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

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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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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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 TechTriumph
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes on 03/24/12:
Best by: August 2012; Poured in a pint glass.

A - Two inches of off-white billowy head with excellent retention; Clear appearance with a mahogany color; Nice patches of lacing left behind

S - Light aroma overall, but pleasant with notes of caramel, sweet raspberry-like fruits, a bit of chocolate, and light spicy/herbal and citrus hops

T - Big, malty, and fairly sweet taste here comprised of big time caramel, a bit of toasted bread, sugar cane, and nutty/earthy flavors with just a bit of alcohol; Very mild bitterness in the back end of the taste with a touch of herbal/spicy and leafy hops

M - Super smooth mouthfeel that leaves a light syrupy coat on the tongue; Low carbonation; Between medium and full bodied; Leaves the mouth pretty dry and a bit sticky

O - It's a shame that there's only two of these from the Longshot six pack as I could really go for a few more. As expected, the taste has a huge malt presence with quite a bit of caramel and sugars, though the sweetness is tasty and not overdone. The mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth and while there isn't a big presence of hops, they come through enough to stay true to the Sticke Altbier style. Overall, I think this beer is a great candidate to be added to the Sam Adams seasonal lineup, especially for a style that seems under-represented.

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Photo of Apellonious
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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Photo of beerluvr
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams tasting glass.

A- Deep garnet/brown with a nice two-finger high head of light tan foam, finely carbonated.

S- Malty and lightly spicy in the nose. Bready malt aromas too...smells great.

T- Fruity and nicely hoppy flavors, nice mingling of the sweet/bitter components...pleasant hop finish.

M- This is a heavyweight for sure, with all that malt packed in it it's very full-bodied. The soft carbonation reinforces that.

O- I'm really liking this one, great complexity in the flavor and I love the body of this one.

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4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Bright clear mahogany with a frothy tan head leaving a quarter inch of foam behind.

S - Bready and caramel malts, candied fruit, toffee, dried fruits.

T - Rich toffee and caramel, multigrain bread, dried fruits, light yeast flavor, nutty with just a touch of booze.

M - Medium body, smooth and creamy with just a bit of alcohol warmth.

D - Stands up to the Uerige versions if not maybe a touch better. Drank this one fairly warm and the complexity really comes out.

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4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a fairly clear mahogany-brown color with a finger of frothy tannish head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some thick lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet bready malts with a bit caramelized malts, some grapefruit and citrus hops, a bit of dark fruit, and some yeast.

T - Starts off with some sweet bready malts with some grapefruit and citrus hops and just a touch of bitterness. Through the middle, some light caramelized malt flavor comes through with some dark fruit and biscuit. The finish is a mix of sweet bready malts, with some caramelized and dark fruit sweetness and a bit of yeast and booze.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and slightly thick with a warming and sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. The 9.3% abv is fairly well hidden and the beer very nicely balanced from start to end.

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Photo of ZAP
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Reddish brown colored...tan lace

S-Dark fruits(blackberries, plums) and bready malts...a unique candyish note too of sweet raspberries..

T-Similar to the aroma...dark fruits..bready malt....sweet but not cloying....some berry like fruitiness..

M-Full bodied....rich....smooth....no hints of the surprisingly high ABV.

O-Quality effort here. Not a beer style you see too often either which adds to its appeal.

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Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Until a few minutes ago I had no idea this beer was this big.Poured into a becker a deep rich well defined amber with a tightly formed slight off white 1/2 finger head.Fruit abounds in the nose along with some roasted nut wich is more apparent as it warms,sweet alcohol as well.Unlike any Sticke Alt I have had with it's intense fruitiness and warming alcohol but I like it,some peppery/leafy hops play a bigger role as the beer warms with again a bigger alcohol presence.Fred did a great job on this beer...again like no Alt I have had but it's great.

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4.14/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent brown with 3 fingers of tan head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Bready, caramel notes, plus woody hops

T: Brown bread, toffee, booze & leafy hops up front, with some orange peel up front. Brown sugar, more citrus to include grapefruit & toffee as this warms. Finishes with major malt backbone dryness/sweetness & some grapefruittty & woody hops

MF: Chewy, subtle carbonation, boney dryness

A legit dopple sticke, better than any of the bottled versions I had from Dusseldorf (albeit all had to travel far & God knows how old they were...). Kudos to Fred for picking out a very underrepresented beer style putting his stamp on it with an American flair! Drinks fairly easy considering the ABV

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4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a glass mug.

A- Pours a deep dark brown with a light slightly tan white head that dissipates soon after being poured. Has a very healthy looking ring of foam around the edges and when swirled it clings to the side before leaving a layer of lacing.

S- Smell is very rich. Has a vary nice complex aroma that is somewhat fruity and malty. Smells strongly of caramel covered dark and spicy fruits. Thee are also some deeply embedded cocoa notes.

T- The taste is very similar to a very well aged brown ale. Heavily malty and very rich with some strong caramel and toffee flavors as well as some slight coffee and espresso notes. Added to this mix of malts is an underlying fruity spiciness that tastes somewhat like dark fruits. Very nice and complex.

M- Heavier mouthfeel with a rich body and medium carbonation. Has a very nice chewiness to it as well.

O- A very nice alt. Reminds me quite a bit of an old ale or strong ale. Definitely a sipper and very rich but thats the kind of thing I personally look for in a beer. Definitely a killer knockout of a beer.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
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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4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
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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Longshot Derf's Secret Alt from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 262 ratings
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