Shipyard Smashed Blueberry (Pugsley's Signature Series) - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 171
Hads: 543
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.91%
Wants: 66
Gots: 95 | FT: 2
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Shipyard Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Jason on 05-11-2011

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to Founders tulip.

A - Poured very dark brown. A small layer of light brown head formed and quickly receded to a ring around the glass.

S - Big fresh blueberry jam aroma up front along with roasted malts and lighter chocolate aromas.

T - Blueberry up front that gives way to roasted malts and sweet chocolate. Very tart throughout which is necessary to cut through the sweet blueberry jam. A very good balance of the blueberry with the base beer (porter) flavours.

M - Medium body with a slight chew. Low carbonation. (532 characters)

Photo of shand
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter.

Here we go, the most highly rated Shipyard beer. I tend to like fruit beers, so let's see if they can impress me here. It pours out a very dark brown with a tiny head. The aroma has a nice amount of blueberries over roasted malt. The taste is rather interesting. It comes on with roasted malts reminiscant of a scotch ale, then there's a bit of alcohol burn that fades into a long finish of semi-sweet chocolate and blueberries. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and syrupy, and the drinkability is decent. Overall, this is a solid and different take on the fruit beer. It's not exceptional, but it's something different. (661 characters)

Photo of korguy123
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into pint. No date, was purchased at the LCBO for their summer 2012 release.

A- Dark, murky brown pour with a half finger off white head. Lacing is okay.

S- Popped the cap and got a huge whiff of grape jelly and blueberry smoothies. After a bit there is a nice fresh blueberry aroma, followed by dark chocolate, slightly burnt coffee, vanilla, brown sugar and caramel.

T- Dark roasted coffee and blueberry, brown sugar, coffee and bakers chocolate. Definite scotch ale characteristics in there. Very delicious.

M- Medium bodied, good carbonation, slightly sticky on the lips.

O- I didn't know what to expect with this one. I'm at the point now where I'll basically try anything, I'm really glad I got this. Might get another one or two. (748 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smashed Blueberry looks pretty intimidating for a fruit beer; it's so dark that even Darth Vader would be shaking, nevermind the typical fruit beer drinker! It's impossible to know how much colour the blueberries lent since the beer is so black and opaque. Even its head, which is thick and abundant, has a dark tint.

A spritz of blueberry came from just prying open the cap. Once settled in the glass the blueberry aroma grows to giant proportions and is accompanied by a roasty coffee-and-cream flavor. There are also other fruits present: dates, currants and prune. Alcohol isn't noticed outright but the beer's strength is impressed immediately.

Smashed Blueberry drinks like a specialty coffee; it must make an excellent after-dinner tipple. The flavor of blueberry is wonderfully pronounced (sometimes resembling blackberry) and mixes lovely with the coffee-and-cream backdrop. Despite the roastiness, blueberry tea also comes to mind (due to a good dollop of earthy hops).

We think of fruit beers as summer quenchers, but this offering is better suited to damp, chilly evenings. It is warming, bittersweet and heavy. Sweetness is derived more so from caramelized malts than the fruit (although the extract becomes saccharine). Hoppy floral hints resembling heather or juniper factor in before a sooty dark chocolate finish.

Smashed Blueberry may be the only beer with saccharine fruit extract that isn't likely to appeal to a mainstream audience. There's enough roasted malt and alcohol to overwhelm casual drinkers. There might also be enough porter-like qualities to force those who dismiss all fruit beers as pedestrian to reevaluate their stance. An interesting brew. (1,686 characters)

Photo of TonyAlires
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is delicious! Some people don't like fruity beer, but if you tend to be skeptical, you should let down your guard and give this one a go! It has a deep brown/midnight blue color that is complimented nicely by both the smell and taste. The aroma is sweet and pleasant to the palette. As you begin to drink, you will taste a sweet creamy liquid that is not overpowered by the blueberry in the least. It has a little bit of a tart finish, but at 9% ABV, this beer is a must try! Highly recommend. (503 characters)

Photo of KingPuuChuu
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a lipped pint glass from a bottle.

The scent is heavy. A huge mixture of roasted malt & blueberry, though I feel that the berry is overpowered.

The flavor is also very heavy. It's not very hoppy, but there is a bitterness here that cuts through the sweetness. I think that probably belongs to the heavily roasted malt, which also creates the color of the beer, more stoutish than anything else. There is also a coffee note in here, though it's more of that dark chocolate style. This would be awesome with dessert.

Mouthfeel is more bubbly than I'd expect, but it's nothing horrible. Also, the alcohol is almost undetectable. Almost. There is a slightly burn every few sips, which is almost unenjoyable.

