Longshot A Dark Night In Munich | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Longshot A Dark Night In MunichLongshot A Dark Night In Munich

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

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by AmericanGothic on 03-17-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Shaw
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby in color with a short tan head.

Very nice caramel aroma combined with toasted grain.

Rich flavor with lots of hop notes to balance it out. Nice.

Great body is substantial.

Overall I think I underrated this beer the first time I had it. It's one of my favorite Longshots this year.

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Photo of Zachtheporter
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Mason jar mug.

A- Pours a deep dark ruby tinted brown. Has a tan colored bubbly, foamy head. Leaves a generous lacing on the edges of the glass.

S- The smell is malty with a bit of a cola scent to it. Has a slightly yeasty character to it as well that is slightly hard to detect that adds a very mild sour note to the finish.

T- The start is slightly sweet and malty with another show of cola flavor. Has a bit of a bready doughiness to it as well. Has some malty notes throughout the whole body most of which give off a more bready and sweet grainy flavor. Has a slight bit of cocoa/toffee flavor to it as well that is barely noticeable.

M- Very smooth and full bodied with medium/low carbonation (more on the low side really).

O- A very enjoyable lager for a style that doesn't seem to get enough attention these days. Has some very strong bread and "dough' notes throughout it all rather than more of a sweeter malt profile but being a malt head I think that it's awesome. The mouth feel seemed somewhat off a bit though with how watery it felt overall. A beer I'm glad I got to try.

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Photo of TechTriumph
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes on 03/30/12:
Best by: August 2012; Poured in a pint glass.

A - Nearly two inches of carbonated off-white head with good retention; Mahogany in color with a slight ruby hue; Clear appearance, though dark; Specks of lacing left behind

S - Good bit of caramel in the nose with light notes of spicy/herbal hops, lemon/citrus fruit, sweetness, and grains

T - Caramel, earthy, bready, and light nutty flavors come forward here; Some sugary sweetness follows toward the end of the taste accompanied by a hint of fruit and metallic flavors with some grassy/leafy hops as well; The metallic finish of the taste isn't the most pleasant, but it seems to disappear as the beer warms, making the aftertaste much more enjoyable

M - Good amount of carbonation; Medium bodied; Pretty smooth going down behind the carbonation; Leaves a light syrupy coat in the mouth

O - At first, the flavor of this beer wasn't really one that stood out, but it seemed to grow on me as I drank more and as the temperature rose. While not the type of beer to bring any complexity, it's pretty smooth and easy to drink, and just a solid beer that seems perfect for these young and lightly cool Spring days.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Sam Adam's Longshot Brewing Contest 6-pack. Poured into Sam Adams glass.

A- Pours a translucent dark amber/copper color, almost no head, average carbonation.

S- Yeasty maltiness mixed with floral notes. Not too aromatic.

T- Some caramel malts, yeasty, slightly sweet and a little bit bitter.

M- Medium bodied, average carbonation, well-balanced.

O- Another quality beer from the Sam Adams Longshot 6-pack. Not nearly as much taste as the Five Crown Imperial Stout, hence the lower rating but not bad for the style. Could definitely use some more flavor and aroma, but not bad for a home-brew and you can't beat the price on the 6-pack. Next up the Derf's Secret Alt.

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Photo of greenjeff4141
2.98/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a root-beerish brown with very little head.

S: I had a lot of trouble picking up any smell at all from this. It only opened up after about an hour in the glass. A faint caramel, malt, a tad chocolatey. Not much else to note.

T: Pleasant. Malty, rich, a bit sweet and then a bit acidic. At first it tasted a bit sour, but it mellowed out as it breathed. A bit of bitterness in the finish and not much alcohol to note.

M: A sharp carbonation on the tip of the tongue, which surprised me from the lack of head. A tad oily and thick. Not bad though.

Overall, for what it is, a nice beer. Smooth, easy to drink and rich, but not too complex. I wish it just had something else to wow me, but drinkable nonetheless. Didn't get very excited about it.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$11.49 for a mixed 6 pack of this years Longshot. No ingredients or specs per the website or the bottle. 5.9% ABV.

