Shipyard Longfellow Winter Ale | Shipyard Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
86
very good
192 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:
192
Reviews:
95
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
12.21%
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
27
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 192 |  Reviews: 95
Photo of jaswilson2
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of bcsbeer
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bomber at the local ABC on sale $3.00
I let it warm up before transferring contents to a snifter.
Appearance was a deep mahogany with ruby highlights, caped with a mocha colored head. The head rose nicely with an aggressive pour. Nice looking beer.
I did not get a lot with the nose. Picked up on some dry roasted smokey notes.
Flavors were very nice with coffee, vanilla, bitter chocolate, dark fruit. Somewhat sour and dry. It a nice alternative from the sweet tasting beers.
Mouthfeel was a little high on the carbonation and a little thin.
Shipyard surprised me with this one, kind of reminded me of Fullers London Porter.

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Photo of doremite
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Patches826
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A nice dark brown body. Almost no head on mine, probably because it was poured from the tap by a waitress? Who knows.

I detect a malty, bread type of odor coupled with some sweet, fruitiness.

Up front sugary sweetness with notes of fruit and caramel, followed with some big earthy, bready, malty flavors. Finishes with a coffee type of taste/aftertaste.

Really a good mouthfeel. Well carbonated and balanced for its sweetness.

A little sweet and a little thick for me to drink too many, but an interesting brew that is worth a try.

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Photo of rarbring
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is very dark brown, has a small tan head that leaves a little lacing, some curtains.

Smelling roasted bread, dark fruits, vanilla and soy sauce.

Starting sweet of brown syrup bread, dark sweet fruits, red berry jam, slightly bitter finish.

Little carbonation, smooth and slightly sticky, a medium body, a modest dry finish.

Well balanced, well done.

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Photo of bditty187
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black, opaque in the middle with reddish highlights around the edges, massive long-lasting brunette head, bulky lace. Pleasant malty, chocolate, slightly fruity-alcoholic nose of modest strength. Decent palate, dry chocolate, chalky; the malt seems thin and not very sweet either, the alcohol influence is minimal. The flavors all seem a little empty. The body is medium-light, the carbonation is moderate¬Ö the finish is dull and empty. As the beer warmed nothing improved... aside from a few stray notes of fruitiness on the palate. This did not taste like a Strong Ale/Barely Wine at all; it seemed very much like a Dry Stout. I guess my tastebuds did not concur with my fellow BAs on this one? Either way, a big thank you is in order for StevieW for the bomber, it was a solid brew.

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Photo of kaelingirl
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with ruby hues when held to the light. Head reduces to a slight ring. No lacing, but I can see bubbles rising.

Coffee, light chocolate, and butterscotch aromas.

First part of the sip is a huge ringwood butterball. You get some smoke, some coffee grounds, a touch of fruit (no much) and lingering coffee bitterness in the finish. Some overtoasted bread is present as well. Lacks some intensity, but decent.

Thin mouthfeel with solid carbonation.

I wanted this to be more. More intensity, better distinction in flavor, better body. Just misses in these areas. Better as it warms a bit, and for Shipyard, one of their better ones. This is not something I'll chase, but won't refuse it either.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty good brew for Shipyard.

A – Very dark, nearly black, with a small-ish off-white head.

S – Vaguely caramelly, nutty and honey-sweet, but far from spectacular. Has a strange clay odor, bordering on crayon smell.

T – The taste is pretty damn good. Much better than the smell. It is richly flavored, with notes of dark roast, burnt toast, chicory, and a semi-bitter and astringent grain. Fairly similar to a Dry Stout.

M – Good, full-bodied, smooth and properly carbonated.

D – I wouldn’t mind another. Not a hugely true example of the style, but a good tasting beer nonetheless.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
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 DrStiffington
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of knicks19947
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.57/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber bottle into an Erdinger weizen glass.

A: Poured a rich brown with vibrant ruby highlights when held to the light. The head wound up reducing to a fine layer of tan foam. I don't know if it was the pour or the glass, but the carbonation was so fierce, it poured almost as nothing but foam at first. Aggressive!

S: Smells of faint roasted caramel and charcoal, with a slight buttery citrus fruit smell, like grapefruit.

T: Taste is sweet and fruity malts up front, with a fairly sharp hop bitterness through the middle, before finishing with a rich, soft coffee or cappuccino bean aftertaste. Very much a porter, but with a very nice hop presence also.

