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Lost Sailor Imperial Stout - Shoreline Brewery And Restaurant

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Lost Sailor Imperial Stout
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BA SCORE
87
very good

21 Ratings
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Ratings: 21
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Shoreline Brewery And Restaurant visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GbVDave on 11-17-2008)
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Ratings: 21 | Reviews: 8 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by jzeilinger:
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

jzeilinger, Jan 04, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of bishopdc0
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Beer is present dark with a generously tan head head forms nice and slowly dissipates

The aroma is a mix of roasted barley, coffee and caramel malts. Very nice blend.

The taste is upfront roasted barely, chocolate and coffee. It is silky smooth with hints of butter in the finish.

drink is standard RIS

bishopdc0, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of nickd717
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle vintage 2007 shared by someone at the Pliny the Younger tasting up in Santa Rosa.

Pours black and pretty thick with a minimal head.

Great nose on this one - loads of rich chocolate and sweet roasted malt, along with coffee and a touch of booze.

Flavor is a bit of a letdown after that, but still pretty good. Coffee, chocolate, roast, and caramel/toffee.

Fairly full on the palate with low carbonation and some appreciable booziness.

Drinkability is average. This beer is pretty solid overall, but not a standout.

nickd717, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

GRG1313, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of alleykatking
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured at Shoreline.

A- Pours a ink black color. One finger tan head that shows light retention. Spotty lacing all over the sides of the glass.

S- Lots of roasted malts in this one. Light coffee and chocolate notes hint in and out of the roasted nose. Light sweetness to this as well like molasses or brown sugar. A little muted at first but once it warms we are all good.

T- Roasted malts galore in the front of the beer. Some coffee notes linger from time to time with hints of bitter chocolate. Light darker fruits sprinkled in brown sugar toward the end give way to a light warming alcohol finish.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Light roasted malts left on the palate with chocolate and coffee with alcohol left in the aftertaste. Very balanced for a imperial stout with no real off flavors at all. Medium drying on the palate from the alcohol.

D- This was a well made stout that seems to be Shoreline's beer style to make. ABV was well hidden just showing up in the tailend of the beer to warm the belly. It is a little muted when drinking side by side with the BA version which is what I did at first. Do yourself a favor and try this one out.

alleykatking, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

HaveUSeenMyCellar, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of enelson
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

enelson, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of Big_Dave
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Big_Dave, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of GbVDave
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at Shoreline 10/26/08. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

The beer menu mentioned that they partnered with a local coffee roaster for the coffee in this and I think the bartender mentioned something about this spending some time in a bourbon barrel (don't quote me on the bourbon barrel part, my memories of that day are a little "hazy"...)

A: Served a dark, dark brown. Almost a burnt black, but not quite. Dark and creamy espresso crema-colored foam leaves a fair amount of lace in the glass.

S: Aromas of dark roast coffee, cherry, bourbon, vanilla, fire blackened malt, and dark chocolate.

T: See above. All of those aromas are present in the taste as well as some pan roasted nut, milk chocolate covered cherry, and caramel/toffee.

M: Very silky, thick, and smooth. My experiences with Shoreline beers in the past are that they serve their stuff too cold. We ordered this beer and let it sit on the bar for 15-20 minutes (while I drank my Sesh Wheat Ale) and it payed off big time. It had reached the perfect temp and any cold harshness was non-existant.

D: Devastating, wow! The general lack of a strong alcohol presence and the inviting mouthfeel made this one go down too easy!

GbVDave, Nov 17, 2008
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

rbrefbeerman, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of drewone
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

drewone, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of EricCioe
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Shoreline this afternoon. Poured black into a tulip with a small, half-finger head that dissipated to some fragmentary bits, nice lacing. On the nose I was really surprised not to get hit with huge coffee aromas right off hand. They were much more subtle and lurking underneath the caramel note that dominated the beer. In the mouth the caramel really came out but I missed some of the other stuff I was looking for, like coffee and chocolate. It was medium-thick, slightly sticky, and hauled a nice alcohol note with it. My 10 oz pour disappeared pretty quickly, and I moved on to other beers, but next time I go I'll order this for sure. Of all the beers I've tried at Shoreline, to me, this is the one to build a lineup around. Everything else is thinnish and average, with the one exception of the red ale, which I sampled and was a huge surprise.

EricCioe, Feb 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

mgroothuis, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of jale
1.98/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Had on tap at the brewery.

A: Pours black with a dime of tan head.

S: Roasted coffee and chocolate.

T: Sweet roasted malt, coffee and chocolate and lactose. Ahint of hop and coffee bitterness in the finish. This is truly a horrible tasting beer. The sugar in this does not taste like residual sugar, but rather table sugar mixed in before kegging. None of the flavors in this beer meld period.

M: Below average carbonation. Thick body.

O: This beer tastes so bad,I can only stomach a few ounces.

jale, Sep 19, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Casedogg43, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of tpd975
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours dark brown with a tan head. Little retention or lace.

S: Tons of roast, borderline char. Hints of black strap molasses, chocolate, and espresso.

T: Roasty goodness in a bottle. Lots of over roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. Hints of brown sugar sweetness and a bit of dark fruit as well.

M: On the fuller side of medium in body, pretty bold, smooth.

D: Not the easiest drinking even by big stout standards, but pretty solid overall.

tpd975, Mar 11, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

millerbuffoon, Jan 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

jeff96gt, May 22, 2012
Photo of Spica66
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fortunately, I had to wait for Tiffany to get a couple of brewing supply orders together so that I could let this beer warm up to the point that it was reviewable.

A: Extremely dark and viscous looking. Minimal head formation, but the beer was served way too cold. Minimal lacing.

S: Dark roast and coffee notes. Some malt sweetness. No hops on the nose.

T: Dark roast with coffee and chocolate notes dominate, and the sweet-roasted-dark-fruit maltiness of a no-gimmick RIS shows up well represented.

M: Very round and perfect carbonation. There is a sufficient amount of alcohol to let you know that you are drinking a big stout.

D: Overall, a very well-done stout. The 12% will get to you quickly, so one-and-done is a good idea.

Spica66, Jan 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

DCLAguy11, Sep 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

TheRealPour, Nov 17, 2013
Lost Sailor Imperial Stout from Shoreline Brewery And Restaurant
87 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.