Pours out to a clear mahogany, forming a small deep yellow head with poor retention and no lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate. The aroma is of crystal malt, caramel, clean lager fermentation, and a touch of spicy hops. Mouthfeel is smooth with a nice medium body. Very drinkable. Opens with the spicy hops, followed by a nice toasty and meaty malt middle with cocoa and lightly roasted malts, with damp pipe tobacco in the finish, and leather in the aftertaste. Mild bitterness. Rich yet easy drinking. Well balanced.

Even though Munich Dunkels are not my favorite, this is probably the best example of one that I've had. Really nice, well crafted and well balanced beer. Flavorful and rich, but not too heavy. It reminds me a lot of Moose Drool, which has similar characteristics, but obviously is an ale. Recommended.

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Photo of Murrhey
2.53/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bought as part of the brewer's pack. Poured in a flute glass. Reviewed live.

A- Finger and a half khaki head with mediocre retention. Fluffy, creamy looking head and heavy carbonation along the sides of the glass. Amber color when held up to light, crystal clear.

S- Caramel malts, some coffee notes, almonds, some doughiness and spices. I'm seeing on the bottle it is yeasty too, I'm picking that up on a second whiff.

T- Doughy and caramel tastes, very yeasty and unbalanced here. Some noble hops, almonds and ...nutmeg? I don't know. It tastes most like unfinished bread.

M- Substantial feel, fairly smooth with a bit of a wet finish.

O- I was just not a fan of the taste, it tasted unfinished and doughy. Otherwise an average beer.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a wellington glass.

Appearance: Dark brown but not opaque, very light tan head is thick after a hard pour, let it sit for a solid minute turns to maybe a 1/4" at best.

Smell: Light light feel of hops, nothing to go crazy for.

Taste: This beer is a mix between your European pale ale that meets you brown ale. It is creamy not in texture but in taste and comes off nutty.

Mouth: Medium, I will give it that it has great after taste.

Overall: An easy drink, and even easier to like. I personally don't think it needs to be improved, it is your "everyday" beer if you know what I mean. Salud!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another thoughtful tick from drabmuh. Thanks Matt.

The beer is dark chestnut with russet highlights when held to the light. The head is light tan colored and leaves sparse lacing on the pint glass.

The aroma is mild, but I get faint whiffs of brown bread, biscuits, lager.

The flavor picks things up a bit, with some grain, bread, a touch of alcohol, and a dry finish. Some fruit and nut characters emerge as the beer warms.

Light in body and pretty smooth sailing, with a lingering lag presence. A touch of bitterness in the finishes adds balance.

Overall, this was ok.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a chestnut brown color with a small tan head that dies down to a thin ring of lacing. Carbonation is light.

S - Malt forward, sweet roasted caramel and toffee, candied figs, bready, rum raisin aroma (without the alcohol edge).

T - The very first taste gives me the impression of nut bread mingled blended with roasted toffee and caramel. The flavors swirl around the palette and then finishing with a slight dark chocolate pine bitterness.

M - Body is medium, but on the light side.

O - If you're into German lagers, it's worth checking out.

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Photo of bum732
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S: Malty, bready, very bready in fact, slightly funky, some herbal hoppiness.

L: Crystal clear dark red, light tan, creamy head with great retention and lacing.

T: Rich bready malt with dark fruit undercurrents. Raisin like bread with some cinnamon. Medium low herbal hops with a touch of hop flavor. Finishes slightly sweet with some residual hoppiness and dark fruit on the palate. Gets very fruity as it warms.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation.

Pretty good, big flavors. A tad sweet and not very clean in the finish. Very fruit forward, breadiness takes a backseat. Must be lots of munich malt.

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Photo of ZAP
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A well made dunkel lager. Medium brown colored...nice sweet malty aroma....bready and doughy but also some mild cocoa and caramel sweetness. This would be a heck of a beer to make some beer bread with. Also a heck of a beer to drink. It's a nice drinker as it is not overpowering in alcohol or body but substantial enough. Brewer did a nice job keeping the roasted notes in check while achieving a sweeter, bready type of flavor.

A quality brew. Would seem to be a nice crossover beer too for those just getting into craft beers.

