LongShot Mile High Barley Wine Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.66/5 rDev -5.7%
Sampled March 2012
Best by date of September 2010; Sampled March 2012 & stored in my fridge the whole time
A steady pour into my tulip glass produces a fat, three-finger thick, densely creamy, pale brown / amber tinged, dark tan colored head. The beer is a full amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, rich amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of citrusy / piney hops backed by supporting caramelized / toasted malt. Specific notes of grapefruit zest, Curacao orange, bright tangelo zest when you dig, as well as some lychee notes, a citrusy spiciness that leans towards / suggests at cinnamon somehow, and orange starburst candies all play quite the prominent role still. The malt has aged enough to pick up a hint of oxidation, but this seems to provide more of an accentuation of the toasted character rather than even be nutty at this point. This still seems quite fresh and vibrant in the nose.
Thick, viscous, somewhat syrupy even, and there is a huge citrus hop character to this beer (tangelo, grapefruit, touches of caramelized kumquat, and Curacao orange zest). There is some, slightly dull, maybe more rounded in character, oxidized caramel malts here that provide a touch of nuttiness and a suggestion of citrus infused sherry. A firm, biting bitterness towards the finish also seems to mix in with a touch of oxidation. As the beer warms up the malt character comes more to the fore; lots of brown sugar, caramel, sweet brown grain notes, a nice toasted whole-grain cracker note. The caramel malt and its slightly nutty / toast oxidation also becomes a bit more prominent as the beer warms up.
This is quite tasty, and for some reason is quite hitting the spot right now. Some oxidation has set in, but that was completely expected and it actually is at a pretty good level for a beer of this age. The oxidation has likely helped to temper the sweetness that was likely quite a bit more prominent when this was young.
09-30-2013 02:24:11 | More by Gueuzedude
3.78/5 rDev -2.6%
Pours a deep ruby brown with a meringue like head that slowly dissipates but sticks lots on the sides. Some earthy resinous hops are still evident but you can tell they are a shadow of their former glory. There's a solid shot of brown sugar and caramel in the aroma as well as a hint of wet cardboard. The flavor has become a lot sweeter than I remember with lots of sweet dark sugar and caramel with some dark cherries and raisins as well as just enough resinous hop to still provide a hint of balance. Medium body with a sweet sticky mouthfeel and a moderate level of carbonation. This is still a nice beer, but I think it in that in between stage where the hops are fading and allowing the malt to shine, but it needs more time to complete its transition.
08-17-2012 00:54:10 | More by johnnnniee
3.75/5 rDev -3.4%
Poured from the bottle a reddish-amber color with two fingers of off-white head.
Aroma of honey, grapefruit, and sweet caramel malts.
Tasted of light citrus, honey, and a rich caramel maltiness. The nearly-10% abv added a boozy bite.
Medium bodied and sticky with a lighter carbonation.
Another interesting brew from the LongShot series.
03-17-2012 15:08:23 | More by Monkeyknife
LongShot Mile High Barley Wine Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
87 out of 100 based on 256 ratings.