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Shoreline Big Bourbon Series Discombobulation Celebration Ale

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RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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Bourbon-aged in 15 year-old Elijah Craig barrels.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
b3shine (6149) - Indiana, USA - MAR 9, 2015
Draft to taster at the brewpub. Per the beer menu, this vintage was aged in a 12 year old bourbon barrel for one year. Looks good for the style; a hazy copper with very light beige head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells good too; malty with notes of dark fruit, vanilla, oak, and a bit of bourbon. Tastes like it smells with a medium to medium full-bodied mouthfeel. Some toffee as well. A bit boozy, but it is 13%. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluejacket74 (1461) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2015
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 thereís also some raisin, nuts and molasses noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís coating with a moderate amount of carbonation. This brew just got better and better the longer I drank it, I think itís a good barleywine. Kinda pricey at $21.99 a bottle, but I was glad I got to try this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (8467) - Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2014
750ml bottle. Thick booziness to this one, and a thick and monstrous beer, plenty of barrel, dark fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (7331) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 22, 2014
Bottle, 2009 vintage with white wax, shared at RBAG 2014. Deep nut brown colour, sweet toffee malts, some toast and peaty/earthy nuances. Rich and full-bodied, lots of residual sugars though, so Iím glad this was shared among many!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfearnley (1135) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 12, 2014
Bottle to goblet at RBAG Aroma of soy, caramel, and coffee. Dark brown, no head. Taste is caramel, dark fruits, and bourbon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ferris (6521) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 12, 2014
Bottle - Sweet caramel and sweet bourbon notes. Cloudy brown with no head. Upfront barrel notes, caramel, vanilla and toffee. Not bad, but barrel heavy. Light on the palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 4, 2013
In short: A very sweet toffee-candy burgundy beer. Not my thing.
How: Bottle 750ml, black waxed neck. 2008 vintage that was purchased just a few months ago (in 2012) by Bobby91w and then sent to me. Could the 2008 be the year of the beer brewed before it was barrel aged? Re-use of labels?
The look: Cloudy ruby body topped by a medium beige head with good retention.
In long: Nose is heavily malted, monstrously sweet, unsuspected strong spicy character (cinnamon and friends), light woody notes. That doesnít really smell like a 13% Barley Wine aged in Bourbon barrels. Taste is very sweet upfront. At first this beer is like liking a barley candy lollipop (and yes, I still like those). Then caramel and then sweet berry jam and then more caramel and then taffy candies. Not much bourbon barrel aging flavors to be found here despite the label claiming otherwise. Virgin oak astringency. The generous carbonation helps drinkability, body never feels heavy, especially for a 13% beer. Alcohol is so incredibly well hidden that I seriously doubt the 13% veracity. Enough some leafy and wooden hops to avoid diabetic coma. This is just a simplistic sweetness fix with subtle woody notes, not my type of beer. I should have known this Discombobulation would be boring, because people who make up words are people who are not talentuated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (5106) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2013
2009 bottle sampled at Kurtís Blarneywine tasting on 3/16/13. Pours a clear copper color with a medium tan head. Aroma of malt, bourbon and caramel. Malty and caramelly flavor with some chocolate and sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (8950) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Sample from 2009 bottle at the Blarney Wine tasting on 03/16/2013: Clear copper-brown color with a medium light beige head that recedes steadily to an outer ring. Stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of bourbon, malt and caramel. Full-bodied with flavors of oaky bourbon, brown sugar, malt and mild hops. The finish is sweet with a caramel malt and oak aftertaste. Solid overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5726) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2013
Huge boozey nose bourbon brownnsugar and vanilla. Orange amber pour thin head. Flavors of bourbon booze toffee vanilla ligther fruit soft tang. Woody alcohol booze notes. Sodt carb vanilla lingers. Nice.

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