavor but mostly a one-two punch of roast and hops.

Feel: Full bodied, well carbonated. Finishes clean and balanced.

Overall: Solid black ipa. A two trick pony of malt and hops. Not insanely complex but good for what it is. The hops have held up well over time. This is still drinking like it was fresh.

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Photo of warnerry
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 5/8/11; Best by Sept 2011

A - Pours black with massive three finger head. Head has excellent retention.

S - Smell is predominantly malts, roasted and chocolate, and some citrus notes.

T - Taste is chocolate malt and piney hops. While the hops definitely play a rolehere and persist in the aftertaste, this is a very malt-forward beer. Some lingering earthiness as well.

M - Medium creamy body, somewhat dry on the finish from both hops and earthy malts.

O - Not hoppy enough to be a black IPA. I'm not sure how this should be classified, but it feels like it can't commit. The hops get a bit muddled. Pretty tasty, but not something I would seek out.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown. Scored this at the beer shoppe in Davis, couldn't really pull much out of the aroma at first, then pine became kind of the most discernable thing going on.

Taste, kinda bitter, dry, yet with an earthy fullness to the beer. Didn't impart any chocolate our mouthfeel of chocolate malt. Stayed pretty neutral allowing the pine to register throughout the beer.

For some reason the freshness bottled on notch got missed on this, and I was left to speculate how fresh it was based on the taste. It was decent, but I wonder if I got it sooner, the pine would have had that nice cold air bite to it that was missing on this occasion.

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Photo of jwhawkins81
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tasted on 4/19/11

Aroma - What you would expect from a black IPA, piney and citrusy

Appearance - Dark black with a light brown head that has a little staying power

Taste - Sharp bitterness with a lingering bitter roast on the end. Not really my thing with the high IBUs and not a ton of other things going on.

Notes - Good carbonation and mouthfeel. The best beer out of a longshot six pack that was overall disappointing.

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Photo of OsuJohn
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- a black beer, with creamy colored foam. Looks like Guinness.

S- there are hints of coffee and malty aromas.

T- roasted malt, coffee,

M- creamy, heavy beer. It coats your mouth with every sip.

O- you have to be in the mood for this. If you drink Guinness you know what I'm talking about. This could be the best beer if this is what your looking for or too much if your not prepaired

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Probably the most beautiful pour I've seen. Sizable chocolate colored head almost "rolled" up the pint glass and stuck around for a long while. Black as night, a little deep coffee color at the edges. Great lacing. Smelled of a little coffee and chocolate, and burnt malts. Hints of hops on the nose, mainly a pine-y scent.

Burnt malts and coffee were very prominent. The hops didn't really kick in towards the end. Pretty good, but not as good as the pour made me anticipate. Aftertaste wasn't real big, just a little hops on it. Felt kind of thick, about like milk on the palate. Still drinkable, but definitely one you'd nurse for a bit.

I really like this one. It's kind of out of my normal taste for a darker beer, but I liked this one. I might try to find more before its all gone. A great beer with the cold weather coming up.

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Photo of yankeej13
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Last of the three longshots so, time to rate it.

A- Pours out a nice black color with a mild head of brown foam that quickly fades away. Little carbonation.

S- Has a really nice hearty smell to it. A nice robust smell, great hoppiness smell as well as citrus and piney smell.

T- Extremely hearty a nice robust taste, nice piney citrus hops right out of the gate. Has a creamy mid palette. Has a great sweet finish.

M- Has a good drinkability, a nice hearty flavor that leaves your mouth with a nice smooth sweet finish.

Overall- Out of the sixpack this was my favorite of the three beers. Great bold intense flavor, very happy with this. Cheers!

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: It pours a nearly opaque black color with two fingers of off-white head.

S: Lots of roastiness, citrusy hops, oily nuts, and chocolate.

T: A perfect marriage of porter and IPA; delicious.

M: It has medium body thickness and a very smooth finish.

O: It is a very nice Black ale. One of the best I've tried.

