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Shipyard Imperial Porter (Pugsley's Signature Series) - Shipyard Brewing Co.

Shipyard Imperial Porter (Pugsley's Signature Series)Shipyard Imperial Porter (Pugsley's Signature Series)

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BA SCORE
84
good

251 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 251
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.67%


Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 11-16-2008)
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DIM

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

a: Deep, dark brown color. It was served to me with a smallish but firm, light tan colored head.

s: This had the most obvious toffee aromas I've come across in a porter. I also found sour grains, hints of fruit and chocolate, and some light grassy hops.

t: Again, the toffee comes across very strong. There was also a sour note here that I guess is traditional but wasn't all that appealing to me. I did find some sweet chocolate syrup and some bitter roast at the finish.

m: Very nice cask body, full bodied and creamy.

o: This was certainly unique, I've never tasted anything like it. Not bad, but not for me.

Serving type: cask

04-03-2011 00:00:25 | More by DIM
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selecter70

Massachusetts

4.72/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful! I savored every drop. Deep blackish pour with light beige head with brown drops on top and excellent retention & lace. Delicious cask draught with the typical but full chocolate-toffee-coffee aroma and a nice bitterness that followed not to sweet mouthy flavor. Smooth & rich with a hint of sourness behind the bitter. Definitely up there with Mayflower!

Serving type: cask

12-15-2008 23:44:26 | More by selecter70
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scotorum

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another of Shipyard's Signature Series, the XXXX IPA, is one of my very top rated brews, so I had to pick this one up to try. Plus it was half price. No date visible. If it's not a recent product perhaps the hops are underrepresented.

Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

a: Black with hints of clear ruby when held to light,. Inch thick tan head receded quickly to thin surface foam and spotty lacing.

s: Sweet malt.

t: Smoke builds along with sharp bitter notes which linger on the back sides of the tongue. Later the smoke becomes muted and mild hints of dark fruit and malt emerge.

m: Light to moderate. Very smooth once you get past the hop bite.

o: An easy drinking and flavorful porter with a good malt profile and hop bite, if perhaps a bit mild compared to some of today's Imperials. Needs to be around the suggested 55 degrees or warmer to taste its best.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 05:19:41 | More by scotorum
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber from the Ottawa LCBO for $6.75

Appearance - Dark brown colour with a massive size frothy beigen head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 10 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate syrup, coffee, grains

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate syrup, and a bit of coffee. There is also a bit of a booziness which is odd considering the moderate ABV. It ends with a malty grainy chocolate aftertaste.

Overall - Nice sent and a good appearance but the taste is fairly boring. Quite drinkable but just not something that I'd have any reason to search out again.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 00:38:08 | More by spinrsx
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle stored in a cooler with a best by date of 9/2012.
Pours nearly black and is opaque in the glass. Nice tan head leaves some irregular lacing.
The aroma is wht weak spot for me, with the dark roasted malts presenting a slightly sour note. Improved maredly with some warming/airing. The taste is better, with just an acceptable hint of sourness at times, but a little more burnt flavor than I prefer. Still, nicely rich dark malt flavor with a momentary hit of sweet up front.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 20:58:33 | More by chinchill
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle pour at mrbubbler's tasting.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, dark fruit, and slight cocoa aromas. Taste is much the same with char and dark fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but fairly boring in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 16:08:52 | More by UCLABrewN84
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artoolemomo

Oregon

3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours up a lot of head which appears to have decent retention. The head is beige/light mocha while the body is a dark chocolate brown which shows garnet around the edges when it is held up to the light. Minimal amounts of lacing left behind. The head retention is much more than decent- this is one sluggish beer.

Nose- Not as potent as I would like from a porter and an imperial one at that. Perhaps it needs to open up more but all I'm getting at the moment are some weak roasted notes and a little bit of coffee. Some hints of smoke and maybe a little bit of burnt toast. A bit of sourness from the roasted malts. Fairly disappointing.

Taste- So far, pretty much like the nose but with more presence. The roasted malts dominate the flavor profile. Lots of coffee, some nuttiness, some sour notes. Lacks complexity at the moment. Some sweet notes but nothing cloying. Don't really sense any sort of hop bite- maybe the bittering qualities of the Warrior hops are hidden by the dominant roasted notes. Pretty average beer- definitely looking like something I would never buy again.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with some syrupy qualities and some grittiness. Might be a little too much carbonation.

