Shipyard Brewing Company

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Winter Warmer
Ranked #71
Ranked #28,337
3.77 | pDev: 13.53%
Shipyard Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Very Good
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Photo of ken3c
3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Portland jetport.

Dark brown/red. Clear. A little lacing. Foam ring and light foam island.

Served a little cold so aroma suffers but Carmel and bread notes appear after warming.

There seems to be a slight smokey flavor in addition to malt and carmel.

Tingling carbonation feel. Medium body.

Pretty decent for an airport beer.

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Photo of drtth
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The dark redish amber beer pours out into a shaker pint glass with a 1/4" off white head that recedes slowly leaving a ring of foam around the glass and some islands of lacing on the surface. Sipping leaves scattered small patches of lacing.

The aromas include some caramel from the malt, some roasted nuts with some touches of and there are some spices such as clove in the background but definitely noticable.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the caramel, the roasted nuts and spices all showing. The well controlled sweetness from the malt is nicely blended with some earthy bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly smooth with the persistent gentle carbonation. The medium length finish begins as the caramel, nut and spices fade to a slightly bitter semi-dry ending.

On the whole this is a fairly good winter warmer that I'd be willing to have again since it is smooth and easy to drink and the ABV is really large. It is a bit temperature sensitive in that the flavors open up and get a bit more complex as the beer warms. Not the best winter warmer I've tried but is still one worth trying.

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Photo of mikeg67
2.56/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

12 oz bottle. Pours dark red with tall, long lasting, fluffy, off-white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of grassy hops, red fruit, and caramel malt. Body is medium and crisp. Taste is of herbal hops, spices, caramel malt and ripe fruit. Finish is long, Robitussin like. Yak.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle,into a pint glass.

Very thin white head,that dissolves quickly.Light brown / dark copper in color,with medium clarity.Distorted light showing through the glass.Very light carbonation.

On the nose I get dark roasted malt,caramel,and toffee notes.Also some sweet bread and honey.

The palate follows the nose with roasted malts and caramel on the front end.On the finish I also get caramel,with some sweet bread,and smalls hints of dark fruit.

The body is medium with a slight stickiness to the mouth feel.Slight alcohol warming ,with a smooth finish.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light brown color with a white head. Aroma is malty, with fresh bread and honey like sweetness. The taste follows the nose, with honeyed bread, buttery toffee, and assertive caramel notes. Light bodied, well carbonated brew. Overall, this sweet ale that would be enjoyed most by those that like a more malt forward brew.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown pour with thin tan top that fades to a ring. Aroma of cooked sugar, dark bread, and a slightly spicy booze. Flavor is very similar and that's a good thing. Semisweet, malty with a fairly clean, semi-dry finish. Never bitter, and as most other reviewers have mentioned, most importantly none of the flavor is overdone. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours light brown in color with an off white head in the 2/5" range. The aroma smacks of winter warmer, you have the mild holiday spice rack, brown malt etc.

Taste gives impressions of all your usual winter warmer holiday beers from the big regional breweries. Maltiness is there but not overly thick or roasted. Not bitter. Nuances in the mouthfeel of those Thanksgiving and Christmas spice racks. Nothing overdone like a truckload of coriander or cinnamon. Chill. One of the better Shipyard beers.

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Photo of jadpsu
4.37/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Crystal clear dark with red hues and has a thick sticky abundant head.
Smell: Sweet, smells of butterscotch. Chocolate licorice an burnt malts.

Taste: Chewy bread malts, full bodied, caramel and butterscotch.
After the butterscotch comes more butterscotch.

Sweet up front but then has a slightly dry finish.

Solid beer.

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Photo of Garypuffer
4.46/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite brew from Shipyard, and it's probably my favorite "winter warmer" brew. The taste is not too spicy or sweet like lots of other holiday offerings, but definetely is a winter type drink. The feel in the mouth is silky smooth, even oily, but in a good way.

