Lakefront Beer Line Barley Wine (1997-2005)

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RATINGS: 119   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.88/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Copper in color, Beer Line is the first organic barley wine brewed in the United States.

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KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 26, 2006
Light amber color with CHUNKS floating around. The CHUNKS look like choped walnuts. I am only taking 3 Sips of this and I am dumping it out. Sorry, I am not going to drink a whole beer with chunks of crap floating in it. Particals yes, CHUNKS no! Smell of prunes, caramel and minor alcohol. Not realy a lot going on in this one. Taste of caramel and a semi dry bitterness. WTF??? Come on Lakefront! Milwaukee is the king of Beer. You guys can’t even make a good barleywine. You should go and slide down that old Bernie Brewer Slide into a mash ton. Maybe it will add some flavor to the barleywine.

SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2006
Hazy, chunky, glowing amber/copper. Insignificant head. Toasty caramel/toffee, rich malt, light fruits, earthy hops, and some herbal notes. Balanced brew. Smooth medium palate. Very drinkable. Not overly impressive, but underrated at 2.83.

awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 16, 2006
Sweet nose on this beer, minimal head when poured, orengish red hue in glass. I don’t know it was okay but I wouldn’y waste anymore money on this one. Taste was sweet but with a very bitter ending

jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JUN 11, 2006
From a 6.3 oz. slender green bottle, I not sure about the vintage, could be 1997, then again not, nothing really states a bottling date that I would trust. I also poured two bottles, one with sediment and one without.

Made an average appearance, poured a cloudy orange hued copper with a fizzy head that quickly settled into a fine lacing, moderate carbonation.

Had a nose of caramel, toffee, raisins, a dry yeastiness and whiffs of alcohol.

A smooth and a little watery lightish medium bodied mouth feel, average barley wine drinkability.

Caramel malty, a light raisin, yeasty, the alcohol is a bit fusel-like and has too large a presence in the taste and a dryish alcohol and malty finish with a subtle toffee flavor lingering in the palate.

An average barley wine in my personal opinion, a bit off balanced. Without the sediment poured in, this barley wine was a less bitter tasting.

5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 13, 2006
Bottle (2000): Muddy caramel, thin to moderate fizzy off-white head, drops quickly, spotty lacing.   Sweet malty aroma,

some butterscotch, maple syrup, and bready notes.   As it warms a bit of underarm and wet sock appear.   Alcohol becomes more

apparent as well.   Alcoholic bready start, somewhat syrupy, very warming, with a bit of dark pitted fruit.   Sweeter than the nose

suggests.   Body and mouthfeel, while a bit stickly sweet, is fairly moderate.   All malt finish, sweet, syrupy, remaining somewhat

bready with soft notes of dark pitted fruit.   Tiz okay, but somewhat cloying.   Thanks JPDIPSO for the bottle!

brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - APR 23, 2006
Easily the most flacid barleywine i have ever had. Aroma at first was non-existent,waited,waited,eventually a little estery malt came up,very cloudy and setiment filled,taste was muddled alcohol and some estery malt. Organic,schmorganic, I’m drinking alcohol here,I dont care if a pesticide was used,it will be taken care of in the boil

sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 18, 2006
Bottle: Copper, brown color, little to no head. Very sweet aroma, with a bit of soy peaking through. Really malty sweet beer, the alcohol is a bit strong, before seeing this listing I had it pegged at around 13%. Woody finish that was kind of a turn off at first, but it mellowed as the beer warmed. Lots of sediment. But overall not bad.

RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2006
This beer has a sweet smelling aroma consisting of yeast, dates, clove, and molasses. It is a sediment caramel colored solution with only a glaze of a white head. This beer enters the mouth with the sweet taste of dates. As it flows through the mouth it becomes bitterer and produces a woody taste.

RAYBOY01 (2010) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2006
Very light in texture, despite a rather potent ABV, so I was rather disappointed in this effort from an otherwise fine brewery. Lightly hopped and light caramel notes fail to impress. But the alcohol kick does finish in a peppery warming. I was hoping for better.

Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2006
Kind of a disappointment, because I like most of what I’ve had from Lakefront to date. You know a brew’s in trouble when all they can come up with for a description is, "Copper in color, Beer line is the first organic barley wine brewed in the United States." Well, to quote Jorma Kaukonen, "I don’t care if there’s preservatives in it, as long as my lettuce is crisp." It poured a headless, hazy amber with scary looking, large particles floating about. The aroma is a sharp malt, whiskey-like in nature, with heavy alcohol fumes. The flavor is alcohol with some sweet malt tossed in. The finish is a low alcohol burn. Not very interesting. I did like the cute little 6.3 oz bottle.

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