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LongShot - Traditional Bock by Boston Beer Company (Sam Adams)
6.80 % ABV

Review by SAP on 05/24/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 10 15 4 8 2009
September 2009 Best By Date; Sampled May 2009
A vigorous pour into my 25 cl tulip glass produces a four-finger thick, tightly beaded, dense looking, light brown tinged, full tan colored head. The head leaves a nice layer of lacing on the sides of my glass and has a nice staying power. The beer is a dark plum / amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, copper tinged, red tinged amber hue when held up to the light. Rich sweet malt aromatics are immediately noticeable. This has an almost vinous note to it that is sort of a cross between Port and fresh, dark grapes. This is lightly spiced with a toasted malt note up front that is quickly consumed by the chewy, sweet, complex malt notes. This definitely has the requisite hardy nose needed of a Bock and it is definitely quite satisfying.

Thick and viscous feeling as it rolls across my tongue, the carbonation is here at a medium level, but the body definitely makes this lean towards the rich side. The richness is quite nice and this isn’t overly sweet either, but does have a rich malt character. A rich, malted melanoid character, toasted malt notes, caramelized (but clearly not crystal malt derived) concentrated malt character, as the beer warms a hint of chocolate character, dark-bread malty goodness, and even a hint of well balanced darkly toasted grain character. This is definitely malt oriented (as it should be), as there is not much in the way of hop character noticeable at all; perhaps a hint of bitterness to keep the malt in check, but that is about it.

This was what I was hopping for when I cracked that bottle of Pandora’s Bock, I am glad this was able to deliver. This is definitely a tasty, spot on example of the style, I really like that this hits the thick, chewy, complex malt character without being much in the way of sweet. This is a hearty beer that is quite fitting for a winter’s evening around the fire (or even the 100ºF into summer day that I am currently experiencing).

Served In: Tulip

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