Drinkability- Fairly easygoing. No heat present. The biggest problem is that this is a pretty boring beer. A boring beer that costs 9 bucks.

Overall- Probably should pass this one by. Nothing wrong with it; it's just quotidian. It seems to be true to the style guidelines and mellows out as it opens up. However, it doesn't become more interesting.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 04:01:41 | More by artoolemomo
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Kendo

New York

3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes.

A: Poured from the bomber, which was split two ways, into a pint glass. Body is black with a 1-finger brown head. Some splotches of lace left behind on the glass.

S: Very roasty - roasted coffee beans and a touch of charcoal. Solid porter nose.

T: Some roasted coffee, some burnt charcoal and a sweetness that I attributed to berries or dark fruit.

M: Medium body with modest carbonation; a tad bit thin in heft.

O: I gave it an "OK." I had it after a Yards Tavern Porter, which at 7% ABV is just a notch under this supposedly "Imperial" offering, and I preferred the Yards.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 17:25:37 | More by Kendo
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StoneyPeaches

California

2.6/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pugsley Sig looks fantastic poured - dark and rich with impressive "look at me" head that lingers on forever. But the nose is weak with a faint hint of metallic notes. Mouthfeel is nice and full though. Taste.. not so much. Starts interesting - toasted malts and hard coffee but soon butterscotch flavor overpowers and then pure bitterness. Toasted malts taste more like burnt malts. This Imperial porter is not your everyday drink. It's demanding and unruly.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 05:02:54 | More by StoneyPeaches
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The opaque black-brown liquid sits snugly, as if it were a sleeping shelled creature under a giant husk of the off-white foam. Those bubbles seem as though they're in their own, separate biosphere they climb so high and are packed together so densely. What was once shoulder height, however, rubbed away to nearly nothing and left little decorative plaster in its wake.

The aroma gives off a blast of smoky coffee beans from practically across the room. You need only pass the bottle under your nose to catch a strong whiff of the aforementioned coffee, as well as deliciously sweet toffee and nougat notes. If there were a Quality Street chocolate flavoured like this it would no doubt be the first to go (even before the purple wrapped one).

The flavour is tinged by a fruity, slightly vinous note that resembles something like blackberries and/or purple plum. It's quite lovely. There's also a solid dose of coffee grinds and black licorice as well as a tootsie-roll-like penny-chocolate flavour. This is a substantially fulfilling beer so far as the palate is concerned; it leaves little to be desired for a porter.

There's nothing overly drawn-out about this flavour profile, though it does leave an impressionable roastiness in the finish. The alcohol is fairly high in strength (7.1%) but is quite tolerable - you wouldn't know this was an "imperial" porter if not for the label. The beer has an excellent balance and delicious suppleness that allows it to be easily enjoyed.

Barrel-aged or ridiculously over-the-top porters and stouts are the order of the day for edgy American breweries. But for their 'Signature Series' Shipyard has opted to go a more traditional, domesticated route, and they did well at it. This strikes a great balance between, on one end of the scale, familiarity, and, on the other, excessiveness. An easy one to recommend.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 04:04:06 | More by biegaman
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Into a nonic glass:

A: dark brown colored body, a two finger foamy tan head appears and lasts about a good two minutes before slowly dieing.

S: coffee notes up front with light chocolate and tobacco ever so slightly in the background, some toffee comes out as the beer warms.

T: sweet and bitter in different aspects going between the chocolate and toffee to the coffee and the tobacco, weird, different to me. There's also a bit of licorice more so as the beer warms.

M: medium, and fairly watery. There's nothing harsh on the tongue and this is extremely drinkable, perhaps a bit too drinkable for a Baltic Porter.

O: I'm wishing this was a bit thicker for this time of year, might be better in the March/April time of the year or perhaps the October/November time of the year. I'll stick with Original No. 19.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 02:09:43 | More by BeerKangaroo
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

625 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before March 2013. Poured into a mug and served only slightly chilled.

