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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (12774) - 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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (12517) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2005
(6.3 fl. oz. bottle) Pours a lightly cloudy and particulate amber body with an average off-white head. Malty aroma with brown sugar, oak, and alcohol. Flavor of caramel, alcohol, raisins, and spicy fruit cake.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 12/01/2004
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting

hazy burnt orange, scant head, sweet yet hoppy aroma with a touch of yeasty esters, light malt flavor followed by a very long hoppy then bitter finish, well balanced, lots of complex lingering hops, not a typical barleywine but quite tasty
-------- /> Date: 01/21/2005
Score: iii to ii

does not hold up as well in a full bottle as it does in the sample, becomes typical

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
Rating: 2.8/5.0
Score: *4
-------- /> The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (10731) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dogbrick (10707) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hopscotch (10522) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 3, 2009
Bottle... C&P’sLYFO Throwdown... Pours clear and amber with a small, white fat-bubbled head. The nose is odd – should smell like caramel, but comes across to me as a caramel and chicken broth blend. Full-bodied and a little syrupy with mild carbonation. Medium sherry, caramel malts and a touch of chocolate malt sweetness. Bittersweet, warming, very dry finish. Video = http://homepage.mac.com/maltajo/RATEBEER/iMovieThe

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
MartinT (8957) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 5, 2003
My tongue is frozen on a metal post...An idiot throws some alcohol on me to supposedly dislodge my poor appendage...Luckily, the post doesn't taste much : faint chemistry lab, mute caramel, devoid of any assertive flavor and aroma...Someone passes behind me with an orange I think...Is it me or spending half an hour with frostbite not that appealing?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (7910) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 12, 2007
Pours out of a petit little 6.3oz bottle pours a sediment chunky dull copper with tan head. Boy, that’s not much beer. Looks like a couple of quaffs. The aroma is nice with caramel and toffee that give way to dark fruitiness and hints of citrus hard candy. The flavor is nice and smooth with a suitable somewhat thick mouth feel. The flavor starts with pine and citrus sweet hop flavor that slowly build to a mild bitterness that is a little out of place. Along with the hops are mild caramel candy and toffee candy sweetness. The dark fruitiness really takes a back seat to the other flavor notes. Tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7501) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 9, 2005
2000 Vintage, 6.3 oz green bottle. Solid 1/2+" sludge at the bottom of the bottle. Carefully decanted, but still managed to get some sludge in the snifter. Color was a hazy orangish-amber, and there was no head & little carbonation. Aroma was almost port-like, with dark fruits and alcohol coming through. Flavor is similar to old Bigfoot, but sans some complexity. There was plenty of sweetness, some plums, a little bread, and just a faint taste of alcohol in there. Finish is rather pleasant, though, carrying through some caramel and dark fruit... and it was a slightly warming going down. Aroma and flavor become much more pronounced as this warms. Certainly better than expected!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 15, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2003 Rerate: 2002/Millenium Edition - Light strawberry aroma and flavor. Slightly sweet and mellow. Not your typical barleywine, but very drinkable and hides its alcohol well. 1999 Vintage - Strong sweet, malty, alcoholic aroma. Absolutely no head even with a vigorous pour. A rather large chunk of yeast sediment fell to the bottom of my glass, but I don't mind. Reminds me a lot of a vintage English strong ale. Caramel malty notes with a touch of sourness and an oily palate. This is very mellow for being 10% ABV. Smooth and complex and one of Lakefront's best offerings. The 7 oz. bottle is cute, but restricting.

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