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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 Robinson’s 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, Mike’s 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 Adams® Patriot Homebrew Contest.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2012
Best by date of September 2010; Sampled April 2012 & stored in my fridge the whole time
A steady pour into my tulip glass produces a four finger thic, lightly amber tinged, dark tan colored head that leaves an expansive, though light, layer of lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a concentrated amber color that shows a lightly hazed, golden red-amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of savory malt (that is boosted by age / oxidation), lots of caramelized malt character, some slightly nutty toasted whole grain character, and an interesting bright cherry character that comes out as you take a deep draught of the nose. The cherry / fruit note adds an unexpected, though still balanced, dimension that I wasn’t expecting.

Fairly thick and viscous feeling as it first hits my palate, but it isn’t really all that sweet. The malt has a richness to it more than a sweetness, there is a significant toasted brown grain character, complex caramelized notes that are significantly rounded by a light oxidation (this is purely positive at this point as it helps cut the percieved sweetness). There is something like a light tartness here that doesn’t seem out of place. The fruit character seems to have more of a prune like leaning to it rather than the cherry note that was in the aroma. The oxidation also boosts a rich nuttiness in this beer, though the oxidation itself remains well in check.

The age on this beer seems to fit it quite well at this point; I can’t say for sure that it will improve any more after this, and if you have been storing this warmer than at 50°F it might be over-the-hill, though I would expect this particular bottle to be quite drinkable for at least a couple more years if I had not opened it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2012
Originally reviewed: 6/11/10. 12oz bottle, poured into a goblet. Pours a dark mahogany with a thin tan head on top. Decent lacing; some rings are present. Scents of figs, raisins, molasses, syrup, alcohol. Nice mix. The mouth is crisp with a moderate amount of carbonation. Full-body. Flavors of raisins, some plum, booze, and a bit of caramel on the backend. This was a decent Old Ale. I’ve got the other bottle in the cellar. I imagine this will only get better with age.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zach8270 (3502) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAR 8, 2012
(bottle - 12 oz) Copper pour with a fluffy white head. Very mild and earthy aroma. Some malts and dark fruits as well. Very sweet and malty flavor at the start with a rather harsh and metallic finish. Sweetness is overpowering on the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Billicus (289) - @RED BHUT JOIKIAS!, Paulsboro, New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2012
caramel, bread, cereal, toast, all cam through color red, brown, clear, tan foam, frothy, taste medium sweetness, very malty old malt funk too, some carmel toffee notes overall, was impressed somewhat, nice homebrew!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (11085) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Pours a darkish amber color with an off-white head. Strong aromas of caramel and toffee. There is a good brown sugar and toasted bread note to it and perhaps a little bit of dark fruit character. Pretty nice nose to this. The flavor is a bit less robust, but still enjoyable. A hint of vanilla to go along with the caramel and toffee. Mild molasses and brown sugar and just a touch of black cherry.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (6606) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2011
12 oz. bottle via trade bonus. Pours a hazy, dull amber with some hints of red and copper and a small off-white ring. Aroma of raisins, toffee, figs, sugar, dried apricots, corn syrup, and wood. Flavor of brown sugar, dried fruits, caramel malts, plums, wood, and cereal. Sweet. Dry finish. Medium-bodied, with pretty low carbonation and a chewy, syrupy mouthfeel. Interesting old ale, and a nice take on the style.

0.5
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
NeoHippie2 (1036) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 16, 2011
This one came in the variety sixer as well. Just as bad as the first! I don’t know why Jim Koch even does this. This beer sucked. you taste every bit of that 9%abv too. Harsh, nasty, overly strong. Drain Pour

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 5, 2011
(bottle 6/11/10). Clear amber color. Medium off white head. Moderate dried fruit/raisin aroma. Flavor of the same, with sweet caramel and bready malt. Avg duration. Light alcohol finish. Slick texture. Moderate carbonation. Fair lacing.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2011
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter. Appearance: Very pretty orange-red, but minimal head and lacing. Aroma: Lots of figs, plum, toffee and English hops. Slightly earthy but mostly sweet. Taste: Quite sweet, but not much distinct taste or complexity. Some plums and toffee. A little earthiness and alcohol. Palate: Moderate carbonation. Thick and chewy, but slightly cloying. Overall: Fairly enjoyable but mild Old Ale overall. This may make it easier to drink than some, but also makes it not quite worth returning to.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 26, 2011

Name: LongShot Old Ben Ale
Date: April 17, 2010
Mode: Bottle
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: clear amber, fine beige head, streaks of lace
Aroma: sweet malt aroma, touch of carmel, lots of drying earthyness, light fruity character
Flavor: rich malt flavor, touch of caramel candy sweetness, lots of balancing earthyness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 3/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: ** /4


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