Longshot Blackened Hops | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Longshot Blackened HopsLongshot Blackened Hops

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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 DudleyRose
4.97/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Really nice balance. The debittered dark malts and the intense flavoring hops make this aromatic and hoppy tasting without extreme bitterness. I would buy this beer regulaly if it were available. I really liked the citrusy aroma along with the hop and malt taste.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. Dark brown/black in color with ruby highlights. Big, thick, head of tan foam that gets beautifully rocky and oatmeal-like after a few sips, leaving heavy lacing on the sides of my glass. Very nice.
Aroma-Big whiff of piney, citrussy hops and subtle, roasted malt. Makes my mouth water.
Taste- My tastebuds surf the tasty waves of roasted, chocolately malt, and full-on piney citrussy hops that crash on the shore with a long lingering bitterness and some subtle coffee and cream.
This is my kind of Black IPA! A bit unbalanced towards the hoppy side of things, but hey, that's what I like. Big bold flavors, long lingering roasty bitterness, great drinkability and character all around. Would be a great match for any grilled or BBQ'd meat.
Finally, a Black IPA that not afraid to show its IPA side. Well done!!

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Photo of stonermouse
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Two of Sam Adams' most recent Longshot sixer. Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Pours a solid dark brown with a steady, off-white head. Nice lacing.

Smell is a bit sweet, with a touch of something dessert-like that I can't put my hand on. Good hop presence in the aroma as well.

The flavor here is really superb. This is a great "starter" black IPA, as the flavors are mild and won't offend any palate. That's not to say that this isn't flavorful, because it's delicious. Unbelievably balanced, it is roasty with a nice, subtle floral hop bite. The first "sessionable" black ale I've had. And while it's classified per BA as a Black Ale, the hops are present and potent enough to push this one into the realm of IPAs. An absolute home run.

Mouthfeel is good an clean. The flavors was away quickly after each sip. It could stand to be a little stickier, but it's nice anyway.

What a great brew. For most the Sam Adam's mass-produced brews, I taste a Sam Adams-type flavor; slightly metallic with a touch of plain, bitter hops, no matter what the style is supposed to be. This beer is a true craft brew. The flavors are well-balanced and clean, and together they make up a unique brew that is not to be missed.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.58/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams Longshot Blackened Hops is a pitch black beer with a dense, lumpy, brown froth that has outstanding retention and lacing. It has a bright, citrusy, candy aroma with a hint of roast. It's big bodied, super soft and smooth; fluffy with a clean dry finish. It tastes bold and bitter. There's a slight sweetness like molasses. It has flavors of orange peel, juniper and pine resin. It's well balanced and really heavy. Nice. This is just super duper.

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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 malty
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a midnight brown/ghostly black with a loose and creamy 1" settled khaki head. The edges of the head are slightly higher than the center, creating a slight bowl/concave shape. Make me want to break out my skateboard and magically shrink myself and skate it. Crazy, sagging, streching, lumpy, craggy lacework all the way down.

Smells wonderfully fresh of bright, citrus hops and savory, mocha coffee. Masterfully balanced without one overpowering the other. Grapefruity, chocolate malted milkshake.

The graprefruit hop entrance is quaint, but still very friendly. The leathery, slightly smokey chocolate maltiness takes the predominant role. The hops shake your hand and the roasted malts ask if they can take your coat and offer you a seat. The flavors reflect their respective scents quite accurately, again maintaining a skillful balance.

Mouthfeel is soft, creamy with a fine and moderate level of carbonation. The prickly dryness lingers in the flavorful finish.

Overall a beer I'm glad was included in this Sam Adams mixed six pack that I'd definitely buy all on its own. I still am on the fence with the whole 'Cascadian Ale', 'Black IPA', etc. style. I know they classify this as a Black Ale, but I'd say it's somewhere in-between. Wherever it falls on the spectrum, I like it. A lot.

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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 tapman
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer is indeed black, unlike other beers with black in the label, with some dark brown/ruby highlights were the light catches the edges. The head is 3 fingers, dense, rocky and has a good subsistence. Lacing is like spiderwebs in a haunted house.

Nose is resinous, coniferous vegetation, lemon and grapefruit zest and almost burnt pie crust. Makes a poor pie, but a great beer. I could use even more hops, but what do I know.

Small astringent roastiness, torched sugar, raw, vegetal hop alpha acids, tart pine and strong bitterness.

