Big Bourbon Series Discombobulation Celebration Ale | Shoreline Brewery And Restaurant

Big Bourbon Series Discombobulation Celebration AleBig Bourbon Series Discombobulation Celebration Ale
BA SCORE
4.03/5
63 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#6,409
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
63
pDev:
11.91%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
14
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 63 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
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 sweemzander
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of jzeilinger
3.39/5  rDev -15.9%
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 beernads
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of mikeincharleston
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of enelson
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of TerryB
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of jwb06
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2009 vintage poured into CBS snifter

Appearance: Dark red in the glass with very little cream head. No lacing

Smell: Bourbon, bourbon and bourbon. Also some oak nice malty notes

Taste: Smooth and bourbony. Oak an vanilla come through mid-mouthful. Finish is a bit of alcohol heat

Mouthfeel: A little thinner than I was hoping for the style.

Overall: a nice barrel aged barleywine if you like bourbon. Its a pretty big bourbon bomb. Glad I got to try it but not sure it is worth the price.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of klipper
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of monitorpop
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of kawilliams81
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Bell's tulip.

A- Pours a near black color with a 1 finger white head. Large bubbly lacing on the surface of the beer.

S- Nice caramel, bourbon, vanilla, and some slight roast.

T- Leather, toffee, bourbon and booze.

M- Medium body and low carbonation. Little thin feel for the style but the booze is definitely noticeable.

O- Nice barleywine with nice barrel characterisitcs but thinness takes and heat take away from the beer some.

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Photo of Duff27
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of rudzud
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
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 jlindros
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
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 -9.4%
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 mjmadsen21
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Gehrig
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of GrindFatherBob
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
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 jale
1.96/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

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.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 63 ratings
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