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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

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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.

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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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Walken

Massachusetts

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 00:49:10 | More by Walken
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pbrian

Connecticut

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

Looks stately in the glass- clear dark mahogony, tan fluffy head. The beer has fruity, caramely, slightly chocolately and butterscotch traits. Warms up well. Becomes deeper, richer, alcohol warmth kicks in slightly. Not an "over-the-top" winter warmer, but certainly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2002 08:09:16 | More by pbrian
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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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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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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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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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albern

Massachusetts

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

This is a nice porter, a little on the lighter side, a little on the sharp side, but not a bad find at all. The beer pours a very dark mahogany with some ruby tints, but largely impenetrable to light. The head is tannish, a bit creamy and foamy, but it settles down quickly. There is a tad bit of lacing. The nose on the beer is ringwood yeast, chocolate, toffee, caramel, and roasted malts. Pretty good.

The taste is somewhat indicative of the nose on the beer. In addition to the chocolate, toffee, caramel malts, there is a slight smokiness to the beer once it settles a bit. There is definitely some scotch type ale in this beer, but it has to settle way down before some of the finer background qualities emerge. There is a buttery taste to the beer, but on the whole, the hop character adds a nice bite and sharpness to the beer, that takes away any creaminess that may have been present. As the beer settles, the sharpness segues slightly into the more smokey scotch ale character. The beer is decently carbonated, not flat or syrupy, with a slightly charred malt and dark chocolate aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2009 23:24:08 | More by albern
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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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tkelley

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a chalice type glass. Dark brown, with hints of red. Nice head that eventually sticks around as a light layer of foam on the top as you drink it down.

Smells like a lot of Shipyard beers with butterscotchy smell and something that made me think vanilla. Also a roasted smell and light chocolate.

The taste is more upfront with the roasted flavors than the smell, but the back end is that butterscotch, hint of vanilla thing from the smell. Again, light chocolate hints float around the mouth.

The mouthfeel is very smooth and it drinks easily.

I could drink a lot of these at a time, or just one for a long time. Its really one of the better cold weather beers I've had, and its hybrid nature makes it really stand out.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 02:58:44 | More by tkelley
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Durge

Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this cask ale at the Sea Dog Brewpub in South Portland, Maine. It was a very dark brown black color with a goodly tan, big bubbled head and modest signs of lace. The aroma says flowery fruit nougat and juniper malt and brown bread. Very interesting. The flavor brings a bit of what the nose detected but with more of the sweet coffee and light charcoal bitterness. The body is near medium with a pretty low carbonation aqueous feel. It’s got plenty of character, a little grassy hop edge. Medium drinkability and a very nice cask offering.

Serving type: cask

06-03-2011 03:50:52 | More by Durge
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chinchill

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle (2012) served in a Sam Adams lager glass.

Pours deep, dark, clear mahogany with a small and fragile tan head. Decent lacing is left on the glass. [3.75]

The spice level is near perfect and well-balanced. While evident in the nose [4.25] and obvious up front upon tasting, the spicing slowly fades after the finish eventually leaving a chocolate malt to dominate the aftertaste. Sweet and bitter largely in balance, but a tad too sour. No burnt flavors, but a hint of smoke in the finish. High complexity and good balance make every sip seem a little different than the one before. At various times, dark fruit, vanilla, cinnamon, English hops and several other flavors make appearances. Plenty of dark chocolate in the nose and flavor.

M: near full body with rather lively carbonation. I suspect I'd prefer a bit less carbonation; a suspicion supported by the fact that the mouth feel improves after the beer has been in the glass for a while. Semi-dry finish.

O: outstanding, and unusually low ABV, winter warmer.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 23:32:06 | More by chinchill
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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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sulldaddy

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a few 22 oz bottles of this the other day. Gonna cellar one or two. I pour a chilled sample into my pint glass. The brew pours dark brown with tints of reddish purple mixed in. A beige colored frothy head foams up lightly and dissipates quickly.
The aroma is malty sweet and has hints of raisins and general fruitiness. Maybe some molasses too.
First sip reveals a slightly sharp carbonation and medium bodied brew.
There is a mild sweet twang up front with a mild middle and the finish is rather dry and gives of a little bit of a wine character. Maybe some hop bitterness too. The raisin flavor carries from the aroma as well.
This is a tasty brew for a cold snowy nite like tonite.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2004 04:41:02 | More by sulldaddy
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KOPBeerDrinker

