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Shoreline Big Bourbon Series Big Bella Scotch Ale

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RATINGS: 63   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Shoreline’s 50th batch is a strong offering with intermingling flavors of molasses, currant, berries, and caramel. It is then aged for a year in the barrel that contained 15 year old Elijia Craig Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. On sale for limited time in 750ml bottles at the brewery and sealed with an white wax.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jackl (6421) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2015
Bottle @ BVery’s. Deep amber pour with a small off-white head. Nose shows oxidation and general signs of age. Tomato ketchup and hints of balsamic tartness. Salted earth. Charred grain and toffee. Flavor is similar a bit of acidic tart fruits. Fat sweet cereal. More ketchup. Somewhat soupy. Past its prime.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BVery (8913) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 22, 2015
Bomber shared by Bob - thanks! Very deep amber orange pour with a minor head. 2011 bottle. Aged well. Sweet caramel with whiskey. This is pretty great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (7780) - Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2015
750 ml bottle via trade from notes. Pours a dark caramel brown color with a thin beige head. The aroma and flavor have big sweeter caramel, bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits, some wood, light nutty character, the bourbon however is pretty strong, I can see where some like it but I would like to see more of the base beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (8215) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2014
750 ml bottle sampled at the hotel room bottle share at the Jackie-O’s 9th Anniversary weekend. 2009 bourbon edition. Pours a cloudy amber color with a tiny off-white head. Notes of vanilla, caramel, nuts, toasted malts, pecans, pralines, chocolate, and leaves. Light-medium bodied, with low carbonation and a smooth, sweet mouthfeel. Gets the job done. Holding up well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrSilverworm (9515) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2014
Sample at a bottle share, post Jackie-O’s 9th Anniversary. Labeled Bourbon, 2009, 750ml. Dark brown color. Thin ring of off-white head, kind of minimal. Dark red color. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, kind of slick, lighter carbonation. Lots of dark fruit, red tropical fruit, some sweet bourbon-type flavors. Bigger sweet tate, light bitterness, some warmth on the end, mild tartness. Decent bourbon scotch ale, but a little over-sweet for me, not in balance, kind of sugary sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (8628) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 23, 2014
Bottle, white wax 2009 vintage, shared at RBAG 2014. Hazy medium reddish brown with a soft golden head. Burnt caramel, dark cherry, raisins, light peat. Sweet and heavy, warming. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Patrickctenchi (5454) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - APR 15, 2014
Draft: Cloudy brown with a small tan head. Oak, bourbon...raisin aroma. Taste is black cherry malt, raisin, bourbon.. Malty and hefty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (9646) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - APR 13, 2014
Bottle. Cherry, raisin, toffee malt and alcohol aroma. Dark brown with moderate head. Sweet cherry raisin and caramel malt flavor. Mild alcohol finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
itowler (2) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 3, 2014 does not count
"Drink what you like" 2009 Vintage - White Wax, Poured into a Tulip. Aroma - Not overtly strong, but still present. Can smell alcohol, vanilla, woody, Appearance - No lacing, Little to no head. clear, brown to black Taste - medium sweetness, lightly bitter, some may think to sweet.. Palate - medium body, soft to flat carbonation, In my opinion a pretty good beer. Great for an "after dinner" scenario. Will be a repeat buy for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnfryd (13596) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 20, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is bourbon, malt, alcohol, vanilla. Flavour is bourbon, vanilla, malt, hop, chocolate, caramel, wood. Full body. Nice beer.

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