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Bridge Burner Special Reserve Ale - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Bridge Burner Special Reserve AleBridge Burner Special Reserve Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

337 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 337
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 11
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cokes on 06-27-2008)
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adamk1978

Indiana

5/5  rDev +31.2%

12-07-2011 21:19:30 | More by adamk1978
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TimRasmussen

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +31.2%

05-29-2012 20:01:12 | More by TimRasmussen
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Tanktizzo

Illinois

5/5  rDev +31.2%

06-28-2014 00:40:38 | More by Tanktizzo
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Durtdiggler

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from Bomber bottle into Snifter. Dark brown molasses with effclervescent head crawls all over the side of the glass. Awesome retention.

Smell of Molasses, hops all balance but both on steriods. Sweet bread. Subtle.

Taste is very complex that hits hard given a mellower aroma. Strong pine start with complex fruit. hops hammers the finish and balances it out though. Beer has a massive backbone, very malty. whole flavor experience plays with your mind. Like a brown ale and ipa almost on steroids.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Finishes very clean. Well carbonated to kill any syrup or flatness. Soft.

If this beer is what an American strong Ale is then I am in. I have to sit and think about what I am drinking since the profile is so varied. Brilliant. What an experience, different. Probably will be a favorite.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 00:47:20 | More by Durtdiggler
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NWer

Washington

4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark brown into my tulip at room temperature (room temperature for me is 62 degrees - I like it cool).
Nice milky taffy aroma. Smooth taste. Delicious. Malt forward flavors blend well and make a mockery of those silly little indicators on the side of the label. A very nice smooth milky dark beer that no doubt met the expectations of the brewer.
Nothing to dislike about this beer.
Very enjoyable.
Update on reflection:
Tastes a little similar to a very good Scottish Ale. The more I think about it, the more I realized I liked it - a lot. Would like more of this but haven't seen it around here. Picked it up at John's Market in Portland.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 20:35:21 | More by NWer
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wehttam

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

03-13-2014 02:25:53 | More by wehttam
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WhatAlesMe

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

10-25-2013 21:47:27 | More by WhatAlesMe
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martyl1000

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

02-23-2013 21:12:23 | More by martyl1000
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

11-29-2011 23:22:10 | More by brandoman63
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brn9000

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

03-03-2012 18:15:38 | More by brn9000
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MaxOfMetal

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

08-03-2012 14:11:16 | More by MaxOfMetal
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ChicagoShakeAndBake26

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

08-31-2013 04:19:52 | More by ChicagoShakeAndBake26
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_phil_d

New York

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

02-23-2014 04:55:40 | More by _phil_d
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Wsherry1

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

10-02-2013 21:35:50 | More by Wsherry1
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KC9LDB

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

03-27-2012 14:17:44 | More by KC9LDB
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icecoldphatty

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

01-15-2012 20:33:26 | More by icecoldphatty
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bort11

Missouri

4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a Grimbergen chalice. A tight light tan colored head does not stand up very high, a quarter inch at the most. It quickly recedes and leaves a few wispy swirls on the surface. Body color is a dense mahogany brown. No light comes through, even around the edges.

Smell has a sticky fruit sweetness. There is a lot of dried figs and dates. A little bit of cherry and a hint of apricot. The smell finishes as orange peel. A nice fruit salad! The taste is also sweet and fruity, but the hops kicks in some citrus. Over all the sweet is balanced.

The mouthfeel has a dense body with a smooth texture. This is filling, in a good way. I want to call this a barleywine. It has all the flavor and body, but the ABV is a little on the low side for a barleywine. I guess you could say it stands in the middle of the bridge between a strong ale and a barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 14:00:03 | More by bort11
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richkrull

Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this one on a guest tap at Tyranena Brewery in Lake Mills, WI.

Poured a dark black color with a darker beige head on it. Great lacing as well.

Smell is malty with a hint of spice to it.

Taste is very good. Heavy malt throughout with a bit of alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium or better. Nice drinking beer though. Went down smooth despite the higher alcohol. A dangerously drinkable beer.

