Longshot Derf's Secret Alt | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Longshot Derf's Secret AltLongshot Derf's Secret Alt
BA SCORE
59.2%
Liked This Beer
3.74 w/ 262 ratings
Longshot Derf's Secret AltLongshot Derf's Secret Alt
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by AmericanGothic on 03-16-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
133
Ratings:
262
Liked:
155
Avg:
3.74/5
pDev:
12.83%
Alströms:
3.53
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
2
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 262 |  Reviews: 133
Photo of neenerzig
4.34/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've had a bottle of this sitting in my cellar for a few years now. Finally cracked it open tonight. Poured into a stange glass, this beer pours a very dark, clear amber brown color with some deep ruby highlights when held up tp the light. Tan head is about 2/3 of an inch thick when poured and settles to a solid 1/3 of an inch and stays there, as it has good retention. Good lacing here too. Aromas of toasted, caramel malt sweetness along with fruity notes of raisins and figs and some peppery spice notes. Has a toasted, bready, caramel malt sweetness upfront that gives way to further sweetness from the fig and raisin notes that's all rounded out with a nice peppery spice flavor. At this point, no discernible hop presence. Not surprising for a beer of this style that's about 5 years old at this point. Has a fairly crisp, somewhat chewy and slightly syrupy, also smooth and slightly frothy, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. This one really aged well I feel. Has a clean, slightly dry finish. A very good beer all around. Too bad I'll likely never get to drink this again.

Eric

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Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dfhhead25
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.44/5  rDev -8%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of WVUbrew
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.34/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

reviewed from old notes.
12oz bottle poured into a lager glass.

A: Burnt sienna color, good clarity. Creamy tan head retains well. Foamy lacing.

S: Bready and crusty. Toast. Hints of dark caramel and molasses. Soft grassy and floral hopping. Very clean. Simple and muted nose.

T: Crust. Nutty, brown cocoa. Molasses and caramel. Hints of currant and raspberry. Spicy alcohol. Sweet. Dry herbal hops stay in the background. Nutty, cocoa, caramel finish.

M: Large in body. Thick and chewy. Syrupy. Full and very rich. Low carbonation.

O: A very large beer that sits heavily on the palate. Rather one-dimensional and too simplistic.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.48/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - caramel brown pour, a sticky light mocha head crests at about a finger. Lots of lacy residue.

Aroma - big, sweet caramel and malt. Reminds me of a barleywine but with more grain presence.

Taste - chewy, robust grains mixed with light citrus and raisiny flavor. A nice twangy syrupy bite, like a tangy orange. Mellow abv warming. Finishes lightly bitter and slowly but increasingly dry. Some delicious Kahlua-like notes as it warms.

Mouthfeel - very smooth for feeling so crisp in the mouth. Big, weighty beer, great fit for this one.

Overall - an ideal fall beer for the fireside, though a few too many will feel like a hammer to the head tomorrow. Too bad there's only two per sixer, I'd by a dozen of these.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of DrJay
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, very dark red beer with a dark beige cap. Good head retention, sticky lacing. Aromas of raisins, figs, malt, dried fruit, faint alcohol and grain. Mostly the same in the flavour, but with low bitterness, a caramel/buttery edge, and a dried fruit/alcohol character in the finish. Slightly dry with soft carbonation, a medium/full body and mild alcohol warmth. Although a little on the plain side, it was a pleasant beer and fruitier than expected -- everything came together quite nicely.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sam Adams Longshot : Derf's Secret Alt
Boston Beer Co.

This review is my 1924th, and is dedicated to my grandfather who was born in that year. A Longshot to survive his battles in WWII, he still enjoys a good beer now and then.

LOOK: Pours a cloudy orange color, with a good bit of froth that laces a little then recedes to a ring. This looks the part of an imperial strength Altbier, an unfiltered one at that.

SMELL: Notes of caramelized malts, toasty bread, orange marmalade and some warming alcohol.

TASTE: Fully malty, with a small citrus and warming alcohol. Nutty malts, roast, mild licorice and grains are all detectable. Had a subtle fruity yeast note and a slight vinous quality. Hops lend a citrusy, solidly bitter flavor. Alcohol is felt more than tasted, but lingers around

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated, surprisingly light for the alcohol range. Drinks with some heat, and has a hop/alcohol bite to it which dries it out a bit.

OVERALL: A solid strong lager that drinks smoothly and provides a good kick. The hops are a good touch, but I would have gone with a more noble variety here. Still a fine brew, made broadly in the vein of a strong German Alt. I thought this was a well made version of an Altbier with an American notion of extreme abv that could not be denied.

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Longshot Derf's Secret Alt from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 59.2% out of 100 with 262 ratings
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