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Photo of CTbrew32
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

appearance- Brown in color with a two finger tan head.

aroma- Nutty, caramel, and chocolate.

taste- Lots of caramel, a little chocolate, and nutty towards the finish. Aftertaste is kind of off, but its hard to describe exactly.

feel- Medium carbonation, medium bodied, and smooth in the finish.

overall- Solid winter beer with good flavors, but an odd aftertaste at times. Really solid overall and worth getting for the winter season.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

shipyard for whatever reason gets a bad rap, or at least subpar ratings here on BA. I don't know a ton about them, but their beers are never as bad as folks make them out to be. I was excited about their winter box this year, four darker stronger types. this is good, a really hoppy big amber styled beer, majorly alive in the glass with good clarity and a deep burnt orange color. smells like European hops, but dosed like an American ipa. vegetal and bitter, but also just oily enough it seems. slight tinny notes in with the biscuit malts, and a brown sugar complexion as well. the taste mirrors the nose, I am surprised by the hops, did not expect this. highly enjoyable hop bitterness running all the way through it, upheld and kept in check at the same time by the grain, which is less sweet than it smells. hints of orange peel and pepper in there, but im not sure this beer is spiced. english yeast from what i gather. boldly flavored and strong but not too strong to be sessionable. this is a great take on a winter seasonal, unique too. I still liked the imperial stout better, but this is a nice addition to the winter mix pack!

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Photo of illpass78
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pint on draft at SoPo in South Portland, Maine.

Appearance: Pours a deep, clear amber brown with a one-finger cream head. Nice presentation.

Aroma: A lot of malt, a little spice, some leafy hops.

Taste: Malt presence is strong, and it's accented by spice and a somewhat herbal character. Almost a slight brown sugar or maple syrup note. Some dark cherries. Very pleasant flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: One of shipyard's better offerings. Definitely a very good winter night brew.

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Photo of PhillyRiver
4.69/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely delicious. Poured from single bottle that was walked home from the Foodery, into a clean tulip glass. Beautiful color- ranging copper to ruby, with an inch of caramel-colored head that laces nicely. Smell is honey-butterscotch, not complex but very pleasing. Taste is more complex, has a bite; feel is smooth, just short of syrupy but not thick. Alcohol a touch higher than I usually drink but still low for most people, would be sessionable, as there is no bad aftertaste at all. Normally I drink porters throughout a Cubs league championship game (haha, not normal) but I wish I had another of these for gametime.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 6/28/2015. Pours fairly crystal clear reddish brown color with a 2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, raisin, plum, fig, light chocolate/nuttiness, herbal, floral, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malts, earthy hops, and fruity yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, raisin, plum, fig, light chocolate/nuttiness, herbal, floral, pepper, and yeast earthiness. Moderate amount of herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, raisin, plum, fig, light chocolate/nuttiness, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and fruity yeast flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice English strong ale style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of shabbtastic
4.36/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a 12pk at my local Hannaford for an unbeatable price of $12.99.

Pours a medium amber with a little cloudiness and formed a two finger head. Feels nice with a little alcohol bite. Finishes smooth, a lot smoother than the front end would suggest. You first taste dark malt with a sweet finish of brown sugar. For a minute I thought it was a Brown Ale. Overall I'm very pleased with shipyards take on this. Very good beer for a style that's sometimes overlooked. Great beer. Well done shipyard!

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Photo of PorterLambic
2.92/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Red with gold throughout and a smallish tan head sitting atop. Head retention is poor but leaves good lace.
Smell is weak, nearly non-existent.
Taste is a good step up in that it has flavors. Roast malt, biscuit, wheat.
Medium bodied, lightly effervesced. No warming though.

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Photo of buzzarooski
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Beautiful Looking Full Bodied, Malty Masterpiece pours a Gorgeous Amber Brown and falls into the Hearty Ale Category..... It would Pair PERFECTLY with a Twice Baked Potato and a Thick Juicy Steak.....Yet Another Success Story from SHIPYARD Brewing Co.

