Big Bourbon Series Lost Sailor Imperial Stout - Shoreline Brewery And Restaurant

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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 41
Gots: 32 | FT: 2
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Shoreline Brewery And Restaurant visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: hoppymeal on 08-20-2009

Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels for one year.
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Ratings: 81 | Reviews: 39
Reviews by brystmar:
Photo of brystmar
3.14/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

2008 vintage, thanks Denise! Waxed bottle, must be good right?

Black body, minimal head. Boring appearance wreaks of mediocrity. String bourbon character in the aroma. Slightly oxidized, could use more roasty malts.

Tastes like a first-generation homebrew imperial stout: mediocre malt backbone, bourbon is all over the place, lacks refinement. These guys could learn a lot from Founders Imperial Stout. Body is unacceptably thin for the style.


More User Reviews:
Photo of warnerry
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery.

A - Pours pitch black with no head or lacing to speak of.

T -- Initial taste is quite sweet, but roasted and coffee notes come in halfway through. Vanilla and oak come through mostly on the finish. There is also a faint tartness and some dark fruits. Good, but a bit too sweet to be great.

M - Full but syrupy mouthfeel. A bit too slick.

O -- Some good flavors here, but too sweet and syrupy to be great.

Photo of rudylaw
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is from the 2007 barrel Series and pours a pitch black with a slight head.

Tons of whiskey, dark fruits, malts and warmth. Tastes the same but very similar to other -bal beers that have 2+ years on them (which is normally a good thing!). Very oaky with notes of vanilla.

The mouthfeel is silky and velvety. I can't believe how good this is. It was one of the standouts at GTOM and then, under less foggy circumstances this afternoon, it still stood out. Just an amazing display of barrel aging done to a fantastic imperial stout!

Photo of cjacobsen
3.19/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to sweemzander for bringing this by GBM. Vintage 2008

(A) Dark, pretty much pitch black. Has little to no head on it. Pours pretty thick.

(S) Dark fruits and cocoa, oak wood and some booze.

(T) Some chocolate greets you but it's followed up by some really bland, old coffee. It's very sweet. The booze from the nose isn't in the taste, but definitely has some of the bitterness in the aftertaste.

(M) Pretty thick and oily. Flat and syrupy.

(O) This one leaves you wanting and expecting a bit more. Definitely expected more out of the taste after smell.

Photo of mdvatab
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted w/ Barfwin & cosmonick. (Thanks for opening the bottle, Barfwin!)
Poured from 750ml bottle into snifter.
2008 Vintage

Aroma: Sweet molasses, chocolate syrup, and light bourbon up front. The smooth bourbon comes through with a very light alcohol note as well. Some vanilla comes through at the end.

Appearance: Pours thick, and pitch black in color. No head, just a few large bubbles. Some small bubbles was to the inside of the glass when swirled, but all indications point to this one having minimal carbonation.

Flavor: A rich molasses/chocolate maltiness up front, followed by a slight bitterness derived from the dark malt and alcohol. The bourbon barrel aging comes through quickly with a vanilla and bourbon note, which lingers through the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-high viscosity. Carbonation. Is very low, as had been anticipated. I think I had been taking for granted what carbonation brings to even the biggest beers. Unfortunately, the low carbonation in this case detracted from things.

Overall: I definitely enjoyed the aroma and flavor of this one. As mentioned above, though, the minimal carbonation made the beer come across as a bit flat. IIRC, these Shoreline barrel-aged offerings come with a relatively hefty price tag, which I unfortunately don't believe is justified. I hope to have the opportunity in the future to try one of their other offerings, though, to see if this was a bottle or vintage-specific issue.

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to aasher for giving me this one as a part of our MASSIVE in-person trade when he came down to visit! Thanks Al! 2008 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured basically black with a half finger tan head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, sweet alcohol, wood, dark fruit, and subtle vanilla. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark chocolate, wood, sweet alcohol, subtle vanilla, and subtle dark fruit. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. The look of this one was spot on for the style in my opinion. Would have loved to have a little more head retention, but at this ABV it is understandable why there isn't. The aroma and flavor on this one were quite nice as well, but not other-worldly by any means. The mouthfeel was where this one fell short for me as it just felt a little thin. Worth trying if you get the chance and are a fan of the style.

Photo of alleykatking
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Shoreline.

