Shipyard Longfellow Winter Ale | Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Longfellow Winter AleShipyard Longfellow Winter Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co.
Maine, United States | website

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
Reviews:
94
Ratings:
183
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
17.1%
 
 
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Photo of edchicma
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich chocolate color. Smell invites you to drink. Taste has a hint of chocolate and announces that this is a beer to sip. A bit of a bite that grabs your taste buds and lingers....tart but refreshing. Mouthfeel is neat, reminding you that this is a graet beer to sip.
Drinkability is excellent, but don't gulp!

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at Whole Foods which really should be called Wholey-Cow-is-this-expensive-foods, but that's off topic and the beer is halfway reasonable, so let's give it a whirl. The first smell of this brew is distinctively English as it smells like the taps at your local Pub. Warming a tad bit one detects spices with hints of brown sugar and arid yet sweet hops. The brew pours to a very dark root beer brown which when held up the the light, lets it through, but just barely. The head generated by the pour is tremendous and looks like a bowl of porridge. Upon tasting this brew is a cornucopia of flavors. It has hints of toffee, a tad bit of cinnamon, a good brown sugar malt base and a kick of molasses. Hopping is evident throughout giving a nice bitterness behind the various sweet malt flavors. The mouthfeel is good with good body and carbonation to zest up but not overdo the flavor of the brew. This is good brew for a chilly night to be dranken just below room temperature.

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Photo of StevieW
4.58/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with Henry Wadsworth Longfellow staring at you. Reminds me of the great Rodney Dangerfield line in "Back to School" "Maybe we can work on my Longfellow tonight ?" Back to the beer.
Deep beautiful clear mahogoney color. Color of dark teak wood. Rich smell of coffee, toffe, chocolate, carmel, and sweet pecan pie. Taste is every bit the match and more. Toffe sweetness up front. Some slightly roasted coffee bitterness. Chocolate presence is also very noticable. Very complex, balanced and very flavorful beer. Even carbonation, medium bodied. Nothing out of place. Chocolate and hop bitterness lingers. Very very good beer. This is not just a chocolate flavored beer though. It's hard to pin down. Maybe a cross between a porter, a belgian strong ale, and a stout. Whatever it is, It's really good, and worth a try. I really enjoyed this one ! I'm going back to pull off another mixed sampler pack..shhhh.
Could be the next Beer it forward sample....stay tuned.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was in Portsmouth this weekend and stopped by Coat of Arms. This was one of the cask ales on tap and it was very good. Poured very dark brown in color with a tan head that lasted. The taste was sweet all the way with hints of coffee, toffee, caramel and malt. The smell was similar to the taste but more sweet than malty. The aftertaste was more coffee, a hint of hops and a great warming feeling. You have to love the cask offerings at the Coat of Arms.

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Photo of mountdew1
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22oz to a standard pint glass. Poured a nice dark brown, almost black with a slight head. The head quickly disappeared and left a ring that lasted the whole glass. Aroma was strong. Had hints of chocolate cake with plenty of spicing. Tasted the same, plenty of spicing, appropriate for a winter ale. Went down very easy, and felt good in the mouth. Slight carbonation, but nothing enough to detract from the beer. A great winter warmer, look forward to having again.

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Photo of BierReise
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful dark Tootsie Roll brown with an impressive head that slightly laces. Smell is classic strong ale, earthy and sweet with subtle alcohol mixed in. Looks like a Porter and tastes almost like one with its smoked malt. Chocolate notes with Tettnang and Goldings providing some bitterness. Great smooth full bodied ale and probably the best I've had from Shipyard.

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Photo of gfreed
2.33/5  rDev -39.6%
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 bewareOFpenguin
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Winter seasonals are my favorite, so seeing this at the local watering hole sparked my interest. It poured nice and dark, with that chocolate coloured head. The first drink bursted in my mouth with the taste of roasted hops. It seemed more a stout than an ale, but I wasn't complaining. It went down way to quick. Excellent.

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Photo of andylipp
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from a mixed Shipyard 12 pack. Poured into a tulip at about 50F.

Appearance -A brown/ruby red pour with 1 inch of fizzy head with fairly low retention. A swirl reveals just a bit of lace with a bit more head.

Smell -Fruity esters with a bit of butterscotch. A little roasty, too.

Taste -The roasted bitterness is quite pronounced. The dark fruit and buttery Ringwood character is apparent in the center and a relatively long roasty finish follows. The acrid bitterness subsides in subsequent sips.

