Big Bourbon Series Discombobulation Celebration Ale - Shoreline Brewery And Restaurant
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 46 | Reviews: 24 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Bendurgin:
4.28/5 rDev +6.5%
Huge thanks to BA Lazerlobe for sending this one to me in a recent BIF. Shared this with Andy and poured into a tulip. The beer pours dark mahogany with just a thin layer of white foam that settles with spotty lacing. The smell is simply fantastic. The aroma is dark and malty. Notes of chocolate and raisins come through very nicely, this may sound redundant but it reminds me of raisinetttes. Dark fruits on the aroma, mostly the same as the aroma; chocolate and raisins with a hint of vanilla and a slight nuttiness. With all that a really nice bourbon flavor marries it's way into everything else balancing very well. Nice fully mouthfeel with just a little carbonation and a little bit of heat in the finish but even with minor distractions this is still rock solid. I'd love another one of these.
12-06-2010 02:28:22 | More by Bendurgin
More User Reviews:
3.63/5 rDev -9.7%
Had this on tap last night at the brewery.
A- Poured a golden orange color with some amber highlights. One finger off white head shows low retention which I understand from the higher ABV. Light streaky lacing on the sides of the glass.
S- Sweet malts in the front of this. Lots of brown sugar and caramel malts. Light toffee note from time to time with darker candied fruits. Backend of the nose is sweet sugary bourbon notes if that makes sense.
T- Sweet caramel malts in the front of this blends well with a light darker fruit like presence. Light plum and raisin notes mesh with a light woody tone. There is a lot of alcohol in the backend of the beer and it shows in the heat and medicinal taste in the ending. Light bourbon tone also in the ending but gets overtaken from the medicinal alcohol taste.
M- Heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation was good for the style. Light caramel malts and oaky notes left on the palate. Bourbon and alcohol in the aftertaste. Big drying on the palate from alcohol. Flavors were blended well but a little age will help with the heat.
D- On tap this beer needs a little time to age. The ABV is very in your face with this beer on the backend. Almost like doing a shot at times. It overall grows on you and this kind of calms it down. I would like to drink this from a aged bottle to get what the overall flavor is going to be like.
11-20-2010 20:10:09 | More by alleykatking
3.4/5 rDev -15.4%
Another Footbalm brew.. Eric always throws down.. this one was very unexpected... Thanks Eric!!
Pours deep amber with a healthy off white head.. good retention and lacing.
Nose shows thick caramel and vanilla.. the bourbon is not really present as a whole, but scattered among the traditional BW aromas.. boozy, but not that bad.
Flavor is a big barrel presence with good caramel and more than a little oxidation.... some lite cardboard has snuck into the mix.. the hops are gone and left behind are shards of vanilla candy and oaky remnants.
Expected thick body.... carbonation seems a tad light.. Too bad.. this bottle shows all the bones of a great barleywine, but age grabbed it too soon.
Cool Eric.. nice bottle, but just not for me I guess... I bet this was fantastic fresh.
02-20-2011 07:49:12 | More by JohnGalt1
4.1/5 rDev +2%
Poured into a snifter. 2007 vintage. Big thanks to Rempo who sent this ages ago.
3.0 A: Opaque purplish black color. Just a tiny, tiny frothy beige head despite an aggressive pour. I'll give this a bit of a break since it's four years old, but there still should be more carbonation in this.
4.0 S: Nice nose on this. The bourbon is leathery and earthy with hints of peat. There's hints of astringency among the oak and vanilla. The barleywine gives lots of plum and prune and caramel and toffee to a much lesser extent. Molasses and brown sugar. This is almost unique in how earthy it is. Booze is nonexistent. A touch of oxidation, but just a touch.
4.0 T: A lot more caramel and toffee than the nose suggests. Plum, prune, and black currant fruitiness. Molasses, brown sugar, roastiness. Leather, peat, and earth from the bourbon. Good amounts of vanilla and oak. There's a bit of booziness in here, but not nearly as hot as I'd expect a 13% brew to be. A touch of chocolate and even a light vinous note. Sweet overall. Interesting and not bad.
4.5 M: Heavier body. Surpringly, there is enough carbonation in this. In fact, it's an ideal amount. Creamy without being chewy. Good here.
4.5 D: A couple categories could have been a half point higher, so a 4.5 here. This is both sweet and earthy, which apparently works fairly well in a barrel aged barleywine. Solid all around. Easily the best of what I've had of the series so far.
09-24-2011 03:27:22 | More by DavoleBomb
4.15/5 rDev +3.2%
black waxed 750mL bottle, 2008.
Hard pour yields a strong ivory cascading head over deep coppery amber body. Nose of earthy bourbon notes, some dark soft fruits and green wood. Pear and brown sugar.
Taste is initially soft and delicate with pear and light grains, but quickly intensifies into hot bourbon notes over strong barleywine flavors of tightly packed warm grain. Nice mix of depth and up-front flavors. Moments of sweet mixed with bitterness and a deep richness under it all. Bitter bite and hot on alcohol, but quite tasty.
Full and round on the palate, not quite syrupy, but definitely sticks. Overall very very tasty and well worth the try.
01-28-2011 21:52:46 | More by lightindarkness
4.28/5 rDev +6.5%
Thanks to ptwnblr for this 2008 vintage. Been hanging on to it for a while, and finally got around to cracking it.
Pours an awesome head surprisingly, fizzy and fluffy white about 1 finger head that fades super slowly with nice lacing, super dark molasses brown colored beer.
