Big Bourbon Series Discombobulation Celebration Ale - Shoreline Brewery And Restaurant
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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
3.63/5 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
4.03/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
12-19-2011 02:41:19 | More by Gehrig
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
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
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
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
3.95/5 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
3.4/5 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
4.15/5 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%
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
3.88/5 rDev -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.
12-06-2010 02:05:43 | More by andrewinski1
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
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
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
4.2/5 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
4.75/5 rDev +18.2%
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.
12-28-2009 19:38:51 | More by hrking
4.08/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
10-07-2009 15:47:14 | More by BigMcLargeHuge
4.1/5 rDev +2%
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.
08-18-2009 01:53:28 | More by hoppymeal
Big Bourbon Series Discombobulation Celebration Ale from Shoreline Brewery And Restaurant
89 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.