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 Groulxsome
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle into a tulip. The Bridge Burner is dark copper witha thick tan head. The aroma is citrus, a little fresh pine, molasses, sweet dark sugar, and slightly like sweet fruit punch (think about it, it's there). On the palate, a little more roasted barley character is present, with a good hit of lemon and a balanced bitterness. Not a lot of heat - though the alcohol heat is present - and overall a fairly rich, creamy body. Little lingering taste of chocolate, malt, and brown sugar. American Strong Ales are always such a mixed bag, this one comes close to being the American Ale equivalent of a Belgian Dubbel. Very much worth a try.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dark black color ale with a large dark foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of dry roasted malt with some resin and citrus hops. Taste is a mix between some roasted malt notes with dry notes and some pine and citrus hops punch. Body is quite full with somewhat of a creamy texture and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Well balanced with good hops punch

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Photo of liamt07
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO, 650ml into a tulip.

Deep opaque burgundy, khaki head with moderate retention and a good bit of lace. Strong toffee and malt character, hops are there too and have some citrus and spice to them. More malt on the palate, alcohol, toffee, dark fruits and a bit of sweetness. Some roast and hops in the finish, roast and some chocolate bitterness lingers. Some sweetness and alcohol on the back end. Medium full feel, medium carbonation. Interesting, and saw faint comparisons to Arrogant Bastard can be drawn.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No freshness info was apparent on this bottle. Poured in to tulip.

A - Very dark amber/brown, almost completely opaque. One finger of cream coloured head.

S - Piney hop aroma dominates with some citrus, roast and nuttiness.

T - Piney and citrus flavours accompany a moderate bitterness for the style. Roast, nuttiness and a hint of chocolate in the background.

M - Medium body. Creamy with some nice sticky hop oils. Light to moderate carbonation.

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Photo of CanuckRover
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A very dark red, looks deep brown at first glance. Dense head settles to a ring within a couple minutes. Thick lacings to the finish.

Complex aroma. Bittersweet chocolate, cherries, a hint of piney hops.

Deep malt flavours to start things off. Charcoal and chocolate mingling with dark fruit. Hard to nail down the hops. Bitterness is there, but hard to pick out your American standards. I don't really get much in the way of citrus, but certainly pine. Otherwise the malt and heat is getting in the way... not a bad thing really.

This is a bit of a mess of a beer. A nice mess, but hard to pick apart. Complex malt backbone duking it out with brash hops. I really like this one. Fun to explore.

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Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to see this make it to Northern Ontario.

A - Pours a nice dark ruby red, finger of head with solid retention and some nice sticky lacing.

S - Nose is dominated by sweet citrus hops, candied caramel, burnt sugar and woody pine.

T - The hop profile takes a back seat to the sweet caramel notes, a nice earthy hop profile comes through on the finish alongside a hint of burnt sugar and a touch of espresso.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and surprisingly wet on the finish.

O - A delicious brew, full of flavour and well worth seeking out. Easy drinking and an ABV that is incredibly well hidden. I thoroughly enjoyed this brew and will be grabbing a few extra bottles before they disappear.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass.

A real dark brown mahogany body. Looks like very dark brown coffee, with a hint of red hue but barely on the edges. Head compliments the color with a bit of beige and yellow color. Two fingers off the pour with soapy little retention, and settling slowly.

Nose has a mild sense of grapefruit hop and thick malts. Some light brown sugars, but a very heavy sensing smell. Thick molasses like mild milk chocolate also.

Palate is a bit of a surprise. The first flavor on the mid palate is quite fruity, with a sense of fig like character. Hop bitterness is mellowed out with some sweet caramel finishing, with a hint of roast like character. There's some nice mellow simple instant pot coffee warmth and flavor on the finish with this. Feel is quite light but carries everything nicely.

A very flavorful and drinkable strong ale, really liked this one.

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(4.25) A: Clear cola coloured with a ruby red tinge and a good-looking dense and creamy foam head. Long lasting retention and lacing that clings.

(4.0) S: Pine, citrus rinds, juicy lime, herbal qualities, hidden dark fruits (plums and raisins), and molasses. Solid variety of hearty aromas that are both earthy and rich.