Smooth up front and very dry in the finish. Could there be some additions for body? Milk Stout version? Never had a hoppy milk stout... this one is a little dry for me, but not bad.

Cheers for not calling itself a Black IPA. Cheers for having black in the name and actually being the color black. Cheers for an outstanding homebrew-turned-worldbrew. Well done, Mr. Kibzey.

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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 TheManiacalOne
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a nice blend of grassy hops, roasted malts, chocolate and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out with mildly sweet flavors of chocolate, coffee and citrus that are quickly followed by a strong hop bitterness. The malt character is very hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is best Longshot beer I’ve tried thus far and one of the best Sam Adams beers I’ve had overall, this beer is well-worth drinking for an entire evening.

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Delerium Tremens snifter

Pours a dark black color with a gorgeous, fluffy, off white head that coats the glass. Aroma is grassy and citrus hops.

First sip is... Very nice hop dominated flavor. As hoppy as a big IPA for sure. Nice lingering bitterness that isn't harsh. There just a great grassy hop flavor with a nice smooth mouthfeel. This beer seems thick, which creates a very nice balance in the mouth. The malt is there, giving this beer a backbone, but all of the flavors that come through are hop oriented.

I really like this beer. May be my favorite Black IPA that I've had. Would like to see this released as a stand-alone.

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Photo of budgood1
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours out an opaque black colour, cherry highlights with an enormous light tan head. amazing retention...plentiful, sticky chunky lace. hoppy aroma...pine, mint and herbal hop notes dominate. a bit of nougat and chocolate covered cherry in the background. subdued flavour of unsweetened cocoa...hardy dark malt notes meld with some malted milk balls. herbal minty hop notes...think thin mints crossed with malted milk balls in a mocha porter for a taste profile. hoppiness prevalent and sort of dominant overall. thick and rich mouthfeel, smooth and creamy riding a full and curvaceous body. wow. drinkability is outstanding...it's good looking, smells tantalizing, tastes amazing, feels voluptuous, and drinks like a hoppy milkshake.

overall i was incredibly impressed and even amazed by this offering. kudos to RK for this beer. this gets an old school "hell yeah" from me!!

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Photo of rebel1771
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: As the name suggests pours black with a decent tan head that fades quickly.

S: Looks like a porter and smells like an IPA. Tons of citrusy hops with a chocolate aroma as well.

T: The flavor is surprisingly balanced. I thought this was going to be a hop bomb but a roasted malt flavor shines through. Hops jump in at the end to clean things up. The flavors seem to intermingle a little more as the beer warms.

O: This beer is pretty damn interesting and pretty damn delicious. BBC picked a winner with this one.

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Photo of mynie
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours super thick and black, for a dark IPA. Very stouty; it's even got a nice brown head.

Smells very thick and black, for a dark IPA. Like a really thick Irish strout--dryly bitter, lots of spicy European hops and bitter, dark roasted malt. This smells like a stout straight-up; there are none of the ashen nodes of an American black.

Tastes like a really great IPA hop profile against a medium roast stout barley. Wow. Dry, bitter, and perfectly balanced.

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

Presentation: From a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A- Dark brown. Pours with massive, creamy, light brown head, which necessitates a multi-stage pour. Fades very slowly to a nice cap. Excellent retention. Fair amount of lacing.

S- Sweet grapefruit hops with a touch of pine.

T- Pine and grapefruit bitterness. A light touch of roasty, coffee notes. Sweetness is moderate. Flavors meld quite well...very nice.

M- Moderate carbonation and a medium-full feel.

D- Very good. An enjoyable beer on all fronts...

Future outlook: What can I say...for my money, it seems like the SA Longshot beers end up being the best ones they produce...really enjoyed this one, and look forward to the next...

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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 taez555
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a dark black stout type body with an off-white/tan head.

Nose is completely dominated by a strong citric hop smell. Huge grapefruit and hop resin nose. The nose honestly reminds me of big beer line Pliney or Hercules, yet the color competly throws you off. As it mellows a bit though you can actually make out some of the dark malts. It has this mild porter kind of background.

Taste is medium bodied and immediately throws you through a loop on the taste. The nose SCREAMS DIPA, DIPA, DIPA, but the first sip is all stout. Big dark burnt malt flavor, lots of roasted coffee and classic stout flavors. There's a good solid hop bitterness background, but it's not nearly as dominate as the nose. There's lots of spicy, piney and citric flavors, but the hops aren't as out there as they were in the nose. As it warms the hops really start to overshadow the malts and it's just such a cool blend of traditional big stout/imperial stout and over the top American DIPA. So good. Ends with a long lingering hop bitterness.

