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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

161 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 161
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 9
Gots: 7 | 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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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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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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mychalg9

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.4%

06-02-2014 04:47:04 | More by mychalg9
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tmoneyba

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2008 13:26:57 | More by tmoneyba
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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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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

03-01-2014 22:08:23 | More by Sludgeman
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FLBeerGuy

Florida

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

Serving type: cask

01-03-2009 00:16:08 | More by FLBeerGuy
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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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JTomczak

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

08-13-2013 17:14:06 | More by JTomczak
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22Blue

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

03-01-2014 05:02:18 | More by 22Blue
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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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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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beernut7

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: cask

11-06-2002 14:47:44 | More by beernut7
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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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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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edchicma

Massachusetts

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!

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2003 16:26:46 | More by edchicma
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johntfox

Florida

4/5  rDev +3.4%

05-21-2013 18:06:11 | More by johntfox
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jaswilson2

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -22.5%

02-27-2014 16:14:38 | More by jaswilson2
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StevieW

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2003 18:27:17 | More by StevieW
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RDW

Nebraska

4/5  rDev +3.4%

02-16-2014 02:46:49 | More by RDW
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briandaube

Delaware

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

07-21-2013 19:00:52 | More by briandaube
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CharlesRiver

Connecticut

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

Was in Portsmouth this weekend and stopped by Coat of Arms. This was one of the cask ales on tap and it was very good. Poured very dark brown in color with a tan head that lasted. The taste was sweet all the way with hints of coffee, toffee, caramel and malt. The smell was similar to the taste but more sweet than malty. The aftertaste was more coffee, a hint of hops and a great warming feeling. You have to love the cask offerings at the Coat of Arms.

Serving type: cask

01-19-2003 16:18:45 | More by CharlesRiver
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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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PeteRiz

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.4%

02-15-2012 19:17:18 | More by PeteRiz
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Artjsantos

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.4%

05-23-2014 14:01:08 | More by Artjsantos
Shipyard Longfellow Winter Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.