Shipyard Longfellow Winter Ale - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Longfellow Winter AleShipyard Longfellow Winter Ale

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very good

93 Reviews

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Reviews: 93
Hads: 176
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 13
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-03-2001

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Photo of Bierman9
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not quite as good as I had hoped... Poured a dark brown color, with glimmers of ruby, too. Head, was fine and thin, and stuck a bit. Nose was too much on the mild side, with dark malt all that came through. Nice mouthfeel, with good body and easy-going over the tongue. The Ringwood buttery aspect comes right through, along with some nutty-characters mixed in with the malt. A nice little bit of hops rear their heads at the finish.

overall: 3.9
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


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Photo of Hibernator
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of nickfl
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Three fingers of medium brown head on an opaque black body. The head settles slowly and leaves thick lace.

S - Spicy notes of cinnamon and allspice with caramel malt, fruity english yeast and a hint of musty hops.

T - Lots of sweet, toffee malt up front with light coffee and chocolate notes. Some fruity red apple yeast notes in the middle that fade to dark malt for the finish. Lingering notes of chocolate with a hint of roast and light malt bitterness.

M - A slightly oily, medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Quite drinkable with a good combination of malt and spice complexity. This is the best beer I have had from shipyard, though it doesn't take all that much to beat their usual fare.

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Photo of antott0523
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Carbonation is barely visible through the dark brown color. Foamy beige head that dissipates. Minor amount of lace.

Smell: Malt notes of cocoa and oak. Faint hop back.

Taste: The greatest characteristic about this beer is the long, roasted malt finish that has a subtle smokiness. Very pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Very drinkable, well balanced porter with an awesome finish.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.85/5  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.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
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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Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this one from SpeedwayJim in Round 4 of the 666 BIF; thanks Jum! Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a deep dark brown color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for a minute and leaves an inch throughout drinking it. Also leaves a little bit of lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of coffee, roasted malts, bitter chocolate, sweet dark fruits, light vanilla, and light caramel malts/toffee. Chocolate and roasted malts dominate the nose up front, but as it warms up some caramel ande fruit shines through. Pretty nice.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, bitter coffee, caramel malts, toasted and burnt malts, and very light sweet fruit. Again, dominated by the bitter chocolate and roasted malts. The taste also had a lot of toasted and burnt notes. Good, but a little bit of a step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth and easy to drink.

o - Overall a nice porter that is dominated by bitter chocolate and coffee notes, as well as roasted malts. The nose had a little bit more going for it and was more complex than the taste, and it was pretty easy to drink. Would have it again.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of aracauna
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of simonjohansson
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smell: nice aroma of toffee, chocolate, some nougat maybe? - butter, almonds. Smell is great.

Taste: lots of roasted malt, notes of coffee, chocolate, some butter and nuts. Taste is not as rich as the smell. However, there is a nice balance between burnt notes and soft, sweet ones.

Overall: nice beer, I like it, and I'll probably buy it next winter too, if possible.

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Photo of jmz62565
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of kunzbrew
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.


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Photo of Andy
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Two fingers thick tan head. Loose carbonation. Deep ruby color. Fusel alcohols (sort of off-putting), deep ringwood yeast nose. First sip while cold is a mess. Tinny flavor and yeast bite. Smooths out as it warms to become a good strong porter with some smokey hints

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Photo of puboflyons
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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Photo of BeefyMee
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 vintage courtesy of the belgianator. Poured cola brown with the merest skim of a head. Nose was cocoa, molasses and prunes. Taste was muted, pruney, bready and malty, with a slight cocoa quality that comes out in the back. Mouthfeel was medium-light with a pleasant background carbonation. I liked this beer, but didn't love it. I found the nose to be somewhat inconsistent with the flavor profile; however, worth a try.

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Photo of bditty187
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black, opaque in the middle with reddish highlights around the edges, massive long-lasting brunette head, bulky lace. Pleasant malty, chocolate, slightly fruity-alcoholic nose of modest strength. Decent palate, dry chocolate, chalky; the malt seems thin and not very sweet either, the alcohol influence is minimal. The flavors all seem a little empty. The body is medium-light, the carbonation is moderate¬Ö the finish is dull and empty. As the beer warmed nothing improved... aside from a few stray notes of fruitiness on the palate. This did not taste like a Strong Ale/Barely Wine at all; it seemed very much like a Dry Stout. I guess my tastebuds did not concur with my fellow BAs on this one? Either way, a big thank you is in order for StevieW for the bomber, it was a solid brew.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark, seethru brownish hue with a small white head that sitcks around forever. Dry, roasted malt smell with hints of sweet malts and some floral hops. A dry, sticky beer that goes down easy thanks to a medium-body that has a good amount of roasted malts in it. Caramel and dark chocolate also make an appearance, as do some the hops thanks to a little hop bitterness on the backbite. ABV slightly noticeable, especially when you let it warm, as it gives it an even dryer finish.

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Photo of linnet
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Creamy tan head, deep brown/blackish colour, lacing. Aroma is fruity, roasted, chocolate, coffee. Flavour is malty, roasted, coffee, light bitterness in the aftertaste. Flavour is actually a bit watery and the mouthfeel is neither good or bad it's only average. This beer looked very promising, smellt the same but the flavour and mouthfeel was very disappointing to me. But it could be worse it is still worth having a go at.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with ruby hues when held to the light. Head reduces to a slight ring. No lacing, but I can see bubbles rising.

Coffee, light chocolate, and butterscotch aromas.

First part of the sip is a huge ringwood butterball. You get some smoke, some coffee grounds, a touch of fruit (no much) and lingering coffee bitterness in the finish. Some overtoasted bread is present as well. Lacks some intensity, but decent.

Thin mouthfeel with solid carbonation.

I wanted this to be more. More intensity, better distinction in flavor, better body. Just misses in these areas. Better as it warms a bit, and for Shipyard, one of their better ones. This is not something I'll chase, but won't refuse it either.

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Photo of andylipp
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty good brew for Shipyard.

A – Very dark, nearly black, with a small-ish off-white head.

S – Vaguely caramelly, nutty and honey-sweet, but far from spectacular. Has a strange clay odor, bordering on crayon smell.

T – The taste is pretty damn good. Much better than the smell. It is richly flavored, with notes of dark roast, burnt toast, chicory, and a semi-bitter and astringent grain. Fairly similar to a Dry Stout.

M – Good, full-bodied, smooth and properly carbonated.

D – I wouldn’t mind another. Not a hugely true example of the style, but a good tasting beer nonetheless.

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Photo of d1ckvanswype
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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Photo of rarbring
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is very dark brown, has a small tan head that leaves a little lacing, some curtains.

Smelling roasted bread, dark fruits, vanilla and soy sauce.

Starting sweet of brown syrup bread, dark sweet fruits, red berry jam, slightly bitter finish.

Little carbonation, smooth and slightly sticky, a medium body, a modest dry finish.

Well balanced, well done.

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