Shipyard Blue Fin Stout - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Blue Fin StoutShipyard Blue Fin Stout

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520 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 520
Reviews: 250
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.57%
Wants: 17
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-23-2001

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Reviews by bigdeuce:
Photo of bigdeuce
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice pour with a soft light brown head and a deep, robust, almost completely opaque color. Chocolatey notes on the nose. Nice toasty malt with a smokey-like character also present on the nose. Medium body with an outstanding charring cocoa-like smokiness. Very good beer. Low alcohol content make this easily a great session brew. Roasty warm alcohol feeling to it. A great winter beer, actually and may be Shipyard's best. This is one beer that proves ABV does not make or break a beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown/black with a off white creamy head that leaves some nice lacing,aroma was very coffeeish and nutty.Taste was highly roasted and lightly chocolaty,the roasted malt flavor lingered after swallowing.A good beer definently not a wimpy tasting stout in my mind.

Photo of RoyalT
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Straight black in color with a monster dark brown head. The head just went bonkos and ran away on us, which usually is a sign of overcarbonation. We’ll see.

Smell – This was interesting. I could clearly pick up both toasted and roasted malts, which I’ve never found together before in a Stout. The sweet brown sugar rounded out this awesome nose. This one smells like a winner.

Taste – The big malts just exploded on the taste buds. I thought I could even pick up a bit of hop balance. The roasted and toasted combination from the nose found its way to the tongue, giving this one a very balanced flavor profile.

Mouthfeel – This medium-bodied Stout set off some good sensations in the mouth but it was overly carbonated.

Drinkability – This is a really good beer that would be great if they had better control over the carbonation.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A middle of the road stout. It poured black into a pint glass. Thin coffee-colored head. Mostly roasted grain aroma. A coffee, almost espresso, taste with a smidge of chocolate. It was thin and a little more bitter than I would have liked. An OK stout, lots of better ones out there.

Photo of Jason
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. brown long neck. Burgundy coloured label with a picture of a old New England Shipyard. Best Before Date clearly scored.

Appearance: Tar black with a creamy tiny bubbled tan head that retains.

Smell: Fruity and tangy roasted aromas with a fine floral hop nose.

Taste: Earthy roasted barley that is somewhat dry hits the mouth in the beginning then a rounded smoothness of grain, touches of dark chocolate and roasted husk hits in the middle. Nice touch of hop bitterness with a light but complex leaf flavour. Maltiness seems a bit thin. A fading roasted barley and coffee flavour lasts for a bit and let some burnt caramel in the end.

Notes: Forget American Guinness ... this is a far better stout, better when on tap as the bottle tasted too filtered to me.

Photo of uconnalum2
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours totally black with a small beige head that did not last long. The smell is rich with roasted malt and has some sweetness to it. The taste is roasted malt and coffee with a mild, dry bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, creamy and some tingly carbonation. Drinkability is good as this goes down quite easily. Overall, a nice, easy-drinking stout.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of Byeast
3.54/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: poured an opaque black with brown edges, and a big light brown / tan , root beer float head.

Smell: rich and roasty with lots of creamy chocolate, coffee, and a very faint edge of minty like hop.

Taste: Roasty medium body , some rich dark chocolate sweetness that quickly turns bittersweet, black coffee, lightly burnt flavor and bitterness near the mildly dry end , flavor could be a bit fuller.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied , mildly dry finish.

Drinkability: A pretty tasty stout , nice roasty flavors and chocolate taste , just a touch to bitter and thin for me to want to quaff.

Photo of magictrokini
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Less than impressed. Poured a clear black-brown with a creamy off-white head. Nearly no lacing. Faint aroma of chocolate and milk, malty, but not roasty. Watery, thin mouthfeel, even for the style. Taste was equally thin. Cocoa powder and watery milk, no real bite as expected. It was missing something big-time in terms of flavor. Either more chocolate or cream, but lacking all around.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.36/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A 355ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2014. Acquired a little while back from a B&M store. Imported by Marstons; otherwise the label doesn't give much away.

A: Poured into a straight pint glass. A very dark brown colour that appears pitch black in the glass. Forms a decent head of mocha-hued foam that lasts for a minute or so before dissipating.

S: Aroma of roasted malt with hints of cocoa, coffee, mild burnt grain, stewed leaves and subtle yeast. Not too shabby.

