wxman (1744) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a bright straw color with an acceptable white head. Clean grassy earthy aroma. Surprisingly sweet. Has a boiled corn taste along with pale malt sweetness, some maple syrup, and mild hoppiness. Kind of like a very pleasant non-astringent malt liquor (if such a thing exists). Not bad, I just don’t know what it is.
orville (160) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 20, 2007
2.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle poured into a stein. Aroma is like sweet sugar candy. Flavor is flat tasting and slightly sweet. Not really a dopplebock like their website claims. In fact its rather dull and hopless. Even lacks in malt. Aroma is interesting. Basically this is an interesting failure that should’ve had the kinks worked out.
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 11, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark amber color with a adequate head and weak lacing. Aroma of sweet candied fruit and biscuit. An odd sweetness here that many of the Lakefront beers have. Not in a pleasant way, mind you. I’ve come to realize this is their "house flavour". Sticky body and a bit cloying with a thin mouthfeel and weak hop character. Don’t know what I’m missing here as the packaging reads it’s big bodied with a generous amount of malt. Maybe they labeled the wrong beer? I’m having a bad Lakefront tasting as of late..............
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 12, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy orange, sediment-laden body, thin off-white head. Toasty aroma with burnt caramels and hints of candy corn. Sweet, candy-like body, with notes of nuts and honey (reminiscent of Bit-o-Honey candies), caramel, and toast. Sharp carbonation, light sweet finish.
hopdog (11558) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Poured a medium orange color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, a little fruity and some bread. Tastes of sweet fruits, caramel and all around malty. Medium alcohol finish. All around sweet.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Kind of a letdown from a usually fine brewer. The commercial description calls it a blonde doppelbock, but I agree with the RB assessment that this is a straight bock, and fairly light at that. It has a clear amber body with a skinny little head. The aroma is sweet and malty with caramel. The flavor is sweet, but the malt seems grainy and slightly burnt. Sweet sticky finish. Okay, but I’ve come to expect a lot more from Lakefront.
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thedm (5668) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 8, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
This bottled brew poured a medium sized head of foamy light tan colored fine to medium sized mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a carbonated very hazy light brown colored body with lots of suspended particulate. The aroma was malty yeasty and musty. The mouth feel was vinous and left an interesting numbing feeling in my mouth. The flavor was malty musty spicy and vinous.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Another from the festival from Hell. Okay, maybe some of the beers are passable, and this certainly is, but one expects to find the best beers at a beer festival. Well, maybe I’m naive in that expectation. This poured a hazy amber with a small, frothy white head. Malt meets the nose first, then notes of caramel, tropical fruit, toasted grain. Medium body with gentle carbonation and watery texture. Flavor was too light for a bock. Some sweetness but lacking depth.
hotstuff (4864) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 22, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Off-white medium sized fizzy head that mostly diminished, minimal lacing, fizzy carbonation, slightly hazy, and an orange hue. Malty, hoppy, caramel, sweet, fruity nose. Flavor was sweet, caramel, fruity, and malty. Mouthfeel was smooth, thin, and refreshing. Light body.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 5, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
In the bottle. Pours a deep gold/light amber color. Aroma of caramel and yeasty lager dough. Quite sweet with a good mouthfeel. This reminds me a little of the modern-day Dixie, but not the original one.