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My Turn Series: Chad | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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My Turn Series: ChadMy Turn Series: Chad

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

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerFMAndy on 02-19-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 98
Photo of loubrew
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 2/13/13. Drinking exceptionally well. Very smooth, no trace of hear from alcohol. If you have any in the cellar then I'd say that now is the time!

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

A two year old, properly cellared bottle, poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a hazy medium to dark orange amber with a thin white head that dissipates to a thin ring around the glass. Aroma of caramel malt, brown bread, dark stone fruit,a bit of pure ethanol at the end. Flavor is caramel malt, toffee, figs and dates, hints of dark stone fruit, honey sweetness. Light grassy hop bitterness in the finish. Medium to heavy bodied with a lightly syrupy mouth feel. A pleasant, somewhat sweet barleywine, perhaps leaning more towards an English style, but that may be due to the aging; there is a nice light hop bitterness in the finish that is true to style. Sadly, I did not try this fresh, but this 2 year old is a quite respectable barleywine for its age. It cellared nicely. After the somewhat boozy aroma, the alcohol is well covered in the flavor, which is well balanced. I like this, but will probably never see it again.

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Photo of maximum12
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I'm a sucker for relatively cheap bombers. Plus, I figured after seeing the Lakefront name in all sorts of places for a looong time, it was time to actually try one of their beers. So here we are, splitting a 22 oz. bomber with my wife while watching my flailing Twinkies.

The pour is lively for a big barleywine (wow, look at the ABV on her!) & underneath is an orangish beer that's tough to look through without x-ray vision. Even after multiple, dangerous swirls in my very full glass, the aroma is very quiet: bit of sweet malts, slivers of fruit. Not much going on.

My Turn Series: Chad is port thick. The thing that stands out is the thickness, this one is like liquid phlegm (in a good way, I mean) & actually takes an effort to get down. Chewy fruitcake mixed with mostly melted caramel, & a surprisingly prominent herbal hoppiness on the mid-palate bleeding into the finish. Significant booziness that's sometimes welcome is distracting here. I am sipping this rather quickly, but a single glass is sufficient.

Pretty good beer.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1 PT. 6 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter
1000th review

A - It is a copper hue with amber highlights. It is topped with a couple inches of tan head.

S - When I first poured it I smelled a boozy, almost bourbon-like aroma. Upon further investigation I smelled the malt profile. It has a fruity smell along with some caramel malt.

T - I get a little alcohol. There is some caramel and fruity notes. There are no overwhelming flavors. It has a slight bitterness on the finish.

M - Syrupy.

O - It is a simple, well done barley wine. There is nothing that makes it stand out, and yet, it is enjoyable to drink. It is right on for the English style.

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Photo of russpowell
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

n effervescent chestnut with a thumb+ of cream colored head. Decent head retention & slightly better lacing

S: Pears, breadyness, plums & booze

T: Rich breadyness, caramel, leafy & woody hops & plums up front, a touch of booze as well. Hints of toffee as this warms, earthy hops, & more plums & figs as well. Some pineapple in the finish along with sticky toffee, leafy hops & a kiss of booze & Christmas Pudding

MF: Rich body, firm carbonation, sticky, warming, decent balance, seems more like an English BW to me

Nice stab at the style, this is a sipper, the ABV is to be reckoned with, this will age nicely I'm sure

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Photo of Jason
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber with a no freshness date.

Glowing deep copper hue with a faint haze, I did my best to not decant the dregs into the glass. Lacing for a big beer is impressive and stays around until I'm finished. Wafts of brown bread, Christmas pudding, mild hop resin, papaya, doughy yeast, toffee, & alcohol. Sweet, very full bodied with a almost syrupy mouthfeel. Ample hop bitterness, mild dankness within. Figgy with other notes of tropical fruit and then a slow burn of estery alcohol. Sweet breadiness with a nutty finish.

A serious Barleywine that can take some age for the better, don't retire this one guys!!!

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Photo of Murrhey
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a standard pressure-cap bomber into a pint glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Walnut body, one-finger cream-colored head and little retention.

