Lakefront Cherry Lager - Brandy Barrel-Aged

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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.41/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 321   ABV: 10.7%
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Pours deep red with a thin, lacy head. Strong brandy overtones of fresh cut oak, tobacco, and red fruit greet the nose, followed by notes of toffee and marzipan. The taste echoes the aroma with intense brandy flavors of wood, vanilla, and mild black pepper , with tart cherry and toasty caramel malt in close pursuit. Medium-bodied, it finishes with lingering cherry tartness and mild alcohol warmth. The relatively high ABV and brandy-forward character make Brandy Barrel-Aged Cherry Lager an excellent digestif. Try it with a piece of dried fruit and almond-infused dark chocolate or a generous chunk of Ader Käse Reserve cheese.

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3.6
FROTHINGSLOSH (8139) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2017
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a cloudy brown color with a medium sized foamy beige head. The aroma was toasty caramel, fig, cherry and a moderate boozy presence. The flavor was boozy in a way that worked well with a bit of wood, caramel and mixed dark fruits. Long boozy fruity finish. Moderately full bodied. Interesting.

3.2
mrjaxson (617) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 8, 2017
Huge head quickly dissipates with minimal lacing, leaving an aroma that’s cherries, cherries, cherries and no freakin’ marzipan or anything else in the nose. Most interesting is the finish. First it has a good sour cherry bite and then the warmth and sweetness of the brandy takes over.

3.9
superspak (6000) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - JUL 31, 2017
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/25/2017. Pours slightly hazy reddish copper color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big lightly tart cherry, golden raisin, peach, plum, berry, apple, red grape, caramel, brown sugar, toasted oak, and bread dough; with lighter notes of nuttiness, toffee, vanilla, and oak/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bready malt, cherries, and brandy barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big lightly tart cherry, golden raisin, peach, plum, berry, apple, red grape, caramel, brown sugar, toasted oak, and bread dough; with lighter notes of nuttiness, toffee, vanilla, and oak/toasted earthiness. Light herbal bitterness, oak spiciness, and fruit tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of cherry, golden raisin, peach, plum, berry, apple, red grape, caramel, brown sugar, toasted oak, bread dough, nuttiness, toffee, vanilla, and oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of bready malt, cherries, and brandy barrel flavors; with a nice malt/tart/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Light-moderate dryness from bitter/tartness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, fairly crisp, and lightly tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Minimal warming alcohol for 10.7%, with zero barrel booziness. Overall this is a delicious fruited imperial pale lager style. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of bready malt, cherries, and brandy barrel flavors; very smooth, crisp, and pretty refreshing to drink for the big ABV. Pretty much perfectly balanced between cherries, malts, and brandy barrel complexities across the board. A very enjoyable offering.

4
mjmoen (591) - - JUL 15, 2017
B-. Pours a clear reddish color with white head. Subtle cherry flavor and bourbon

3.5
madvike (3301) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 12, 2017
Bottle - Reddish-amber pour with a thin off-white head. Nose is super plasticy with cherry notes in the background. But yeah--plastic. (note: this plastic note went away as it warmed and it was left with a pleasant cherry breadiness) Taste is much better. The brandy is super light but it’s there, and it mixes with the cherry nicely. The 10.7% alcohol is warming but not sharp. It’s obviously a big lager, with big bready notes. I was hoping this would be like an old fashioned, but the taste alone pulls it through.

1.7
cheap (6074) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2017
Tap industry public house, lots of taps. Big & black. Large & in-charge for a lager. Mind you, this is not a lager, it is an imperial stout fer sure. Nose is a perhaps ever so slight inference of cherry. Yes, impy stout from the start, to call this a lager is a big mistake, its imperial stout ale dude. Fuck off imperial stout. Forget an=bout lager or you’ll be rolled over. Big kick ass imperial stout my friends, if I have any. Try it with a piece of dried fruit and almond-infused dark chocolate or a generous chunk of Ader Käse Reserve cheese...are you kidding? If you like lager, get lost, if you like impy stout, stay a while.

3
rondphoto (4494) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - NOV 11, 2016
bottle @ Keg Liquors / Clarksville IN --- Aroma of malt and tart cherry. Cloudy dark amber color, off-white head that drops to a thin cover, bands of lace. Taste is oakey brandy, tart cherry, and light malt. Medium fizz on the swallow, light bitters in a long finish that gradually shows alcohol warmth. The brandy oak moves this outside my idea of beer. Only fair.

3.4
AWISLguy (3312) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 11, 2016
12oz bottle from the Malt Shoppe in Tosa. Pours a coppery orange with an off-orange head. Little lacing. Aroma has butterscotch and brandy, which is quite sweet and a bit strange. Taste brings sweet malts, brandy, some cherries and some other stone fruits with light graininess. Taste quite different than the strong butterscotch nose. Medium bodied only, which feels thin for the obvious abv. Some alcohol presence. The blend is decent but no better, somewhat lowly carbonated. Finishes sweetly; brandy and fruit. Some hints of an old fashioned in here, but overall it does not seem well enough put together. 13.5

3.8
Skyview (6099) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2016
Picked up a single 12-oz bottle from Riley’s Wines of the World in Madison, Wisconsin. Pours a semi-clear orange dark amber colored brew with a thick off-white head that has some excellent retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, cherries, brandy barrel, hint of toffee and vanilla. Taste is medium to medium full bodied, with plenty of cherry and grape bandy flavors with a hint of vanilla and caramel malt. Finish is semi-tart at first followed by some cherry notes and then a cherry wood aftertaste. Ader Käse Reserve cheese? Most definitely! Any of our Minnesota Ratebeer team want to join me in a road trip to Seymour Dairy in Seymour, Wisconsin (north of Fox Valley region)?

3.3
crossovert (13833) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 3, 2016
355ml bottle. Amber pour. Aroma is strange, very butter-toffee/vanilla/oak like. Falvor is close to an old fashioned though, with a big tart cherry flavor inthe finish. Decent stuff.


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