Shipyard Longfellow Winter Ale | Shipyard Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
86
very good
194 Ratings
Shipyard Longfellow Winter AleShipyard Longfellow Winter Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co.
Maine, United States
shipyard.com

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-03-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
194
Reviews:
96
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
12.24%
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
27
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 194 |  Reviews: 96
Photo of gfreed
2.33/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

It's nice to know that here in New England, one can still find mediocre regional beer in large bottles for prices low enough so that when half of the bottle has been consumed, the remaining half can be dumped into the sink without guilty, why-am-I-wasting-my-money? feelings. Take Longfellow, for example. Its thin, fizzy body and citrusy tang veer more toward mild IPA territory than porter: its lack of density and depth qualify it as a summer beer, not winter, in my book. I searched hard for some kind of aroma, even after letting it get quite warm, but couldn't find anything beyond wet ropes (is that the shipyard in Shipyard?) and Coke. And the burned-lemon, burlappy aftertaste is... well, I don't know what it is (aside from icky), but it doesn't help things. Call it an ill-conceived black APA/IPA or an overcooked weak amber, but don't call it a porter. To the kitchen sink!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
2.42/5  rDev -37%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Aromas of faint oranges, dark malts and butterscotch waft from my glass as I pour this deep amber almost black brew. It is topped by a light brown head and shows ruby highlights when held up to the light. As I go in for a deeper sampling of the aromatics it is obvious that the butterscotch, movie popcorn, diacetyl notes dominate the nose of this beer. The taste is lightly sweet up front with a cooked corn DMS note in the finish. The taste is also dominated by diacetyl, through which a bit of roasted malt and complex maltiness has poked through, but just barely. Unfortunately for my sensitive palate the diacetyl notes dominate what otherwise could be at least a half way decent beer.

Despite my review, thanks to Pisskynights for this brew that comes from a generous sampling of brews which I know will be far better than this.

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Photo of Brutus627
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.56/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Very dark mahogony color with a nice, tan head that dissipates at a leisurely pace, leaving a nice ring at the top and generous lacing down the side of the glass.

Smell is mostly just a sweet, sickly smell. Smells alot like a brown ale. Something smells wrong with the beer. Best by date is March of 06 so it should still be fresh. Weird smell.

Weird taste as well. Very sweet. Hints of chocolate. Tones of coffee. Not very impressive. Again, that weird, sweet taste is their and I am not sure what it is. A bit bitter and astringent as well.

Tangy and pungent mouthfeel. I will pass this by in the future.

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Photo of Masters
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of beernads
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.98/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

"In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity."

--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Roasted walnut brown that is actually dark garnet when backlit with sunshine. Following a louder than usual escape of CO2 on crown cracking, the head exploded to the top of the glass on the pour. The soft, airy foam is golden beige in color and isn't sticky enough to leave more than a few bony fingers of lace.

Shipyard describes Longfellow Winter Ale as a porter-Scottish ale hybrid with a distinctive roasted malt character. It's hard to appreciate all that in the nose. Maybe it will strike me that way on the palate. The beer has a routine dark maltiness that is much more tangy-sour than usual.

It's pretty much a wash between this beer's good characteristics and its bad ones. On the negative side, it's too thin, too fizzy, too tart, too bitter, too simple and too metallic (with the first several sips at least). On second thought, maybe the bad outweighs the good.

If one is able to get past all that, Henry Wadsworth does have a decent roasted maltiness, along with a phenolic bite that is reminiscent of Bonny Scotland. Amazingly, the Ringwood butteriness of most Shipyard brews is in short supply. It's hard to tell if this is an old bottle or not, but it's hard to believe the brewers designed it to taste and feel this way.

The mouthfeel is the source of most of the trouble. Again, it's way too light and way too fizzy. The bubbles settle down some by mid-bomber, but the body hasn't firmed up one iota. Not good.

Given some of the other reviews, it appears as though I got a less than representative bottle. I will make every effort to acquire another and will glady put Mr. Longfellow through his paces again.

