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

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LongShot Mile High Barley Wine AleLongShot Mile High Barley Wine Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

256 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 256
Reviews: 229
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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Schmittymack

Colorado

3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker glass.

Apperance is brownish, not too dark. Aroma is faint; pick up some light flowery scent (does that make sense??). Taste is definitely malt with some caramel. Alcohol is relatively hidden, considering it's pretty high. Drinkability is moderate--alcohol content keeps this from being a session brew. SA has hit this one good. I'd buy it in a sixer.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 08:08:03 | More by Schmittymack
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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.

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LongShot Mile High Barley Wine Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
87 out of 100 based on 256 ratings.