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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

(view ratings)
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-03-2001)
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby hue. Its dark enough to be a porter that is for sure, I wasn't actually sure what to expect until it came out of the bottle. I know I am a little late for this winter beer considering that next week marks the first day of spring, but better late than never. Anyways, the head is thin but stays well. This one has that familiar Ringwood smell along with roasted malt and a little bit of chocolate.

I read that this is beer is sort of a cross between a porter and a Scottish ale so I was definitely intrigued as to what it would taste like. After a couple sips I would have to say that this reminds me most of an English Winter Warmer. It definitely has the strong malt character of a Scottish ale and the roasted malt flavor of a porter. Its got a rather complex taste actually, kind of like one taste melding into another with a bitter finish. I am pretty impressed by this one. I've never had it before and didn't know Shipyard even brewed a beer of this style. This is a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2008 03:46:47 | More by indiapaleale
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joepais

Maine

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into my pint glass was a plum color when held to the light with a nice tan head that lasted

Aromas of butter cream, toasted malts and coffee fill your nose

Flavors of malts, coffee as well as hops a good Porter in all

Nice full mouthfeel good carbonation

A good drinking beer it would be a great session beer as well

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2008 20:59:39 | More by joepais
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A nice dark brown body. Almost no head on mine, probably because it was poured from the tap by a waitress? Who knows.

I detect a malty, bread type of odor coupled with some sweet, fruitiness.

Up front sugary sweetness with notes of fruit and caramel, followed with some big earthy, bready, malty flavors. Finishes with a coffee type of taste/aftertaste.

Really a good mouthfeel. Well carbonated and balanced for its sweetness.

A little sweet and a little thick for me to drink too many, but an interesting brew that is worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2008 16:31:54 | More by Hojaminbag
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber bottle into an Erdinger weizen glass.

A: Poured a rich brown with vibrant ruby highlights when held to the light. The head wound up reducing to a fine layer of tan foam. I don't know if it was the pour or the glass, but the carbonation was so fierce, it poured almost as nothing but foam at first. Aggressive!

S: Smells of faint roasted caramel and charcoal, with a slight buttery citrus fruit smell, like grapefruit.

T: Taste is sweet and fruity malts up front, with a fairly sharp hop bitterness through the middle, before finishing with a rich, soft coffee or cappuccino bean aftertaste. Very much a porter, but with a very nice hop presence also.

M: Mouthfeel is robust and lively, given the nature of the carbonation and sweet mellow earthy flavors of the brew.

D: The warming alcohol effect makes the roasted malts and coffee flavors quite nice with the fruity alcohol esters. A great taste makes it easy to enjoy this one.

This is a really great winter sipper. Split a couple of bombers between friends on a snowy night and you'll have pure enjoyment at hand. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 19:14:43 | More by Gambrinus1184
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with red hues when held up to the light. Some head that fades fast.

Smell isn't too strong but can make out the roasted malt/coffee aroma and a dash of hops.

Taste is rich of coffee and malt. Not terribly sweet though, has a dry taste and follows up with a bitterness. Bit buttery in the mouth, but a good amount.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2008 18:37:01 | More by deltatauhobbit
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mountdew1

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22oz to a standard pint glass. Poured a nice dark brown, almost black with a slight head. The head quickly disappeared and left a ring that lasted the whole glass. Aroma was strong. Had hints of chocolate cake with plenty of spicing. Tasted the same, plenty of spicing, appropriate for a winter ale. Went down very easy, and felt good in the mouth. Slight carbonation, but nothing enough to detract from the beer. A great winter warmer, look forward to having again.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2007 23:40:41 | More by mountdew1
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Hibernator

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shipyard Longfellow Winter Ale
22 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a deep dark brown. Almost black in appearance with ruby highlights. Puffy head on top leaving nice trails of sticky lace.

A buttery nose with whiffs of roasted coffee and sweet cream. A touch of spicy hops in the background.

Rich dark malts, roasted barley, juicy caramel and toffee. A creamy butterscotch flavor peaks the backbone with a biting hop finish. Nicely malty and robust at the same time. A touch of chocolate with that distinct Shipyard diacetyl flair under the right control.

