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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Photo of Jayli
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Consumed 6/30
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer purs an opaque chocolate brown with a two finger of foamy khaki color head. Head recedes at a moderate pace leaving big sticky clumps of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is strong toffee and molasses, roasted malts, minor char notes and grapefruit citrus hops.

T: Taste starts sweet with tons of molasses in the forefront, stays sweet as a blend of caramel and toffee come in towards the latter part of molasses flavoring. Light roast notes comes in and then a bitter chocolate really takes hold that eventually moves in to a strong coffee flavoring. Grapefruit bitterness seeps in as an afterthought however really hangs with some additional fruity hop. Man does the bitterness hang!

M: Medium body with a flirtation with heavier bodied, low to moderate carbonation, silky, creamy feel with a very dry finish.

O: Goes down easy, very tasty, somewhat filling, moderate kick, nice representation of style. Of the longshot series, this is definitely the best offering.. and a damn fine, sit with it for a pint ot two offering it is!

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Photo of HoustonTX
2.68/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

No one noticed a strong metallic note?

This beer actually has a really nice base, but the finish tastes like sucking on pennies. A nasty copper metallic note, that really spoils the nice hop finish. The metallic note dominates the back end and almost makes this one a drain pour.

I'm not exactly sure if I'm the only person that got an Oxidized beer, but this definitely tastes infected, and just way off.

I'm disappointed because I thought this would be my favorite of the Longshots this year.

Aroma wise every thing is legit, coffee and chocolate with some coated earthiness, and floral almost vegetable like odor near the finish.

For the taste, it starts roasty up front and smooths out to some decent citrus hops near the middle and finishes with that metallic note over riding the hop profile. Disappointing.

I will try the second one soon and see if it's infected as well. After all the glowing reviews, out of my luck I can't be the only one with a bad bottle?

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Photo of gdrydenc
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my tulip.

A - Pours a dark, dark black with 1.5 fingers of light brown head. The head is very thick and lasts for quite some time and leaves some solid lacing.

S - Smell is totally IPA. Pretty juicy, a bit of malt balance in the nose. Smells like a good IPA. As it warms, the roasted malts kick in a bit.

T - In the front, there's the juicy hops from the smell. However, in the finish the roasted malts (nearly like a stout) kick in. The taste is very characteristic of a Black IPA (or ABA or whatever).

M - The mouthfeel is good, but there's a bit of bitterness at the very end, which is kind of a bummer. However, other than that, the mouthfeel is spot on.

Overall, this is probably the best Black IPA I've had (at least in a while). I'm very impressed with this beer. Props to the brewer, and props to Boston Beer Co. for the longshot program!

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Photo of nukem5
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a black color with a tan cap with a bit of lacing.

S: Instantly you get the hops and what a sucker punch that is, I expected a hoppiness to it but Damn.

T: Taste is out of this world hops don't get me wrong it also has a bit of malt character to it with some smokey notes, but its like you pop a whole cone of centennial in your mouth and start to chew on it.

M: Very pleasing and medium bodied, thought it would be more of a full body but still a great beer.

O: Very drinkable but only for hop heads, I drank these first and was pleased when a friend gave me his they were to much for him. Very good Rodney, one day I to hope to have my beer bottled as a long-shot winner!

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Photo of BDIMike
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a jet black color with no transparency at all. Just a little carbonation creates a very thick tan head that stays throughout the entire beer.
Smell is of very nice hops. The hop smell is so strong for a black beer that it is almost shocking.
Taste is very balanced. There is a good hop taste, but not very overbearing at all. A bit of a charred malt taste, but nothing crazy.
Mouthfeel is great. A good thickness, very smooth all the way down.
Drinkability is very nice for this hopped up ale. Appearance is the opposite of taste on this brew. Nothing special, but keeps you on your toes the entire way through.

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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 ranger7
3.26/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

A - Dark brown, almost black in color. A nice tan head lingers.

S - Right off the bat, I can smell the hops. Some chocolate and coffee in there as well, but the hops dominate.

T - Definitely hoppy, which isn't really my style, but still not too over-powering. Some chocolate and coffee flavors fight through the initial hops shock for a nice aftertaste.

M - Fairly carbonated, but it works okay. Finishes fairly clean, with a nice chocolate/coffee aftertaste.

Summary - This is a decent brew. I'm more partial to the less hoppy variety, but overall I thought this was okay. The chocolate and coffee give it some balance and a dark flavor that I've enjoyed in other beers.

