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 BeerMasterD
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Appearance- This poured a clear and visibly carbonated reddish orange color into a snifter glass and produced a decent offwhite head about a finger thick with some soapy sticky lace.
Smell- I get aromas of mellow grapefruit hops and caramel malts, along with other darker fruits.
Taste- Oily grapefruit hops blending great with caramel, grassy and citric.
Mouthfeel- A full and coarse beer, biting carbonation.
Drinkability- Alcohol becomes a bit rough as it warms, though it is a decently drinkable brew.
Overall- I enjoyed this though feel some age will do it good, i have a bottle set aside for just that.

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Photo of jlindros
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
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 ngeunit1
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice pretty clear amber-red color with a nice finger of off-white head. The head has pretty nice retention and leaves behind some nice lacing.

S - Very strong aroma of carmel malts. Some elements of dark fruits and brown sugar.

T - Starts off very sweet and malty. This is joined by some dark fruit flavors, including raisins, and just touch of hop bitterness. The finish has a hint of alcohol taste and there is a sweetness mixed with the alcohol taste that lingers for a while.

M - Medium bodied with medium-low carbonation. Very smooth and just a touch of thickness gives it some body.

D - Overall a very well flavors and balanced beer. Maybe not the most drinkable beer, with a 9.8% APV and the alcohol flavor, but at the same time, a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of gpogo
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Brilliantly clear dark amber body with a light tan head. Small head that slowly dissipated to a foamy covering, left a nice sparse tiny bubbled lace behind.

A- Heavy sweet caramel malts, raisins & plums, brown sugar.

T- Sweet caramel flavors. Lots of dark fruit. Slight alcohol flavor, finishes on the dry side, but leaves a sweet malty coating in your mouth.

M- Medium body with a lingering sweet mouthfeel. Carbonation is on the low side.

D- A very respectable Barleywine. I can't imagine drinking more than one as it is rather boozey and quite filling.

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Photo of RunForYourBeer
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a red/brown with a thin head.

S: Very malty. Some caramel, brown sugar, and a hint of alcohol.

T: Starts out with some caramel sweetness then leads to some citrus hops. Has hints of dark fruits (plum?) and some brown sugar sweetness.

M: Fairly full with moderate to low carbonation.

D: ABV hurts this one.

This is a very good beer. It has good balance and a nice mouth feel.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my tall Allagash chalice/snifter glass. Pours a pale, clear deep amber/brown color. As the glass fills, the appearance becomes a bit cloudier, but not super hazy. A massive creamy head forms, about 3 fingers! Head has excellent retention too. Once it dissipates, it remains as a layer of cream on the surface, and leaves great sticky frothy lacing. A great looking beer...therefore a great start!

Aroma is also wonderful. A mouthwatering American Barleywine down to the "T". Full of malts, citrus hops, dark...yet crisp fruit, mild booze. Can also pick up the sweet hint of caramel in the complexity of the nose.

Flavor is actually very good! Samuel Adams has made a beer I can be proud to say I like! On the other hand, perhaps I should be thanking Ben Miller...so Cheers to you Ben! A very nice mouthfeel...medium carbonation, medium body, decent booze warmth. Citrus Hops up front, mixes over to the sweet caramel and malt notes. Finishes with a wonderful array of dark fruits like raisins and plums. Glad I got the chance to try this beer!

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Photo of tubacharlie
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a brandy snifter, a small head emerges, then quickly recedes to a foam ring with some floating lace in the middle. It covers an exceedingly clear, deep brown brew with a reddish-copper tinge.

A deep sniff reveals the high alcohol content with a presence of some caramel malt and molasses overtones. Essence of toasted barley malt is the dominant flavor, expanding throughout the mouth as the esters evaporate off the tongue. Smooth and effervescent in the mouth, a complex, raisin and roast chestnut mix of influences hangs on the back of the palate as the elixir dissipates.

True to the barley wine style, this is a well done example.

Sampled on 4-10-10

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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 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 Bung
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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 zoso1967
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
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 BeerFMAndy
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. 9.8% ABV, Best by Sept. notched on the label. (Obviously not).

Thanks to sweemzander for sending a bottle of this awesome Barleywine my way!

A - The brilliantly clear, gorgeous ruby mahogany color has some bubbles floating lazily to the thin off-white head. Low retention but good lace left on the glass. This beer's color is absolutely gorgeous.

S - Lemon citrus notes come forward with a unique addition to the maltiness. Undertones of alcohol are present but certainly not to hot. Hints of plum and raisin come through the alcohol phenols and the background is filled with rich caramel malt and some toffee. Very deep and complex, it gets fruitier as it warms.

T - Deep notes of gooey caramel give a strong sweet presence at first. Toffee and a bit of toast come through as well. It changes quite quickly to a potent phenol alcohol flavor bursting with fruity nuances of raisin and plum. The complex flavor finishes with a hoppy kick that introduces citrus and floral notes to balance the sweet alcohol out. Fantastic complex flavor going on.

M - This beer's smooth texture goes down very well. It's got a medium body and a bright finish with a prominent alcohol component of warmth. Just a touch boozy.

