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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Reviews: 189 | Ratings: 249
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 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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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a translucent dark brown with a thick mocha head that lingers and laces

Smell: Roasted black bread and coffee notes, complemented by piney hops

Taste: Opens with the black bread and roasty flavors; by mid-palate the piney hops emerge to challenge the malt; nicely balanced into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carebonation

Overall: A pretty nice stab at the style; not the best Black IPA out there but enjoyable enough

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Photo of emerge077
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great to see a local homebrewer win this for the 2nd time in a row...

Amazing pour, copious foam that billows above the rim of the glass, forming irregular yet sturdy peaks that have a whipped meringue texture. Jet black body, slightly dark brown as it was poured.

Mellow nose of roasty black malt, some initial minty green hop presence when the bottle was opened.

Rich creamy porter-like feel, bitter hop herbals, dry bakers chocolate, and mellow coffee roast blend seamlessly. Texture is really nice and the flavors are harmonious. Wish this was offered as a seasonal in six-packs.

Congrats Rodney on the 2nd Longshot win!

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Photo of zeff80
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a dark, dark brown color with a two-finger, light brown, bubbly head of foam. It had nice retention and left stikcy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of roasted malt, floral notes and a touch of citrus.

T - Good roasted malt flavor with mild coffee-like notes. It had bitter, piney hops with a touch of tropical fruits.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a very clean, dry finish.

O - This is a very good black ale. One of the best Longshot brews they've had.

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

Pours a large lush creamy almost 2 finger head that fades semi slowly over super dark brown color with barely any light coming through, and some lacing.

Nose brings earthy malts and hops, some earthy spicy hops, light pine and citrus, some darker malts, light roast and chocolate, light caramel and vanilla.

Taste starts with creamy darker malts, light roast and chocolate malt, then plenty of hops, bitter earthy and spicy hops, light pine, chewy hops, and gets very bitter as it goes and eventually finishes very bitter, lingering bitter hops, spicy hops, some darker chewy malts, light darker roasted malts.

Mouth is medium to slightly heavier bodied, with decent carbonation.

Overall pretty good, a decent cascadian dark, plenty of dark malts and plenty of spicy earthy hops, mostly a middle of the road Cascadian Dark.

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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 Kegatron
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep black in the glass, topped with 1 ½ fingers of tight mocha colored head. This retains with a thick ½ finger, which just showers the sides of the glass with robust creamy lacing. Great look to this! The aroma is leafy and citric smelling up front, which melds into notes of chocolate and roasted coffee, which then in turn trails off into a bit of a smoky astringency in the back of the nose.

The taste is hoppy, roasted, and tangy, all at once, with green bitter citrus set against a backdrop of smooth chocolate sweetness, and then trailing into a dark crunchy roast in the rear. Hops kick back into the finish, with a smack of grapefruit and some lingering spiciness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth crispness that flows easily in the mouth. Considering the amount of hops at play in this, I was expecting a little more crispness to the feel but the alcohol is nicely hid here, so I’m pretty much just nitpicking at this point.

Wow, this was a really well done take on a Black Ale and was probably the big winner for me out of this year’s Longshot six-pack. This really towed the line for me at times between a Black IPA and hoppy Porter but that final blast of citrusy hops sealed the deal and made me think that they nailed the style on this one. Good stuff here that I’d love to see them move into their portfolio on a regular basis.

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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 mactrail
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Highly aromatic dark ale.

Attractive dark brown with well-retained carbonation and nice dollop of foam. I think this is getting to be one of my favorite categories. Lots of aromatic hops without the overpowering bitterness. Dark flavors but crisp.

Bitterness is a nice long aftertaste. Good malt, complex burnt and roasted malts. Fairly thin body, more like a strong German lager or a Doppelbock. Nice hint of sweetness, touch of pineapple, sharp and a bit woody. I think it's ready for a "real" name like "Patriots Dark Ale" and make up an IPA story about it being shipped to the colonies in America with the extra hops, blah, blah, and it would fabulous on tap in pizza places everywhere.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For Brewery-Fresh Taste, Enjoy Before Month Notched (September).

Appearance: Pours a, well, a black body with a tight, creamyish, beige-hued head.

Smell: A nose of chocolate chunks and char from the well-malted barley teamed up with hop scents of pine and juicy citrus fruits.

Taste: Dusky, lightly sweetish taste of bittersweet chocolate, chilled coffee, and reasonably charred roasted grains. Hops bring about flavors of resinous pine, lemon peel, and also orange peel. Moderately bitter. Eventually the hop flavors drop out, leaving behind their imparted bitterness, while the chocolate and roast returns for the sweetish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: While the Honey B's Lavender Ale was the more interesting of this year's Longshot pack, I thought this was the best executed, though, I gotta tell ya, and this is no complaint against Samuel Adams, but I'm getting wearied by the real glut of Black IPA's (or whatever the hell you wanna call'm) flooding the market these days.

