unclemattie (3706) - Georgia, USA - MAR 14, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
12oz bottle. Why canít all Samuel Adamís be like this?! dark brown with a foamy khaki head. rich, heavy caramel, toffee, almond, dubbel aroma. slight alcohol ring on th glass. flavor is sweet and very malty. Heavy bodied. 10%?... it is hidden very well. This is my favorite Sam Adams!
DocLock (6789) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is another benchmark beer from the SA LS series. Great ruby mahogany colored pour with 2-finger khaki head. Aroma of caramel malt, brown sugar, cabernet, hops, cobwebby earthy notes. The flavor is caramel malty, with a very rich, complex palate, and some molasses, raisins, dark chocolate, cabernet, and mild hop taste notes. This one is outstanding. Kudos to Don Oliver.
SoylentBlack (110) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - FEB 19, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2007 A slight cleanser odor - and no head. But a pretty fine ale. Mr Oliver has done well. Not a brew Iíd drink more than 1 per eve though, save this one for the special nights. Beautiful color. Iím surprised a larger brewery could produce this in such quantity... *edit* I thinkk vyvvy got the right idea, I bet this would age to perfection.
update: ok, so the aging only went 5 months, because I ran out of beer. But this ale has turned out fantastic. It smells like whiskey (or is it bourbon? or scotch?), and almost tastes like it to. Fantastic. I hope Sam Adams makes this a regular.
jimhilt (2273) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 6, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a four finger light brown head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Nice clear deep mahogany color. Light carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Molasses nose. Flavor is sweet molasses/caramel, not cloying, high ABV is hidden. $7.49 6-pak, 12oz bottle from Capital Convenience Concord, NH.
FROTHINGSLOSH (3977) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a bright ruby-chestnut color with a medium sized light brown head. The aroma was sweet, fruity and had notes of molasses and caramel. Lovely aroma. The flavor was very sweet and fruity - notably cherry - with strong notes of caramel and molasses. The finish was long and sweet with ripe fruits. The body was a bit too fizzy for an old ale but that was really my only complaint. Probably the finest beer I have had from this brewer.
thedm (4773) - Fort Wayne, USA - AUG 1, 2007
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This bottled brew from a bottle shop marker best before 6/07 poured a large sized head of foamy fine to medium sized bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind a transparent softly carbonated red brown colored body and a thick foamy lacing. The aroma was malty vinous and sweet. The mildly vinous mouth feel was tingly at the start with a mellow finish vinous aftertaste. The flavor contained notes of very nice and strong caramel malt sweet vinous dark malt and brown malt. Delicious and one I would certainly buy again.
Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 2, 2007
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2007 Poured into a Pint glass. Pours a red copper colour, fizzy off white frothy head with large bubbles and good retention with an instant lacing of the glass. Vinus malty aroma. Taste starts with a malty, rock candy,caramel combined with a well balanced hop bitterness for finishing taste. Silky Smooth on the palate. 10.6% is well represented and not overpowering. Big Props to this one, by far the best of the long shot variety.
KenLee (1) - Livonia, Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2007 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was a wonderful experience on a cold winter night. The rich malt was similar to candy caramel and was truly well-balanced with hop bitterness. It was similar to a good dopplebock from Germany. I highly recommend this contest winner. Medium sweetness, lightly bitter, rich color and a nice lace curtain. This one had me draining the last drops from my glass with passion for more!
BenDover (190) - Texas, USA - FEB 15, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a mahogany with a good off-white foam. Aroma of bananas. Taste is spicy and malty, coffee flavor, some cinnamon and nutmeg, not at all bitter. Wonderful stuff. Alcohol is VERY well hidden, too. This guy is brilliant!!!
Shag (2439) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAR 31, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A brownish amber color with a beige head. A chocolate, caramel, and raisin aroma. The flavor is rather sweet with some chocolate, grapes, caramel, toffee, and nutmeg. This beer is very rich but has a red wine quality to it with the grapes standing out a bit. A bit of alcohol showing in the finish. This is hands down the winner of the Longshot pack! Thanks Don Oliver, you have got me a nice buzz going on!