Overall, this beer is a pretty great entry into the realm of fruit beers, but I wish there was more fruitiness, less roast. (847 characters)

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber from the Conestoga LCBO, enjoyed on a muggy afternoon with chocolate and fruit dessert. Label says this is in the porter style with some scotch ale characteristics as well.

Poured into my Duvel tulip. Dark chocolate in colour with chestnut around the edges. Decent head of foam, recedes into a thick ring. Some lacing. Nice looking porter, actually.

As soon as the bottle was opened, from about a foot away I got a potent whiff of blueberry pie - quite inviting. As my nose became accustomed to the blueberry blast, I was able to pick out semi-sweet chocolate and a bit of woodsiness.

I've long said that fruit beers always sound much better than they turn out to be, but I think I've finally found the exception. This brew really was quite enjoyable. The porter/scotch ale base was very nice, boasting some dark chocolate, oak/wood and cream flavors, while the blueberry flavor - while certainly potent - did not dominate the beer, save for in the aftertaste. The high ABV is well hidden - I would have put this at 6 or 7 tops if I hadn't already read the label. Creamy feel, thick bodied (!) and with light carbonation.

This is a great fruit beer because of two things. First, the two parts (fruit flavor and beer base) are done well and could survive on their own. Secondly, the fruit flavor accentuates the brew rather than overpower it, clash with it or be so faint as to fade into nothingness. Certainly worth a try. (1,436 characters)

Photo of BostonHops
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a SA 'perfect pint' glass.

pours a dark brown/mahogany tone with orange highlights; yields just shy of a 1" head. good retention and lacing, slowly fades to a thin cap, collar around the glass. the label reads that the beer is a cross between a porter and a scotch ale, but the nose is dominated by blueberries. not unpleasant at all, just more one-dimensional than i was expecting. maybe a little roasted malt in the background.

taste opens up to the flavors i was anticipating. very unique flavor profile: interesting and flavorful balance between the roastiness and chocolate of the stout, the scotch character, and the blueberry. some bitter hoppiness and a boozy presence evident in the finish... medium-full bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, i'm halfway through the bomber and still can't determine whether i'm enjoying the thing. well made and definitely outside the box, but i'm having trouble deciding whether if the flavor profile necessarily works for me. in the final analysis i would say that it does, with the caveat that it's limited to small doses.

(originally reviewed: 06-28-2011) (1,142 characters)

Photo of alk3kenny
2.5/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a nice dark color with a tan head... Head goes away pretty quickly and does not lace the glass. Smell is semi-sweet very much of artificial blueberry not very inviting... The dark part of the beer tastes ok but the blueberry flavor isn't that great and damn is this beer hot the alcohol lets you know its there without fail. Not a big fan of this at all next beer please. (377 characters)

Photo of peensteen
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours near black with a ring of tan head, light lace points as well. Smell is full on blueberry and roast at first, as it warms it becomes a little more bready and starts to smell like a blueberry scone or pie, chocolate and toffee notes and some faint alcohol, quite nice when this got warmer. Taste upfront is a mix of milk chocolate and berry, toffee and lightly bitter, some roast flavours, the berry becomes a bit much though and almost becomes grape soda like 3/4 the way through the bottle, more chocolate in the finish with a blueberry aftertaste. Light carbonation, medium body and lightly dense and chewey. Not a bad brew but not something I will likely purchase again though. (686 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another from the summer seasonal release at the LCBO...

A - Pours a dark ruby red colour, thumb of head with solid retention ans no real lacing.

S - Rich cocoa, espresso, hints of peat and a lingering medicinal blueberry scent.

T - The scent begins with blueberry notes, followed by some tobacco smoke, leather, hints of peat and the cocoa and espresso lingers alongside the medicinal blueberries. Reminiscent of Berry flavoured Skoal chewing tobacco, this brings me back to my high school days. ABV is very well hidden, making it dangerous.

M - Medium, smooth and a touch of dryness.

O - I really enjoyed this one, though I can imagine some may find the flavours a bit contrasted and/or conflicted. I enjoyed the way the scotch ale flavours mingled with the berries and how the cocoa malts lingered. Even if its not your cup of tea, I'd still suggest giving it a whirl. (875 characters)

Photo of BeerKangaroo
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In a pint glass:

A: pure dark black body left a small white head that lasted for about thirty seconds and then died. The body was too dark for any carbonation to be seen. No lacing was seen at all.

S: centered around the chocolate and blueberries, combined very nicely. A bit of coffee and vanilla came out as the beer warmed. Some roasted malts also became slightly present.

T: centered around the coffee and roasted malts with the blueberries taking a background.

