Shipyard Longfellow Winter Ale | Shipyard Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
86
very good
193 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:
193
Reviews:
96
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
12.24%
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
27
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 193 |  Reviews: 96
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle, this was a dark red/brown color with a thick coffee-colored head. It had a malty aroma with a tinge of dark fruit. Decent taste, coffee, fruit, a little hops. I thought the beer was a little thin, but still was quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Drew966
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
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 JMD
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
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 rarbring
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
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 d1ckvanswype
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber poured into a Duvel glass.

A: Pours jet black with a nice two fingers of creamy tan colored head, which dissipates fairly quickly. Shows ruby red highlights when head to the light.

S: Not much of a nose here, some sweet malts and a touch of sweet spice, maybe clove or allspice.

T: Very little front end to speak of, most of the flavor of roasted malts, a bit of coffee and dark chocolate, with a mildly bitter, slightly spiced finish.

M: A touch overcarbonated, but fairly easy to drink. It doesn't weigh on the tongue too much with progressive sips.

O: A easy drinking porter, claiming to be a winter warmer. The low ABV makes putting the whole bomber away too easy, and you'll be feeling quite cozy. I might go back to this, if I need a smooth, easy to put down session porter.

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Photo of andylipp
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
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 ktrillionaire
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
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 linnet
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Creamy tan head, deep brown/blackish colour, lacing. Aroma is fruity, roasted, chocolate, coffee. Flavour is malty, roasted, coffee, light bitterness in the aftertaste. Flavour is actually a bit watery and the mouthfeel is neither good or bad it's only average. This beer looked very promising, smellt the same but the flavour and mouthfeel was very disappointing to me. But it could be worse it is still worth having a go at.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
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 clayrock81
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark, seethru brownish hue with a small white head that sitcks around forever. Dry, roasted malt smell with hints of sweet malts and some floral hops. A dry, sticky beer that goes down easy thanks to a medium-body that has a good amount of roasted malts in it. Caramel and dark chocolate also make an appearance, as do some the hops thanks to a little hop bitterness on the backbite. ABV slightly noticeable, especially when you let it warm, as it gives it an even dryer finish.

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Photo of bditty187
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
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 Jwale73
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 vintage courtesy of the belgianator. Poured cola brown with the merest skim of a head. Nose was cocoa, molasses and prunes. Taste was muted, pruney, bready and malty, with a slight cocoa quality that comes out in the back. Mouthfeel was medium-light with a pleasant background carbonation. I liked this beer, but didn't love it. I found the nose to be somewhat inconsistent with the flavor profile; however, worth a try.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration date of June 2014. Sampled on December 7, 2013.

It is mainly brown in color with a modest off-white head that lingers briefly. Moderate lacing.

The aroma is Shipyard's Ringwood yeasts and then everything else. The everything else includes dark caramel malts but little to no hop or spice note (for a Winter).

The body is light to medium but overall very smooth.

The taste has a mild sweetness at first followed by a low bitterness. This does not have the coffee esters one comes to expect from today's Porter's but I bet this is the way the English brewed it way back when.

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Photo of BeefyMee
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
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 IckyT2012
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kunzbrew
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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 Andy
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Two fingers thick tan head. Loose carbonation. Deep ruby color. Fusel alcohols (sort of off-putting), deep ringwood yeast nose. First sip while cold is a mess. Tinny flavor and yeast bite. Smooths out as it warms to become a good strong porter with some smokey hints

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a very dark reddish brown with a tan foamy head. The smell has some fruit,prune or raisin, aroma too it,but this scent is not very strong. The taste is very good with a strong presence of coffee and especially malt roastyness and sweetness. The m/f is medium with aftertaste that is just abit too watery and weak. Overall, this is a damn good beer and if the aroma was stronger this could be a rated much higher.

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Photo of simonjohansson
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smell: nice aroma of toffee, chocolate, some nougat maybe? - butter, almonds. Smell is great.

Taste: lots of roasted malt, notes of coffee, chocolate, some butter and nuts. Taste is not as rich as the smell. However, there is a nice balance between burnt notes and soft, sweet ones.

Overall: nice beer, I like it, and I'll probably buy it next winter too, if possible.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
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 tdm168
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mmorris15
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aracauna
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark. Looks pretty much black. The head was light, but not white, and fizzy. Soon faded to nothing but the circle of bubbles caused by the scoring at the bottom of my Petrus Triple snifter. The nose is heavy on the apple peels. Caramel, apples and assorted fruits are dominate in the flavor, but there's a lurking char flavor that stirs things up a bit. A really interesting beer and I can't really say I've had anything like it.

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Photo of MikeDre
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of TeachChefs
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Shipyard Longfellow Winter Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
3.84 out of 5 based on 193 ratings.
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