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

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

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.

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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.


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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 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 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 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 mikesgroove
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

deep dark brown with a small tan head. Very thick looking with a somewhat reddish tint to it. Lots of side glass lace as well as a rich foamy layer left on top. The smell was very full, lots of roasted malts and caramel with an odd sort of sweet hoppiness melded into the back end of it. The feel was great, very full and creamy with a great residual smoothness to it. Huge sweet caramel and sugar flavor that was folded over with hints of chocolate and even a roasted coffee. This was a very fine strong ale,

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean orange-ish to amber color with a light tan head. In the aroma, dark fruits and alcohol. In the taste, dark fruit, notes of caramel and a note of alcohol. A small bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry caramel in the aftertaste. Nice dark fruit, with nice notes of caramel and alcohol.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright reddish amber color with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark fruit, brown sugar, caramelized malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of dark fruit and citrus. Then a strong hops bitterness comes in along with a hearty malt character creating a good balance. There’s also a mild alcohol sting. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium carbonation, medium body, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this one definitely leans toward the IPA end of the barleywine spectrum and is a very solid stronger beer worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of jsanford
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Tulip Glass.

Pours a hazy reddish-brown with a fluffy off-white head that hangs around for some time, eventually settling to a thick cap and leaving tons of soaping lacing in its wake. Aromas and flavors of dark stone fruit, caramel, sugary malt, baked brown bread, and candied citrus peel are all present and nicely balanced. The citrus has obviously faded a bit since release, but it's still a tasty Barleywine, with just the right amount of warming alcohol heat in the finish. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, perhaps a touch sticky, with a medium-full body and lowish carbonation. Overall a solid Barleywine, I'm curious to see how the last one in my cellar holds up over time.

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Photo of CharlieMurphy
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Ruddy red and brown with tan highlights. Little tan head.

S: MALTY. Then soome clove, cinnamon, and a pinch of heat as well thereafter.

T: Malty with a full carbonation prickle carrying it in that ends with an almost "fishy" like recession of palate filling. This finish is pretty hard to describe, it's almost like the taste you have in your mouth after eating a large meat entree. No heat.

M: Very light and comfortable for a BW. No dehydration, light-medium carb, and just a small amount of film. Pts for exceptional drinkability.

O: Wish it wasn't a one and done. Solid BW, especially for those who enjoy the malt-heavy ones, like me. Pts for exceptional drinkability.

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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 Kegatron
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a deep clear amber, topped with 1 ½ fingers of tight looking light mocha head. This just looks beautiful sitting here in the glass. This retains with a smaller, yet still rich ½ finger, leaving back creamy lacing that rings the sides of the glass with spotty foam. The aroma smells herbal and leafy, which sits on top of ripe dark fruit, sweet alcohol, and doughy grains. Man, this just has a nice power and depth to the nose. This is nice!

The taste is a rich and smooth mix of dark fruit (I’m picking up a lot of cherries), sugary breads, and a big alcohol sweetness. The finish on this is flavorful and satisfying, with lingering notes of roast, herbal citric hops, and dry spice. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a thick and chewy creaminess in the mouth. That large ABV gives the body a sticky wet warmth but this never becomes stinging at the least.

Wow, I was a bit shocked at how much I ended up liking this and while some of that American hop profile had been diminished (I had this with about 8 months or so on the bottle in Jan. ’10), this just showed a great use of that high gravity here, with a bold warm spiciness that enhanced both the body and flavors on this. I’m regretting not picking up more of these to cellar, as I would have loved to have seen how this once would continue to develop. I’m not sure exactly how close they got this to the original award winning beer here but I really enjoyed this!

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Photo of Knapp85
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This barley wine poured out as a nice deep brown color with a really good cream colored head. The lacing was very nice as well. The smell of the beer was a mix of some good quality malts and hops, there was a touch of sweetness in there as well perhaps a little brown sugar. The taste was pleasing with some malty sweetness in the beginning, some fig in there I think. There was a tasty hoppiness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was on the thicker side almost had an oily body to it. Overall this brew was impressive, theres no mistaking why it was one of the winners in 2010.

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Photo of nickthegun12
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i aged this beer about 6 months before i drank it!

damn great beer altogether!...great dark appearance with i nice head that holds!

smell is of strong malt....very little alcohol present....the hop hold together nicely!

taste is incredible nice strong barley taste...the hops are still noticeable....

the feel is very dry like it should be

overall this beer is a great example of a an outstanding barley wine....that would rival any other brewery!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ferric oxide orange with a reddish glow when backlit with the rising sun. The upper third of the snifter contains a lovely looking lid of pastel gold foam that is surprisingly sticky. Plenty of persistence is a positive as well.

It smells like this offering will favor the more pale malts, with a helping hand from caramel. Juicy fruit is present, though the more citrus zesty qualities of the hops must have faded in the slightly more than one year since the release.

Longshot Mile High Barley Wine Ale is a pretty good version of the style, but it will have to reach another gear with warming in order to get the 4.0 for taste. The dominant flavor is lemon-accented iced tea, which is a bit of an odd vibe for an American barleywine.

More malt (especially caramel) would have improved things. The fruitiness is of the citrus sort, with perhaps an assist from figs, though nothing darker than that. Sweetness and bitterness are both moderate and balanced. There's slightly too much tang, however. Hard to believe this one of the three best beers entered last year.

