BuckeyeBoy (2178) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 7, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz Bottle Thanks to JohnGalt1. Pours out a dark amber with some red highlights topped with a small sand head. Aroma was sweet pit fruit, candy, brown sugar, caramel malts, and a little hop. Taste was full on sweet, malty, and rich with a little bitterness trying to round it out.
patrick767 (3169) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle - Pours dark amber with a small light tan head and an aroma of dark fruit and caramel malt. Sweetness dominates this full bodied brew with mostly buried alcohol and pleasant dark fruit notes joined by some mild hops bitterness. Very good brew.
jrallen34 (3463) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Iíd drink this again.
JoeMcPhee (7620) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 26, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep amber pour with a thin white head. The nose is quite fruity - lots of sweet chewy/berryish esters. Fairly plummy and chewy with a lot of light orangey hops on the nose. Chewy palate with a lot of lingering toffee-like sweetness. A touch of light fruit. Sticky with a little bit of lightly metallic character on the back. I canít really overstate just how much I hate their house ale yeast. It just completely dominates everything else. As it warms, the hops pick up a little bit, but itís still a touch too sweet and a little bit unbalanced.
glennmastrange (1884) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Moderate malt aromas of roasted, cookie and caramel, cooked orange for the hops, light leather for the yeast with background notes of date, wood and brown sugar. Head is small, frothy, off-white with fair lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is slightly hazy yet very sparkling, mahogany. Flavor starts moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes moderately sweet and lightly acidic and bitter. Palate is medium to full, creamy with a soft carbonation. Kudos to Ben Miller! This is an excellent, smooth and well rounded Barley wine. Hides the 10% very well.
islay (740) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 12, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle. Hoppy, yeasty aroma features pine and grapefruit from the hops and plum from the malts. Pours a clear, bright, brilliant copper with a small to moderate amount of bubbles rising at a slow to moderate speed. Small amount of taupe head. Produces decent lacing. Cloyingly sweet taste features caramel and, unfortunately, a metallic element. Red grapes, brown sugar, and birthday cake icing flavors. Citrusy, chalky, dry hops, especially in the finish. Sweetly vegetal finish: eggplant, acorn squash. Dark-pitted-fruit-bitter aftertaste. Medium to heavy body; filling. Lively and a bit oily in the palate. Overall, Sam Adams LongShot Mile High Barley Wine Ale is over the top and imbalanced. There are some good elements, but they turn into something of a mess when they congeal.
ngeunit1 (1541) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
tgncc (2287) - Bellmore, New York, USA - FEB 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma is candi sugar, fruit, plums, caramel. Appearance is deep amber, clear and translcent, full off white head. The flavor is sweet upfront, fruity, candi sugar, caramel, some resin hops. The mouthfeel is relatively thick, (medium thick), syrupy. The finish is enduring resin and pine bitterness. Excellent. Sam should hire these Long Shot guys, as they seem to be doing better at creating new beers than Sam these days.
Thorpe429 (4844) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-16-2010
Dixonian (1470) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddish brown color - aromas of brown sugar, caramel malt, and some citrus. Flavor is rich and enjoyable - lots of malt and dark fruit flavors. This was a good year for the LongShot series - I canít wait to try this yearís offerings.