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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TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - NOV 17, 2005
Thanks to Hopdog for the 2000 Vintage treat. Pours a hazy orange amber with a bunch of floaties and very small lacing. Aroma of caramel, some floral hops in the background, sort of hard to explain but nice. Flavor of the same. Balanced and smoothed out nicely with age.

twindadplus2 (732) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 12, 2005
Cloudy rosey copper color with a very thin white head and some chunks of sediment in the glass. Sweet, fruity aroma with some earthy malt and alcohol. Flavor is very tart and acidic initially, settling into hops bitterness and a malty sweetness. Not bad but dominated a bit too much by the tartness for my taste.

Bockyhorsey (2627) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 18, 2005
Aromas of Alcohol, earthly farm field of barley. Body was a murky copper color with some active floaters in the glass. Small white head also. Flavor was sweet and syrpy and alcohol. Not over bearing although. If you like barley wines you should try this one.

1FastSTi (3361) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 23, 2005
Unknown vintage, although it does say 1997, 10th anniversary in tiny lettering at the top. So, I’m guessing that it’s a 1997. Poured some large chunks, but not that much. Nice copper/brown body with a white head. The aroma is very bready, malty, port wine, light smoke. The flavor is quite good. Light chocolate with an oaked palate, sweet barley malts, light caramel. The palate is just as it should be for this beer.

MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - AUG 10, 2005
2000 vintage. Poured a light brown with a tint of orage, some particles suspended in the beer still and a thin layer of head that dispersed quickly. Aroma is slightly sweet chocolate malt, orange, caramel and a bit of age. Flavor falls off a bit, seems too off the wall and shocking at first. Alcohol is rather present in the second half, and the fist half of the taste is rather a sweet unfinished malt taste. Reminds me a bit of Triple Bock without the soy sauce component. Interesting beer to sample, unique, and a resonable offering for a 5 year old, but it comes off a bit too distinct for my liking.

Ughsmash (7508) - 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!

SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 20, 2005
ok, im not sure which vintage this is but im assuming 1997 since it says tenth anniversary on the bottle. i was a little hesitant since some of the ratings looked shaky and the huge glops of junk in the bottle of this, so i carefully decanted from the bottle trying to leave the sediment inside. minimal carbonation. nose is of apple with some carmel. taste is mostly tart apple and is quite sweet at first. this turned out ok, though probably has aged too long.

Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 16, 2005
Small bottle, 1997 & 2003 (I think) side by side. I dont see how the ratings on this are so low. The ’97 held up nicely. In fact, the color on the 97 is a bit lighter then it’s younger brother. The ’03 is a bit more bready and the ’97 tastes more like an old Bigfoot. Maybe they lose the green bottles.

bu11zeye (13140) - 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.

biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2005
10th anniversary vintage?. Precious little bottle. Pours a hazy light amber with a small white head and LARGE white chunks of yeast, some 3/8" across. Sharp and carmely in aroma. Flavors of multi-vitamin, some bread and caramel. Some bitterness and sourness in the finish. Fruit comes out as it warms. Not so great.

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