vyvvy (4737) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 8, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep clear mahogany with a large soapy tan head. The aroma has dark berries, toffee, heavily toasted malt, anise and it is overall very full and rich. Medium / full lush body with quite a bit of carbonation. The flavor starts out with the aroma traits along with lots of sharp fruitiness and alcohol burn. The finish is on the astringent side. There is a raisin aspect as it warms. Okay alt, but I prefer the lower alcohol alts.
burg326 (4736) - 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 (4692) - 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.
AirForceHops (4692) - 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.
ChainGangGuy (4559) - 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.
travita (4435) - 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.
unclemattie (4358) - 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.
RobertDale (4346) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - APR 9, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a dark amber with a nice tan head. Aroma of caramel malt, dark fruit, brown sugar, and chocolate. Taste is caramel, molasses, dark fruit, toffee, and alcohol. A bit sweet for me. Decent.
nick76 (4315) - 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.
nearbeer (4236) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bb Aug 2012. Clear, deep mahogany with a lasting disc of creamy foam. Nose is cocoa, toffee, dates, banana, marshmallow and citrus. Taste is similar, but has more dark toffee and raisin. Peppery citrus zest, some grassy hop, and acidity from the roast are nearly able to tame the big malts when the finish rolls around. Heavy body is smoothly carbonated, a tad sticky, and shows just a hint of the 9.3%.