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Shipyard Blue Fin Stout - Shipyard Brewing Co.

Shipyard Blue Fin StoutShipyard Blue Fin Stout

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419 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 419
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-23-2001)
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Photo of John

New York

4.7/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

An awesome US made stout. In the inevitable comparison to Guinness, this one doesn't give away a thing.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2001 11:02:18 | More by John
Photo of StevieW


4.58/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Federal Jack's in Kennebunkport. Pleasing deep dull black color. Foamy tan head matched nicely. Lacing was near perfection, rich creamy head stuck to your lips, glass, and everything else. Smell was subtle roasted chocolate malt and coffee bitterness. Taste was super smooth combination of the same, and crisp dry hoppy finish, as advertised. Chocolate taste is by no means over powering. Very good. One of my new all time favorite stouts. I bought 4 22 oz bombers for $1.50 each and carried them home to Florida. Great beer, great name, beautiful souvenier of my trip to Maine.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2002 08:33:30 | More by StevieW
Photo of MaineBeerMan


4.58/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pure black beer with a big, dense brown head that stayed for about 1/2 the glass. Aroma of dark roasted malt with a background smell like iced coffee.
Nice rich malty flavor, not sweet more of a dark chocolate dryness. Smooth mouthfeel with a dry finish and hop bitterness in the aftertaste.
Damned tasty stout, seemed maybe a bit over-carbonated at first, well worth drinking more of it.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2002 19:50:37 | More by MaineBeerMan
Photo of moulefrite


4.43/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, what an appearance! Perfect for the style-nearly black with an awesome, luxuriously creamy, light brown head that stayed at the 1/2 inch mark throughout, the first sip imparting a creamy stout stache. The lace was a work of art. Aromas were tough to get hold of as they were blocked by the fine head, but soft espresso and roasted bean were present. The mouthfeel was perfect-full-bodied yet soft and very creamy. The carbonation was very fine and subtle. The taste was fantastic! Creamy, milky chocolate and bittersweet mocha-like the freshest, richest cream added to a very fine coffee. Long and roasted in the mouth, it don't get much better-Guiness Schminess!!

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-27-2003 01:51:42 | More by moulefrite
Photo of Portertime


4.38/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shipyard makes has a good line of tasty brews and being a dark beer I am always loving a good stout. I enjoyed this in my Warsteiner mug. Poured a deep dark brown. Nose had a pleasant scent of roasted malts, some bittersweet chocolate. Taste of sweet roasted malt but not too overpowering. The bittering hops do a good job of toning it down. Served slightly chilled.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2008 21:44:43 | More by Portertime
Photo of UnionMade


4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours an opaque black, with a thick nitro creamy tan head. Light lacing, particularly towards the bottom ogf the glass. A dollop of head remains after the beer is finished.
Aroma is subdued, probably from the nitro, with a strong roasted malt presence, pronounced chocolate, and rather agressive aroma hopping for a stout.
The flavor starts out with roasted malts, coupled with a dark bittersweet bakers chocolate flavor, traveling into some coffee and a touch of black cherry, finishing with a moderately dry hoppiness. Hops are earthy and somewhat herbal. The chocolate flavor is strong, providing a bitterness up front, which melds into the hopping, keeping a light bitterness throughout the sip. A smooth, slightly tingly nitro carbonation. A strong coffee bean flavor in the aftertaste, which persists long after the sip.
A faithful and flavorful dry irish stout. I'd take this one over many others.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-28-2003 02:33:51 | More by UnionMade
Photo of auxiliary

Rhode Island

4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance – Black, black color, dark brown head when poured.

smell – Roasted malts and brown sugar smells here.

taste – Nice big dark malt taste here, with a bit of hop taste at the end. Nice balance.

mouthfeel – Medium body, and carbonated.

drinkability – Very nice stout, dirty dirty was the first thing that came out of mouth when I took a look at it, smelled it , and then drank it. Very good beer, would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2007 17:13:54 | More by auxiliary
Photo of RBorsato


4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Black with a full brown head and very active carbonation (overcarbonated due to age?). Dry roasty malt aroma. Roasted malt flavors dominate with dark chocolate underneath and nice coffee notes. Light-medium bodied with a dark chocolate and coffee bean finish.

A nice sessionable Dry Stout ... much more so than Guinness.

