Brewery: Lakefront Brewery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Beer: Brad (My Turn Series #002)
Serving: 22 oz bottle
Information: 7% ABV, 22 IBU, 18°P, 15.5°L, “Bottled During:” empty.
Style: Scottish Ale – Wee Heavy
Availability: Limited Release
Cellaring: Under proper conditions, this beer can be cellared for extended periods.
Pairings: Mild white cheddar, Havarti, Swiss, smoked meat, pulled pork, salmon, sticky monkey bread.
Brad’s My Turn pours an absolutely gorgeous crimson mahogany color with excellent clarity. A well-formed light khaki head rises only to leave small fingers of lace on the snifter. Legs dribble down the glass with each passing sip.
Earthy and dry, Brad kicks off with a heavy dusting of cocoa and dry, crumbly dirt followed by sweet caramel cube and shards of toffee. As it warms up, it opens nicely bringing the sweetness of the malt forwards and pushing the earthy qualities back. No hop aroma to be found here.
A malt-lover’s dream, Brad blends faint butterscotch with toffee and gooey caramel for a beautiful kettle caramelization of the malt. Earthy dry cocoa comes through on the finish ever so slightly. A nice trail-mix like blend of dried fruit and nuttiness enters after a few sips of this tasty beer.
Incredibly smooth and soft-feeling with a nice viscous, medium-full body, Brad’s Scottish ale has a great level of moderate carbonation and just enough dryness on the finish to keep the sweet malt from becoming cloying.
The My Turn series from Lakefront continues full-steam ahead with Brad’s Scottish Ale, a full-bodied, full-flavored Wee Heavy. Warming alcohol along the finish puts the exclamation on this fantastically malty, simple, and ever-so-enjoyable brew!
Score: 88 / 100 - Wonderful