D - Again, it's a touch boozy but I'd still kill to be able to brew a beer this good. It's complex and delicious with a challenging flavor profile not for the faint of heart. Low drinkability (naturally), high drinkability for a barleywine. It'll warm as I sip it for a while.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
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 billab914
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured caramel brown in color with a thin but frothy head covering the top of the beer. The head retention was pretty good as a thin ring remained around the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a sweet malty flavor to it with a pretty big caramel flavor coming through. Some brown flavors also seem to come through in the sweetness. Just a bit of dark fruits come through with a little alcohol as well.

The taste showed a sweetness to it with caramel and candied fruits leading the way. A moderate bitterness comes through towards the finish and helps balance it out some. A good amount of alcohol is present and has a warming effect in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style and carbonation is low. Drinkability is decent, it had some nice malty flavors to it overall and wasn't a bad barleywine overall. The alcohol showed through a bit more then I would have liked and it could have had a bit more depth to be called a very good beer. It was still pretty good overall though.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep red brown color with very little head since its at least a few months old.

S - You get very mild dark fruit (plums, figs, prunes) and slight booze with a little bit of hops and biscuit.

T - Almost tastes like a full bodied barley wine but it seems lacking and does bring forth all flavors in the nose but seems lacking and more carbonated.

M - Surprisingly medium boded which is unexpected for such a high ABV

D - I really only wanted to try it since it was available to me during a happy hour but really I don't really like the style to begin with. This one did seem less thick and boozy with very hidden ABV so it counts for something. Drinkable brew.

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Photo of jwhawkins81
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Aroma - Hoppy pine aroma with the malt backbone you would expect from this style

Appearance - Dark red with a big light tan head. This beer had a very good level of carbonation. This is a very good looking beer

Taste - Tons of sweetness and malt and maybe a little alcohol sweetness too. This beer is almost balanced but maybe a little too sweet. The alcohol presence picked up a little as the beer warmed

Notes - Medium mouthfeel but plenty of carbonation. I stored the other bottle in the cellar

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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 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 armock
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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 billshmeinke
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic.

Half a finger of off white head. Clear amber body. Head dies down to a solid cap of foam on top. Really nice lacing and retention.

Smells of rich amber malt, some brown sugar, and candied plumbs. A hint of alcohol and citrus hops. Smells loses some of its pleasant malty characteristics as it warms.

Taste follows smell. Sweet amber malts, candied plumbs. Resin and slightly citrusy hops on the back end. The malt could be more rich. Flavor lingers nicely.

Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side for the style. Nice carbonation with some oilly hops. Warming in the mouth.

A tad hot with noticeable alcohol. A good brew overall. Would have preferred this to have a bit more of a luscious malt characteristic.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, 9.8% abv. Label says best before Sept 2010, however being a barleywine, would expect it to be just fine. Pours a very clear chestnut color, with a ruby hue. Good looking lighter tan head. Very nice retention for a big beer. Nice patches of lace on the sides of the glass.

Nose comes across as an American version of a barleywine. Some alcohol is present, along with a good blast of citrusy, piney hops. A sweet smelling malt body, with some caramel and toffee. Fruity notes float throughout the nose and seem to be rather juicy.

Sweet and sticky up front. Lots of ripe fruit, along with some caramel. Fruit lingers into the middle, along with a good amount of citrusy bitterness. Some warming alcohol. A few darker fruit flavors mingle. Quite a few layers here, particularly in the fruit department.

Medium body. A good amount of carbonation, but still a soft feel. Good amount of bitterness, without being too harsh. This could mellow out very nicely, as it does come across with a bit of heat. Nice beer here, I can see why it was a winner.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found some old notes at my place and typing em in on a lazy afternoon.

A- Red, copper, burgundy, semi off white beige cap foam pile, becomes nothing, no stick.

S- A nicely hopped barleywine in this young stage. Getting some alcohol on certain whiffs. Also some raison, plum and apricot. A nice sweet malting in the distance.

T- Hops, alot of em too. Grapefruit, ripe G-Fruit that is. Malt giving off sweetness semi caramel. Plums, boy do I like plums. An interesting B-Wine.

M- Above medium, coating, kinda boozy but not hot, a few steps away from being somewhat cloying. This goes off in many directions.

D- I liked it and I finished my glass. I had another bottle that I was planning on aging, but I said the hell with it and drank that one as well. Nice stuff!!

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

Wow what a drinkable barleywine! Good looking pour with dark brown to amber and generous head. Nose has a mix of citrus and dark bread. Palate offers a very balanced but still large dose of malt and hops, with a medicinal - cherry quality. Medium to fill bodied but very drinkable.

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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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Photo of sweemzander
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a clear mahogany amber color with reddish highlights. Produced a good frothy tan head with good retention.

(S)- A rich malty yet bready profile with a raisin and fig twist. A light vanilla component in there with a caramel-like sweetness.

(T)- Just like the smell. A good malty profile with a richness and sweetness.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Just what you would expect from the style. Rich and sweet, yet smooth.

(D)- A solid barleywine with everything in the right place. An all-around good beer that fits the season well too. Good stuff.

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LongShot Mile High Barley Wine Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.88 out of 5 based on 262 ratings.
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