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Shipyard Longfellow Winter Ale - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Longfellow Winter AleShipyard Longfellow Winter Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

173 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 173
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 12
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-03-2001

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Ratings: 173 | Reviews: 94
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3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
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

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3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | 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. ]

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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Shipyard Longfellow Winter Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.