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

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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:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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pDev:
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Reviews by zoso1967:
Photo of zoso1967
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours an absolutely beautiful blazing reddish orange color. If you look at it where the beer meets the edge of the glass you can see it fades to a rich amber, almost like a sunset. There is a fairly small head of beige foam that quickly dissipates, but leaves a surprising amount of wispy lace.

The aroma is very sweet with plenty of rich malty character. Raisins, plum brown sugar and caramel all come out to play. There is an underlying citrusy brightness in this beer, but just when I am getting a good sense of it, the boozy alcohol aromas dominate my nostrils.

This barley wine has some really nice flavors to it. I find it to be extremely fruity with loads of raisin, plum, and dark sweet cherry notes. These notes meld almost seamlessly with a very nice caramel character and perhaps just a touch of toasted, toffee like flavor. This is not just a malt fest though, and there is a definite bitter component to this brew with some dry citrusy lemon character. Alcohol is present, but not near as dominating as in the nose.

The mouthfeel of this beer is on the heavier side of medium, but it has a surprisingly effervescent carbonation that keeps it light. I find myself wishing it was a bit smoother, even if that meant a heavier presentation. The finish is a bit sticky with both malt and hops, and the hoppy aftertaste is not the greatest way to end each sip.

Obviously this beer is a sipper, and like any good sipper it changes a bit as it comes to room temperature. I would recommend drinking this super slow and enjoying how the fruitiness comes out even more as the temperature goes up. It has been awhile since I had a barley wine and I really enjoyed this one, though I wish the nose was a bit less hot and the carbonation a bit lower. I would say this was definitely a deserving addition to the Long Shot pack.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
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 Halcyondays
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a translucent amber with a soft white head, good retention.

S: Sweet crystal malt, piney hops, smells like the atypical American barleywine.

T: Definite sweet malt immediately, but gets woody/piney/cedary quick. Rum and orange in there as well. Nice balance between the hops and malt, not going to the extreme in either direction.

M: Smooth and boozy, but I like the ethanol here. As with many barleywines it works with the flavour. Elegant.

D: One of the better American barleywines I've had in a while, this is really well balanced and excellent drinking now.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
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 Overlord
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange-ish brown. A few inches of off-white head.

Smells faintly of hops, but strongly of caramel and roasted malt. Hmmm...this really isn't what I expect a barleywine to smell like.

Taste is more sweet than hoppy, faint bit of pine and grapefruit, just a splash of citrus really, and a big backbone of sweet alcohol caramel.

Eh. Not really what I was looking for in this. Decent. Forgettable.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Saranac pint glass.

A: Poured a deep, reddish amber color with a billowy off-white head of foam which left a little lacing and retained its size fairly well. Clarity is decent, although a bit muddled.

S: Smells quite fruity and malty, with a little herbal hoppiness kicking around the citrus fruit notes. Some black pepper and red grape skin is noted with a whiff of alcohol as well.

T: Flavor is a big rush of sweet caramel malts and a lot of ripened red fruits. Some apple, pear and black currant is thrown in the pretty boozy mashup. A slight herbal hoppy bitterness lends a little balance to finish off the brew.

M: Full-bodied mouthfeel with some sticky malt cling and a bit of an alcoholic sting. Washes down fairly clean, though.

D: A very big ABV beer with loads of sweet barleywine characteristics. Complex in flavor and not clearly defined as more English or American in quality, but tasty nonetheless. A sweet treat which could probably pair well with a Stilton cheese or red meat dinner.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazy reddish color with a thin white head. Not to much retention and little lacing.

S- Smell is caramel malts, plums, raisins and a bit of hops. More fruity than I expected.

T- Taste is a lot sweeter than I expected. Burnt sugar, plums everywhere, sweet malts and just a tiny bit of bitterness from the hops. Alcohol is hidden very well.

M- Medium in body and carbonation. Feels pretty good.