M: Mouthfeel is robust and lively, given the nature of the carbonation and sweet mellow earthy flavors of the brew.

D: The warming alcohol effect makes the roasted malts and coffee flavors quite nice with the fruity alcohol esters. A great taste makes it easy to enjoy this one.

This is a really great winter sipper. Split a couple of bombers between friends on a snowy night and you'll have pure enjoyment at hand. Very good.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with red hues when held up to the light. Some head that fades fast.

Smell isn't too strong but can make out the roasted malt/coffee aroma and a dash of hops.

Taste is rich of coffee and malt. Not terribly sweet though, has a dry taste and follows up with a bitterness. Bit buttery in the mouth, but a good amount.

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Photo of meehandennis
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.56/5  rDev -33.5%
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 Drew966
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark, not quite black, ruby around the edges from a twelve ounce brown bottle. I can smell hops and malt. At first I taste the malt, which fades into hops. I think there is a nice balance here between the hops and the malt. This is pretty decent, not my favorite winter ale, but quite tasty. Worth a try.

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Photo of RoryOMoore
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of PhatAtUT
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of NEhophead
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1pt 6fl oz.

Creamy coffee colored head that fades to a thin sheet with a few pools of bubbles after a few moments. Some spotted lacing with average strength. Opaque, deep brown in color.

Big toffee and caramel aromas with hints of butterscotch. Whaffs of warming alcohol and light milk chocolate.

Milk chocolate and a big caramel flavor upfront. Moderate burnt roasted maltiness infused with a variety of nutty flavors: hazlenut, almond, and even a slight oak twinge. Moderate maltiness sweetness, but this one finishes rather dry with more of the nutty and caramel aftertastes. This one drinks more like a stout than a porter due to its dry finish, but very flavorful regardless.

Full bodied; dry and a touch grainy, but very palatable.

A very pleasant ale. Definitely one of my favorite offerings from Shipyard. Worth a try. This ale would really kick some ass if it were aged in some old whisky barrels, if anyone at Shipyard is listening. A solid offering on its own anyways.

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Photo of albern
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice porter, a little on the lighter side, a little on the sharp side, but not a bad find at all. The beer pours a very dark mahogany with some ruby tints, but largely impenetrable to light. The head is tannish, a bit creamy and foamy, but it settles down quickly. There is a tad bit of lacing. The nose on the beer is ringwood yeast, chocolate, toffee, caramel, and roasted malts. Pretty good.

The taste is somewhat indicative of the nose on the beer. In addition to the chocolate, toffee, caramel malts, there is a slight smokiness to the beer once it settles a bit. There is definitely some scotch type ale in this beer, but it has to settle way down before some of the finer background qualities emerge. There is a buttery taste to the beer, but on the whole, the hop character adds a nice bite and sharpness to the beer, that takes away any creaminess that may have been present. As the beer settles, the sharpness segues slightly into the more smokey scotch ale character. The beer is decently carbonated, not flat or syrupy, with a slightly charred malt and dark chocolate aftertaste.

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Photo of sneaks2210
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of UnionMade
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a very dark opaque brown, nearly black. A creamy almond colored head tops the brew, lasting about halfway through the pint before dissipating enough for a patch of black to show through. Plenty of sticky lace creating rings as I sip.
The aroma is mainly a roasty maltiness, with considerable coffee. A mild ringwood nuttiness with some balancing herbal british hops. Faint fruitiness, mostly plum, and perhaps a touch of spice? I didn't think they spiced this beer, but I can smell some nutmeg and anise. A bit of chocolate and toffee. Not as complex as I remember in past years, but decent.
The flavor starts out with a pleasing coffee roastiness. A touch of chocolate, with some sweet fruity esters in the middle. Mostly a plum flavor, with a touch of apple. Roasty malt continues into the finish, with mild herbal hop bitterness and a ringwood nuttiness in the end. Definite walnut flavor. Some nuttiness and roasty coffee linger in the finish. No detectable spice. Very light body, with soft cask carbonation.
The body is considerably thinner than I remember, with a much more subdued flavor. The first time I tried this, a few years back, I couldn't finish drinking it. Too strong for my weak palate. Not bad, but I passed on another pint.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Shipyard Longfellow Winter Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
3.85 out of 5 based on 192 ratings.
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