Bridge Burner Special Reserve Ale - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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4.58/5 rDev +20.2%
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.
04-16-2012 00:47:20 | More by Durtdiggler
4.55/5 rDev +19.4%
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.
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.
12-16-2011 20:35:21 | More by NWer
4.4/5 rDev +15.5%
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.
05-03-2011 14:00:03 | More by bort11
4.38/5 rDev +15%
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.
05-25-2011 21:40:06 | More by richkrull
4.38/5 rDev +15%
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.
06-07-2011 22:23:27 | More by claytong
4.38/5 rDev +15%
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.
12-13-2009 06:42:42 | More by Bighuge
4.38/5 rDev +15%
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!
06-09-2009 02:29:34 | More by feloniousmonk
4.35/5 rDev +14.2%
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.
06-01-2009 20:31:39 | More by blackearth
Bridge Burner Special Reserve Ale from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 350 ratings.