Mouthfeel -Pretty highly carbonated with a light viscosity.

Drinkability- Went down pretty easily! Relatively low ABV for a winter warmer spells sessionability.

Comments- I hadn't had this brew in years, but now remember why I used to like it so much. Shipyard's offerings have not been my first choice over the years, but this is one I'll seek out again.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber with a picture of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow on the label.
Pours a very nice burgandy with a tan head that is thick and rocky. In certain lights this brew appears to be brown, but I like it better as a burgandy.
Cramel, dark malts, and fruits dominate the aroma. Currants and cranberries peak through as well. There also seems to be a hint of cinnamon.
Very spicy, this one. Cinnamon is definately a part of this beer. There is also a very nice cranberry taste that is complemented nicely by the faint hop and citrus flavors (lemon and orange specifically).
This is a great winter warmer, so great, in fact, I could drink it any time of year.

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Photo of TLove
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber to Palm snifter.

A real jewel of a winter brew. This is a real solid winter ale from the part of New England that knows how to drink through a long winter.

Some nice spices, black/brown color with a bit of beige head that was a bit explosive. Had to tone it back a little. 2 1/2 finger dinger of a head with good retention and some great nutty scents along with a bit of cherry and chocolate malt.

Some good winter spices of nutmeg, coriander, and anise, with a porter-like feel and consistency. The maltiness is strong. Feels like drinking a beer of a much higher ABV and much thicker than a typical winter ale. A bit smokey on the back end, but a wonderful, full body and great balance on the finish.

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Photo of pbrian
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks stately in the glass- clear dark mahogony, tan fluffy head. The beer has fruity, caramely, slightly chocolately and butterscotch traits. Warms up well. Becomes deeper, richer, alcohol warmth kicks in slightly. Not an "over-the-top" winter warmer, but certainly enjoyable.

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Photo of almychristopher
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

looks like a beautiful porter to me, poured with a nice thick tan head over the very clear, yet very dark brew, the red highlights and now lacey head have a nice fruity roasted character, and while the chocolate malts are there in the taste there are a lot of other flavors at work as well. The hops are mild and in the background. the lower carbonation in this beer kind of lets the malts take it in the mouthfeel department... but still goes down pretty smoothly and I'd say it's a nice drinkable porter. thanks for the beer there weswes.

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Photo of JMD
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes:

A: Pitch black with big tan head that fades very slowly. Moderate lacing on the glass.

S: Toasted malt, some light coffee and chocolate. A little too faint.

T: Toasted malt, fresh ground coffee beans and bittersweet chocolate. Carmel and molasses balance out the beer with a subtle sweetness. Finishes with some light hops. All the flavors that you expect from a porter are there, just a little to light.

M: Medium bodied and crisply carbonate. Again, this beer is too light.

D: If you haven't figured it out by now, I think this beer is too light. All the components are there for a great porter, but it seems to me that the brewer didn't go all in with this one.

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Photo of antott0523
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Carbonation is barely visible through the dark brown color. Foamy beige head that dissipates. Minor amount of lace.

Smell: Malt notes of cocoa and oak. Faint hop back.

Taste: The greatest characteristic about this beer is the long, roasted malt finish that has a subtle smokiness. Very pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Very drinkable, well balanced porter with an awesome finish.

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Photo of ryanonline
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

looks very deep black a little to black for a porter, im trying to see some of the highlights that they usually have and this one hasn't really got any. thin dissipating head.

very light nutty roasty smell. maybe some chocolate malt, not much else.

dry and slightly bitter, still kind of nutty and roasty, a skosh of chocolate. not much going on here.

kind of thin, very dry, watery but with an interesting residual sweetness.

ok drinkability.

kind of an average beer.

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Photo of BeefyMee
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

So I was at the bar and there was a list of the Christmas beers sitting on the bar. I drooled over some of the bottles that I didn't feel like paying for (Mad Elf for $8 and I don't remember what else), and I contemplated the draft selection. I finally decided to get a Longfellow draft since I tried it and liked it out of the bottle not too long ago. Then, I looked at the main tap list on the wall (this place has 20-30 beers on tap) and noticed that it wasn't there. I was minimally upset and asked the bartendress whether it was on tap or not.

She says, "It's on cask." My eyes light up.

I barely communicated that yes, I would indeed have one. Then, I exuberantly explained to my brother how great it was that I was getting the beer on cask, this just moments after I thought I wasn't getting it at all. Then, the glass arrived so enough backstory.