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Photo of JamesS
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured an excellent black with some very nice head and very nice lacing. Excellent scent, with some nice roasted grains, a decent sweetness, and a nice bittery (half-citrusy) hop aroma. Nice flavor, with a good merging of malts and hops; they all balance each other quite nicely with roasted grains, sweet malt, and bitter hop hits. Goes down very well.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

black pour with a big head of tan lacing; a near perfect balance of rich roasted malts, smoked notes, dark earthy, and piney hops. warming only brings the hops to the front even more and allows them to steal the show. quick hitting and bitter as the first sip hits your palate it was amazing how smooth and easy this one went down. nice long finish initially was wrapped in hoppy dryness

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Photo of zaphodchak
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Two fingers of well-retaining khaki head and an almost opaque amber body. Liberal lacing.

Smell is of hops and perhaps orange peel?

Plenty of hops up fromt, some grapefruit, but chocolatey finish with plenty of malt.

Super-creamy and smooth mouthfeel.

Very good-- could make me like hops yet. Drinkable and very flavorful.

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Photo of BierFan
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Big cascading light brown head on a very dark brown/black body. Great head retention. Mostly piney hops in the nose. Some roast and alcohol as it warms. This might just be the best black ale I've ever had. Hops and malt really come together in the taste to form a roasty, piney tongue blanket of awesome. I apologize for the hyperbole, but I'm really loving this beer.

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Photo of adam42381
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 12 ounce bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a dark cola brown, almost black, with a 2 finger creamy light tan head consisting of very fine carbonation bubbles. Excellent head retention and perfect lacing. I don't see how it could look any better.

Smell: Piney hops with a touch of citrus and a hint of malt in the background.

Taste: Pine and sweat cream-like malt up front followed by toasted malt the middle before ending with lemon zest and burnt toast at the finish. Aftertaste is a mix of burnt toast and hoppy bitterness. Very well-balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full-bodied with a fairly high amount of carbonation. Goes down smooth.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. I could see myself drinking several of these in one sitting. The slightly elevated ABV% is well-masked.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. While I admit I haven't had more than a handful of American Black Ales, this one is the best I've had. This is easily one of the best Sam Adams products I've tasted and think they could do well by releasing this full-time. If you can still find one, give it a shot.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep, dark brown/black color; no light. Poured a massive 4 finger light brown head with good retention to a 2 finger cap. Lots of sticky lace.

S: Sharp grapefruit, citrus and floral hop character. Rich toasted malt aromas - burnt toast, chocolate - in the background.

T: Like the nose but the toasted malts are much more prominent. Resiny hop feel transitions to bitter, balancing finish.

M: Medium to full body. Moderate carbonation. Resiny and dry on the palate.

O: Lots of malt and hop character and nicely balanced.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this American Black Ale from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The ale poured a dark coffee black color, it produced a thin tan head, retention was average and it leaves behind think sticky lacing all over the pint glass. The aroma is full of roasted dark malt, coffee, mild chocolate and piney hops. The ale is smooth, creamy, and full bodied. The taste is a nicely balanced mixture of roasted malt, coffee, and piney hops. Overall, Above average.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black, with massive head of tan froth. Dense, thick, and impenetrable lace.

Hoppy aroma, some roastiness. Quite appealing.

Taste is a delicious melding of hoppy orange and pine tones, accented by some chocolatey dark malts.

A delightful, hoppy, rich,and satisfying dark ale. Probably my favorite of the Longshot series.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Blackened Hops may look black, but the nose speaks of a greater variety of ingredients than just charred grains. Those grains are present, of course, lending aromas of deeply toasted bread and faint hints of ash, but what steals the aroma show is a brilliant burst of hops, which provide a bright, citrusy, lemon-and-pine counter to the ashes.

On the tongue, the beer is equally divided between dark and light, on the one hand having distinct espresso, ash, and tobacco notes that are more likely to be found in a stout, and on the other having an IPA-like burst of lemon and grapefruit rind, and all that atop a good bed of caramelized brown sugars. The beer is fairly well balanced between these tones, such that one does not overwhelm the other, though the hops do end up stealing the show near the end and dominating the long-lasting aftertaste (though a few smidgens of ash do creep their way in). Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium to medium-high.

