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

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

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263 Ratings

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Ratings: 263
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 9
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 11-16-2008

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to portia99 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber
Gold Foil

Pours a very nice black color, nice carbonation, huge three-finger plus creamy tan head, with lots of sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some chocolate/toffee/caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, with a nice dose of dark stuff. Medium body, this is a nice chewy brew. Drinkable, a nice one, thanks Bill.

Photo of charlzm
3.08/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Consumed 08/30/09 at 55 degrees F from a Triple Petrus snifter. Kept refrigerated at approx 55 degrees since purchase on 06/15/09.

Pours a clear, nearly-opaque dark brown with deep garnet highlights. A two-finger tan head of tiny, uniform bubbles forms during the pour, then subsides to a sticky film in a few minutes.

Aroma is strong with raisins, cocoa and booze.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick and mostly smooth, though there's a bit of granularity to it. Carbonation is present both with a sharpness on the tongue and a livelier mouthfeel than normally associated with high gravity porters. Mild alcohol burn.

Flavor: somewhat watery. Slightly sour on the tongue with subtle red grape flavors. Chocolate malts are present, but VERY muted. Fleeting hint of charcoal on the aftertaste. No hop flavor apparent, though a slight bitterness lingers on the palate. Not a very flavorful beer overall.

Pretty disappointing beer, honestly. Won't be having this one again.

Photo of MisterClean
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the grad in davis.

A - Pours black with a 2 fingered, off-white head. Dissipates moderately slow and leaves little lacing.

S - Notes of chocolate and butterscotch, with resiny pine and light alcohol.

T - Light roast coffee, chocolate, and light bittering hops.

M - Light to medium bodied, with a slightly malt dominated feel. Is slightly sweet.

D - Good overall. Nothing to get to excited about, but a well crafted beer though.

Photo of ricke
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown with a 2 cm pale beige head that settles rather fast. Some lacings.

S: Quite a lot of butterscotch. Some fudge. Malts and dark fruits. Notes of coffee. A decent smell with quite a round character. But the butterscotch seems a little out of place.

T: Mostly smooth dark malts with notes of rye bread and chocolate. The finish is kind of short and has a minimal bitterness to it with notes of nuts and a gentle spicy hop bite. Some alcohol. The taste is overall quite uninteresting and one-sided, but nothing is really off.

M: Medium body, too much carbonation and an almost watery texture.

D: An okay beer. Nothing I will remember for the rest of my life, but still decent. But decent is not really enough for a Baltic/Imperial porter - there are so many better beers of this style out there.

Photo of Trappissed
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I usually don't go for Baltic Porters. The reason being, I found a sort of uncomfortable kick of extremely sweet dark fruits in the middle. The beers I'm referring to are Baltic Porters like Zywiec and Okocim. Shipyard's still has it, but nowhere near to the degree of the others. This has a nice chocolate malt base. A little rush of acidity/sourness on the end. The chocolate malt lingers after though, which leaves a good impression.

This is the second Pugsley's Series I've had, first one being the English Barley Wine. They are both unique in their own right. This one has a great mouthfeel. Perfect amount of carbonation and texture feels just right. I can taste the hops in the background and they seem to compliment this beer nicely. As the beer warms, it becomes even better. A little less bite and little more smoothness.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Grizzly bear brown with modest red-orange accents when brightly backlit. The caramel nougat colored crown peaked at three fingers and looks to be going nowhere fast. Tiny pits appear in the rumpled surface of the foam as tiny bubbles burst. Good looking lace cements a good score.

I'm not so sure about Baltic porter or Imperial porter, but the nose is reminiscent of a well-brewed English porter. Fuggles and East Kent Goldings hops (along with Warrior) are most likely contributing to that impression. The aroma features a pleasant roasted maltiness, with slightly more chocolate than coffee.

