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Shipyard Blue Fin Stout - Shipyard Brewing Co.

Shipyard Blue Fin StoutShipyard Blue Fin Stout

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418 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 418
Reviews: 235
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.8%

Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of 8stringfan

District of Columbia

2.68/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Popping the top on this one I was surprised at the “poof” of air and slight sizzle of carbonation and unsurprisingly, poured straight into a large tulip I didn’t get a quarter of the way through the beer before a thick four finger head stopped just short of overflowing the rim of the glass. I’m not lying - it took nearly 15 minutes of letting the head die down and pouring a tiny bit more before the whole bottle was in the glass. Umm...maybe a bit over-carbonated, particularly for a style that tends towards lower levels of carbonation? Eventually things settle down into a tan one finger head with zero lacing. Color is almost entirely black (39), with perhaps just a hint of dark brown amber. Nose is moderately strong and essentially all about dark roasty notes, dark chocolate, espresso beans, and perhaps a touch of hazelnut. Sip is sweet dark chocolate up front with coffee notes all over the midpalate. Back of the tongue is somewhat thin and both tastes and feels a bit like club soda. Now may be as good as any time to point out that the massive carbonation in the pour is apparent in the taste and mouthfeel - Blue Fin Stout is vastly over-carbonated, much to its detriment, both for the style and for the overall effect on flavor. Subsequent sips see a slightly more nutty presence, but as a whole this is pretty one-dimensional and actually quite thin, both in flavor and mouthfeel. Finish is bitter dark chocolate and coffee. All in all, this is a pretty unimpressive stout which I would neither recommend nor pick up again. Furthermore, along with their IPA (which had some odd blueberry notes) this is a second beer from Shipyard that has left with unimpressed. (4-18-14)

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 22:43:11 | More by 8stringfan
Photo of charlatan

United Kingdom (Scotland)

2.76/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

From 355ml bottle with freshness date six months away. It has a pretty dark colour (certainly can't see through it) and a fairly borwn head which mostly dissipated to the rim before I began drinking. It has a roasted malt nose: dark chocolate and coffee. I hope it doesn't taste of coffee.

Hmmm....it's riding the coffee line for me, although I'm not the best judge since I've avoided the evil stuff for more than the last 50% of my life. It starts quite sweetly and chocolatey but then as the hops kick in and it becomes more bitter it tends towards coffee. After a couple of sips I'm glad I let the wife have half of the bottle, but trying to be objective I can see this is fairly well done, just not my, er, cup of tea.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 20:40:32 | More by charlatan
Photo of RhinoBrew


4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A decent stout for a very good price. I have had several times without being disappointed. I get it in the large bottles and have tried in on tap. I still think the Breakfast Stout is the best available in New Englnd, but we can not get it in NH due to laws of kids being on the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 02:31:09 | More by RhinoBrew
Photo of ptarmigan98

Manitoba (Canada)

1.25/5  rDev -65.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Got two bottles via beer of the month club but both were a bust. Inside of the cap had a sticky gunk. Both bottles totally foamed out as they were poured. Came back after the foam settled and tried tasting them. Never had an opportunity to truly evaluate them and felt like I wasted money.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 02:44:08 | More by ptarmigan98
Photo of scotorum


3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams nonick

a: Dense black. Huge tan head receded to heavy even surface foam and a little fading lacing.

s: Dark chocolate.

t: Dark smoky malt with chocolate and some hop balance. A little bitterness and smoke lingers but mostly a dry finish.

m: Medium, maybe a bit light for a stout but close.

o: A good fairly solid stout. If you buy or order this wanting a dry stout you will be pretty well satisfied.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 23:59:23 | More by scotorum
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.14/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

355ml Bottle: poured into a Gordon's thistle shaped glass at home on 26th Nov 13. An American brewed Stout bought in rural Shropshire from a national supermarket, something that would have been unheard of only two years ago.

The glass suited the beer: the black body and tanned head looked majestic, sadly the head faded very quickly into a thin wisp and collar, what a pity.

Burnt dark chocolate notes hit my nose, closely followed by black coffee pot boiling on an open wood fire.

The taste followed the aroma nicely: slightly smoked coffee and dark chocolate flavours with a dry mildly bitter finish.

