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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Reviews: 189 | Ratings: 249
Photo of alexhahn82
3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- MAJOR HEAD SON! I cannot see any color other than the Charlie Murphy Blackness in this beer, well put so far! The head floats infinitely and will not go away, i see lace that has the same characteristics!

S-- WOWZERS, hops up in this mofo? I thought it was the darkness, its not!!

T/M -- Taste is pretty damn roasted, has a nice hop bite at the end. The taste is nothing like the smell, mouthfeel is very nice for a BIPA style beer.

Overall: A very worthy beer, very popular style at this point in time (2011). Average overall, but gets extra points for being a home brewers recipe!

PP (Price Point) : $12 for the assorted longshot pack, well worth it.

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

A-Really looks the part. Deep dark brown bordering on black with a creamy, frothy tan head.

S-Aroma is a bit subdued. Straining I get some piney hops and black malts. Hints of coffee as well.

T-Burnt malts...coffee...bitter chocolate..just a little glimmer of some piney hoppiness.

M-Creamy...medium to full bodied...finishes pretty dry

O-Quality beer here. Between the dark cocoa, and piney hops this has a good dose of bitterness on the finish. Not loaded with hop presence but probably more along the lines of a black IPA.

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

Pours pretty dark, looking black to dark brown in low lighting. A nice puff of head forms on the pour, sticking around for quite a bit. Beautiful sheeting lace, exactly what I like to see.
Smells a little menacing. This isn't the beer you recommend to that newbie at the liquor store. Dark roasted malt, with a bittersweet pungency, followed by citrusy, pinecone hops. Pretty hardcore stuff. Very clean, with little in the way of ale fruitiness or off scents.
The flavor opens with moderate sweetness. Burnt toffee, coffee and cocoa, ushering, squashing you like a Tokyo train porter towards the hops. Obviously that's the focus here, with a satisfying, persistent, herbal bitterness that last long into the aftertaste. Very clean, with little in the way of estersy fruit. Certainly no strange off flavors. Maybe a little lightness in body would be my only complaint, but undoubtedly this is not bottle conditioned. A little bit like a robust american porter left to its own devices.
Ahhh. Much more of what I wanted after the Friar Hop beer. Reminds me a bit of Strange Brewing's Tainted Black Ale, or Ipswich Dark Ale. It's been a while since i had that one, but i have fond memories of the assertive hop flavor. I love this style of beer, the hoppy dark ales. Really robust and aggressive, without any room for niceties. Kinda punk rock, as far as beer styles go. Brash and confrontational, the last beer you'd serve to a Coors Light crowd.

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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 BelgiumBill
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not quite a black pour - more of a very dark mahogany with ruby highlights accompanied by a thick foamy beige head.

Smelled of yeast, toasted hops, pine, juniper.

Moderate carbonation produced an in balance brew with hop forward character along with good roasted flavors.

Nothing spectacular but a good solid addition to the Longshot mixed pack.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Black. Medium light carbonation. Pours about a 1 finger, frothy, brown-white head. Disintegrates fairly slowly. Some hearty, sticky, stubborn lacing remains along with a nice little blanket of foam.

S: Roasted malt, coffee, and dark chocolate.

T: Bittersweet robust malty flavor. Some nice oak, dark chocolate, coffee, and a hint of black licorice.

M: Hearty and robust body. A little sweet in the front, the sweetness kind of rolls into a bitterness, and you have a nice dry bittersweet finish.

D: Enjoyable sipping brew.

Atmosphere is really good here. Dark intimidating appearance, a really good frothy head, and some great persistent lacing. Nose is great. Malt, hops, coffee, chocolate.... plenty going on here. Flavor has a lot going on. Baked bread grains, dark chocolate, and licorice all very well-balanced. Great robust body. Overall, this is a great quaff.

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Photo of taylocd
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 ounce bottle into pint tumbler. "Enjoy before" date of September 2011.

A - There is no trace of light peering through this one, but it is just short of being pitch black. The head poured up ~3/4" of thick mocha and mostly dissipated, save for a small ring. It did leave very nice lacing. 4.5 of 5

S - As soon as I popped the top, the pleasant hop aroma escaped. Unfortunately, and oddly, the hops were not nearly as pronounced once poured, but there was a bit of chocolate scent. 3.5 of 5

T - The Blackened Hops had a great piney bitterness with just a touch of coffee bitterness to boot. 4 of 5

M - The feel is slightly thick or heavy for a 'Black IPA' or black ale, but it had a nice level of carbonation. 3.5 of 5

O - This is a very drinkable beer and it probably the best offering that I've tried from Sam Adams. The creator of this homebrew contest winner has great brewing skills. 4 of 5

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

i poured this beer into a perfect pint glass, it has a nice 2"sticky tan head on top of a black body. The smell is of hops and roasted malts and some earthy pine notes. The taste is has some nice hops and roasted malts with some chocolate hints. This one has a nice mouth feel and overall a good beer.

