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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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457 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 457
Reviews: 237
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 15.13%
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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Photo of bala747


3.78/5  rDev +5.9%

On my tour of the Shipyard Brewery in Prtland, Maine I had this. Being from Singapore the only other stouts I had tried were Guinness and ABC, neither of which I liked all that much (but to be fair, the Guinness Stout sold here is brewed in Malaysia and is called 'Foreign Extra Stout')

This stout however I loved.

A: A beautiful dark coffee-brown to black hue with a thick 2 centimeter head. Very pretty.

S: Chocolate and smoke predominate. The smoky smell was especially pleasant.

T: For its appearance it did not taste strong at all. I was expecting it to be bitter and full bodied but it was suprisingly mild bodied with some bitterness and coffee flavours but nothing really overpowering. In fact the taste was a bit of a let down compared to how good the beer looked. Some yeasty flavours were present as well.

M: Medium bodied and mild hoppiness gave it a very good mouth feel.

D: Very drinkable on a cold Maine day. I was there in the winter where temperatures dropped to -12C, and this was my companion during those days.

Overall: My wife who HATES beer liked to sip this during our holiday in Maine. A perfect beer for a cold day.

06-01-2010 08:02:07 | More by bala747
Photo of animal69


3.63/5  rDev +1.7%

A-pours a deep brown-black color w/ some small particles settling to the bottom, a thin tan head which settles into a nice ring of lace in my nonic

S- a rather mild smell, burnt toast/coffee, some hints of smoke & wood but all quite subdued

T- taste is also a bit thin, a nice bitterness up front provided by dark roasted malts more than hops but they're there to some degree, more coffee and smoke, a bit of metal/mineral present as well, almost get a sense of bready malts in the mix, finishes fairly crisp

M- a dry, light bodied beer w/ plenty of co2, seems a bit more watery feeling than creamy, though

D- all-in-all a pretty drinkable brew, not the best stout for the money however

05-10-2010 23:44:15 | More by animal69
Photo of Durge


4.15/5  rDev +16.2%

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.

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


4.05/5  rDev +13.4%

Pours an oily sable with a fairly thick tan head, good for a stout. Aroma is strong and smoky with an undertone of sweet chocolate. Flavor is smoky and malty with an undertone of chocolate and a hint of coffee. Texture is smooth, slightly grainy and fairly tingly - it does not sit still! Satisfying.

03-17-2010 00:49:03 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of Halcyondays


3.7/5  rDev +3.6%

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours an oily black with a creamy light tan head good retention. Some lace.

S: Coffee, dark chocolate, cream very mild though.

T: Dark baker's chocolate with a lot of licorice. Some light molasses and charcoal as well. Bitter roast throughout. Some mission fig in the finish.

M: Dry, medium-bodied, off-dry aftertaste, on the thin side at the end.

D: A nice inexpensive dry stout. A pretty rare style actually to see from a craft brewer and this is a good one.

03-16-2010 01:56:04 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of jlindros


4.05/5  rDev +13.4%

I was excited to try this one, but seeing the score I'm not so sure. However, I have to judge it for myself.

A: A thick dark quickly rising head shows up with a nice fluffy composition and a little lacing as it slowly fades. Color is almost pitch black with a little brownish hue.

N: A definite creamy malty roast and coffee. A nice milky lactose aroma, with some nice roasty malts and other dark malts mingled in. Some caramel aromas, a slight sweet malt, and a touch of black patent malt, that with some burnt coffee. Some scorched malt and dry earthy tones.

T: Starts with more of that creamy stout flavor, but it's very light actually. A little lactose sugar. It's pretty dry and light, but smooth and creamy. Some light spicy hop flavor and bitterness from the scorched malts and hops together. Some more dark malts and roasted flavor, with I want to say black patent malt. Perhaps even a touch of oatmeal. It is pretty smooth and creamy though. A slight dark fruit flavor is hidden in the background too.

M: Smooth and creamy, semi thick with a pretty good body, lower carbonation, but decent for the smoothness of the beer.

F: Finish is pretty dry and spicy, with some lingering bitterness. Despite being dry it has a little bit of a sticky syrupy lingering flavor and feel. Some roasted and scorched malts also linger that bring out more of that dry and bitter taste. I think this is actually pretty underratted for the score it has. It's a pretty decent dry irish stout with a little hint of bitterness from hops, some creamy lactose, smoothness, and overall tasty. The lower abv lets you drink a lot and makes it very sessionable.

03-12-2010 02:19:57 | More by jlindros
Photo of redleaves


3.28/5  rDev -8.1%

Poured into Imperial pint mug, chocolate and coffee on the nose, pitch black and dark brown head disappears into lace very quickly. At first seams good, thinner in mouth then most stouts, and very dry. almost like a coffee whose tastes were burnt out of it, like starbucks I suppose. bit of chocolate, all seams good until after the swallow, a burnt almost chalky after taste. kinda throws the whole thing off, as long as I sip slowly I can get through the glass but no long pulls.
This is not the first blue fin i've had I actually used to drink this all the time in the early 00's, the store near my work started carrying it, i thought it would be good tonight. I certainly do not remember this aftertaste. I had bought 2 bottles (magnums) and thought maybe I hadn't washed all the soap out properly out of the glass, so the next night I rewashed a glass, and tried again, but still the same bad taste, I probably will not be buying this again.

