Saturday, June 19, 2010

Samuel Adams LongShot Old Ben Ale

LongShot Old Ben Ale

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Boston, Massachusetts

Old Ale

9.00% ABV

Commercial Description: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.

General Pricing:12oz bottle, ~ $8.00 - $12.00 6 pack, ~ $29.00 - $46.00 case.

Background:This is the second in the LongShot winner series. It has also been sitting around for weeks waiting for me to review. I have had this once before. Actually it was the same dinner that we had the Lemon Pepper Saison paired with grilled fish. We had this more or less as a dissert beer and at the time I thought it was pretty good. Lets see how it does on a full review.

Review:The beer pours a clear dark amber with ruby hues and a fairly rich off white head.

This is a very nice nose with rich sweet toasted malts and just a hint of floral hops.

Oh, smooth rich and soothing. This is a great malty English Ale. Sweet almost roasted caramel malts upfront then a very pleasant almost creamy mid-sip. The back end starts to build on these nice malt flavors and it is smooth and easy to swallow. At the end of the swallow you can start to pick up more of these rich malts and there is also a soothing almost warming effect at the end of the swallow. The finish is rich and malty. Not Porter or Stout Porter like but just a nice rich English malt.  You really can’t taste the alcohol but you can sure feel it. By the time you get to the finish you are slouching back in your seat with a long relaxing exhale.  There is a lingering aftertaste of slight English hops but mostly those wonderful English malts.  

This is good, really good. This beer can hold its own against any British Isle Ale, Scotch Ale or Wee Heavy. I realize that this is an English Ale but it drinks more like a Scotch Ale or Wee Heavy. This beer does not have that typical English mineral water taste to it. It is much smoother, almost creamy in comparison to an English Brown or English Old Ale.  

The beer just gets better as it warms. It’s hard to imagine it getting smother but it is. Oh my, this is good.

I’m a sucker for a good tasting warm beer and this one has drawn me in. I’m giving this an A- for an excellent English Ale.

I highly recommend this beer to anyone that is looking or a good English Ale or Wee Heavy.

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