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Shipyard Blue Fin Stout - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Blue Fin StoutShipyard Blue Fin Stout

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BA SCORE
81
good

454 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 454
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.85%
Wants: 12
Gots: 15 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-23-2001)
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gshak

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +5%

12-07-2012 20:12:15 | More by gshak
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oberon

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

10-31-2003 12:39:51 | More by oberon
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +9.2%

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.

10-25-2004 19:52:23 | More by RoyalT
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OhioBobcat

Ohio

4/5  rDev +12%

08-05-2013 00:46:00 | More by OhioBobcat
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.5/5  rDev -2%

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.

11-27-2009 13:51:56 | More by lordofthewiens
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

04-17-2002 20:52:46 | More by Jason
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uconnalum2

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev +11.5%

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.

03-18-2007 00:48:07 | More by uconnalum2
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

04-28-2012 22:36:10 | More by JohnnyBarman
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Byeast

Florida

3.53/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

04-04-2007 06:39:33 | More by Byeast
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chudson1992

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +5%

05-26-2013 21:50:51 | More by chudson1992
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magictrokini

California

3.23/5  rDev -9.5%

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.

06-06-2009 00:38:23 | More by magictrokini
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NilocRellim

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -2%

09-17-2012 22:43:06 | More by NilocRellim
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Sinnian

Maine

3.25/5  rDev -9%

07-18-2013 21:11:27 | More by Sinnian
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Hairrrrrrrr

Illinois

4/5  rDev +12%

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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -9%

08-07-2013 23:15:19 | More by Cynic-ale
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Thrasher

Oregon

3.43/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

03-10-2003 15:10:47 | More by Thrasher
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far333

Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev +18.2%

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.

05-22-2003 20:52:20 | More by far333
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yankeeheel

Maine

3.63/5  rDev +1.7%

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?...you bet, but there are better local options IMHO.

09-02-2003 00:46:56 | More by yankeeheel
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2%

07-27-2012 23:56:08 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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hitshtwithsticks

California

3.25/5  rDev -9%

02-06-2013 09:09:43 | More by hitshtwithsticks
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

09-12-2003 15:35:59 | More by ADR
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Dfox09


3.25/5  rDev -9%

12-09-2012 02:44:36 | More by Dfox09
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rwathree

Iowa

3.93/5  rDev +10.1%

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.

09-10-2011 01:57:46 | More by rwathree
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TheLevi4000

New York

3/5  rDev -16%

02-26-2013 01:20:38 | More by TheLevi4000
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dcbeers

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +12%

07-01-2013 23:40:28 | More by dcbeers
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Shipyard Blue Fin Stout from Shipyard Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 454 ratings.