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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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259 Ratings

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Ratings: 259
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.67%
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:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 11-16-2008)
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Photo of ppoitras
2.48/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Gold foiled cap.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a scant 1/8" dark brown head over the almost opaque dark brown brew. What head there is quickly recedes to the rim, encircling a swirly skim, with leggy slow-falling lace. Aroma is dark malt, anise, and alcohol. Taste follows the nose, but weakly, and the alcohol close is harsh and fusel-involving. Mouthfeel is thin for the style, and drinkability is limited by above noted traits. Sorely disappointed.

ppoitras, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of Tolann
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another grand bottle via a trade with jleblanc! Poured into a pair of chalices and enjoyed with dinner of broccoli normandy and a smoked hickory rib eye.

A - Very dark. Small tan head that quickly settles to a nice ring. Slight ruby hue.

S - some sweet chocolate, some smoke. Not a huge nose, but lots of character. Some bit of earthyness.

T - Chocolatey, and followed by smoke. Sweet and some malty.

M - Smokey yum aftertaste that kinda lingers. Not too much alcohol burn. Light-medium mouth feel. Not a lot of carbonation. Really like the after taste.

D - Very good. I'd seek out this bottle again. I'm really enjoying the style. It fits my mood very well.

Tolann, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of meday
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into two chalices:

Dark opaque color

Slight earthy peat smell, but otherwise not inviting.

Complex flavor with a nice balance of dark roast and sweet malt.

Very clean finish, with great mouthfeel. Not a hint of the 7.1 ABV.

Very drinkable considering it's strength.

meday, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of shanem
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Super dark brown, almost black with a tan head about an inch tall, fell pretty quick with minimal lacing

S: sweet, a bit of chocolate. alcohol isn't completely hidden on this one eiher

T: Starts with an initial sweet hit with some smooth roasted malt after. has a woodsy, smokey finish and aftertaste that I thought was really good

M: Medium/full body with good carbonation

D: The only thing that keeps the drinkability down at all would be the abv. It's not super high, but you can taste it, not as masked as some imperials.

I thought this beer was fantastic. If you enjoy any smoked porters, check it out

shanem, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of bbothen
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a dark brown, almost black color with a thin 2 finger deep off white head. Head quickly forms a ring of bubbles around glass.

Some roasty aromas, chocolate, coffee, yeast, sweet malts.

Sweet, toasty, bitter, some coffee, cocao, bitter, more fruitiness, banana, butter.

Medium, smooth, not thick, fairly creamy.

Fairly drinkable, others in the style I enjoy more.

bbothen, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of paulthebeerguru
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours an abyss-like black, or rich mahogany. tan head with a low retention rate, leading to a galaxy looking head. decent lacing.

S: some bananas and berries. smells like the ringwood yeast shipyard utilizes regularly. some light roasted malts, some minor chocolate notes.

T: big banana flavors, english ale yeast. nice roasted malts, a little more than most imperial porters. its a little too fruity for my liking. not enough roasted malt flavors.

M: medium bodied, slightly rich with a mild carbonation rate. very drinkable, just some flavors through me off.

paulthebeerguru, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of scottoale
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. brown bomber with a full wrap-around label and thin gold foil covering the twist-off cap. It pours a nearly opaque, very dark brown with a 1/2" kahki-tan head. The foam recedes leaving very little behind.

The nose is fairly sweet with malt and a big butterscotch aroma dominating that reminds me of AleSmiths Decadence Imp. Porter...hmmm. A bit of alcohol and hops emerge as it warms.

Sweet and dark fruity intro, with chocolate, tobacco and butterscotch pulling the taste to a spicy hop of a finish. Well balanced with a rather bitter finish...nicely done.

Mild carbonation with a medium heft to the body. The alcohol is burried within the flavor and adds complexity to the brew. The actual mouthfeel is a tad watery and has a slightly chalky bite in the end. I've had a few bombers of this and definetely recommend giving it a try. It's very English-like, but that's not a wonder. I prefer Pugsley's Sig. BW a bit more than this one...both are nice offerings though.

scottoale, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of Blakaeris
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with ruby highlights. Head is initially a thick tan mass, but quickly dissipates to a thin sheen.

Aroma is dark grain, smokey, with a generous touch of chocolate.

Taste is dominated my the smokey dark grain from the nose. Peaty with a powdery chocolate character. Some dark fruit sweetness appears early, but is quickly overwhelmed by a dry woody bitterness. Herbal hops are present in the finish with green leafy quality.

Mouthfeel is medium-full. Slightly slick from diacetyl butteryness.

Interesting and drinkable. A tasty porter that is certainly worth a try.

Blakaeris, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of bashiba
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep dark brown though clear with some nice ruby highlights. The head was thin and quickly gone.

