Shipyard Blue Fin Stout - Shipyard Brewing Co.
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Reviews by KajII:
3.33/5 rDev -6.5%
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
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District of Columbia
2.68/5 rDev -24.7%
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
Shipyard Blue Fin Stout from Shipyard Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 441 ratings.