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Samuel Adams LongShot Old Ben Ale

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


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RATINGS: 283   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MPosey (134) - , Georgia, USA - MAY 12, 2010
A nice pour, pours a deep amber with a light colored head which reduces quickly. Initial attack sweet and carbonated, which mellows to a nice malty finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2010
A wonderful malt bomb that was perfectly balanced. Alcohol well hidden. A masterpiece in my opinion. Truly wonderful to drink. I will even be sneaking some out of the Longshot packaging in order to have a true six pack ;)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Butters (4042) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 9, 2010
Pours a clear dark chestnut with tan head and sticky lacing. Nose of sweet plum. Amazing blend of Flavors of raisin, caramel, and well balanced earthy hops. Great viscous body. Super thick and chewy. I just canít get over how well this hides the alcohol. This really was made for my personal taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (5117) - Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2010
Pours a clear, dark coppery amber with a thick off-white head - rather appetizing. Aroma is strongly spicy, mainly cloves with hints of cinnamon and a malty undertone. Flavor is quite spicy, mainly cinnamon and cloves, with a malty underpinning and a strong hint of honey. Texture is lively, edgy and tingly, leaving a nice fizzy and spicy finish. No wonder this was one of the winners!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RedSox2004 (1672) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - APR 23, 2010
Clear dark amber with a small head that nonetheless retained very well and left nice lacing. Big complex malt aromas featuring caramel, dark fruit - figs and raisins, toffee, green apples and alcohol. Sweetness comes through fairly strong in the taste, mostly dark fruit and brown sugar. Alcohol is evident, but pleasantly so. A lingering bitterness provides a nice balance. Full bodied, minimal carbonation, and a perfectly balanced finish that makes you want more. But beware of the ABV. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 15, 2010
Very caramel malt and alcohol ,with candy fruit in the aroma of this strangely colored Old Ale,taste is smooth as silk caramel,that candy fruit, and alcohol with just a smidget of bitterness in finish. Another excellent Longshot in what I consider the best year for the series

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (8084) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - APR 16, 2010
Pours a dark brown ruby .. awesome head, with equally awesome lacing .. . lots of dark fruits, cherry, sweet tar, and cellar .. . very smooth, abv is very well hidden .. . a fantastic brew that i would love to put a year on .. . did your sister really have sex with a guy for a dbl cheeseburger??

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6723) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2010
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a red-caramel color with a small beige head that faded quickly. The aroma was sour cherries, raisins and molasses. The flavor was a nicely complex mix of ripe cherries, molasses, sugar, nutty malts, raisins, honey and brown sugar. The finish was long with nut, honey and cherries. Full bodied & sweet - just as I like them. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (8159) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 6, 2010
12oz bottle pours clear amber with copper hues and thin off white head. The aroma is nice and pungent with ample amounts of prunes, plums and sugar stewed raisin sweetness mixing with molasses, some toffee and a touch of boozy heat. The taste is sweet and rich with prunes, sweet raisins, some fig, sweet malts and a caramel molasses mixture. A dandy old ale that is only going to get better with age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
benfergy (246) - Valley City, North Dakota, USA - JUN 11, 2010
The aroma of the Old Ben is very powerful, and it is reminiscent of caramel malt and fruity hops. It has a dark amber color, with a medium head. The taste is great, perfectly savory (or umami, as that keyword goes). Itís also probably the smoothest beer Iíve ever had. I donít know how long the Sam Adams Longshot promotion will last, but if itís limited, try out the Big Ben variety while you can, itís very good!

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