Overall, I'm perhaps as torn on how to review this beer as the beer is divided within itself. Part of me likes the audacity and brashness of the invention and thinks the result quite drinkable and tasty, but the other half keeps thinking "grapefruit rind and burnt toast," and wants a bit more subtlety and nuance. Very worth a try, but keep in mind that some might find this experiment overwhelming.

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Photo of aubuc1
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle dated best before september 2011.

Pours almost black with a very thick tan head.

Fint hops buried under a roasty, chocolatey, coffeish malt.

Taste is a charred and chocolate. Simple and rich.

Mouthfeel is very rich and creamy.

Overall this is a very good beer.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours black, four finger head. Huge release, and it was poured correctly.

S - chocolate, roasted barley

T - chocolate, hops, some strange licorice type aftertaste.

M - decent though lacking carbonation (probably related to the four finger head mentioned earlier), sticky

O - Definitely an acquired taste. Recommended to try. Would like try it on tap.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It pours dark brown with ruby highlights. It is topped with one finger of mocha head.

S - I can definitely smell the floral hops.

T - I get all hops up front. It finishes with roasted malt. There is some mild hop bitterness in the middle. I enjoy all of the flavors.

M - Medium

O - I like how this beer offers a variety of tastes through each swallow.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark ruby. Almost black. Thick crop of light brown head. Good retention and nice lacing. Nice aroma of roasted malts and piney hops. Good blend. This blend carries nicely to the flavor. This black IPA tends to tip the balance more on the side of the roasted malt and coffee tones. The pine and citrus is there as well, but the pendulum swings to the "black" part of this beer...and that's not a bad thing. It's a very flavorful easy drinking beer.

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Photo of rrski198
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: deeply black almost opaque. Great lacing and a real nice mocha colored head.

S: Wonderful roasted coffee and dark chocolate malt with a balanced citrus, grapefruit like hop scent. Really nice mix of scents here.

T: Sweet caramel and coffee biterness upfront followed by a full hop bitter bite. The bitterness from the citrus hops and the roasted malt makes for a double delicious bitter flavor.

M: Full carbonation. Slightly oily and the bitterness lingers forever.

O: For a homebrewer, this is as good as it gets. This beer rivals any other black IPA i've ever had and makes others taste like dog poop.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yes, blackened hops looks just like you would expect from the namesake. Licorice black with a playsand colored and lacy head. Touches of yellow on the glass edge where some light can sneak through.

The nose is mild but has the right fragrances for an IPA. There is a clean mix of malt to hop with the slightly fruity hop scent coming in on top. The grains smell well roasted and have an almost coffee aroma to them.

Flavor kind of falls short from the stellar appearance. The beer has a hop tea like taste that isn't as fresh as I would like. The grain profile is also a little flat but does continue with the consistent roasted flavor that you can smell in the nose. Not bad but nothing spectacular.

The mouthfeel to me is the best part of this beer. The carbonation is minimal and really let's the flavors that are there come out. The charred finish is quite pleasing and there is a firm bitterness mixed with a booty rocking dryness that totally works with the tea like flavors. A solid beer that I could drink more of. Very nice.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ST: 120z poured into an oversized wine glass.

A: A dark opal black with a hint of dark brown at the bottom of the glass. It has a brown head that has nice retention. It has nice lacing as the beer is consumed.

S: Roasted malt, slight char, toffee, and some grapefruit.

T: Starts with roasted malt and smoke, but is quickly beset by grapefruit. The finish has a lot of grapefruit, some smoke, and some warmth from alcohol. It is has a lot of bite (bitterness). As the beer warms, a hint of chocolate joins the flavors.

M: On the heavy side of medium bodied and dry.

O: Though there are flavors of roasted malt, slight char, and even a bit of sweetness, this beer is very bitter. It is not very balanced, but American Black Ales tend to be dominated by hops. This is a perfect beer for the hop head, especially the one that enjoys some burnt, roasted malt character.

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