Overall a great beer. I liked it quite a bit and would definitely have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2011 21:40:06 | More by richkrull
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claytong

Vermont

4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

jan 09 bottle drank yesterday.

appearance - not quite sure what to expect. amber, some sediment, some darkness in there. not a big head.

smell - caramel big time, brown sugar, no hops (age probably got rid of it)

taste - the same. delicious, sweet. almost like an english barley sweet. some dark malts. purdy.

mouthfeel - at 8 percent itd be a very light barleywine. and barleywine is a drinkable enough for me. id enjoy sessions of this but, might hit a little hard. creamy, sugary goodness.

getting some more of these for that price.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 22:23:27 | More by claytong
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky looking crimson brown body. Thin and bubbly beige head. Lace etches my glass in nicely spaced rings. Aroma is piney and sprucy and brings out a spiked punch aspect to it as well, which I like in strong and old ales. I'll tell you what. This beer has got some character. Best beer I've had in a while from Lakefront. It's actually pretty subtle but complex. The pine and spruce are subtle and not overbearing in the least and mix nicely with the tropical fruit tones and underlying toffee/nougat malt base. Alcohol is detectable but only in trace amounts, which ain't too bad for an 8% beer. Body is hitting light-medium at best. And the carbonation is quite reserved. Very enjoyable beverage.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 06:42:42 | More by Bighuge
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Murky magenta...medium creamy toned head.

Aroma jumps with hops, fat, plump with apricot, peach, plum...apple, ...vibrant and lively. Bitter smack attack.

Hop smack returns in the taste...big, biscuity malt meets the hop. Juicy, bright, citrusy...yum...

Good, medium body, full flavor, persistent finish. Delicious.

Probably the best Lakefront Brew I've yet had. Here's to more!

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 02:29:34 | More by feloniousmonk
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blackearth

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber almost brown color with a frothy white head. Strong caramel malt and hop aroma. Medium bodied with a great balance between the big hop and malt flavors both of which last until you take that next sip. This would be an excellent session beer except the high alcohol content will put you on your butt if you drink the whole 22 oz. bottle. Best enjoyed with a friend.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2009 20:31:39 | More by blackearth
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Imperial Amber?

A: Deep amber with a light tan head, great retention & lace.

S: Pine, brown sugar, toffee and cotton candy.

T: Pine, caramel, cocoa, cotton candy, sponge toffee, citrus rind, solid bitterness, alcohol is subtle.

M: Moderate to full body has a light residual sweetness with slightly drying finish.

O: A balanced drinker for its weight. Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 03:24:16 | More by Derek
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A rather intriguing offering from the Klisch brothers. After reading the interesting label I pour a generous amount of beer from my bomber into a Lakefront pint glass. Whoa! A slightly aggressive pour results in a solid two inches of thick beige head that would make a rootbeer proud. After it settles the amount of sticky lace on my glass is just as impressive. The aroma is spicy malt and hops. Sort of peppery with a sweet fruit hint. The flavor is rich malt and bitter hop. The flavor is spicy as well. Caramel,sweet fruit,pepper,chocolate even a hint of coffee. The alcohol come through on the finish. Lots goin on here. Very flavorful and robust. Medium to full body. Plenty of carbonation. This is probably the most flamboyant beers I've ever had from Lakefront. This is a good thing. I'm sure I will run into this beer around town. Lucky for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2009 00:00:28 | More by beerwolf77
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9InchNails

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beige frothy and creamy head; it kind of reminds me of a porter of a stout. Crimson red on the edges with some darker reddish brown in the center. Really a unique and interesting looking brew.

Citrus hops, sweet caramel malt, brown sugar; it smells quite nice.

This is very tasty and complex. Citrus and piney hops meeting a toasted and roasted caramel malt. Some burnt coffee and a toffee flavor I also detect. Some alcohol is noticeable but doesn't ruin the taste at all.

Silky creamy head, medium body and approaching medium carbonation. Some alcohol warmth going down.

I can tell this had a decent ABV on it, usually when I can detect it, it tends to ruin it, not in this case. A nice looking tasty brew. I'm certainly going to try this again in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 04:59:53 | More by 9InchNails
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Bridge Burner Special Reserve Ale from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 337 ratings.