Imperial Porter doesn't taste Imperial, though it does taste slightly bigger than a standard porter. Flavor boldness and a flash of noticeable alcohol push it into bigger beer territory, while a lighter than desired body/mouthfeel pulls it back down a bit. Since when is a 7.1% <anything> worthy of being called Imperial?

The malt bill consists of crystal, chocolate and black patent. The last of those is especially prominent, giving the beer a smoky char that is common in some stouts, but not in most English porters. Other members of the flavor profile include Stolichnaya-soaked raisins, black coffee, blackstrap molasses and black licorice. Plenty of bitterness is on hand to counteract the sweetness, thereby increasing drinkability.

Only the thinnish mouthfeel is a disappointment. I would love to see what this brew would taste and feel like with more malt. An extra helping of crystal is probably the best way to go, since there's plenty of 'blackness' already. The carbonation is fine just the way it is.

With the exception of Old Thumper ESA and Brewer's Choice Special Ale 2006, I have been supremely unimpressed with Shipyard Brewing Company beer. Imperial Porter shows what Mr. Pugsley is capable of when he sets his mind to it. $10 per bomber is a little steep, but I'm not sorry that I gave this special release a (temporary) home.

Photo of clvand0
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark brown color with a small head that falls quickly and doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. The aroma is mostly comprised of a chocolate malt character with maybe a hint of coffee, not much more, but the chocolate is pretty intense. The flavor is quite chocolaty (sp?). There is a touch of roasted malt that leaves a bitterness on the tongue that is different than hop bitterness. It finishes pretty sweet, but not too sweet. The alcohol is pretty well masked behind the sweetness as well. The body is quite full and the drinkability is good.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color porter with a large light brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of lightly sweet black chocolate with some light dry coffee. Taste is also dominated by some creamy black chocolate with a lightly bitter finish. Creamy palate with fuller then average body with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol makes this beer even more enjoyable. No the most complex beer out there but well done for what it intended to be.

Photo of mynie
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This--I gotta tell you, I'm really getting sick of writing visual descriptions of beers. There's only so many ways you can say "black" or "yellow" and I exhausted them all long ago. This looks like a goddamn porter. There. You happy with that?

Smells rough, chocolately, and a little sour. Maybe a bit too intense for my liking. I don't know what on earth an impy porter is supposed to smell like, to tell the truth, but this lacks the the mellow burniness of your better Baltic porters. More zippy, like the combination between a porter and a bock.

Tastes a bit more even. Dry hops up front, heavy on the fuggles, which moves into a rough porter middle of roasted grain. The sourness comes from the strength of the roasted malt, and it gives the beer a flavor that's close to an oatmeal stout, only with a fine alcoholic zing. Unique, certainly. Not a baltic but a beer all its own.

Photo of david131
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- A very deep, brown with a hint of light coming through at the edges. The off-white head is creamy and has some really good retention.

S- Loads of chocolate and coffee with some walnuts and Irish cream tossed in. Very sweet smelling.

T- Sweet chocolate, roasty coffee, and a definite nuttiness. There is a sweet, oddly fruity edge to this as well. Pretty unique.

M- A tad on the thin side, slightly numbing and astringent, and maybe a bit over carbonated.

D- An enjoyable beer that goes down alright. The sweetness does become a bit much. Good, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get this.

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

A: Pitch black with a light brown head that quickly turns into a thin lid. Some lacing.

S: Milk chocolate, roasted malts and a hint of vanilla.

T: Follows the smell, but a little light. I would have preferred it a little sweeter.

M: Quite a lot of CO2 and a little thin. I would have preferred a thicker feel.

D: Nothing wrong with this one, and it is better than average. But that's all.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very odd reflective dark brown. The curve of liquid out of the bottle looks transparent from the reflections of light it was scattering. In the glass, it's a deep red brown, with a thick head of beige foam. Good lacing. Looks very decent indeed.

