Anniversary Ale | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by nsmartell on 01-23-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by botham:
Photo of botham
2.69/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

bomber poured into a snifter. really looking foreward to this one. pours a deep caramel brown color with rich garnet highlights and a sizable light tan head that remains for the duration of consumption. moderate lacings.

aroma is hoppy, with a meaty character and a subtle spicy character that sets this profile off from any other brew this advocate has experienced. a base of dark fruits level the aroma off, while the spiced nature of the hops mixes in with a slightly sour character to give the meaty feel. unique.

taste is earthy and full of dark fruit up front, with notable caramel malts, a touch of roasted malt, and the same spiced character from the aroma, only more refined in the profile here. mildly hoppy in back, with a spicy finish of lingering hops and a bit of roasted malt as well.

mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a light bite from CO2 and a smooth texture, finishing quite smooth with a slick coating after finishing.

drinkability is decent. this is a big brew, with a notable amount of alcohol, though it does not show up in the aroma or the flavor profile. this brew falls short of the standard established by Lakefront.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of MillRat
3.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dredged a 22 oz bomber of the 20th Anniversary edition out of the nether parts of the kegerator, where it has resided for well over a year, maybe two IIRC.

Poured a crystal-clear brown-tinged garnet with a not-quite-white head that settled down into a persistent collar that left traces of lace behind as it receded. Nose of citrusy hops balanced against toffee malt. The flavor is quite complex in an odd sort of way, there's a lot going on, but it might not be quite coordinated. Kind of like a jazz band that's into the third set plus a few rounds of drinks too boot. The hopping is definitely left-coast citrus with even a hint of pine, and the specialy malts are in the caramel spectrum, a little bit of biscuit notes, I can see where other reviewers combined the hops and caramel into an orange juice impression.

A rather full-bodied beer, but the formidable hop presence tames the sweetness and keeps it in check. A bomber is not too much for one person, but two might be. Keep this one cellared or chilled, it seems that others have found ones that did not fare so well since they left the brewery.

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Photo of Sticket
2.71/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

P- a declared 9.0% abv in a 22oz brown bomber bottle and labeled as being the 20th anniversary limited edition.

A- pours an opaque medium amber. A light tan head dissipates slowly, and good lacing through to the end.

S- medium hops come through a nutty background.

T- bitterness from the hops and a noticeable alcohol... an unbalanced simplicity that was slightly disappointing.

M- medium body that is slightly carbonated, slowed down from a coating of Humulus lupulus resins.

D- hops, alcohol, ___. If the blank would have been filled in, I'd probably be looking for another.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. The beer is redish brown with orange edges. About an inch of tan head rises to the top of my glass. After receding I'm left with a decent amount of lace.

The aroma is dull piney hops. Some grapefruit and pineapple. A fair amount of malt is present as well.

The flavor is rather dull as well. Some hops, touches of grapefruit and juicy pineapple. Malt seems to take over after the initial hop bite and just dominate. Not real notable in the taste department.

Medium body with very little carbonation.

Overall this is just an average beer with not alot of flair. Not bad but not great. I hope the 25th anniversary is better.

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Photo of wakajawaka76
4.5/5  rDev +40.6%

Photo of sholland119
2.46/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

What a strange beer.

Looks like a good strong ale with a nice opaque amber color and solid head and lacing.

Smell is odd, funky (not in a good way) and spicy (hard to know if it will be good or not).

Taste is all over the place. Alternately citric, sweet, malty, sour with a fair amount of alcohol. Too much going on all at the same time, in a rather unpleasant way.

Mouthfeel was alright I guess but this was a drain pour for me.


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Photo of brewcrew76
3.65/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Mahogany, ruby with a thin off tan head and sticky lacing.

S -Very nutty, slightly sweet with caramel, toffee and fresh baked biscuits.

T - Sweet nutty caramel and toffee, some alcohol bite and a citrus hop finish.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation and a numbing alcohol bite.

D - Slightly one dimensional but I am not sure how the other reviews found so many off flavors. This is a nutty, boozy, tasty mess.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a splotchy tan cap coating in a tulip with coating.

anose of funky and yogurt sourness. Not sure where this is going. A tad of ginger and farm funk.

First swigs: Radical rootbeer and old orange juice funk. All over the place, and sour. Acidic and tart.

Feel is thin and fizzy.

Last swigs: Best aspect is the appearance pour. After that this fizzles into acidic brown tart oblivion.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of nsmartell
2.75/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From 22 oz bomber to a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an average amber color, but with a nice thick off-white head.

Smell: Sweet with a hint of caramel.

Taste: Caramel and citrus.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied.

Drinkability. I was very disappointed with this brew. I generally expect good things from Lakefront and thought they would come through with this Anniversary Ale. Just wasn't enough going on for me with this beer.

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Photo of KAF
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep garnet-hued body with a small white head.

Smell: Malty aroma blend of caramel and toffee with lemony citrus fruits and a pinch of breadcrusts.

Taste: Sugary sweet toffee candy flavor. Bright, fruity burst of citrus zest. Hint of toast. Restrained hop bitterness. Touch of alcohol on the sweetish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's alright! Yes, even I enjoyed it.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.56/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed on 7/26/08. Bottle shared by goldtwins (I think?). Pours a brown/amber with a thick white head. Aroma of iced tea and maybe some slight citrus hops in the background. Flavor of sweet iced tea. Wow, this is sweet. Too sweet. Tastes like super concentrated iced tea. Blech.
6/4/5/2/10 (2.7/5)

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Anniversary Ale from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.2 out of 5 with 12 ratings