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Beer Line - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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77 Ratings
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
This was brought back in 2014.

Beer Line is an off-the-rail barley wine style ale: rich, malty, multi-layered, and copper-amber. The off-white head liberates aromas of strawberry, dried-fruit, grapefruit, and papaya. The smooth, malt-forward flavor is equally complex, with undertones of caramel and toffee. Not overly sweet by any means, organic Bravo hops balance the malt syrup sweetness, finishing slightly spicy with a pleasurable alcohol warmth.
We recommend serving Beer Line as an after-dinner digestif. It will pair well with the sharp flavors of an American-style Gorgonzola or a five year cheddar. Beer Line’s dried fruit flavors will rhyme with the nutty, fruity aroma of a rich Stilton.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-18-2002)
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

06-08-2014 01:27:09 | More by Graff
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured 12oz bottle into chalice.

A - Dark Mahogony with slight haze. The head is a light tan and very thin, but the lacing on the side of the glass is rather apparent.

S - Dark sugars, malts and dark fruits are present. Raisins, plums, brown sugar, toffee and caramel. Pleasant aroma that would really suite a crisp fall evening.

T - Notes of dark fruit, caramel, raisins, toffee, prunes. Sweet, dark sugars in the middle. Finish has a mild bitterness and even a hint of spice. There is also a nice alcohol warming on the finish, but it is still a bit harsh.

M - Medium body and medium level of carbonation, but not as smooth as I would like it to be. A very sticky mouthfeel on the tongue after a few sips.

O - Nice barelywine and I'm glad it is back as a seasonal. I think it was still a bit harsh and I'm excited to see how it smooths out over time.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2014 20:02:53 | More by Ri0
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2.86/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This beer packs a punch, since it is 10-12% abv. Definite sipper that has a good blend of flavor. Appearance is reddish in color with no distinct aroma. Nothing in it is overpowering, except for that distinct alcohol flavor. It is one that I wouldn't order but if offered I would accept.

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05-28-2014 17:18:12 | More by Akrueg7272
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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.

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martyl1000

Wisconsin

3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | 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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guityler83

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 01:18:04 | More by guityler83
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Beer Line from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.