I couldn't wait to dig in to this beer. I took a drink and it felt like heaven in my mouth. However, I swallowed and the taste left something to be desired. The overall flavor just seemed muted. Nothing jumped out at all. Not even to say hi. I enjoyed the cask quality of this beer, but I think it had the potential to be so much better, especially since I've had it out of the bottle.

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Photo of rebel1771
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a lovely dark reddish brown with decent head. Smells include roasted malts, coffee and just a touch of chocolate. Taste is a bit underwhelming with the roasted malts making up the main body of the flavor with hints of fruits (plum and apple) showing up in the end. This is a tastey brew that has its' moments. Good not great.

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Photo of kunzbrew
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a dark amber colour with a tan head that doesn't last very long leaving a sexy lace behind. A sweet caramel aroma anlong with low hop aroma hit the nose first. The first sip is has a high carbonation which hurst the tongue. the caramel and hop flavour continue to the tongue, the drinkabilty is ok but not great but not a bad winter brew as well.

Prost

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Photo of JanM
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured with a dark brown, almost tar-like color, and with two fingers of thick, good foam. It was looking very inviting. The smell was of toffee, roasted malts and strong coffee notes. The taste was "bittersweet" with lots of coffee and some chocolate too. Inside is a fruitiness of maybe oranges, at least some citrus. All and all a well-balance beer and a fine porter.

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Photo of purplehops
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Longfellow pumped a chestnut brown with a slight ring of light brown froth in place of a head. No lacing here. The aroma was a faint combination of caramel malt, roasted coffee, butterscotch, and estery yeast odors. The taste started with plenty of caramel and sweet malt flavors up front and then moved on to notes of chocolate, coffee, and butterscotch. The finish is bright and malty with faint flavors of hops and alcohol. The aftertaste is a pleasant lingering of malt and caramel flavors with some soft hop bitterness.The mouthfeel smooth silky and full bodied but not heavy.
This was a great cask-conditioned ale. It went down smooth and easy. Two were gone before I realized it. All the flavor of a winter ale without filling you up. I only wish that it had a little more aroma and some pretense of a head.

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Photo of selecter70
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ahh...I definitely liked this one a bunch! A good winter ale without the hyped-up spices found in abundance with some. A nice dark brown, near black pour with ruby-red edges of light, and a good burnt beige 2 finger head that settled to 1. Nice clinging stick lace and an aroma of lemon-malt with nuts & chocolate. The flavor is a rich malt with hints of said dark chocolate and lemon, leaving a mild smoke in the tip of the nose at the end. Crisp and slightly bitter with smooth malt flavor, this is a highly drinkable porter-style ale.

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Photo of jtw5877
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium to dark brown hue with a tan head, smells kind of like a bells kalamazoo stout. This is an interesting holiday brew, it is dark,smokey (a little bit of roasted malt), a little bit of chocolatey stout kinda flavor, yet kind of a medium mouthfeel not to overwhelming. A standout beer in the Shipyard gift pack.

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Photo of Walken
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shipyard: Longfellow, Winter Ale, Porter (Tasted 03/17/08)
22 oz. Bottle: Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours out black with a mountainous, foamy, pale mocha head that doesn't die down quickly. The beer appears opaque until held up to the light, when the blood red & brown hues appear.
Odor: Roasted caramel, faint coffee, some barley and buttery aroma.
Consistency: Full bodied, but not completely hearty. Theres a mild syrup like element to the mouthfeel of this beer & a dry, powdery element reminiscent of cardboard that's kind of offsetting, though not out of place for the style.
Taste: Big currant & cherry up front, with some milk chocolate & coffee flavors moving in, rum comes to mind as the alcohol becomes apparent. There's a firm but faint hop bitterness there that is accentuated well by the sharp butterscotch flavor & roasted malt. Hops become much more apparent in the finish, as the roasted flavors die out.

Can't say I'd pick this one up too often, but that's why it's a seasonal. I'm sure next winter, the craving will set in once.

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Photo of akahn
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Almost black cola color with red-brown highlights. Fairly sticky brown head leaves lace.

Mildly malty aroma, with slight hop notes. Sweet flavor with chocolate notes and sugary sweetness. Until it warms, there is a subtle, complimentary hop bite. This eventually peters out, but is nice while it lasts. Smooth with mild carbonation. Thin to medium body. Tasty but lacks depth and body. Pretty accurate to style, mellow, definitely sessionable, but this could use some more oomph.

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Shipyard Longfellow Winter Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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