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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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482 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 482
Reviews: 239
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 15.13%
Wants: 16
Gots: 23 | 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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Photo of CHickman
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger creamy tan head that faded very slowly, leaving great creamy lacing down the glass.

Smells of cocoa, chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, toasted grains, molasses, syrup, caramel and burnt wood; roasted, smoky essence overall, which was really nice.

Tastes of cocoa, chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, toasted grains, molasses, syrup, caramel, vanilla, charcoal, brown sugar and burnt wood; tastes and smells just like a Guinness with coffee beans and some cocoa powder in it.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth, with little to no carbonation, a medium body, and a watery feel as it flows down. A really tasty stout that went down easy and is a solid recommendation if it’s on tap.

CHickman, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

had a nice cascading pour but with not quite the retention and look of a guiness, but the foaming was decent. aroma of roasted malts, hints of brown sugar, touches of vanilla and a small dose of caramel, the flavor is really kinda odd as it seems to just not go anywhere at all. the feel was a touch thin and left me hanging looking for more taste. roasted malts fade quickly and leave me with little more then a touch of light cocoa.

mikesgroove, May 22, 2011
Photo of DrDemento456
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - It looks pretty sweet with a thick dark looking brown and a inch of mocha colored head.

S - Slight caramel, roast and coffee. Faint but smells nice.

T - I guess it's OK I mean you really can't expect that much body for a stout made by shipyard. First sip was kind of lackluster but second sip relieved a mild roast and a bit of coffee. Kind of off putting since it's so mild.

M - Medium bodied. Not really thin but it just doesn't seem to pack enough roast flavor.

Overall I don't know why I put faith into Shipyard again. I guess I assumed they could make a half assed stout which they did but it just didn't justify the singles price. Kind of drinkable but really wanted more roast and coffee...

DrDemento456, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of gfreed
2.25/5  rDev -37%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Lackluster in nearly every category. Thin aroma of coffee and soap, combined with a body that's too fizzy and a taste that heads toward Pepsi (you remember that old song... "Pepsi Cola's a stinky drink; pour it down the kitchen sink; smells like vinegar, tastes like ink; Pepsi Cola's a stinky drink!") rather than stout or any beer flavor, this is one to avoid. If not for the appealing color this would be a failure in my book. Blech.

gfreed, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a nice mocha head. The head dies down a bit and leaves a nice lacing.

The smell is full of coffee and some dryness. Unfortunately, it fades rather quickly.

The taste is full of coffee and some sweet creaminess. There is quite a bit of dry hoppiness in the finish to balance things out.

The feel is a little light, especially when watching it pour from the bottle.

OVerall, this is a pretty good beer. I don't think I would turn it down if offered, but I'm not sure I would actively pursue it.

RomaniIteDomum, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
2.28/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I really thought that I'd enjoy this beer, I pouted it out and it looked great at that point. Being a fan of most stout's this one should be good. I took my first sip and I was stunned with a taste of some kind of metallic flavor. I was a little grossed out by it. I let it sit for a little and went back to it and it still gave off this old metallic scotch like flavor. I was able to finish the beer thankfully, but I told myself that this had to be the worst stout I'd ever had.

Knapp85, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of ktrillionaire
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black very good stout appearance with a mocha crown of froth.

S - Really, I can't smell anything, no matter how hard I try.

T - Pretty light flavor, but rich enough, with nice coconut flavor, a deep roast and some cocoa on the finish. Perhaps a bit of English yeast fruitiness, too.

M - Creamy and on the lighter side of medium bodied.

O - This is an easy drinking and inoffensive brew, even if unspectacular.

ktrillionaire, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of fitzy84
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another six pack for St. Patrick's Day. The beer poured with a slick, black look with a dark brown head. Aromas were rich with a dark chocolate flavor and a slightly burnt coffee smell. Taste was a little off compared to the flavor. I really could not taste much of the same flavor from the aromas, but definitely sensed a thin, watery flavor from each sip. Mouthfeel was pretty good though. The drink had a creamy texture, but somehow balanced with a light body. Overall, a little uneven but worth a try.

fitzy84, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of ZeroSignal
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with freshness date (06/11), poured into Dogfish Snifter

A - Dark pour, almost black, with an inch or so of mocha brown head; retention settles to a skim with a loose lace

S - Lot's of roasted malt aroma with breakfast blend coffee

T&M - Lighter bodied, with lot's of roasted character. There is an earthy bitterness that shines through and melds well with the slight ashy character of the malt. Light carbonation, but I feel as though this would be more appreciable on nitro. Somewhat dry in the finish.