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Photo of edfish
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Longshot went up in price this year to 11$ a six. Trying this one first not to bad...
Had in a bottle.
Taste is very smooth not to "dark" tasting. Definatly has the german malt taste to it. Not overpowering.
Very consistant taste start to finish, light dry, malt lingering.
I like this beer.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In a pint glass this beer was a dark reddish brown color with a small tan head.

Mostly caramel aroma. Some spice. A little nutty.

Strong caramel malt taste, nice and sweet. A faint cinnamon taste. Tiny hint of hazelnut.

A smooth, easy-drinking beer.

Good Longshot choices this year!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear mahogany tone. Good sized ivory white cap. Lacing is sporadic and droopy. Aroma is malty and sweet. A little chocolate. Flavor is more of the same. Nice little bread pudding maltiness with a little chocolate to boot. Easy drinking medium bodied beer.

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Photo of Kromes
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A clear dark brown with a finger's width tan colored head with a little lacing down the glass.

S: Toasted honey and bready malt.

T: Sweet honey toasted malt up front with a roasted malt flavor in the background. The bready yeast comes through in the finish with the earthy, roasted malt.

M: Medium bodied with a spicy feel from the carbonation.

O: Lots of malt in this one. I do like how you can differentiate between the different types of malt in the beer. Gives it some depth. Well done.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is an amber-highlighted chestnut coloring with a sparse, uneven, yellowish film covering the surface of the brew. Aromas of rich, sweet nut and earthy peat, with a slight smoking. Smells good. Flavors are dark and sugary sweet, with a hazelnut backbone and some earthy roasted highlights. Caramel and syrup sweetness underly all flavors, and transition into the rich and dark aftertaste. Slightly cloying finish, with a touch of bitterness to clean the palate. Surprisingly light and easy to drink, with rich and layered malty flavors. This is a tasty, light beer.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.26/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsener- pours a dark brown/ruby color (Coke-ish), visibly effervescent, lustrous two finger creamy head, with beautiful, even, sticky lacing.

German dark malts dominate the aroma- similar to many Belgian dubbels or dark strong ales (sort of a dark fruity smell). Some round wheat notes along with a bit of yeast.

Taste is great- so much more flavorful than many a Sam Adams brew. Smooth and sweet all the way through. Definitely a lot of round dark malted barley which is superceded by wheat and yeast towards the end.

Mouthfeel is good- medium body, light to no carbonation. Very quaffable. This is certainly a fine example of the style. BUY THE SIX PACK AND SUPPORT HOMEBREWERS!!

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, best before August 2012. Served in a pilsener glass, the beer pours a clear ruby red/brown color with a half inch light tan head that went away quickly. There's also a decent amount of lacing. The beer smells like caramel and toasted malt, nuts, chocolate, and a bit of toffee. Taste is mostly like the aroma, but there's also a bit of brown sugar and spice (maybe nutmeg?) noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy with a good amount of carbonation. It's also smooth and easy to drink. Another solid brew from the Longshot mixed six pack. I think it's worth trying.

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Photo of jlindros
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours into my SA Perfect Pint Glass with the perfect head, that reaches 2 fingers to the very top of the glass and fades very slowly, reinforced by quite a few bubbles rising from the bottom. The slightly darker colored fluffy head fades slowly but leaves much lacing on the sides as if the lacing still exists within the sides of the glass. The beer is a crystal clear mahogany slight chestnut ruby colored beer.

Nose brings coppery malts, semi sweet brown toasty malts bring a bit of a biscuity almost bready malt aroma. Sweeteners ensue with a bit of a caramel and slight molasses syrupy like aroma, hint of toffee. Then gives way to a hint of grassy hops but quite faint as I have to swirl it a bit to coax it out. The head is still slowly dying, making it still difficult to get the rest of the aroma out from under it. I do get a slight lager crispness coming through as well.

