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Beer Line | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
This was brought back in 2014.

Beer Line is an off-the-rail barley wine style ale: rich, malty, multi-layered, and copper-amber. The off-white head liberates aromas of strawberry, dried-fruit, grapefruit, and papaya. The smooth, malt-forward flavor is equally complex, with undertones of caramel and toffee. Not overly sweet by any means, organic Bravo hops balance the malt syrup sweetness, finishing slightly spicy with a pleasurable alcohol warmth.
We recommend serving Beer Line as an after-dinner digestif. It will pair well with the sharp flavors of an American-style Gorgonzola or a five year cheddar. Beer Line’s dried fruit flavors will rhyme with the nutty, fruity aroma of a rich Stilton.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-18-2002

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Ratings: 132 |  Reviews: 55
Photo of LampertLand
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lakefront Brewery 'Beer Line' an organic barley wine @ 12.5% , served from a 355 ml bottle purchased for $4.70
A-pour is gold from the bottle to a clear amber in the glass with a medium size beige head leaving a fine spotty lace along the snifter
S-malty , with hints of vanilla
T-not so big tasting , yet smooth ,
MF-ok carbonation , fells full bodied
Ov-no wow factor , organic barley wine is kinda blah
prost LampertLand

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Photo of Samlover55
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Libbey Tulip
Bottled 1/13/14, 3 years old
L- pours a light colored brown, but appears dark in the glass with some reddish tinges, and a thin white rim of foam
S- loads of heavy malty aroma, vanilla as well, smells like it was barrel-aged
T- rich and malty, not too sweet, with pleasant hoppy bitterness on the follow and finish
F- medium-bodied, drinks smooth, light carbonation
Overall a well-balanced Barleywine that has aged really nicely

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Photo of hilgart1
4.4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ultimate
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of eldoctorador
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kojevergas
2.65/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Hat tip to Duff27 for the bottle. Nabbed her in a trade. Bottled: 12/16/14. This review, then, is of this beer with a year of age.

12 fl oz brown glass bottle served into a half-pint nonic. Cold as poured; warmed o'er consumption.

HEAD: ~1 inch wide. Off-white. Nice consistency and complexion. ~5 minute retention.

BODY: Murky amber-copper. It's an unclear hue, lads. No yeast can be seen, but there's a biteen of sediment floating about.

It's a decent appearance for a barleywine. Far from unique or special.

AROMA: Caramel. Faint toffee. English yeast characteristics, with moderate attenuation. It doesn't seem boozy, but the alcohol isn't really disguised. A kiss of diacetyl, perhaps.

Aroma's all malt (to style). No hop bitterness or biscuity yeast here. Aromatic intensity is above average.

TASTE: Caramel. Toffee. Biscuit malt. English malts. Yeast attenuation is off - this is a bit too sweet (even for a barleywine). Built pretty basically, with no frills.

I'd like to see less sweetness, more toffee, maybe some marshmallow, and a tease of oxidation.

Decently put together for what it is, but ultimately wanting.

TEXTURE: Well-carbonated, but not dialed in. Smooth, wet, unrefreshing, full-bodied, somewhat sticky, slightly syrupy, slightly overcarbonated, and of decent heft on the palate. Overall presence is subpar.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

OVERALL: Not gestalt. There's no harmony of texture and taste. It's a hum-ho offering in its style, and isn't a brew I'd nab again, but I'm glad I tried it. I don't dislike it, but it's fair. I'll finish the glass without much effort, but discerning drinkers will find this ultimately below average.


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Photo of Farral
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a Lakefront tulip.
12.5% ABV, Bottled 01/13/14

A - Beer Line's rich mahogany hue may be on the darker side but, it's easy to see this one pours with clarity and enough carbonation to keep the otherwise fleeting ivory head afloat.

S - The essence of dark fruits from the warming alcohol is the first thing to enter the nostrils but, make no mistake, Beer Line is far boozy. The subtle notes of dark cherry skin, raisin, and plum meld with rich, semisweet malts that incorporate the essences of melted caramel cube, shaved toffee, and toasted bread crusts for a strong-yet-smooth aroma.

