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RATINGS: 220   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
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Created by Samuel Adams employee Fred Hessler.
Fred wanted to go big or go home with his homebrew and decided to brew a kicked up Sticke Alt. This full-bodied ale has a big, malty character balanced by subtle orange and grapefruit notes from the hops. With a light amber color, this brew has a sweet finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ben4321 (4540) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 3, 2012
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
Overall Impression: 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
ChainGangGuy (4489) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
burg326 (4438) - Florida, USA - AUG 31, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlajwl (4424) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAR 28, 2012
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemattie (4349) - Georgia, USA - APR 16, 2012
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. (3307)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
travita (4333) - Frisco, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2012
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nick76 (4304) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2012
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
boFNjackson (4187) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 27, 2012
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?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AirForceHops (4175) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 4, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (4155) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2012
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.

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