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In the pint glass the beer presented itself a very dark brown, almost black, with a 1/2" head. Lacing was left as the head receded. Smells of roasted malt, and slightly of coffee. Tastes of sweet malt, a little coffee, and maybe some dark fruit flavors. Some hop presence in the background, finishes dry. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side. Smooth with crisp carbonation. Easy to drink. Very tastey brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2008 02:32:27 | More by KOPBeerDrinker
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WesWes

New York

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of roasted and crystal mlats along with a fruity Ringwood yeast aroma. The taste is good as well. It has a sweet caramel malt feel in the beginning followed by a dry roasted malt finish. The yeast gives it a slightly fruity character and although the finish is dry there is quite a bit of residual sweetness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a highly drinkable porter. It's got good malt character and a smooth quaffability.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2008 19:16:42 | More by WesWes
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No light getting through on this one at all, really quite opaque. A large three finger high head of chocolate colored foam then rose up over the top of it with tremendous retention

Lots of notes of chocolate, almost completely dominated by it to be honest. Once you moved past that, there were some nice hints of sugary caramel and a touch of roasted coffee coming through in the smell now. Some nice roasted malts, a touch of smoke maybe, and definitely a hint of vanilla.Full on chocolate malt assault as the first wave of flavor came over my tongue. Big notes here of dark chocolate mixed in with a touch of coffee as well. Very dark and complex, hints of vanilla, caramel, and lactose,

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 01:39:56 | More by mikesgroove
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purplehops

Maine

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: cask

01-13-2003 02:11:27 | More by purplehops
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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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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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oberon

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

By far my favorite beer from Shipyard,pours a deep ruby with a light but sticky head,aroma is nice malty sweet and chocolaty.Taste is right up my alley with a nice malty flavor with some sweetness with some roated flavors its a real warmer.Liked it much better on cask than in the bottle.Would like to have again on cask..

Serving type: cask

10-18-2003 22:47:19 | More by oberon
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Asgeirr

Sweden

4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Shipyard Brewing Co's Longfellow Winter Ale pours a dark maroon-to-bistre colour along with a very tall (2 ½ to 3 ½ fingers!) and solid light brown crown which gradually dimishes in a slow pace and leaves plenty of lacing.

Smell: Intense sensations of roasted, caramelly malts. Rye bread (or sour dough) comes to mind.

Taste: Somewhat sweet in a almost milk/cream stout-ish way (namely vanilla) combined with a tad of bitterness, a subtile acidic sensation can also be hinted. The aftertaste, however, is overall that of the roasted malts and chocolate, with hints of bitterness (and happens to be the taste part with greatest longevity).

Mouthfeel: Medium full, very smooth and low in carbonation.

Drinkability: The resonance between the smell and the taste experience tell of a beer that has been produced in such a way that the results are so satisfying that it must be enjoyed on more then one occation.

(Served from a 22 oz bottle)

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2008 19:42:19 | More by Asgeirr
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BierReise

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful dark Tootsie Roll brown with an impressive head that slightly laces. Smell is classic strong ale, earthy and sweet with subtle alcohol mixed in. Looks like a Porter and tastes almost like one with its smoked malt. Chocolate notes with Tettnang and Goldings providing some bitterness. Great smooth full bodied ale and probably the best I've had from Shipyard.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2003 14:10:10 | More by BierReise
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BWMKappaSig

Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Mahogany with a thin tan head.

Smell: Roasted malts and a little caramel. As it warms you get a somewhat fruity and buttery note.

Taste: Dry roasted taste with some bittersweet chocolate notes. You get a little hoppiness in the back end that isn't prevalent in the smell. Very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Perfectly dry and smooth, nice medium body.

Drinkability: Great porter!

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 00:40:51 | More by BWMKappaSig
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: single finger tan thick head on a very deep amber/dark brown clear body.

S: molasses, cinnamon, roasted malts, caramel and brown sugar.

T: spices, dark chocolate, roasted malts, hint of espresso, earthy hops. Mild bitterness to the finish.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: complex, flavorful and probably the best beer I have had from Shipyard which doesnt say a whole lot but this is certainly a good one.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 23:47:16 | More by kylehay2004
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