The LongShot pack is the result of a homebrewing contest that Sam Adams runs annually. The six-pack contains two each of three different beers -- two created by amateurs and one by a Sam Adams employee. All were chosen by a panel of beer experts.
Darkness is the theme this year, though that's presumably unintentional. The winners are A Dark Night in Munich, a dunkel boasting notes of caramel, cherries, and bread (5.9 percent alcohol); Derf's Secret Alt, a hoppy, nutty altbier that's quite boozy (9.3 alcohol); and Five Crown Imperial Stout, which has the consistency of used motor oil and a muscular profile brimming with chocolate and coffee accents (8.9 percent). All are good; the stout is very good.
The 2012 LongShot contest gets under way soon. Entries will be accepted from May 11 to May 25. Winners will be announced Oct. 13 at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. More information is available at www.samueladams.com/longshot.
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