Brandy Barrel-Aged Spiced Winter Lager
Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

Brandy Barrel-Aged Spiced Winter LagerBrandy Barrel-Aged Spiced Winter Lager
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Style:
Herb and Spice Beer
Ranked #16
ABV:
13.9%
Score:
86
Ranked #10,616
Avg:
4.09 | pDev: 10.76%
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
30
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Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
 
Wisconsin, United States
Avail:
Winter
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
86
Very Good
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Reviews by bshiban:
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4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of scaliasux
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bluejacket74
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, bottled on 28 SEP 2017. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a reddish/copper color with about an inch light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. Aroma is nice and sweet, the brew smells like brandy, orange peel, cinnamon, ginger, honey and nutmeg. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some clove, oak and candied orange flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's coating and a bit chewy with a moderate amount of carbonation. 13.9% ABV is hidden well enough, not as boozy as I was expecting it to be! If you're into spiced Christmas/winter warmer beers, then I recommend this one. I liked this a lot, thanks to Jon for this good brew!

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Photo of freewill35
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sparky44
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gotti311
2.5/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of DrDemento456
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

After sampling the Pumpkin Brandy I can't imagine this being worth such a lower rating even if it is 13% ABV. Into a pint glass.
A - Wow for 13% I got about a 1/4 inch of frothy head that sticks around longer than I type! Beer is a deep amber brown color with tons of carbonation in the glass.
S - Smells of slight cherry, cinnamon and oak notes rounded with some nutmeg and honey sweetness.
T - Kind of muddled but smooth taste I got oak, cherry, then some sherry and hops. Warming alcohol in this honey like semi sweet finish. Slightly bitter than the other brandy beers.
M - Rather smooth for 13% not going to say what it drinks like but for a winter warmer it's doing it's job.

Overall just like the pumpkin or cherry its quite well crafted for lagers. If I had to choose though I would go for more pumpkin since even though the spices have faded it just works better for the ABV of 13%

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Photo of thinwhiteduke
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Duff27
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigpoppa67
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 57md
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a brownish copper color with a thin layer of head. The nose brings out a trace of wood and brandy. The brandy is stronger in the flavor profile than the nose. The brandy and honey meld together and along with the huge malt bill make for a punch upfront that might be a bit too sweet. However, this offering balances out well and actually ends up finishing semi-dry. The alcohol is clearly present but not obtrusive considering the high ABV.

There is no doubt that I need to get some more of this offering and cellar it for at least one year - maybe two.

Update December 2017: Sampled a 2016 bottle and found the sweetness to be less overwhelming. The year of age has definitely done this offering some good. I still have one more 2016 bottle which I am going to save for Christmas 2018.

Update December 2018: Sampled a two year old bottle on Christmas Eve. The flavor is still full and the brandy notes remain potent. This beer is definitely one for aging. Going to search out a four pack this year and keep two for one year and the other two for two years out.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is a very complex raisin/dark fruit/fruit bread. The flavor is malts, dark fruit/raisins and a mix of warming/slightly biting alcohol and mild sour in the finish.

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Photo of Ri0
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12oz bottle into small tasting glass. It is a mahogany brown with a thin light tan head. Thin ring, minimal lacing, on the glass. Wonderful aroma of brandy, caramel, honey and spice. Flavor is rich and decadent with a wide range of flavors that include: caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, orange rind along with a candied brandy finish. I did not find this to be too hot even though it was bottled a little over a moth ago. Feel is medium to thin but it has a creaminess to it. A truly warming beer to enjoy on the coldest of winter nights.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hallertau
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JeffSK
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of bbtkd
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lakefront Brandy Barrel Aged Spiced Winter Lager, 13.9% ABV. Pours deep brown with a half finger off-white head. Nose is honey, nutmeg, and vanilla. Taste follows, a bit sweet, not much bitterness, plus brandy warming. Excellent mouthfeel, overall outstanding.

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Photo of SeymourDunn
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Brandy Barrel-Aged Spiced Winter Lager from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 30 ratings