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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

163 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 163
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 9
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 nixhecks
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%

Longfellow came in a 22oz bomber with a picture of the grisly old poet on the front. Very dark in color, almost black but with brownish edges. The head was a medium size with medium retention. The aroma consisted of sweet, roasty malts with a fruity quality to it, like apples or pears, and hints of chocolate and coffee as well. The taste was built on a roasted coffee and chocolate base, nice and creamy, and then finished with just a tiny hop bite to balance it out. Mouthfeel was full bodied and lightly carbonated, coating the palate nicely and providing a smooth and rich feel. My favorite so far from Shipyard, although the Prelude awaits me in the fridge, so this may change :)

nixhecks, Oct 28, 2003
Photo of tpd975
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%

Another brew from the SeaBass.

A: Pours a light nutty brown hue with a whispy head and spotty lace.

S: Tons of sweet caramel malt, molasses, dark fruit, nuts, smoke and a touch of chocolate.

T: Like like the aroma. Molasses covered dark friuts, nutty toffee, chocolate, with a touch of smoke.

M: Medium in body smooth.

D: The best shipyard brew I have ever tasted. Solid brew, tasty, and pretty damn drinkable.

tpd975, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%

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 tmoneyba
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%

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 kingchowchowwoof
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

kingchowchowwoof, Jan 29, 2007
Photo of Walken
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

Walken, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of chinchill
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%

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. ]

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.

chinchill, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

Billolick, Nov 27, 2005
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

RDW, Feb 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

AUGRAD06, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of pbrian
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

pbrian, Dec 04, 2002
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

ChipChaight, Jun 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Mikel772, Jan 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

DoubleMalt, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of mountdew1
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

mountdew1, Mar 10, 2007
Photo of JanM
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

JanM, Dec 06, 2006
Photo of mychalg9
4/5  rDev +3.4%

mychalg9, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of albern
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

albern, Jan 02, 2009
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

JackMcAwesome, Feb 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Rjhami, May 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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

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

Stargazer2892, Jul 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

BGCoon, Feb 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

PeteRiz, Feb 15, 2012
Shipyard Longfellow Winter Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.