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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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BA SCORE
86
very good

13 Reviews
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Reviews: 13
Hads: 44
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 7.51%
Wants: 11
Gots: 12 | 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:
Beer added by: TheCrowsNest on 05-06-2013

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Reviews: 13 | Hads: 44
Reviews by Neorebel:
Photo of Neorebel
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (578 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A nice-looking beer with a decent aroma. The taste nowhere lived up to what the aroma implied. (94 characters)

Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of ste5venla
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of lowgear
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of puboflyons
4.79/5  rDev +24.1%
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. (1,336 characters)

Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of claspada
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of rbrefbeerman
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of ppoitras
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (554 characters)

Photo of pisano
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of KATCanada
2.59/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Good looking beer with a fine nose. Complete lack of bourbon or much of anything else in the taste. Without question the worst bourbon barrel aged beer I've ever had. Big disappointment. (186 characters)

Photo of Basshooker
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of TheCrowsNest
4.46/5  rDev +15.5%
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. (387 characters)

Photo of Xandrose
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of drewone
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of pcarney8
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of JJChrist
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of BarrelAgedG
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of domanga
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of _morandi_
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of ryan1788a5
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

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Shipyard Bourbon Barrel Aged Double Scottish Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.