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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 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - JAN 12, 2006
The aroma is yeasty and alcholic and very little else. The color is murky brown and no head. There are large particles of yeast suspended throughout the beer. The alcohol dominates the flavor and is very cloying and winelike. However no other flavor comes through to compliment the product.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2005
2000 Vintage: Not only is the bottle small but the fill barely comes up to the base of the neck. Poured a murky orange/brown with plenty of floaters and bare minimum of a head. Aroma is slightly tart. Oranges and sweet malt. Flavor starts sweet and malty but thins out to some bitterness and alcohol. Flavor is short and while it feel thick when it first hits the tongue it is kind of thin. Finish is very dry. Warming.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
hezron (614) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2005
Initial aroma of dried figs and caramel with some pine notes but then the aroma blends to smell a little like soured bread. I wanted to say vomit, but soured bread is a much nicer descriptor. Amber-orange in color with no head and tons of yeast sediment. I managed to decant it pretty well, but some ended up in my glass. Piney hop flavor with lots of sweet dried fruit malt flavors and a hint of stale chocolate cookies. Odd, chalky mouthfeel that makes my mouth pucker a little. Just a little cloying. This is an odd little beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (13318) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 20, 2005
(6.3oz bottle, Millennium 2000 vintage, thanks Barry) Yeast-filled murky bown body with off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, plum, molasses, port, light wood. Taste is sweet, caramel/butterscotch, molasses/syrup, plum/raisin, honey, alcohol/brandy. Full body with low carbonation. This gets all the basics down pat, but it needs something else to bring it up to excellence. Perhaps tone down the sweetness and alcohol presence, and bring up the hops. Of course, the hops probably have mellowed substantially since 2000.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2005
Great malty aroma, sweet, caramel, alcohol. Pours a dark golden brown. Good caramel, sweetness, with some hop spiciness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2008 10th anniversary. Pours copper, basically flat. Aroma is caramel and oxidation, a little buttery. Flavor isn’t bad caramel some light fruits, apples, pears. Semi-sweet caramel the whole time and not much else. The bottom of the bottle was filled with gross looking chunks and could’ve been a lot worse.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pivo (2667) - GERMANY - NOV 22, 2005
Sweet heavy malt nose with hints of cherry and tons of alcohol. Murky orange rust color, no head. Syrupy malt, hint of light spicy bitter. Brandy-like. Thick body, gritty mouthfeel. Big boy. Grows on you but not the most thrilling barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
YogiBeera (2570) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 22, 2005
Orange color - thick locking with lots of sediments. No head. Honey and grass nose. Syrupy,. medium bitter - very earthy with some pine - actually not overly convincing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gatorbeer (148) - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2005 Pours copper with lots of large chunks of sediment. Aroma of malt, yeast and caramel. Tastes is malty, hoppy, oakey, with the bite of highly alcoholic beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (11653) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2005
6.3oz bottle acquire in trade ughsmash (thanks!). Millennium (2000) vintage. Poured a deep and cloudy amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Bunch of larger floaters. Aromas of caramel, a little earthy, and some dark fruits lurking in the background. Tastes of caramel, light vanilla, and dark fruits. Light alcohol in the finish. Some lacing left on the glass. This one aged well and am surprised that the overall rating is so low.

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