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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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.13%
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

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Beer added by: TheCrowsNest on 05-06-2013

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Reviews by puboflyons:
Photo of puboflyons
4.79/5  rDev +30.2%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of ppoitras
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of KATCanada
2.59/5  rDev -29.6%
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.

Photo of TheCrowsNest
4.46/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

Photo of Neorebel
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.35/5  rDev -9%
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

Photo of Tele
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: 4.5 Dark brown almost black with a small tan head.

S: 4.5 Smells a lot if bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, and caramel sweetness.

T: 3.5 Taste doesn't quite match the aroma. Similar characteristics, but way toned down. Mostly just malt sweetness up front with some dark fruit and a bit of vanilla. The fruitless is kind if nice, but definitely dominates.

M: 3.5 Kind of thin and a bit too dry.

O: 3.75 If only the body and flavor matched the aroma and appearance. I had high hopes for this beer, but it turned out to be just okay. Not worth seeking out.

Photo of impending
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


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


Photo of Brew_42
3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

Bottle number 06610 shared with my dad at Tanglewood, love a stuff beer at classical concerts.

The look is a nice rich dark brown with a small ring that dies to nothing, some slight bubbles in the glass too.

The smell is tons of oak, though it is a nice pulpy woodsy pleasant oak thankfully with some vanilla and a good molasses malt too, not much smoke that one would expect from the style but it's nice. The flavor also is heavy on the wood, but adds some smoke and peat in the finish along with some toffee and maybe a slightly fudgy note. A nice bold rich flavor, but unfortunately the feel is much thinner than I would have hoped for...the flavor bouquet would demand a more viscous and less carbonated palate. Booze starts to dominate as it warms and in each sip I take, it's not too bad though.

Overall, a nice beer that was better than I had expected.

Photo of Ego
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

Photo of popery
4.16/5  rDev +13%
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.

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