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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by silentjay on 03-17-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 249 |  Reviews: 189
Reviews by Nerudamann:
Photo of Nerudamann
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a stein glass.

Look - close to jet black in color, with about a finger's worth of tan-colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell - indeed a dark roasted hoppy type of smell. I don't quite feel the coffee undertones that the label hints at, at least not in the smell.

Taste and Mouthfeel - strong taste of Cascade hops, and yes a bit of a roasted quality, but I still don't feel the coffee tones. The bitterness starts in the middle and lingers through the finish and aftertaste. Texture is actually somewhat light and fairly well-balanced.

Overall - Not a bad brew at all, and although in general not very complex, it still tastes good and is pretty interesting.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In a pint glass the beer was near black with a small head that left a little lace.
Predominately a roasted malt aroma. Some citrus and a bit of floral notes.
Coffee taste, tiny bit of chocolate. The hops got reversed in the taste, mostly piney notes and only a bit of grapefruit.
A little on the sharp side, but still a pretty nice beer.

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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 40451
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of orm56
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Mora2000
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a large tan head. The aroma is heavy on the chocolate and roasted malts, with some pine notes mixed in as well. The flavor is a mix of pine and roasted malt. I don't get the same amount of chocolate in the flavor that I got in the aroma. Low bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Skye1024
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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 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 whoneeds8
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium globe deep black with a light tan three finger froathy head. Good head retention and great lacing all the way down the glass. The nose is very odd for the apperence, very hoppy. Not much carmel notes that I can sense, which again completely throws you off by apperance. The taste is subtel to say the least. Despite what the nose says, there's not enough hop notes in the taste to make it a BIPA. And there is a light amount of carmeled dark malts. The taste is good, but definatly the weakness of this beer. The body is medium and carbonation is near perfect. Overall, this is a nice dark ale . . . great for SA quality, but nice for the style. Just as most Longshots are.

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

A black ale but when held toward the light ruby highlights come through with a thicket of tan head. Somewhat dimpled texture, looks like rising bread dough. Fine layered lacing looks great in my glass. Aroma this has a lively citrus/grapefruit and pine hop combo busting through right away. Along with roasted dark malts with hints of herbal mint chocolate. Flavor wise dark roasted malts wrapped with hoppy herbal pine citrus and grapefruit induced hop additions. A very bitter beer, starts off like a porter and finishes with super alpha hoppiness. Not perfectly balanced but then again it's a black IPA. Mouthfeel is dry with dark roasted malt bitterness and big hops leaving their makr with each sip, medium bodied slightly slick with hop oils. Overall not a bad take on the style I'm glad this is the best one of the mixed sixer but on the other hand it doesn't say much about it.

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

A - Near black in color and near opaque with mahogany edges if held to the light. A creamy tan head has very good retention.

S- Even with hops in the name, I was surprised by the strong hop aroma in this black beer. Both citrus and pine hops dominate with a nearly hidden roasted malt aroma in the background.

T- Moderately bitter; less so han might be expected given the hoppy aroma. Muted roasted malt flavor. Great hoppy finish.

M- Crisp with medium body. Slightly dry finish.

O- Full West coast hop flavor in a very drinkable brew. 7% ABV largely hidden. Rating approaches 4.5 Blackened Hops is the best of the three 2011 Sam Adams Longshot releases I've tried.

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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 rhoadsrage
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)
Sept. 2011 date on bottle

A- This beer has a jet black body with that is dense with a thick creamy tan head that last for the full beer. It is a bit to dark to see any carbonation but there are a few tiny bubbles that trail up the side of the glass.

S- The woody herbal hop aroma is full with a soft faint pine and black roasted malt hint to follow.

T- The clean flavor has Noble hop and woody hop flavors with some citrus hops growing in the finish as the beer warms. There is a soft pine pungency and hint of black malt that linger after each sip.

M- The full mouthfeel is added by the creamy texture of the head. There is no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer is pretty clean and lagered in flavor but the Northwest coast hops are full and a bit pungent with the pine notes covering the faint black malt notes. This is very drinkable especially at 7.00%.