The mouthfeel isn't full enough or creamy enough for the style/ABV. It's still enjoyable in an easy drinking kind of way. The carbonation doesn't make an impression in either direction, which is a victory of sorts.

Most of the Longshot beers from Boston Beer Company are solid. Ben Miller's Mile High Barley Wine Ale falls a little short of that mark, but I still don't regret the purchase. Especially since it was just a single. Bottom line: not the high-altitude ale that was expected.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review adapted from notes taken 9/14/10

Appearance: Brown/dark copper in color, not much head but some lace

Smell: Sweet malts, hints of dark fruits, some bread, subtle but present hops

Taste: Super malty, as it should be - not biscuity, but rather like a dark, hearty bread - grainy - sweet, some alcohol in the mix - some caramel malts, some dark fruits - kind of like tannins, and I'm not exactly a fan of this aspect - otherwise great, and it gets much better as it gets warm

Mouthfeel: Somewhere between "wonderfully thick" and "so thick that it kind of tastes like cough syrup" - kind of weird, doesn't exactly fit the flavor profile

Overall: A good barleywine, too bad it's so limited!

I feel kind of strange reviewing this considering that it will probably never be available again on shelves... Unless the Boston Beer Company has some kind of LongShot Reunion. Regardless, it was a good barleywine, and it remains my favorite LongShot beer.

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Photo of nobjon
4.85/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

super suprised to have a sam i actually like ,,, someone just gave me one bottle so i must find more, i enjoy barley wine ale , blithering by weyerbacher, bigfoot by seirra nevada and my all time favorite victory s old horizontal--- this beer is exactly,,EXACTLY like old horizontal, coloir taste even carbonation if you like horizontal get this stuff

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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 harrymel
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

From notes verbatim on 10/7/10

A: Creamy layer over an amber ale with excellent clarity. Good retention of head. Little to no lacing.

S: Good barley scent. Not much hop there, more English in nose to me. Nice, enjoyable.

T: Very sweet. Despite my appreciation for the nose, this may have benefited from a slight addition of flavor hops. Otherwise, standard barley, malt, grain, sweetness. ABV well hidden.

M: A bit flat. Slicks the mouth, but again, wish there were a hint more carbonation.

D: Good barley for drinking now. Might entertain cellaring a few.

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Photo of warnerry
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from summer 2010.

Pours a rich reddish brown with 1.5 fingers of persistent head and some nice sticky lacing.

Smell is primarily caramel malts with a hint of hops.

Taste is similar to smell. Creamy malt with a slight caramel and an aftertaste of dark ripe fruit.. A little warming from the alcohol.

Very creamy medium mouthfeel with some faint lingering hops.

Relatively easy drinking for a barleywine, very nice but a little too much caramel malt.

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Photo of cokes
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Firebrick red-brown in color with a stunted beige head that fade initially, then lingers above the liquid for a while leaving sheets of lace.
The aroma is full of toffee, fruitcake, dates and raisins and plums, and all things brown sugar and dark fruits. Some floral, resiny, alcoholic bitterness gives a counter-punch.
It's a general mirror, taste-wise. Lots of brown sugar, toffee, raisins, and figs. Hops don't bring much to the table, but add enough bitterness to stave of stagnancy and invite another sip. Alcohol is in the mix, with some slightly woody, brandy tones.
The mouthfeel is over-gassed, in a cola sort of way. It seems artificial and force-fed. It's gassy feel would be better flat-lined, as it just doesn't feel right for something of this strength. Fizzy booziness is a strange sensation.
With its bizarre fizziness and general fruitiness, it's a bit like an Imperial Wine Cooler.
The mouthfeel doesn't work for me in this. The rest is salvageable. A Malty, semi-fruity, relatively alcoholic,fizzy English-leaning Barleywine.

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Photo of jrallen34
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my Darkness glass...A dark mahogany body, semi clear. The aroma is a dark tope that rises a few fingers but quickly falls to only a ring. Very light lacing...The aroma is very sweet, lots of caramel, fresh bread crust, plums, and other dark fruits. A hint of alcohol balance on the back. Pretty darn good...The taste is on the sweeter side too, plums dominate with a touch of bitterness. Malty throughout, but a nice hop presence on the back brings about balance. The finish has tons of caramel, really first time I can recall that.

I'd drink this again.

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

Pours deep clear copper with thin tan head. The aroma has a nice sweet English style barleywine sense with prunes, raisins, ripe juicy warm plums as well as a touch of sweet caramel candy and alcohol heat. The taste is nice and sweet and somewhat rough with lack of age and refinement. I get raisins, prunes, brown sugar and some smooth sweet caramel candy. Nice English barleywine that should smooth out wonderfully with a bit of age on it.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Notes from 04/23/2010:

12 oz bottle at 48 degrees into a snifter.

A: It pours a slightly clouded ruby red color with a thin off-white head that doesn't last but laces well.

S: Figs, Caramel, butterscotch, and spiced rum.

T: Sweet dark fruits and berries, decent hoppiness, toffee, and chocolate.

M: It has a medium-thick body with decent carbonation and a surprisingly clean finish.

D: This is very well rounded. Most remade homebrews seem to be off in the feel or look but this is spot-on.

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Photo of Tone
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark amber color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of alcohol, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, hint of hops, and hint of yeast. Fits the style of an American Barleywine. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hops, roasted malt, alcohol, hint of yeast, hint of earthy malt, and a hint of grain. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

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