Organic Beerline Barleywine Aged In Organic Rye Whiskey Barrels | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Organic Beerline Barleywine Aged In Organic Rye Whiskey BarrelsOrganic Beerline Barleywine Aged In Organic Rye Whiskey Barrels

Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Organic Barrel Aged Beer Line Barley Wine marks our most ambitious beer release in 27 years. We held it for 18 months in Catoctin Creek Distilling Company organic rye whiskey barrels, making it the first organic barrel-aged barley wine in the United States. The extended barrel aging imparted an unrivaled taste and complex aroma. Rich vanilla and caramel aromas captivates the nose, while oak, full malt, and toffee flavors captivate the taste buds. The finish is elegant, rich, and warming.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 76
Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer poured a dark copper color with an off white head.

Smell - The beer had a pleasant boozy and malty barleywine nose.

Taste - In the initial taste, the richness is accompanied by a nice whiskey bite. Raisins, figs, and fruit leather notes follow. The finishing burn does not overwhelm or burn to aggressively.

Mouthfeel - With low carbonation, the beer coats the mouth and lingers.

Overall - How sad that this beer is ok hiatus.

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Photo of Samlover55
4.37/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz "Bomber" into Libbey Tulip
No apparent date code but seems to have been made in 2015 as when it was added to this site
Been in the cellar for around a year
L- pours a murky dark brown with an almost immiedately disappearing head
S- sweet brown sugar, along with strong oaky vanilla notes, traces of the alcohol as well
T- similar to the nose, picking up a lot of caramel, some black licorice as well and the dominance of the oakiness on the finish, the alcohol barely shows at all which is surprising at 14%
F- Thick and syruppy this beer is a heavy duty sipper
Overall a wonderful beer that has aged really well, and while expensive for a beer ($20 for 22oz) it was money well spent

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Photo of KevSal
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 into a fw tulip

was saving this for a blind tasting but barely missed the cut

looks good in the glass, dark brown but appears semi filtered, murkey in the middle clear on the outsides

aroma is fantastic, whiskey, caramel, vanilla and lots of dark fruit.

taste follows the nose, lots of whiskey dark fruits, vanilla, caramel and great base beer

mouth feel is thick, slick and tasty. surprised how well hidden the 14% is

overall this is the best organic beer i've ever had haha. very tasty and underrated. after finally working through the bottle reminds me the most of bourbon OE batch 1. highly recommend

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Photo of Ri0
4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured 22oz bottle into snifter. It is a deep brown with some amber tones with a thin khaki head and no lacing. Aroma is pleasant bourbon, thick caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, dark fruit, and raisins. I taste sweet bourbon, vanilla, thick caramel, dark fruits dusted in brown sugar. Toffee and a bit of oak in the back. Slight bit of alcohol and I do not notice any bitterness from the hops. Medium body with light carbonation. It is syrup like and rich on the palate. This is best beer that Lakefront may never brew again and I wish I had a few more bottles.

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark brown with slight ruby hints. Aroma is very nice. Aroma is marshmallow and chocolate and vanilla and cherry/apricot and a heavy shot of whiskey. Taste- caramel, chocolate, raisin whiskey. Really quite good!! Mouthfeel is slick and smooth. Overall, this could be in a bottle that says Bourbon county, or in a bottle that says firestone walker, and I think people would go as crazy as the do for those beers. Very nice.

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Photo of stortore
4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle into a snifter.

Pours a dark amber, a little cloudy, a small head with a hard pour, no lacing. The smell is malt, whiskey, figs, vanilla, raisins, some oak, some rye, a little plum, some licorice when fully warmed. The taste pretty much follows the nose, with malt, whiskey, figs, vanilla, dates, caramel, some plums, light cherries, oak, some rye, light alcohol. A little sweet when warmed. Smooth, great body, the taste lingers.

