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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Shoreline Brewery And Restaurant
Indiana, United States
shorelinebrewery.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by hoppymeal on 08-18-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
63
Reviews:
27
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
12.41%
 
 
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18
Gots:
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5/5  rDev +26.6%

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5/5  rDev +26.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of hrking
4.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Way2drunk
4.49/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yummy! Nuff said. Taste like bourbon barrel aged fruit.

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Photo of Farral
4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lefty418
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was gifted this for my birthday in April but I waited for the perfect time to open it. Last night was the perfect time. When it was open it smelled delicious. It poured beautifully in my tulip. The taste was amazing and just what I had hoped for....barrel aged deliciousness. This was perhaps the best birthday gift I've ever recieved.

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4.3/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of fredmugs
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gford217
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of lightindarkness
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of hoppymeal
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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