Longshot Blackened Hops | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 189 | Ratings: 249
Reviews by Georgiabeer:
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad brew, but one that starts off better than it finishes. Pours a nice black with a fine head that sticks around and leaves some substantial lacing. Smells of toasted grains primarily, with a touch of cream and citrusy hops. The taste is similar to start, but the grains are almost charred tasting and the bitterness is primarily from them rather than the hops. The finish becomes somewhat one-dimensional as a result, and frankly tastes a little of overroasted coffee beans. A little less roastiness, a touch more malt and some more hops are needed here.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of brewerburgundy
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, Bruery tulip, best by September 2011.

The look is decidedly Porter-like, with a magnificent head of darker froth that would make that style proud. It seems to be opaque black.

A bit of cocoa powder is dusted between aromas of pine and grapefruit. The hops smell a bit green, and bitterness is in the air.

Up front there is a bit of sweetness, Demerara sugar, and then a solid bitterness hits backed by those kind of soapy grapefruit hop flavors. The back has dark chocolate settling in with a very pleasant I-know-that's-an-IPA lingering bitterness/hops.

It's a very smooth black IPA, slightly creamy and might do with a little more carbonation, but overall very well done.

This is a great go at the style in my opinion. If the hops were just a bit brighter I'd rate it even higher and I'm not knocking for that because it was quite slow getting to the area. It couldn't look any better, and the hops don't clash with the chocolate this has going on.

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Photo of Sinewave
4.5/5  rDev +16%

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark opaque brown, almost black color with a thick, fluffy tan head that took some time to dissipate. Lingering lacing on the side of the glass.

S: Citrus hops dominate the nose with hints of roasted malts and some earthy moss.

T: Roasted espresso and smokiness dominate the flavors from the beginning of the sip. Some bitterness from the hops fights its way through from the middle to the end with some slight lingering citrus sweetness at the end.

M: Mouthfeel is a little thick and creamy for a black ale. Medium carbonation is present, but it could have used more.

Overall, this is a decent beer. The smell is dominated by hop aroma, but it is lost in the taste by the roasted malts and smoke character. This causes the beer to lack some balance.

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Photo of pzrhsau
3.21/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Very dark brown color that doesn't allow you to see through. It has a nice soapy tan head.
S: Bitter hop aroma with hints of coffee beans.
T: Very bitter hop flavor coupled with a bitter coffee bean flavor that really lacks the sweetness that we expect from this style.
D/O: Very crisp and drinkable, has the big hop flavor that makes it hard to switch beers after this. Good interpretation of the style but could have used some more sweetness.

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Photo of Skye1024
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a black color, with a large lacing head. The head stayed through the beer. The smell is strong, a nice fresh hoppy aroma is given off; there is an almost evil smell. The taste is hoppy, but a smokey hop like flavor. Its nice and bitter, strong flavor. Overall I love this beer, fantastic.

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

12 oz bottle notched with typical SA enjoy-by date. Part of the "Category 23 Longshot" variey 6-pack.

Pours a black(ened) color, with a frothy, tan head that washes the glass. Smell errs on the hoppier side of fresh, citrus-juice hops and roasted malts. I get more of those chocolatey malts on the taste, but this beer is predominately hoppy. The ABA style seems to be picking up steam, and although a bit weird and sorta "clashing" to me, I enjoy most of them, this one included. Very well blended flavors here, finishes with a definite dryness and bottom-heavy hop bitterness. I've yet to pair this style with food, but I must try that soon. Good brew here. Good job, Rodney Kibzey.

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Photo of JimboHD2005
2/5  rDev -48.5%

Photo of chefhatt
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i poured this beer into a perfect pint glass, it has a nice 2"sticky tan head on top of a black body. The smell is of hops and roasted malts and some earthy pine notes. The taste is has some nice hops and roasted malts with some chocolate hints. This one has a nice mouth feel and overall a good beer.

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

Pours a nice crisp black. A nice thickness to it with a solid tan head. Smells rich chocolatey with a nice hop presence. Tastes thick and rich. Almost creamy. A very sweet chocolate malt under it all. Solid mouthfeel. Overall pretty nice drinker and one ofnthe more enjoyable black ales

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of cowboy83
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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

Pours a dark black color that appears dark brown when held up to light. Nice medium, tan head that diminishes quickly. Scent has very nice citrus hop aromas with just a small amount of roasted-ness (for lack of better word). Tasted is initially roasted malt with some chocolate... then you get some coffee notes, quickly followed by citrus (grapefruit and orange). As this beer warms up, the citrus and hops become more noticeable. Finishes with some roasted espresso flavors. Very unique and tasty beer! Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with nice sense of balance throughout. Drinkability is high. Overall, this is a very tasty beer and I prefer this to a lot of "black IPAs" or "hoppy stouts" I've had.

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Photo of 40451
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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

Appearance: Two fingered tan head that dissipates slowly and lasts a while. The beer itself pours a coffee brown that settles into a blackish brown.

