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Shipyard Longfellow Winter Ale - Shipyard Brewing Co.

Shipyard Longfellow Winter AleShipyard Longfellow Winter Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

152 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%


Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration date of June 2014. Sampled on December 7, 2013.

It is mainly brown in color with a modest off-white head that lingers briefly. Moderate lacing.

The aroma is Shipyard's Ringwood yeasts and then everything else. The everything else includes dark caramel malts but little to no hop or spice note (for a Winter).

The body is light to medium but overall very smooth.

The taste has a mild sweetness at first followed by a low bitterness. This does not have the coffee esters one comes to expect from today's Porter's but I bet this is the way the English brewed it way back when.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 23:05:36 | More by puboflyons
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bcsbeer

Florida

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bomber at the local ABC on sale $3.00
I let it warm up before transferring contents to a snifter.
Appearance was a deep mahogany with ruby highlights, caped with a mocha colored head. The head rose nicely with an aggressive pour. Nice looking beer.
I did not get a lot with the nose. Picked up on some dry roasted smokey notes.
Flavors were very nice with coffee, vanilla, bitter chocolate, dark fruit. Somewhat sour and dry. It a nice alternative from the sweet tasting beers.
Mouthfeel was a little high on the carbonation and a little thin.
Shipyard surprised me with this one, kind of reminded me of Fullers London Porter.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 19:52:49 | More by bcsbeer
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BEERMILER12

Maine

3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark mahogany color with slightly less than a fingers worth of head that fizzles away fairly quickly

S: Very rich and malty, with a fairly distinct Ringwood character. Also get some chocolate and light earthy/fruity hops

T: Follows the nose. Again, very malty with some chocolate and earthy hop character. Slightly fruity with some caramel sweetness in the finish. Underlying Ringwood yeast throughout, but it doesn't take away from the other characteristics

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Rich and bold

O: If you don't mind English Ringwood yeast, then this brew is a great addition to winter. Kind of a hybrid of scotch ale and English porter. Worthy of a try if you like English brews

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 06:26:56 | More by BEERMILER12
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d1ckvanswype

Florida

3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber poured into a Duvel glass.

A: Pours jet black with a nice two fingers of creamy tan colored head, which dissipates fairly quickly. Shows ruby red highlights when head to the light.

S: Not much of a nose here, some sweet malts and a touch of sweet spice, maybe clove or allspice.

T: Very little front end to speak of, most of the flavor of roasted malts, a bit of coffee and dark chocolate, with a mildly bitter, slightly spiced finish.

M: A touch overcarbonated, but fairly easy to drink. It doesn't weigh on the tongue too much with progressive sips.

O: A easy drinking porter, claiming to be a winter warmer. The low ABV makes putting the whole bomber away too easy, and you'll be feeling quite cozy. I might go back to this, if I need a smooth, easy to put down session porter.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 01:39:35 | More by d1ckvanswype
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.11/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Into a nonic:

A: jet black colored body leaving a two finger foamy lumpy off-white head. The head slowly dies to a half finger that lasts a little longer in my nonic. Minimal lacing is left.

S: slightly malty and has a dry coffee aroma coming through as the beer warms.

T: bittersweet through the malts and the dry coffee.

M: light to medium with lots of harshness coming through at all angles, kinda bad for an English Porter. However, due to the low ABV, this is pretty drinkable.

O: I'm not really thrilled with this beer. I won't be coming back to this.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 02:20:58 | More by BeerKangaroo
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chinchill

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle (2012) served in a Sam Adams lager glass.

Pours deep, dark, clear mahogany with a small and fragile tan head. Decent lacing is left on the glass. [3.75]

The spice level is near perfect and well-balanced. While evident in the nose [4.25] and obvious up front upon tasting, the spicing slowly fades after the finish eventually leaving a chocolate malt to dominate the aftertaste. Sweet and bitter largely in balance, but a tad too sour. No burnt flavors, but a hint of smoke in the finish. High complexity and good balance make every sip seem a little different than the one before. At various times, dark fruit, vanilla, cinnamon, English hops and several other flavors make appearances. Plenty of dark chocolate in the nose and flavor.

M: near full body with rather lively carbonation. I suspect I'd prefer a bit less carbonation; a suspicion supported by the fact that the mouth feel improves after the beer has been in the glass for a while. Semi-dry finish.

O: outstanding, and unusually low ABV, winter warmer.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 23:32:06 | More by chinchill
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: single finger tan thick head on a very deep amber/dark brown clear body.

