Big Bourbon Series Discombobulation Celebration Ale - Shoreline Brewery And Restaurant
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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
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
3.63/5 rDev -9.7%
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.
02-29-2012 17:49:03 | More by ChainGangGuy
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
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
4.2/5 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
3.88/5 rDev -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.
06-19-2012 20:05:54 | More by rudzud
4.18/5 rDev +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.
03-14-2010 19:40:53 | More by ffejherb
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
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
4/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
03-11-2011 06:37:04 | More by CrellMoset
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
3.63/5 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
3.88/5 rDev -3.5%
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
09-18-2011 15:18:14 | More by Urbancaver
Big Bourbon Series Discombobulation Celebration Ale from Shoreline Brewery And Restaurant
89 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.