Shipyard Bourbon Barrel Aged Prelude - Shipyard Brewing Co.
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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.
Serving type: bottle
12-28-2013 23:33:43 | More by Damian
4.09/5 rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Prelude is one of the few Shipyard beers I like. When I saw this bourbon barrel aged version at Gary's in Portsmouth, I had to try it.
This was the 2012 version, bottle 02843. In a snifter it was a dark brown color with no head.
It had a bourbon aroma mostly. Also some caramel and dark fruit.
Mostly bourbon taste. Caramel/toffee. Raisins.
The boozy taste predominates, but not in a bad way. This was an enjoyable sipping beer.
Serving type: bottle
05-08-2013 19:33:30 | More by lordofthewiens
Shipyard Bourbon Barrel Aged Prelude from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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