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Shipyard Bourbon Barrel Aged Double Scottish Ale - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Bourbon Barrel Aged Double Scottish AleShipyard Bourbon Barrel Aged Double Scottish Ale

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84
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41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.75%
Wants: 5
Gots: 11 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  11.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheCrowsNest on 05-06-2013)
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Reviews by Ego:
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4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

eyes...
audible sizzle in the head ramps down to near nothingness in a hot second, legs are apparent from the juiced up ABV (roids are still legal in the BLB right?), pitch black on a passing glance but if you peer into it you discover an extremely dark caramel that just barely lets light through the border crossings (with the ID of course), this beer is about as cheery as Edward Longshanks relationship with his son's er...'friend'... so damn gloomy and dark, but hey, maybe I like that

nose...
boozy and almost vinous, whiskey tartness, slight oak fluff in the back of this massive alcohol attack, the wine notes are dominant here

taste etc...
I was worried that by the odor this would be past it's prime or something but thankfully it is not, the scotch ale taste is stretched to the maximum here, is it still in there? yes... but man this is closer to barleywine in flavor and even pushes that a bit.
did I mention this is boozy ?
pretty damn hot alcohol wise but not quite to the point of slaying you with it, definite warm feeling in the belly after a few minor drags on this bourbon aged crack pipe, definite peat notes are emerging now that I am a tad more used to the ABV... this really is drinking more like
scotch in that sense at this point, kind of that gritty dirt peat flavor is definitely coming through now.
body wise this is suprisingly lighter than I would have thought, not that it is light beer mind you but it has sort of a light medium body with just enough carbonation, I am usually not a fan of low carbonation but some styles demand it... point/counter point here, the carbonation
is nice and subtle which matches well here allowing you to really become enveloped in all the "bigness" here

verdict?
a big beer with some big notes, definitely an interesting experience, I will seek out another bottle as some age might round this out into outstanding territory, right now it is still super nice.. but damn, find some peeps to share this with or feel free to fall on your face as
this donkey kicks

Ego, Oct 12, 2013
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GRG1313, Oct 31, 2013
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4.79/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

From the corked caged 750 ml bottle no. 09960 cellar aged for two years and sampled on January 15, 2014. Serving at about 50 degrees.

The pour is wonderfully dark mahogany brown to near black with ruby red hues when held to the light. Opaque. Modest long-lasting soft, silky mocha head.

Where does one start on this amazing complex aroma? Should I list the esters alphabetically? Let's try by pungency. Baked, roasted chocolate malts, butterscotch, toffee, black licorice, fig and other dark fruits, red grapes, cherries, peat, earth, all capped off with a sprinkle of clove. The only reason I didn't give this a "5" is because for a Bourbon Barrel aged brew I didn't get a lot of Bourbon. But there is so much else going on I may have missed it.

Full bold body.

For an 11.8% ABV beer the alcohol is evident but not overly so. It is more in the background but that could be the tart and dry cherry, red grape and almost red wine-like finale. Loads of sweet dark malts express themselves first. But all of these many ingredients push themselves forward at the appropriate time to overtake the earlier sensations kind of like a battle of flavors in my mouth. Complex is an understatement.

Shipyard says this has an unlimited shelf life. Too bad I didn't have another to try in about 5 years because I expect it would still be fine.

puboflyons, Jan 15, 2014
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4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle obtained from the brewery for me by friends. Corked and caged. Thanks George and Candy!

Poured into DFH snifter, formed a 1/2" mocha head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head fizzes away promptly down to a spotty froth, with leggy lasting lace. Aroma is sweet, peat, and booze.

Taste starts darkly sweet, chocolate and smoky peat in the middle, and bourbon notes and alcohol dominate the close. Lingering heat and bourbon, for sure. Mouthfeel is slickery smooth, and drinkability is very nice for the abv. I'd have this one again.

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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with medium viscosity; brown with a small tan head. Aromas of bourbon, wood, vanilla, caramel, roast. Slightest hint of smoke flavors accompanied by great vanilla and oak notes; great toffee and toasted sugar. The alcohol is present but not overpowering and works well with the bourbon flavors/aromas.

A surprisingly great offering from Shipyard, seek this one out and enjoy it.

TheCrowsNest, May 06, 2013
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Pitch black is topped with a thick cookie-dough colored head. Looks great! I love how the aroma has a lot of licorice in it as well as vanilla bean and strong bourbon. I am detecting a tart flavor initially, not unlike Merlot wine, with a pleasant, woody earthiness. Some dark fruits as well, such as figs. The finish is soft, and has very noticable hints of graham cracker pie crust. Overall, the only somewhat critical point I have is that it's a little boozy, but it's very interesting as far as the taste goes and it without a doubt every bit worth picking up if you see it.

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3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Eureka Burger in Redlands, CA.

Pours an opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, port, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour fruit and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice barrel aged presence in the aroma and flavor.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 20, 2013
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Shipyard Bourbon Barrel Aged Double Scottish Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.