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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kp (10882) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nimrod979 (212) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - MAY 8, 2011
Bottle. Pours a fairly clear reddish-copper color with a big off-white head with some decent lacing. Complex malty caramel, and nutty aroma. Fruity with raisin and banana aromas as well. Taste is sweet, malty. Dark fruits are prominent throughout, Notes of brown sugar, before a slightly bittering and alcohol warming finish comes through. Full-bodied and soft carbonation Overall, not something I really love but I supposed a well rounded beer that has fairly interesting and complex features. Its a little sweet for me and does kind of put me to mind as a not so intense barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - APR 9, 2011
Pours copper with an off white head. Smells earthy with some light sweet citrus, some dark fruit. Tastes of caramel, earthy, some tea, some fruity notes on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckeyeBoy (7388) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 7, 2011
12oz Bottle Thanks to JohnGalt1. Pours out a amber topped with a small tan head. Aroma of fruit, light hops, brown sugar, and a nice caramel malt. Taste is pit fruit, earthy, caramel, and some of the brown sugar picked up in the aroma. A taste and sweet Old Ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
12oz bottle poured into my Narke glass...Medium clear copper with a light amber tint. A big tope head with great retention and lacing...The aroma is malty caramel with a hoppy finish, some dark fruits and alcohol, quadish. Not bad, average...Taste again is very malty with raisins, and dark fruits, light hop finish. A quad light, easy to drink but nothing is outstanding. Cant recommend it but I wouldnt pass on a free one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeremytoni (3044) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAR 16, 2011
From a bottle poured a dark amber color with a small amount of head. Strong sweet malty flavor with a lingering finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 9, 2011
A - Pours a nice hazy amber-brown color with a nice amount of off-white head. The head had pretty nice retention and leaves behind some nice lacing. S - The strongest smell is of the sweet carmel malts with a some toffee aroma. Just a touch of deep dried fruits (raisins). T - Starts off with the carmel malt flavor and dark fruit flavors, mostly raisin and dates. There is a bit of brown sugar flavor that comes in toward the end with a finish that is bit of alcohol flavor. M - Medium-full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Very powerful overall, and kind of think without losing smoothness. D - Very nice flavors that are very complex and interesting, but stay balanced. The alcohol finish can be a bit intimidating, but it really is the end of a very solid beer. Not the most purely drinkable, but very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
patrick767 (4063) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 3, 2011
bottle - Pours clear amber with a light tan head. It smells of caramel malt and raisins and tastes of sweet caramel malt and a little dark fruit. Its full bodied and the 9% abv is pretty much completely buried. Good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2011
Reviewed from notes. Pours a caramel amber color with a small white head. Nose brings forward some caramel, brown sugar, and a low dose of hops. The taste is brown sugar, caramel, some lighter dark fruits, and some booze. Medium body with a nice warming effect from the alcohol. Drinkability is pretty good; looking forward to seeing how this ages. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 10-16-2010

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 17, 2011
Amber pour with a thin white head. A slightly ruddy-orange appearance. Nose is quite hoppy. Lots of fruity esters and stewed fruit. Lots of orange peel as well. Fruity malts - lots of dried fruit and light toffee as well. Earthy/fruity hoppiness and a bit of sweetness. Chewy and fruity with plums and berries. Really British in mouthfeel and balance with peppery alcohol on the finish. I think it would age pretty well.

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