A- Pours a jet black color...or lack there of. One and a half finger tan head shows low retention. Light streaky..spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Lots of roasted malts in the front of the beer. Lighter chocolate and vanilla notes in the front of the beer. Molasses overtones combine with a light oak notes. Bourbon notes toward the end with a warming alcohol tone. Chocolate comes in one final time toward the end.

T- Roasted malts come in the front of this beer. The chocoalte notes come into play next with a light vanilla tone. Light coffee tones with oak tones here and there bourbon tones that warms the stomach toward the end. One light sweet molasses tone in the ending with some ending roasted malts as well.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is light for the beer I thought. Roasted malts and light darker chocolate left on the palate. Bourbon and roasted malts in the aftertaste. Medium drying on the palate from the alcohol. Blended well overall with all flavors coming into play to make this beer a fantastic drinking beer.

D- This beer is highly drinkable. The ABV is well hidden until the ending which makes it perfect in my book. The higher ABV though also limits this to a glass or two. A remarkable beer from Shoreline and it deserves all the praise it is getting!

Photo of bluejacket74
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, red wax covering the cap, 2008 vintage. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with a thin tan head that faded away fast. There's also a small amount of lacing. Aroma is sweet and malty, the brew smells like bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, oak, molasses, dark fruit and roasted malt. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also the addition of some coffee. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick and coating but it also has very low carbonation, it seems almost completely flat. This sure doesn't drink like a 12% ABV beer, it's pretty easy drinking considering how strong it is. I think this is a good overall brew. But at $23.99 a bottle, I wouldn't buy it again at that price.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Naptown25rs for BIFing this to me quite some time ago!

Pours black, with a tiny forced dark tan head. Big vanilla and oak and bourbon bust out of this thing. Some roasted and chocolate notes, but the barrel steals the show. Taste shows much more character. Monster bourbon and barrel. Vanilla, oak...but chocolate and big roasted malts join in. There is no carbonation here. It's full bodied, but not very coating. Finish is mostly clean.

Great stout. The barrel catches most of the attention, but it's nicely done.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Footbalm (a good guy despite his RB status :-) brought this to a recent tasting... Thanks a ton Eric for a brewery and pretty good brew that was completely off my map.

Pours with a 1/2" dark tan head .. still though, good lacing and retention..

Nose shows well after all these years with a decent amount of bourbon .. cocoa and a bit of cinnamon round out the aroma.

Flavor mirrors the nose... Nothing is wrong... nothing is over the top.. just about top-middle of the road for everything that I expect for a Bourbon barrel stout... good roast.. the vanilla is maybe a tad too much... but who is counting? Nice chocolate with warmth.

This bottle is a bit undercarbonated for my liking, but still, the bones are about perfect.

Thanks Eric... very nice... I appreciate the opportunity.


Photo of camil1mj
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought on my recent beercation. Served chilled because it was bought chilled.

A: Black as motoroil. No head at all. Little to no lacing.

S: Lots of sweet bourbon.

T: The barrel really imparts a lot of alcoholic heat inti this one. Great bourbon flavor, followed by semi-sweet chocolate and caramel notes.

M: This is where this one let me down. No carbonation present. I prefer a little bit of carbonation. It does have the sticky, chewy quality I like in a BA stout.

O: This could compete with the big boys if Shoreline could get the carbonation right.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Thanks to Rempo for trading me this a long time ago. 2007 vintage.

3.0 A: Black color. Pretty damn close to flat and no head formed.

3.5 S: The nose can best be described as mellow. The bourbon is the strongest component, but it is rather soft offering light leather and plum. The stout contributes sweet chocolate, some dark caramel, a mild roastiness, hints of raisin, and a good bit of molasses. Sweetness by far outweighs the roastiness. Indeed, there are no signs of any bitterness in the nose. Light oak and vanilla. Booze tingles the nostrils on a deep inhale.

4.0 T: Again this is quite mellow, but I guess that's what I would expect out of a stout this old. Bourbon is the prominent flavor again. Leather, raisin, fig, and plum from that. More vanilla and oak than the nose suggests. A calm, well integrated chocolate, molasses, moderate roast, and dark crystal malt from the base beer. I was a bit surprised by how bitter this is. The roastiness is much more pronounced in the taste and the barrel seems to contribute a bit of tannic astringency. Overall, this is still pretty tasty and well balanced. Alcohol is well hidden.