Solid. Probably one of the best brews Shipyard has to offer. I really enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2007 00:37:16 | More by Hibernator
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kingchowchowwoof

Maine

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pitch black with a dark tan head about 1/2 an inch thick. Head slowly faded but did not stick around for the entire glass. Rich molasses smell with slight dark fruit and coffee. Taste is nice and dry upfront developing a bit of spice in the middle then a sharp sweet alcoholic bite and dry finish that disapates off the palate. Light to medium carbonation slightly slick mouthfeel, very nice drinkability. Very nice version of the style, having a bit richer flavor than most others I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2007 23:22:46 | More by kingchowchowwoof
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beeroclock

United Arab Emirates

3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The bottle throws you off, it has an old dude on it that looks like he'd drink budweiser. I poured this into a pint glass and it came out a brown liquid with a small foamy tan/brown head. Not a spectacular looking beer, but smells of some toffee & butterscotch. Tastes not like a typical porter, but it has the coffee tones to it and is slightly sweet. Aftertaste has some bitter hints and seems thinner than the average porter as well. Goes down ok and doesn't disappoint. Shipyard seems to be putting out some good products.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2007 21:55:31 | More by beeroclock
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bark

Sweden

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What better way to celebrate an autumn hurricane in January than with a big (650 ml) bottle of an American Winter Warmer (English Porter? No way).?

The colour is deep amber-brown, the liquid is clear. The gigantic, slowly sinking foam is pale brown (probably one of the darkest heads I have seen). It pours very smooth, more like warm syrup than beer.

The strong smell is very roasted and bitter with citric notes, some alcohol and a hint of liquorice and rubber. A quite demanding aroma.

The taste is dry and bitter. Of course there is a distinct citric-sour hoppy flavour. The malt is roughly roasted (without getting black) giving a salty liquorice flavour, full bodied. There are also some yeasty flavours of gravy and dough. The aftertaste is bitter with a fruity-roasted-bitter flavour. The bitterness becomes the dominating note after a while and it lasts a very long time.


The carbonation is medium strong, small bubbles. The liquid is smooth.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2007 21:24:24 | More by bark
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JanM

Sweden

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured with a dark brown, almost tar-like color, and with two fingers of thick, good foam. It was looking very inviting. The smell was of toffee, roasted malts and strong coffee notes. The taste was "bittersweet" with lots of coffee and some chocolate too. Inside is a fruitiness of maybe oranges, at least some citrus. All and all a well-balance beer and a fine porter.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2006 08:12:20 | More by JanM
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MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber from Florian's... Murky dark brown body with ruby-red highlights and a light tan head that's 2 fingers deep. Roastiness and hop bitterness dominate the aroma. Roasty chocolate and hops charactirize the flavor. Caramel in the finish and aftertaste.Tastes like a porter, almost like a stout. on the lighter side of full-bodied. This is definitely the best Shipyard brew, as the ratings reflect, unlike any other Shipyard (except the Brewer's Choice Ale). Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2006 02:03:07 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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lordofthewiens

Maine

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle, this was a dark red/brown color with a thick coffee-colored head. It had a malty aroma with a tinge of dark fruit. Decent taste, coffee, fruit, a little hops. I thought the beer was a little thin, but still was quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2006 12:51:15 | More by lordofthewiens
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shaebs99

New York

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

Purchased recently as part of a mixed 12. I was relatively unimpressed with the other three beers, but thought this one was good enough to review.

It pours a dark cola color with a decent sized head that dispels slowly. The visible carbonation on the sides of the glass continues to remind me of a cola. The smell of the last one I had (that I am using to review) is fainter than the other two I had, but it has a slightly sweet smell which continues with the taste. Tastes and smells like a porter and is quite smooth. I also enjoyed the aftertaste which I find difficult to describe. I would consider the drinkability quite good and would have another Longfellow

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2006 00:22:56 | More by shaebs99
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Form a double duecer , this Winter Warmer pours a dark eggplant hue topped with an instantly settled tan thin ring with no bubbles seen in the glass.

Aroma is slightly caramel and toasted malt with a signature Ringwood aroma of buttered and pastry.

First swigs: Cola and porter. Toasted grain with a solid malt profile. Honey and toast and while warming up, a bit of waffle and buttered syrupy grain. Slight aftertaste of dark raisin and muffin.

Feel is medium bodied with a soft restrained carbonation. A bit of a tongue coater.

Last swigs: Seemed a bit like a spiced porter. Amost a dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2006 03:37:50 | More by blitheringidiot
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akahn

Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Almost black cola color with red-brown highlights. Fairly sticky brown head leaves lace.

Mildly malty aroma, with slight hop notes. Sweet flavor with chocolate notes and sugary sweetness. Until it warms, there is a subtle, complimentary hop bite. This eventually peters out, but is nice while it lasts. Smooth with mild carbonation. Thin to medium body. Tasty but lacks depth and body. Pretty accurate to style, mellow, definitely sessionable, but this could use some more oomph.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2006 17:13:11 | More by akahn
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jmz62565

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a very dark reddish brown with a tan foamy head. The smell has some fruit,prune or raisin, aroma too it,but this scent is not very strong. The taste is very good with a strong presence of coffee and especially malt roastyness and sweetness. The m/f is medium with aftertaste that is just abit too watery and weak. Overall, this is a damn good beer and if the aroma was stronger this could be a rated much higher.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2006 01:21:36 | More by jmz62565
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Drew966

Florida

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

Pours very dark, not quite black, ruby around the edges from a twelve ounce brown bottle. I can smell hops and malt. At first I taste the malt, which fades into hops. I think there is a nice balance here between the hops and the malt. This is pretty decent, not my favorite winter ale, but quite tasty. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2006 02:19:17 | More by Drew966
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

2.55/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Very dark mahogony color with a nice, tan head that dissipates at a leisurely pace, leaving a nice ring at the top and generous lacing down the side of the glass.

