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

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Longshot Derf's Secret AltLongshot Derf's Secret Alt

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

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by AmericanGothic on 03-16-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-This pretty beer pours a dark, yet transparent brown color. Head is frothy and slim. Leaves light lacing rings.

S-A robust caramel aroma. Sweet brown sugar. Malt forward but there is some light citrusy hoppiness in the baackground. Smells also of cognac-dipped figs and raisins. I actually really enjoy this beer's aroma.

T-Quite similar to the nose but I do pick up that "off" metallic twang that I cannot stand. Its a metallic taste of copper or aluminum. An unfortunate addition to an otherwise solid flavor. The beer has notes of root beer, plums, caramel, molasses, and figs. Light hop bitterness. Wish that metallic sting wasn't there however.

M-Heavier body with much carbonation. Alcohol comes out a bit. Syrupy feel. Not bad.

O/D-A pretty decent big beer from some dude who entered the Longshot competition. The metal flavor hurts this brew's overall standing. But it was pretty decent overall.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a regular glass.

A: Pours a rusty copper colored body reminiscent of iced tea. There's a good bit of clarity considering how (relatively) dark the body is. The head is a two-finger heavy cream color with downright impressive retention and lacing.

S: Note I have little to no experience drinking altbiers, but its dark fruit notes (raisin, plum, fig) combined with the caramel and toffee are very reminiscent of a good dopplebock. There's also a good deal of both earthiness and zestiness, suggesting this is fairly well hopped.

T/M: Again, lots of caramel and toffee flavor is augmented with raisinesque fruitiness. At first, it reminds me of rum-soaked raisins without the alcohol flavor - quite an impressive accomplishment. Despite its initially heavy feel, the finish is crisp, zesty, and downright refreshing, with the noble hops helping to impart a pleasant dry bitterness on the tongue and the carbonation to help ease it down even more. I think it's well balanced and highly drinkable, but not the most complex brew by any stretch.

O: I like this one a lot. It's warming character betrays its refreshing drinkability. I don't have any witty quips about this one, but it's another hit from the Longshot pack.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a deep brown color with a slight reddish hue. Upon pouring there is a giant off white head. The head is composed of big bubbles, but yet has quite a persistence and lasts for some time. Over time it fades and leaves some very nice lacing.

Smell – The aroma is big in malt and sweetness. The malt is mainly roasty in nature with nice biscuity aromas mixed in. For the sweetness, it is composed largely of a toffee aroma with some lighter dark fruit aromas mixed in.

Taste – A heavy sweet malt favor meets the tongue. It is a bit of roasted malt with some sweet cherry bread. Toward the middle the fruit flavors of some cherry and even a little citrus work their way in mixing well with the nice roasty malt flavor. These flavors persist to the end and finish off the taste by mixing with a light boozy flavor that leaves a very nice warming sweet flavor in the mouth.

Mouthfeel –The body of this beer is quite creamy and thick. You can almost chew this one. The carbonation level is just below average and helps to accentuate the nice thick, chewy, creamy body. Mixing the wonderful body and nice carbonation level with the warming feeling that the alcohol brings it makes for an overall very enjoyable mouthfeel.

Overall – This was a nice brew. A nice thick body with some strong sweeter flavors. A very nice sipper with great flavors and a nice feel.

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Photo of DrewV
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Other reviewers hit the nail on the head with this one, so I'll make it brief. This is a sweet, malty brew with a small amount of hoppiness to keep the sweetness in check. Creamy mouthfeel, could use a bit more carbonation. A very smooth quaffer for such a high ABV. You don't really even notice the booze until your head starts swimming. Muy bueno. I really think this Longshot 6-pack is a winner, and I'm certainly no Sam Adams fan.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I grabbed the Longshot 6-pack today at Ayottes ($8.99) and have opted to start with the 2 bottles of the Altbier. While standing in line in Portsmouth for Kate Day, I chatted with an older gentleman in front of me. He said that this bier was made by his son (Fred Hessler). So there ya go...!! ;-)

I poured one into a nonic imperial pint glass... It is a clear, deep copper color, with ample carbo slowly bubbling topside. The head is very fine and thin, a light beige layer of foam with a touch of lace. The aroma is quite pronounced, with plenty of caramel malt coming forth, suggesting a good level of sweetness. The body is solidly medium, perhaps a bit more, and it feels quite smooth going down.

The flavor does, indeed, have a healthy dose of malty sweetness, though it never gets cloying. The palate detects some toffee (and a hint of molasses and brown sugar) in the mix as well. The hopping offsets the malt quite well, with some florality balancing things fairly nicely. It is a bit hot, too, reminding me a little of a rum-soaked fruitcake. All in all, a solid bier. This Longshot 6-pack could be a keeper (Sticke Alt, Muncih Dunkel and Imperial Stout). We'll see... Prosit!!

