Cherry Lager - Brandy Barrel-Aged | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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55 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Pours deep red with a thin, lacy head. Strong brandy overtones of fresh cut oak, tobacco, and red fruit greet the nose, followed by notes of toffee and marzipan. The taste echoes the aroma with intense brandy flavors of wood, vanilla, and mild black pepper , with tart cherry and toasty caramel malt in close pursuit. Medium-bodied, it finishes with lingering cherry tartness and mild alcohol warmth.
The relatively high ABV and brandy-forward character make Brandy Barrel-Aged Cherry Lager an excellent digestif. Try it with a piece of dried fruit and almond-infused dark chocolate or a generous chunk of Ader Käse Reserve cheese.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,117
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
55
pDev:
9.75%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
9
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 55 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of AuntBea
3.44/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JoelZ1
5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jrb378
3.57/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear reddish brown with an off white (red tint) head that recedes quickly and leaves minimal lacing. Aroma is funky sour cherries and just a whiff of grapes. Flavor is sweeter than the aroma would suggest, cherries prominent and the brandy barrel is minimal. Feel is light and slightly dry. Overall a very nice beer.

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Photo of CUBeerBuff
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stortore
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into a flute glass. Bottled 5/27/17, had 8/14/17.

Pours a lightly hazy amber, with a one and a half inch foamy head and some foamy lacing. Active carbonation. Looks like apple juice. Aromas of brandy, cherries, apples, some malt and caramel, light yeast, some oak. The taste is brandy- more as it warms, caramel, malt, some cherries, less apples than the nose, some oak, a light sweetness. Smooth, a good lighter body, well carbonated.

The brandy is excellent, the cherries are good but could stand out more. Like the uniqueness, look forward to aging a few bottles. Good price point for a six pack, so it’s worth a purchase.

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Photo of LeftyMike
4.69/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Zuidman
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mothmanscott
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This one recommended by Zach at Warehouse Package in Albany, Georgia. Pours a slightly hazy, reddish deep amber, dusty with fine particulates & moderate effervesce streaming up from the bottom. The pour produces barely 2 fingers of short-lived, pink tinged khaki head which diminishes to a thin cap & collar ring leaving little lacing on the sides of the glass. Aroma is cherry pie, bread crust & brandy with hints of oak, cracker, caramel & lemon. Taste is also cherry pie-like including the bread crust but the crust is not as noticeable in the mouth as in the nose. The barrel aging is also more evident in the mouth with brandy, oak & yes tobacco hints present with candy apple. Sweet fronted but drying to become very dry by the peppery finish & short-lived aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, smooth with a light prickliness on the back of the palette, clean & dry. While it goes down smooth it would not be an easy beer to drink. I feel it would become cloying in both the nose and mouth before you got far into a second bottle. A previous reviewer suggested it had dessert beer qualities. I don't think that's far off the mark. Just not as heavy as most dessert beers usually are.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a pale amber with a medium sized pink hued head. The aroma is fairly fruit driven, but not only fresh cherry, also raisin, plum, and earl grey tea. The flavor starts with bright ripe cherry, then a hint of chocolate and tutti fruit, blueberry, raisin, earl grey tea, and toffee and vanilla on the finish. The mouthfeel is soft, with just a touch of sticky sweetness, and foamy carbonation. Overall this is a really tasty beer - the cherry is not overbearing or one note, but this is a very nuanced beer with no hint of the ABV.

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Photo of jera1350
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/25/2017. Pours slightly hazy reddish copper color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big lightly tart cherry, golden raisin, peach, plum, berry, apple, red grape, caramel, brown sugar, toasted oak, and bread dough; with lighter notes of nuttiness, toffee, vanilla, and oak/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bready malt, cherries, and brandy barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big lightly tart cherry, golden raisin, peach, plum, berry, apple, red grape, caramel, brown sugar, toasted oak, and bread dough; with lighter notes of nuttiness, toffee, vanilla, and oak/toasted earthiness. Light herbal bitterness, oak spiciness, and fruit tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of cherry, golden raisin, peach, plum, berry, apple, red grape, caramel, brown sugar, toasted oak, bread dough, nuttiness, toffee, vanilla, and oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of bready malt, cherries, and brandy barrel flavors; with a nice malt/tart/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Light-moderate dryness from bitter/tartness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, fairly crisp, and lightly tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Minimal warming alcohol for 10.7%, with zero barrel booziness. Overall this is a delicious fruited imperial pale lager style. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of bready malt, cherries, and brandy barrel flavors; very smooth, crisp, and pretty refreshing to drink for the big ABV. Pretty much perfectly balanced between cherries, malts, and brandy barrel complexities across the board. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Sweffin
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Walleybeer
5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of stucat
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Prager62
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A twelve ounce bottle dated 25 MAY 2017 poured in a twelve ounce old school pilsener glass.

Look- Pours a transparent ruby red with a small finger of soapy white foam. It quickly settles revealing no lacing.

Smell- Tart cherry, some floral and fruity yeast.

Taste- Maraschino cherry, a hint of spicy brandy and musty wood.

Feel- Crisp and clean with a slightly tart semi dry finish.

Overall- I've seen their barrel aged offerings on the shelves and decided to finally roll the dice. It's a very drinkable beer for the hefty abv., but lacking in any complexity. Try it if you're curious, otherwise move on.

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Photo of bigpoppa67
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bbtkd
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lakefront Bourbon BA Cherry Lager, 10.7% ABV. Pours dark orange with a half-finger white head. Nose is cherry and bourbon, taste follows with almost no bitterness. As far as cherry flavoring, it is slightly tart, but mostly sweet but not cloying - nothing like a wine cooler for instance. It has a pleasant bourbon heat. Excellent mouthfeel, overall excellent.

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Photo of Rilesmiles
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zkoehn
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of atone315
3.52/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 57md
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a striking copper color with a half finger of head. The nose has notes of tart cherries. The tartness is apparent in the flavor as well. Surprisingly, there is not much sweetness or anything else from the brandy-barrel. There is some essence of wood on the finish and a Chardonnay-like dryness as well.

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Photo of freewill35
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of teamwiggum
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Cherry Lager - Brandy Barrel-Aged from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 55 ratings