Smell is mostly just a sweet, sickly smell. Smells alot like a brown ale. Something smells wrong with the beer. Best by date is March of 06 so it should still be fresh. Weird smell.

Weird taste as well. Very sweet. Hints of chocolate. Tones of coffee. Not very impressive. Again, that weird, sweet taste is their and I am not sure what it is. A bit bitter and astringent as well.

Tangy and pungent mouthfeel. I will pass this by in the future.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2005 00:28:45 | More by SaCkErZ9
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rebel1771

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a lovely dark reddish brown with decent head. Smells include roasted malts, coffee and just a touch of chocolate. Taste is a bit underwhelming with the roasted malts making up the main body of the flavor with hints of fruits (plum and apple) showing up in the end. This is a tastey brew that has its' moments. Good not great.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2005 02:18:48 | More by rebel1771
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Billolick

New York

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber bottle without any freshness indication on the labels. Pours typical porter like dark almond/honey amber. Light tan head, leaves fine stringy lacing. nose of plums and sweet malts. Pleasant and drinkable brew, notes of caramel, maple sugars and some lightly toasted malts and darker burnt malt notes. Lingering finish with another hint of plums. Nice, drinkable wintery brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2005 18:07:35 | More by Billolick
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

2.4/5  rDev -38%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Aromas of faint oranges, dark malts and butterscotch waft from my glass as I pour this deep amber almost black brew. It is topped by a light brown head and shows ruby highlights when held up to the light. As I go in for a deeper sampling of the aromatics it is obvious that the butterscotch, movie popcorn, diacetyl notes dominate the nose of this beer. The taste is lightly sweet up front with a cooked corn DMS note in the finish. The taste is also dominated by diacetyl, through which a bit of roasted malt and complex maltiness has poked through, but just barely. Unfortunately for my sensitive palate the diacetyl notes dominate what otherwise could be at least a half way decent beer.

Despite my review, thanks to Pisskynights for this brew that comes from a generous sampling of brews which I know will be far better than this.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2005 04:20:21 | More by Gueuzedude
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NEhophead

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1pt 6fl oz.

Creamy coffee colored head that fades to a thin sheet with a few pools of bubbles after a few moments. Some spotted lacing with average strength. Opaque, deep brown in color.

Big toffee and caramel aromas with hints of butterscotch. Whaffs of warming alcohol and light milk chocolate.

Milk chocolate and a big caramel flavor upfront. Moderate burnt roasted maltiness infused with a variety of nutty flavors: hazlenut, almond, and even a slight oak twinge. Moderate maltiness sweetness, but this one finishes rather dry with more of the nutty and caramel aftertastes. This one drinks more like a stout than a porter due to its dry finish, but very flavorful regardless.

Full bodied; dry and a touch grainy, but very palatable.

A very pleasant ale. Definitely one of my favorite offerings from Shipyard. Worth a try. This ale would really kick some ass if it were aged in some old whisky barrels, if anyone at Shipyard is listening. A solid offering on its own anyways.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2005 21:29:21 | More by NEhophead
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LuckySevens82

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber with a picture of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow on the label.
Pours a very nice burgandy with a tan head that is thick and rocky. In certain lights this brew appears to be brown, but I like it better as a burgandy.
Cramel, dark malts, and fruits dominate the aroma. Currants and cranberries peak through as well. There also seems to be a hint of cinnamon.
Very spicy, this one. Cinnamon is definately a part of this beer. There is also a very nice cranberry taste that is complemented nicely by the faint hop and citrus flavors (lemon and orange specifically).
This is a great winter warmer, so great, in fact, I could drink it any time of year.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2004 02:35:00 | More by LuckySevens82
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rabidawg

Georgia

4.78/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A deep mahogany with a nice fluffy tan head. Decent lacing, and average carbonation.

Smell: Buttery, sweet, and rich. Loads of dark, malty goodness, with dark fruits and toasted nuts.

Taste: Heavy buttery overtones, but certainly not overwhelming. This beer is flat out average when cold, but is absolutely incredible as it warms. Thick, sticky, chewy, and delicious. Dark, dried fruits aged in a root cellar with just enough hop presence to balance things out well. One of my absolute favorite beers, and an absolute must-try if in New England in the wintertime.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2004 02:34:32 | More by rabidawg
Shipyard Longfellow Winter Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.