Taste comes in layers of malts again, mostly sweeteners this time starting with some caramel, molasses, and hint of toffee, giving a decent sweet kick that doesn't get too sweet or nagging. The next layer of malt complexity brings some toasty reddish coppery malts with some biscuity brown malt. That all dances around my mouth in layers blending nicely, and leaving just enough room for a bit of a grassy and slight herbal hop flavor. The hops get just slightly bitter but not much, although they also bring forward a slight bitterness from a darker roasted, maybe heavy crystal malt. I think I get a hint of a fruity flavor, a yeasty fruit, with maybe even a hint of bananas foster like flavors, and slight earthy root like taste (think root beer). The lager profile is almost completely drowned out by the layers of malts and sweetness as it tries to dry on the finish and move toward a crisp lager, but can't seem to make it. The sweetness on the finish seems to remain a bit, and the bitterness ramps slightly but is still a background profile to the sweeteners that all linger fairly well.

Mouth is med bodied but a bit creamy and slightly lush, carbonation actually seems a bit less than I though as the beer gets heavy and layers the tongue without the carbonation rest.

Overall not bad, a nice toasty brown and sweet malt profile, with some decent hops that come through but lets the malts be the star of the show. I would have liked the lager flavors to come through a bit more, especially on the finish which could have benefited from a drier and crisp finish. Other than that a decent drinkable dunkel.

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Photo of Gmann
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear chocolate brown color with some amber highlights. The off-white head is short and wispy, settles into a light cap.

The aroma has the traditional doughy munich malt scent. There is some toasted notes to go with a touch of caramel. Not a particularly strong aroma.

The taste is slightly grainy and spicy. Some dark toast from the roasted malt. Light caramel sweetness and a subtle peppery spice. Refreshing but not big on flavor.

The feel is light and crisp. Despite the roasted notes, the feel is quite clean. Great balance and quite drinkable.

An extremely drinkable beer but kinda missed on the munich qualities. I taste the roasted malt but not much of the doughy flavors associated with the style.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At the time of this review, this is #36 on the "Top Beers - Munich Dunkel Lager" list on beeradvocate.com. Served in a snifter.

Beer is brown, dark, clear with a thin tan head of small bubbles, some lacing, low retention, moderate and steady carbonation, looks good.

Aroma is a little weak, a little malty, yeasty, mild munich malt.

Beer is nice, light in body, good malt character on the palate, a decent finish, a little too dry for me but overall a decent beer. I'd have it again.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber bordering on brown with a smallish beige head that dissipates quickly and leaves minimal lace. Smells of caramel and dark fruit mostly. Smooth malty aroma with maybe a hint of chocolate if I squint a bit. Taste is fairly smooth with lots of caramel and burnt sugar along with darker fruits in the form of prunes and plums. Maybe a hint of chocolate in there as well. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a solid malty grainy mouthfeel. I enjoyed this one a bit more than the other two in the sixer. It pairs well with chocolate chip cheesecake, but that was a happy accident. I've had better dunkels, but this one is not half bad.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I stumbled across this during a recent visit to The Foodery (N. Liberties) and thought, "What the heck, I'm a bit of a long shot my dang self!" I have certainly bought beer for lesser reasons in the past.

From the bottle: "Corey Martin"; "Corey has been working on his Munich-style Dunkel for some time and the result is this amber, medium-bodied brew. With a nice malty backbone, this lager has roasty, slightly spicy notes and a traditional doughy character from the yeast. It is well worth the time he took to perfect it."

My pour netted just under two fingers of medium-tan colored head that fizzed and popped its way out of existence pretty quickly. Color was a deep mahogany with ruby highlights and NE-quality clarity. Beautiful! Nose smelled of chocolate and bread dough and I was anxious to get that first taste going. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a slightly cinnamon taste to go along with the chocolate noted on the nose. Finish was semi-sweet but pleasant, even for this self-avowed hophead. Well done, Mr. Martin!

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Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a nice looking brown color, it's clear and had good visibility through the glass. The smell of the beer is a mixture of malts and lager yeast aromas, there are some subtle hop notes as well. The taste of the beer gives off a nice dry Dunkel like flavor from the roasted malts and earthy notes from the yeast. The mouthfeel of the beer was medium bodied, not heavy at all but not light either. The carbonation was was sharp but still drinkable. Overall this beer was pretty good.

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Longshot A Dark Night In Munich from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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