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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

164 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 164
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 10
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 BEERMILER12
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

BEERMILER12, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of SaCkErZ9
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.

SaCkErZ9, Dec 29, 2005
Photo of UnionMade
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a very dark opaque brown, nearly black. A creamy almond colored head tops the brew, lasting about halfway through the pint before dissipating enough for a patch of black to show through. Plenty of sticky lace creating rings as I sip.
The aroma is mainly a roasty maltiness, with considerable coffee. A mild ringwood nuttiness with some balancing herbal british hops. Faint fruitiness, mostly plum, and perhaps a touch of spice? I didn't think they spiced this beer, but I can smell some nutmeg and anise. A bit of chocolate and toffee. Not as complex as I remember in past years, but decent.
The flavor starts out with a pleasing coffee roastiness. A touch of chocolate, with some sweet fruity esters in the middle. Mostly a plum flavor, with a touch of apple. Roasty malt continues into the finish, with mild herbal hop bitterness and a ringwood nuttiness in the end. Definite walnut flavor. Some nuttiness and roasty coffee linger in the finish. No detectable spice. Very light body, with soft cask carbonation.
The body is considerably thinner than I remember, with a much more subdued flavor. The first time I tried this, a few years back, I couldn't finish drinking it. Too strong for my weak palate. Not bad, but I passed on another pint.

UnionMade, Jan 07, 2004
Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Coasters in Melbourne, FL.

Pours black with a thick and dark tan head. The head is rich and creamy. The nose on the beer is chocolate, toffee, caramel and roasted malts. The taste is much like the nose, chocolate, toffee, caramel and roasted malts. Some of the other reviews said it had a lot of carbonation. I thought it was light in carbonation, no doubt helped by the beer engine. This beer goes down smooth, almost like an oatmeal stout.

This is a nice smooth porter that I highly recommend

FLBeerGuy, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of deltatauhobbit
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.

deltatauhobbit, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of aracauna
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark. Looks pretty much black. The head was light, but not white, and fizzy. Soon faded to nothing but the circle of bubbles caused by the scoring at the bottom of my Petrus Triple snifter. The nose is heavy on the apple peels. Caramel, apples and assorted fruits are dominate in the flavor, but there's a lurking char flavor that stirs things up a bit. A really interesting beer and I can't really say I've had anything like it.

aracauna, Dec 30, 2003
Photo of PhatAtUT
3/5  rDev -22.5%

PhatAtUT, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of bcsbeer
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.

bcsbeer, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of tmoneyba
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at Cock and Bull.

Poured a clear dark brown color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting and had good lacing. Good malt and citrus hoppy aroma. Medium body with a slick & smooth texture. Moderate to heavy well balanced smooth flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.

Solid drinkable brew.

tmoneyba, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of JTomczak
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

JTomczak, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of jaswilson2
3/5  rDev -22.5%

jaswilson2, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of Hibernator
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.

Hibernator, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of indiapaleale
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.

indiapaleale, Mar 18, 2008
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
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.

MrHurmateeowish, Dec 02, 2006
Photo of beernut7
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This tasty cask ale is a pure pleasure of the season. Deep dark color with almost no head, the aroma is prominently buttery sweet. The flavor is hoppy and the body heavy and smooth. Very complex and flavorful real ale.

beernut7, Nov 06, 2002
Photo of jmz62565
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.

jmz62565, Feb 17, 2006
Photo of joepais
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

joepais, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of edchicma
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich chocolate color. Smell invites you to drink. Taste has a hint of chocolate and announces that this is a beer to sip. A bit of a bite that grabs your taste buds and lingers....tart but refreshing. Mouthfeel is neat, reminding you that this is a graet beer to sip.
Drinkability is excellent, but don't gulp!

edchicma, Mar 28, 2003
Photo of johntfox
4/5  rDev +3.4%

johntfox, May 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

RDW, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of briandaube
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

briandaube, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of StevieW
4.63/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with Henry Wadsworth Longfellow staring at you. Reminds me of the great Rodney Dangerfield line in "Back to School" "Maybe we can work on my Longfellow tonight ?" Back to the beer.
Deep beautiful clear mahogoney color. Color of dark teak wood. Rich smell of coffee, toffe, chocolate, carmel, and sweet pecan pie. Taste is every bit the match and more. Toffe sweetness up front. Some slightly roasted coffee bitterness. Chocolate presence is also very noticable. Very complex, balanced and very flavorful beer. Even carbonation, medium bodied. Nothing out of place. Chocolate and hop bitterness lingers. Very very good beer. This is not just a chocolate flavored beer though. It's hard to pin down. Maybe a cross between a porter, a belgian strong ale, and a stout. Whatever it is, It's really good, and worth a try. I really enjoyed this one ! I'm going back to pull off another mixed sampler pack..shhhh.
Could be the next Beer it forward sample....stay tuned.

StevieW, Jan 23, 2003
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Artjsantos, May 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

dtivp, Jun 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

dwoolley1, Dec 02, 2011
Shipyard Longfellow Winter Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.