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:
No notes at this time.

Added by hoppymeal on 08-18-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
63
Reviews:
27
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
12.41%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
14
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 63 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Tieman for sharing this one at his tasting.

2009 vintage.

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.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 vintage.

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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of womencantsail
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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Photo of Duff27
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of BeerOps
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of beernads
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of enelson
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

4/4/3/3.5/3.5

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.39/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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.

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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 rudzud
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.14/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of sweemzander
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage, 750 ml yellow wax capped bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown with about a half inch light tan head that fizzled away quickly. Not much lacing at all. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like vanilla, bourbon, caramel, brown sugar and wood. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some raisin, nuts and molasses noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's coating with a moderate amount of carbonation. This brew just got better and better the longer I drank it, I think it's a good barleywine. Kinda pricey at $21.99 a bottle, but I was glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of Dactrius
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Gotti311
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of teamwiggum
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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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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Big Bourbon Series Discombobulation Celebration Ale from Shoreline Brewery And Restaurant
3.95 out of 5 based on 63 ratings.
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