M: medium to heavy, very creamy with slight carbonation felt on the roof of my mouth, not sessionable

O: this was a superb beer. The alcohol was hidden extremely well. The flavors that were selected to be in this beer were combined perfectly. I actually didn't think this was going to be this good. I'm looking forward to this late September/early October when I think it'll be a perfect time to have this again. Best beer by Shipyard? - hands down! (920 characters)

Photo of RickS95
4.63/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

By far the best looking fruit beer I've seen. I'm a fan of porters and stouts, and this is pitch black, with a moderate light tan head full of bubbles of all sized. Somewhat lacking in retention, when all is said and done there is a creamy film around the edges.

Smell is mostly of chocolate and dark roasted malts, some coffee to the side and the faintest hint of blueberry in the background. As it warms, vanilla seems to be involved as well.

Like in the smell, the blueberry is present, but not the major player, taking a secondary role instead. This is mostly a stout with it's chocolate/coffee/roasted flavors and the fruit playing a supporting role.

Very creamy, almost thick, fullish bodied. Sweet and coffee bitter at the same time.

Overall, this is as good a beer as I've had in a long time. It is a fruit beer, but I'd categorize it as a fruit stout. Despite the alcohol, it's well hidden and extremely easy to drink. Exceptional beer. (950 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep brown color with crimson hues around the edges. Thin burnt sugar colored head. Smells, well, like blueberries. Subtle hints of sloe gin, currants, and anisette. Touch of coffee and sweet chocolate as well.

Flavor is extremely strange. Starts on the tip of the tongue almost like grape soda. Big belgian like body rolls across the tongue flashing sweeter flavors such as blueberries and currants. The flavor cuts out immediately on the back end of the tongue though to bitter black coffee and chocolate creating huge contrasting flavors.

While the nose smelt amazing. I didn't get enough of the blueberry in the beer. Along with this, the start and finish were two totally different monsters, and i mean tongue slapping monsters. From berry fruitiness to coffee bitterness and a faint hint of alcohol. The beer is unique and far more than quaff-able but it's just trying to stretch what flavors go together a bit too much. (928 characters)

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.62/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours pitch black with a small tan airy head. Faint lacings.

S: Rich blueberry. Roasted dark malts, semi-sweet. Bitter hops.

T: Blueberries, rich oh how rich. Chocolate and coffee. Faint vanilla. Sweetness. Liqourice. Loaded with blueberries.

M: Aftertaste is long and bitter, also rich in blueberries. Body is full while carbonation is low.

O: This is a crazy, fantastic beer. (387 characters)

Photo of MatthewWilde
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sample: 1 bottle 2011

A: Very deep red, moderate internal carbonation, not hazy, pours a short medium-brown head

S: Quite a complex nose, strong blueberry aroma, of course, mixed with traces of cocoa, vanilla, cinnamon, finishes with a bit of alcohol

T: Akin to the nose, complex, light blueberry, espresso, cocoa and vanilla, some citrus to finish, hardly any alcohol taste

M: Smooth and drinkable, light citrus/espresso (interesting) aftertaste, only slightly drying on the palate

O: Complex, unique, smooth, and delicious, but that being said, not perfect in execution (576 characters)

Photo of jsanford
3.23/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours black with brown highlights and a thin khaki head that settles to a slight haze.
S - Big blueberry aromas - similar to a blueberry muffin, actually. A touch of sweet, lightly roasted malt provides a sturdy backbone, but make no mistake, the blueberry is the star here. Fairly authentic as far as blueberry goes, but still not my favorite thing to put in beer.
T - Dark roasted malt, very bitter dark chocolate, and a lot of blueberry. Basically imagine a dark chocolate bar studded with dried blueberries and you have this beer.
M - Smooth and creamy, with a medium-full body and decent carbonation.
O - Not bad considering all this has going against it (it's got blueberries in it AND it's made by Shipyard). Still not my favorite application of blueberry to beer, but I was at least able to drink it. (813 characters)

Photo of Chaney
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presently, this is ranked #16 in the Fruit/Vegetable category here on BA. Not bad....

Served in a Cigar City snifter.

A: This sucker poured out VERY dark. I guess that's blue.... hmmm... more like black. The color of the liquid that poured out of the bottle was more of a dark maroon with blue highlights. Not really much of a head at all.

S: As I was typing the appearance portion of this review, I smelled blueberries the entire time, even though the glass was about 2-3 feet away! When I stuck my nose down into the glass a bit more, I got a bit of booze, but nothing offensive at all.

