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Beer Line - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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83
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63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 10.96%


Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  ABV ?

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-18-2002)
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Bonhoeffer

Alabama

3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6.3 oz toy bottle. Really, is this meant for a baby doll?

Bought this one at Four Winds in Pensacola. I knew nothing about it; just saw that it was a barleywine i'd never had, so i picked it up since it's one of my fave styles.

They aren't very clear about when it was bottled. Like some previous reviewers, i think the label implies that this was a tenth anniversary brew. Mine has "1987-1997" at the top. Says it's best if aged at least one year.

So yeah, i guess this one's 8 years old. Appearance and flavor support that belief. Massive compacted chunks of yeast came dropping out as i poured, which was a real turnoff. But they immediately broke up and the appearance improved. Just a hint of carbonation, very little head which dissipated almost immediately.

Smell is reminiscent of brandy. Taste is a bit sharp at first, with a pretty strong alcohol presence. But it thins out fast. I drank it fairly slow, starting at cellar temp, and i found it to be pretty boring. I had a '97 Harvest Ale earlier this year, and this thing isn't even in the same ballpark.

Worth trying once, but i don't think i'll revisit it.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2005 12:31:01 | More by Bonhoeffer
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Rand_ale_Thor

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -11%

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UCLABrewN84

California

3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 1/13/14.

Pours a hazy crimson-orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, biscuit, brown sugar, and candied fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, brown sugar, dark fruit, and alcohol flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a strong alcohol presence that lingers on the palate long after each sip.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 01:59:38 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

03-31-2014 22:00:13 | More by iL0VEbeer
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Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +9.6%

03-30-2014 17:17:50 | More by beerwolf77
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martyl1000

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

By the way, 12.5% abv.

Sticky two finger creamy head and lacing. Rouge-brown amber fluid.

My least favorite beer aroma hits the nose first: leather. Milky rice pudding and wonder bread make up the malt bill. Brown sugar and vanilla, plus a mild booziness.

In the mouth the leather greets the palette, first, unfortunately. There's a waterlogged driftwood that seems wedded to a chocolate-toffee sweetness and a nice estery burn. Finishes with nice top-soil and hop bitterness.

Medium- to full-bodied. Creamy and slick, a sticky, bitter finish.

This afternoon, I was overly impulsive buying two 4-packs of this brew. Perhaps my judgement was clouded by the memories of two awesome Wisconsin barley wine discoveries: 1) just last month I cellared three four-packs of the enviable Stevens Point Whole Hog BW; and, 2) last month I was floored by Schell's Stag Series BW, on tap at Mason Lounge.

Still, this is a pretty delicious barleywine, more English-style than American, which is my preference. I'm gonna throw the remaining 7 bottles in the cellar, hoping a year or more might do good things.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 23:59:40 | More by martyl1000
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -11%

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Azpittil57

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9.6%

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guityler83

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 01/13/14

A: Long sustaining finger of kahki head in my tulip glass. A deep maroon, mahogony colored beer with moderate haze. The lacing on the side of the glass glings on for life and slides slowly.

S: A big stone fruit aroma, warm raisins and plums, candy sugar and some pine under tones. Toasty, toffee and caramel. Overall great aroma everything is very balanced and distinct. Nothing offensive and no alcohol.

T: Flavor is very on par with the aroma. A very english flavored barley wine. Toasty, caramel, raisins, toffee, prunes. Balance is on the malt, comes off sweet. Bitterness is moderate with a floral and slight pine character. Melenoidin flavor is pronounced, the caramel notes are dark and matured.

M: Big beefy body with medium level of carbonation. A very sticky mouthfeel on the tongue after a few sips. Alcohol warming is moderate.

O: A very tasty English Style BW. Balancing the malt flavors and no harshness, only a small bit of alcohol warming. I'd recommend this to people just getting into the style as a well brewed example. Way to go LF, glad to see it back!

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03-20-2014 01:18:04 | More by guityler83
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Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -11%

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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Illinois

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Wisconsin

3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasty barley wine tasted fresh in Milwaukee. A sweet malt barley wine packs a alcohol punch but very little hop presence. Would love to drink a hopped up version considering that the hop presence will fade over time. Might as well over hop so that otherworldly can be reached after a year!

Serving type: on-tap

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Alabama

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Beer Line from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.