S: molasses, cinnamon, roasted malts, caramel and brown sugar.

T: spices, dark chocolate, roasted malts, hint of espresso, earthy hops. Mild bitterness to the finish.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: complex, flavorful and probably the best beer I have had from Shipyard which doesnt say a whole lot but this is certainly a good one.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 23:47:16 | More by kylehay2004
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Sunnanek

Sweden

3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours dark brown, almost black. The pale brown head is large and really compact. Slow dissipation leaves only decent lacings.

S: Roasted, kind of candy-like sweetness to the malt. Dark dried fruits balanced with vanilla. Soy Sauce. Smell is on the milder side.

T: Roasted, a bit smoked sweet but also light malt. Dark syrup and dark dried fruits. Vanilla once again. Some bitter marmelade. Bitter hops.

M: Body is a bit lighter than I tought it would be, carbonation is aggresive, almost fizzy. Aftertaste is long and holds a balanced bitterness.

O: The carbonation is almost like in an Adjunct Lager - rich and aggresive. Otherwise it's a little to modest for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 17:52:38 | More by Sunnanek
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redleaves

Maine

4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black, little to no head. Into an imperial dimple mug. I expected winter warmer when I read the label. It kind is a cross between a winter warmer a lighter porter and kind of stoutish. Roasty, but not too roasty, heavy but not too heavy. Kinda sweet and juicy, but not too much. A very solid drinker, great mouthfeel and perfect carbonation. One of shipyards best offerings. Too bad they don't distribute more. Could be a huge 6 pack seller for them. I picked it up at the federal jacks store, first place I've seen it!

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 15:57:25 | More by redleaves
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rarbring

Sweden

3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is very dark brown, has a small tan head that leaves a little lacing, some curtains.

Smelling roasted bread, dark fruits, vanilla and soy sauce.

Starting sweet of brown syrup bread, dark sweet fruits, red berry jam, slightly bitter finish.

Little carbonation, smooth and slightly sticky, a medium body, a modest dry finish.

Well balanced, well done.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 17:42:13 | More by rarbring
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RDHerm

Connecticut

3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, dark brown with ruby highlights. Pours a very thick beige head that slowly thins and has very good lacing.

Very strong aroma of dark chocolate, with solid notes of coffee and roasted malts. There are also hints of yeast, dark fruits, and butterscotch.

Taste is interesting, though not as complex as the aroma would indicate. There's a certain sweetness that comes right when it hits your palate, but it gives way almost immediately to a strong flavor of bitter coffee, with a hint of roasted malt.

Medium body and carbonation level. The body is nice, but the carbonation level feels a bit much for a beer of this style. There's the bitter aftertaste to be expected from this type of beer, but without the usual feeling of palate dryness.

A solid brew overall. Not great, but not bad either, and just unique enough that it's worth giving a shot.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 00:31:03 | More by RDHerm
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mdfb79

New York

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this one from SpeedwayJim in Round 4 of the 666 BIF; thanks Jum! Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a deep dark brown color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for a minute and leaves an inch throughout drinking it. Also leaves a little bit of lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of coffee, roasted malts, bitter chocolate, sweet dark fruits, light vanilla, and light caramel malts/toffee. Chocolate and roasted malts dominate the nose up front, but as it warms up some caramel ande fruit shines through. Pretty nice.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, bitter coffee, caramel malts, toasted and burnt malts, and very light sweet fruit. Again, dominated by the bitter chocolate and roasted malts. The taste also had a lot of toasted and burnt notes. Good, but a little bit of a step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth and easy to drink.

o - Overall a nice porter that is dominated by bitter chocolate and coffee notes, as well as roasted malts. The nose had a little bit more going for it and was more complex than the taste, and it was pretty easy to drink. Would have it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 20:10:11 | More by mdfb79
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Durge

Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this cask ale at the Sea Dog Brewpub in South Portland, Maine. It was a very dark brown black color with a goodly tan, big bubbled head and modest signs of lace. The aroma says flowery fruit nougat and juniper malt and brown bread. Very interesting. The flavor brings a bit of what the nose detected but with more of the sweet coffee and light charcoal bitterness. The body is near medium with a pretty low carbonation aqueous feel. It’s got plenty of character, a little grassy hop edge. Medium drinkability and a very nice cask offering.

