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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Ratings: 249 |  Reviews: 189
Photo of AmericanGothic
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Very deep brown, almost black. One finger head with good retention. Good lace.

S: Prominent citrus hops with pine a close second. Some sweet malt behind that.

T: Following the smell but this time with pine, then malt. Citrus comes through in a pleasantly bitter finish. Alcohol becomse more porminent as the beer warms, but not out of line. Malt never gives up.

M: Smooth and a bit creamy, lots of carbonation. Body is a little above medium.

O: Nice beer, very satisfying. Another longshot that deserves a second life.

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Photo of jester5120
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into pint glass

A- very dark stout like color with an off white head that sticks around to the bottom of the beer.

S- awesome smell. very hoppy and spicy aroma

T- almost stout like taste with more hop character than a typical stout.

M- very full bodied beer. flavor of dark malt and spicy hops hangs around.

O- great mix of dark malt and strong spicy hop character

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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 BB1313
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoy by September 2011. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a pitch black w/ a nice creamy slightly off white head w/ very sticky lacing. The head never ended up disappearing. Great looking brew. The aromas got me really excited. It's full of tropical hops and some pine in the mix. I'm really diggin' the scents. Malts and chocolate take a backseat in the aroma department. Unfortunately, the hops seem to disappear in the flavors. They're definitely noticeable, but the malts and chocolate start to take over. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy, but I wish there was more carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's easy to drink and I definitely wanted another.

Props to Rodney Kibzey, the "Longshot" winner.. this is a pretty nice Black IPA, I definitely enjoyed it. If Sam Adams ever decided to package this one alone, I'm down.

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

I will admit that, despite sampling several examples of the style, I'm still coming to grips with exactly what the American Black Ale (weren't we calling this Cascadian Black Ale just a little while ago?) flavor profile should be. Here the "blackened" description is apt - a distinct roasted flavor, giving rise to almost-but-not-quite coffee notes, perhaps akin to chicory. Sharp hopping rounds out well, with a hint of caramel in the body.

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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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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Shaker glass. Pours a deep black with a thin off white head. Little lacing.

Aroma is nice and hoppy. Very roasty too.

Taste is a bit too bitter. Not balanced enough. The roast with the hops needs a bit more malt balance. It's ok though.

Mouthfeel is a little too dry. Nice carb.

Overall an ok beer. Could be improved upon and made a bit better.

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

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Coffee black to slightly reddish brown body, faint tan shade to a dense two inch head.

Citrus and floral nose with a strange touch of smokiness. Otherwise little to no signs of roast with a touch of cocoa powder.

Orange citrus and ripe cantaloupe melon with a subtle bittersweet chocolate through the mid palate. The smokiness bubbles up in the finish and lingers on the palate a bit. Not over powering but a distraction to the flavor profile. Good solid bitterness for a beer of this style.

Light to just shy of medium body, well carbonated with a dry finish.

Smokey note detracts from this beer which would otherwise be something to see other brewers of this style shoot for.

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

A sampler six pack.

Poured a pretty dark brown with a dark tan head

Nose is roast and chocolate.

Taste is malty with chocolate and a medium bitter hops finish. Mouth feel is adequate with good carbonation. Overall this is a very drinkable dark beer that is kind of like a porter.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Well it is black. Brown around the edges when held up to light. A quarter finger of mocha head with some impressive lacing.

S: The hops are fairly subdued in the nose but they nailed the citrus aspect that I feel is the key to the style. Orange. Roasted malt. A touch of chocolate but not that much. Nicely done.

T: Starts off with a fairly rich chocolate note then goes into a nice citrusy hop note. Not much else going on but it really does work. The finish is really nice. Chocolate with a touch of piney hops.

M: A little on the thin side but it makes it more drinkable.

O: Enjoyable. A step above the middle of the pack for the style. Not bad at all and something SA should consider making more of to keep up with the Black Ale train.