Per BOM notes: 37 IBU. 4.8% ABV.
Malts: Pale, Crystal, Chocolate, Black, Roasted Barley, Wheat.
Hops: Warrior, Cascade, Tettnang, East Kent Goldings

Best Before: Jan '05 (notched on side)
Tasted: 08/04/05

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2005 15:12:26 | More by RBorsato
Photo of mshallah

New Hampshire

4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Federal Jack's in Kennebunkport Maine. Nitro into a 16oz standard pint glass. Arrived at the table still cascading with a half inch of thick dense creamy head. Aroma has a hint of the ringwood yeast which is of caramel and a little banana. Taste is more of the same with a perfect blend of aromatic and bittering hops. There are the usual coffee mocha dark chocolate flavors that keep this stout true to style. Blue Fin is a must try on nitro tap and Federal Jack's does a great job of serving this beer. If it seems a little cold, enjoy it while holding the glass and it will warm nicely to open up deeper mocha flavors as well as summon the complex blend of bittering and aroma hops. A great New England stout that doesn't quite achieve in the bottle(big bubble soda-like carbonation) what it does from a nitro tap(creamy fine bubbles with a luscious mouthfeel).

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-31-2007 02:12:10 | More by mshallah
Photo of edchicma


4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich dark appearance....The smell was rich in chocolate and coffee aromas. The taste was smooth, with a bite of black coffee. The mouthfeel was smooth with a hint of the aftertaste you get from black coffee. It felt well-rounded with a nice medium body. Smooth and drinkable, a cross between a sip and a gulp. If you like coffee, you should try this offering.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2003 17:26:18 | More by edchicma
Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The only beer worth a damn on tap at Portland International Jetport. Black as pitch with a nitro-cascade of pearly brown bubbles that sustain a massive, bountiful and lingering creamy head; fresh, chocolatey, roasty, silky... with a hint of sweet herbal smoke and just enough carbonation to make it nice in the tummy.

Travelers, take note: if you're close to Portland and can get a really fresh one, any Shipyard (pronounced colloquially as "Ship-yAHd") brew ain't bad at all. This particular one was so surprisingly good it inspired my first review! Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2008 00:12:05 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of Kallessin


4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very black with a full tan head. Very appealing.

Smells of cocoa, roasted coffee, some slight hoppy aromas mixed in there.

Very strong roasted malt flavor. Some dark bitter chocolate. Finishes with a fairly burnt and dry taste thats stays in your mouth for a little while. After my mouth acclimated to it, the flavor and bitterness of the hops really comes through.

Very rich and smooth. Moderately carbonated. Leaves a little stickiness on your lips. I get a slight warming sensation also, which may be the carbonation.

This is a great beer. I wish I bought more than the 22oz bottle. I also had it on draft at Federal Jack's in Kennebunk, ME. It tastes just as good out of the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 22:10:08 | More by Kallessin
Photo of Gambrinus1184


4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the Cambridge House brewpub in Torrington, Conn.

A: Poured an opaque black color with a two-finger head of creamy, bubbly white foam. Head retention was nice and the lacing was ample for a stout.

S: Smells rich and roasty, with hints of dried malt husk and slightly bitter herbal hops.

T: Taste is dry and slightly sweet at first, with a deep roasted, earthy malt flavor proceeded by a slightly bittersweet floral hop lending a little spice to the cocoa and charcoal malt profile. Creamy finish and quite clean tasting, nice!

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, creamy and not very filling.

D: I was making a night of this brew at the bar, and could see it easily turning into a solid session stout. Nice malt flavor with a smooth creamy mouthfeel, modest ABV and good balance had me coming back for more.

The tap made this brew shine and would parallel any import dry stout coming from an American brewer. Spot on for an Irish stout and just enough creaminess and hop resin to remind you it's American.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2009 23:58:34 | More by Gambrinus1184
Photo of far333


4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2003 20:52:20 | More by far333
Photo of goz


4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Super duper deep black, pretty much opaque, large tan head that sticks around for the most part and leaves much lace. Aroma of strongly roasted malt (dark black coffee), very slight floral hop presence in the background. Flavor starts with strong espresso, middle has a mild fruitiness to it, end has small amounts of hops. Medium-full body, very slight carbonation. An extremely tasty, easy drinking stout that is now a staple in my beer fridge.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2003 02:15:39 | More by goz
Photo of erosier


4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Excellent beer! Pours black from the bottle with a caramel colored head so thick it takes a while to settle. The smell is excellent. Very sweet almost chocolatey aroma. The taste is exceptional! Very dark and smokey but very sweet and a hint of chocolate aftertaste. Very good stout, well worth the price. Go pick up a 6 of these so you're ready for the cold winter nights.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2007 00:43:35 | More by erosier
Photo of gestyr


4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 Oz Bomber... Why a twist-off?