D- Not to bad to drink. Maybe just a bit too sweet for me.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in my DT tulip. Enjoy before September 2010 notched on the label. Poured a translucent mahogany with a fluffy, two inch off-white head. Head eventually recedes into skim, a dollop and a creamy band around the shoulders. A thick, semi-circular sheet of lacing is revealed on the tilt edge of the glass and exhibits excellent adherence. Nose reveals a blend of hops, raisins, prunes, brown sugar and a hint of booze - but is somewhat muted. Taste consistent with nose, but the flavor profile is much bolder than suggested by the nose. Lots of sweet, malty goodness here - the dark fruit and brown sugar are joined by a touch of molasses. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly chewy, with an active background carbonation - perhaps a little too lively for the style. Nice American Barleywine that is pretty close to its English counterpart. There is a noticeable hops presence here, but not the kick in the teeth that you usually see with American Barleywines. A pretty exceptional Longshot offering.

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Photo of adamette
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Live review from the 12 oz. bottle that I bought as a part of the "LongShot Series" 6-pack at Reider's in Painesville, Ohio a few days ago for $9.99. That local grocery store has quite a few cool beer selections and should be visited by anyone in the area. Notched stamped on the left side of the label is the "enjoy by" date of Sept. 2010. Poured into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass.

A Generous 4 inch head that surprised me as I had only left 3 inches of room as I poured. After cleaning up the spillage I returned to find that the head was still hanging on, two minutes later, and creating a nice lacing on the inside of the glass as well. The body is a nice brown/ruby translucent. Extra "credit" from me for the lingering lacing which, after I finished my pint, still stuck to the inside of the glass. I love it! 4.5

S Mmmm...Nice smell of hops and malt both but I would say that the hops predominate. 4.0

T Hops in front are washed over by a warm alcohol taste and then the hops return with a lingering bitterness. All of this is above a river of sweet, syrupy malt. I have had few Barleywines that have been better but the one from Great Lakes Brewing Company (called, simply, "Great Lakes Barley Wine") is one of those that is better. That being said, this is a very tasty version of the style. Lots of interplay between the sweet, bitter and I like that burn of alcohol. 4.5

M As suggested, this is a huge beer with syrupy stickiness, hops bitterness and the burn of alcohol. This is appropriate to the style, of course. 3.5

D One and done for me but it is at least as drinkable as any Barley Wine, a style that I might find the least drinkable as a style (with a close second being RIS). 3.5

Notes: Congrats to Ben Miller for creating a mighty fine Barley Wine and being one of the winners of the LongShot Home Brew contest!

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Photo of champ103
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
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 armock
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a mahogany color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - is of a lot of sweet malt with a slight tinge of alcohol

T - Follows the nose with lots of sweet malt but with more alcohol in the finish but not too much

M - This beer has a fuller body with medium carbonation to it

D - For a bigger beer this is pretty easy to drink it tastes good and the alcohol taste isnt that bad this is worth finding to give it a try

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Photo of LXIXME
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark reddish-amber color beneath a good sized off white head. Slow dying lacing last a while as you drink this longshot winner.

The aroma and taste are very similar with a very light alcohol hint that almost dominates over the hops and malts. Light citrus and light caramel malts combine to form a complex aroma that follows through throughout the drinking process. This is really a beer to be tried, as are all the long shot winners, each has a taste that reminds you of certain tastes or aromas without forcing them on you. I can see this recipe being a staple on somebodies menu or at least it should be, I wonder if these recipes are given to the public so micro and macro brews can explore and expand the beer vocabularies?

Anyway, if you get the chance give this a try, even if 9%+ beers aren't your thing. If you give a beer like this a honest chance you may or may not like it, but you will definitely want to try more and more different kinds and styles of what is widely known as BEER.

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Photo of jlindros
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The last of last years long shot winner, which I figured could do well with the aging.

Pours a nice frothy 1 finger head that fades at a medium pace, over clear amber orange red color with lots of bubbles. A bit of lacing, with a ring around the glass.

Nose erupts from the pour, with plenty of malts, lots of toasty red malts and some light roasty aromas, plenty of sweet barley, light caramel and syrupy aromas, some very light dark fruits, and a slight hoppy aroma.