What a cool beer!! Kudos to Rodney Kibzey. This is such a perfect combination of big imperial Stout and those over the top Hop Monsters that dominate the top 10 of the best of BA. Excellent beer!!

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Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle marked, drink before September 2011, poured into a British Imp Pint “nonick”

Very dark brown almost black, with a nice thick head when first poured, head settles down to a thin layer which hangs in there, though there is not much “lace”, still quite acceptable.

Very pleasant aroma, black malts, coffee, and distinct hops though not piney or citrus in any way, slightly bitter as in a stout style, quite pleasant, enjoyable, faint yeast in background rounds out a good complex aroma,
the hops/malt/coffee linger on and on.

Excellent, fairly dry, malt dominated entry in the mouth followed by some very pleasant bitter hops, just right for the weight of this beer, very well balanced.
Slightly bitter Stout like flavors. Delicious and very drinkable. You definitely want more than one!
The hops carry through to the very long, dry, malty, coffee finish, which just makes this beer all the more drinkable. DELICOUS!

I am very impressed with the dryness of this brew. It seems to me that many breweries are making their beer entirely too sweet, trying to make an adult form of soda pop, something for “the kiddies”.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a very dark brown, alomst black, with a light tan frothy head that reduces while still clinging to the sides of the glass.

has a piney, hoppy smell, sweet and citrusy, and fairly floral, with hints of apricots and pears. The light, fruity smell does not match its dark appearance.

Sweet, with a heavy emphasis on burnt caramel/toffee, creamed coffee, .with a pleasing bitterness lying underneath. While very flavorful, it is not overpowering, but is relatively well balanced and complex.

Medium to full bodied, with a spiciness that follows down the throat.

Very enjoyable, one I would definitely drink again. Between this and Noble Pils, it is nice to see Sam Adams making some tasty beers recently.

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Photo of Star80
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a dark mahoghany color, with a frothy tan head. Wow, the smell is of big piney hops, more IPA than dark ale. I do detect some dark chocolate in the nose also. Taste is a nice interplay between the roasty malts and big citric IPA, (Cascades?) hops. I like the way this comes together. Kind of a best of both worlds kind of brew; you get that roasted coffee, chocolate malts but then there is this big, bold citric fruity hops puckering and clearing off your palate. It just makes you want to drink more! I like that the hops stay up front and don't get buried by the dark malts. Mouthfeel is smooth and rich, very drinkable. I can imagine this beer would be great in a summer six pack during a BBQ smoke-out. What sucks is that there are only two of these in my six pack. The only other beer that I feel compares to this is Yakima Glory, which I also thought was unique and awesome. Actually, this was brewed by Rodney Kinzey of Illinois. Hey, Rod, where you at? Where can I get more? ;-)

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Photo of ballz50401
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12oz bottle poured into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass. Freshness info: enjoy before 09/2011.

Appearance: Black in color, but I can see some brownish/red hues around the edges. Nice, strong frothy head sits on top.

Smell: Citrus fruits with pine are what sticks out most. Notes of burnt caramel and espresso.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very pleasent roasted malt flavor. Hops take a back seat in the flavor department. Citrus and pine are present though. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a good hop bitteress balance.

Overall: A well done ABA. Looking foward to brewing up one of these dark hoppy brews myself!

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Photo of smcolw
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tight, thick light beige head. Dark brown liquor where light passes only at the edge. Superb blanketing lace.

Nice earthy aroma with darker (unmated?) grains. Just enough hop to noticeable and subtle. A touch of chalk.

This is a very special beer. It's earthy, chewy and dark on the tongue. Then comes the hop spice--peppery and biting. The body might be the only component that is pedestrian. Wonderfully complex, even in the aftertaste. This a great beer, IMHO.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich, smoky aroma has a strong charcoal overtone and hints of coffee, nuts and burnt grass. It pours an opaque dark-chocolate brown with a thick, frothy, rather persistent beige head. Smoky flavor has tones of roast coffee, unsweet chocolate and burnt hops along with nutty and barbecue sauce hints. Smooth texture has a fine fizz and leaves a smoky, slightly hoppy finish.

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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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