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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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258 Ratings

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Ratings: 258
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 11-16-2008)
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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%

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

joemcgrath27, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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.

TheSevenDuffs, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of Chris_Cali_2o9
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Chris_Cali_2o9, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of andrenaline
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

andrenaline, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of KajII
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%

[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...


KajII, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of bgibbard
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

bgibbard, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -19.1%

cfalovo97, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of 6demonbag
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

6demonbag, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of zeff80
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

zeff80, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of SebD
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

SebD, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of beergoot
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%

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...

beergoot, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of bigox420
3/5  rDev -19.1%

bigox420, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of korguy123
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

korguy123, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of MattPS
3/5  rDev -19.1%

MattPS, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of liamt07
3.6/5  rDev -3%

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.

liamt07, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of WeissBoy
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

WeissBoy, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of beerhunter13
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

beerhunter13, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of jrenihan
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

jrenihan, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of agreenman19
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

agreenman19, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of twelveinches
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

twelveinches, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of MisterE
4/5  rDev +7.8%

MisterE, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of peensteen
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%

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.

peensteen, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of divineaudio
2.88/5  rDev -22.4%

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.

divineaudio, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of RickS95
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Looks killer sitting in my snifter. Pours an almost completely black, thick liquid. Dark black with only slight brown hues mixed in. The head is slow forming and thick. Full of both small- and large-sized bubbles, light brown in color. Good retention and nice, thick lacing.

It's a malt bomb. Full of roasted barley, chocolate malts and even a little coffee. Smells like coffee mixed with charcoal.

You can pick up the black patent and chocolate malts. Bittersweet chocolate and coffee tastes. Just enough hops in the finish to balance the malt flavors and give a tick of bitter and acid.

Creamy up front. Very smooth. Full bodied. A nice crisp, hoppy bitter finish.

Almost perfect. Exactly what I'm looking for in a beer. Wish is had more alcohol, being an imperial porter, but that's picking nits. Excellent beer.

RickS95, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of beerpadawan
4/5  rDev +7.8%

beerpadawan, Aug 26, 2012
Shipyard Imperial Porter (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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