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

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

74 Ratings
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 13.83%
Wants: 40
Gots: 25 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Shoreline Brewery And Restaurant visit their website
Indiana, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: hoppymeal on 08-20-2009)
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Reviews by cpmichael:
Photo of cpmichael
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage, Poured into a Cigar City snifter

A: pours dark black, very thick. 2 finger mocha colored foam. pour seems to be flat, zero carbonation.

S: roasted malts, backer's chocolate and sweet bourbon, booze is noticeable, but not overwhelming

T: malts, baker's chocolate on the bitter side, but the bourbon smooths and sweetens it out nicely. hints of vanilla and oak help smooth it over too.

M/D: This bottle seemed to have lost almost all of its carbonation, which really hurt the mouth feel. The beer is very tasty, but it was lacking carbonation to truly make this beer delicious. It was not an overly thick beer, especially for a big stout. Worth the purchase, I would say.

cpmichael, Apr 18, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of warnerry
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

warnerry, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

bpfrush, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of rudylaw
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
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!

rudylaw, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -1.2%

acurtis, May 16, 2012
Photo of jh1982
5/5  rDev +23.5%

jh1982, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of cjacobsen
3.15/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

cjacobsen, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of Gonzoillini
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Gonzoillini, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Funtime13
2.76/5  rDev -31.9%

Funtime13, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of mdvatab
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

mdvatab, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

thagr81us, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of alleykatking
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
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!

alleykatking, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of bluejacket74
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

bluejacket74, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of EgadBananas
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

EgadBananas, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

3.5/3.5/4/3.5/3.5

JohnGalt1, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of enelson
4/5  rDev -1.2%

enelson, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of Big_Dave
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Big_Dave, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of camil1mj
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

camil1mj, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of TerryB
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

TerryB, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of sgoro
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

sgoro, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of bevoduz
4/5  rDev -1.2%

bevoduz, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of bespin15
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

bespin15, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of DarthKostrizer
4/5  rDev -1.2%

DarthKostrizer, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

DavoleBomb, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of ronn
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

ronn, Mar 27, 2014
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Big Bourbon Series Lost Sailor Imperial Stout from Shoreline Brewery And Restaurant
90 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.