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

A - Pours a very deep, dark, blackberry color into my tulip glass with a generous two fingered head toffee colored head that subsides to a thick lacing ring around the edge and lots of foam sticking to the sides.

S - Roasted malt, citrus and pine, earthy, and some cocoa/chocolate.

T - Pretty much the same as the nose with mildly moderate roasted malt and some cocoa being the predominant taste. Over the top is mild to moderate citrus and pine, light traces of roasted toffee, and mildly phenolic. Alcohol surfaces a little bit on the way down with some warming.

M - Carbonation is low and glides over the tongue quite smoothly, light medium body, and finishes somewhat clean leaving the mouth with a light coating of roasted grapefruit with a low lingering bitterness.

O - Nice job on this one, Rodney and Sam Adams! (I'd like it more if you dial up the overall flavor intensity while keeping things in balance.)

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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 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 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 ForWhatAlesYou
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A: Completely oil black. Two finger bready dark beige head. Great lace.

S: Piney-citrus hops with molasses, caramel.

T: Surprisingly malty and savory despite the hop load. Slightly syrupy with great bitter element. Only the most minor metallic finish.

M: Nice carbonation, oily, viscous. A little chewiness.

D: Sam Adams and the Boston Beer Company do themselves proud with this series and this beer. Would readily drink again.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic.

This one pours an absolutely opaque very deep brown. The head is massive and retains well, but lacing is a bit poor. The aroma is nice and hoppy with just a bit of roastiness behind it. The taste is alright, it's a pretty standard upfront hoppiness with a bit of roast coming in on the backend. It's a bit weak, especially on the finish, but otherwise solid. The mouthfeel is nice, it's briskly carbonated and medium-bodied. The drinkability is also fairly good. Overall, this is a good introduction to the style, but not great.

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

This beer pours a deep chestnut brown that borders on black. A dense cream head slowly falls to a blanket of foam that sticks all the way down the glass. Leaves a good amount of lace.

Pine and citrus dominate the nose. Roasted grains add a subtle compliment. The aromas combine nicely in the mouth. Bitterness is moderate, rather than being a hop bomb. The roasted grains fall into the background to play a supporting role. Alcohol brings a hint of warmth. A dry body of medium heft completes the package.

This is a nice beer overall. I'm glad my friends were kind enough to share it with me.

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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 colts9016
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Longshot beer Blacken Hops, I poured into a nonic at 43 degrees.

Appearance: A two finger tan head that has good retention; moreover, the head is frothy creamy that left some lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is opaque and there are some visible carbonation bubbles on the glass.

Nose: A pleasant hop aroma that has pine, grapefruit, and floral in the notes. The malt is roasted with some biscuit notes. Other aromas is burnt malts, phenols, and yeast.

Taste: A nice grapefruit, floral, and pine notes for the hops. The malt is slightly burnt with some caramel and biscuit notes. Other flavors are phenols and yeast.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is carbonated, astringent, and coating. The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium. This is a descent blacken hop, but I would like to see a more pronounced hop flavor in the beer. Good beer overall.

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Photo of eclaycamp
3.34/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a Samuel Adams glass. Whiffing the beer after pouring from the bottle, and I got a lot of rustic pine hop character. However, my first sniff once poured is of chocolate. Interesting. There's not as much hop aroma as one would expect, with the nose resembling something more like a big bold American-style stout as opposed to a hoppy IPA. The coulor resembles a stout as well, with a very dark brown color and a deep tan, yet foamy, head. Taste is very much of roasted malt, with toffee-like and coffee notes creeping up around the edges of your tongue. Chocolate finishes, with a prolonged bitterness. There's hops here, mainly focused on earthy pine qualities, but just not enough for me. Medium mouthfeel. The taste is somewhat discombobulated and disjointed. Maybe it's just me but I don't feel like this beer is in sync at all - it's very sharp and jagged when drinking it. The beer ends up being kind of stuck in this purgatory - it's too strong and bitter to be a stout or porter, but it lacks the punchy hop character that I really like out of the Black IPA (or Cascadian Dark Ale) that I prefer. Could be better.

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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 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 Phelps
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle with a best before date of September 2011, into a tulip.

Pours the color of the bottle it came in and merges inside the glass to inky blackness. An oaken and creamy one-finger head dissipates slowly, leaving a thickly silky top layer and full sheets of lace.

Nice balance. Lots of roast, coffee and oodles of crumbled chocolate in harmony with pine and bitter citrus.

Switcheroo in the flavor, with the hops taking center stage and the roast taking a back seat. The bitterness of pine and grapefruit is at the forefront, with a backbone of dark chocolate and light roast coffee.

Moderate to high carbonation prickles the tongue amidst the creamy, very soft body. Combines the best parts of porter and IPA — refreshing carbonation and a big, soft body.

Not bad. Fairly well-balanced and decently flavored, with a good showing from the malt.

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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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