D - Highly drinkable due to lighter body and smallish ABV, but not likely something I will revisit.

ZeroSignal, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of Kelly88
2.42/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from bottle into snifter. This beer. Just be way over carbonated. A light pour yielded a huge billowing dusty head, I'm talking like 3 inch head.

A- as noted above huge head is making this beer a challenge to drink. It does have a nice black appearance with Ruby edges.

S- the smell is a little off. I'm getting some plastic type smells mixed with Chocolate. Very strange. Not all bad but strange.

T- very weak taste that is reminiscent of the weird candy you get from the bottom of a mixed candy jar. The plastic shows up again and is really making This hard to drink.

M- way over carbonated, might have been from the trade journey but its been a day, really hard to drink. Very prickly on the palate. Not a good mouthfeel.

D- not very good. I'm having trouble drinking one 12 oz bottle. Combination of high carbonation and weird taste is rough.

Thanks to beerthursdays for the chance to try this brew that is unavailable in the big ky.

Kelly88, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of BigRedN
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is black in color. A vigorous pour is able to produce only a 1/2 inch off white head. Head fades over time to a partial cover and thick ring around the glass.

Smell: Typical stout aromas of roasted malt. Lightly roasted coffee bean with a hint of dark chocolate.

Taste: Typical Irish dry stout. This one has the roasted malt (in line with the scent) as it hits your tongue. Finishes creamy with a flourish of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy on the tongue and going down. Has a nice dry finish. Medium in body with a light carbonation.

Drinkability: Nice Irish dry stout that I have some trouble finding. Purchased a 6-pack at the Hy-Vee (a grocery chain) near me for $6.99. Two weeks later they no longer carry Shipyard products making a repeat purchase difficult. Still, a very drinkable American version of an Irish dry stout.

BigRedN, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Stout Month at Vine Street has arrived! This one was included on my first day visit.

Dark brown pour, not much head, but that's the way they poured it.

Aroma is very light. Some cocoa and coffee, maybe some dark fruit, but not much is coming up

Flavors include coffee, chocolate-dark, molasses and roasted malt, but they aren't powerful. I get more sharp hop in the middle, but not quite dry. This isn't a very dry stout, nor a hugely malty one. Seems like a 'pilot' beer in the stout arena.

But still, it's not bad and quite easy to drink. It's gone...next

Mebuzzard, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of climax
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours an obvious almost black-brown. The head is mocha and very fizzy. It fades pretty quickly without leaving much trail on the pint glass.

The aroma is very pleasing. Light and dark simultaneously, it is balanced very well quite complex to boot. Dark roasted flavors of chocolate and coffee are brightened by butter and brown sugar. The nose settles down with a load of ripened fruit flavors; plum, cherry, and fig. Even a dash of almonds hit the nose as it warms. Nice.

The flavor sports the same complexity in an enjoyable package. Flavors shift from slightly sweet on the tip of the tongue to strongly bitter and roasty through the finish. Dark roasted coffee beans definitely dominate the aftertaste.

The body is light and almost fluffy. The carbonation is strong, and all settles into a chalky dry finish. This is definitely a well-flavored easy to drink stout, worth a try.

climax, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of brewerburgundy
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, Bruery tulip, best before June 2011.

Opaque black beer with very little highlights. The head is no where to be found after the first few seconds, some big pathetic bubbles cling to life at the perimeter. The head was very dark brown.

The nose holds a style defying amount of currants and other dark fruit, but also some lovely ashy roast. Maple, sweet cigar smoke, toffee, and rich leather.

The flavors fall a little flat on top of such a rich promise. A chocolate-coffee combo flails between sweet and dry. Currants and raspberries try and fail to enter the equation. Ultimately the bitterness isn't quite there to dry out the finish.