S- Boozy, warm aroma. Not much hop character.

T- Warm boozy flavor.

M- Very light bodied.

O- Not a superb example of a barleywine, but that is such a weird style I can't take points. Still enjoyed it.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: A moderately hazy deep copper colored beer with a long lasting tan head. The head is made of cream, compact bubbles. There is a pill of easily disturbed sediment in the bootle so handle with care.

S: A rich malty aroma with medium dried dark fruit, a moderate hops aroma along with a little rye spice. The malt has a fair amount of caramel sweetness and a touch a cocoa in the background.

T: A lot of a malt bringing a medium caramel sweetness, some light spice along with a light cocoa. There is a medium-strong hops bitterness putting the balance slightly towards the sweet. There is a medium orange flavor with medium-light dried dark fruit flavors. the finish is medium with an aftertaste of moderate hops bitterness and a some spice.

M: A medium-full bodied beer with a medium level of carbonation. A medium alcohol warmth on the palate and in the throat.

O: A malt bomb without being overly sweet, having a firm hops bitterness and a complimentary rye spice.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.09/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured an amberish color with a medium sized dirty white near tannish cap which hangs around for a few monets before it fades off leaving minimal lacing and a few bubbles

S: Caramel, toffee, some pine needles and a dusting of cheap bakers cocoa

T: A caramel presence upfront with some toasted grains, a pungent little booze sting with some toffee. A breadiness underneath with some fafded citrus notes. Perhaps some piney hops in there as well. The finish is sordove hot, lingering, plain and dry

M: Medium to full body, well carbonated, a lingering sweet meets hotness here

O; Average barelywine. Safe for $6 I suupose. I have a feeling this will be liquid cardboard in three years.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle I brought to share at Oneinchaway's place.

Pours a murky honey brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, toffee, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and caramel flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid citrus and caramel presence.

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Photo of bum732
2.63/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

S: Rich caramel, has an almost wet laundry smell, touch of cocoa as it warms.

L: Cloudy, brown with off-white head that dissipates.

T: Caramel like malt up front with some slight graininess. Medium, herbal bitterness with some herbal hop flavor. Alcohol leaves some warmth. Finishes semi-dry, a little harsh. Sweeter as it warms, brown sugar mostly.

M: Medium full body, medium low carbonation. Alcohol is warming.


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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden with good lacing.

Smell: Mild licorice and grapefruit. Extremely unique.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Feels a lot like a lager. Flavors of clove and wheat. A bit thin, especially for a barleywine.

Overall: Did I love this? No. But it is very enjoyable and unique.

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Photo of TTAmod
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear, dark amber beer with a rocky, active tan head. Retention is decent for a big beer.

S: Heavy malts, caramel, dark fruit. However, there is also a heavy hop presence, as well.

T: Taste is pretty run of the mill barleywine: big, boozy, sweet. I like the malt profile, though...it's biscuity, with a bit of cookie and caramel. It's not TOO sweet, but it's definitely on the sweeter side. There's a earthy, spicy hop bitterness toward the end which lingers for awhile.

M: Pretty heavy body with moderate carbonation. Slightly syrupy, but not too horrible for a big barleywine.

O: It's a pretty good barleywine...better than something like Old Guardian, but not as good as a Bigfoot or another higher-end BW. I'm a fan of LB beers and I love the idea of the beer itself. It was only $5 for this bomber, so it's definitely good for the price.

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Photo of Mdog
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber, very good head.

Smell: Sweet, fruity, candy, caramel.

Taste: Very sweet. Candy, fruit, big caramel flavor. A little twinge of bitter citrus comes through. Alcohol is hidden behind the sweetness.

Overall: This beer just hovers on the edge of being too sweet. Big caramel and candy flavors come through and stick around a long time. Not too heavy, but the 12.5% does make its presence known after half a bomber. Interesting stuff, pretty cheap for a big beer, about $5.50 for a bomber.