T: After reading the marketing speak on this one, I guess this was supposed to be a hybrid between a porter and scottish ale. Yeah, I guess I can see that. Of course, there were blueberries... and their presence sort of reminded me of steeped "Boo Berry" breakfast cereal. This is a dark beer, so this was also very malt heavy. After a while, I didn't really notice the booze and really started to enjoy this.

M: This wasn't overly sweet or syrupy in any way and had the mouthfeel of a solid porter, minus the smoky finish. No lacing was left on the glass whatsoever.

O: This is only the second beer in the "Pugsley" series that I've tried. I didn't like the pumpkin, but this one was quite nice. (1,291 characters)

Photo of rdilauro
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured like a dark chocolate porter. Big creamy white head that didnt stop..
But THEN....
Even a few feet away from the glass, I could pick up the blueberry aromas. It was like being in a bakery where blueberry muffins, blueberry pancakes where just coming hot of the griddle.

I was ready to dive into a breakfast.

The taste was not as great as the aromas. It was very full and soft, like a round Porter.. No distinct hops or yeast or even barley.
It was just big and full.

The end was about as full. Normally, I always like a brew that starts and ends the same. Cant say it for this one. Only because I wasnt over excited about the start

As the beer goes down the glass, that amazing blueberry aroma starts to dwindle. I just wanted to refill the glass to get that aroma back.

Right now, I am just trying to figure, what would I pair this beer up in terms of food???? I think I will go back a bit and say, Blueberry pancakes, lots of melted butter and warm maple syrup.... (978 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Green Flash Brewing cask-style glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/4 inch head that retains all right before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and an elliptic circle of surface foam. Average lacing.

S- Fresh, sweet blueberry with a dash of roasty malt peeking out ever-so-slightly.

T- The stout side of the beer comes through more in the flavor but the blueberry is still there and going strong. A faint coffee taste plus some caramel and butter. Alcohol is hidden wonderfully.

M- Quite thick but not extremely viscous. A little syrupy. Medium-low carbonation.

O- Just as good in Florida as it was when I had it in Maine last summer. Most blueberry beers either have too much or too little blueberry taste and tend to tip the scales on balance and drinkability but this one stays steady and manageable. (879 characters)

Photo of MissMoxie911
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: dark brown almost black; off-white head that lingers; decent lacing

S: smells exactly like blueberries from muffin mix mixed with coffee and dark chocolate maltiness

T: dark chocolate prevails with slight roasted coffee and a nice blueberry finish. No hops detected and I like it that way.

O: Pleasant. Bought it twice now at $8.99 a bottle. Would buy again. Worth a try! (378 characters)

Photo of Vec2267
3.31/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - black with a small tan head that retains well - impressive for the ABV

S - sweet, fructose pancake syrup (the fake stuff - not good maple syrup), some alcohol

T - fruit, booze, some chocolate and coffee at first but the big fruity aftertaste dominates as the bottle goes down

M - medium body

O - a dysfunctional marriage

This is an easy drinking dessert beer, sugary blueberry pie and coffee in a bottle. Nothing bad or offensive, but nothing that makes me want another bottle. (486 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dull foamy tan head. Looks a bit like a barley wine with some ruby tones but it could be purple. Very dark in color. A tiny bit of sudsy lace.

Aroma at first was nice and definitely blueberry. Once in the glass it’s so much thicker and not nearly as pleasing. Almost a vinaigrette hint to it. (Turns out that flavor is not sour or vinegar like at all)

Man, I want to like this. I love blueberry and there have been several blueberry beers I’ve loved. But this just doesn’t work for me. Lots of burnt/charred malt flavors which take center stage and eventually give way to a subtle but present blueberry flavor. The two don’t really match in my estimation. The aftertaste is nice, but with the next sip comes that ash blast. A little sweetness up front might do some magic here.

Dry on the tongue, medium bodied.

I wish I liked it more. (847 characters)

Photo of zaphodchak
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a lot of head or lace here, body is a darkish brown, but not opaque.

Smells like a blueberry muffin with some alcohol ester.

Taste is actually really balanced-- sort of bitter dark chocolate and blueberry skins-- the bitterness is coming from hops, somewhat. Some bran on the finish. I don't really get any coffee though.

Mouthfeel is pretty standard.

Pretty neat-- quite balanced for what it is, and that's worth note. (427 characters)

Photo of VtBeerRun
3.17/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

There is nothing wrong with this beer, just not what I was hopping for. If I get a blueberry beer I want it to be a good taste of blueberry. This just didn't do it for me. I'd rather take a quality pale ale and put fresh blue berries in it. Shipyard has some good beers, and this didn't taste bad, just didn't reach my expectations.

Cheers,
Dave (346 characters)

Shipyard Smashed Blueberry (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.