Shipyard Bourbon Barrel Aged Prelude - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Bourbon Barrel Aged Prelude
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45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 3
Gots: 12 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Davepoolesque on 02-04-2013)
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3.14/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Color consists of deep reddish brown hues. Pours just about one finger worth of head. Aroma has lots sweet caramel and chocolate malts along with some fruity aromas to boot. Taste is surprisingly heavy on the chocolate and its really unpleasant. Dark fruit flavors become stronger as it warms creating a chocolate covered raspberry flavor (which sounds good, but it isn't). Very little to no barrel presence on this beer at all. Overall, its an okay beer, but the chocolate presence is overdone.

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3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%


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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5/5  rDev +27.9%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.64/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of OldeSchool
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Damian
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pint 9.4 fl.oz. corked and caged bottle purchased at CT Beverage Mart, Newington, CT
Limited edition 2012
Bottle No 02045
Served in a snifter

Thanks to my dad for this gift.

Slightly hazed, crimson-amber color. The liquid was topped by a small, bubbly, ecru colored crown that quickly faded to a flimsy ring.

The aroma was amazingly unique and complex. Good dose of English malts. Strong raisin and plum notes. Lots of brown sugar-like sweetness. Sticky toffee pudding came to mind. Light bourbon and oaky notes. There was also a wine-y/grape-y quality that was totally unexpected but worked remarkably well. All in all, really interesting and dynamic.

The flavor profile was also fantastic. English malts appeared on the front end. Loads of brown sugar and toffee. Strong plum and raisin notes. Bourbon came through a bit more on the palate than in the nose. Light oak. Semi-tart, red wine-like notes appeared on the back end. The finish was intriguing. It reminded me a lot of a heavily oaked red wine and contained a noticeable amount of tannins. Moderately boozy, but in a good way.

The mouthfeel was the only mediocre aspect of this beer. It was thinner bodied with a crisp, large bubbled effervescence. Overall, the liquid was much lighter than I anticipated.

Shipyard Brewing often gets a bad wrap with craft beer enthusiasts, but this oak-aged offering really blew me away. This is one of the more unique and complex beers I have tried in a while. I will definitely make a point to sample their barrel-aged releases from now on.

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Shipyard Bourbon Barrel Aged Prelude from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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