Smell: The smell leans more towards the hopped side. The citrus hops are more noticeable the pine ones. The malts get lost in all the hops but you can still get a small whiff of them.

Taste: Balanced. I taste citrus hops mixed with a light roasted malt that gets stronger as it warms up. Meanwhile, I get a light undertone of coffee notes to enhance the malts and balance the hops. I also get a tiny bit of dark chocolate and pine hops towards the end but get lost in the coffee, malts and hops.

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated and crisp.

Overall: I have to say that I really enjoyed this beer and I hope that Sam Adams adds it to their yearly line and not in the dustbin of history. I would recommend this beer to anyone who enjoys Black Ales.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours black with a huge khaki head. Crazy retention, sticky rings of lacing.

S: Coffee, chocolate, leafy herbal hops, pine, and mandarin orange.

T: Malty flavors and some raisin esters up front. Good roasted malt presence. Coffee and a bit of smoke. Bitter dark chocolate. Herbal hops with perhaps a touch of mint. Big hit of pine. Some mandarin orange. Finishes with strong notes of coffee and char.

M: Medium bodied, creamy, and full. Good.

O: Good roasted malt flavors, but they overwhelmed the hops.

Notes: The bottle says that the hop flavors steal the show. I disagree. Roasted malt tastes dominate. There is clearly a significant amount of IBUs at work here, but the roasted malt character is so assertive that the hop tastes end up playing second fiddle. I'm also picking out an estery raisin taste in the background. It feels a little out of place. A decent beer, but a little unbalanced.

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Photo of prg1976
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark dark brown, with a frothy whitish head.

Smells like a citrusy IPA, with a hint of chocolate or coffee in the background.

Tastes the opposite of the smell, lots of coffee, chocolate, licorice. The hops are almost non-existent, just a hint in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is fine, nice and crisp. Moderately carb'd, medium body.

Overall, it's pretty good. I could see drinking a few of these over an evening.

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Photo of AlFromBayShore
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I had no intention of reviewing anyone's beer. I stopped at the Publix just to get some chicken and thereafter, I was off to my ghetto beer spot (they have a tiny craft beer collection). THEN I saw the "Longshot" sixer - no trip to the ghetto spot. Got home, popped the top, poured into a highball glass, and took a sip. WOW!

The key is a complimentary yet subtle maltiness in the middle. Coupled with strong hoppy character on the front and back ends, its like a piece of hop candy with a malty inside which, all together, reminds me, a little bit, of a bittersweet chocolate. I guess that chocolaty thingy comes from the malt. But fear not hop heads, this clearly passes muster for any hop devotee.

The texture rocks - silky and almost chewy.

Overall, what I like most is its full flavor. This beer goes as far as it can go without encroaching on the excess that seems to characterize those syrupy imperial varieties. Its a 7% and as I've become more familiar with beer, I gravitate towards 7 as they seem to maintain full flavored richness without going overboard and tasting like a syrupy cloying orange.

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Photo of SSJPhatMatt
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Im very happy i picked up this 6-pack and this beer was very good. I love the hoppy bite but i have a problem and that is its not its own beer. It tastes like to many of its kind nothing really sets it part but that dont mean its not a very good beer. You should try it ether way!

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Photo of ArcaneXor
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black IPA from the 2011 Category 23 Longshot sixpack. Pours black with beige head. Smell is fairly nondescript, a blend of chocolate, American hops and esters. Taste is surprisingly thin, as is the mouthfeel. Missing the massive dose of dryhop character and subtle chocolate notes expected from this type of beer.

Overall, a fairly typical Sam Adams product. Decent, but nonexceptional.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.21/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A-dark brown with a tan head and good lacing

S-smells a lot like an american strong ale. there are dark roasted malts and grassy hops. there's a bit of cocoa in there as well. medium strength

T-comes in with weak dark malts with a faint hops presence that fades in to a grassy hoppiness. tastes different than other American Black Ales that i've had....not in a good way. it has an after-taste of burnt popcorn. there's really nothing spectacular going on here.

M-creamy medium carbonation with a creamy finish

D-this really isn't a great example of the style. the hops nor the mocha make a strong presence here. its really not completely easy to finish either. its honestly just a confused beer. i'm not sure how it made it this far, but hey it is Sam Adams, maybe they figured they couldn't brew a better one themselves.

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Photo of kb2250
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice looking Black IPA. This pours out with a nice roasted dark brownish black color. The head is big and brown and leave an impressive lacing on the glass. This beer has the aroma of a big west coast IPA that really makes me wanna dive right in to this one. The taste has a great citrusy pine hop flavor up front that fades into an elegant roasted malt aftertaste. The mouthfeel is slick and smooth. This one is very good and worth having again. All 3 beers this year were quite impressive.

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Longshot Blackened Hops from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 249 ratings