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

Longshot Derf's Secret AltLongshot Derf's Secret Alt
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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by AmericanGothic on 03-16-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 262 |  Reviews: 133
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2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of BDIMike
4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light brown color, dark red when held to the light. There is a good amount of carbonation that creates a medium sized cream colored head that laces throughout the drink.
Smell is very nice. A strong malt base of caramel and toffee giving the beer a sweetness to the smell. A nice orange and grapefruit hop aroma as well, even with a bit of a good alcohol smell.
Taste is very good. Strong malts dominate the drink with caramel and sweet toffee tastes. A bit of hops gives it a slight balance, but I enjoy a warm alcohol taste that lingers on the tongue.
Mouthfeel is very nice. A very silky smooth feel on the tongue that slips right down.
Drinkability is great on this beer. I was shocked at the complexity of the taste of this beer. I wish Sam Adams would find a way to make this a year round beer because it is fantastic. Get this beer while you have a chance.

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Photo of imasloth
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark maroonish amber with light white head that was quickly gone. No lacing.

S- Tart and malt with just a touch of sweetness.

T- Malt with light tartness and same sweetness. Candy-like ... Smarties? Licorice nibs?

M- Light to medium-bodied, nondescript until finish when it is dry and tart.

O- Nice but not super-special.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of shand
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

This beer pours out a deep red-copper color with two fingers of fluffy, light tan head. The aroma is strong on the sweet malts. There's a bit of caramel in there, but it's mostly just sweet. This is just a big, sweet beer in general. Big, sweet malts hit first, and really just keep on going through. There's some apparent alcohol, as well as some citrus hops that try their best to shine through the malt assault. For it's credit, there isn't too much of an overwhelming sweet aftertaste, it's gone very quickly, especially for how strong it comes on.

The mouthfeel is actually kinda strange. It goes on feeling a bit heavy at first, but it completely yields from the mouth quickly, leaving just a slight bit of a drying sensation. The drinkability is alright, considering the sweetness and the ABV. Overall, this was an interesting Altbier. I've only had one other Altbier, and that was not of the Sticke variety. There's a big difference there!

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of zeff80
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a one-finger, off-white head. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled floral with some strong sweet malt aromas.

T - It tasted very sweet and malty with caramel and toffee flavors. Some mild bitterness with some boozy alcohol.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied brew with a somewhat sticky finish.

O - This is an okay alt. I could use a little more balance in my altbier.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of nickfl
4.47/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - The beer pours with half a finger of white foam on top of a medium brown body with perfect clarity. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves only traces of lace in its wake.

S - A brown, malty aroma with notes of brown sugar, caramel, and toasted bread.

T - Dark brown sugar and caramel up front. Some dark toffee and a bit of cinnamon in the middle. Spicy hop notes come out in the finish with fairly strong bitterness to balance the sweet toffee.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Really nicely done, this is a bit over the top compared to any other Alt, (sticke or otherwise) that I have had, but it works really well. The malt is thick and flavorful but never becomes cloying and the hops are there to keep things balanced while also providing a little bit of spicy character. One of the better long shot beers.

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3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: thin head on a clear deep amber body.

S: fairly boozy with caramel malts and a sour and terpentine note.

T: caramel malts, banana tropical fruit, mollasses, medicinal grape and cherry notes, slightly boozy.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: little too boozy for the style but I think that is the point of this one.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Strong, malty aroma has a firm and somewhat sugary overtone of horehound and molasses. It pours a clear, dark, bubbly cola brown with a very thick, fine-bubbled, pale tan head that leaves some good lacing. Flavor has a malty core and strong notes of brown sugar and horehound, heavy on the sweetness - maybe a tad or two too heavy. The undertone of hop bitterness and the alcohol nip do not quite balance the sweetness. Subtle citrus hints come through as well. Texture has decent body and fizz, and is a bit sticky. Good one, but next time maybe ease up on the sugar?

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2/5  rDev -46.5%

Photo of Vonerichs
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear toffee colored body with minimal head.

Slighty boozy smell with a medicinal cherry note. There's a phenolic yeasty finish to the scent.

The taste is very boozy with a hint if cherry, banana, and toasty malt.

Mouthfeel has an astringent burn and warm finish in the throat.

It's an ok beer that's a tad bit boozy.

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From long shot mix pack

A- Pours a dark brown ruby with a one finger head that dissipates quickly to a thin lace

S - candied sugar, bananas, yeast, nuts, dark fruit

T - Malts and dark fruit hit first, with a just hint of alcohol. Some bitterness balanced with some hops on the back end.

M - Carbonation is solid, mouthfeel is also good, chewy at times. Great balance.

O- This is a very tasty beer, and although it seems light in the hop category, it is well balanced. Goes down fast for a 9.3%. Recommended.

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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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