Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Samuel Adams Longshot Blackened Hops



Longshot Blackened Hops
           
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

American Black Ale

7.00% ABV




Commercial Description:
This enigmatic ale is a surprise for the senses, with its black color hinting at roasted malt and coffee notes, but its big hop character really stealing the show. Packed with citrusy and piney American hops for a big flavor and clean bitterness, this brew will keep you on your toes through to the last sip.
(RateBeer.com)

General Pricing:
12 oz bottles: ~$8.50-$11.00 6 pack, ~$31.00-$45.00 case


Background:
This is one of the winners of the 2010 longshot competition. The competition is run by Samuel Adams. It’s a home brew competition with the winners being announced at the GABF (Great American Beer Festival). Then the Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) brews the winner’s beer. I make it a point each year to by a 6 pack of the Longshot winners. They are usually very unique and well crafted beers. Plus I just think it’s the coolest thing, to have a brewer commercially sell the Home Brew Beer.

Review:
The beer pours a dark brown almost totally opaque with just a hint of ruby hues showing from the bottom dimple of this cervoise glass. This pour also produced very rich dark tan head.

The nose is delightful with dark roasted malt aromas with esters of dark fruit and notes of chocolate along with cinnamon? Maybe that is the hop aromas mixed with the other aromas that I’m sensing as cinnamon.

What was that? Man this is different for me. Sorry, it’s good really good but confusing. It has the dark malt flavors and mouthfeel of a creamy a stout but the body is lighter more like a brown ale. At any rate it’s good, Very Good. But it is another one that’s going to be hard to describe.

The experience starts out with a rich dark roasted malt sweetness up front on the tip of the tongue. Then there is the most pleasant smoothness over the tongue in the middle of the sip. The back-end has a robustness and hesitation on the swallow but an overall ease to it. Yes, I realize there is a conflict there. The creamy smoothness carries through the swallow into the finish. The finish is more like a dry Irish stout without the sharp roasted malt robustness. This is very interesting. It has the rich malt flavors of a robust porter or lighter stout but it’s lighter more like an English brown. Well maybe not that light. See I told you that I would have a hard time with this one. The final aftertaste is rich with lingering dark roasted malt flavors and a slight lingering hop dryness.

This is fantastic. Imagine a smooth creamy stout almost like a milk stout with the dryness of an Irish Dry stout like O’Hara’s or Sly Fox O’Riellys but an overall lighter mouthfeel and body like a porter plus a refreshing aspect to it more like an English Brown. It’s rich, smooth, hoppy and very easy drinking. I have never had all of this work so well in a beer before.

Wow, this is impressive to have such a rich robust beer be so easy drinking and enjoyable.

The rich head on this beer has never quit. It has diminished to a very rich protective layer over the top of the beer. It is also leaving some impressive lacing on the glass.

This beer is a solid A maybe even an A+. Rich malty goodness with a pleasant hop dryness and the ease of drinking with a lighter overall body and creamy mouthfeel. What an unusual and delightful beer.



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