3.5 M: Heavy body, but on the lighter end of the designation. Much more carbonation than the pour suggested, but still less than I'd prefer. Good creaminess, perhaps a touch chewy, and smooth with a lightly astringent aftertaste.

3.5 D: A good, focused bourbon barrel stout. Flavors complement each other and well balanced. I wish, though, that one flavor would emerge to be the focal point of the brew (and some more carbonation wouldn't be bad either). In any case, worth a try.

Photo of aasher
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This bottle is the 2008 vintage, poured into a New Belgium snifter. It at first poured the darkest brown imaginable before transitioning into a midnight black with no head at all. It poured a little thinner than I anticipated but thickened up once poured into the glass and appeared of motor oil. The smell is of sweet bourbon and I'm getting a little rye as well, not like whiskey but like rye bread. The coffee and roasted malts are pretty subtle. The flavor is very rich and has good roasted notes. It is sweet of vanilla and milk chocolate. The oak also has a nice presence. The bourbon is very present but not overpowering in the least yet stays with you. It coats and warms the throat. It is quite superb. The mouthfeel is outstanding. It drinks with almost no carbonation at all and is exceptionally smooth. It almost drinks smoothly like a fine single malt scotch, especially as it leaves the bourbon flavor behind. This beer is pretty outstanding. The closest comparison may be the Old Rasputin XII, but a little lighter in body. I'll definitely be passing this one along as an extra in future trades despite the $22 pricetag. Great beer.

Photo of mulder1010
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought at Crown Liquors in Indy. One of the beers I spent time looking for and found.

750 ML bottle poured into a wine glass.

A-- Did this need that much wax?? Guess so. Poured a dark, murky brownish black. No light penetrating this at all. Short lived, dark milk chocolate head. Basically film with some bubbles. 1/4 inch head on swirling. Very obvious alcohol legs. Very thick and slow moving down the sides of the glass. Big, thick, oily looking beer.

S-- Lots of raisin and stewed dark fruits followed by bourbon and oak. Very obvious alcohol nose. Once it got some air vanilla and carmel replaced the fruits.

T-- Wood, lots of wood in the taste. thick and ink like in the taste.

M-- Small hints of bourbon in the front and more apparent in the back at the finish. Big alcohol burn in the finish as well. Heavy feel and little carbonation. Very slick, oily, and big. What is odd is the lack of other tastes in this. Just the barrel really with the slight bit of toasted coconut in the after taste. Reminds me more of watered down bourbon that has been on ice. Booze is tempered in the mouth but it is there.

O-- interesting for the lack of flavors(besides coconut) in the mouth. Big in your face beer but for the fact it is the barrel and the barrel only really I feel like I am drinking bourbon on it's own.
not sure I would cellar this as think this is as good as it will get.

Photo of sweemzander
2.32/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

750mL waxed and capped bottle poured into a snifter. 2008 vintage. Thanks to kyle for snagging this for me!

(A)- Pours a thick pitch black color. Produced some tan to transparent bubbles.

(S)- A very rich molasses and raisin. Bits of chocolate in there. Very sweet and malty smelling. Bits of brown sugar.

(T)- Similar to the smell in alot of ways. A rich raisin and molasses with brown sugar. Finishes in a strange wet cardboard flavor; almost sour aftertaste.

(M)- A very minimal carbonation level. Very sweet and sugary with a syrupy thick feel. Not a fan of the wet cardboard/ almost metallic finish.

(D)- Very sickly sweet and syrupy. Not a fan of the finish at all either. Not sure if that is oxidation or infection, but it is extremely off-putting to me; thankfully I split this 3 ways.

Photo of womencantsail
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to Chad for breaking this one out at Sour Fest. I've got one of these at home (thanks Mark!), and I've been anxious to try it.

A: The pour is just about as black as you can get with a nice big tan head on it.

S: The nose is full of chocolate, bourbon, and vanilla. A solid roasted malt base, with some coffee, and even more bourbon and dark chocolate.

T: The flavor is amazingly smooth and well melded. The bourbon and vanilla notes are there and provide an excellent balance to the chocolate and roast flavors of the imperial stout.

M: The body is maybe a little thin for an imperial stout (noticed this with BA Discombobulation Celebration as well), but that's just about the only knock on this beer.