An outstanding effort, so much flavor and aroma. Thought this was much more an English Barleywine, as I didn't pick up any hoppiness at all. Wish I had a few more bottles.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle, looks like it's stamped with a 2014 near the bottom of the bottle, 14% ABV. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a dark reddish/brown color with about a half inch light tan head that fizzled away quickly. Not much lacing at all. Aroma is mostly sweet and malty, the brew smells like vanilla, whiskey, toffee, dark fruit (raisins, plums), and caramel. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but with the addition of some oak, nuts and rye spiciness. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit syrupy and coating with a moderate amount of carbonation. I thought this was an enjoyable and tasty brew, it's certainly worth picking up especially if you've never tried it before. And I recommend it more if you like sweeter tasting barleywines. $19.99 a bomber.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.57/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for the share egrace84!

Appearance: muddled dark brown body with very little head that drops down to a no head at all. Booze legs are present and coat the glass in a thick manner with each sip.

Smell: caramel, vanilla, and toffee notes with lots of rye and a hint of oak barrel. This smells splendid.

Taste: Caramel, toffee, and brown sugar dominate. Moderate amount of lightly spicy rye and mellow bourbon. Hints of vanilla, coconut, dark fruit, and dry oak barrel. This is just phenominal.

Mouthfeel: full bodied beer with low carbonation. Thick and chewy. Carbonated perfectly. So very drinkable and ridiculously smooth. This beer drinks like its a 9 to 10% ABV Barleywine. This is rich and decadent.

Overall: Without a doubt, this is the best beer lakefront has brewed. This is also one of the best barrel aged american barleywine that I have drank in a long time. Though it drinks more like a barrel aged english barleywine. The label boasts this being the first organic barrel aged barleywine in the USA. I am a huge fan of this beer and lakefront is crazy if they don't make this again. This barleywine will go toe to toe with any highly sought after / well done barrel aged barleywine.

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Photo of Dactrius
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Attractive barleywine with minimal head as expected. Smell is excellent, nice barrel notes with a bit of cherry. Flavor follows closely and is extremely smooth. An outstanding BA barleywine. I really hope they make this again so I can get more.

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Photo of Jaycase
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

a: extremely dark burgundy. razor thin cream colored head

s:bourbon and vanilla come through immediately. As it warms notes of cherries, plums, grapes burst through. The grapes giving an almost vinous aroma.

t: flavor is so well balanced. nothing overpowers at all. follows on from the nose with vamilla with accents of bourbon interlaced with the fruitish qualities from the aroma (grapes, cherries and plums).

m: medium carbonation. body seems spot on for the style.

o: This is a top tier BA BW for me. I don't think sitting on this any longer is necessary as the bourbon notes are quite complimentary right now. Almost has some vinous qualities to it. At moments I could have thought I was drinking a very nice wine but then the caramel, vanilla and bourbon notes would remind me otherwise.

Brilliant offering from Lakefront. And it's organic to boot? Nice. I fully support this aspect. I hope they make this on a yearly basis. Cheers to Lakefront!

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Photo of polopaul20
4.99/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! Had high hoped for this one, and it far exceeded them. Pours a cloudy brown with minimal head. Smells like vanilla whiskey. Taste and mouthfeel are pretty amazing. This is the first BA Barleywine i have had that is easily better than BCBS barleywine. Wish I had more of these is reserve. Drink em now if you have one, wont get any better than it is now with aging.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.63/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Nice big barleywine. Pours a very cloudy brownish tan color. Sweet yeast aroma with lots of oak and hints of bourbon. Huge yummy malty grain taste with tons of bourbon. Just an excellent barleywine.

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Photo of darktronica
4.08/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a disclaimer, I have not tried the non-aged version for comparison. This is a darker barleywine; it looks rich and inviting. The smell is quite nice, malt-forward with dry oak and sugared dates, but I don't detect much in the way of hop character or spice from the rye whiskey. Some of the rye comes through on the tongue, in the form of fennel, light pepper, and lemongrass, but the flavor profile overall presents more of an English take on a barleywine than American. That is more in line with my personal preferences, but I wonder where the hops went.