T: Tastes of roasted malt with a lingering bitter finish. Notes of dark malt, roasted grain, mild coffee, faint cocoa, a hint of molasses, stewed leaves and vague earthy yeast. Ever so slightly vinous, with a twinge of harsh cardboard in the background. Well-attenuated, followed by a strident malt-driven bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with pleasant carbonation but a thin body that verges on watery. Would benefit from some beefing up. Mildly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of subtle roasted malt, faint coffee and stewed leaves/cardboard.

O: Well - it's OK but not amazing. Looks alright, though the head could do with sticking around. The aroma and flavour are decent enough; roasted malt and a dry, bitter finish. The insubstantial body disappoints. Drinkable but won't blow your socks off. No need to hunt it down.

Photo of Thrasher
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Interesting stout. I liked it, didn't love it. Impenetrable black with full head from a strong pour, head subsides but leaves great lacing. Incredibly fruity aroma, some burnt roastiness too. Flavor contains a big black malt kick, some coffee, burnt toast, caramel, and raisin flavors. Hops add a smoky, herbal element, give the beer a nice earthy kick. A severe fruitiness is introduced by the yeast (Ringwood, I presume) and I have to say it overpowers the beer and isn't quite right for the style. A nice impy stout or Baltic porter often has some fruit elements, raisins, figs, plums, but here it doesn't quite work with the coffee roastiness. This beer has real potential but the yeast tweaks it in a way that I'm not wild about. Mouthfeel a bit fizzy, not the session stout I was hoping for; one of these at the end of the day makes a fine restorative, but I didn't reach for a second.

Photo of far333
4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mmmm. Didn't know what to expect, but this was good. Deep dark borwn with a light brown head about 2 inches high made up of tight, identical, symmetrical bubbles. Light malt smell and even lighter hops highlights. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, but tingly at the finish. Flavor is immediae burnt malt, with hints of bitter chocolate and toffee, and a hops finish. The finish lingers and morphs into a sweet malt flavor. A bit of effervescence on the tongue, and an aftertaste of burnt mutmeg. Very nice.

Photo of yankeeheel
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep mahogany/black with a thin light tan head. Lacing is minimal. Little light passes through this one.

Smells of coffee. Tastes of coffee. If you like coffee this is your brew. For me it's a little too one dimensional when compared to other NE stouts. Mouthfeel is just a hair thin too. ABV seems a little low also. Either that or my liver is really working well.

Would I have another? bet, but there are better local options IMHO.

Photo of ADR
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep and mysterious opaque jet black, medium head of tan creamy foam on a vigorous pour. Good retention and very nice lace. Light chocolate aroma, a nice touch of slight berry. Lighter bodied and more carbonated than I expected, the mouthfeel is a little ragged and the flavor straightforward with a standard dry java impression. The appearance and aroma got my expectations higher than the taste delivered, but not a bad beer.

Photo of chinchill
3.19/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured very dark brown, looking black and opaque in the glass. Weak, light brown head.

Feel: medium body with light carbonation.

Flavor: U.K. style stout with plenty of very dark roasted malt flavor with little burnt or char elements.

Photo of rwathree
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz into nonic pint

A: on the plus side, I'm a sucker for pitch-black beers, and this is definitely that. On the minus, I want those beers to have good head retention for contrast, which this lacks. In fact it doesn't yield much to begin with, although the lacing is decent.

S: huge mocha notes up front, appealingly sweet. Nothing else, really...maybe a hint of anise. Not complex, but nice.

T: bittersweet chocolate and anise, with strong roasted coffee in the finish.

M: good carbonation, but a little light-bodied. Coffee flavors linger nicely.

This was a pleasant surprise. After I recently had Shipyard's (bad) Pumpkin Ale, I wasn't expecting much, but this is a solid, very drinkable stout. Nice contrast of sweet aromas and bitter and roasted flavors.

Photo of Brenden
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with an eighth of a finger of caramel-colored head that quickly dissolved into a few wispy clouds of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Surprisingly, not much in the aroma department at all. Actually, I don't get any aromas at all, nothing.

