bb (9790) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 26, 2010
Bottle. Toffee colored beer with a nice light tan head. Grapefruit and light pine aroma. Caramel and grapefruit flavor with light pine. Medium-plus. OK bitterness. Caramel lingers with grapefruit and light pine. badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 23, 2010
dark amber with small offwhite head. aroma of sugar, earth, resin. flavor is also very resinous, with big florals, sugar, and alcohol. medicinal beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 22, 2010
Sampled on 5/21/2010. This American Strong Ale pours a reddish amber color from a 22oz bottle. Medium sized white foamy head, with good lacing and nice retention. The aroma is caramel, brown sugar and sweet. Medium bodied American Strong Ale. The malts are caramel, bready, and sweet. The hops are floral and citrusy. Nice balance. Good carbonation. Very smooth tasting. Nice beer, not over the top, but a lot of flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 8, 2010
Served from a 22 oz bottle from Baron’s. The appearance is a very unfiltered and chunky brown with a light brown head. Very gross looking with the chunks in suspension. Aromas of sweet caramel, cotton candy, and a spicy hop. The flavors start with a nice spicy hop, followed with a hearty malt backing that rides on the palate for a while. Some nice bitter on the sides, and light amounts of caramel too. A bit of alcohol burn at times. Overall a solid just about average brew. jkwalking05 (4745) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2010
Dark amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is of hops, caramel and spice. Taste is hoppy with hints of leaves, caramel, spice and malt.
BeerandBlues2 (14018) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 29, 2010
Bottle. Pours lightly hazy dark amber to light brown with a medium, light tan, creamy-bubbly head, good retention. Aroma is medium caramel, toffee malt, alcohol, medium hops (floral, perfume, fruit) with fruity esters. Flavor is medium caramel sweetness, dark fruit of raisin, figs, and dates; alcohol, medium hop flavor and bitterness. Full body, moderate carbonation. Rciesla (5607) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 26, 2010
Bomber. Pours a dark brune body with an off white head. Sweet vinous hop resins, light vine and grassy tones. A mild roasted hoppiness somewhat reminiscent of a black ipa, quite nice. Spicy and green hop tones lead to a nice bitterness accented by minerals and a mild sweetness that almost has a mint like tone in contrast to the spicy hoppiness. Very nice. NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2010
Bottle shared at a brew day. Pours a dark red with yellowish head. Nose is crystal malt, spicy hops and light fruity notes. Not really boozy in the nose. Dust and a bit of carboard. On tasting, the hops are a bit more pronounced, the bitterness living up towards the crystal malt. Still, just not very focused. Okay. fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 19, 2010
Poured hazy amber brown, diacetyl, alcohol, citrus hops, caramel malts, little nutty. bierwolf (7) - glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 7, 2010 does not count
This brew pours a thick brownish head that forms a nice lace-work as the glass empties. When held up to the light this beer is a clear, very deep ruby-red color (looks like a schwartzbier when not held up to the light). The aroma is of very fresh hops; I would guess that this brew is generously dry-hopped. As the beer warms in the glass, some caramel malt is noticeable under the hop aroma. Fresh, powerful, quality hops are what dominate the taste as well, beneath the hops are flavors of dark malt, toasted malt, and most subtly, caramel malt with a medium-high level of hop bitterness. If I didn’t know this was an ale I would guess that it was a lager, the taste has that clean, well roundedness that good lagers do. This beer has a very lively taste due to its not being pasteurized (no odd cooked flavors), unfortunately not all of Lakefront’s beers fare this well. This brew is full bodied with a mouthfeel that is creamy and velvety which is supported by lively, tiny-bubbled carbonation. The finish is long and complex with strong hops giving way to dark malt, hop bitterness, then the caramel malts stay with you. The warming sensation of the alcohol is pleasant. I would recommend this beer to those who like the strong flavors and aromas of classic hops with dark malt underneath (this combination is somewhat rare). This is definitely a BIG beer, and due to its hoppy nature, it is also a great belcher (wine drinkers eat your hearts out)! The only reason that I didn’t give this one an even higher score is because I think that the hops are too dominant in the flavor, and as a result the flavor of the malt gets buried. Six months of aging, however, may bring things into balance!