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Shipyard Longfellow Winter Ale | Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Longfellow Winter AleShipyard Longfellow Winter Ale

Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co.
Maine, United States

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of bcsbeer
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
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 WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of roasted and crystal mlats along with a fruity Ringwood yeast aroma. The taste is good as well. It has a sweet caramel malt feel in the beginning followed by a dry roasted malt finish. The yeast gives it a slightly fruity character and although the finish is dry there is quite a bit of residual sweetness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a highly drinkable porter. It's got good malt character and a smooth quaffability.

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Photo of NEhophead
4.09/5  rDev +6%
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 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 sulldaddy
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a few 22 oz bottles of this the other day. Gonna cellar one or two. I pour a chilled sample into my pint glass. The brew pours dark brown with tints of reddish purple mixed in. A beige colored frothy head foams up lightly and dissipates quickly.
The aroma is malty sweet and has hints of raisins and general fruitiness. Maybe some molasses too.
First sip reveals a slightly sharp carbonation and medium bodied brew.
There is a mild sweet twang up front with a mild middle and the finish is rather dry and gives of a little bit of a wine character. Maybe some hop bitterness too. The raisin flavor carries from the aroma as well.
This is a tasty brew for a cold snowy nite like tonite.

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Photo of Durge
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this cask ale at the Sea Dog Brewpub in South Portland, Maine. It was a very dark brown black color with a goodly tan, big bubbled head and modest signs of lace. The aroma says flowery fruit nougat and juniper malt and brown bread. Very interesting. The flavor brings a bit of what the nose detected but with more of the sweet coffee and light charcoal bitterness. The body is near medium with a pretty low carbonation aqueous feel. It’s got plenty of character, a little grassy hop edge. Medium drinkability and a very nice cask offering.

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Photo of KOPBeerDrinker
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In the pint glass the beer presented itself a very dark brown, almost black, with a 1/2" head. Lacing was left as the head receded. Smells of roasted malt, and slightly of coffee. Tastes of sweet malt, a little coffee, and maybe some dark fruit flavors. Some hop presence in the background, finishes dry. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side. Smooth with crisp carbonation. Easy to drink. Very tastey brew.

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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 tkelley
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a chalice type glass. Dark brown, with hints of red. Nice head that eventually sticks around as a light layer of foam on the top as you drink it down.

Smells like a lot of Shipyard beers with butterscotchy smell and something that made me think vanilla. Also a roasted smell and light chocolate.

The taste is more upfront with the roasted flavors than the smell, but the back end is that butterscotch, hint of vanilla thing from the smell. Again, light chocolate hints float around the mouth.

The mouthfeel is very smooth and it drinks easily.

I could drink a lot of these at a time, or just one for a long time. Its really one of the better cold weather beers I've had, and its hybrid nature makes it really stand out.

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

bomber bottle without any freshness indication on the labels. Pours typical porter like dark almond/honey amber. Light tan head, leaves fine stringy lacing. nose of plums and sweet malts. Pleasant and drinkable brew, notes of caramel, maple sugars and some lightly toasted malts and darker burnt malt notes. Lingering finish with another hint of plums. Nice, drinkable wintery brew.

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Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle (2012) served in a Sam Adams lager glass.

Pours deep, dark, clear mahogany with a small and fragile tan head. Decent lacing is left on the glass. ]

The spice level is near perfect and well-balanced. While evident in the nose [4.25] and obvious up front upon tasting, the spicing slowly fades after the finish eventually leaving a chocolate malt to dominate the aftertaste. Sweet and bitter largely in balance, but a tad too sour. No burnt flavors, but a hint of smoke in the finish. High complexity and good balance make every sip seem a little different than the one before. At various times, dark fruit, vanilla, cinnamon, English hops and several other flavors make appearances. Plenty of dark chocolate in the nose and flavor.

M: near full body with rather lively carbonation. I suspect I'd prefer a bit less carbonation; a suspicion supported by the fact that the mouth feel improves after the beer has been in the glass for a while. Semi-dry finish.

O: outstanding, and unusually low ABV, winter warmer.

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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 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 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 albern
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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 indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby hue. Its dark enough to be a porter that is for sure, I wasn't actually sure what to expect until it came out of the bottle. I know I am a little late for this winter beer considering that next week marks the first day of spring, but better late than never. Anyways, the head is thin but stays well. This one has that familiar Ringwood smell along with roasted malt and a little bit of chocolate.

