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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: 283   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (18660) - , 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (14361) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2010
Bottle. A pretty darn good beer. Pours clear, an amber ruby, with a medium, orange-beige cap. Super malty aroma, some licorice, dark fruits such as fig, plum, raising and especially prune. Extremely sweet with more dark fruits in the flavor. Also notes of caramel, maple syrup, and toffee. Alcohol is there, but only serves to enhance the depth of character and give some nice warmth to the medium body. Average carbonation. FInishes sweet and syrupy, only mild hints of bitterness. Really nice - and perhaps better than some of the other Sam Adams beers I have tried before.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (13616) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (12585) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 7, 2010
Bottle from the Natomas BevMo. Pours a dark ruddy copper with a foamy 3 finger off-white head. Aroma is very caramel. Full bodied with creamy carbonation. Body thins as carb leaves. Flavor is rather sweet. Not sticky tho. First cuz to a barley wine. Malty, fruity and hoppy enough to keep it from being a poor taster. Nice and different ale.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (12314) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 23, 2010
(12oz bottle, courtesy of Mora2000) Pours a clear amber body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of roasted malt, herbs, honey, brown sugar, and banana. Flavor of honey, roasted malt, grass, caramel, and almonds.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (12046) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 22, 2010
Bottle. Poured a clear brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted and had good lacing. Moderate toasted malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and lively carbonation. Medium sweet flavor with a medium sweet malt and small alcohol finish of moderate duration. Good brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11586) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 20, 2010
12oz bottle-pours a light tan head and dark amber color. Aroma is fruity, medium malt-anise/bready, earthy. Taste is fruity-raisin, medium/dark malt-anise/bready/licorice, earthy hops, wood. OK carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (11364) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 24, 2010
Bottle poured a clear reddish amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of raisin, plum, toffee and carmel. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of toffee, carmel, raisin, plum, light earthiness and a hint of spice with a smooth warming lasting fruity finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (11041) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 8, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2010 Clear reddish brown pour. Nose is candied malt. Taste is candy, brown sugar and molasses. Tasty drink. Lost some points for appearance and lower-bodied mouth feel. Other than that, good beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kp (10884) - 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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