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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.


cking's rating

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - JUN 26, 2010
"Great amber-brown body with a large lasting head and a heavy coat of lace.....this beer looks ideal. Scents of mixed berries, vanilla, caramel and cereal. Full bodied, rich and warm. Malt forward with a big raisin presence. Notes of toffee, floral hops, bread, nuts, berries followed by a shadow of vanilla and wood."


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwalking05 (3503) - 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
NielsenRatings (8275) - 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 (13369) - , 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6018) - 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 (453) - 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 (1216) - 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 (2042) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3737) - 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 wasnít expecting.

Fairly thick and viscous feeling as it first hits my palate, but it isnít 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 doesnít 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 canít say for sure that it will improve any more after this, and if you have been storing this warmer than at 50įF 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. Iíve got the other bottle in the cellar. I imagine this will only get better with age.


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