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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by smcolw on 04-03-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
263
Reviews:
231
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
9.54%
 
 
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4
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Ratings: 263 |  Reviews: 231
Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of neenerzig
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I discovered a bottle of this in my cellar a few days ago that I'd forgotten I was aging. Cracking it open this Memorial Day evening. Poured out of the 12 oz. bottle into one of my tulip glasses. This beer pours a very hazy/cloudy medium copper color with a creamy/frothy looking, slightly off-white/tan head that's about an inch thick initially when first poured. Settles eventually to a thick surface layer coating with a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass. Heavy aromas of caramel malt sweetness along with along of a bit of maple syrup, brown sugar, hints of peppery spice, and some dark fruit notes such as raisins and plums. Has a nice caramel sweet flavor along with some definite maple syrup and brown sugar followed by hints of peppery spice notes and the aforementioned dark fruit notes. Not really any discernible hop presence for my palate, which should come as no surprise I suppose being that this beer is a little over 6 years old at this point. I thought the overall flavor profile was quite excellent though. Has a slightly crisp, but mainly very smooth, somewhat frothy and creamy, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink. Has a clean finish with a nice sweet, slightly spicy aftertaste. Too bad I'll likely never drink this beer again because this was quite enjoyable indeed.

Eric

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had a vintage 2010 of this, served just cooler than room temperature. Boozy aroma with some dark fruits. Thankfully the flavor isn't as boozy. Nice blend of sherry, sweetness, dark fruits, and raisin. Hint of spice. Nice heavy body that's warming. Overall well done from SA.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Techichi
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of csfcmitchell
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
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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Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Drknight
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Kelp
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of ShemRahBoo
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Budinetz
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of generallee
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of ssjkyle
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of crobinso
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of cowboy83
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of 40451
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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LongShot Mile High Barley Wine Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.88 out of 5 based on 263 ratings.
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