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Big Bourbon Series Discombobulation Celebration Ale - Shoreline Brewery And Restaurant

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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 13.12%
Wants: 17
Gots: 11 | 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:
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(Beer added by: hoppymeal on 08-18-2009)
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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

mjw1200, Dec 27, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this with one and wasn't pleasantly surprised at the smoothness of flavors coming from this barleywine. Almost tea like at times but the smoothness really won me over and drinking dangerously easy for a 13% brew. I would say the barrel aging of this one made all the difference. Some nice vanilla and bourbon tones shining through but over all I was impressed and would definitely try it again.

hrking, Dec 28, 2009
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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

srgj88, Dec 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Tafyob41, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of womencantsail
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

womencantsail, May 03, 2010
Photo of jlindros
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

jlindros, May 09, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Bendurgin, Dec 06, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

4DAloveofSTOUT, Jul 05, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

gford217, Jan 23, 2010
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4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jpuis for sharing this 750ml bottle on 3/8/10.

A - Poured an earthy dark amber/brown body with sparse beige head that reduced to a patchy film and yielded spotty lacing.

S - Booze-soaked caramel and toffee candy squares with a hint of wood, vanilla and bourbon and a tinge of earthy hops in the background. Nose isn't too hot or boozy, actually.

T - This tastes like a liquid Skor bar with a metric ton of toffee, caramel and chocolate malt character. Finishes with earthy, herbal hop notes.

M - Medium bodied with a slick, oily texture and light carbonation, resulting in a sticky mouthfeel. Finishes with a subtle hop bite on the palate.

D - Nice, thick barrel-aged Barleywine with a slick mouthfeel and subtle vanilla and bourbon notes.

ffejherb, Mar 14, 2010
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4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

lightindarkness, Jan 28, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

DavoleBomb, Sep 24, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007, released 2009, part of the Barrel series.

Pours a nice ruby and amber color, mainly clear. An agressive pour yields very little head, just a faint thin layer of cream colored bubbles that fades to a ring around the glass. Aroma is fairly complex, a nice mixture of sweet prunes, raisins, caramel, vanilla, some grapes, berries, also a hint of coconut and bourbon. Vanilla, caramel, and fruit dominate in the smell. Taste follows with the vanilla and caramel coming thru very well, sweet, though not overly so. Some grapeiness as well as a stronger dose of the coconut then was in the aroma, pretty large bourbin and alcohol bite towards the finish. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy in body, definitely not overly thick for the strength or flavor, decent warmth and bite from the alcohol strength leads into a drying finish. Overall a very good ba'd barley wine, my first taste of the barrel series. Alcohol is a bit up front and in the face, but not so hot that it turned me away, aroma and flavors were very good, impressive.

hoppymeal, Aug 18, 2009
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4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to RB's very own GodOfThunder for the share of this tasty 2007 vintage!! It pours clear brown with copper edges and thin off white head. It has a rich juicy aroma starting with a little bit of oak then moving into oak, vanilla and a thin layer of thick chewy malty sweetness. The taste is similar starting with a pulse of thick syrupy sweetness then quickly becoming oak, bourbon and then some vanilla surfaces about midway. It ends with lingering smooth bourbon, oak notes and an echo of dark fruitiness.

BigMcLargeHuge, Oct 07, 2009
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4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Today was the first time I made the trek up to Shoreline Brewery and Restaurant in Michigan City, and I like the place quite a bit. The bar atmosphere is nice, the food was very good, and I rather liked the beer. The first beer I got was Discombobulation Celebration Ale, listed as an American Barleywine, enjoyed with a Reuben on marbled rye.

A nice, durable finger of light tan froth tops a cloudy black body; nice duration on the 10 oz. tulip. The aromas overall are faint, barely emitting a dried fruit smell with some caramel malt. The nose is unimpressive, to be honest.

The underwhelming nose makes the taste all the more remarkable, for it it is packed with dried fruit such as fig and raisin, molasses, chocolate, toffee, and some light roasted coffee. The taste and texture do not speak out American Barleywine to me, but rather English with the malt driven taste, the smooth texture, and the toned-down hops. American Barleywine, to me, stands out as a much more hop-forward take on the style, and Discombobulation is malt-dominated. This is not a bad thing, for it is delicious, the very high ABV (13%) is scarcely present, and it is a very enjoyable beverage. But this is much more English than American.

Shoreline has certainly impressed me with their place and their wares. Good food and quite good beer, and I will be sure to return to Shoreline when visiting family nearby. Good beer, well worth trying.

Gehrig, Dec 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1%

Gonzoillini, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of gpulam
4/5  rDev -1%

Not the biggest fan of barley wine, but this is better than what I was expecting.

2011 vintage. Taste is less intense than the very pleasant bourbon and oak aroma it produces, a good sipper. Small amounts of brown sugar and bourbon notes give way to the oak/wood and vanilla, with a slightly boozy heat. Not the thickest of bodies, more of a caramel color, which suits the flavor profile by not being too aggressive. Pleasant.

Price is a little steep ($22 for a bomber) but it's definitely a good quality drink for bourbon-aged fans.

gpulam, Sep 17, 2014
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Big Bourbon Series Discombobulation Celebration Ale from Shoreline Brewery And Restaurant
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