Tonight I’m drinking homebrew…well, sort of. Samuel Adamss Mile High Barley Wine is from Samuel Adams’ Longshot series. The brewing company held a contest and out of 1300 home-brewers who submitted their recipes, two recipes were chosen. This Mile High is a creation that New Mexico resident Ben Miller dreamed up.
At 9.8% ABV this should bring an interesting twist to my evening. We’re hanging out watching Angels and Demons. It’s just starting and I’m already getting lost. That happens a lot when I blog and watch TV at the same time.
The beer is a medium red color. Almost cherry-wood colored. It pours with about a finger of head. Note that I’m finally “appropriately” getting to use my Samuel Adams glass. Also note that I think that it’s bull-plop to think that this glass makes every single Sammy A’s brew taste better. It’s supposed to make the aroma stronger – so either the glass is failing, or this brew just doesn’t have a lot of aroma.
I’m taken back by the initial flavor. This is a strong flavored beer. I get a brief shot of sweetness, followed by a brief shot of pine, followed by flavor I’m still discerning. I’m going to let this puppy warm up a bit.
10 minutes later I’m digging the beer more than I was at first. It definitely mellows out for you as it warms. The beer is absolutely, positively, full flavored though. The bitter pine is still there, although heavily masked by the fruity sweetness. Not dark fruit mind you. Caramel or maybe brown sugar.
You know me, I’m a sweet-tooth when it comes to beer, so the Mile High is right up my alley. I recommend you give it a go.