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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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87
very good

43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.33%
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 -10.3%
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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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

"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.

And that "why not" spirit comes to mind as the ale pours a dark honey, medium amber hue. Somewhat dense and rich to the eye, its hazy appearance allows for a soft dimly lit glow. As a patient sheet of ivory-white foam amounts, the froth is tightly woven as the ale speckles the glass with random lace. As with many strong ale, the foam eventually succumbs to its power and prefers port-like appearances.

It aromas are caramel-sweet and backed by fruit flavors of apple, orange, cherry and grape. The bourbon influence piles on with unmistakable drunken oak, coconut, vanilla and maple. Giving the ale a candied scent of hard maple candy and marzipan.

To taste, any notion of ESB is lost on the palate. However more Barleywine flavors coat the palate with shortbread and caramel. Hedging on toffee, its maple, honey and marmalade flavors saturate the sweet tooth, especially when the fruit flavors of orange, peach, apple and grape complement the mix. Its slow-fading sweetness is sliced by all those barrel contributions of wood spice, vanilla and coconut.

The beer's rich body is unwavering as its dense bready texture lingers on. Its lacking dryness extends indefinitely with butter rum, pecan, maple and bourbon. Warm in its finish, the ale is a welcome after dinner sipper.

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 19:29:58 | More by BEERchitect
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-02-2012 05:42:10 | More by GRG1313
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beernads

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +9%

07-03-2013 09:07:00 | More by beernads
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a one finger khaki head that fades quickly to a ring leaving some lace. Cloudy brown color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Bourbon nose. Flavor is bourbon and dark fruit, with a mild alcohol burn. Nice double ESB. Bottle #185, caged and corked 750ml from Madden Beverage Saco, ME.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 22:17:55 | More by jdhilt
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drewone

California

4/5  rDev +2.6%

03-16-2013 23:20:24 | More by drewone
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Kelp

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

12-28-2012 01:40:49 | More by Kelp
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +9%

02-03-2014 18:58:11 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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thegerm87

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

11-25-2012 14:15:58 | More by thegerm87
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ste5venla

California

4/5  rDev +2.6%

06-20-2013 19:06:42 | More by ste5venla
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Zbeetleman

California

2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

07-09-2013 06:53:08 | More by Zbeetleman
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Davepoolesque

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.6%

10-23-2012 16:26:23 | More by Davepoolesque
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Satchboogie

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +9%

10-30-2012 02:08:38 | More by Satchboogie
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Kmlund

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.6%

10-03-2013 18:01:48 | More by Kmlund
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doremite

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -23.1%

11-10-2013 01:27:59 | More by doremite
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JMBSH

Colorado

3/5  rDev -23.1%

03-01-2014 03:03:19 | More by JMBSH
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.6%

10-28-2013 22:43:40 | More by Omnium
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SFC21

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

09-01-2013 02:17:11 | More by SFC21
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jkball01

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

02-04-2014 04:38:23 | More by jkball01
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OBeerMeGreatOne

California

3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter from a corked and caged bottle. 2012 Vintage I believe.

Pours a hazy plum with a small head, dots of lace stick around for a bit.

Smells like dark fruit, booze, caramel, smoke and more booze.

Plum and bourbon start this one off. It smooths out with some molasses and earth. Some smoke, oak and pine show up at the finish. A little hot going down.

I think this would age well, but as is, too hot. I'll grab one for to cellar for a few years. Hope it mellows out.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 05:20:54 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
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BuckTuckian

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

02-11-2014 19:08:49 | More by BuckTuckian
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TKEbeerman

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

04-24-2013 00:42:30 | More by TKEbeerman
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drgonzo2k2

California

4/5  rDev +2.6%

04-20-2013 14:05:58 | More by drgonzo2k2
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HollyHops

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

07-13-2013 19:13:17 | More by HollyHops
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hayesjw

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

03-30-2013 03:13:59 | More by hayesjw
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Shipyard Bourbon Barrel Aged Double ESB from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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