(3.75) T: Caramel, pine, oranges, raw grains, faint cocoa, and dark fruits. Roasted malt elements met with DIPA qualities provide quite an earthy and gritty brew. A bit of alcoholic heat detected on the back end.

(4.0) M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Chewy texture with some slight bitterness but pretty level and balanced for the most part.

(3.75) D: A solid American Strong Ale with a full and earthy flavour and a gritty texture to match.

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Photo of peensteen
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Brownish red body, 2 fingers of off white head, good amount of lace and retention here. Smell is fairly hop forward, some citrus, lots of sharp pine, sweet malts and caramel both present, mostly hops though, grapefruit and orange toward the end along with some bready-toffee notes. Taste is sweet and malty, bit of chocolate flavour, piney-dank weedy hops, moderately bitter throughout, some fruits in the mix most noteably cherry, citrus and caramel mid palate, malty and piney finish. Medium carbonation, lightish body and pretty watery at points also. This was pretty solid, lots going on here in terms of flavour, more body and softer carbonation would have gone a long way here but still a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bottle from the Nepean LCBO for $5.25

Appearance - Brownish-red colour with an average size fizzy/frothy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some goodlacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, caramel, grapefruit/oranges

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, malts, and hops. There is also a hint of roasted chocolate and some grapefruit/oranges and something along the lines of strawberries. It ends with a malty/fruity/hoppy aftertaste.

Overall – Lots of flavours going on here. I don't really like the strawberry/guava type fruitiness in there but the rest of it works well. I picked up a few bottles thinking I could age them, but I'm not sure that will work out well.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber from the LCBO, nice to see another brewery crack the shelves. Love the story behind this beers name.

Poured into your standard nonic. Dark amber russet, almost chestnut, with a sturdy head of foam. Great retention, terrific circles of lacing. Nice looking brew.

Nose is west coast citrus hops, caramel, chocolate, brown bread.

Interesting mish mash of flavors the work well together. Nutty, chocolate malt fighting with citrus resin hops for attention. Easy to drink, no trace of alcohol.

Mouthful is thin, a bit watery, which does the brew a real disservice because I find the rest of it so well.

For the price (under 6), it's a solid brew I will come back to while it's here. Nice hoppy ale.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Surprised how much I'm enjoying this beer!

Bomber pours a beautiful dark mahogany colour with decent head and residual lacing. It was bottled on Jan 30th (like the rest of the LCBO release?) and has a fantastic "c" hop aroma with caramelized malt undertones. Unfortunately those citrus and pine notes don't follow into the flavour, which has an impressive bitterness to the finish although without many "west coast" elements. The taste starts with sweet roasted malts, some caramel and chocolate notes, before transitioning to that nice bitterness. The high 8.5% ABV is warming but not overwhelming.

Have read others describing this as a "messy" beer - and I think that's a good description - but it's a messiness I'm really enjoying. May be time to book a trip to Milwaukee...

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Photo of korguy123
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled Jan 30th, 2013
Bottle into snifter.

Opaque dark brown pour with a light tan thin cap floating on top. Lacing is spotty.

Sweet malts, dark fruit, slight booze, fresh cookies with a bitter pine finish.

Sweet malts, slight alcohol with a bitter wallop in the finish. Dark stone fruits with a touch of strawberries.

Light to medium body, medium carbonation with a sticky finish.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled Jan 30, 2013.

Beer is dark maroon in colour, with a moderate to large sized light tan head. Good retention.

Dark fruit scents (red grape, fig), quite vinous. Alcohol is more noticeable than I would have expected. Bready malt and some grassy scents. A bit spicy.

Taste is lighter than expected- a thin body really affects the flavour for me. The dark fruit is there, with a dry, yeasty flavour. Bitterer than expected- grassy. A bit of booze.

Medium bodied, but feels very thin. Low carbonation. A bit sticky.

Overall, some nice aspects. but the body does not work and the flavours are a bit out of balance.

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Photo of Ri0
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - A rusty red and brown with a 2 finger off white head. Excellent retention and lacing.

