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Shipyard Bourbon Barrel Aged Double ESB - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Bourbon Barrel Aged Double ESB
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very good

44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 13.74%
Wants: 3
Gots: 15 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  11.94% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jdhilt on 10-07-2012)
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at mrbubbler's "end of the world" tasting.

2012 vintage. Bottle # 626.

Pours a hazy orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, wood, and bourbon. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick and a woody flavor on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it's very boozy and needs time to settle down.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 04:24:25 | More by UCLABrewN84
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"Hey, we could make a proper British Extra Special Bitter. Or.. we could imperialize it... and put it in a bourbon barrel. Make it twelve-percent alcohol. Yea, let's do that instead" I can see how that conversation goes all across the landscape of Recipe & Development rooms inside brew houses.

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Where any beer of such immense alcohol content and malt balances would easily classify as a Barleywine, its only glimmers of ESB are its biscuity sweetness and body and its estery fruit contributions. I would like to see the ale back off to about eight percent and better demonstrate those classic ESB flavors.

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Shipyard Bourbon Barrel Aged Double ESB from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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