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

172 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 172
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 12
Gots: 12 | 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 ktrillionaire
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of Jwale73
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of BeefyMee
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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.

Photo of Andy
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
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

Photo of simonjohansson
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of aracauna
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of kunzbrew
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
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 jmz62565
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of MikeDre
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of TeachChefs
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of dithridge
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Willi_BW
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of 22Blue
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of sneaks2210
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Sludgeman
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of soroka24
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Dmmflys
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of mdfb79
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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

Photo of mooseisloose
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep clear brown color ale with a good size foamy head with some good retention and some minimal lacing. Aroma consists of strong caramel malt with some notes of toffee also discernable. Taste is also a nice mix between some roasted malt with distinctive notes of caramel malt with some toffee notes also discernable. Full body with good carbonation and no discernable alcohol. I know winter ale is not a style per say but this is what I consider a winter ale but still very enjoyable during hot summer days.

Photo of Bierman9
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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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Shipyard Longfellow Winter Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.