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Samuel Adams LongShot Old Ale

Formerly brewed at Boston Beer Company
Style: Old Ale
Boston, Massachusetts USA


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RATINGS: 300   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 318   ABV: 10.6%
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Created by Don Oliver, California. Don says that the blend of distinctive malts in his brew "offers a rich and malty taste that doesn’t overpower. It’s a full-bodied, heavy ale good for a winter night by the fire."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - JAN 28, 2007
12 oz bottle. Deep amber with some red highlights. medium off white head. Aroma is of caramel, some fruit, toasted grain and light notes of alcohol. Taste is thick, rich caramel, fruits-raisin/plum, molasses. Full bodied, with some alcohol warm in the finish. Was pretty shocked to see it was 10.6 %, was thinking more around 8 when I was drinking it. congrats to Don Oliver for making a great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5336) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2007 Poured a reddish amber color with a thin, off white head that subsided to a collar, leaving light lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel, dried fruits, a bit of toasted dough, and alcohol as well. Taste of toffee, with more dark fruits, rum soaked raisins, brown sugar, somewhat cloying, with alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 26, 2007
Pours reddish brown with a small head. Aroma of caramel, alcohol, and brown sugar, some fruit and spices as well. Nice flavor, sweet, decently carbonated palate. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadIndian (2384) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2007
Thank you stegosaurus. Thisis definetly the best beer in the long shot collection. Golden/ reddish pour small head with little lacing. Brown sugar aroma was very apparent. Fruit and roasted malt flavor with a good finish. Well balanced. I can see why this one won the competition. WELL DONE!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2007
Bottle sampled with Mad_Indian. Pours a deep bronze, with a small white head. Aroma of caramel, roast, and alcohol. The flavor is caramel, alcohol, roated malts, excellent body. Good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lowe1983 (1349) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2007
Pours an amber color with a tan head. Aroma is of dark fruits, caramel, molasses, and a hint of chocolate. Flavor starts off with the dark fruits and caramel and finishes with molasses and a slight hint of alcohol. A decent brew. I have a bottle that I plan on aging for a year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
legion242 (2190) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2007
Very nice example of this style that we don’t get a lot of here in the states. I too, was very surprised by the abv because it is well hidden. None of the heat that I have found in other American versions. And props to SA for doing these.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
eaglefan538 (2892) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 22, 2007
Brownish colored pour with some red hues, strong carbonated head (moreso was the carbonation than for other old ales), rather strong spotty lacing. The aroma was dark fruity raisins, strong brown sugar, light chocolate. The flavor followed in this vein, raisins, strong brown sugars, caramel, light chocolate, yet at 10.6% nearly silent alcohol (did a double take half way down the glass after looking at the bottle’s abv labelling). The mouthfeel was medium bodied, a little sticky, but overall pretty nice. Excellent flavor, came across somewhat of a doppelbock, yet falted for too much imbalance toward sweet, clearly no hop chatter in this thing. Nice job, Don, an enjoyable beer nonetheless, and thanks to Sammy for what they do for craft beer (yes, I believe that, and respect their overall combined size, quality, and in general affordability... go ahead, fire away the hate mails).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2391) - California, USA - JAN 21, 2007
Rich mahogany pour with a moderate head, average lacing and poor retention. Aroma is raisins, dark currants, caramel, dark sugars and alcohol. Flavor brings this with some alcohol in the finish. Surprisingly tasty though, the malt flavors are rich but would probably benefit more from some time sitting down.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
CigarsLoveBeer (153) - Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2007
Bottle from Long Shot pack. Dark amber body with a lot of tan head. Aroma contained notes of grape, citrus, cream, and port on the malty background. The alcohol (10.6) made its presence felt in the nose as well. The alcohol also hit me the second the beer hit my mouth. The rich maltyness coated my mouth next, with notes of melon, citrus, and cinnamon roll. Then the alcohol warmed my mouth, hiting me with that wonderful raisin/black current flavor one expects of an Old Ale. The beer finished strong with pretty good balence between the hops, malts and alcohol, with notes of sherry and sugar cane. This is a huge, wonderful, old ale, very nice job here.

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