Samuel Adams LongShot Old Ben Ale

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


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RATINGS: 281   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Michael Robinson’s 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, Mike’s 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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madmitch76 (25568) - , 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.

Leighton (22309) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2010
Bottle. A pretty darn good beer. Pours clear, an amber ruby, with a medium, orange-beige cap. Super malty aroma, some licorice, dark fruits such as fig, plum, raising and especially prune. Extremely sweet with more dark fruits in the flavor. Also notes of caramel, maple syrup, and toffee. Alcohol is there, but only serves to enhance the depth of character and give some nice warmth to the medium body. Average carbonation. FInishes sweet and syrupy, only mild hints of bitterness. Really nice - and perhaps better than some of the other Sam Adams beers I have tried before.

jtclockwork (17284) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 8, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2010 Clear reddish brown pour. Nose is candied malt. Taste is candy, brown sugar and molasses. Tasty drink. Lost some points for appearance and lower-bodied mouth feel. Other than that, good beer.

brokensail (16648) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Pours a darkish amber color with an off-white head. Strong aromas of caramel and toffee. There is a good brown sugar and toasted bread note to it and perhaps a little bit of dark fruit character. Pretty nice nose to this. The flavor is a bit less robust, but still enjoyable. A hint of vanilla to go along with the caramel and toffee. Mild molasses and brown sugar and just a touch of black cherry.

bhensonb (15760) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 7, 2010
Bottle from the Natomas BevMo. Pours a dark ruddy copper with a foamy 3 finger off-white head. Aroma is very caramel. Full bodied with creamy carbonation. Body thins as carb leaves. Flavor is rather sweet. Not sticky tho. First cuz to a barley wine. Malty, fruity and hoppy enough to keep it from being a poor taster. Nice and different ale.

djd07 (15544) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 30, 2010
Bottle. Pours a clear amber with a medium frothy beige head that leaves good sticky lacing. The aroma is a bready malt with raisin and caramel. Medium mouthfeel with a fruity malt with caramel and a nice dry finish. Hides the alcohol extremely well, a very good old ale.

Ratman197 (15372) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 24, 2010
Bottle poured a clear reddish amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of raisin, plum, toffee and carmel. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of toffee, carmel, raisin, plum, light earthiness and a hint of spice with a smooth warming lasting fruity finish.

Tmoney99 (14982) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 22, 2010
Bottle. Poured a clear brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted and had good lacing. Moderate toasted malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and lively carbonation. Medium sweet flavor with a medium sweet malt and small alcohol finish of moderate duration. Good brew.

Drake (14078) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 29, 2010
12 ounce bottle from Whole Foods Glen Allen, VA, on 5/5/10. Hmm, shouldn’t I be drinking some crappy Mexican lager right now? Pish on that! This pours a clear dark strawberry red color with a large creamy tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of toffee, caramel, apple and raisins. The taste is leafy hops, raisins, toffee and a bit of citrus. Medium bodied. Straightforward, but good, old ale.

BeerandBlues2 (13821) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 23, 2010
Bottle. Pours sparkling amber with a small, fizzy light tan head, somewhat lasting with spare lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, toffee), average hops (flowers, perfume, pine), light yeast with notes of alcohol and plum. Medium bodied, slick texture, and average carbonation. Average duration, moderate sweetness, light acidity and bitterness.

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