ben4321 (4540) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 3, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Location: 12 oz bottle from Colonial Wine and Spirits, 4/3/12, from the Long Shot 6 pack
Aroma: The nose has some some caramel malts, a little spice, yeast, and fruity notes
Appearance: Pours a clear dark reddish-orange color with a creamy beige head and light-mid lace
Flavor: The taste is fairly sweet, caramel malts, bread/yeast, brown sugar, dark fruits, and a little spice
Palate: The body is medium-plus, with a light fizziness, a bit of a stickiness, and some heat presence
Eh, this one wasn’t great. First off, I was disappointed because it didn’t give me that orange/grapefruit hop presence that the description promised. Secondly, I thought the malts were a little heavy handed, and it lacked for balance. Overall, though I didn’t think it was bad, I was not a huge fan.
ChainGangGuy (4489) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Part of the Longshot 2012 six-pack - $9.99 at Total Wine & More in Atlanta, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours out a clear, very dark amber-red body with a tallish, foamy, off-white head. A little smear here and there of lace.
Smell: Lightly sweetish, spicy, boozy nose with notes of dates and figs and citrus peel tossed into cooking brown sugar and grain spirits.
Taste: Bread crusts, brown sugar, and a little layer of molasses. Moderately sweet in a syrupy way. Slight grapefruit with a bite of chewing gum. Spicy hops but there’re also some pops of clove buds. Medium-light bitterness. Ends with a kick of hot alcohol on the drying, malty finish. Singe of alcohol even well beyond the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Overall: The secret in the Secret Alt is not the conspicuous alcohol presence, it’s how this thing made it into the Longshot pack.
burg326 (4438) - Florida, USA - AUG 31, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle poured an amber redish color, with aromas of malt, over riped fruit, light citrus, and some caramel. Flavors are the same, heavy malt flavor overall, did not taste like a 9.3% beer that is for sure.
wlajwl (4424) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAR 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is fruit, a mild nuttiness, some sweetness and a strong hint of alcohol. The flavor is heavy malts, ESB-like fruitiness, and a warming alcohol finish. With the alcohol, I was expecting an ASA due to the normal ABV of this style, but it was an almost non-factor, this was a good altbier on its own.
unclemattie (4349) - Georgia, USA - APR 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, LongShot 6pk, Vintage 2012. Dark copper color. Tall foam, light tan color. Huge aroma. Heavy dark malt, toasted brown syrup. Big malty nose with loads of toffee. Loads of dark fruits, dark malt syrup, heavy date sugar flavors up front. Earthy, leather, toasted caramel and toffee characters in the end. Some hidden citrus. Well balanced flavor. Bitterness is a bit harsh in the end on the palate. Finishes with a rotten wooden log of the forest floor bitterness. It is a very big beer, over the top, well worth it though. Full bodied, this beer does not play around.
travita (4333) - Frisco, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Ruby red, brownish, off white head, and clear. The smell is big sweet maltyiness, some fruit, vanilla, maple, nuts. The taste is a sweet, almond, amaretto, cherry, and decent despite the big sweetness.
nick76 (4304) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aroma is sweet and malty with mixed fruit and hops. The appearance is brown with a large head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is smooth. Overall a really nice beer.
boFNjackson (4187) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 27, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle... Poured deep, ruby, maroon with a thin head. Ultimately this was very sweet beer. I thought it was dimensional and palate mostly got worth malt and sweetness. Some caramel candied sweetness. Did I say it was sweet?
AirForceHops (4175) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 4, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle from Bert’s Better Beers. Copper color, very thin head. Light spotty lace down the side. The aroma was sweet and sugary with notes of molasses, brown sugar, and raisin. The flavor has a lot of malt sweetness and matches the aromas. I don’t mind sweeter beers however this one doesn’t get me real excited. People who like malt should enjoy this. Finish is cloying. Medium body. ABV hidden well. A very nice longshot six pack over all.
jkwalking05 (4155) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown in color with a decent off-white head. Aroma is of bread, malt, and booze. Taste is of bread, malt, almonds, cherries, walnuts. Sweet, but quite delicious.