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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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230 Reviews
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Reviews: 230
Hads: 261
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 9.54%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | 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:
Beer added by: smcolw on 04-03-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Augustiner719
2.38/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a dfh snifter glass.

Pours a veer mahogany reddish brown clear color with an off white tan blond head that leaves some lacing. There is a big peach skin aroma, some brown sugar and a little pie crust. Big rich carmel toffee notes. Flavor has a big grilled peach component and some toasty malts. There are some hops, but nothing compared to some American barley wines. My initial thoughts were much different after the first few sips. There is a big sour beer component that I think was hop bitterness but got lost with age. Not good at all and really I would rather blend an ipa with a brown ale and get a better version of this.

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Photo of Greencoat
2.73/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours to a clear, rusty copper with a thin, beige head. Nose is a mix of caramel sweetness, dark fruits, and citrus hops - interesting. For a barleywine, this thing is pretty hoppy. Starts kind of abrasive in that regard. Even without the hops getting in the way, I think this is a little two-dimensional for a barleywine. It finishes pretty sweet with caramel and fig flavors, and an all-too-present hop profile for my liking. Provides a nice alcohol warmth.

This is a bigger beer, so I will give it the benefit of a doubt and age my other bottle and re-rate later. In my opinion, the extra hops muddy this beer instead of making it something special. Hopefully time will make me think otherwise.

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Photo of jneiswender
2.8/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Served cold.

A-garnet body and a cream colored dense head.

S-wine, grain and floral scents

T-hard candy, alcohol and light hop end

M-medium to full and slick

D-Light on the hop end. Not varied on the grain end. There are better out there. I would likely pass on this in the future.

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Photo of nickd717
2.86/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle from Whole Foods Los Altos.

Great clear dark amber appearance with a medium-sized off-white head and good lacing.

Aroma is typical for a barleywine - caramel and maybe some oak, with resinous hops.

Flavor is very sweet caramel malt and toffee, without too much else to it. How did this win the contest? I suspect SA didn't brew true to the original recipe.

Medium-full, syrupy, and cloying on the palate.

Not a great barleywine at all. Underattenuated, like crazy. Really hard to drink.

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Photo of LarryV
2.88/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Small head is gone almost as quickly as it appears. Nose is caramel malt, sweet smelling with very little hoppiness. Taste follows suit, big sweet malt, too sweet and not enough hops to balance the sweetness. Due to the cloying sweetness I found this a chore to drink and definitely could not drink more than one in an evening. The best question is did it leave me wanting more and the answer to that question is no. After about a 1/2 glass this became a drain pour for me due to the annoying sweetness.

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Photo of VWBuggirl
2.89/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a nice clear chocolate brown, with a bit of amber to it. There was a bit of lacing to it as well.

The smell is strong with malt, caramel, and the taste is much the same. It is overly sweet for my taste. This is my first try at this style, but not my favorite.

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Photo of Jayli
2.91/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Acquired from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him.
Poured in to my Portsmouth tulip
Consumed 11/16

A: This beer pours a deep, rich, murky copper color with a one finger of dark khaki, sudsy head. Head recedes quickly an leaves tons of sudsy lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is al caramel and toffee.

T: Taste starts with a boat load of toffee and molasses. I mean, rich and hearty molasses flavors. Molasses is a touch cloying. Some brown sugar comes in with a hearty caramel malt flavoring and raisins in the finish.

M Medium body, low carbonation, thin and oily at first and then dries up - completely arid.

D: Goes down ok, somewhat filling, hearty kick, ok representation of style. There are better options out there.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.98/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a fairly dark copper color--at least for the style--with very little head and almost no lacing. The nose brings forward a pretty good amount of booze along with some dark fruits, plums, sweetness, and some American hops. The taste brings quite a bit of alcohol heat as well and a good amount of malty sweetness. Dark fruits linger in the background. Feel is dominated by alcohol atop a medium body with low to mid-level carbonation.

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Photo of mondegreen
3.03/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz into an Orval Chalice

Pours a murky brown color with very little head. Minimal lacing.

Aroma is subdued. Sweet, spicy malts are apparent.

Taste is primarily malts. Hops are distant if they are there at all. This really tastes more like an English Barleywine, and I would have scored it higher if it were classified as such, Doesn't taste bad, just weak for an American Barleywine.

Mouthfeel is medium-heavy. Prety Nice.

This is a decent, smooth brew. Nothing earth shattering, but a nice change of pace for Sam Adams.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: clear, copper color with thin lacy head
S: a bit cloying with strong EtOH but not overpowering, syrupy qualities abound
T: very sweet taste, too cloying, needed more hops to balance malt, good malt base but lacked balance of hops, I would describe this more as an English barleywine
M: good but sweet and syrupy
O: OK but needs more hops for balance and aging

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A. Pours a ruby red with a one finger creamy off-white head that dissipates.