The smell was bold with a bit of fenal, coffee, and toffee sweetness.

Has a nice burnt malt flavor with the fenal and chocolate flavors giving it a nice touch, the infamous ringwood yeast is apparent giving it some of the classic buttery taste, but its mild enough not to be a detriment like it is in so many other shipyard brews.

The mouthfeel has a slick oily quality to it with a long lasting bit of resiny hop oil leaving a lingering taste.

Overall not a bad stab at the style, the price seems a bit unreasonable and would stop me from buying a second time, but worth it as a one time shot.

bashiba, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of puboflyons
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle and sampled on Feb. 23, 2009. The pour is a very dark brown and almost black with a foamy, tan head the remains on top for a few moments, Decent lacing. The aroma is of chocolate malts and of bitter hops. The mouthfeel is bold. The taste is bitter and hoppy and a little like smoked licorice. Actually a nice Porter.

puboflyons, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of saintwarrick
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoping this brew is better than Shipyard's barley wine. This brew pours a dark brown and rust with a thin but sudsy tan head. Aroma is cocoa powder and chocolate bars and a bit of caramel, not much from the roasted category. But the taste has roasted malt hints, sweet cocoa and then a slight shot of bitter chocolate with some hop notes. Very light body like a porter, not too thick like a strong stout and does very well in hiding its strength.

A solid brew that hits the porter bulls eye pretty well.

saintwarrick, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of far333
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black as night and opaque. An oatmeal colored head rises minimally and settles to a cap of thin foam with a ring of lace around the inside of the glass.

Aroma of cocoa and roasy malt, some marshmallow and oakiness.

Rich and pungent flavor of burnt espresso, cocoa, molasses, smoke and oak. Finishes with a tart and burnt coffee flavor, a bit dry.

Even mouthfeel, just a tad thin, somewhat tannic. Good beer, very drinkable.

far333, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of cjgator3
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brownish black color with a light tan colored head.

S- The aroma is dark roasted malts, molasses, coffee, hints of cocoa and esters.

T- The taste like the aroma suggests features a dark bitter roastiness with some coffee and a good amount of bittering hops in the finish. There is an unpleasant bitterness in the taste, almost like burnt coffee.

M- The mouthfeel is somewhere between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I'm not a huge fan of this beer, definitely not something I'd purchase again.

cjgator3, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of jdhilt
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger light tan head that leaves traces of lace. Almost black, faint mahogany highlights color. Roasted coffee nose. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Flavor is smooth, roasted coffee, slight burnt coffee finish. Pricey for Shipyard - $10.15 for a 22 oz bottle from Tullys Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

jdhilt, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of JasonA
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz twist top, didnt think they made these ... :(

Pours an oilslick black, some rather thick head, lacing visible, and some staying power. Looks pretty good.

Dark roasted malt. Maybe some esters, surprising for a dark porter.

Espresso, chocolate, espresso. Dark roasted malt. Some biscut hops, little stoutish.

Sits well, extremely well balanced. Something smooth in here, well done.

Would like a little more kick, but overall a very good brew. I might not buy bottle again since its a twist top (-.5)

JasonA, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of Yeastcakes
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving: snifter, cellar temp
Aroma: roast and coffee dominate. Good balance of the two.
Appearance: black, dark, opaque. Slight head, quickly disappears. Nice lacing on the glass.
Mouthfeel: medium body, nice malty body.
Taste: slight malty sweetness on the tip, roast towards the middle of the tongue and coffee bitterness on the back.
Drinkability: I could easily drink two bottles of this on a cold evening but not much more. Very nice blend of roast, coffee and alcohol make this a good winter beer.

Yeastcakes, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a thin, very thin, off-white head.

Smell: Roasty, chocolate-covered barley and lesser notes of fruit and toffee juxtaposed against that classically buttery Ringwood yeast strain.

Taste: Dark maltiness delivers tastes of semisweet chocolate, toffee, and, to a lesser degree, some roast. Light fruitiness. As expected, there's that Ringwood spilling it's buttery diacetyl all over the flavor. Spicy, herbal hops along with their imparted bitterness and the overall lightly roasty quality of the beer attempts to combat the sweetness. Finishes fairly dry with a final touch of ashen roast.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Though far from exceptional, it is reasonably enjoyable and decent, so long as you don't find the bumptious Ringwood objectionable.

ChainGangGuy, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of Duhast500
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a tsting glass from the tap.

The color is a deep dark brown, the head is a slightly brownish white head.

The smell is a little coffee as well as a dark chocolate flavor.

The taste was a little strong. Bitter with coffee flavoring, some hints of dark chocolate, edgy but not strong enough to push you over.

