RJKChicago (2) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2011 does not count
It’s always so tough to rate your own beer. I do have to say, that Samuel Adams did a Great job at scaling up my recipe and making the beer. A good balance of Dark Malts and American Hops. Some call it Black IPA’s and others call it Cascadian Dark Ales, I just call it Beer Goodness.
I hope everyone enjoys this brew as much as I do.
Creator of Blackened Hops yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2011
Samuel Adams Longshot Blackened Hops is a pitch black beer with a dense, lumpy, brown froth that has outstanding retention and lacing. It has a bright, citrusy, candy aroma with a hint of roast. It’s big bodied, super soft and smooth; fluffy with a clean dry finish. It tastes bold and bitter. There’s a slight sweetness like molasses. It has flavors of orange peel, juniper and pine resin. It’s well balanced and really heavy. Nice. This is just super duper. dwyerpg (6286) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 3, 2011
This is a pretty good beer. Pretty nutty roasty like a brown for a black IPA. Overall it’s pretty tasty, and a very good creamy appearance. Ibrew2or3 (8743) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2011
12oz bottle pours dark rutty mahogany with mocha head. The aroma has a pleasing mix of citrus and pine hops rolling around notes of dark roasted malts, dark roasted coffee and some earthiness. The taste is similar with a brief sense of pine and grapefruit like hop flavor quickly becoming more and more bitter. Toward midway it gets both chewy and creamy on the palate as dark roasted coffee and dark roasted malts surge onto the scene. I also get a bit of toffee, caramel and earthy goodness that really help to round this thing off wonderfully. Loved it! adam42381 (386) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2011
Poured from an 12 ounce bottle into a chalice.
Appearance: Pours a dark cola brown, almost black, with a 2 finger creamy light tan head consisting of very fine carbonation bubbles. Excellent head retention and perfect lacing. I don’t see how it could look any better.
Smell: Piney hops with a touch of citrus and a hint of malt in the background.
Taste: Pine and sweat cream-like malt up front followed by toasted malt the middle before ending with lemon zest and burnt toast at the finish. Aftertaste is a mix of burnt toast and hoppy bitterness. Very well-balanced.
Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full-bodied with a fairly high amount of carbonation. Goes down smooth.
Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. I could see myself drinking several of these in one sitting. The slightly elevated ABV% is well-masked.
Overall: Excellent beer overall. While I admit I haven’t had more than a handful of American Black Ales, this one is the best I’ve had. This is easily one of the best Sam Adams products I’ve tasted and think they could do well by releasing this full-time. If you can still find one, give it a shot.
damzz (510) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 31, 2011
Looks like a stout - opague black with light brown head and sheet lacing. Nose: very resinous hops Taste is dominanted by hop bitterness with undertones of roasted malts with a full body. johnnnniee (4376) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - APR 6, 2011
Pours a solid black with a frothy rocky beige cap head that takes eons to fall. Smells of citrus and pine, grapefruit and resin. Hints of bread and coffee lay dormant deep underneath. Taste is smooth resinous hops with a grapefruit twinge to it. Hints of roast and chocolate try their darnedest to poke through but the hop is strong in this one. Long lingering earth bitterness in a long finish. Medium body with a bit of malt sweetness. Medium to light level of carbonation. Creamy and resinous mouthfeel. I really enjoyed this one. It’s got a little bit of everything for the stout/hop head in me. To bad this is a one shot deal, I would buy six packs of this.
robgibbens (432) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - APR 18, 2011
Black color with a light brown foam that sticks to the glass. Roasted character on the nose. Mildly bitter and full-bodied. Dry at the finish. This is a nice brew all around. BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2011
Well-done Rodney Kibzey! It seems like standards for Black IPA are still sort of evolving, but of the commercial examples I have had, this is one of the best. There are already quite a few beer styles out there, and the Black IPA is a pretty nuanced one....roasty but not a roasty style, and not a giant hops and roast mess like an Imperial IPA. IMO this beer creates the balance quite nicely.
It pours black with a stout tan head. Unlike 21st Amendment’s Back in Black, where the malt and roast notes are the most assertive, here the hops play in the foreground with the dark malts in more of a strong supporting role in both flavor and aroma. Drinking this with your eyes closed, I don’t think you’d have any doubts about what you are drinking. I wish BBC would sell 6-packs of just this beer - I’d buy them.
I really liked this beer.
I bought the Longshots mixed 6-pack at Blacklick Liquor in Blacklick, OH. Cybercat (5962) - Georgia, USA - JUN 11, 2011
Rich, smoky aroma has a strong charcoal overtone and hints of coffee, nuts and burnt grass. It pours an opaque dark-chocolate brown with a thick, frothy, rather persistent beige head. Smoky flavor has tones of roast coffee, unsweet chocolate and burnt hops along with nutty and barbecue sauce hints. Smooth texture has a fine fizz and leaves a smoky, slightly hoppy finish.