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Photo of bigbeard
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Chad pours deep copper with an off-white/tannish head. The initial aroma is that of an Old Ale's sweetness without the cardboardiness that often comes with it. The beer is very malt-forward and slightly biscuity with a nice balance of hop bitterness. Chad is full-bodied, has medium carbonation and just a bit of comforting alcohol warmth. Chad finishes bittersweet with a lingering something that makes us want to eat chocolate...or as Chad himself suggests, brownies. Damn son!

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Thick, murky looking rusty amber with a few finger off white head leaving 1 long, thick string of lace behind.

S - Very malty with toffee, caramel, dark fruits, rum soaked raisins, figs & plums. Light multigrain bread notes in the background. Very boozy but in a good old cognac type way.

T - Sweet and malty. Toffee and caramel jump out followed by lighter notes of dark fruits, rum soaked candy raisins, figs, brown sugar, herbal hops and alcohol.

M - Full bodied and slightly chewy but surprisingly not cloying for how sweet it is. Warming alcohol and dry lingering finish.

D - Congrats to Chad on his turn in the series. A very nice beer especially young at 12.5% abv. This one should be nice with a little age.

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Photo of Zachtheporter
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm very excited for this one! The My Turn Series has churned out 4 of my favorite styles now so far. If they end up making a weizenbock or a milk stout next, i'll be thoroughly convinced that Lakefront's staff has been reading from my diary.

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a New Belgium chalice.

A- Pours a rich deep dark amber/red with a bubbly slightly fizzy, two finger, slightly off-white head. The head stuck around for a while before dissipating down into a rather thin collar around the edges of the chalice and a bit of lacing that danced atop the surface of the beer.

S- The aroma, while not super intense, is rather enjoyable. Fruity with the smell of darker fruits mixed in with a slightly metallic alcoholic tinge that disappeared after warming a bit. The notes that really stuck around were the notes of the dark fruits, namely figs, dates, dark dried cherries, and raisins. Some caramel and toffee notes jump out as well along with some more bread like malts.

T- Damn malty! A straight-up malt bomb with a slight bit of fruity spiciness to it from the hops. You can really taste the barley malt in this one as well, and the alcohol is definitely noticeable (Though not as noticeable as in, say, Olde School barleywine by Dogfish head.). There are some strong notes of dark fruits, just like in the aroma, such as Figs, dates, raisins, prunes and black cherry. There are also some brown sugar and caramel notes as well. Towards the end as it started to warm I even detected some more, nuttier notes, from the malts.

M- Heavy and slightly creamy with absolute perfect carbonation for a barleywine.

O- Very good. Lakefront never truly disappoints though. I cannot wait to see how this ages in a year(or two!).

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
12.5% ABV, 74 IBUs, 25°P, 17°L, Bottled 02/13/13

A - The fact that a beer so strong is able to maintain it's head is miraculous. The pile dense ivory foam is packed so tightly it looks more like the froth from a nitro-tap pour and gently rests on the clear rusted amber beer with finesse, all while leaving dots of lace on the snifter.

S - My my, Chad is voluptuous. Deep maltiness unveils layers of complexity ranging from the easily identifiable caramel and toffee notes to the dense bread loaf and fruity undertones of dried fig, plum, and suggestions of raisin. It's not hard to miss the strong alcohol aroma of this fresh barleywine though; soothing heat wafts out with some aggressiveness.

T - Smooth malt continues through the flavor from the aroma with it's caramel and toffee notes while adding a sprinkle of brown sugar to the mix of fruit and bread for a pleasant malt flavor that finishes with some earthy, dry hoppiness and solvent alcohol heat.

M - Full bodied and smooth, this beer is borderline chewy while distancing itself from being thick or cloying. The big maltiness lingers with sweetness that's balanced by both dry alcohol, and hop bitterness. The finish clearly features plenty of alcohol but it never burns, the 12.5% ABV has a soothing warmth perfect for the last few weeks of cold weather.

O - Chad is big and frankly, boozy, but don't hold it against this incredibly fresh beer. This one will undoubtedly age wonderfully, expounding on it's already fantastic malt depth and fruity nuances. Chad is another fantastic chapter in Lakefront's My Turn series!

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My Turn Series: Chad from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
3.78 out of 5 based on 98 ratings.
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