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

This beer isn't quite black, but almost. A bit of brown shines through in the light. A light brown head settles down on this brew and hangs around, laving patchy lacing well down the glass.
Bready malts and pine resin hops aromas mix nicely, with light charcoal, chocolate and some citrus coming out underneath. Well blended and nicely balanced with some complexity.
The taste is exactly what I expect from the nose; the charcoal pulls a little bit more into the common charred woods flavor these beers tend to develop. A touch of coffee also lingers, but mostly those bready malts and herbal/citrus malts make up the bulk of it.
This isn't a heavy style; even so, I'd like just a bit more body and bulk to the feel. Otherwise, it's fairly crisp to begin with and smoothness isn't lacking. Carbonation is light to moderate and serves this beer well.
Overall, this is a very good beer and I was able to really enjoy it with lunch.

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Photo of Sammy
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

High quality black IPA. Very roasty,with some blackened bits intentionally, lacey, black body with retained three-eighths head of beige foam head. Aromas of roast and mocha. Well balanced, slightly sweeter only at the end of the bottle. Bitterness is well controlled. Enjoyable roastiness. Excellent drinkability.Average mouthfeel.

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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 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 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 WoodBrew
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Second beer of the night was a Longshot Sammy A Blackend Hops created by a fellow Illinoisian (not a word I know). The appearance was dark and creamy with thin ecru color head. The scent was real nice, great subtle pine, little surprised, in a good way, that there was no roastiness in the nose. The taste was a wonderful experience...the hops dominate while the beer is in the mouth, but after the swallow the roast and malt take over and linger. F! I could drink a ton of this!!!!

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Photo of cjgator3
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a Samuel Adams pint glass. Pours a dark black color with a nice light tan head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is very nice. Dark roasted malts are in the background but the fresh hops are the main attraction in the nose. 

T- The taste like the aroma features a really nice dose of fresh hop bitterness that supports some roasty malts.

M- The mouhthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, great job on this beer. I'm a big fan of the "black IPAs" and this is solid example of this style.

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

Blackened Hops pours a dark chocolate fudge color. It’s not opaque. Faint burgundy highlights are noted with backlighting. A light tan head caps it. It’s about a finger and a half tall, and falls back to a surface covering quickly. Lacing was quite sticky and moderate in volume.

The nose lacks punch, but smells pretty good nonetheless. Hops are most notable initially. They’re citric and a tad piney. Citrus grapefruit and pineapple are the strongest fruit scents. Dark malts are easily noted. Roasted malts and bittersweet dark chocolate are definitely in the mix. A bit of roasted coffee is there. It’s secondary, but plays that role well. Alcohol is buried.

The flavor is easily a notch above the nose. Dark malt flavors kick things off. Bittersweet dark chocolate and roasted malts provide a really solid base. Roasted coffee follows. It’s a little stronger in flavor, but complements the malt flavors well. The hop profile has a nice flavor, but takes a back seat to the malts. They feature piney notes primarily, and a little citrus grapefruit, orange, and pineapple. There’s a little bitterness, but it’s not a palate wrecker. Alcohol is blended very well. Finishes citrusy and roasty.

Blackened Hops has a medium body, and a nice, smooth feel. Carbonation is mid-range, but the bubbles feel light. Goes down smooth and easy. I’m enjoying the bottle, and wouldn’t mind another at all.

Blackened Hops is easily the gem in this year’s Sam Adams Longshot release. I honestly wasn’t all that excited to see another Black IPA or American Black Ale (whatever suits you), but this is definitely a good one. They may be trendy, but that doesn’t mean that some aren’t very good. Blackened Hops is definitely a little more malt centered, if you will. I wouldn’t mind a little stronger hop presence. But, it’s certainly good beer.

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

This is a strange beer, but one that stands out from the crowd. You will be fascinated by the dark power of this brew. It's dense body and deep brown color is followed through with a dark bitterness, reminiscent of cocoa. This beer is full of mystery, however, because in addition to this dark bitterness is a decidedly hop ridden flavor that is both a contradiction, and a delight! Add to this the beer's potent 7.0% alchohol and a truly mesmerising, schizophrenic brew has been created. Nice one, Rodney!

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Photo of jheezee
5/5  rDev +28.9%

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