Samuel Adams LongShot Mile High Barleywine

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RATINGS: 301   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - SEP 18, 2012
Barley wine that does a great imitation of a Pale Ale. Very nice bitter/hop profile. Pretty in the glass with a nice head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 19, 2012
Bottle at Papss - Thanks. Clear amber/red - white head. Barley, dusty, sweetness, knkbrd, light smokey, dried fruits, caramel, ok bitterness, cookies, dark fruits. OLD !!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnnnniee (3950) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 16, 2012
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. Theres 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (26658) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 16, 2012
Bottle at Paps. Clear orange-red coloured with a small off-white head. Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel and dried fruits with notes of cookies. Sweet and fruity flavour of caramel and dried fruits with notes of cookies and hops. Hoppy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JanLaursen (3227) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2012
Bottle, at Paps. Clear red with a small off white head. Floating concentrated abricot juice in the nose. Flavor is sweet malty, phenolic with preserved light fruits and caramel. Some alcohol felt. Soft carbonation. Syrupy texture and rather decadent. Not my kinda barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (35679) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2012
Bottled. A dark red beer with a beige head. The aroma has notes of hops, fruits, berries, and caramel. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, fruits, alcohol, and berries, leading to a dry alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (41884) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2012
12 fl oz bottle. Pours clear and golden orange with a small white head. Aroma is dry, phenolic and dark toasted malty. Sweet, toasted malty and caramelish. Light bitterness lurking through. Dry malty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (11612) - Sborg, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2012
Bottled. Amber coloured. Uncelar. Dense beige head. Aroma of herbs, alcohol, light ripe fruits, spice. Flavour fo ripe fruits, caraemel, spice, herbs, light occidation. Medium to full bodied. Ends on a fruity and light bitter note.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2012
Bottle 35,5 cl. Courtesy of byaeger. Pours an almost clear amber with an off-white head. Caramellish nose, slightly nutty with some alcohol. Rich body, sweet caramel, somewhat spicy - almost peppery - with only a vaguely oxidized edge. Very subtle bitterness. A very easygoing Barley Wine that will offend no-one. 150812

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 28, 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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