This beer was one of the first Potters I've had. I wasn't disapointed, a great even blend of flavors made this experience memorable.

Duhast500, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of JayNH
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep brown/black with a tiny short lived head.

S- A tinge of alcohol. Burnt coffee and a touch of dark chocolate.

T- Burnt coffee with a hint of grassy hops. Finishes with a mild dark chocolate/ cocoa note.

M- Smooth and medium bodied. Carbonation level is just right.

D- Very drinkable, but... This brew would be a decent Porter but for a Baltic the flavor is fairly bland and the body is light. I would expect something with a full body and flavor profile. This ain't it....

JayNH, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of BeerTruth
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one for $8.59 at what's formerly known as, Smoker's Den in Bennington, VT.

22 oz. gold foil topped bottle poured into a nonic. Served at the suggested 55 degrees.

Pours a midnight black with a two finger tan colored head that dies down to a thin layer of foam. A decent amount of chunky lacing remains on the sides of the glass. Nose consists of smoked malts, roasted barley, and some good 'ol ringwood yeast. Smell also has some coffee notes and cocoa powder as well. Taste starts off with ashy bark, some brown sugar, and roasted coffee grinds. Ringwood emerges midway but isn't overly strong, thank god. Aftertaste is smokey and sweet with toasted grains, some molasses, spicy hops, metallic notes, and a touch of butter from the ringwood. The body is a bit thinner than I like for the style, with a dry feel and a medium to strong carbonation. This is a nice English Ale that is true to style. I've found that the Ringwood yeast strain is hit or miss for certain styles with Middle Ages being a stones throw from my apartment, but this is definitely one that works. The only problem I have with this beer is the price tag, bring it down a couple bucks and I'd be all over this bad boy again and again.

BeerTruth, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of hellbilly
2.95/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

fairly dark brown pour has a reddish hue to it. on top is a soft beige head with some slug trails and spots of lace.

aromas include cocoa butter, metallic malt, brown sugar/butterscotch, molasses, stale coffee, some vanilla and floral alcohol.

that metallic note doesn*t disappear and shows back up in the flavor... as well as a mild ashiness, fake butterscotch, real caramel when it sits out too long and begins to sour, faint bittersweet chocolate, mild sourness and iced tea hoppiness with a dry ashy finish. it*s a bit too sweet without a whole lot of flavor and character to balance it out which doesn*t really make it worth drinking. the body is on the lighter side of medium. i have to really work to get carbonation going in my mouth. it ends up with a frothy texture which ultimately ends up flat leaving an "empty" mouth feel.

this is not doing it for me.

hellbilly, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of BretSikkink
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich, roasted chestnut appearance, with a tan head that's rich and foamy, with nice retention. This is a delicious looking porter, with fine lacing as well.

There is definitely plenty of strength here in the nose, but I'm not sure if the complexity is there. Even with the beer pretty warm, I'm really only getting some roast malt with a slightly sour component. Diacetyl, or butter flavor emerges as well.

Coffee flavored bitterness, there's a little tartness in the flavor as well. A hint of smoke adds a nice dimension that I didn't see coming in the nose. The hopping is solidly present, without tipping the bitterness over the edge..for me. Not much presence of alcohol here, which is good for a beer of this size - it definitely shouldn't be readily evident. Is this really "imperial" anything? The flavor is pretty good, but definitely not pushing the envelope.

There is a high amount of carbonation that leaves the mouthfeel a bit too thin for a Baltic porter and for anything with an "Imperial" handle. Frankly, however, these bubbles don't really do their job as well as they ought, and the finish leaves a pretty sticky, bitter aftertaste with enough diacetyl to bake a cake. Oh well.

Most everything is pretty pleasant here, although I would sure not mind a little easier finish.

BretSikkink, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bomber from the local Hannaford. Pours an opaque dark brown/black body with virtually no head to speak of. Toastiness and butter dominate the aroma. Toasty dark chocolate with a fair bit of butter as well. On the lighter side of medium in body with moderate to low carbonation. Okay beer, but I must admit I'm rather underwhelmed by it's simplistic taste and lackluster features. This beer could be cleaned up and dialed in for sure. Not what I look for from a Baltic porter or imperial porter.

MrHurmateeowish, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of selecter70
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!

selecter70, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of alovesupreme
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good color, with a nice head that dissipated rather quickly.
Smells of coffee, a little cream and vanilla.
Lots of flavors, several layers. Some unidentifiable dark fruit in the middle with a very bitter aftertaste.
A little over carbonated but solid mouthfeel otherwise.
Pretty good beer. Probably wont go out to acquire more but I enjoyed the beer.

alovesupreme, Dec 15, 2008
Shipyard Imperial Porter (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.