D: This is 12%? Could have fooled me. Really easy to drink and enjoyable to do so.

Photo of gratefulbeerhead
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage poured from a wax capped 750 ml bottle

Photo of cosmicevan
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 vintage. thanks a ton to mjmadsen21 for this sweet extra! been sittin on this for a while and with 2009 BCBS hitting the sweet spot now, seemed like the ideal time to hit up this 2009 bourbon barrel aged stout. enjoyed from a southampton irs oversized snifter.

a - pried the wax from the bottle and opened the beer. pours a watery yet silky black with a thin bubbly head that bubbled away quick leaving a black beer with a boozy shine. looks a little watery.

s - bittery bakers chocolate with some boozy glazing that tickles my nose with that mentholated vibe.

t - Roasted chocolate black malts with lots of barrel. fairly sweet.

m - initially seemed a little soft and then i noticed the booziness. big, but it works...but it is BIG. fairly silky and smooth.

o - overall pretty good. this big bottle seems like it might be a bit of a chore for el solo mio, but i'm up for the challenge.

Photo of srandycarter
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Another big project screwed by carbonation. Pours very dark, no head.... No fucking lace nor head. Smell is best feature, boozy and full of choc chip cookies and soy sauce. Taste is nice except for the carbonation. I hate flat beer. Same on mouthfeel.

Overall, a great beer hoisted by its own petard.

Photo of Duff27
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown/black body with lighter edges. No head.

Smells sweet from the bourbon. Enjoyable.

Bourbon bomb but very good. Tastes like a sweet savory saliva inducing deep dark bacon yumstuff. Tastes like a poor mans BCBS.

Mouthfeel and carbonation are this beers downfall. Carbonation couldn't be closer to nil...mouthfeel isn't thick enough to meet the abv/style for me.

I liked it but wish it had the proper mouthfeel. Thanks for the share TATURBO.

Photo of Flight317
4/5  rDev -1.5%

This one smells of fruit. At first whiff I honestly got a bit of a sour beer smell. Brandy barrel version of the 2011. It was a sweet dessert beer with a nice alcohol burn. Almost overwhelmingly sweet at times. If you are the type that likes this, Lost sailor is for you because even at room temp it goes down fairly easy.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle pour courtesy of DarthKostrizer at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

2008 vintage.

Pours an almost opaque super dark black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, bourbon, vanilla, and wood. Taste is much the same with a woody finish after each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but the mouthfeel situation makes it a bit of a chore to drink.

Photo of paco1029384756
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2007 Barrel Series thanks to khumbard.

Pours thick and black with a minuscule tan head.

Scent of sweet bourbon, heavy wet oak, molasses, dark chocolate, vanilla, sweet dark fruit, and sugar. For the strength it has, it is quite balanced with nary a trace of alcohol.

Taste of thick, sweet bourbon, wet oak, chocolate, tar, dry roasted chocolate malt, vanilla, dark fruit, and a very subtle spiciness. A complex, but balanced beast, I would definitely pay the steep price to enjoy this again in the future.

Mouthfeel is heavy as hell and thick, very chewy with minimal amount of carbonation, heavenly.

Photo of FarmHouseJam
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got this aged Imperial Stout about 6 months ago...

07' barrel Series. Aged for 1 year in bourbon barrels.

This beer pours an obviously black non light permeable color....

Had maybe an 1/8 inch brown tan head.

Very viscous and thick body, very hoppy but balances the malt out great.

The Barrel aged smell as well, as many other smells came to the nose.

The oak flavor is just everywhere and its evident it soaked up that wood.

The alcohol was pretty detectable but with the slews of other flavors and the way and size of the way this beer is served it all plays into play just great.

One of the best beers I have ever had. I think it sure could give darklord a run for top honors!

Photo of tpd975
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 Barrel Series

A: Pours a nice dark brownish black hue with a tan colored head.

S: Lots of roast, with hints of oak, vanilla, chocolate, and dark fruit.

T: Roasty coffee, dark chocolate, and light dark fruit. Hints of coconut, oak, and wonderful vanilla as well.

M: On the fuller side of medium creamy mouthfeel.

D: Good, real good beer. Vast improvement on the standard offering.

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Big Bourbon Series Lost Sailor Imperial Stout from Shoreline Brewery And Restaurant
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