Serving type: cask

06-03-2011 03:50:52 | More by Durge
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No light getting through on this one at all, really quite opaque. A large three finger high head of chocolate colored foam then rose up over the top of it with tremendous retention

Lots of notes of chocolate, almost completely dominated by it to be honest. Once you moved past that, there were some nice hints of sugary caramel and a touch of roasted coffee coming through in the smell now. Some nice roasted malts, a touch of smoke maybe, and definitely a hint of vanilla.Full on chocolate malt assault as the first wave of flavor came over my tongue. Big notes here of dark chocolate mixed in with a touch of coffee as well. Very dark and complex, hints of vanilla, caramel, and lactose,

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 01:39:56 | More by mikesgroove
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gfreed

Massachusetts

2.35/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

It's nice to know that here in New England, one can still find mediocre regional beer in large bottles for prices low enough so that when half of the bottle has been consumed, the remaining half can be dumped into the sink without guilty, why-am-I-wasting-my-money? feelings. Take Longfellow, for example. Its thin, fizzy body and citrusy tang veer more toward mild IPA territory than porter: its lack of density and depth qualify it as a summer beer, not winter, in my book. I searched hard for some kind of aroma, even after letting it get quite warm, but couldn't find anything beyond wet ropes (is that the shipyard in Shipyard?) and Coke. And the burned-lemon, burlappy aftertaste is... well, I don't know what it is (aside from icky), but it doesn't help things. Call it an ill-conceived black APA/IPA or an overcooked weak amber, but don't call it a porter. To the kitchen sink!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 12:42:40 | More by gfreed
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tkelley

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a chalice type glass. Dark brown, with hints of red. Nice head that eventually sticks around as a light layer of foam on the top as you drink it down.

Smells like a lot of Shipyard beers with butterscotchy smell and something that made me think vanilla. Also a roasted smell and light chocolate.

The taste is more upfront with the roasted flavors than the smell, but the back end is that butterscotch, hint of vanilla thing from the smell. Again, light chocolate hints float around the mouth.

The mouthfeel is very smooth and it drinks easily.

I could drink a lot of these at a time, or just one for a long time. Its really one of the better cold weather beers I've had, and its hybrid nature makes it really stand out.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 02:58:44 | More by tkelley
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with ruby hues when held to the light. Head reduces to a slight ring. No lacing, but I can see bubbles rising.

Coffee, light chocolate, and butterscotch aromas.

First part of the sip is a huge ringwood butterball. You get some smoke, some coffee grounds, a touch of fruit (no much) and lingering coffee bitterness in the finish. Some overtoasted bread is present as well. Lacks some intensity, but decent.

Thin mouthfeel with solid carbonation.

I wanted this to be more. More intensity, better distinction in flavor, better body. Just misses in these areas. Better as it warms a bit, and for Shipyard, one of their better ones. This is not something I'll chase, but won't refuse it either.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 18:25:36 | More by OtherShoe2
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gdrydenc

Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Looks fantastic. Dark brown/black with a good amount of light caramel head that fades slowly and leaves a little lacing on the glass.

S - Smell is good, it's just a little faint. I can tell what they were meaning to do, but it's not all there. Malts, coffee, and a little chocolate.

T - Taste is good, but a little weak, once again. I would like to be able to actually discern each of the tastes, but they are each a little underwhelming. Malts, some coffee, and a hint of chocolate. Overall nothing outstanding.

M - Good mouthfeel. Good amount of carbonation, with a slightly watery feel.

D - I could see myself drinking a few of these, which I think may be an issue. If I'm drinking a beer like this, I want it to take me a while and spend some time letting it mature. Unfortunately, this beer is not like that, I kinda just wanna finish it off.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 04:02:22 | More by gdrydenc
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ryanonline

Florida

3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

looks very deep black a little to black for a porter, im trying to see some of the highlights that they usually have and this one hasn't really got any. thin dissipating head.

very light nutty roasty smell. maybe some chocolate malt, not much else.

dry and slightly bitter, still kind of nutty and roasty, a skosh of chocolate. not much going on here.

kind of thin, very dry, watery but with an interesting residual sweetness.

ok drinkability.

kind of an average beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 22:35:05 | More by ryanonline
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JMD

Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes:

A: Pitch black with big tan head that fades very slowly. Moderate lacing on the glass.

S: Toasted malt, some light coffee and chocolate. A little too faint.