Pours a deep brownish-black colour with red highlights; more-or-less opaque, and topped at first with more than 3 fingers of pillowy, puffy, light tan-coloured head that reminds me of marshmallow fluff. Great retention, with multiple rings of lacing left behind on the sides of the glass as it slowly recedes. Looks great, but the aroma is comparatively meek - roasted malts, herbal hops, anise and ethanol are really the only things I can pick out. It opens up a little as the glass warms, but as a whole the aroma is too weak to be anything memorable.

Fortunately the flavours are considerably more pronounced than the aroma. There is a solid backbone of roasted malts, molasses and semi-sweet chocolate that dominates at first. Some faint dark fruit (plums, cherries) and coffee flavours come through mid-sip, but these are quickly outshone by notes of anise and the herbal, earthy bittering from the hops. The aftertaste leans toward the bitter side, with some lingering roast and black licorice notes. The alcohol is vaguely noticeable if you look for it (a little surprising at only 7.1%), but works nicely with the flavour profile. On the thin side of medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation - too much for my tastes, and it doesn't make the beer seem any thicker/chewier, that's for sure. Drinkable enough, but mostly because it doesn't come across as very heavy.

Final Grade: 3.65, a B grade. Shipyard's Imperial Porter is one of the most bipolar beers I've ever reviewed. It looks amazing and definitely tastes pretty good, but the weak aroma and thin, fizzy mouthfeel do not help this beer's case at all. I still have to give this stuff a thumbs up, but the aforementioned flaws prevent it from being a truly memorable imperial porter. There are local options (Wellington RIS and Grand River's Russian Gun) that are more affordable and equally satisfying, so this is not something I am likely to repurchase. Not an amazing deal at its LCBO price point, but potentially worth a try if you want a changeup.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 18:17:57 | More by thehyperduck
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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Impressive looking beer. Black brew under a large, firm, long lasting head. Lots of lace.

Not a big nose. A whiff of dark fruit, some subdued sweetness. Just a hint of alcohol.

First impression is the taste of black licorice, followed by some dark chocolate, charcoal. Malty sweet before giving way to ashes and dryness. Lingering bitterness. Pretty strong flavours all along the way. Alcohol is well-concealed. Thin-bodied.

Too much char for my taste, too one-dimensional.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 00:55:32 | More by TerryW
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

props to andrenaline for including this in our most recent beer trade
A - nearly impenetrable black, big creamy head retained fantastic
S - big roasty amd chocolate malts with mild candied cherry, slight coffee finish
T - big roasty flavor followed by cola and coffee, mild dark fruit syrup
M - creamy and a bit on tje chewy side for a high abv porter
O - tasty and bold, definitely glad my BA in crime decided to include this one

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 21:21:29 | More by joemcgrath27
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle best before March 2013 poured in to tulip.

A - Dark brown with a massive amount of light brown head. Carbonation appears high from the pour.

S - Dark roast, coffee and cocoa with some brown sugar.

T - Big roast profile with some dry bitterness and nutty flavours. Some sweet cocoa and brown sugar flavours are also present.

M - Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 02:05:05 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Props to peensteen for hooking me up with this treat...

A - Pours pitch black, thumb of mocha head with decent retention and nice spotty lacing.

S - Nose is sweet cocoa and leafy greens, hints of oatmeal, rye and a touch of vanilla.

T - The cocoa flavours dominate, with a non-sweetened cocoa flavour that lingers alongside a touch of ABV sweetness and hints of burnt toast, tobacco smoke and fresh coffee grounds.

M - Lighter bodied, fills the mouth, a tad prickly and finishes with a touch of dryness.

O - Overall a tasty Imperial Porter, nice flavour profile that posseses a solid cocoa profile and a hint of sweetness. Quite tasty and easily drinkable. One of the better brews in the Pugsley Series for sure.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 03:24:39 | More by andrenaline
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KajII

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Nonic Pint]

The pour was an extremely dark brown with some red highlights and an average (1-2 finger) light brown creamy head that diminished down to a thin film with a small collar, thus creating fair spotty lacing.

The aroma was of a dark roasted malt and a sweet leathery yeast with notes of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, vanilla and a hint of lactose sugar.

The taste was very malty and a little bitter-sweet with a touch of chocolate from the onset, becoming a tad bitterer with a nice large dose of coffee towards the finish. The flavor lasted a little longer than expected, with a mildly bitter java taste settling on the taste buds along with a slight milky sweetness and a mild alcohol warming sensation at the very end.

