Bridge Burner Special Reserve Ale | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Bridge Burner Special Reserve AleBridge Burner Special Reserve Ale

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

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by cokes on 06-27-2008

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Photo of NWer
4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark brown into my tulip at room temperature (room temperature for me is 62 degrees - I like it cool).
Nice milky taffy aroma. Smooth taste. Delicious. Malt forward flavors blend well and make a mockery of those silly little indicators on the side of the label. A very nice smooth milky dark beer that no doubt met the expectations of the brewer.
Nothing to dislike about this beer.
Very enjoyable.
Update on reflection:
Tastes a little similar to a very good Scottish Ale. The more I think about it, the more I realized I liked it - a lot. Would like more of this but haven't seen it around here. Picked it up at John's Market in Portland.

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Photo of Durtdiggler
4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from Bomber bottle into Snifter. Dark brown molasses with effclervescent head crawls all over the side of the glass. Awesome retention.

Smell of Molasses, hops all balance but both on steriods. Sweet bread. Subtle.

Taste is very complex that hits hard given a mellower aroma. Strong pine start with complex fruit. hops hammers the finish and balances it out though. Beer has a massive backbone, very malty. whole flavor experience plays with your mind. Like a brown ale and ipa almost on steroids.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Finishes very clean. Well carbonated to kill any syrup or flatness. Soft.

If this beer is what an American strong Ale is then I am in. I have to sit and think about what I am drinking since the profile is so varied. Brilliant. What an experience, different. Probably will be a favorite.

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Photo of bort11
4.39/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a Grimbergen chalice. A tight light tan colored head does not stand up very high, a quarter inch at the most. It quickly recedes and leaves a few wispy swirls on the surface. Body color is a dense mahogany brown. No light comes through, even around the edges.

Smell has a sticky fruit sweetness. There is a lot of dried figs and dates. A little bit of cherry and a hint of apricot. The smell finishes as orange peel. A nice fruit salad! The taste is also sweet and fruity, but the hops kicks in some citrus. Over all the sweet is balanced.

The mouthfeel has a dense body with a smooth texture. This is filling, in a good way. I want to call this a barleywine. It has all the flavor and body, but the ABV is a little on the low side for a barleywine. I guess you could say it stands in the middle of the bridge between a strong ale and a barleywine.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Murky magenta...medium creamy toned head.

Aroma jumps with hops, fat, plump with apricot, peach,, ...vibrant and lively. Bitter smack attack.

Hop smack returns in the taste...big, biscuity malt meets the hop. Juicy, bright, citrusy...yum...

Good, medium body, full flavor, persistent finish. Delicious.

Probably the best Lakefront Brew I've yet had. Here's to more!

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Photo of richkrull
4.36/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this one on a guest tap at Tyranena Brewery in Lake Mills, WI.

Poured a dark black color with a darker beige head on it. Great lacing as well.

Smell is malty with a hint of spice to it.

Taste is very good. Heavy malt throughout with a bit of alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium or better. Nice drinking beer though. Went down smooth despite the higher alcohol. A dangerously drinkable beer.

Overall a great beer. I liked it quite a bit and would definitely have it again.

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Photo of blackearth
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber almost brown color with a frothy white head. Strong caramel malt and hop aroma. Medium bodied with a great balance between the big hop and malt flavors both of which last until you take that next sip. This would be an excellent session beer except the high alcohol content will put you on your butt if you drink the whole 22 oz. bottle. Best enjoyed with a friend.

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Photo of claytong
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

jan 09 bottle drank yesterday.

appearance - not quite sure what to expect. amber, some sediment, some darkness in there. not a big head.

smell - caramel big time, brown sugar, no hops (age probably got rid of it)

taste - the same. delicious, sweet. almost like an english barley sweet. some dark malts. purdy.

mouthfeel - at 8 percent itd be a very light barleywine. and barleywine is a drinkable enough for me. id enjoy sessions of this but, might hit a little hard. creamy, sugary goodness.

getting some more of these for that price.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky looking crimson brown body. Thin and bubbly beige head. Lace etches my glass in nicely spaced rings. Aroma is piney and sprucy and brings out a spiked punch aspect to it as well, which I like in strong and old ales. I'll tell you what. This beer has got some character. Best beer I've had in a while from Lakefront. It's actually pretty subtle but complex. The pine and spruce are subtle and not overbearing in the least and mix nicely with the tropical fruit tones and underlying toffee/nougat malt base. Alcohol is detectable but only in trace amounts, which ain't too bad for an 8% beer. Body is hitting light-medium at best. And the carbonation is quite reserved. Very enjoyable beverage.

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Photo of Derek
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Imperial Amber?

A: Deep amber with a light tan head, great retention & lace.