S - Some pine hops with a roasted malt and sweet caramel, brown sugar smell. Some dark fruit notes mixed in as well.

T - Up front is malt and roasted grain followed by a hop presence. I was hoping for more of a bold hop presence, but this beer stays on the sweeter side with caramel, brown sugar, biscuit and toffee. Hints of date and fig. Has a pine and spice finish,

M - Nice carbonation and is a somewhat thick and heavy, good for this style.

O - A pretty good offering from LFB, but it leaves me wanting more from it. A bit more assertive and not so safe in the hop/malt combination. LFB doesn't seem to take too many risks, which may be a good thing.

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Photo of Strix
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reddish brown, nice initial head, some nice lacing.

Very malty nose, a cascade-type hop note.

Quite malty, a complex malt note with a bit of raisins, bread, and caramel and a mild grapefruit hop finish.

Mouthfeel rich and creamy.

An easy drinker for an 8% beer, this was nicely done.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I aged this bottle for about a year before pouring it today.

I poured this bottle into a tulip style glass, and there was about three fingers of foam. This left some really nice lacing on the side of glass.

You get a decent amount of smoke in the nose. There is also some chocolate roast and a decent dose of malt.

The flavor had some decent coffee, malt, and smoke presence. I like the way that these flavors mix together.

This is a pretty good beer. I like what Milwaukee put together in this one.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber thanks to the bigredone. Poured into a Lawson's tulip.

A- Pours a dark reddish brown mostly opaque but some translucency. About a half finger of light yellowish slightly brown head that leaves some light spotty lacing. Towards the end of the bottle there was definitely some yeast sedimentation. Decent consistently rising carbonation.

S- Caramel, malts, a little bit of evergreen from the hops, a little bit of booze that fits in well, about average aroma strength. Interesting smell, a little bit more hops then I was expecting.

T- Caramel, malts, some piney hops, lightly sweet, finishes with a lightly sweet caramel taste that lingers. Interesting, decently tasty, everything is balanced well and fits together smoothly.

M- Medium bodied, a little bit watery on the finish but nothing that impedes drinkability, nice carbonation, goes down very easily.

O- This was a nice strong ale. Nothing amazing that really stood out, but an easy to drink enjoyable strong ale that I could easily have again. I'd definitely recommend checking it out if you get the chance.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.11/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased at The Bottle Stop on Sept 28th 2011 for $4.99.

Cellared above 45 degrees for 1 year.

Light bodied with a sharp, edgy beginning. This brew agrees with me but my thought here is that is that it doesn't quite have the base to really age well in the cellar. This is evident by the lack of smooth transitions from one flavor to another.

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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 nickfl
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of off white foam on top of a hazy, dark brown body with some small chunks floating in it. The foam settles at a moderate pace and leaves excellent lace.

S - Brown, sugary malt with some molasses and smoke in the background.

T - Sweet, alomost tart dark fruit up front with some molasses and brown sugar in the middle. Finishes with dark cherry smoky caramel and a hint of mocha.

M - a moderately thick body, average carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Not bad, better than I expected in fact, especially after seeing the copious amounts of floaters that ended up in the glass. The malt character was relatively complex and well balanced with and it is pretty drinkable for the alcoholic strength.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: half finger head with minimal retention on a deep amber head with a lot of floaters in it... likely related to age.

S: dark fruit, mostly apple, raisin and strawberry with tofee and caramel and candy sugar notes.

T: flavor has a sharp, terpentine like note up front quickly moving to a brown sugar, toffee, milk chocolate and toasty malt base. molasses and earthy/resin hops notes round this one out.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: nicely complex. certainly better than I was expecting. Definitely worth trying.

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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 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 daledeee
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22 oz bottle

Pours a very dark brown with light tan head and super lacing. Head does not go away.

Nice syrup, malt and alcohol

Taste is very roasted malt. Notes of chocolate, bitterness and sweetness round out the taste. This is very easy and pleasant to drink. Mouth feel is pretty heavy but acceptable for the type of beer this is. Very worthy.

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Bridge Burner Special Reserve Ale from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
3.86 out of 5 based on 391 ratings.
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