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Samuel Adams LongShot Old Ben Ale

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

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RATINGS: 282   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Michael Robinsonís Old Ben Ale is a malty English-style brew boasting notes of dried fruit, nut, and caramel. A slight bitterness balances the combination of five malts in this full bodied beer. Light brown with reddish highlights and good clarity, the ingredients of this English-style brew are all American with the exception of the yeast which is distinctively English. Created to enjoy on cold nights or as an after dinner treat, Mikeís Old Ale is 9% alcohol by volume, about twice that of the average beer. An experienced homebrewer, Mike was recognized as a finalist in the 2008 Samuel Adams LongShot American Homebrew Contest, as well as in the 2007 Samuel Adamsģ Patriot Homebrew Contest.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
generallee08 (621) - New York, USA - JUL 1, 2014
The body has a deep red/orange amber color with clarity and some visible carbonation. Its head is off white, thick and slow fading. This slow fading head makes some good spotty lacing that hangs on to the sides of the glass. The aroma is very sweet and malty. There are wonderful fruity notes with sweet cherry notes standing out. There is a deep sticky sweetness with notes of caramel covered cherries, raisons and white grapes. As I drink and the beer warms I start to get some maple notes as well. This sweetness is the dominating character with hop flavor being almost lost until late into the finish. Here in the finish there is just a hint of hop bitterness and some light citrus/herbal notes. The palate has a medium to full body with a slick and sticky, but not too heavy, texture.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tomciccateri (995) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - APR 24, 2014
12-ounce brown bottle poured in 2014. Aroma a bit muted, malty and almost musty. Pours a deep amber color with no head. Medium body, solidly malty sweet flavor balance. So little yeast characteristics, seems like a lager. Clean, probably more interesting when fresher.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwalking05 (3646) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 16, 2013
Rated in 2010 (Backlog) - Ruby brown with a decent sized beige head. Aroma is of caramel, raisin bran, nuts and bread. Taste is of caramel, booze, raisin and prune.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SirADNielsen (8949) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 9, 2013
Bottle @ home from my rotbox via trade with Homer321. Thanks Homey! Pours a murky orangish brown appearance with a thin cream colored head. Fairly oxidized, mild caramel, bready, cardboard, raisin, brown sugar aroma. Quite sweet, candied orange, plum, grape, cardboard, quite boozy, sugary flavor. Still pretty boozy but itís also really starting to oxidize.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - FEB 18, 2013
A - Pours a crimson mahogany. Small off-white head that melt quickly into a single bubble island. S - Dried figs, simple sugar caramel, alcohol vapors, Christmas spices, T - Brown sugared cherries, fig, candied marshmallow, Brown sugar. A light smokiness resides in the background. Toasted candy malt. M - Syrupy and sharp. The beer has a candied simple syrup character. One is enough for a setting. Serving type: bottle 09-02-2010

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (14513) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2013
19th February 2012
Hazy brown beer, small pale tan head. Smooth palate, semi dry and with a little fine carbonation. Malt, bubblegum. Trace of citrus. Semi dry finish. Fine.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6365) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 7, 2012
Bottle from Total Wine, Sacramento. Pours cloudy amber with a thick beige head and a strong treacle aroma. There is a fruity dark molasses with a tastefully bitter finish. Nice job, Michael.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chicowv (455) - Canaan Valley, West Virginia, USA - OCT 7, 2012
12 oz bottle. Tasted at Caseyís , did not take notes. Pretty good Old Ale. A little harsh with the alcohol finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
csbosox (1222) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - OCT 6, 2012
12oz bottle, 2.5yrs old, bb 09/10. Spent a fair amount of that time in the fridge. Aroma is fruity; pears & dates, dark caramel, a touch of pleasant oxidation. Tasty is dulce de leche, dark fruits, black pepper and a bit more of that oxidation, still a complementary amount, although showing a bit of cardboard. Thick bodied, but not flabby. When the LongShot beers are good, they are typically very good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (2234) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 16, 2012
Iíve been sitting on this for a while, Iím surprised I havenít already reviewed it. Served at room temperature it pours a medium copper color with a huge milky white head that takes forever to retreat and sticks lots of lace on the way down. Lots of dark sugar and sweet dark fruits fill the aroma. Thereís a hint of sherry and a touch of alcohol, but they meld nicely. The flavor is sweet and malty with a solid warming alcohol that I can trace as it flows southward. Lots of sweet dark sugars with light citrus and darker dried fruits in the flavor. Almost like a marmalade thing going on too. Medium to thick body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. Nice beer, but a bit sweet and still a bit hot which is odd.


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