Extremely sweet notes of nuts and chocolate on the nose, very reminiscent of a rich chocolate brownie. Some caramel, and light rum-like alcohol note as well. Very sweet - quite a noseful, to be honest.

Rich smoky character on the palate. Lots of charred malt, tannins and a heavy blackness, undeniably like nicotine. The palate starts quite sweet, with a caramel quality, but quick lets out a bomb of ashy roasted black, which permeates the rest of the palate. It's not bad, but it's just a little intense, and once it hits, that's all you get.

Very heavy brew, where the roasted character is the main event, verging on being the only event. Not bad - in fact, pretty interesting. Something I can only handle in moderation though.

Photo of WesWes
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pitch black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a tremendous malt nose that boasts of chocolate and roasted malts. It's sweet and creamy smelling with some Ringwood yeast esters. The taste is good. It has a more robust character than the aroma suggests. It's dry and roasted with some hints of chocolate malt in the finish. The esters are hard to pick up. The patent/roasted malts must be potent enough to hide it. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an easy drinking imperial porter. I like the malt character quite a bit. This is the best Shipyard beer I've ever had.

Photo of horshack7
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a mug from a 22 ounce bomber. Is a Black glass of darkness that is slightly brown around the edges. It does have a light brown head that is about two fingers thick.

Aroma: Hints of burnt hops. Also dark raosted malts that give off a sugary aroma. Light cocoa hints along with underlying notes of molasses.

Taste: The mouthfeel is nicely smooth like a melted dark chocolate. The dark roasted hops and dark roasted malts really complimetn each other very well. Notes of cocoa and dark coffee.

Notes: This is quite a brew from Shipyard it's perfect for a cool night. Cheers.

Photo of BeerSox
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into nonic.

Pitch black with a two finger tan head that slowly settles to a thin cap. Rings of webby lacing go down the glass.

A little bit of molasses over some very slightly sour notes (light sourness is a characteristic of the style). Roasted aromas.

Burnt grains with a little bit of a powdery flavor, and a light metallic characteristic. A little bit of molasses is in there. Full bodied.

Not a bad Baltic Porter. Too bad it's only a limited release, I would like to see more of these.

Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a dark brown almost black color with a 1/2" head that slowly falls to thick surface foam. Some spots of lace develop during the session.

Smell: roasted malts and some soft chocolte tones are easy to detect.

Taste: roasted malt, mild chocolate, some soft espresso, and some brown sugar are balanced with some moderate hopping here. There is some soft prunes sweetness that arrives late. Alcohol is mildly noticable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied but thin overall which represents the what a porter should be. Lightly crisp to start, smoother towards the finish. Aftertaste is long as the flavors linger in the mouth.

Drinkability: this one goes down very easy and has a nice flavor profile. Buy one of these if you see it.

Photo of BeerNinja007
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a chilled pint glass. Surprised to find a twist-off cap under the gold foil.

Pitch black brew with a sparse 1/2 finger mocha head after a vigorous pour.

Aroma of burnt sugar, molassas, cedar. Taste of bitter chocolate, smoke. A significant sour cherry note gives it a lambic-like feel. Almost like one of those little dark chocolates with a cherry filling. M is a little slick and a little dry all the way through. Sour cherry lambic makes it feel a little harsh/ astringent.

Overall, not horrible but not great either. There are better porters to be had.

Photo of baggio
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A: Pitch black with a huge, creamy, beige head and lots and lots of lacing.

S: Butterscotch, Caramel, Roasted malts, Chocolate and a hint of vanilla.

T: Roasted malts, Chocolate, Hint of metal, Dark caramel, Butterscotch, Coffee.

M: Very sweet taste upfront with a bold bitterness at the end. A very drinkable porter.

The best beer i've tried from this brewery so far. Not bad at all.

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

22oz bottle shared courtesy of egadjzis .

Poured a dark brown color (almost black) with a smaller to medium sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, and had a lighter nuttiness. Tastes of roast, chocolate, caramel, and nutty.