S: Pine, brown sugar, toffee and cotton candy.

T: Pine, caramel, cocoa, cotton candy, sponge toffee, citrus rind, solid bitterness, alcohol is subtle.

M: Moderate to full body has a light residual sweetness with slightly drying finish.

O: A balanced drinker for its weight. Nicely done.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A rather intriguing offering from the Klisch brothers. After reading the interesting label I pour a generous amount of beer from my bomber into a Lakefront pint glass. Whoa! A slightly aggressive pour results in a solid two inches of thick beige head that would make a rootbeer proud. After it settles the amount of sticky lace on my glass is just as impressive. The aroma is spicy malt and hops. Sort of peppery with a sweet fruit hint. The flavor is rich malt and bitter hop. The flavor is spicy as well. Caramel,sweet fruit,pepper,chocolate even a hint of coffee. The alcohol come through on the finish. Lots goin on here. Very flavorful and robust. Medium to full body. Plenty of carbonation. This is probably the most flamboyant beers I've ever had from Lakefront. This is a good thing. I'm sure I will run into this beer around town. Lucky for me.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beige frothy and creamy head; it kind of reminds me of a porter of a stout. Crimson red on the edges with some darker reddish brown in the center. Really a unique and interesting looking brew.

Citrus hops, sweet caramel malt, brown sugar; it smells quite nice.

This is very tasty and complex. Citrus and piney hops meeting a toasted and roasted caramel malt. Some burnt coffee and a toffee flavor I also detect. Some alcohol is noticeable but doesn't ruin the taste at all.

Silky creamy head, medium body and approaching medium carbonation. Some alcohol warmth going down.

I can tell this had a decent ABV on it, usually when I can detect it, it tends to ruin it, not in this case. A nice looking tasty brew. I'm certainly going to try this again in the near future.

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Photo of wmtxbb
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this on-tap from the brewery. The owner and brewmaster of Lakefront served me this while on my brew tour. The on-tap version of Bridge Burner he served us was 9%, instead of the 8% seasonal version of this brew. The following is from my notes:

Appearance: Dark brown with a thick head that sticks around.

Smell: Fruit esters, crushed grapes/port like, figs.

Taste: a mixture between port wine and a scottish ale. Sweet, caramel malts and citrus hops. Grapes and figs as well. Very thick body.

Overall, this is an awesome brew. According to the owner, this beer was a seasonal, but it has become so popular they are going to make it year round.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark mahogany-brown with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of rich sweet caramel malts with residual sugars, grapefruit and pine hops, a bit of dark fruit, and a hint of booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of rich sweet caramel with some grapefruit hops, bitterness, and a touch of dark fruit. Through the middle, some pine hops and some more bitterness come through alongside some residual sugars. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel malts, grapefruit hops, bitterness, a touch of brown sugar, and some mild booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, bitter, and lighlty warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice balanced American Strong Ale with a good malty backbone and a nice hop profile.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
8.0% ABV, Bottled during missing (summer '12)

A - Pouring a clear dark amber mahogany color, Bridge Burner is topped with a giant three-finger tan head that floats on the surface like a huge wad of ice cream. The dense bubbles leave thick lace caked to the snifter in rings.

S - Bridge Burner overflows with pine and citrus hop aromas, caked with resin. Toasted and caramel malt with hints of fruity esters imply candied red apple draped with gooey caramel. While alcohol isn't pouring fourth with booziness, this beer isn't subtle either.

T - Bold and gripping, Bridge Burner is a strong, hopped-up beer balanced with a solid malt backbone. Light alcohol spiciness toys with the pine resin from hops as while toasted and caramelized malt and mild dark fruit esters add an underlying sweetness for a well rounded strong ale.

M - While Bridge Burner is certainly is a smooth brew, the medium body feels somewhat thin for how potent the beer is in it's other areas. Strong carbonation livens the feel up even more and, though there's plenty of dry bitterness from the hops, this beer seems to end abruptly; no real lingering profile. Tasty, but a bit disappointing in this regard.

O - While a very broad spectrum, Bridge Burner seems to embody an American Strong Ale well; great caramel malt base with sweetness and strong American hoppiness for bold, assertive flavor and character. The body seems a little weak for how potent the beer ends up being in the long run, but a bomber of this will certainly get your fist in the air to viva la revolucion!

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Photo of u2carew
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A) Pours with a big foamy head, then settles quite quickly. Reddish brown in color. Some haze. Thin lacing.
S) The hop aroma is fairly robust, guessing Cascade hops. Very light citrus notes. Caramel sweetness.
T) Sweet up front - caramel with some toffee. Hop bite in the finish and lingering in the aftertaste. Well balanced malt and hops.
M) Smooth. Mild creaminess. Medium to full bodied (closer to full bodied)
D) Delicious. I'd definitely have another. Well crafted with a good balance between malts and hops.