The nose brings dark malts, Belgian like, bottle conditioning, lots of dark fruits, brandy soaked raisins, fig, plum, date, etc, cinnamon, hint of cocoa, nougat, cognac, light barrel and bourbon aromas, quite malty, with a hint of booze.
Taste starts a bit sweet, malty with molasses, caramel, hint of chocolate, etc. Then fruits, fig, date, brandy soaked raisins, cereal flavors, fairly sweet with a bit of warming and tingly booze kick. Fluffy nougat, malty, light toasty oak barrel flavor, and a bit of whisky. Finish comes with more fig, candied raisin, molasses, fairly sweet still and out comes a fairly bitter kick of earthy spicy hops.
Mouth is med to heavier bodied, good carb, bit of warming and tingly booze.
Overall nice, good dark malts, decent bitter finish even after 4 years, nice whisky and barrel additions, bit of booze but still drinkable for 13%!, and lots of great fruits, and a great beer all around.
05-09-2012 18:33:58 | More by jlindros
4.33/5 rDev +7.7%
A big thanks to Mark for hooking me up with this one.
A: The pour is a dark amber color with a thin layer of off-white head.
S: A noticeable oxidation to the nose lends the beer a chocolate aroma which goes nicely with the sweet caramel, brown sugar, and molasses notes. A hint of fruits and bourbon.
T: This is definitely a sweet beer with plenty of caramel, brown sugar, maple syrup, chocolate, and vanilla flavors bombarding the palate. A hint of bourbon flavor and oak round things out.
M: The carbonation is quite low, but this is appropriate for the style. A medium body (maybe on the thin side for a barleywine).
D: As far as barleywines and 13% beers goes, this one is quite easy to drink and very enjoyable at that. Three of us took down the bottle without a problem.
05-03-2010 05:38:17 | More by womencantsail
3.89/5 rDev -3.2%
2009 vintage poured into CBS snifter
Appearance: Dark red in the glass with very little cream head. No lacing
Smell: Bourbon, bourbon and bourbon. Also some oak nice malty notes
Taste: Smooth and bourbony. Oak an vanilla come through mid-mouthful. Finish is a bit of alcohol heat
Mouthfeel: A little thinner than I was hoping for the style.
Overall: a nice barrel aged barleywine if you like bourbon. Its a pretty big bourbon bomb. Glad I got to try it but not sure it is worth the price.
02-05-2013 03:53:34 | More by jwb06
3.4/5 rDev -15.4%
This bottle is a vintage 2008.
A - Pours a cloudy, dark mahogany into the tulip with minimal lacing and mild carbonation. Leaves an even and thin light tan head that sticks around and doesn't subside. As the bottle warms up the heads pours thicker.
S - Light candied toffee, green apples, and bourbon. As the beer warms more oak nuances surface and the annoying apple aroma dies down.
T - Follows the nose with bourbon dominating most of the sip with the rest of the flavors tagging along: toffee, faint vanilla, some green apples, and a slight bit of oak with some citrus bitterness on the very end.
M - Thick bodied and quite smooth on the tongue.
O - This sat too long.
08-05-2013 21:09:11 | More by jzeilinger
3.95/5 rDev -1.7%
A - Slightly browner than cola, but pretty close. Thin light tan head, leaves to ring. Some cling lace near surface.
S - Booze is prevalent, followed by pregnant, cooked, sweet dark fruits. Huge nose.
T - Brown sugar and hard alcohol mixed with cooked fruits. Aggressive. So far so good.
M - Not terribly balanced. Huge sways of booze and sweetness. Hot sticky mess comes to mind, but in a fairly good way.
D - How am I going to even finish this one? Big ABV and way over the top flavors makes drinkability low for this one.
03-03-2011 03:55:37 | More by srandycarter
3.86/5 rDev -4%
Thanks to Tieman for sharing this one at his tasting.
Pours a clear orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, wood, and strong bourbon aromas. Taste is much the same with brown sugar, bourbon, and slight cardboard flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a great smell but there is a slight amount of oxidation going on with the flavor.
10-13-2013 18:04:10 | More by UCLABrewN84
1.85/5 rDev -54%
Had on tap at the brewery.
A: Pours a light brown/copper with two quarters of tan head.
S: Light roasted malt.
T: Sweet malt upfront moving quickly into big hop bitterness. I get zero bourbon taste in this beer. The sweet and bitter in this beer clash so bad, it is not drinkable. The sweetness in this tastes like table sugar added before kegging.
M: Medium body with average carbonation.
O: Two ounces is more then I could stomach and at 3.50 for 5 ounces it is absurd. This place is 2 for 2 on horrible beers.
09-20-2011 00:52:17 | More by jale
4.2/5 rDev +4.5%
750mL bottle courtesy of hoppymeal.
Pours a deep, clear brownish amber with a small bubbly head that recedes almost immediately to a thin collar. There are some legs hanging down the side after each sip.
The aroma is fairly heavy on the bourbon, lots of vanilla and even some oak. There is also some brown sugar, caramel malts and raisins.
The taste is very sweet as well with the brown sugar and sweet malt forming the backbone. There is quite a bit of barrel character in the taste with vanilla, coconut and bourbon.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied and very slick, almost thin, but not quite. The carbonation is very low but still seems to be enough to carry the flavors.
This a very good BA barleywine and exceptionally drinkable for a 13% ABV. It's a tad light on carbonation but not too distracting. Very good.
01-23-2010 04:54:01 | More by gford217
Big Bourbon Series Discombobulation Celebration Ale from Shoreline Brewery And Restaurant
89 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.