4.05/5 rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


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Photo of siege06nd
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One thing that has lingered since Sam Adams proved my gateway into craft beer has been my love for the Longshot Series. Super stoked to snag a six pack!

A: Pours a wonderfully clear, dark, ruby brown color. Two fingers of light brown head that recedes to a half finger but lingers nicely. Pretty good lacing. Really like the color on this one.

S: Not what I was expecting. Lots of green apple, citrus, bready malt, brown sugar, and hints of other dark fruit - cherry, plum.

T: Follows the nose exactly. Apple skin, biscuity malt, citrus zest, and molasses. Nice roasted quality on this one. Party foul on the finish though as booziness becomes very apparent. Hot finish.

M: Medium body, slightly thick and very sweet. Pretty nice balance between malt, hop, and residual sugar. A bit boozy, but good.

O: I'm liking it. A malty, hoppy, and sweet beer with all kinds of interesting spice notes. The drawback is that it is rather boozy, but not so bad for 9.3%. I enjoyed this and will definitely enjoy my second bottle soon.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a Cola colored brown with ruby red highlights. Has a short tan head that leaves a creamy topping and spotty lacing. Moderate-heavy carbonation and excellent clarity.

N: Chocolate covered banana, caramelized brown sugar and honey.

T: Molasses, banana, caramelized brown sugar and fig upfront. Mid-palate brings in biscuity bread, chocolate banana, prune juice and sweet honey. Finishes with some earth, hints of bitter dark chocolate, a dab of pleasant booze and perhaps some hay.

M: Full bodied, velvety and incredibly smooth.

O: Big, sugary and candy-like with a lot of caramel, honey, banana and some dark fruit. The alcohol is well hidden in this one and surprisingly smooth for 9.3%. This is a nicely done Sticke Alt and a quality entree into the Longshot series.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark garnet red color with a sticky lacing ring and barely to no carbonation.

S - Candied figs, plums, roasted toffee. The aroma reminds me of some barley wines that I've had in the past. Sweet, sugary, and malty in the nose with a little bit of booze effervescence.

T - Very malty throughout with dark fruit, mostly plums and candy figs. Mainly sweet throughout with a small amount of grapefruit bitterness and orange sweetness buried really down in there. The finish leaves a coating of toffee, grapefruit, and oranges in the mouth.

M - Thick and full bodied, sticky, viscous, and alcohol warming in the throat.

O - Always enjoyed the creativity of the Longshot series. If Sam Adams were to bottle this one outside of the Longshot competition, I would buy it.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a ruby red, with a one inch off white head, that leaves plenty of lacing all over the place. Smell banana bread, clove, carmel, nutmeg,and a hint of pine. Taste is all of that with clove and banana bread dominant, with some piny hops blended in the finish. Body is medium large, nice amount of life, fairly lush, and for its large ABV amazingly approachable. This is nice and unique. Reminds me of Long Trail Triple Bag.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

All dudes in this years Longshot pack. Thanks for the extra sausage with my beer.

Clear copper color, dark ruby when held to light. Creamy layer of ecru head. Consistent blanket of retention leaves a foamy slug trail.

Grapefruit hops and nutty, sticky sweet hard candy malt. A lil' dark bread.

Smooth and creamy. Nutty bread crust with earthy citrus in back and plenty of alcohol all over.

A sticke alt is one of my least favorite styles but a pretty good one based on previous encounters.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a New Belgium goblet.

I love the Sticke Alt style--brewed it a few times myself and wish more American brewers would attempt it. Let's see how this Longshot fares. Great-looking pour. The head crackles as it dwindles to a thin veil of khaki foam and ring of bubbles. Beneath, the body is a vivid tawny red hue when held to the light. A deep chestnut brown otherwise. The aroma is...a bit like hop and alcohol perfume. Quite fragrant, with a sweet malty character that suggests molasses, while the hybrid ale yeast throws off some intense fruity notes of fig and plum. Maybe a quick whiff of nail polish, but it's not too noticeable.

Yum...that's tasty. I can see why this recipe won! Chewy, sticky-sweet malts add a backbone of sweetbread and caramel, while yeasty fruit esters of browned apple flesh and a leafy hop bitterness balance it all nicely. The alcohol is present, but not at all distracting, and warms the back of the palate nicely with each sip. Body is medium-thick, but finishes clean and crisp like an Altbier should. Overall, an excellent interpretation of the style. Prost!

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Photo of AmericanGothic
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a deep, translucent copper color with 1/2 finger of pale tan head. Good retention and lace.

S: Bubblegum and a little banana. Bit of a doppelbock impression, though it's an ale.

T: More bubblegum and banana. Flavors are rich and deep. Bit of metal on the finish hurts the overall impression, but it fades somewhat after the first few sips.

M: Medium body, smooth and creamy.

O: A nice beer. Always like the creativity and variety of the Longshot series. I just wish the metal weren't there.

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Longshot Derf's Secret Alt from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.76 out of 5 based on 261 ratings.
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