This is quite nice and worth a try, but for a high price point, I'm not sure it's worth a repeat visit; maybe I'll age one to see what happens. I like the commitment to making an organic barrel-aged barleywine, but I'm not sure the rye barrels were the smartest choice. I can't say this with certainty, not having tried the regular version, but my suspicion is that the rye is preventing the finished product from having the full body and sweetness I'm looking for in an aged barleywine. The mouthfeel is still pleasantly unctuous, but it ends up a bit dry, with a shorter finish than I would like.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep tawny color with nice clarity. Nose starts with heavy influence from the whiskey barrel, notes of char, vanilla and tons of oak. The malt profile is deep and and complex. Notes of maple, molasses, dark fruit, and toffee all come through. The flavor is immaculately balanced with whiskey, oak, vanilla, toasted coconut, and malty sweetness all coming through. Not one flavor dominates here, quite smooth on the finish. Mouthfeel is silky and smooth while being quite heavy. Overall, very impressed by this brew. The $20 is a little hefty, but this ranks up there with other noteable BA barley wines. Glad to have picked this one up!

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Photo of robear
4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Look: A bit light and transparent, with no appreciable head. Not uncommon for a BA bw, but the transparency is a bit deceiving for a 14% brew.

Smell: Whoa. A bit meatier than BCBW and more robust. Promises to be a rye-forward BA bw.

Taste: My favorite barleywine of the season, including CW and BCBW. Really upfront with the rye Fantastic- vanilla, spice, oak, even a touch of licorice.

Feel: Looks light, feels full.

Overall: One of the best BA barleywines I've had.

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Photo of jwc215
3.8/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown with a wispy, vanishing head. A little trailing lace slides down the glass.

The smell is of caramel, toffee, vanilla/oak, some booze.

The taste is of caramel, toffee, vanilla/oak, nuts. Some pepper from the alcohol comes through. Molasses and a hint of cherry come through as it progresses. Some earthy hops balance the sweetness.

Smooth for the abv level.

The whisky oak barrel enhances the barleywine. I enjoyed it more than I did the regular Beerline, but at $20+ wouldn't get it again. Though it is very drinkable, and glad I had it!

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Photo of maximum12
4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BlackElixir for bottles of both this & the barrel-aged version, which are going down side by side this evening. Always a fun contrast. Split with my wife.

The pour is a very dark red that might pass for brown in a darkened bar; far, far darker than the non-barrel version, which is interesting. Similar to the non-barreled version, the nose is light: sweet, sugary, with just a dark hint of peppery barrel at the end. Tame.

Beer Line Barleywine – Rye Barrel Aged is like a completely different beer than the base version (even discounting the shockingly different color). Definitely heavy on the barrel, the spicy rye provides a lovely up-front kick in the palate. The barrel seems to bring out the toffee strongly, along with vanilla, a more subdued sweetness than the base, nice drying woodiness. Thick & heavy, but strangely enough, the rye lightens it some. The alcohol isn’t apparent, except when I try to stand up. So easy to drink, this could lead to waking up somewhere you didn’t intend.

Bloody awesome. The base beer is good, but the barrel addition has amped this up to 11. Is it really the same beer? Or did the barrels really change the taste & color that much? Only Lakefront knows. Whatever. Excellent brew.

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Photo of vic21234
4.78/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. No bottled on date noted.

A- Pours a hazy dark red, borderline mahogany color with a small amount of off white head which quickly fades.

S- Sweet malts and dark fruits give way to heavy aromas of whiskey and oak.

T- Holy whiskey. Sweet malts and caramel notes along with tons of heat from the whiskey. 18 months in a barrel sure does wonders.

M- Medium to heavy, good carbonation, perfect sipper with how hot it drinks.

Awesome BA Barleywine, this could contend with some of the more sought after Barleywines out there. If you can, definitely pick up some to age.

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Photo of zratcliff
4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As someone that enjoyed the base Lakefront Beerline from Lakefront (and enjoys B/A stouts and barleywines), I have been anxious to try this out.

I don't know if I have ever tasted a stronger barrel transfer to a beer. This may be the length of barrel aging (18 months), but I suspect that it may be more related to the barrels previously holding rye whiskey.

It has a distinctive peppery / spicy taste that someone that is familiar with rye whiskey will immediately identify.

It tastes similar to a 3 finger pour of Templeton Rye with a shot of good barelywine added. And I am not mad about it. Glad I have multiple bottles to share and age.

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Organic Beerline Barleywine Aged In Organic Rye Whiskey Barrels from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 4.42 out of 5 with 76 ratings