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Lakefront Beer Line Barley Wine (1997-2005)

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RATINGS: 121   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.87/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Copper in color, Beer Line is the first organic barley wine brewed in the United States.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2004
2000 bottle. A deep whiskey color, minimal head. A strong heavy sweet caramel fruit aroma. Wow, this needs to be sipped. A silky mouthfeel. Taste of sweet malt, vanilla. Slightly bitter. This has aged very well. Great after dinner drink.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
jsquire (4122) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2003
2000 little bottle. I was wondering if this bottle just didn't age well until I saw its rating. It poured a translucent orange with big, clumsy bubbles but no real head. I poured carefully but still got big chunks. Lots of alcohol in the nose with a rum raisen sense to it. The taste was oddly metallic with lots of alcohol, dark fruits with faint butteryness. Stange watery finish. Not very good especially when compared to Fred which I'm drinking now.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2003
Vintage 2002.Pour this brew carefully because it's got an awful lot of clumpy yeast in the bottom that looks unappetizing.It poured a nice orange color with no head.Watching it pour into the glass it looked almost like maple syrup does when poured,thick and syrupy.The aroma is sweet and malty with a nice fruity accent to it,mildly alcoholic.The flavor is strongly malty and alcoholic with a mild fruit presence.It almost tastes like it's a little young,like more ageing would maybe do this brew a little good as far as mellowing and bringing the flavors together.It definately has a slight sweet side but it seems to let the High ABV.get in the way.I don't know if the organic really plays any role in this brew,some people seem to shy away from organics but i like the novelty of it,i mean hell all brews where organic at one time,so this is like stepping a bit into the past.The after taste is fruity and alcohol with a decent hop bitterness.All in all this isn't a bad brew,it just needs a little more time IMO to blossom.Thanks to JPDIPSO for letting me try this rare brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 10, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2005 Ruddy amber color, no head. Bottle conditioned, heavily sedimented. Aroma is sharp, sour, sherry-like. Lots of alcohol. Flavors are acidic, sour, somewhat fruity, notes of sherry and brandy. Very sweet. Sticky full body. Sharp sourness actually has some appeal, but in the end this just doesn’t come together well.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 5, 2003
millennium 2000 special edition: faint alcohol fruit brown sugar aroma. no head. some floaties. looks like liquid golden poop. mmm, the taste makes up for it, but it's subpar. creamy mouthful leaves ya with a warming burn. i don't care for the aftertaste much. leaves quickly though. so it's not bad. small bottle. good, but next time i'll pass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2003
Ok, there is stuff floating in this beer. I know this is normal, but it's still slightly disturbing. Not a bad beer, I somewhat enjoyed it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2003
2000 bottling: Cloudy orange color with lots and lots of yeast chunks. Sweet, slight acidic, not too much alcohol taste considering the alcohol content. A so-so beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dogbrick (11327) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2003 2000 Bottle: Hmm. Usually I don't like when beers are bottled in servings smaller than 12oz, especially at $2 for 6.3oz. Thoroughly dark orange with an almost nonexistent off-white head. Aroma of caramel, malt and alcohol. Rich body with a flavor that is very intense and is almost too much to take in. In that regard I was happy for the smaller serving size. The flavor is very in-your-face fruit (apricot and apple), alcohol and caramel. This would be better if it had some time to calm down I think.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 21, 2003
Completely unnoteworthy. Not bad, not good. Just bland. It's almost a feat just to have gotten such little flavor out of a barleywine. Some alcohol, touch of caramel, not much else. Dull

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUL 20, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2003 Jaymobrown & I lined up a bottle from each year (99,00,01,02) and they were all vastly different in color, nose, and degrees of terribleness. 99 was dark reddish brown, lifeless, yeasty with hints of cherrywood and too-strong apple brandy. 00 was pale yellow with small patches of substance (yeast?) on top. Sugary and overpowering alcohol denied any enjoyment, like drinking cough syrup circa'77. The 01 was maple colored, phenolic, and over-the-top sugary with a strange terrible aftertaste. The 02 was almost a Barleywine by definition, but still had a nasty sugary, rotten taste. Orange zest seemed to be the aftertaste hidden behind the rotten cherry alcohol taste. Worst Beers I have ever had..bar none, from an otherwise wonderful brewery. These are 'organic', if anyone really gives a damn about something so absurd.

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