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

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

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BA SCORE
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32 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.8%


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 Neorebel:
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Neorebel

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 01:38:22 | More by Neorebel
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Satchboogie

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev 0%

04-18-2014 01:25:47 | More by Satchboogie
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rbrefbeerman

California

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

02-03-2014 03:47:40 | More by rbrefbeerman
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SunDevilBeer

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

01-27-2014 02:46:18 | More by SunDevilBeer
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pcarney8

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev 0%

01-21-2014 14:36:39 | More by pcarney8
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I was fortunate to find a bottle of this beer in Center Harbor, NH, this past summer. Bottle number 9452.

Very little head, very dark, full bourbon nose, taste was deep bourbon (almost, but not quite, dominating) could be more on the malt side, boozy presence, nice beer but a bit too big for Scottish ale which should be more malt forward

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 16:03:43 | More by wisrarebeer
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.79/5  rDev +27.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 22:58:43 | More by puboflyons
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lowgear

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

01-11-2014 02:21:52 | More by lowgear
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SirHefeweizen

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev 0%

12-13-2013 04:45:56 | More by SirHefeweizen
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domanga

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.7%

12-05-2013 02:00:34 | More by domanga
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bvermilion

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

11-11-2013 04:41:41 | More by bvermilion
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

10-31-2013 15:11:43 | More by GRG1313
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drewone

California

2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

10-18-2013 07:13:43 | More by drewone
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Ego

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +8%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 04:55:19 | More by Ego
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Xandrose

Maryland

4/5  rDev +6.7%

10-12-2013 04:10:15 | More by Xandrose
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev 0%

09-02-2013 17:19:03 | More by JAHMUR
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Basshooker

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

08-29-2013 23:38:52 | More by Basshooker
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largadeer

California

3/5  rDev -20%

08-27-2013 18:39:03 | More by largadeer
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

08-23-2013 02:16:24 | More by ryan1788a5
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Brew_42

Massachusetts

3.24/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours dark brown with next to no head.

Smells very boozy. Bourbon and roasted malts with some coffee.

Tastes bitter and boozy. A very slight sweetness but it is overshadowed by the bourbon flavor.

Mouthfeel- Smooth and warm. The alcohol lingers a bit.

Overall- I usually dont like when beers get too strong but this was decent. I should have saved it for a cold day but it was ok.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 04:41:57 | More by Brew_42
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popery

California

4.16/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown and fairly clear. Right about the color of slightly weak black coffee. Small khaki head, which fades pretty quickly. Only a ring and a swirl of bubbles is left behind. The aroma is sweet, toasty malt and sweet bourbon. Lots of vanilla and gooey caramel. There's some nuttiness and light stone fruit to the beer. Maybe, a mild vinous character. Pecans, apricots, treacle, raisins. The taste is sweet with more of the same. Lots of fruit, oak, toasted, nutty malt, vanilla-heavy bourbon and creamy sweetness. The barrel character actually helps pull down the sweetness by the finish, and the beer never gets cloying. The aftertaste is lightly bitter with lots of oak, bourbon and that fruity, nutty malt flavor without the sugariness. Lots of complexity. The fruit and lightly tannic oak combine particularly nicely. The mouthfeel is full and a touch of slick. I think this beer would be truly great if they managed to turn up the chewiness. The flavors just need a somewhat thicker body to really shine. Still, it's not a huge complaint. This is probably the best Shipyard beer that I've tried. It's got a lot of good flavor, manages the bourbon barrel well and is much more drinkable than expected. Very nice work from Shipyard.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 05:01:50 | More by popery
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impending

California

3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

B+

Bottle 8194. 750ml into a tulip. Pours black walnut, minor mocha colored head recedes to a ring, minimal lacing.

The scent is a treat, stoutish. All low notes. The bourbon is nearly half the aroma yet feels proportionally proper. Leather, charred molasses, bittersweet chocolate and vanilla. nice

A black grape skin covered peat wholly absent from the scent dominates the initial flavor. Low sweet low bitter. Full bodied creamy yet vinous astringent mouthfeel.
The flavor harhes up a bit with warmth to its betterment.
firmly in the world of a wee heavy.

gotta admit the words
bourbon barrel aged
equal the secret
open sesame
to my wallet

cheers
jd

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 01:36:57 | More by impending
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

07-20-2013 21:53:52 | More by acurtis
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev 0%

07-20-2013 21:11:41 | More by djrn2
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claspada

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

07-16-2013 15:52:56 | More by claspada
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Shipyard Bourbon Barrel Aged Double Scottish Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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