Shipyard Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout | Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial StoutShipyard Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co.
Maine, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by puboflyons on 04-11-2014

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Ratings: 83 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by puboflyons:
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3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the corked, caged 750 ml. bottle. 2014 batch. Bottle no. 01429. Sampled on April 11, 2014.

The color of the pour is spectacular with its deep dark brown tone and nearly opaque quality leading up to a modest tan head that lingers and laces as it fades to a ring.

I was impressed that for an 11% beer the alcohol note was nearly nil. But unfortunately so were many of the other notes. I picked up some chocolate malts for certain and those were nice. Wooden barrel and yeast too. Nothing exploding in my face.

Medium body.

The booze can be found more-so in the taste along with a nice dose of chocolate malts and bourbon. The finish is on the dryer side. Regardless of the muted flavors you will feel it in your head when you are done.

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Photo of aquazr1
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of acurtis
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sammy
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cjgator3
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Denzo
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kevlee722
3.22/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Drtfinelli
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of JasW
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look is pitch black with no head. Slight highlights on the bottom but not much.

Aroma is like thin bad bourbon. Does not come across well.

Taste is a little better. The roasted malt balances it out a lot. Some bourbon at the end. Lots of vanilla notes.

Not bad. I got a bottle of this at home I can't wait to crack.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass, vintage 2014. Bottle 00678

Deep walnut brown and a hint of faint dark red on the edges. A little see through looking under the collar. Head makes a simple light cocoa chestnut brown, and a very thick bubbled collar while settling. Some scattered lacing to match.

Solid and diverse nose. Hints of wood and oak, lots of liquid smoke and tobacco notes. Some roast sweetness and char. Deep milky dark chocolate to match. Quite nice, very nice.

Real odd palate. First sip brings classic chocolate sweetness, but there's a very wet depth. Much tannic and tobacco finish, with a large woody bitterness. Good amount of smoke even in the flavor surprisingly. Very odd sweetness and matching bitterness sort of an astringent lime hop like reaction on the finish, almost as if it's clashing with each other. The bitterness takes over and dominates, with a lot of bitter charring and grain.

Overall it has some real strange tannic qualities that are distracting, and the beer doesn't feel very well aged either. The roast bitterness on this isn't very well balanced, and after numerous sips it's all I taste, with much of the sweetness and chocolate hints long lost. Needs some work.

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Photo of user785335
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mike
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Boccu
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Surprisingly good bourbon stout from them as I'm not typically a shipyard fan. This is by far their best creation.

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Photo of fx20736
2.78/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

weak bourbon- but fusel alcohol. lactic sourness, thin mouthfeel. Might be the worst BA IS I've had

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Photo of smanson56
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SpongeKA
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrDemento456
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $8.95 for this and found it quite cheap since the place I get it from a place notorious for overpriced bombers. I hope I find it somewhere between the 3.59 and 4.5 current standings.

A - One of the hardest corks I ever had to removed so I suppose this could be aged for many of year. A very not satisfying pop bu a very gorgeous looking stout deep black opaque goodness. Head is mild just a 1/3 inch that keeps around to a nice bit of deep head. Nice cocoa colored head to note.
S - Chocolate and bourbon notes highlight. Roast and cocoa a bit to the backseat. No heavy hops or ethanol notes its quite balanced. Can't wait to sip this.
T - A very surprising slash of bourbon in the front. Following this its kind of smooth light cocoa flavors and some chocolate malt and maybe some wood but really it's kind of simple.
M - It's pretty smooth for 11% just as thick as I wanted maybe more medium bodied but that increases the drink ability.

Overall I was pretty impressed by this how much bourbon notes is incorporated for the price. In a way it could have been a touch sweeter maybe the base beer could use a bit of work but for the price it's a very approachable and affordable BBA imperial stout.

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Photo of JamesLeung
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sia478
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of CHickman
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Lark in East Northport, NY; pours pitch black color with a small dark tan head that faded slowly and left good spotty lacing coating the sides.

Smells of coffee grinds, bourbon, oak barrels, peat moss, molasses, brown sugar, chocolate syrup, maple syrup, mild booze, charred wood, caramel, dark fruits, light piney hops and mild smoky notes. Nice barrel aged nose that's rich and full of chocolate malt and toffee sweetness. Good stuff, this is complex and blends the malt, mild hops and bourbon together well.

Tastes like it smells, with bourbon up front followed by coffee grinds, oak barrels, peat moss, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, chocolate syrup, maple syrup, piney hops, grapefruit, charred wood, bakers chocolate, dark fruits like raisin and dates, woody/smoky flavors and mild toasted grains. Like the nose there are nice barrel aged notes that are complex and full of chocolate and coffee notes. It's heavy but smooth, with smoky grains and a chalky finish.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, yet smooth and on the thin feeling side that just slides down easier than it should; little to no carbonation and a little alcohol burn that does not stop it from flowing down easy. Nice malty and smoky notes, this is rich and complex showing off the barrel aging with a nice array of oaky and earthy notes. Nice brew, I had 2 tonight and they were both very tasty. By far the best offering I've had from Shipyard.

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Photo of liamt07
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bostonryan
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of rockrob
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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