T - Deep malt character pulls the aroma's nuances through into flavor, heavily relying on dense toasted bread crusts as caramel and toffee sweetness fall away into a more balanced, bitter beer. Earthy hops and a touch of rye spice the beer up, overshadowing the alcohol's subtle dark fruit undertones. Slight oxidation on the finish brings some wet cardboard into the mix, already starting to show the beer's age.

M - Moderately carbonated, Beer Line is neither flat nor lively. Instead, it's a bit slick on the tongue with a medium-full body that finishes quite dry and thin from the alcohol; it's characteristic heat found in fresh bottles most definitely mellowed out to a soft, warming finish.

O - Lakefront's Beer Line, a spin-off of MyTurn series Chad, is an exceptional beer fresh, albeit with considerable alcohol presence. Having sat dormant in a fridge for nearly a year, this beer is quite different in many regards. The alcohol has mellowed out wonderfully, allowing subtle dark fruit nuances in the aroma but, the flavor is very dry and finishes with a touch of growing oxidation characterized by a bit of wet cardboard taste. It's got the alcohol to keep for some time so I'll be sure to enjoy a few bottles along the tracks but this is one, after a year, I'd consider enjoying closer to it's bottled date.

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Photo of darktronica
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled February 2014, reviewed October 2015. Pours a hazy dark pumpkin color, with half a finger of large-bubbled, audibly fizzy head that dissipates quickly--modest lacing and some legs indicate a full-bodied barleywine to come. The nose is strong but simple, with aromas of candy gumdrops and Earl Grey tea standing atop brown sugar and lemongrass. Flavors are likewise straightforward but pleasing, all candied ginger chews (without any of the ginger burn), smooth malts, and a moderate citrus hoppiness.

Now having tasted both the unaged and barreled versions, I can say that they are absolutely of a lineage and fairly nice, but this regular version is undoubtedly the better value. Even disregarding the price and format (the regular is sold as a 4-pack versus a more expensive bomber for the aged), this is probably my preferred expression. While not the most complex or decadent of barleywines, it is a comforting, accessible dessert beer that doesn't demand your full engagement to appreciate.

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Photo of tbone1384
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ntorch
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mdfb79
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 08/27/15 notes. 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Pours a murky brown with one inch of tan head and low carbonation evident. Some caramel malts, toffee, lots of dark fruits, candy, sugar, and toasted and burnt malts. Medium body and low carbonation, no head.

A pretty good barleywine that is more on the fruity side.

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Photo of Sweffin
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sanderson
2.7/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Overly sweet, simple, and very one dimensional.

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Photo of maximum12
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 slightly brilliant orange with a spare head; far, far lighter than the barrel-aged version, which is interesting. The nose is all malt, all in: sweet malt, sweet sugar, light sweet caramel. Nothing strong, nothing real interesting, OK.

Beer Line Baryleywine is sweeter than Meg Ryan, & that’s saying something. Overbearing malt sweetness that could send a diabetic into shock just from being in the same area code is made even more heavy by a shot of caramel and brown sugar. A surprisingly strong citrus hoppiness emerges in the middle, trying (& failing) to hold the sweetness at bay. Flecks of cinnamon, then the alcohol comes down the tracks (is that a light at the end of the tunnel?). Heavy, but saved from obnoxiousness by the hops. Scary easy to drink.

I’ve been on a barleywine kick & this is a nice, if not remarkable, brew that tastes absolutely nothing like it’s barrel-aged descendant. Good, solid barleywine.

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Photo of mbeerdino21
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zuidman
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jflynt
4.14/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ffshore545
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hendrick24
3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nurt20
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmdellafave
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted in a 12 oz snifter from draught at Firkin on April 24, 2015. Look is copper amber, thin off-white head and some lingering lacing. Smell is dried fruit, grapefruit, papaya and a hint a strawberry. Caramel and toffee malt, citrus hop notes and dried fruit. Feel is medium to thick in body with a slightly spicy finish.

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Photo of Carb-Overlord
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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