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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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very good

163 Ratings

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Ratings: 163
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 9
Gots: 9 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-03-2001)
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Photo of andylipp
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%

12 oz. bottle from a mixed Shipyard 12 pack. Poured into a tulip at about 50F.

Appearance -A brown/ruby red pour with 1 inch of fizzy head with fairly low retention. A swirl reveals just a bit of lace with a bit more head.

Smell -Fruity esters with a bit of butterscotch. A little roasty, too.

Taste -The roasted bitterness is quite pronounced. The dark fruit and buttery Ringwood character is apparent in the center and a relatively long roasty finish follows. The acrid bitterness subsides in subsequent sips.

Mouthfeel -Pretty highly carbonated with a light viscosity.

Drinkability- Went down pretty easily! Relatively low ABV for a winter warmer spells sessionability.

Comments- I hadn't had this brew in years, but now remember why I used to like it so much. Shipyard's offerings have not been my first choice over the years, but this is one I'll seek out again.

andylipp, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of ryanonline
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%

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.

ryanonline, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of mjpolzin
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

mjpolzin, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of DoubleMalt
4/5  rDev +3.4%

DoubleMalt, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of BeefyMee
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%

So I was at the bar and there was a list of the Christmas beers sitting on the bar. I drooled over some of the bottles that I didn't feel like paying for (Mad Elf for $8 and I don't remember what else), and I contemplated the draft selection. I finally decided to get a Longfellow draft since I tried it and liked it out of the bottle not too long ago. Then, I looked at the main tap list on the wall (this place has 20-30 beers on tap) and noticed that it wasn't there. I was minimally upset and asked the bartendress whether it was on tap or not.

She says, "It's on cask." My eyes light up.

I barely communicated that yes, I would indeed have one. Then, I exuberantly explained to my brother how great it was that I was getting the beer on cask, this just moments after I thought I wasn't getting it at all. Then, the glass arrived so enough backstory.

I couldn't wait to dig in to this beer. I took a drink and it felt like heaven in my mouth. However, I swallowed and the taste left something to be desired. The overall flavor just seemed muted. Nothing jumped out at all. Not even to say hi. I enjoyed the cask quality of this beer, but I think it had the potential to be so much better, especially since I've had it out of the bottle.

BeefyMee, Dec 21, 2003
Photo of rebel1771
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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.

rebel1771, Dec 24, 2005
Photo of Newbiebeer
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Newbiebeer, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of kunzbrew
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%

This brew pours a dark amber colour with a tan head that doesn't last very long leaving a sexy lace behind. A sweet caramel aroma anlong with low hop aroma hit the nose first. The first sip is has a high carbonation which hurst the tongue. the caramel and hop flavour continue to the tongue, the drinkabilty is ok but not great but not a bad winter brew as well.


kunzbrew, Feb 16, 2004
Photo of PhilDaBrewer
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

PhilDaBrewer, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of SenorHops
3/5  rDev -22.5%

SenorHops, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of MikeDre
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

MikeDre, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of ChipChaight
4/5  rDev +3.4%

ChipChaight, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of JackMcAwesome
4/5  rDev +3.4%

JackMcAwesome, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of JanM
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

JanM, Dec 06, 2006
Photo of purplehops
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%

Longfellow pumped a chestnut brown with a slight ring of light brown froth in place of a head. No lacing here. The aroma was a faint combination of caramel malt, roasted coffee, butterscotch, and estery yeast odors. The taste started with plenty of caramel and sweet malt flavors up front and then moved on to notes of chocolate, coffee, and butterscotch. The finish is bright and malty with faint flavors of hops and alcohol. The aftertaste is a pleasant lingering of malt and caramel flavors with some soft hop bitterness.The mouthfeel smooth silky and full bodied but not heavy.
This was a great cask-conditioned ale. It went down smooth and easy. Two were gone before I realized it. All the flavor of a winter ale without filling you up. I only wish that it had a little more aroma and some pretense of a head.

purplehops, Jan 13, 2003
Photo of Trevormcraig
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Trevormcraig, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of jtw5877
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%

Pours a medium to dark brown hue with a tan head, smells kind of like a bells kalamazoo stout. This is an interesting holiday brew, it is dark,smokey (a little bit of roasted malt), a little bit of chocolatey stout kinda flavor, yet kind of a medium mouthfeel not to overwhelming. A standout beer in the Shipyard gift pack.

jtw5877, Dec 23, 2003
Photo of BGCoon
4/5  rDev +3.4%

BGCoon, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of Walken
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%

Shipyard: Longfellow, Winter Ale, Porter (Tasted 03/17/08)
22 oz. Bottle: Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours out black with a mountainous, foamy, pale mocha head that doesn't die down quickly. The beer appears opaque until held up to the light, when the blood red & brown hues appear.
Odor: Roasted caramel, faint coffee, some barley and buttery aroma.
Consistency: Full bodied, but not completely hearty. Theres a mild syrup like element to the mouthfeel of this beer & a dry, powdery element reminiscent of cardboard that's kind of offsetting, though not out of place for the style.
Taste: Big currant & cherry up front, with some milk chocolate & coffee flavors moving in, rum comes to mind as the alcohol becomes apparent. There's a firm but faint hop bitterness there that is accentuated well by the sharp butterscotch flavor & roasted malt. Hops become much more apparent in the finish, as the roasted flavors die out.

Can't say I'd pick this one up too often, but that's why it's a seasonal. I'm sure next winter, the craving will set in once.

Walken, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of selecter70
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%

Ahh...I definitely liked this one a bunch! A good winter ale without the hyped-up spices found in abundance with some. A nice dark brown, near black pour with ruby-red edges of light, and a good burnt beige 2 finger head that settled to 1. Nice clinging stick lace and an aroma of lemon-malt with nuts & chocolate. The flavor is a rich malt with hints of said dark chocolate and lemon, leaving a mild smoke in the tip of the nose at the end. Crisp and slightly bitter with smooth malt flavor, this is a highly drinkable porter-style ale.

selecter70, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of soroka24
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

soroka24, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of akahn
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%

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.

akahn, Mar 05, 2006
Photo of Stargazer2892
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Stargazer2892, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of beeroclock
3.33/5  rDev -14%

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.

beeroclock, Jan 23, 2007
Photo of rabidawg
4.78/5  rDev +23.5%

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.

rabidawg, Feb 27, 2004
Shipyard Longfellow Winter Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.