02-08-2010 02:00:51 | More by redleaves
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +12.9%

A - very dark, almost black colour. Very little head and some visible carbonation at the end of the pour.

S - Rich malty smell with hints of rich coffee.

T - Very bold coffee/expresso flavour. Bitter. Slightly too much carbonation. After a few sips the flavour becomes more bitter.

M - medium/heavy body with slightly too much carbonation.

D - Average drinkability.

This wasn't my first blue Finn - it was the 3rd of a 6 pack I bought but my first review of it. I remember the first 2 tasting better. Maybe I will revisit this review later....

01-27-2010 04:09:53 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of Duhast500

Rhode Island

3.03/5  rDev -15.1%

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color of this beer is complete black with three fingers of brown foamy head. Some slight lacing.

The smell is slightly coffee bean flavor. A little bit of a roasty flavor.

The taste is of roasty malts with a nice dry toffee flavor. It also has a bit of a dark chocolate flavor that is a bit sweet as well.

The feel of this light with a bit of a creamy feel to it.

01-03-2010 03:35:56 | More by Duhast500
Photo of chickenflea


3.3/5  rDev -7.6%

12-oz bottle. Served very cold.

Aroma not very pronounced. Light coffee, biscuit and licorice.

Poured very black with a one-finger tan head that dissipated quickly. Little or no lacing.

Taste is slightly sour, then the sourness sets in and gradually gives way to a pungent bitterness. The bitterness is more like a lemon peel bitterness, though.

Medium light body that left the mouth clean but the taste finished long after the mouthfeel recovered.

Not a stout I would drink again. The taste and mouthfeel were not right for my expectations

12-26-2009 23:45:52 | More by chickenflea
Photo of strohme2


3.08/5  rDev -13.7%

Part of my New Hampshire beer haul.
Pours ink black with a hint of ruby. Tiny bubbled, cappuccino-colored thin head.

Dark chocolate, brown sugar, coffee and ever so slight hop aroma.

Coffee, and chocolate are the overwhelming tastes. The aftertaste is like a cheap, bitter coffee and burnt wood.

Thin mouthfeel, dry finish. Was expecting more for a beer this dark.

Overall, not a bad beer. I would drink this again but if had the choice would opt for a milk stout.

12-23-2009 23:16:06 | More by strohme2
Photo of Zorro


3.25/5  rDev -9%

Lightproof black colored beer with a good-sized light drown colored head.

Smells strongly roasted with equal parts of chocolate and patent malt scents. Chocolate, coffee and slight burnt sugar aroma.

Starts out dry and roasted per the style with a Starbucks coffee aftertaste. Not all that much body here seems a bit thin and watered down. Flavor doesn't really develop all that much.

Thin mouthfeel.

Not really up to the standards of Guinness and the rest of the major makers of this beer style. Strictly a try it one time beer.

12-10-2009 02:51:27 | More by Zorro
Photo of sevenredrabbits


3.88/5  rDev +8.7%

Poured into pint glass with minimal head. Pretty damned dark. Motor oil dark. What you see is not what you get.

Smell : Coffee, brussel's sprouts(weird).

Taste : Coffee. grainy/bready aftertaste. Molasses. Hint...HINT of sweetness. Very bitter.

Mouthfeel : good but leaves a strange feeling after swallowed. almost a coating.

Drinkability : I wouldn't sit around drinking this one after another. I probably would not buy it again considering what else is available in this range.

11-29-2009 00:32:32 | More by sevenredrabbits
Photo of lordofthewiens


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
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +7.8%

Poured from a bottle, different than pictured above, into a pint glass.

Pours dark black, like oil, with quick settling brown foam. Completely blocks out the light.

Smell is roasted malts, hints of coffee. Dark coffee, like expresso.

Taste is similar - rich roasted malt with restrained bitterness. Very rich. Bittering hops linger and build as more of the beer is consumed.
Strong carbonation in the mouthfeel. Thick feeling. Dry finish.

Good drinkability and good flavor. Enjoyable.

11-11-2009 00:50:53 | More by KTCamm
Photo of donteatpoop


3.23/5  rDev -9.5%

Nice head, a good two fingers on initial poor... Soon fades to a half-finger that maintains well. Very dark, can barely see a hint of light when held up.

The smell is all malt, toasted and carmeled; but otherwise a bit faint.

Carmelized and burnt malts hit the mouth, the hops are bitter and somewhat subdued. Swallows down easy enough, leaves a slight lingering taste of smoke that finishes it nicely.