S. Smells of caramel malt with some toffee and a bit of alcohol on the nose.

T. Rich malt character with alcohol burn on the tail and little bitterness.

M. Medium body with medium carbonation.

D. Eh. Certainly not a beer I'd like to see added to a regular line up, but a decent representation of the style.

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Photo of hwwty4
3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First off in the Longshot Sampler pack. Poured a 12oz bottle into my Hennepin globe. This bee pours a opaque amber with a 2 inch beige head leaving just a little bit of lacing down the sides of the glass. I'm a bit surprised at how clear this beer is. Most Barleywines I've had the opportunity to try are a bit turbid. This one looks like its been filtered 12 times. Up front in the aroma comes juicy citrus fruit with grapefruits, tangerines and a bit of orange. Up next is toasty bread, sweet malts, and caramelized sugar. Just a little bit of date comes through. The flavor is like a 50/50 mix of a American Barleywine and a English Barleywine. Citrus hops come through but not in droves like with most American style Barleywines. A bit of grapefruit and tangerine come through on the first part of the flavor profile. The hops really are big enough for a American style. Then mildly sweet malts, toasted bread, fig and dates. The mouthfeel is a bit light for the style, but finishes nice and creamy. For full disclosure, barleywines are my least favorite style and this one just doesn't do it for me.

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear ruby color with off-white head, nice lacing.

S: A lot of caramel. too much, arguably. Smells too sweet, with very little hops present. Smells fruity though.

T: Sugar and caramel with decent notes of booze. Dark fruits and not much citrus.

M: Fairly full bodied, but not too syrupy. Carbonation isn't that high either.

D: Not a great barleywine, but serviceable to the public. A "safe" barleywine, if there is such a thing. I like the direction SA is going for the Longshots, but jeez are they too sweet.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice mahogany color the is see through with hints of amber and a nice two finger frothy head which gives way to a nice lacing. The aroma is of a caramel malt backbone and hints of dark fruits with hints of citrus hops as well. The taste is a big caramel and sweet malt backbone, with hints of dark fruits and citrus hops. I would have liked to have more dark fruits present and a bigger hop presence, also the taste is devoid of an alcohol presence. The mouthfeel is a little slick and moderately carbonated. Overall it is drinkable, there is nothing offensive to it, however, it doesn't quiet match up to the bigger barelywines. It would be a good starter barelywine to introduce someone to the class.

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Photo of hopstradamus
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours a hazy amber almost red with very little head that does not last long.

S. Malty sweet with piney citrus hop aroma and strong alcohol.

T. This beer tastes like it smells. It is sweet and hoppy, but not bitter. There is caramel and toffee and the alcohol is well hidden.

M. This beer was watery, thin, and somewhat flat.

D. This beer was easy to drink and is my favorite style. I like a Barley Wine with a little more to it, but I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle split with my boy b.

A- deep dark red almost like brandy. Small ring on top with some faint wisps. Nice clarity.

S- caramel and ludens cherry cough drops.

T- toffee and dark bread with some candied fruits and a hint of alcohol. Some fall spices with warming. Slightly buttery.

M- medium body and a bit higher in carb then most. Slightly sticky.

D- a solid brew but nothing really to write home about. Way better then anything I could brew. Well done dude.

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Photo of MikeBrandman
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured into a Sam Adams Sensory glass. Brown body with delicious amber hues. Slight reddish brightness to it too. Good amount of visible carbonation in a transparent body. Only 1 finger of white head with hardly any lacing, which was a little disappointing.

S - Not much smell. What is there is a strong malty sweetness with a small, small hop bite. No alcohol heat.

T - Great sweet taste to this. Strong hops come through in the end to balance it out. Dark fruit too, with a bit of spiciness. Small, almost unnoticable alcohol heat. Cloyingly sweet.

MF - Slightly syrupy.

D - Would be more drinkable if it wasn't so syrupy or cloying.

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Photo of champ103
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark ruby/brown color. A two finger beige head forms, and sticks around as a ring. Light lace is left behind.
S: Toasted caramel malt up front. A grainy and cereal aroma. Light citrus aromas linger. Fusel alcohol.
T: A simple sweet caramel malt flavor. Rough gritty cereal. Musky and dank hops. Some alcohol is present.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. A little thin for my liking. Tons of alcohol that makes for a slow sipping beer.

Not bad. A bit rough around the edges, and a bit to simplistic for the style IMO. Like all homebrew competition winners, I would like to try the original beer entered. That way I can get a good idea of how the small original batch translated to big the produced batch. They don't always turn out the same. Not the best I have had, but I wish I could do what Ben Miller did.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer has a very dark mahogany color with a frothy head. Lots of hops in the nose, though they're a little soapy, along with moderate fruitiness. The taste is dominated by hops, which are rather spicy, almost pepper-like. Malt is surprisingly restrained, Alcohol is quite apparent at the close.

Somewhat harsh barleywine, though not entirely unpleasant. I'll probably tuck the 2nd bottle away for a few months, and see if it mellows from age.