Mouthfeel was medium in body and dry yet creamy in texture with a moderate carbonation.

Overall a very flavorful and satisfying Porter that possessed a moderate ABV and an awesome drinkability, this is one I need to watch out for...

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Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 16:08:01 | More by KajII
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zeff80

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a two-finger, light brown head of bubbly foam. It left some sticky tan patches of lace on the glass.

S - A little boozy with chocolate notes and a touch of pine.

T - Good dark chocolate flavor with a burnt molasses taste. Some toffee and nuttiness. A piney bitter hop bite, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A slow sipped with a fairly dry finish and a medium body.

O - This is probably the best beer I've had from Shipyard. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 16:01:29 | More by zeff80
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice dark brown color to it with some amber hues shining through. It has a nice thick tan head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of dark fruit, molasses, roasted malts and chocolate.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some dark fruit, sweet molasses, roasted malts, chocolate and light coffee.

Mouthfeel: It has a high carbonation with an average overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 20:25:16 | More by SebD
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beergoot

Colorado

3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice brown body with a good tan head; excellent glass lacing. Nice milk chocolate scents; rich malt aromas. Toasted grain flavors; unsweetened chocolate tones; earthy and mildly sharp bitterness. Medium bodied; silky and smooth.

A pretty decent imperial porter. Good balance and flavoring all around. I'd really enjoy another bottle or two on down the road...

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 22:24:36 | More by beergoot
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

March 2013
Suggested temp 55. Removed from fridge 40min prior to opening.

Opaque black/brown pour with a two finger light tan head. Sorry lived, leaving loads of sticky lacing on the glass.

Roasted malts, sweet milk chocolate, light roasted coffee, molasses, slight dark fruits and a slight bitterness. There is a touch of alcohol in the back.

Dark roasted malts, baker's chocolate, black coffee, some dark stone fruits with Vanilla and brown sugar.

Medium body, good level of carbonation, sticky on the lips.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 22:23:06 | More by korguy123
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO, 650ml into a tulip. Best before March 2013.

Black with some burgundy highlights, big dense tan head with loads of lacing and good retention. Sweet nose, some dark fruits, chocolate and some brown sugar. Light almond liqueur scent with a whiff of alcohol. Taste has chocolate, roast, dark malts and some sweetness. Bitter hopping that's a little much for me. Body is fairly thin, carbonation is medium. OK flavours, but body is thin and this isn't really anything too exciting.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 22:09:10 | More by liamt07
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BB March 2013

Beer is black with a large tan head. Good retention and lacing.

Roasted malt in the nose, anise, a bit vegetal and some dark fruit.

Taste is similar. Roasted malt, anise, some dark fruit. A vegetal-like flavour detracts and results in the beer feeling a bit thin.

Full bodied, but this for the style and feels too light. Moderate carbonation. Sticky.

Overall, OK. The roast flavour is nice but too much anise and the vegetal flavour is not great.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 19:28:39 | More by jrenihan
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Near black in colour, 2 fingers of tan head, big sheets of lace on the glass and good retention. Smell is strong of anise, bits of roast and coffee, some fruit and herbal/vegetal notes also, little hop presence but mostly herbal anise/black liquorice. Deeply roasted and almost ashy, chocolate and coffee present mid palate, finishing with a bit of tart fruit and black liquorice/anise but not as strong as it is in the nose. High and sometimes prickly carbonation, light-med body though it felt thin at points. Overall this is pretty average and not all that drinkable, the above average flavours aren't enough to make up for nose and mouthfeel for me, wont revisit this I don't think.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 13:53:56 | More by peensteen
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divineaudio

Michigan

2.88/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

bomber into a snifter.

a - pours deep, dark brown with a thin cap of tan head. after calming i get a thin film with light, spotty lacing.

s - dark chocolate, cherry, booze, vinous fruits.

t - taste is flat with notes of wet cardboard. faint dark chocolate, dark fruits and spiciness unfortunately all take a back seat to oxidation.

m - full bodied with very little carbonation. fine co2 profile.

o - what was this beer once? may have been great but this bottle is definitely in decline. i'd really like to get my hands on a fresh batch and try again.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 23:56:56 | More by divineaudio
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Shipyard Imperial Porter (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.