Thought the body a bit thin for a Dry Stout but otherwise not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 16:41:38 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of Omnium


3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a rich black color, one finger of tan head, no lacing.
S - Big full roasty malt some chocolates, a little nutty quality.
T - Nice roasted malt flavor, some smoked traits too, nutty, and light chocolate.
M - Creamy and smooth.
O - Excellent sessionable stout, lots of flavor, not big on alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 22:43:21 | More by Omnium
Photo of flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

355ml bottle from Morrison's Supermarket (£1.50):
Black with a thick looking, quite creamy head that is a dark shade of tan brown in colour and holds well at about a centimetre tall.

Dark roasted malts & some chocolate upfront with some sweet notes that follow this. There is some milky chocolate and a dark fruit smell that is pretty standard for the style before finishing with some earthy tones.

Earthy & roasted malts kick things off with a sweetness that is coupled with some dried fruit and darker flavours such as dates and prunes. There is a bitter chocolate taste that follows this with some roasted barley and a little coffee too.

Light medium body and seemed more watery than I had expected. There was definitely evidence of stronger than average carbonation but this died down some as the beer settled.

A disappointment as far as I'm concerned, a beer that was a little thin and definitely lacked in both flavour and smell. A run-of-the-mill stout which is a shame because I was looking forward to this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 13:28:35 | More by flyingpig
Photo of BeerWithMike


4.11/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, actually black with the aroma of chocolate, dark roast coffee and roasted malts. Not much of a head with very little lacing around the glass actually. Tastes like the smell would suggest with a slight dry finish. Overall pretty good and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 20:36:02 | More by BeerWithMike
Photo of KajII

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

[Suggested Glassware: Nonic Pint]

The pour was a deep dark black with an average (1-2 finger) creamy khaki colored head that reduced down to a thin film with a medium collar and had good streaky lacing.

The aroma was of roasted chocolate malts and an earthy yeast with notes of milk chocolate, roasted coffee, dark fruit (prunes and black cherry) and a wisp of smoke.

The taste was lightly sweet with a smooth milky chocolate note and a roasty malt presence from the get go, progressing with a decent coffee bitterness and a slight smoky fruitiness at the end. The flavor lasted an average time after the swallow, with a mildly bitter coffee taste left lying on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was just below medium in body with a thin watery texture and a soft carbonation.

Overall I found this to be a little thin for a Stout, although it did posses and nice mild fruitiness which along with the light bitterness and the low ABV makes this a nice and tasty session beer for all us dark beer lovers....


Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 15:39:31 | More by KajII
Photo of SouljaSaia17


3.99/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

I bought this as a single since it was fairly cheap and I havent seen this before, the label caught my eye but also expect it to be quality despite the ABV!

A: Pours a dark motor oil black, with a thin mocha colored head and not much lacing to speak of but there is some.

S: Aroma gives off some dark roasted malts, chocolate notes, and a blend of coffee and caramel. Awesome smell to this beer and especially sweeter than bitter.

T: Strong coffee flavor, mixed with hints of caramel is what I get in the initial flavor. Beer blends into a sweet chocolate and dark fruit combination that finishes with a dry, bread or nutty dryness.

M: Mouth has a sweet texture and not overly bitter. All the components for a good stout are there.

O: This is a session stout and is delicious at that. Lacks the ABV of a trophy type stout, but it doesnt matter because now instead of having 2 glasses of a bomber, you can have 6 beers of this and be straight!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 03:48:16 | More by SouljaSaia17
Photo of ThisWangsChung


3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown color that's moderately opaque. The head is a one finger khaki color with lacking retention. At least lacing is nice.

S: Roasted barley, nuts, chocolate, licorice, and a hint of coffee. Actually a bit more interesting than I anticipated - though considering the beer I had before this, just about anything will be an improvement.

T: The opening flavors are pleasantly roasty. A bit buttery in the midtaste, though it works to a partial extent in this. The finish goes back to the roasted barley and coffee, with even a bit of char. A slight floral note appears on the aftertaste, suggesting a pseudo-healthy hop profile. Nothing pops out in the grand scheme of things, but it's fine.