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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 biggred1
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with amber highlights when backlit and a rocky mocha head. The aroma is mostly resinous hops with a touch of roasted malt. Roasty, dark malt flavors with plenty of dank, piney hop flavors. Medium bodied and slightly chalky with mild carbonation. I really like this beer and it's definitely my fave in this Longshot line up.

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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 Halcyondays
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours black with a frothy two finger tan head, with good retention. Lots of lace.

S: Very hoppy initially with a lot of grapefruit, some coffee and roasts adds something to the mix later on.

T: Dark chocolate heavy with a very hoppy finish. Bitter melon, pine needles, white grapefruit, watermelon rind. Disjointed at times, but overall an enjoyable effort.

M: Full-bodied, thick, rich, creamy, long aftertaste - a mix of chocolate and pine that threw me for a loop.

O: A solid effort, has its good points and is well made to style. Just a bit all over the place and the flavours don't meld together that well, but this is much more of a problem at colder temperatures. Don't drink this under 50F.

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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 crusian
2.84/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

bottle from the local shop. Pours a blackness I have not seen in a CDA before... just noticed this is filed as an American Black Ale... though I would consider it more a CDA, as it has Hops in actual name. About a finger of head. Looks like a nice stout.
Nice citrus and pine presence on the nose, but not too much, with a bit of roasted coffee coming through.
Taste, well, this is a bit off. A lot of coffee coming through, and is much thicker than any other CDA I have had. The bitterness is a bit odd, mix of hop and coffee bitterness together... not sure I like how they come together. Has a coffee aftertaste that lingers as well.
This is definitely an interesting brew, but i dont really like the way the flavors come together, and is a bit thick for a CDA.

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

L: Pours a deep black color with a medium sized and thick tan colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of bitter dark roasted malts and a decent amount of citrus-y, floral, and piney hop aromas.
T: Tastes of bitter dark roasted malts, some lighter sweeter ones are in there as well, followed by a mix of floral and piney hop flavors to round out the flavor.
M: Crisp, fresh, somewhat refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation, light to medium bodied.
D: Pretty drinkable, this was a really interesting beer, great take on the style.

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Photo of musicforairports
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz into a tulip. Best by September 2011.

This is definitely a "black ale." Can't see through it at all, one-finger head and some stellar lacing. Looks very nice.

Smell is deep, lots of roasted dark malts and herbal, piney hop aromas.

Taste is roasted, burnt-tasting malt up front, a wave of citrus/pine/herbal hops in the middle and finishes with dry, burnt roasted character and some hops lingering in the mouth.

Feels quite creamy at first, almost in a draft-stout kind of way, which struck me as odd. But as the glass nears its end, I'm alright with it. Would rather it be crisper and a bit more carbonated, though.

Very drinkable, and a decent example of the style. Reminds me of one of my favorites of the style, Otter Creek Alpine Black, but with less citrus and more malt complexity.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger light tan head fades slowly leaving a good lace. Black color, no highlights. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light pine hop nose, flavor is piney hops and a dry finish. $9.75 for a 6-pak from Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH. Best by Sep 2011.

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

Nice leafy quality in this beer! Pours dark cola brown with thin head. Nose is tempting with some fresh fallen leaves in Fall, and roasted coffee beans in the background. On the palate there's a nice back and forth between the leafy hop flavors and roasted malt & coffee. Light bodied though. Easy drinking. Leafy quality makes this one stand out. Tastes fresh hopped.

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Photo of silentjay
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

deep brown to opaque black with a nice-sized light mocha head that quickly recedes while leaving a little lacing.

rather faint aroma gives off a bit of lightly roasted grains and some piney hops. not very fragrant, but pleasant.

dark coffee hits first, but piney hops take over quickly and finishes with some tobacco before finishing a bit charred, but pretty subdued.

a bit watery with some prickly carbonation with a touch of astringency.

overall, nothing great, but nothing bad. would I drink it again? yah, but there are plenty of others I'd choose first.

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