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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: 280   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.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HonkeyBra (3108) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2010
Pours kind of a mahogany without any real head. Aroma of sweet malt, plums, brown sugar and toffee. Flavor is sweet: brown sugar, toffee, caramel, plums, pears, etc. Almost light to medium bodied. Typical Sam Adams carbonation. Itís just so sweet. I donít like sweet beers. So throwing down this is a chore.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (4413) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - APR 15, 2010
Bottle: The aroma consists of fruit, brown sugar, caramel, and a hint of nuts. It pours a transparent copper with an inch tall off-white head with decent retention and sporadic webbing for lacing. The flavor starts with moderate brown sugar and fruit. The finish has moderate caramel and a hint of nuts. Medium bodied with mild carbonation. Solid, but I think I liked the Longshot Old Ale from a few years back a little more.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markas101 (1784) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - APR 15, 2010
33 cl bottle, Fargo, ND, USA. Translucent deep copper colour, sweet nutty aroma. Almost thick, not quite syrupy, sweet with a warm alcohol finish that is deceptive in relation to its ABV.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
halfonit (1129) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - APR 15, 2010
Pours a dark golden color. Aroma is full of malts and dried fruit up front with some brown sugar and booze undertones. Flavor is also full of malts, dried fruit, brown sugar, with caramel, and booziness. Leaves a sweeter dried fruit aftertaste. Pretty good stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
dwyerpg (4354) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 14, 2010
A very sweet caramel milky soapy aroma. All over the place. Flavor is rich and sweet, similar to fullers reserve maybe. A good initial flavor but I donít think i like the finish. Very up and down for me.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thegreenrooster (3082) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - APR 14, 2010
Pour is a dark amber with a large white head. Aroma is nice. Lots of caramel, nuts, sugar and some alcohol. Flavor is equally nice with some brown sugar and caramel. Leaves a nice cherry flavor on the tounge as this goes down. A worthy effort.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jblauvs (1337) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 11, 2010
Amber pour with a fizzy white head. Aroma is chocolate, nut, burnt sugar, some light metallic booze. mouthfeel is medium. Flavor is nutty, caramel malt, some chocolate, tobacco, a little metallic but not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7787) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 9, 2010
Bottle thanks to Mora2000. Pours with a hazy orange body and an off-white head. Aroma of caramel, bread, alcohol, vanilla and bananas foster. Taste is caramel, vanilla and burnt flan. Creamy carbonation. Decently solid.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Goodgrief (1742) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - APR 9, 2010
Listed on Boston Beer website as an Old Ale. Beer pours clear amber golden color with huge head that spilled over, even in my slightly oversized glass. Lots of lacing. It sure is pretty. The aroma was that of metallic raisins. The flavor is sweet fruity sugars, a little overly sweet, and yes, some metallic flavors as well.. Not nearly as good as the original Longshot Old Ale winner, imo. Not a great fan of this one.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - APR 8, 2010
Bottle. Poured a yellowish colr with a nice white head. Aroma was sweeter. Mild malts, and hops.Flavor was sweet. Very well balanced pale ale. Citrus and grass notes. Good beer. New to the KC area


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