M: The first sip seems overcarbonated, but it smooths out nicely after sip #2. Shipyard actually did a decent job of nailing the clean dryness of a good Irish stout, except for a lingering chalkiness on the aftertaste. Gotta clean that one up, guys...

O: Good, not great. Very easy to drink and noob friendly, at least. I won't get a six pack of it, but it would be a good one to try on tap.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 23:13:44 | More by ThisWangsChung
Photo of Kendo

New York

3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured from the bottle (with a twist-off cap) into a pint glass. Dark pour makes it look pretty thick. In the glass the body is black with a small (maybe a half-finger) light brown head.

S: Roasted barley and a bit of black licorice.

T: Bitterness is the overall impression - not sure if it's from the roasted malt or the hops. At times I think it's gotta be the roasted grains, but sometimes I'm not so sure. Really nothing more going on besides that roastiness, though after a few sips and my palate adjusts to it, I think I get a bit of roasted coffee beans as well as just generic roast.

M: Way too carbonated. A sharp, active carbonation doesn't help things here, as it makes the bitterness more pronounced on the palate. Heft is lightish.

O: I used to have a co-worker who owned a place in Maine not too far from Kennebunkport and the Shipyard brewpub. He used to rave about this beer back in the mid-to-late 90s, and I remember having it back then and kind of liking it. Either it's gotten worse or my taste buds have improved; this is nothing I would ever get again.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 23:43:38 | More by Kendo
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark sherry color upon the pour sits a dense pitch black in the chalice accompanied by a 1.5 finger mocha colored head that sits well but hardly pays its respect in the lacing department.

S: Burnt sweet grains, dark roast, moderate in strength. Dark fruit of plums with burnt chocolate.

T: Flavor is alcohol laced, chocolate and roast, dark fruit of prunes, black cherries, sweet burnt grains. Malty, worty, roasty with a sweet mention of alcohol and a touch of roasted fruitiness.

M: Mouthful leans on the light side per style, silky, roasty, with an oily feel. Not much carbonation detection, leaves a powdery roastiness coating on the tongue.

O: Overall a generally good stout, won't blow you away, but shouldn't disappoint as a casual example.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 00:07:19 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 22 oz. bomber. Sampled on August 25, 2012.

The pour is a deep dark brown with a handsome looking tan, fluffy head that settles down after a few moments.

The aroma is full of dark toasted malts, coffee and the Shipyard yeast strain.

The body is near medium and somewhat smooth.

The taste has a moderate to high bitterness but not hoppy. The ending is dry but it does not linger.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 00:06:23 | More by puboflyons
Photo of soju6


3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a black color with a small tan head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt and dark fruit with a bit of coffee in the background.

T: Taste of roasted malt with dark chocolate. A bit of coffee and dark fruit are mixed in. Mild bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Fairly full body, crisp and smooth. Nice balance but not overpowering.

O: Enjoyable beer, good for a few. Nice take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 09:57:02 | More by soju6
Photo of CloudStrife

New York

3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into chalice. Best before June 2012.

A: Pours a pitch black with a thick 2 finger light khaki head. head sticks around for a few minutes and leaves some lacing on the sides. No light gets through this brew.

S: Fairly timid aroma, get some roasted malt and dark fruits but that is about it. A little coffee kicks in as it warms. Slight boozey presence.

T: Nice roasted malt flavor, very true to the style. A slight smokiness to it. Hints of coffee.

M: Light on the palette for a stout. Has a nice creamy feel to it. Very drinkable

Overall a tasty stout that has great drinkability. Very true to the style of irish stouts. Would recommend anyone to pickup a sixer.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 02:05:04 | More by CloudStrife
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Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber from Knightly Spirits Orlando. Poured into a Chimay goblet.

This brew is black as sin, with hardly another colour to penetrate the inky depths. Leaves an impressive head of light mocha foam. Great retention.

Nose is dark coffee, toasted malt, a bit of citric hops.

Bitter and astringent, this brew certainly upholds the "dry" portion of its style. If dry stouts are your thing, this one would definitely fit the bill. For myself, I lean towards the sweeter end of the stout spectrum, though I do enjoy the Irish stout style now and again. This brew was just too much for me, and I rate it so because I also didn't find the flavors mixed well - the tartness of the brew was overwhelming and the coffee flavor wasn't that enjoyable.