Taste has more malts, pretty malty, with some toasty red malts, some dark heavy crystal, a light creamy taste, plenty of bitterness here with a bit of a spicy and slightly earthy hop taste and some bitterness from the roast, a bit of minerality as well. Some dark fruits that just hint at you. It's fairly sweet, with some sugars, brown sugar, caramel, bit of molasses, and some candy flavoring. The sweetness masks the booze a bit, but it catches up pretty quick. Finish brings more bitterness and minerality, with a long malty syrupy finish.

Mouth is medium to heavier bodied, syrupy, with good carbonation, and plenty of warming and slightly tingly booze.

Drinkability isn't the greatest, with all the booze that really hits as it warms, tingly and warming booze, as well as some bitterness that doesn't sit as well as it could and combines with a bit of minerality giving it a slightly unpleasant aftertaste, and the sweetness, while not overpowering, is a little much.

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Photo of hwwty4
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
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 Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber color with a white head. The aroma is caramel malt, brown sugar and some citrus hops. I also get some alcohol. The flavor is a mix of medium bitter orange hops, caramel malt and alcohol. I also get some brown sugar and possibly a little bit of piney hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
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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Photo of Bung
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Pretty solid amber pour, thin layer of off white head. Not bad.

Pretty herbal aroma, some toffee, malt in there. Hint of pine, less citrus.

Much maltier taste than the nose. A large amount of caramel and brown sugar. Alcohol is pretty well hidden in there. Finish with some raisin, slight citrus hops. Surprised by this one.

Sticky but not overly so. Easy drinking warmer at this point. Solid medium body.

May be the age, or maybe this is better classified as an English Barleywine. Either way, I like it.

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Photo of mwa423
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep ruby brown/red that is clear enough to read through. Three fingers of off white head last through the first few sips and leaves a good lacing.

S - Malty and sweet along with a hint of what smells like wheat and orange zest to smooth out the flavor.

T - Taste is very heavy in the malt at first, a steely hop hits the tongue hard. The aftertaste is very sweet and is far different than

M/D - The body is very full and creamy, other than the thickness and the alcoholic burn, this is an impressively drinkable beer.

So far, I think this is the best of the longshots this year.

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Photo of Gehrig
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was glad to have stopped into the sterling Neil St. Piccadilly, for the newest Longshot releases were scarcely available in the Champaign area. Thankfully, NSP had a few cases, so a sixer was a must.

Mile High sports a slightly murky mahogany body with amber trim topped by one and one-half fingers of tan froth that leave nice lacing; decent head duration. Nice, sweet and citrusy smell with some plum, raisin, and a hint of pine peeking through on the nose. The smell, however, could be considerably more prominent.

Good taste, blending the citrus hops with the ample malt quite nicely. Although the hops emerge first, this is far from a "hop-forward" barleywine, instead being much more malt skewed, to me. This isn't a bad thing, but might leave hop lovers (including myself to a degree) wanting more hop flavor, texture, and overall balance. Yet for what it has and does, Mile High is good stuff--lots of dried fruit and caramel, with a hint of toffee. As much as I would like to see a bit more hop content, especially for texture, Mile High could use a little more malt balance--perhaps some coffee to offset the sweetness that I like, but renders MH a little one-dimensional. Still, good barleywine.

The texture is good but could be richer and chewier for me. I admit to loving the burly barleywines that assault the tongue with a heavy coating of resiny hops and malt. Mile High isn't quite that; it's good, but a little restrained for how I, for one, like barleywine.

All in all, however, this is a good Longshot and a style that I've longed for Sam Adams to brew--or have someone else do so. Should this ever become more prominently marketed by SA, I'd definitely recommend a more well-rounded malt base to complement the fine sweet flavors, and more resiny hops for taste and texture.

Fine job by Longshot winner Ben Miller. Good barleywine.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A = Dark copper, good clarity, large two finger orange tinted off white head consisting of small bubbles with a couple medium sized bubbles.

S = Light pine scents mix with caramel and maple syrup, definitely an American style, but on the sweeter, maltier side.

T = Rich caramel and light cocoa powder mixed with definite citrus rind and light pine flavors, but as with the smell, the hops are not overpowering. Very well balanced for the style.

M = Medium to medium heavy body, decent mouthcoating, frothy.

D = This is a pleasant barleywine with good balance. Worth coming back to at some point if it is still available.

