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Big Bourbon Series Big Bella Scotch Ale | Shoreline Brewery And Restaurant

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Big Bourbon Series Big Bella Scotch AleBig Bourbon Series Big Bella Scotch Ale

Brewed by:
Shoreline Brewery And Restaurant
Indiana, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by memyselfandi on 09-04-2009

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Photo of jeffreed61
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 bottle. Very sweet, but not cloying. Unmistakably a scotch ale. Lots of malt & caramel. Not boozy at all, and very little barrel at this point.

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Photo of darktronica
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 vintage that's gone flat despite the waxed cap bottle. Sweet, biscuity, all the right Scotch ale hallmarks, but nothing to help it stand out or be memorable. Given the low carbonation and age, I was surprised by how little oxidation is evident in the flavor profile, but I also get very little oak or bourbon. A bit of the latter is evident in some spice on the finish, but overall, this doesn't stand up well against other standards in the BA scotch ale category.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, 2011 vintage. Served in a thistle glass, the beer pours a dark brown/ruby red color with about a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. Aroma is sweet and malty, the brew smells like bourbon, vanilla, dark berries, caramel and molasses. For the most part the taste is just like the aroma, but there's also some plum, nuts and woodiness noticeable. Tasted better as it warmed up (and I had already let it sit for about 20 minutes out of the fridge before opening it). Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and syrupy and is easy enough to drink. Moderate carbonation. I thought this was an enjoyable brew, definitely worth a try if you've never had it before. $21.99 a bottle.

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Photo of monty79_1997
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of warpig372
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of B1G
4.85/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is an absolutely phenomenal beer. I've been to the brewery 4 times now and it was available every time to purchase a bottle to go. Honestly it's right up there with Backwoods bastard and BCBS. Love the fact that they sell on site so you don't have to deal with lines and liquor store bs to get it.

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

No head on this dark beer. Smells of strong bourbon and chocolate. Tastes strongly of dark fruits, bourbon, vanilla, maybe some black licorice. Thin mouthfeel. Overall okay offering.

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4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zrab11
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stevedore
3.03/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of fredmugs
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage at Bloomington Beer Fest

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Photo of shirtless_mike
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of MSandahl23
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of LukeK
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of NickyPogs
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of neckbracesub
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of ToddGingerich
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Thomas for sharing! Quick review from notes.
2009 vintage.

Dark brown with reddish garnet hints in the light. Minimal amount of foam and lacing, just a thin surface skim and ring around the edges.

Lots of caramel and dark fruit in the aroma, estery plum and date notes. Complex and interesting, considering the age.

Taste was similarly complex, sweet maple and plum, molasses, leather, oak, tobacco. Somewhat sweet with pleasant woody traces. Body was medium with a light level of carbonation. Overall very enjoyable, i'd pick up a bottle myself if it was still around.

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Photo of TerryB
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of enelson
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of atoulouk
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Baldjosh
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of alpinebryant
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2007 bottle that I have been hanging onto for at least two years now aging. Received in a trade. Ill have to go back and check to thank who it came from.

A: Pours a dark chestnut brown color with large light tan bubbles at the edges. No lacing

S: Sweet sticky bourbon, caramel, butterscotch, almond biscotti and a solid oak barrel aging.

T: Wow, this is extremely smooth. The bourbon notes are just right, sweet yet well rounded. There is plenty of caramel and smooth bourbon to match the sweetness of the high abv in here. End notes of dark purple plum and brown malt mixing. Vanilla and Butterscotch candy along with a light cracker flavor.

M: This is the one thing that could definitely improve, but clearly with a barrel aging program this takes serious practice and I have no idea how large of a brewpub Shoreline is but I suspect relatively small. Low levels of carbonation that opened with just a very faint hiss. Poured with some bubbles, and hosts a relatively thin body although one that has defied the test of time and tastes delicious after 5 years.

O: This has aged beautifully IMO. I would clearly drink more of these if I could however I seriously doubt there are many still left in existence from this time. I will definitely have to seek out the non BBA version! At this point, this beer is not hot at all and completely refined from the time spent in bottle.

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Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 39 ratings
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