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Shipyard Longfellow Winter Ale | Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Longfellow Winter AleShipyard Longfellow Winter Ale
BA SCORE
3.84/5
Very Good
195 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
Ranking:
#12,918
Reviews:
96
Ratings:
195
pDev:
12.24%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
27
Trade:
0
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Photo of akahn
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
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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Photo of UnionMade
3.38/5  rDev -12%
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 colbywatts
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours dark brown, almost black. The pale brown head is large and really compact. Slow dissipation leaves only decent lacings.

S: Roasted, kind of candy-like sweetness to the malt. Dark dried fruits balanced with vanilla. Soy Sauce. Smell is on the milder side.

T: Roasted, a bit smoked sweet but also light malt. Dark syrup and dark dried fruits. Vanilla once again. Some bitter marmelade. Bitter hops.

M: Body is a bit lighter than I tought it would be, carbonation is aggresive, almost fizzy. Aftertaste is long and holds a balanced bitterness.

O: The carbonation is almost like in an Adjunct Lager - rich and aggresive. Otherwise it's a little to modest for my taste.

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Photo of madelf66
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of shaebs99
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Purchased recently as part of a mixed 12. I was relatively unimpressed with the other three beers, but thought this one was good enough to review.

It pours a dark cola color with a decent sized head that dispels slowly. The visible carbonation on the sides of the glass continues to remind me of a cola. The smell of the last one I had (that I am using to review) is fainter than the other two I had, but it has a slightly sweet smell which continues with the taste. Tastes and smells like a porter and is quite smooth. I also enjoyed the aftertaste which I find difficult to describe. I would consider the drinkability quite good and would have another Longfellow

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Photo of ryanonline
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
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 rebel1771
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
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 RDHerm
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, dark brown with ruby highlights. Pours a very thick beige head that slowly thins and has very good lacing.

Very strong aroma of dark chocolate, with solid notes of coffee and roasted malts. There are also hints of yeast, dark fruits, and butterscotch.

Taste is interesting, though not as complex as the aroma would indicate. There's a certain sweetness that comes right when it hits your palate, but it gives way almost immediately to a strong flavor of bitter coffee, with a hint of roasted malt.

Medium body and carbonation level. The body is nice, but the carbonation level feels a bit much for a beer of this style. There's the bitter aftertaste to be expected from this type of beer, but without the usual feeling of palate dryness.

A solid brew overall. Not great, but not bad either, and just unique enough that it's worth giving a shot.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of jkd03c
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Icemann383
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of mjpolzin
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Newbiebeer
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Wortman1998
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of topace
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shipyard Longfellow Winter Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 195 ratings
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