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Photo of russpowell
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours mahogany with 2+ fingers of mocha colored head. Fantastic lacing & good head retention

S: Herbal & woody hops, they kind of fade over time

T: Follows the nose, some toasty malt & a touch of charred grain & some Baker's chocolate up front. Slight flinty hop edge, plus dryness as this warms, more baker's chocolate & wet charred grainyness, there's a touch of chicory too. Finishes with charred wet grain, herbal hops & some carob

MF: Medium bodied, soft carbonation, good balance

A good tale on the style, would buy this again if sold in 4 or 6 pack format

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

This beer pours a very deep brown with a slight tan rocky cap. The lace clings well, clarity is translucent and retention is also good. The smell is pretty hoppy, nice fruit with some mild citrus elements. The feel is very good -nice bitterness level with some light roasted texture and dry finish w/ mild sweetness in the middle.

I enjoy the way the hops and yeast taste in this, there is some dark roasted malt flavor, but it is definitely secondary to the hops. The hops are bitter, but also have a good amount of fruitiness. I like how the ale finishes dry. Overall I enjoyed this, I would purchase this if they decided to make it a year round offering.

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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 womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Bobby.

A: The beer pours a dark brown color with some amber notes and a tan head with plenty of spider web lacing.

S: Dank hops with some nice citrus (grapefruit) and pine, perhaps even some spicy hop notes. The roasted malt aroma is quite strong and takes away from the hoppiness of the beer.

T: The roast really dominates the flavor. Some hints of chocolate malt and a bitterness from the roasted malts as well. A moderate citrus character and some piney hops giving bitterness as well.

M: Medium in body with a moderate carbonation.

O: A good but not great Black IPA. Could have used less roast character and brighter hops.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Sam Adams sensory pint glass.

And the sixer is finito. This finale pours a murky garnet-sienna topped by nice finger of dirty cream foam. The nose comprises pine, cedar, light roasted malts, and mild milk chocolate. The taste is rather light and wanting on the roasted malt/chocolate aspect, but the hops are in full swing, with pine and orange rind taking center stage. The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a pretty dry finish. Overall, a pretty nice ABA, but I'd like a bit more balance to go with these hops here. Pretty easy to drink, though.

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

Pours a solid black with a frothy rocky beige cap head that takes eons to fall. Smells of citrus and pine, grapefruit and resin. Hints of bread and coffee lay dormant deep underneath. Taste is smooth resinous hops with a grapefruit twinge to it. Hints of roast and chocolate try their darnedest to poke through but the hop is strong in this one. Long lingering earth bitterness in a long finish. Medium body with a bit of malt sweetness. Medium to light level of carbonation. Creamy and resinous mouthfeel. I really enjoyed this one. It's got a little bit of everything for the stout/hop head in me. To bad this is a one shot deal, I would buy six packs of this.

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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 Tone
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 3/4 inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of hops, slight wet hops, slight roasted malt, and hint of alcohol. Fits the style of an American Black Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, slight roasted malt, hint of coffee, hint of alcohol, and hint of sweet malt. Overall, good appearance, aroma, feel, and body.

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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 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 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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Photo of biegaman
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Blackened Hops? Blackened Malts, more like it! The beer is coal-like and opaque, except along its bottom where the sun is strong enough to eek out little slivers of brown. Still, it could pass as a porter, especially given the contrast between dark body and chalky-grey head. Enough lacing drapes the glass that you could change clothes behind it.

Any dark or roasted malts used were sufficiently doused in oily tree serums, needle resins and bitter citrus pith to successfully cloak their presence. There is, however, a pleasant toffee-like element and a slight coffee-like roast - enough maltiness to lend some density - but it's those piny Northwest hops that are truly comfortable in (and truly embrace) the spotlight.

American Black Ale (is that what we've agreed to call it?) is a new style of beer and its specifics are still up for debate. Dark malts and pungent Northwest hops are a must, but the exact formula and ratio seems negotiable. This recipe favors the hops, which suits me just fine, but it doesn't go overboard with them nor, however, does it skimp out on the malt.

There's enough hops to impart a gritty, herbal and earthy flavour, with notes of pine needle and oily spruce resin, even a little candied citrus fruit. The malts, however, with their spongy mouthfeel, soak up most of those flavours and keep them (and their bitterness) in check. A little bit of sooty cocoa perks up on the finish as a complimentary piece.

Why bother trying to make your own recipes when you can just take those of others (and give them full credit for it, of course)? This is a great one that needs few (if any) amendments and is easily something I'd be confident shelling out the money to brew on a large-scale and distribute nationally and make a year-round offering (hint hint, Sam Adams).

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