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Big Bourbon Series Discombobulation Celebration Ale - Shoreline Brewery And Restaurant

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Big Bourbon Series Discombobulation Celebration AleBig Bourbon Series Discombobulation Celebration Ale

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89
very good

44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 13.15%
Wants: 17
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Shoreline Brewery And Restaurant visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: hoppymeal on 08-18-2009)
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CrellMoset

Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL red waxed bottle courtesy of pittsburghkid66 - thanks! Poured in to a 22 oz. snifter. 2007 vintage.

Appearance: Pours a rusty, mahogany hued body, filtered and transparent when held to extreme light, but opaque enough when full by virtue of the depth of its color. An intense pour yields a very slow rising head, with millions of fast furious bubbles rising slowly like cola bubbles towards an equally fast fading head. An equilibrium is achieved at first, but for no more than sixty seconds - creation, destruction, rising, falling, cresting, breaking, until after thirty or so seconds it calms, still, relaxed. There's very little side lacing of which to speak, nor is there much of a lacing presence on the surface, though that's to be expected - 13% abv definitely leaves a path of destruction in its wake.

Aroma: Hot and a little harsh in the nose, in a spicy, chemical-y way at points. It seems to hit a particularly nasty point midway between chilled and room temperature, which is nice in a way (all things must pass), though the esters and wafts of alcohol notes are present at most points during the experience. Perhaps this beer's weakest aspect, though honestly not all that terrible given the age and abv%, this one showcases an interesting array of dark malt notes (mostly smack in the middle of the spectrum), a few fruity notes (apricots, prunes, and cherries), faint oxidation, tons of vanilla, and a few wafts of bourbon.

Taste: Toffee ahoy. A huge, fat toffeebomb, this one's definitely mellowed out in to a fantastic malty treat. It's still fairly sweet, with the sweetness perhaps intensified relatively vis a vis the faded hops, though there's plenty of crisp, attenuated, toasty dryness. From caramel and honey to the aforementioned fat toffee to hints of butterscotch (diacetyl is beginning to sneak through around the edges on this one, fairly intensely at points, and particularly as it warms) to toast and faint cocoa, just at the tips, really. It's thick and creamy, intensifying the malts excellently. Thick tropical fruits mingle with the free sugars nicely, pineapple and stone fruits, cherries and raisins. One of the most intense flavors around is vanilla, courtesy of the barrels. It far outshines (at least, relative to what you normally get) the bourbon, itself spicy, only faintly warm, and very earthy, as well as a few hints of coconut and oak. The hops interplay well with the fruit notes, adding a little bit of levity to the dark/stone fruit presence, though there isn't much here in the way of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A thick, fat, flat(-ish) beer with a slick, oily kick to it that makes for something that's a little slippery, but that slides down easy despite its heavy, borderline-cloying nature. The carbonation on this one is subtle - it seems to explode early, as noted above - and I'm sure at one point it was more intense than this. That being said, it's not terrible now, and the oilyness and the slickness does a lot to prevent it from being syrupy.

Drinkability: A mixed bag, this one. It's not so much about the bourbon at this point - even as it warms, the bourbon is only, maybe, 10% of the flavor/aroma components here. There are a ton of barrel notes wafting around, particularly vanilla, though this one really does taste like it might have at one point been a strong, feisty, bourbon-y, hoppy barleywine ... and is now just a malty, faded, oak bomb. That's not a bad thing (plenty of people like their malty oak bombs), but it is something to note going in to it. The 13% isn't hidden, and that is here more of a negative than it is in other 13% beers of this heft - that is, the 13% comes across as boozy, chemically, abrasive, though not hot. Some people like bourbon in their barleywines/RISs (count me as one of 'em) - this one had very little of that presence, and a lot of what I wasn't after. All that being said, it was good to see this one holding up after nearly four years of cellar treatment, and I think what was here a year or two ago would have been excellent. Crack 'em now if you got 'em - they ain't on the incline.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 06:37:04 | More by CrellMoset
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Big Bourbon Series Discombobulation Celebration Ale from Shoreline Brewery And Restaurant
89 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.