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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 ferrari29
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into Pint shaped glass

A - Beer has a dark brown/black colored body; appears thick; beautiful 1.5 finger beige colored head formed at the top, taking on a oily look from the drops of beer that ran of the top as little droplets; head held well but left behind a nice band of sticky lacing; looks very inviting

S - Dark malt scents; coffee; roasted malts; refreshing and crisp; subtle hops notes; light chocolate nose

T - Taste of hops coats the tip of the tongue, through the back of the palate; roasted malt flavors sit in the middle of the tongue for a while; subtle chocolate sweetness; rich coffee and roasted malt flavors; drink is full of dark malt flavors from start to finish

M - Thick and creamy (similar to an oatmeal stout); blackened hops leaves a bitter aftertaste lingering for a while; silk; not very effervescent but smooth with a solid body of flavor

D - Great drink, I think SA should make more of this stuff; good taste and great mouthfeel; one of the best black ales I've had in a long time

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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 philbe311
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A finger and a half worth of tightly packed medium brown colored head with a slightly rocky top... Solid retention... A dark mix of black and mahogany with some cranberry highlights... Seems still from a distance, but some small bubbled carbonation with a random pattern can be seen under closer examination once back lit... A bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - The aroma is rather subdued... Some faint floral hops... A bit of smokiness... Not much else...

T - Some crust and grains... Earthy... Slightly charred... The finish is bitter and notes of bitter hops and chocolate malts lingers...

M - Medium to full bodied... Start with a bit of lushness between turning rather dry... Lightly carbonated... Dense... Even... Consistent... Clean... A touch of chalkiness on the finish...

D - A nice brew... Kudos to Rooney Kibzey for his creation... Not something I would drink on a regular basis, but not something that I would ever turn away either...

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Photo of SirSketch
2.85/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Fairly large (2 fingers) head forms, light brown in color. the beer itself is just slightly lighter than black, showing some dark red shades in the light.

S - The aroma goes back in forward between darkly roasted grain and hops, which smell both citrusy (think Cascades) and leafy, almost vegetal.

T - Burnt grain and coffee flavors dominate, but are a bit astringent and harsh. It doesn't help that it is pretty bitter, which intensifies the astringent qualities. Hops come through in the form of grapefruit.

M - Mild, frothy mouth ends very dry with a harsh, lasting bitterness.

O - The balance of flavors in this Black IPA is a bit off, relying too much on the dark grain flavors, and the combo of astringent roasted malts and hop bitterness is unpleasant.

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

Appearance- Black with some crimson and brown around the edges. Tight, light tan head. Some lacing. 4/5

Smell- roasted barley and piney hops. Chocolate malt in the background. 4/5

Taste- Smoke and roasted barley surrounded by a good piney bitterness. Not bad...not bad at all. The bitterness comes on strong at the end. Almost too strong. 4/5

Mouthfeel- Thin to medium body feel. Lots of carbonation. 4/5

Overall- This is the best one out of this Longshot sixer. Has a little too much bitterness in the end, but that is about it. It would be cool to enter this contest. I will have to find out more. 4/5

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

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my oversized wine glass. Pours a solid medium to dark black color that lets in no light whatsoever. The tan head is about an inch thick when poured before eventually settling to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass along with a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass. Decent lace. Aromas of piney, floral, citrus hops along with some roasted caramel malt. Good piney, citrus, floral hop flavor upfront followed by some good caramel malt roastedness. Good mix of flavors, As the beer warms up a bit the flavors balance out and the hops tend not to dominate so much. Has a nice crisp, smooth, full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in the way good beers should be. I really enjoyed this and look forward to drinking my second one soon!


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Photo of aepb1
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- black body that lightens to dark brown at the edges with a big tan head

S- herbal and piney hops with some roasted malts

T- roasted malts up front, the piney hops bite finishes this up

M- medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O- an interesting black ale with that real big hop presence. A good overall beer.

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

A- Dark brown almost black topped with a thick khaki head. Head is long lasted and leaves some nice lace on the glass.

S- Mild citrus and floral hops dominate, there are some notes of malt and caramel in there too.

T- Sweet caramel and bitter hops in a nice balance. Beer is very straight forward from beginning to the end, but the balance is well done. Finish is dry, mostly clean, and with a lingering note of hop bitterness.

M- Medium in body and good carbonation, pretty clean for a blackened IPA and not cloyingly sweet either.

O- One of the better black IPA’s I’ve tried, the 7.0% ABV is well hidden, it’s balanced, and interesting enough to make me want another. Nice job.

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Photo of bum732
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S: Huge pine notes, slight roast, some spice, grapefruit rind.

L: Dark black, light tan creamy head with 1/4 inch retention and great lacing.

T: Sweet roasty malt with grapefruit piney backbone. Medium low bitterness leads to sweet roastiness slight ashy finish. Semi-dry finish.

M: Medium low mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Hops more in the aroma, slight in bitterness but not much in flavor.

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Photo of dfillius
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Modest pour yields 1.25 fingers of tight oatmeal colored head with superb retention. Nearly opaque and nearly black. Spot on CDA.
S: Cascade, Simcoe, Citrus, and PNW hops. Small bit of estery tang. Very nice.
T: Chocolate, chicory, coffee at first fades to grapefruit hoppy bitterness dominating with a roasty ghost behind. Interesting, but tastes like an IPA/stout. I'd prefer less stout character and more straight up hop. Buttery - positive and interesting.
M: Bitter, thick, green banana starchiness (negative)
D: I wouldn't order another or buy again.

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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 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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Longshot Blackened Hops from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.88 out of 5 based on 249 ratings.
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