Thinner feel to it, and the carbonation was too strong. A miss for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 22:36:10 | More by JohnnyBarman
Photo of Brenden


3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This stout is black, impossible to see through the inky darkness. On top forms a creamy medium brown head that is a little more than one finger tall but, while not huge, never, ever fades. It leaves lacing in almost a sheet even in a snifter. This one's got fantastic form.
The aroma gives off a strong malt backbone with a strong barley element along with a touch of smoke to it. There's just a touch of caramel and ghost of dark fruits. The flavor follows suit with a bit more tanginess that I don't feel complements the overall character. Malts go interestingly thin in the flavor where it doesn't in the aroma. Fortunately, the tanginess drops off a bit as it sits. A bit of leafy bitterness is also present in this beer well into the drier finish.
The body is medium-heavy, as the thinness of malts in the flavor doesn't translate to the feel. It's just slightly crisp, as the focus is more on smooth.
This is a very interesting beer, as I like how everything works in it except where the tanginess and thinness seeps into the flavor. Everything else is good, but something doesn't mix where the flavor's concerned initially.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 13:49:30 | More by Brenden
Photo of Tone


3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of a tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, dry hops, and a hint of citrus hops. Fits the style of an Irish Dry Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, slight sweet malt, hint of sugar, hops, and a hint of dry hops. Overall, decent appearance, aroma, and body.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 20:08:35 | More by Tone
Photo of beardedterror


2.08/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Poured into stout glass, served at approximately 55 degrees Farenheit:

A - Dark brown, nearly black color with 1/2 finger light tan head which disappears quickly, but leaves good lacing on glass.

S - Not much, especially for a stout. Slight toasted grain smell and a decent bit of smoke. Very slight caramel flavors after several minutes of smelling. No discernible hop aromas.

T - Dirt is the first impression I get. Not a pleasant flavor. Smoke is very high. Smoke from the front of the palate through the late finish, which could be due to high roasted barley content. Only flavor other than smoke is a huge buttery flavor. Very unpleasant. Batch could have been fermented too hot. Slight, but noticeable amount of bitterness, on par with style.

M - Creamy feeling. Slightly chewy. Sadly, best feature of the beer.

O - Very disappointing, as stouts are my favorite and I've heard good things about this beer. Perhaps a bad batch or just very old? I will give this one more shot (from a different retailer) in the future. Flavor was severely lacking in complexity for a stout. Smoke and butter were the only two things I got from this. It was difficult to finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 01:29:51 | More by beardedterror
Photo of dtivp

West Virginia

3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown with a one finger medium tan head that faded quickly into a thin cap with very little lacing.

Aroma of roasted malt, sweet chocolate and dark fruit, not the strong toasty bitterness I like with a stout.

Taste of roasted malt, coffee and a hint of hops, very little if any sweetness that I noticed in the aroma.

Mouth Feel was medium body, very light carbonation, smooth, not very crisp or bitter.

Overall this is an average stout, a little thin and lacks that nice bite you get from a stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 20:32:16 | More by dtivp
Photo of leokbelo


3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint glass, deep blackness, with a coffee like foamy head.
Sweet, roasted coffee, with hints of fruits and dark chocolate both on the nose and on the palate.
Hops are quite present, without overwhelming the palate.
A fine stout, medium bodied and full of flavor.
Recommended to any Stout aficionados!

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 01:52:36 | More by leokbelo
Photo of zeff80


3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a small, tan head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of sticky lace on the glass.

S - It smelled roasty with chocolate and some toffee notes.

T - It tasted of flaked oats with roasty malt. Subtle chocolate and toffee flavors, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied stout with a very dry finish.

O - This hits the style very well. It would make a nice sessionable stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 20:50:52 | More by zeff80
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by 5/2012.

Pours an opaque black with a 1 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Tiny streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt and some subtle cocoa and dark fruit aromas. Taste is of dark roasted malt with some minor cocoa powder flavor. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a high level of carbonation that is a bit too much in my opinion. Overall, this is a pretty average stout with an emphasis on roasty malt without any real balance.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 05:54:23 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Shipyard Blue Fin Stout from Shipyard Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 418 ratings.