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Photo of Sixofsigmas
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brownish red pour with an inch of creamy foam which leaves some lacing, and I'm still confused why lacing even matters...
Nose filled with dark fruit, fruity pebbles candy type smell(Pez-like), caramel, citrus.
Taste is dominated by a nice malt profile, Pez candy, roasty. toasty, some fruit.
Mouthfeel is cream, nice full body, little too much carb for my preference.
This is a reasonably decent beer offering from a homebrew recipe winner. I don't usually pick up Sam Adams, but I'm always willing to try homebrew recipes, and I wasn't disappointed with this one.

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Photo of Freethyhops
3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a- pours a clear, light amber. produced a good amount of off white head. light lacing, but nice head retention 4.0

s- caramel, citrus, dark fruits and booze on the nose. booze soaked raisons are the most noticable and it's not extremely pleasant. it seems there it shouldn't be this boozy

t- breadiness mixed with sweet caramel and heavy bitterness. the booze is mostly gone from the nose but, sadly I'm not getting much of the raison/dark fruits in the taste. they are still there in the backround. nothing is really offensive but it just doesn't seem to meld at all. 3.5

m- probably the highlight of the beer. heavy carbonation mixed with a heavy body create surprisingly smooth feel 4.0

d- I won't likely pick this one up again. it's decent and I could have more than 1 in a sitting but I really didn't enjoy it that much. worth the try for sure though and it is nice to see Sam Adams putting some big beers in the longshot mix. 3.5

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Photo of russpowell
3.47/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent orange/caramel with 3+ fingers of tan colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Pineyness, leafy & herbal hops, plus figgyness as this warmed

T: Piiney hops, toffee, a touch of caramel up front, plus some pineapple & grapefruit. Slight figgy sweetness accompanies herbal & piney hops as this warms, plus a touch of toffee & some boozey warmth as well. Finishes dry with a touch of honey, toffee & leafy hops, this seemed as much an English BW as American. Any way you slice it this didn't quite pull together for me

MF: Chewy, fairly low carbonation, balance- wise this skews a bit sweet for an American Barley Wine IMO

Drinks alright for the style & ABV, doesn't quit pull together to me. I might grab another sixer to see if this ages well

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(Served in a snifter) Best before Sept. 10 it was
A- This beer has a dense but clear deep copper body with a sea of microbubbles. There is a creamy beige head that pushes above the rim of the glass and holds its shape. The head makes rings on the glass with each sip.
S- The clean aroma has dark fruits qualities to the malt sweetness and the fruitiness grows as the beer warms. There is some nougat melanoidin qualities to follow and a green hop note in the finish.
T- The slightly sweet fruity malt flavor grows in fruitiness as the beer opens up. The soft green flavor and bitterness of hops lingers in the finish with a candy sweetness. There is a very faint alcohol taste to the hop bitterness in the finish. A nougat melanoidin flavor comes through in the malt and grows as the beer opens.
M- This beer has a full creamy mouthfeel with no real alcohol heat noticed.
D- The big sweetness doesn't have a lot of malt depth to it but has a bit of dark fruit and melanoidins to it. The hops bitterness is soft but pleasant. As the beer opens up the melanoidins really grow and become a bit off putting and the sweetness becomes cloying. There is really nothing to support or balance those flavors with the hops and alcohol both being pretty soft.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, best by September 2010.

Pours a nice shade of copper amber, a whole lotta red once in the glass. A nice two finger beige head, quite foamy & creamy, maintains a nice cap and leaves some spots of lacing.

Aroma is cherries, dark fruits, brown sugar, cinnamon, some floral hops, yeast, bread, and alcohol.

Flavor is biting alcohol & cherries, dark fruits, sweet caramel malt, light hops, finishes with some sticky sweetness & alcohol.

Mouthfeel is full, soft, gets sticky at the end, low to medium carbonation.

Probably my favorite of the '10 Longshots, quite complex, flavorful, just a little too hot.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear garnet colored beer. It pours well, forming a thick tan head. Very bubbly but It doesn't last forever. Some soapy residue coating the edges is all the reminds you of what was.

To put it bluntly this beer smells alright. There is a nice thick malt nose that ranges from cereal breads to sweet corn. Big chunks of hops also bite at my nose hairs. They aren't as identifiable as they are just present. Slightly piney and hinting at citrus, in the very least they are for sure there.

Taste is, well again to put it bluntly... good. Those scents carry over from the nose and give you a warm malty beverage with hints of hop flavor. There is a boozy cherry tart taste that grows on you but in the long run tastes a little much like cough syrup.

The mouthfeel has some sharp hop bitterness to it which nicely prickles the tongue. Mild carbonation helps define the flavors and doesn't distract with much more then a light sizzle. A good beer but I've had much better barley wines. Don't get me wrong this is a tasty beer, but not much more then average. Worth checking out but I am honestly glad it was part of a sample pack with two other beer styles.

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LongShot Mile High Barley Wine Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
87 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.