A little thin in the mouth, goes down smooth enough... Mouth left a bit dry.

11-10-2009 08:14:19 | More by donteatpoop
Photo of MisterClean


3.48/5  rDev -2.5%

Thanks to Mike Carey our local rep for bringing this beer to share.

A - Poured dark black wth 2 fingers of mocha head. Dissipated moderately slow and left little lacing.

S - Light roasted coffee and hints of caramel.

T - Light roasted coffee, bittering hops, and some caramel.

M - Full-bodied, hop dominated, and moderately bitter.

D - Not bad. Could use a longer boil perhaps or more complex malts.

10-30-2009 02:25:24 | More by MisterClean
Photo of ZorPrime

Quebec (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +2.2%

I originally tasted this beer in Wells, ME but since I brought back one, I gave it another try. The notes in this review are from my second tasting which was better than the first.

Dark color with a brown head. However, the head disappear quite fast. The aroma is chocolate with light notes of coffee. On the taste, the bitterness is a coffee type bitterness. A little too thin in the mouth.

It could use more intensity in the taste and this one would be so great. Not a bad beer, more like a session stout.

10-14-2009 00:35:38 | More by ZorPrime
Photo of tempest


4/5  rDev +12%

Picked up a single from The Party Source in Syracuse. Appeared pitch black with a tall tan head that left lacing. I have to say this is my favorite beer from Shipyard. The Ringwood makes a great pairing with the roast malts, coffee bean, and dry cocoa flavors. Check this beer out, it's a great addition to the style and very worthy session beer.

09-28-2009 01:41:08 | More by tempest
Photo of berley31

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +10.6%

A: Poured jet-black and opaque with a very small, tan head that hung around for the duration. Small amount of lacing on the glass.

S: A very nice combination of heavy malt, in the form of chocolate, and a lot of roasted coffee. Quite a lot of character, here.

T: Starts off with the sweetness of dark chocolate, and finishes with the roasted coffee that was so present in the aroma. Average duration, but not overpowering.

M: Body is medium, yet slightly thin-oily... not as thick as you would expect from the color. Average carbonation for the style.

D: I'm only starting to enter the world of stouts, but I was really impressed by this one. A very good, non-overbearing dry Irish stout that would probably make a good entry-level stout for anyone else in the same boat.

08-03-2009 19:43:11 | More by berley31
Photo of thespaceman


4.08/5  rDev +14.3%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance: Pours jet black like dirty motor oil, nice tan head builds but quickly dissapates. Lacing and retention are here but minimal.

Smell: Chock full of espresso bean, dark chocolate, a bit of nutmeg, cocoa powder and some malt spice, very rich in the nose, I can also get a hint of alcohol here even though this is a low ABV but it's got a small, boozy backdrop.

Taste: Rich colombian coffee blended with some chocolate, barley, molasses, and a hint of some earth like element. Not overpowering in the ingredient department like most stouts. The coffee flavors really seem to flourish on the palete. Robust, yet light and subtle. Maltiness is small and reserved, and the hops are here and balanced perfectly. A pretty tasty stout to say the least.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, not heavy on the tongue at all, small amount of bitterness from the hops here. Creamy, yet robust. Nice all around.

Drinkability: Low ABV stouts make it easy for a beginner BA to enjoy the flavors of a well crafted beer, and this one is a perfect entry beer. Shipyard packs great flavors, balanced correctly, with a nice light body that won't weigh you down and can easily throw back more then 2. Very sessionable and I really enjoyed this. Not the best stout I've had by far but a hell of a good one if you want more then one in a sitting.

07-10-2009 03:29:13 | More by thespaceman
Photo of thekevlarkid


3.38/5  rDev -5.3%

Off the nitro-tap at the Maine brewery this beer was a opaque black color. The tan head retained excellently as a cap and left outstanding, Guinness-like lacing. The aroma was... where? Hints of dry roasted malt was the most I got. The flavors were better but still unimpressive. Roasted malt, hints of coffee and a touch of sourness. Dry and rather one-dimensional. The mouthfeel was watery, the body full and the carbonation delicate. Putting it on nitro-tap surely made it better but having tried this before I was much less impressed with it this time.

07-06-2009 21:04:54 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of Wasatch


3.85/5  rDev +7.8%

Thanks goes out to mikereaser for this one.

Best By: May 09

Pours a black color, nice carbonation, huge three-finger plus foamy light tan head, with tons of sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some nice toffee/chocolate notes, also some coffee thrown in. The taste is slightly sweet, lots of dark stuff. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty brew.

06-15-2009 21:14:45 | More by Wasatch
Photo of magictrokini


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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Quebec (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev -18.8%

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry coffee with not much else in term of discernable characteristics. Taste is also very dry with some coffee notes and limited roasted malt notes appearance. Body is about average with goo carbonation. I thought that overall this was too dry which limited the drinkability factor.

05-28-2009 02:46:14 | More by Phyl21ca
Shipyard Blue Fin Stout from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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