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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 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 23, 2004
For such a tiny bottle.....I will agree with JasonG that it has an unbelievable amount of sediment...borderlined on having to chew it! Light Orange Coloring. Bitter....AWFUL!! If this is an example of organice barleys Iím staying home...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAY 1, 2004
Iíve never seen this much sediment at the bottom of a bottle as this little guy has. Pours a totally cloudy orange color with no head at all. Aroma has lots of citrus, slightly bitter, smells almost like tang. Flavor is way bitter, some citrus notes, but really masked by its bitterness. Not as well rounded as really good barleywines, just pure bitterness, probably one of the more bitter brews Iíve had. Says 50IBU, but seems much more than that. An interesting brew, but not something Iíd probably go for again.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
DKlovesbeer (172) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - MAR 7, 2004
Comes in a ridiculously small bottle but that is this beer's best feature because it tastes like it was squirted from a skunks hind quarters. If this is what organic barley wine tastes like then I'll pass. Smells skunky, sour, unrefined. Body is a copperish orange color with a super tiny coffee ice cream colored head. Flavor is unpredictable. It seems like this beer is just made wrong. One sip tastes like malt, skunk juice, and alcohol. The next sip tastes like cabbage, tobacco, and skunk juice. The only consistent quality is that everything tastes and smells like skunk juice. This beer is a looser in my book. Still, if you dare to try it, give the brew at least ten minutes to breath in the glass before tasting. Overall, I think this beer stinks.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2004
Oh for God sake, why the hell would LakeFront bottle this Barely Wine in a 6.3oz bottle? That’s just RETARDED!
Pours a nice bronzy / orange body with a thick pillow of creamy white head. The aroma is malty as a bastard! Notes of honey, CARAMEL from start to finish! Small notes of plums, apples, and larger notes of black pepper make themselves known. It reminds me of going fishing when I was younger and having a cheek packed with Red Man chew! This beer must be immature, it’s not overly complex, it’s not very exciting, but I had expected it to tast like a bucket of piss and I was presently surprised to find that it is just a bottle of spittoon juice!
Why would a brewery release a juvenal beer that must be aged for any kind of major enjoyment? One would think that the brewer would brew the intended 2004 batch in late 2002 and let it age before it’s 2004 release……..?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2004
Fairly light for a barleywine. Quite sweet with a nice tart alcohol bite. Smokey/tabacco and cocoa underlies the sweetness. I liked this beer contrary to many other opionions. Oh yeh.. 2000 vintage.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 23, 2004
6.3 oz [1998 sampling: Deliahís Chicago (vintage beer tasting, Feb Ď04)]: absolutely still. Strange fruit cake aroma with strong alcohol and strawberry syrup. Totally off flavours of green plants and horribly sour fruits. Not for me at this time.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PorterPounder (7334) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2004
Starts off with a murky, dark nectarine colored pour with a light white head - wee bit of lacing. Aroma is of alcohol with a bit of caramel sweetness thrown in for good measure. Starts off strong with heavy caramel maltiness and a heavy citrusy hoppiness to it. Near the end of the smallish 6.3 oz bottle though it turns a bit acidic, and bites as it goes down. Overall, not bad, but not one of the better Barley Wines - perhaps I should have aged it 1 year as the bottle suggests.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aurelius (5071) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2004
Caramel malt and sulphurous aroma. Hazy chestnut brown, wee green bottle, good label. Mid-tongue hop and bitter assault, relatively dry and a bit nutty, some butterscotch, better when it isn't ice cold. I didn't particularly enjoy this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 8, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2004 2000 vintage Sampled 2/8/2004 - Dark fruit aroma with light hop notes. Barely any head, but enough to give it a creamy top. Copper color with big chunks of yeast... have to pour carefully. Taste is about as expected... some sweeten brown sugary dark fruit, butterscotch. Devoid of extremely interesting/complex flavor, but still pretty good. Alcohol is there, but isn't too bad.
Ar: 7; Ap: 3; Fl: 7; P: 3; O: 14

1997 Vintage Sampled 7/28/2004
Hazy gold/orange color. Not as much yeast as the 2000... in fact barely any. Odd aroma that isn't too good. Like a fake sweet orange hoppy thing with some woody hops. Isopropyl alcohol smell to. I think wet diapers to. Weird. Taste is also a bit off. Bitter orange and wood mostly with some sweetness making it bearable. Alcohol is a bit much to. Blah.
Ar: 4; Ap: 3; Fl: 5; P: 3; O: 9

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 5, 2004
Copper color with a red tint. Quite viscous, you can detect it in the pour as well as how it clings to the glass walls when swirled. No head or carbonation, although there was a slight hiss when opening the bottle. This stuff is bottle conditioned, so there's some yeast clumps floating about (I left 1" in the bottle). Interesting aroma, has wheat bread and fermented apples. The flavor is big and rough. Brown sugar, vanilla, and a dry woody aftertaste. Slight alcohol burn in the finish, too. Very thick, syrupy mouthfeel. I dislike the alcohol notes and weirdly thick mouthfeel, and I suppose the flavor isn't that interesting either.

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