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Photo of tb4475
2.99/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Not a fan of of this beer or Shipyard in general.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours jet black leaving a one inch foamy lumpy off-white head. The head slowly dies to a centimeter lasting a little longer in my nonic. Minimal lacing is left. The smell is slightly malty and has a dry coffee aroma coming through as the beer warms. The taste is bittersweet through the malts and the dry coffee. The palate is about a light to medium with lots of harshness coming through at all angles, kinda bad for an English Porter or cross with a Scottish ale. Though this is is fairly drinkable, overall, I’m not impressed with this one.

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Photo of jsandberg
3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of PhatAtUT
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of rderedin
3.12/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Uzarnayme
3.14/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Bogdawg
3.17/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jlindros
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

More and more I've been trying Shipyards and liking them less and less. I used to love the stuff from their pub, a few blocks from my friends place. But the bottles just don't seem to cut it.

A: Fluffy 2 finger head fades at a medium pace over dark roasty reddish brown color.

N: Creamy fruity malts, sweet syrup and molasses, quite a bit of syrupy aromas, malt extract aromas as well, a touch of brown sugar and a hint of bitterness.

T: Sweet malts and malt extract galore! Lots of sticky sweet low grade syrups and extract flavors, as usual from the Shipyard stuff. A little minerality and salt too, some spices, little Christmas spices, a little bitterness, very schmalty. Blech! I'm beginning to think that they have a bottling line thing, like Opa-Opa did where the bottles just tasted terrible compared to the real stuff at the brewery/growler. I'm also wondering if I get some older stuff in the bottles and its just bad by the time I get it. This was a winter brew and I got it in spring, and some of the reviews pick out a lot of stuff I didn't so perhaps I'll have to start reviewing these fresher.

M: Med body, syrupy, some carbonation.

F: Syrupy sweet still, sticky, lots more sweet malt extract and low grade syrup. A bad unpleasant bitterness comes through as well, the bitter on teh initial taste wasn't so bad, but now it just gets bad. A little smoke as well comes out.

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Photo of Damian74
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.27/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark brown with an off white head. Aroma is malty, with just a hint of spice. The flavor has toasty malt, light spice, and a hint of hops. Finishes more or less clean with a small dry spice. Pretty decent beer.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Form a double duecer , this Winter Warmer pours a dark eggplant hue topped with an instantly settled tan thin ring with no bubbles seen in the glass.

Aroma is slightly caramel and toasted malt with a signature Ringwood aroma of buttered and pastry.

First swigs: Cola and porter. Toasted grain with a solid malt profile. Honey and toast and while warming up, a bit of waffle and buttered syrupy grain. Slight aftertaste of dark raisin and muffin.

Feel is medium bodied with a soft restrained carbonation. A bit of a tongue coater.

Last swigs: Seemed a bit like a spiced porter. Amost a dessert beer.

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Photo of gdrydenc
3.29/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Looks fantastic. Dark brown/black with a good amount of light caramel head that fades slowly and leaves a little lacing on the glass.

S - Smell is good, it's just a little faint. I can tell what they were meaning to do, but it's not all there. Malts, coffee, and a little chocolate.

T - Taste is good, but a little weak, once again. I would like to be able to actually discern each of the tastes, but they are each a little underwhelming. Malts, some coffee, and a hint of chocolate. Overall nothing outstanding.

M - Good mouthfeel. Good amount of carbonation, with a slightly watery feel.

D - I could see myself drinking a few of these, which I think may be an issue. If I'm drinking a beer like this, I want it to take me a while and spend some time letting it mature. Unfortunately, this beer is not like that, I kinda just wanna finish it off.

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Photo of beeroclock
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The bottle throws you off, it has an old dude on it that looks like he'd drink budweiser. I poured this into a pint glass and it came out a brown liquid with a small foamy tan/brown head. Not a spectacular looking beer, but smells of some toffee & butterscotch. Tastes not like a typical porter, but it has the coffee tones to it and is slightly sweet. Aftertaste has some bitter hints and seems thinner than the average porter as well. Goes down ok and doesn't disappoint. Shipyard seems to be putting out some good products.

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Shipyard Longfellow Winter Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
3.84 out of 5 based on 194 ratings.
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