Appropriately thin with moderate carbonation and noticeable roasted grain astringency.

I really like the aromas, but the flavors don't quite do it for me. Not filling and flavorful, I say give it a go.

brewerburgundy, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of AdamBear
2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Black with a very thin tan head

S-very light chocolately note, sweet notes as well

T-very light, almost non existent dark malts taste with a slightly stronger after-taste of dark malts. Very light and boring experience.

M-Medium to heavy carbonation with a very nice, smooth finish

D- Goes down easily but its just not a fun beer to drink. I won't be buying this again.

AdamBear, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of JeffBob
4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

JeffBob, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of GJ40
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 12oz bottle. There was a best before area on the label but it wasn't marked.

A - Black with a little light passing through around the edges. A small head that dissipates quickly.

S - Brown sugar and a hint of root beer.

T - Roasted barley with a hint of sweetness. Overall well balanced and fairly mild.

M - A moderate consistency with a light carbonation of very fine bubbles.

D - Nice enough but nothing special.

GJ40, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of stonermouse
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

Pours almost black, with a disappointingly non-existent head. The head was coffee-tinted and frothy while it lasted.

The odor was weak and a little flat. Doesn't reveal much.

Flavor is pretty standard fare for the style. There is a mild smokiness on the back end, but otherwise it's a run-of-the-mill stout

The mouthfeel here is actually the best part of this brew. Feels a little bit chewy, and as it warms it has a nice denseness to it. Would have been a 5 here if the head stayed around for the duration.

Drinkability is pretty high. Is about as prevalent around the Boston area as Guinness Stout, and the flavor is a little more complex and the mouthfeel is thicker. I'd opt for this one if you're looking for an easy drinking stout that's easy to find.

stonermouse, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of TonyVic
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours opaque and black with a tan foam head. Leaves a nice lace ring all the way though the drink. Malty on the nose with notes of coffee and chocolate. Only slightly creamy on the palate. The roasted malt really comes through leaving some hits of it even being a little smokey. The sweetness of the malt is nice on the finishing end.

TonyVic, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of StaveHooks
4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
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

StaveHooks, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of aepb1
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Opaque black with a small tan head that dissipates quickly

S- Chocolate and smokey, big nose!

T- Bitter at first from the coffee taste with a crisp finish though not nearly as full as the nose

M- Medium-bodied with good carbonation

D- Lighter side of a stout and easy to drink

aepb1, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of gestyr
4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

gestyr, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On nitro at The Inn on Peaks Island, Portland, Maine.

Poured a deep black hue with a one finger frothy off white head. There was very good retention and good lacing.

The smell featured roasted barley and a touch of caramel.

The taste consisted of roasted and crystal malts, coffee and some light charcoal.

The mouthfeel was full for the style.

Overall a good and complex IDS.

plaid75, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of HalfFull
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a large wine glass from a 12 oz. bottle. Pours a dense black with half an inch of mocha foam. Retention is somewhat brief for the style but does offer solid lacing initially, becoming a bit flat in time.

Light roasted malt on the nose, touch of milk chocolate. Light in presence but quite favorable.

Roasted coffee notes in flavor and with a bit of sweetness on the finish. Touch of dried fruit and some cinnamon and shaved chocolate.

Feel is somewhat buttery and more so as the carbonation settles out. Becomes a bit thin with warming, offering a orange chocolate flavor. Overall a very light interpretation of the style but without negative factors.

Quite drinkable in a sense, yet a bit sweet and with a light level of complexity I don't think I'd want another. A bit bland overall.

HalfFull, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of aahynick
1.83/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

about 50 degree F into a pint glass
A- opaque black with a thick tan head head that dissipates quickly

S- chocolate and somewhat medicinal

T- metallic, bitter, very dry, acidic, burnt (someone went bananas on the black patent)

M- astringent and unpleasant. Only leaves a bitter taste on the tongue

D- terrible, disappointing, definitely a non repeat

aahynick, Jul 04, 2010
Shipyard Blue Fin Stout from Shipyard Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 482 ratings.