Pours into the glass a very dark brown/black with a thick chocolate colored head that was long lasting and left lacing.

Aroma is of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee and a hint of toffee

Taste: malty, roasty, slightly sweet (caramel/toffee) slightly buttery leaving a roasted coffee aftertaste. Fairly complex.

Mouthfeel: a medium body. Nothing spectacular or unexpected

Drinkability: nice on a hot summer night. Not too heavy, refreshing. I would and will drink again.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 00:09:59 | More by gestyr
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 Dogbrick


4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BierReise for the trade. This beer pours a very dark brown (almost black) with a medium dark beige head. Thin lacing. Strong roasted coffee aroma with a hint of malt as well. Moderately dry with coffee dominating the flavor. There is a subtle roasted malt and smoky character in the flavor as well. The finish is lightly bitter hops. Solid.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2003 15:16:21 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of StaveHooks


4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a jet black with firm and dense tan head that stays at 1/4 inch throughout the beer. It leaves a solid half sheet of lace on the glass.

S - Milk chocolate smokey malt, coffee, sweet roasted barley,

T - Follows the nose. Creamy muted chocolate malt. Hints of smoke and roasted nuts. It turns to acidic fruit towards the finish. Dry smokey finish.

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. It was spot on for the style. Nice dry smokiness with a rich of sweet to balance it out. Smooth and

Serving type: nitro-tap

10-06-2010 20:07:07 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of JeffBob


4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

She pours into a glass a very dark brown almost black with aprox 1/8" of brown foam. Has a very strong smell of coffee I thought I left the coffee pot on.
taste starts out with a toffieish coffee then fades to just straight up black coffee then turns back into a semi sweet smokey toffee really nice and surprising after taste.
this beer feels surprisingly light for how dark and complex the taste is. drinkablity I would have to say this is a sampling beer because of its stong and complex flavoring. however one could drink this all night but run the possibility of getting tired of it real soon. I will buy this beer again but an every once in a while type thing all and all nice smokey beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 01:06:49 | More by JeffBob
Photo of Durge


4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew reveals a deep dark brown color, solid and thick with a big light brown head and solid lacing. The aroma is a nice chocolate charcoal, simple but true. The flavor favors the charcoal and smoke idea with a hint of dark chocolate. There's a nice sort of melon sweetness that blends without interfering. It's a solid medium bodied stout with a very smooth, near Guinness like feel. The charcoal offers a near lemon bitterness with some dry finishing. It's quite easy drinking for the style, very likable, the best of the three brews I tried this day in Kennebunkport at Federal Jack's Brewpub.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2010 17:01:20 | More by Durge
Photo of mooseisloose


4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer from a 22 oz. bottle into a schooner glass producing a nice gurgling head thats really grabs the sides of the glass. The color is a beautiful deep black coffee color with a dark root beer tint where the light reaches it. The stout has a prominent chocolate smell almost as if you are driving by a chocolate factory. The taste, as the smell is very mocha with hints of coffee. A mouthful is quite delicious the flavor seems very consistent mocha all the way down. The aftertaste continues chocolatey and the hops start to come through getting a bit sweeter. The carbonation seems just right for the flavor. Not at all heavy for a stout, don't have to strain it through my teeth. I will enjoy the rest of these.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2005 23:18:56 | More by mooseisloose
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 aaronh


4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A black beer that pours with a modest head the color of wet sand that fades to a minimal film. Adequate lacing on the glass. The aroma is very sweet and fruity, like chocolate covered cordials, with a touch of roasted coffe and malt. Very appetizing to say the least. The taste is strong on roasted coffee up front, with some sweetness and a nice hop bitterness late. A very nice roasted note comes through on the finish a lingers well through the aftertatse. Very good, but perhaps a bit too much roastiness on the finish. The mouthfeel is solid and very dry. Not my favorite (I prefer Imperials), but good for the style. The drinakbility is good, especially if you like coffee. The high levels of roasted coffee in the flavor and finish are enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2003 14:43:08 | More by aaronh
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Shipyard Blue Fin Stout from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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