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Photo of csfcmitchell
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Tilley4
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Congrats to Ben Miller for winning the Longshot competition...

Poured into a Chimay goblet...

A deep reddish-brown appearance topped by a thick head.. Looking good...

Huge floral hops mingle with brown sugary malts quite nively here... Thw hops seem a little faded even though this ones fresh.. I like hoppy barleywines so I'm wondering how this one will turn out for me..

Sugary sweet malts with a hint of hops that are mostly floral in nature... Was hoping for a little more juiciness in the hop aspects here but still not bad...quite boozy with some dark fruit aspects coming through as this warms... Almost like an aged barleywine to me...

I like the beer but its not a favorite in the style.... Its tasty but I was hoping for a little more hop presence here..

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Photo of Duhast500
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a stemmed glass.

The color is a dark maroon with about a finger or two of off-white head and some slight lacing on the glass.

The smell is a bit brown sugar mixed with fruits. Some plum and a little raisin flavor.

The taste is a bit sweet some caramel malt flavor and some fruit flavor. Better then the nose, there is a bit of a apple skin with a bit of a dry pear flavor. A touch maple is there in the background as well.

The feel of this beer is pretty light. It goes down well and is pretty drinkable.

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes on 5.23. My least favorite of the new longshot pack, unfortunately the only one I took notes on.

Pours into snifter with a short light beige head over a ruby-brown body. A bit of abstract lace but poor retention.

Aromas of booze soaked dark fruits, toffee, caramels, moderately rich malts, subtle hop presence. Big malt in the taste, with moderate sweetness, dark rasiny fruitiness here as well as cherry and some alcohol through the semi-dry finish.

Sub 10%, but still a slow sipper for this moderately bodied brew. Good creamy texture, but felt a little heavy at times. Kind of wished I hadn't cracked it solo before dinner, but still a solid brew. Would've liked a little more intensity from the fruit flavors or a stronger hop profile.

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Photo of mfunk9786
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A shockingly great beer from the Samuel Adams LongShot variety pack (worth noting - this was purchased at an amazingly reasonable price from State Line Liquors in Elkton, MD - $7.99 for the sixer!)

A: Lighter than most barleywines, this one is a dark orange with barely a finger of head. Though clearly not completely filtered, it is a lot more see-thru than a lot of Barleywines, and quite the sight to behold. Still, it lacks the rich visual character that a lot of Barleywines have down pat.

S: Smells of malt, malt, malt. There are some hops on the nose, but as I'll explain in more detail later, this beer reminds me more of Weyerbacher's Blithering Idiot more than any other American Barleywine - it has a lot of malt character with surprisingly restrained hoppiness, which is (to me) the perfect balance for a Barleywine (without becoming a full-head-of-steam Strong Ale).

T: The taste is of sweet malt with a touch of surprisingly fresh and citrusy hops. I don't mean to use the adverb "surprisingly" so often, as I am someone who has a lot of respect for the Samuel Adams brewery and their ability to balance craft brewing with big business - but it's still refreshing to taste nice fresh hops along with their signature "how do they do that?" malts that take your tongue on a journey that would make even Founders jealous. But on that note - this beer started as a homebrew, and the gentleman behind it must have had more of a malty English Barleywine style in mind. Dark fruit and brown sugar are prominent, followed by a taste that would go perfectly with a bowl of - hey! - Boston baked beans. A great beer that tastes darker than it looks.

M: As described above, the mouthfeel is deceptively dark and mysterious. I also noticed a far lower alcohol burn on the tongue than in the head - this brew is nearly 10% alcohol but certainly doesn't taste it - hell, more than any other Barleywine I've ever sampled, I could see myself mowing the lawn and drinking this - which goes very well with Sam Adams' Macro/Micro motif.

D: Probably the best Drinkability rating I'd give a beer of this style - I could drink two or three bottles of this, it tastes light and malty rather than overly bitter or boozy.

Seek out this year's LongShot pack - this brew may surprise you. I like the Old Ben as I'll explain in a later review - but this beer is better than advertised and certainly the star of the pack, even though Barleywines are part of a crowded marketplace!

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LongShot Mile High Barley Wine Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 264 ratings