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)

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Added by smcolw on 04-03-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A clear red orange liquid with a thin off-white head that settles to some thin splotches.

S- Pine, caramel, grass, and mint. Complex and subtle.

T- Caramel, raisins, brown sugar, along with some subtle pine and citrus. Malty and well made.

M- Smooth and malty with a lingering sweetness.

D- The alcohol is pretty well hidden and the beer is actually rather enjoyable.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In a snifter this beer was a ruby red color with just a hint of head around the rim. It had a very sweet aroma, mostly sweet fruit, and some caramel. Taste of plums and raisins, caramel, and hops late. My first few sips I thought this was way too sweet, but then the beer recovered and became less cloying and more balanced. Good effort.

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

A: A mahogany red-brown. Nice full head on top, and crystal clear.

S: Malty with caramel notes, and a hint of American hops. Sweet with a touch of molasses.

T: Malty with caramel, and a slightly more than gentle kiss of american hops. Well balanced and mild, especially for the ABV. Sweetness like figs, or dried fruits.. on the verge of a cloying sweetness..

M: Heavy body, but the carbonation seems to lighten it a bit.

D: Fairly well balanced, but a touch on the sweet side. Overall I think it is a very decent brew. Something I would get again, and be proud as hell if I made it.

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Photo of thisisxxmyIPA
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep brown ruby red coloring. Slightly off-white head. Beautiful color just like the Old Ben from the longshot pack.

S- Dark fruits, intense syrupy malt sweetness, citrusy hops, a little bit of alcohol. Wonderful aroma!

T- Heavy malt sweetness followed by a hop wallop. Unfortunately, I'm more partial to English style Barleywines, because I feel like the hops are covering up beautiful malt flavors, but for an American Barleywine- it's pretty good. Hop profile is quite nice. Citrusy to compliment the malt sweetness, just a bit high on the hops. Not much of an alcohol bite, but this is lower ABV than your typical barleywine.

M- Viscous like a good barleywine should be.

D- For a barleywine, quite drinkable. For a normal beer, obviously not as drinkable, but c'mon! you knew what you were getting yourself into.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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 aubuc1
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured in to a snifter.

Pours an amber brown with a thin but clingy tan head.

Big sweet smell with grapefruit and pineapple with a biscuit malt backbone.

Taste is a little different. Sort of like a fig newton with a bitter sticky finish.

Good mouthfeel, but the finish isn't too drinkable.

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Photo of Blakaeris
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear red-amber with a modest soapy head.

Aroma is caramel malt, alcohol soaked dark fruit, and mild herbal hop.

Taste is heavily toffee laden caramel maltiness. The strong presence of alcohol is apparent throughout with a slight bourbon character. Molasses, brown sugar and dark fruit sweetness. It finishes with a woody, tobacco like herbal hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is slick and syrupy.

Overall a malt bomb with an attitude. Plenty of hot, almost harsh alcohol burn. Malty sweetness is full of brown sugar and dark fruit. Herbal hops don't have a chance of balancing the sweetness, but do bring a pleasantly bitter tongue numbing quality.

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

Good barley wine, with a predominantly malty profile, discreet hoppy balance, and not too long a range but a good drinking experience nevertheless.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Sam Adams branding with a brown framed label holding a sepia pictured of the awarded homebrewer Ben Miller, and hand label imitation fonts. Back label notes main style, intent, ingredients, and characteristics. Shows a notched best by date (Sep 2010), and Alc. by Vol. (9.8%) Served on a snifter.

A - Deep amber to amber brown pour, short bubbly head with small retention, little surface memory with a nice ring leftover and no lacing.

S - Caramel malts, and a bit of booze... It's fair but not particularly pleasing.

T - Malty, caramel, and more of a malt sense with a tiny floral hop touch in the back, followed by a warming sweet alcohol in the finish.

M - Medium to full body. Medium to low carbonation with a nice tingly finish in a smooth and lightly creamy current.

D - It's a pretty fair sipper. Maybe nothing too remarkable but nicely rounded and pleasing.

Notes: Another nice entry from the variety pack of homebrewing winners. Not outstanding but well worthy and the price/quality ratio is rather high.

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Photo of jsh420
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours clear ruby brown with a 2 finger head that left spotted lacing

smell - now this is where the brew reminds me alot of the double ipa longshot of 2009 - hops hop resin salty hops is what i pick up on the nose

taste - this beeer gives bigfoot a run for its money on hoppy B.Wines - huge hops salty somewhere between pine and citrus hops next to sweet toffee dark fruit malts with a little buttery gumball flavor - to me this is more hoppy then malty

mouthfeel is medium to heavy - lots of caronation that makes it seem lighter

drinkability is good - a hoppy bwine that i would drink fresh - why wait to age this badboy

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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 bashiba
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep clear brown with bright red highlights, and a thin ring of off white head.

The smell is a nice big mix of toffee malts, brown sugar, and some big fresh hops and a bit of pine.

The flavor is very smooth and balanced for a beer this size. Has a big sligthly sweet toffee and molasses malt base with hints of oak and dark fruit, then a nice shot of piney and grapefruity hops making it finish fairly bitter.

The mouthfeel is thick and chewy with a long lingering oily finish.

Tasty and drinkable Barleywine, easily my favorite out of this years longshot batch.

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Photo of silentjay
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a deep brownish-amber with a big-bubbled cream colored head that laces well.

smells very malty. of course barleywines can vary from very hoppy to very malty, so this shouldnt be a surprise, but it kind of is. some caramel and butterscotch. hops are definitely there too, however. a bit of grapefruit and plenty of herbal scents. relatively muted aroma though.

definitely malty in the taste too. balanced though. floral and fruity esters. says on the bottle that its brewed with "citrusy American hops", yet they are far back in the background. alcohol is a tiny bit harsh, not bad, but definitely warms the throat.

medium-heavy body with decent carbonation and retains a frothy feel til the bottom of the glass.

drinkability is good. alcohol is there, but not harsh. complexity and depth lacking a little.

very muted all around. had a tough time describing it because i just kept wanting to say "reminds me of a barley wine"

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Photo of smcolw
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle:
Mile High Barley Wine Ale

Ben brewed this ale to mark his 100th batch of homebrew. The beer is rich and malty, with a hint of caramel and plum. Brewed with citrusy American hops and a blend of six varieties of malt, the sweet and dark fruit notes in this beer linger on the palate.

Impressive three-finger head that settles very slowly.

Of the three new (2010) LongShot beers, this is the most balanced: great fresh hop aroma with a toasty crystal malt background.

The malt and alcohol are the initial tastes on the tongue. The bitter hop shows up in the swallow, but in the background. The aftertaste is similar to a sipping sherry--lots of alcohol warmth that lingers a long time. It's full bodied (creamy even) with good carbonation.

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