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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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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.87%
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

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Beer added by: hoppymeal on 08-18-2009

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Photo of jale
1.85/5  rDev -54.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

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.

Photo of kodt
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.4/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.


Photo of jzeilinger
3.4/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of klipper
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of alleykatking
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of kawilliams81
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Bell's tulip.

A- Pours a near black color with a 1 finger white head. Large bubbly lacing on the surface of the beer.

S- Nice caramel, bourbon, vanilla, and some slight roast.

T- Leather, toffee, bourbon and booze.

M- Medium body and low carbonation. Little thin feel for the style but the booze is definitely noticeable.

O- Nice barleywine with nice barrel characterisitcs but thinness takes and heat take away from the beer some.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 vintage.

Appearance: Slips out a dark, dulled amber-hued body with a thin, off-white head.

Smell: A spirited nose of bourbon spirits with tones of toasted wood and vanilla. This is definitely not a barrel-aged beer that leaves you wondering where any of the barrel character is. Some cowed, underlying notes of orange, raisins, and dark caramel present, too.

Taste: Quickly plunges into the wood and vanilla accented bourbon, leaving any hints of lowly sweet dark caramel maltiness to trail lazily behind. The alcoholic heat is unquestionably in play here, it's pretty hot, encroaching on harshness. Touches of raisins, hints of orange peel. Dry, faintly fruity, heated finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-low carbonation. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

Overall: Woof. The bourbon and alcohol presence here is very self-assertive, so, please have some friends on hand, plenty of water, and a DD on stand-by.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of sweemzander
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of mikeincharleston
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Duff27
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of monitorpop
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Dactrius
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Tieman for sharing this one at his tasting.

2009 vintage.

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.

Photo of Urbancaver
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another shared by Chris...
Pours a surprisingly dark brown. Lots of reddish hues. Getting dark at this point so the colour is less definable but still pretty. Lots of tan head. Smells malty and vanilla heavy. Lots of sweetness and not much hops on the nose. 2008 vintage so I suppose the hops will likely have disappeared. Tastes like a dark malty english barleywine. The barrel is strong but not overpowering> Vanilla, Oak, but something is a bit odd. Overall well carbonated and enjoyable

Photo of rudzud
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to JLindros for sharing this bottle with me. Reviewed from notes.

A - An awesome two finger off white rocky head that leaves thick, clumpy side lacing. All atop a nice ruddy garnet slightly hazy pour.

S - Aromas of light bourbon and slightly funky doughy yeast. Smell is of older hops. Does smell slightly past its prime.

T - Taste is nice and smooth bourbon and dark raisin fruits Good, slightly boozy. Semi one note though.

M - Mouthfeel is just shockingly wow for a 2008 beer. Shockingly carbonated which helps hide the ABV very well and the carbonation keeps the barleywine from being heavy.

O - Overall this was a bit too one note for me. The appearance and mouthfeel were outstanding for an aged beer but the taste and aroma just fell a bit flat for me.

Photo of andrewinski1
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thank you Bendurgin for sharing this one. This is just the type of stuff I like to try. Bottle says aged 1 year in bourbon barrles and 2007. Poured into a tulip. Not much carbonation on this one as I'm pouring, but a bit rises up as it settles to create a nice layer of off white foam around the rim of the glass. Nice dark amber almost brown color.

Nice aroma of chocolate and vanilla. There is a bit of heat in the nose as I finish whiffing. Further whiffs reveal a raisiny aroma.

This beer starts out sweet and finishes with a touch of bitterness and heat. Nice flavors of almond and vanilla are dominant. This is right up my alley.

Nice fluffy mouthfeel seems like whipped cream almost. Really almost stoutlike in mouthfeel. I am really excited to have tried this and I hope to try others from Shoreline.

Photo of jwb06
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of srandycarter
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev -1%

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.

Photo of Gotti311
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of CrellMoset
4/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Big Bourbon Series Discombobulation Celebration Ale from Shoreline Brewery And Restaurant
89 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.