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Photo of CHickman
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had it on tap at Crossroads in East Northport, NY; pours clear red with a small tannish head that faded quickly and left minimal lacing.

Smells and tastes of malt, brown sugar, allspice, coriander, roasted grains, caramel and light yeast; overall spicy and malty with a hint of floral hops.

Mouthfeel is average with a medium body, average carbonation and an almost dry finish that is spicy and malty sweet like a blast of caramel.

Overall it was a nice winter beer that did not have the excessive spices that ruin some winter ales; good, but not one I'd seek out or have more than one in a session as this style is one I seem to only have because it’s winter and it’s there.

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Photo of Amgarnier
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark brown with a one finger foamy head that sticks to the glass, but quickly dissipates. dissipates.

S: Significant butterscotch aroma

T: Strong nutty malt flavor balanced with a hop background. Hints of chocolate.

M: Full body turning into a warm but not hot feeling. Medium-High carbonation.

O: Great winter warmer.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown with a thin beige head. No lacing on the glass.

Smell: Alcohol, Malts, nutty.

Mouthfeel/Taste: A little rough, medium bodied. Taste nutty with malts and strong alcohol.

Overall: This is an ok brew. Good for warming up on a cold snowy day.

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Photo of Omnium
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Cloudy dark amber with two fingers of tan head, thick bubbly lacing.
S - Cinnamon, nice roasted malt, toasted caramel, a little nutty.
T - Very sweet malt, lots of spice, and some herbal bitterness.
M - Medium feel, bubly carbonation.
O - Decent beer, the aroma is very nice, but flavor does not follow up.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. dated November 2013. Sampled on October 22, 2013.

The color is a vaguely hazy medium brown-amber with a full off-white head that settles back after a moment or two.

The aroma is subtle but inviting with its caramel malts, nutmeg, and peppery spices, and clean crisp hops. It smells like it would warm me up.

The body is medium.

The taste has a slightly more bitter after effect than the aroma might suggest but the caramel and holiday spices punch it up a bit. I am a fan of Shipyard brews and I look forward to this one each year. I can't believe I had not reviewed it until 2013!

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Photo of Why-P-A
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: An interesting medium brown color, pouring in a pint glass yields a light head that dissipates quickly.

S: Lovely sweet malts on the nose with minimal hop aroma, mildly alcoholic, and no real sense of added spices that often define this style.

T: Lots of malt body combined with subtle flavor of oats, prunes, and molasses. Noticeable hop bitterness which was not evident on the nose helps to balance the finish at the end.

M: Quite smooth, not overpowering and the beer leaves a fairly neutral and pleasant mouth feel.

O: This has some of the traditional flavors of an old or strong ale but the ABV and esters are more muted. Very drinkable, especially in colder weather, or as a nightcap.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.34/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from twist-off bottle into becker pint glass. Pours deep garnet red with a thin cap of loose foam that fades quickly to a loose rim of bubbles, leaving some lacing on the glass. Smells like...vinegar? Upon a second examination as it warms I can tell that that smell is more butterscotch. Taste is strong sweet malts, surprisingly a bit boozy for the relatively low % (at least compared to other "stronger" beers), and a bit of hop bitterness at the end coupled with leftover spiciness. Not sure if I enjoy this style, but it'd definitely be more enjoyable on a cold winter night (instead of the middle of June).

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Photo of viverlee
2.85/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

There’s no way it’s just 6.7% ABV. I won’t believe it.

Here’s a simple rule, for Winter Warmers, Doubles, Imperials and other Strong Ales: Beer shouldn’t sear your nostrils or your mouth. What’s really at fault here are my expectations and the thought that here’s supposed to be a warming booziness. Instead for some reason it’s cold. Real cold that shoots straight from the glass up the nose and doesn’t improve with the first or second sip.

Toffee, pomegranate juice and rubbing alcohol mix awkwardly in a fine mahogany glaze.

It’s Chimay Première without the distribution or the flavor.

Beeradvocate Rating: 85

ratebeer Rating: 73

Hayward Abbey Rating: 72

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