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Photo of crossovert
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle.

It pours into my Lakefront pint a dark brown with hints of red. It has a foamy tan head that sticks nicely and slowly dissipates with nice lacing.

The smell has a nice hop presence. IT has a lot of citrus rind. There is a caramel nuttiness that lingers underneath.

The flavor is big It has a lot of sweetness, but also a decent amount of hops. It isn't overly bitter but it gets the job done. It has some melony, limey hops that have a medium bitterness level. The malt is mostly dark sugar. It works very nicely, it would be great aged in oak.

Another solid limited release form Lakefront.

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Photo of JackieKu
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 fl.oz. bottle. BB 13 Nov, 2015. Poured into tulip.

A: Copper to brown. Clear. Poured with medium amount of foam with short retention.
S: Hoppy. Caramel. Some roasted aroma.
T: Moderate malty. Slightly sweet. Tropical fruits. Medium bitterness. Dry finish.
M: medium bodied and creamy.
O: Not sure how to classify its category. But it's really flavorful and balanced, quite outstanding.

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Photo of Rennpferd
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into an old Blatz strong strong ale/lager glass.

It poured a rich dark copper hue with a nice three finger head which retreated and left a nice lacing on the side of the glass. A lite amount of activity could be seen rising up from the base of the glass.

A nice blending of sweet malts and hop bite.

Malty, spicey and hoppy. A nice balance between the three flavors. I found it to be a great taste. Slightly watery initially but it seems build towards the back of the palate into a nice medium body.

Very nice, very drinkable. I am glad I have a bomber.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours brilliant mahogany under a 1” cream to light tan colored foam cap, lacy.
S: Fruit, a hint of chocolate.
T: Malty with hints of chocolate and a little bit of Dr. Pepper note.
F: medium full Rich and luscious body, medium high carbonation.
O: This is good fresh and aged 2 years. As it ages it gets more sherry notes.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the clear dark copper brew. Dense head lasts well, with thick frothy lacing. Aroma is heavily sweet with piney hops. Taste follows the nose, with bitterness overpowering late. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth, cutting the bitter some, and drinkability is good as well.

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Photo of leaddog
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a dark nut brown with a finger width of foamy beige head.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits (plum), earthy/musty hops (just a tad), hint of spice.

Taste - Malts including caramalts, plum and dark fruits, and spiciness from hops. Strong malt backbone. Nice mild bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A little sticky.

Overall - An enjoyable strong ale by Lakefront. I like the stronger malt backbone with the hops playing the supporting role. Nice to find other American craft offerings in Calgary.

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Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ouncer, the informative back label tells me this was brewed during the first week of June, 2008. Pours a nice rich shade of dark amber/auburn, under a medium tan head that shows world class retention and then leaves extensive, frothy and well developed lace and sheeting. malty nose, with traces of honey and nuts. Smooth, tasty, bald, complex and thoroughly enjoyable ASA. Lots of nutty malts, some wood/smoke, honey, and dark bread notes. Yum. A very nice, smooth and mellow take on the style. With the 8% well in the rear, this one is well worth trying and enjoying with some chedder, bread and smoky meaty. Nice job here from Lakefront Brewing

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Photo of jsh420
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours murky cloudy dark cider color with a 1+ finger head that left lacing all down the glass

smells of pine and brown sugar carmel malts

taste wow has the sugary fruity apple malts of belgain and the pine hops of a west coast ipa

mouthfeel is a medium body beer that is very smooth and creamy

drinkability is good but the might be a little too sweet for me to drink an entire bomber

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Photo of dhd1491
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours red-orange with light tan head. Lacing ladders down the sides. Bitter and malty with floral hops and some buttery/oily mouthfeel. Some cereal biscuity notes. Well balanced and alcohol is pretty low profile despite 8% ABV.

Solid brew, just not quite in my top tier.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Sam Adams Pint. Part of a 4-bomber sampler called "88."

A: Pours a clear bronze color with 2 fingers of billowy off-white head. Strong retention and lace.

S: Bright grapefruit hop aromas are quite promising.

T: Stars with a mellow roasted flavor that brightens in the middle before the citrus hops take over for the finish. Some bitter coffee enters mid-sip and also lingers through the finish. There is some underlying sweetness that supports the hops without getting in the way.

M: Mouthfeel is quite smooth and creamy.

O: I enjoyed this very much. I am wondering whether this is a dark DIPA, with all its hoppy goodness. Whatever it is, I like it and look forward to more. Well done, Lakefront!

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Bridge Burner Special Reserve Ale from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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