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LongShot Mile High Barley Wine Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

LongShot Mile High Barley Wine AleLongShot Mile High Barley Wine Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

255 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 255
Reviews: 229
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 9.79%


Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  9.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: smcolw on 04-03-2010)
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Freshie

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a Sam Adams Boston Lager Glass. An amazing deep amber color. Clear with great bubbles rising to the top. Light wispy head graces the top of the glass.

Nose is hoppy, with some sweetness coming through. Fruity and a little grassy. Very earthy.

Taste is a bit more mellow than the previous aspects may suggest. Short hop bite, lends way to sweet malty backbone. Hops churn around the palate throughout.

Finishes clean, with slight sweetness.

A very good sessionable. I don't taste the 9% abv.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 02:07:17 | More by Freshie
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csfcmitchell

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

03-17-2014 17:15:36 | More by csfcmitchell
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 02:24:11 | More by Gueuzedude
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Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

09-29-2013 00:52:30 | More by ejimhof
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

09-02-2013 02:00:21 | More by jaydoc
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Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

06-01-2013 04:35:44 | More by Drknight
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Kelp

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +3.1%

04-23-2013 06:21:45 | More by Kelp
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

03-02-2013 01:53:04 | More by ShemRahBoo
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

08-26-2012 18:09:37 | More by t0rin0
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 00:54:10 | More by johnnnniee
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Nebraska

4.5/5  rDev +16%

07-14-2012 03:35:14 | More by ssjkyle
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Colorado

3/5  rDev -22.7%

07-01-2012 02:39:30 | More by crobinso
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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Monkeyknife

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 15:08:23 | More by Monkeyknife
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Illinois

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Texas

4/5  rDev +3.1%

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LongShot Mile High Barley Wine Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
87 out of 100 based on 255 ratings.