Notes from and tasted on: 5/21/09

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

Cheers to Nate Lopez for hooking me up with this one!

A - Poured a dark brown color into my New Belgium globe glass. Head is a thin, light tan color.

S - Initial impressions yielded a zinfadel-like spiciness that faded into cocoa, nuttiness, and a touch of earth. Raisins.

T - More chocolate/cocoa pulling through. Moderate level of bitterness. Roasty. Interesting but hard to describe yeast character. Medium finish with lingering roast. Slightly spicy.

M - Medium bodied, moderately carbonated. Smooth.

D - Good, not great example of the style. The yeast character is throwing me off a bit but the roasted malt profile works well. Could use some more complexity and a cleaner lager-like character.

Photo of tmoneyba
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Keg Liqour.

Pours dark brown color with an average frothy light brown creamy head that was lasting with good lacing. Moderate toasted dark chocolate aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate roasted bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration.

This is a complex good porter.

Photo of aforbes10
4.63/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the Vacaville, CA BevMo. Pours a nice dark brown with a creamy light brown chocolate head. Laces fairly strongly, and stickily too. A very pretty beer. Nose has hints of chocolate and toasty grains. Flavor is rich and creamy, with a little dry malt bitterness clawing through. Lots of nice truffle-like chocolate fudge, some roasted grains. Barely a hint of alcohol. Very little fruity flavor, which i generally like in this type of beer, but there's a little yeasty character that mixes in with the chocolate and serves the same purpose. Very, very tasty.Extremely smooth and creamy. Wonderful full body and texture. This one was a really, really nice surprise. I could drink a few more of these (well, maybe not tonight!)

Photo of bilyboy65
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this offering. The nice rich dark coloring with tan frosting is a nice way to start off. Makes it look inviting. The head dose dissipate quickly though. Nice rich nose on it. Nothing really far fetched for a porter though. Coffee, chocolate, dark malts and a little plum comes through as it warms. Taste is pretty consistent with the scent. Good mixture of the nose hints at. A little bitter on the aftermath, but nothing sharp. The tongue accepts this with pleasure and allows it to easily pass this medium/full body through.

Would definitely recommend this.

Photo of seaoflament
2.51/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Dave for the opportunity to try this beer.

Pours dark with over an inch of mocha colored foam.

Nutty malts, coffee, chocolate malts, soft cocoa, and some hints of vanilla and condensed milk. A touch grainy and a bit of malted milk. I'm also detecting some very light earthy and floral hop aromas in the background. As the beer warms up it seems to get sweeter with more pronounced chocolate notes. Decent, but not great.

Thin body upfront and a tad over carbonated, after that is over I get a rush of bitter chocolate, toasted malts, and hints of coffee. Flavors disappear very quickly and they don't have staying power on the palate. A bit of nutty malts in the finish and aftertaste, along with some bitter toast. Also some cola flavors late in the aftertaste. The back label states "this Porter is best enjoyed at 55 degrees Fahrenheit," and I poured this one around that temperature, if not a little warmer. I will let it sit and warm up to see if it improves at all. There's a slightly burnt flavor that really shouldn't be there and seems out of place. Almost tastes oxidized with a bit of wet cardboard flavor.

Medium carbonation but the thin body makes it seems as if this one is over carbonated. Not very enjoyable to be honest and doesn't make me crave another sip in between sips either. Way too thin of a body and lacks complexity and presence on the palate.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with ruby highlights. Pretty quick foam that recedes to nothing. Creamy and deep roasted malts help give this beer a coffee and dark chocolate aroma. Mayb a little vine ripened fruit and smoke a well. Very smooth roaste malts have a lovely char to it. While the creamy, mocha flavors blend together well. Creamy smooth start with a roasted coffee and grain finish. A mix of sip and session. Lots of flavor and hard to detect alcohol.

Shipyard Imperial Porter (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.