T: Toasted malt, fresh ground coffee beans and bittersweet chocolate. Carmel and molasses balance out the beer with a subtle sweetness. Finishes with some light hops. All the flavors that you expect from a porter are there, just a little to light.

M: Medium bodied and crisply carbonate. Again, this beer is too light.

D: If you haven't figured it out by now, I think this beer is too light. All the components are there for a great porter, but it seems to me that the brewer didn't go all in with this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 21:20:15 | More by JMD
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

More and more I've been trying Shipyards and liking them less and less. I used to love the stuff from their pub, a few blocks from my friends place. But the bottles just don't seem to cut it.

A: Fluffy 2 finger head fades at a medium pace over dark roasty reddish brown color.

N: Creamy fruity malts, sweet syrup and molasses, quite a bit of syrupy aromas, malt extract aromas as well, a touch of brown sugar and a hint of bitterness.

T: Sweet malts and malt extract galore! Lots of sticky sweet low grade syrups and extract flavors, as usual from the Shipyard stuff. A little minerality and salt too, some spices, little Christmas spices, a little bitterness, very schmalty. Blech! I'm beginning to think that they have a bottling line thing, like Opa-Opa did where the bottles just tasted terrible compared to the real stuff at the brewery/growler. I'm also wondering if I get some older stuff in the bottles and its just bad by the time I get it. This was a winter brew and I got it in spring, and some of the reviews pick out a lot of stuff I didn't so perhaps I'll have to start reviewing these fresher.

M: Med body, syrupy, some carbonation.

F: Syrupy sweet still, sticky, lots more sweet malt extract and low grade syrup. A bad unpleasant bitterness comes through as well, the bitter on teh initial taste wasn't so bad, but now it just gets bad. A little smoke as well comes out.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 01:23:26 | More by jlindros
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ktrillionaire

Florida

3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty good brew for Shipyard.

A – Very dark, nearly black, with a small-ish off-white head.

S – Vaguely caramelly, nutty and honey-sweet, but far from spectacular. Has a strange clay odor, bordering on crayon smell.

T – The taste is pretty damn good. Much better than the smell. It is richly flavored, with notes of dark roast, burnt toast, chicory, and a semi-bitter and astringent grain. Fairly similar to a Dry Stout.

M – Good, full-bodied, smooth and properly carbonated.

D – I wouldn’t mind another. Not a hugely true example of the style, but a good tasting beer nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 00:05:38 | More by ktrillionaire
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mooseisloose

Florida

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at Whole Foods which really should be called Wholey-Cow-is-this-expensive-foods, but that's off topic and the beer is halfway reasonable, so let's give it a whirl. The first smell of this brew is distinctively English as it smells like the taps at your local Pub. Warming a tad bit one detects spices with hints of brown sugar and arid yet sweet hops. The brew pours to a very dark root beer brown which when held up the the light, lets it through, but just barely. The head generated by the pour is tremendous and looks like a bowl of porridge. Upon tasting this brew is a cornucopia of flavors. It has hints of toffee, a tad bit of cinnamon, a good brown sugar malt base and a kick of molasses. Hopping is evident throughout giving a nice bitterness behind the various sweet malt flavors. The mouthfeel is good with good body and carbonation to zest up but not overdo the flavor of the brew. This is good brew for a chilly night to be dranken just below room temperature.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2010 04:29:44 | More by mooseisloose
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TLove

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber to Palm snifter.

A real jewel of a winter brew. This is a real solid winter ale from the part of New England that knows how to drink through a long winter.

Some nice spices, black/brown color with a bit of beige head that was a bit explosive. Had to tone it back a little. 2 1/2 finger dinger of a head with good retention and some great nutty scents along with a bit of cherry and chocolate malt.

Some good winter spices of nutmeg, coriander, and anise, with a porter-like feel and consistency. The maltiness is strong. Feels like drinking a beer of a much higher ABV and much thicker than a typical winter ale. A bit smokey on the back end, but a wonderful, full body and great balance on the finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2009 04:01:02 | More by TLove
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 vintage courtesy of the belgianator. Poured cola brown with the merest skim of a head. Nose was cocoa, molasses and prunes. Taste was muted, pruney, bready and malty, with a slight cocoa quality that comes out in the back. Mouthfeel was medium-light with a pleasant background carbonation. I liked this beer, but didn't love it. I found the nose to be somewhat inconsistent with the flavor profile; however, worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 01:45:28 | More by Jwale73
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Shipyard Longfellow Winter Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.