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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: 12.67%
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:
Beer added by: Jason on 11-16-2008

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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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.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of Kendo
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of StoneyPeaches
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.

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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.

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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