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Shipyard Bourbon Barrel Aged Prelude - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Bourbon Barrel Aged Prelude
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 3
Gots: 14 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  9.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Davepoolesque on 02-04-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Poured a dark-tea color with a 1 finger head in a snifter.
Almost opaque.

The aroma wafts from the glass: strong oak and fig.

The mouth feel is highly carbonated- perhaps too much for a Bourbon Barrel aged ESA.
I would have preferred a less carbonated MF.

The taste: some fig and plum. This is a boozy beer- one of the booziest I have tasted in while.
The alcoholic finish overwhelms the taste which has fig, plum, and raisin.

Overall, an excellent beer. I like boozy beer- the Bourbon and oak are dominant. However,
I would like a weaker alcoholic finish, which in this case dwarfs the dry fruit and plum taste.

I will try to find another bottle to cellar which hopefully will decrease the dominance of the alcoholic finish over the taste.

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A: Very dark brown with a small head that dissipated rather quickly.

S: Some bourbon, but mainly sweet caramel / toffee and fruit. Very pleasant aroma.

T: Plenty of bourbon flavor, but also very complex; fruity, caramel and toffee notes. No bitterness to speak of, but not overly sweet. Lots of alcohol in the finish.

M: Not bad, but seemed a bit thin for this type.

O: This beer brought some interesting flavors to the table; I'm not a huge fan of this type, but I enjoyed this offering from Shipyard.

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Shipyard Bourbon Barrel Aged Prelude from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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