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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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 9.3%
Wants: 4
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Shipyard Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: puboflyons on 04-11-2014

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Ratings: 55 | Reviews: 11
Reviews by puboflyons:
Photo of puboflyons
3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of smakawhat
3.54/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Photo of Boccu
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Surprisingly good bourbon stout from them as I'm not typically a shipyard fan. This is by far their best creation.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.09/5  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.

Photo of CHickman
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Lark in East Northport, NY; pours pitch black color with a small dark tan head that faded slowly and left good spotty lacing coating the sides.

Smells of coffee grinds, bourbon, oak barrels, peat moss, molasses, brown sugar, chocolate syrup, maple syrup, mild booze, charred wood, caramel, dark fruits, light piney hops and mild smoky notes. Nice barrel aged nose that's rich and full of chocolate malt and toffee sweetness. Good stuff, this is complex and blends the malt, mild hops and bourbon together well.

Tastes like it smells, with bourbon up front followed by coffee grinds, oak barrels, peat moss, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, chocolate syrup, maple syrup, piney hops, grapefruit, charred wood, bakers chocolate, dark fruits like raisin and dates, woody/smoky flavors and mild toasted grains. Like the nose there are nice barrel aged notes that are complex and full of chocolate and coffee notes. It's heavy but smooth, with smoky grains and a chalky finish.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, yet smooth and on the thin feeling side that just slides down easier than it should; little to no carbonation and a little alcohol burn that does not stop it from flowing down easy. Nice malty and smoky notes, this is rich and complex showing off the barrel aging with a nice array of oaky and earthy notes. Nice brew, I had 2 tonight and they were both very tasty. By far the best offering I've had from Shipyard.

Photo of BWood
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Amazing BBA Stout. Silly smooth with the perfect mix of bourbon. First time having this and it might be my new favorite. I suggest picking up a bottle.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of Chip_Diddie
4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: dark chocolate with tight foamy head

Smell: Big chocolate tootsie roll, Woodsy, vanilla and bourbon.

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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle I brought to share at Oneinchaway's tasting.

2014 vintage. Bottle No. 00569.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial 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 powder, bourbon, wood, and slight smoke aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder, char, smoke, wood, and slight bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with solid bourbon barrel aged qualities that work well with the smoke aspects I am getting from this one.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of Jason_At_Juls
4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The barrel makes this brew. The whiskey fragrance and undertones makes for a strong stout with hints of coffee on the finish. Great body, good flavor, very bold. Tasting rarity of such quality only heightens the experience. This beer lives up to the potency of a stout but has a body that goes down smoothly to leave an avid beer enthusiast wanting more.

Photo of Omnium
3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber > Tulip Glass

A - Ruby brown black with two fingers of thick soapy tan head, little lacing.
S - Lots of barrel traits in the aroma, burnt wood chips, earthy, smoke, dried fruits, burnt caramel, roasted malt.
T - A very sweet presence in the flavor, almost cherry like, bourbon flavor is here for sure, a little boozey, but manageable, dark bitter earthy hop bite mid-end, mild smoke, burnt woody flavor really comes through.
M - Heavy, but finished dry.
O - One of the better things Shipyard has done, still not as good as the BBA Double Thumper or Pumpkinhead, that I had last year at the brewery, but I like what they're doing with this series so far.

Shipyard Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout from Shipyard Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.