Big Bourbon Series Lost Sailor Imperial Stout
Shoreline Brewery And Restaurant

Big Bourbon Series Lost Sailor Imperial StoutBig Bourbon Series Lost Sailor Imperial Stout
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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,436
Ranked #5,369
4.1 | pDev: 12.44%
Shoreline Brewery And Restaurant
Indiana, United States
Big Bourbon Series Lost Sailor Imperial StoutBig Bourbon Series Lost Sailor Imperial Stout
Notes: Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels for one year.
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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black.

Dark khaki head which quickly dissipates; no lace.

Strong bourbon & wood odor; hint of dark fruit.

Thick mouthfeel.

Huge wood flavor, with bourbon following closely behind. As it warms, both bitter & sweet chocolate notes emerge.

A more palatable BCS, perhaps?

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Photo of AlarmClock314
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

25.4oz bottle, 2010 version, black wax. Pours mostly black with a very small sized dark khaki head. Smells of bourbon, cocoa, oxidization, vanilla, dark fruit, and roasted malt. The taste follows with mostly bourbon, cocoa, and oxidization with some vanilla, dark fruit, and roasted malt. Incredibly rounded. Slightly above average smell/flavor intensity and some alcohol is noticeable. The carbonation was more present than what appeared in the pour and the body was below average for the style. Overall, this really held up well for 6 years of aging; it retained a nice bourbon profile and wasn't overly oxidized.

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Photo of CraftLagers
4.84/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2010 Version, aged in Bourbon Barrels for 1 year, Black Wax 750ml, drinking in 2015
Bought this at the brewery during a Michigan/Northern Indiana brewery tour. At the brewery, it was approx $20 for a 750ml. Hope it's worth it!

Appearance-pours dark ruby out the bottle, pitch black in glass. Not a lot of head. Head is not super creamy, but rich dark chocolate brown colored. Doesn't appear to be extremely carbonated. After a minute or 2 sitting in the glass, head has dissipated. Classic looking, nothing to ding it about. 5/5.

Smell- Smells really nice. After 5 years, bourbon is still big time forward, smelling sweet. Behind bourbon, chocolate, fruits, vanilla, and roasted malts. Doesn't smell extremely boozy, though bourbon is leading (surprising after 5 years). Didn't smell much fruit right out of the fridge, but did as it warmed. Bourbon slightly dominated other nuances, 4.75/5

Taste-Alcohol warmth, bourbon, chocolate, and roasted malt hit the palate all at once in beginning. Continuing, bourbon coming through with dark fruit and vanilla on the finish. After it warmed, bourbon cooled off, and fruits came out swinging. 5/5. Absolutely delicious, from cold to room temp.

Feel-not super creamy, slightly watery, standard carbonation. 4/5. I wish it was a touch creamier, and little less watery in mouth feel. Surprising for a beer so big.

Overall- Awesomely balanced stout. I wouldn't want this fresh as the bourbon is still, after 5 years, very forward. As it warmed, it became more complex, sexier, and more enjoyable. 5/5. After finishing, I have nothing to complain about. This is an absolutely delicious big stout. Thanks Shoreline! Great brewpub serving great food in Michigan City, Indiana. Check 'em out. This beer is worth $20.

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Photo of Flight317
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Vintage 2011, aged in brandy barrels, sealed with bronze colored wax
L - black with a beige head
S - very sweet and fruity with fig, cherry, oak
T - sweet, fruity, cherry, brandy, dark chocolate, booze, vanilla, oak
F - creamy, full bodied, very boozy
O - overly boozy and cloyingly sweet at times, but as expected for this 'dessert' style sipper of a stout; it's still very solid all around, and a fun one to try

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of Duff27
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of brystmar
3.14/5  rDev -23.4%
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.


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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 Vintage. Served in a plastic cup while watching Indiana Jones and the Temple of Boobs at Gorilla Tango Theatre. Tanks to Heliosphann for the bottle.

A - A half-finger of dark tan foam settles to a thick collar, some wisps, and minimal lacing. Black body, with a glint of brown at the edges.