Taste: This beer as lots of flavor, though. Strong flavors of roasted malt up front, imparting flavors of slightly burnt dark bread, espresso, licorice, dark molasses and dark chocolate, followed by lots of brown sugar-like sweetness and finished by some pronounced, hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium/medium-thin and pretty effervescent as there’s quite a bit of carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 4.7%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is an ok stout. There are some nice flavors of roasted malt and brown sugar-like sweetness, but in my opinion, there’s too much espresso, licorice and hoppy bitterness for me to really like it. Further, I think the mouthfeel is too thin, as I like my stouts, to have a thicker, fuller, more viscous mouthfeel that this one has. If the flavors of espresso, licorice and hoppy bitterness were dialed down some, and the mouthfeel was thicker, more vicious, it would go a long way to making this a better stout.

Photo of tastybeer
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thick black with coffee cream head thats fades into a thin layer over the beer. Smell is strong of roasted and burnt coffee maltiness with some dark chocolate. There is a fragrant wet grass hop smell mingled in somewhere. Taste is very similar finishing with coffee bitterness and dryness. Medium thick body and kind of chewy. A litle more thick stoutiness and this would be extra extra good.

A kind of sporadic stout, and solid overall. I'd get it again.

Photo of MrVonzipper
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark walnut brown, but pitch black in the glass with no light able to penetrate. Nice 2 cm khaki head with very little retention and no lacing.

Notes of roasted coffee and bitter chocolate on the nose with a little hint of bacon.

The flavor is fairly one note. Little depth. With little hints of bacon and coffee up from transitioning to bitter chocolate towards the back end. The aftertaste is a nice bitter chocolate-espresso.

Full bodied mouth. Nice and smooth and creamy with good foamy carbonation.

Overall this is a good standard stout. Not gonna blow anybody away, but a good solid representation of the style. I'd recommend this to someone who hasn't had it.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.99/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On the 12th of March I had the bottle bomber version and on the 22nd the same place put it on Nitro-tap for their upcoming beer dinner. It's amazing how the same beer can be sooo different from bottle to tap, that's why it's important to keep multiple serving types available.

a nice full 16 0z's in a standard pint glass looks heavy and thick right off, totally black with a very creamy, dense and tight mocha-brown head. The head even looks thicker and creamier than when it came from the bottle. The nitro-fed tap adds a robust smooth quality. The head is retained to perfection, infact, it never really dissipates to a big extent.

I can't say the nitro tap version has added any aroma to this stout, it's still a big roasty malt scent, slightly smokey with oats and grains. The aroma even seems to be a bit subdued compared to the bottle.

I'm going to combine flavor and feel for this one because the effect of the nitro tap has added a silky-smooth, Guiness or Boddington's-like effect when they come from the nitro can. Heavy, full body, ultra smooth and thick feel which in turn adds a milk-chocolate effect to the flavor. The flavor is still dominated by a roasty oats, semi bitter malt but perhaps with a bigger cream-like taste.

This is a heavy and smooth session beer, 4.7 % means you can kick back a few without being dragged out of the bar by your buddies!! Pair with any chocolate desert or smoked meats.

Photo of jmz62565
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blue Fin Stout has a smallish head,one finger,that is lacey,and a dark black coffee look.This has a lighter taste than most stout,but it is also more refreshing than most.It tastes almost like half a Coke, iced coffee,and a carbonated water mixture.Its not bad ,but its different.After sitting for about 10 minutes there was still alot of carbonation.This is a easy drinking stout and a nice offering from Shipyard.But its too easy and I like a stout with alittle more bite with taste and alc.This is way too light and carbonated for a stout.

Photo of QXSTER1
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, rich mahogany with a dense brown head that dissipates but leaves a sticky lace on the glass. First impression is of bitter chocolate and burnt grain and heavily roasted malts with a bit of an oily hop resin on the back of the mouth. Definitely a dry style without the body and sweetness of a sweet stout. More guts than a Guiness, but lacks the depth of the full bodied examples of the style. Leave it warm a bit to improve it's flavor profile.

Photo of cokes
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black all the way through. Very impressive. A tan head quickly fades to a patchy skim.
Char and belches of sweet fruits in the nose. Dirty and earthy impression.
Heavy on the roastedness, tastewise. Very smoky and burnt. Ends up tasting like ash. Sweetness increases as it sits. Subtle peach-like (?) fruity essence. Returns to the earthy, charred hues. The hops only serve to further desiccate the brew. Yes, this is indeed a dry stout.
Thinnish mouth, but nothing too out of place for the style.

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Shipyard Blue Fin Stout from Shipyard Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 520 ratings.