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Shipyard Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial StoutShipyard Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

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very good

38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: puboflyons on 04-11-2014)
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3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the corked, caged 750 ml. bottle. 2014 batch. Bottle no. 01429. Sampled on April 11, 2014.

The color of the pour is spectacular with its deep dark brown tone and nearly opaque quality leading up to a modest tan head that lingers and laces as it fades to a ring.

I was impressed that for an 11% beer the alcohol note was nearly nil. But unfortunately so were many of the other notes. I picked up some chocolate malts for certain and those were nice. Wooden barrel and yeast too. Nothing exploding in my face.

Medium body.

The booze can be found more-so in the taste along with a nice dose of chocolate malts and bourbon. The finish is on the dryer side. Regardless of the muted flavors you will feel it in your head when you are done.

puboflyons, Apr 12, 2014
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Denzo, Apr 21, 2014
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3.49/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass, vintage 2014. Bottle 00678

Deep walnut brown and a hint of faint dark red on the edges. A little see through looking under the collar. Head makes a simple light cocoa chestnut brown, and a very thick bubbled collar while settling. Some scattered lacing to match.

Solid and diverse nose. Hints of wood and oak, lots of liquid smoke and tobacco notes. Some roast sweetness and char. Deep milky dark chocolate to match. Quite nice, very nice.

Real odd palate. First sip brings classic chocolate sweetness, but there's a very wet depth. Much tannic and tobacco finish, with a large woody bitterness. Good amount of smoke even in the flavor surprisingly. Very odd sweetness and matching bitterness sort of an astringent lime hop like reaction on the finish, almost as if it's clashing with each other. The bitterness takes over and dominates, with a lot of bitter charring and grain.

Overall it has some real strange tannic qualities that are distracting, and the beer doesn't feel very well aged either. The roast bitterness on this isn't very well balanced, and after numerous sips it's all I taste, with much of the sweetness and chocolate hints long lost. Needs some work.

smakawhat, May 24, 2014
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Mike, Jun 18, 2014
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4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $8.95 for this and found it quite cheap since the place I get it from a place notorious for overpriced bombers. I hope I find it somewhere between the 3.59 and 4.5 current standings.

A - One of the hardest corks I ever had to removed so I suppose this could be aged for many of year. A very not satisfying pop bu a very gorgeous looking stout deep black opaque goodness. Head is mild just a 1/3 inch that keeps around to a nice bit of deep head. Nice cocoa colored head to note.
S - Chocolate and bourbon notes highlight. Roast and cocoa a bit to the backseat. No heavy hops or ethanol notes its quite balanced. Can't wait to sip this.
T - A very surprising slash of bourbon in the front. Following this its kind of smooth light cocoa flavors and some chocolate malt and maybe some wood but really it's kind of simple.
M - It's pretty smooth for 11% just as thick as I wanted maybe more medium bodied but that increases the drink ability.

Overall I was pretty impressed by this how much bourbon notes is incorporated for the price. In a way it could have been a touch sweeter maybe the base beer could use a bit of work but for the price it's a very approachable and affordable BBA imperial stout.

DrDemento456, May 04, 2014
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3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap tonight at Cask and Vine, Blind tasting!
I will start this review off and tell you that I am not a big fan of almost everything I have tried from Shipyard. That being said...
Pours a solid black with a minimal head. Aromas of roast and chocolate with hints of fruit that I perceived as caramel apples and raspberries. The oak aroma was a bit subtle but there. Flavors mimicked the aroma quite well. I have to say this was not a half bad stout and I was shocked that I rated it so high and that it was from Shipyard.

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Taste: Charred woodsy up front, Followed by chocolate and bourbon

Mouthfeel: smooth, with a bitter finish.

Great drinkability and in my opinion an underrated beer. Though the Boozyness was present, it didn't get in the way to much. Spices and smokeyness followed with dried fruit coming through as it warms up.

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Shipyard Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout from Shipyard Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.