I read that this is beer is sort of a cross between a porter and a Scottish ale so I was definitely intrigued as to what it would taste like. After a couple sips I would have to say that this reminds me most of an English Winter Warmer. It definitely has the strong malt character of a Scottish ale and the roasted malt flavor of a porter. Its got a rather complex taste actually, kind of like one taste melding into another with a bitter finish. I am pretty impressed by this one. I've never had it before and didn't know Shipyard even brewed a beer of this style. This is a solid beer.

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Photo of kingchowchowwoof
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pitch black with a dark tan head about 1/2 an inch thick. Head slowly faded but did not stick around for the entire glass. Rich molasses smell with slight dark fruit and coffee. Taste is nice and dry upfront developing a bit of spice in the middle then a sharp sweet alcoholic bite and dry finish that disapates off the palate. Light to medium carbonation slightly slick mouthfeel, very nice drinkability. Very nice version of the style, having a bit richer flavor than most others I have tried.

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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 tpd975
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another brew from the SeaBass.

A: Pours a light nutty brown hue with a whispy head and spotty lace.

S: Tons of sweet caramel malt, molasses, dark fruit, nuts, smoke and a touch of chocolate.

T: Like like the aroma. Molasses covered dark friuts, nutty toffee, chocolate, with a touch of smoke.

M: Medium in body smooth.

D: The best shipyard brew I have ever tasted. Solid brew, tasty, and pretty damn drinkable.

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Photo of tmoneyba
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at Cock and Bull.

Poured a clear dark brown color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting and had good lacing. Good malt and citrus hoppy aroma. Medium body with a slick & smooth texture. Moderate to heavy well balanced smooth flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.

Solid drinkable brew.

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Photo of bark
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What better way to celebrate an autumn hurricane in January than with a big (650 ml) bottle of an American Winter Warmer (English Porter? No way).?

The colour is deep amber-brown, the liquid is clear. The gigantic, slowly sinking foam is pale brown (probably one of the darkest heads I have seen). It pours very smooth, more like warm syrup than beer.

The strong smell is very roasted and bitter with citric notes, some alcohol and a hint of liquorice and rubber. A quite demanding aroma.

The taste is dry and bitter. Of course there is a distinct citric-sour hoppy flavour. The malt is roughly roasted (without getting black) giving a salty liquorice flavour, full bodied. There are also some yeasty flavours of gravy and dough. The aftertaste is bitter with a fruity-roasted-bitter flavour. The bitterness becomes the dominating note after a while and it lasts a very long time.

The carbonation is medium strong, small bubbles. The liquid is smooth.

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Photo of joepais
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into my pint glass was a plum color when held to the light with a nice tan head that lasted

Aromas of butter cream, toasted malts and coffee fill your nose

Flavors of malts, coffee as well as hops a good Porter in all

Nice full mouthfeel good carbonation

A good drinking beer it would be a great session beer as well

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Photo of nixhecks
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Longfellow came in a 22oz bomber with a picture of the grisly old poet on the front. Very dark in color, almost black but with brownish edges. The head was a medium size with medium retention. The aroma consisted of sweet, roasty malts with a fruity quality to it, like apples or pears, and hints of chocolate and coffee as well. The taste was built on a roasted coffee and chocolate base, nice and creamy, and then finished with just a tiny hop bite to balance it out. Mouthfeel was full bodied and lightly carbonated, coating the palate nicely and providing a smooth and rich feel. My favorite so far from Shipyard, although the Prelude awaits me in the fridge, so this may change :)

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber from Florian's... Murky dark brown body with ruby-red highlights and a light tan head that's 2 fingers deep. Roastiness and hop bitterness dominate the aroma. Roasty chocolate and hops charactirize the flavor. Caramel in the finish and aftertaste.Tastes like a porter, almost like a stout. on the lighter side of full-bodied. This is definitely the best Shipyard brew, as the ratings reflect, unlike any other Shipyard (except the Brewer's Choice Ale). Good stuff.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep clear brown color ale with a good size foamy head with some good retention and some minimal lacing. Aroma consists of strong caramel malt with some notes of toffee also discernable. Taste is also a nice mix between some roasted malt with distinctive notes of caramel malt with some toffee notes also discernable. Full body with good carbonation and no discernable alcohol. I know winter ale is not a style per say but this is what I consider a winter ale but still very enjoyable during hot summer days.

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Shipyard Longfellow Winter Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
3.86 out of 5 based on 184 ratings.
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