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 Robinsons 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, Mikes 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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (8296) - .....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 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
nick76 (4396) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 16, 2010
The aroma is very malty with both caramel and toffee. Its also got fruit and hops. The appearance is light brown-amber with a large foamy head. The taste is like the aroma but has maybe too much bitterness to go with the sweetness. The palate is smooth. Overall I like this beer a lot but it has an alcohol astringency and metallic finish that I am not crazy about.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Padron4KM (809) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - APR 15, 2010
Bottle. Clear copper, with a thick tan head, nice retention and sticky lace.
Rich caramel aroma, dark fruits, whisp of sweet alcohol.
Flavor is sweet, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, whiskey. Detected a bit of oak tannins.
Warming alcohol on the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HonkeyBra (4044) - 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. Its just so sweet. I dont like sweet beers. So throwing down this is a chore.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (6539) - Plymouth, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markas101 (2403) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
halfonit (1346) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
dwyerpg (5946) - 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 dont think i like the finish. Very up and down for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thegreenrooster (4280) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jblauvs (1358) - Chester, Vermont, 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.

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