Boston Beer Company, makers of the Samuel Adams product line, has released its 2012 Longshot Homebrew Contest winners and their beer is now available in six packs. Boston Beer began distribution of this beer in February, 2012 and it should continue to make itself available for at least a short time longer. The six packs include two bottles each of the three winning entries. They are:
A Dark Night in Munich– This Bavarian style wheat beer was brewed by Corey Martin. It has a roasted malt character, sweet caramel flavor profile, and a creamy mouthfeel. Bread and dark fruits add to the complexity of this drinkable and enjoyable beer. It has an alcohol content of 5.9 percent by volume.
Rating: 7 cheers out of 10
Five Crown Imperial Stout– Joe Formanek created this beer. It is a Russian imperial stout with a big, rich, malty taste combined with chocolate and a very full body. The beer is thick and heavy, pouring from the bottle like syrup. It is a warming brew with fruity esters and a high alcohol content of 8.9 percent by volume.
Rating: 9 cheers out of 10
Derf’s Secret Alt– This German Altbier is a full- bodied beer with a nicely balanced flavour that offers equal attention to the hops and malt. Some of the flavors present in this beer include nuts, roasted barley, chocolate, caramel, and yeast, with some citrus. This beer has an alcohol level of 9.3 percent by volume, making it the strongest beer in this years’ Longshot winners.
Rating: 8 cheers out of 10
Look for the 2012 Longshot winners at your favorite store where other Samuel Adams products are sold. The beer retails for about $9.99 per six pack and offers a good sample of the winners without the necessity of purchasing a full six pack of each. The Longshot six pack may not be around much longer, so purchase it while you can.