S - Plenty of vanilla, barrel, and oak character, as well as some vinous dark fruit character. Lots of chocolate fudge, and surprisingly mellow considering the high ABV.

T - Taste is quite similar, but with more dark chocolate and lighter vanilla, bourbon, and barrel notes. Some vinous dark fruits and oak in the finish, and minimal alcohol.

M - Medium body that seems a touch undersized for the ABV. Smooth body, lower carbonation, negligible alcohol heat, and some a bit of mildly tannic cocoa powder texture in the finish. The body matches the alcohol presence, making this drink like a 9% beer.

D - It's a solid barrel-aged Imperial Stout. I'm thinking that this beer may be on the decline, but I'm not getting any of the horrendous flavors described by some of the other reviewers. If I was confident of the cellar conditions I'd gladly drink this again, as it's a really easy-drinking beer.

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Photo of Mscarpen
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ran across this place on our Michigan Brewery Tour and stopped because of the BBA Lost Sailor beer they had on tap.

The brewery was literally in the shadow of what appeared to be a nuclear cooling tower, however the locals / PR group informed us that it was really coal and that the beer was fine.

Friendly staff and free stickers!

Overall, the beer was pretty fantastic. The glass was dark as tar with minimal head and zero lacing. Sweet bourbon notes filled the nose and the pallet. Flavors of dark fruits, chocolate, vanilla, and a back end mild sourness that only blossomed as the beer warmed.

Great mouthfeel. A bit viscous but not too much. Zero carbonation and an a overall very easy drinking BBA Stout.

Thanks again for the stickers. We will be back soon?

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Photo of warnerry
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

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Photo of mdvatab
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.67/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of camil1mj
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.65/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes from maybe two months ago (ish).

Pitch black with a thin bubbly head. Big boozy legs when swirled.

Chocolate, dark fruits, and raisin in the nose. Also get some oak and vanilla as well upon closer inspection.

Tastes of dark fruits raisin/plumb anilla, chocolate, bourbon laced chocolate cake mellowed to the point of being delicate. Just the slightest touch of soy sauce making the finish a bit like salted taffy.

Mouthfeel was probably the worst aspect of the beer (still not terrible though). A tad thin for what I want from an impy stout. A bit oily though with mild carbonation. Alcohol is non existent.

Drinking really well when I had it two months ago when this review was first pencilled down. If I had more bottles I'd try and crack em ASAP. It's not gonna get any better.

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Photo of cjacobsen
3.19/5  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.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.29/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. Bottle says 2008. Almost no head at all, but bubbles do line the rim of the glass. The color is almost perfectly black.

The aroma is full of dark fruit; specifically plum. There are soft notes of cocoa. I do notice some barrel aromas of vanilla and bourbon as well.

The taste is full of sweet cocoa and vanilla. There isn't much bitterness here as the finish is mildly sweet as well.

The body is medium to full but there is no carbonation.

The lack of carbonation is a bummer, but there are enjoyable flavors here.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.3/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Andrewinski1 generously shared this bottle with me. Poured into a tulip. Pours black with not head at all, just a little rim of bubbly foam along the rim of the glass.

Bourbon in the forefront on the one. It makes some of the other aromas really tough to pick up on. Chocolate and vannilla aroms come through with some fruitiness; but mostly this one is bourbon. Sweet bourbon with rich english toffee are huge front runners on the pallet. This is damn tasty. Chocolate and vanilla with big roasty malts. Start to finish this one is sweet.

Flat. This one is simply flat. The body is full and chewy but that's not enough to save it. I'd like a little bubble please. Overall this one is tasty! It's very rich and has all the barrel aged stout qualities on the pallet that I would like. The bourbon seems to be a bit overpowering at times and we need some carbonation here.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.32/5  rDev -43.4%
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.

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Photo of cpmichael
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Big Bourbon Series Lost Sailor Imperial Stout from Shoreline Brewery And Restaurant
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 94 ratings