Blue Fin Stout
Shipyard Brewing Company

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Stout - Irish Dry
Ranked #240
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3.61 | pDev: 14.68%
Shipyard Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Blue Fin StoutBlue Fin Stout
Notes: A classic Irish Stout. Full bodied, yet smooth and spectacular in appearance.
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours mostly black and dark brown, lighter brown head on top 1/2" deep. Good retention. Aroma of roasted malt and nothing more. Ever more.

Taste gets into some light coffee and chocolate notes from the roasted malt. Bitter, but not problematic, sticks by the style guidelines in that you get a lot of chewy, kinda bitter roasted malt flavor, but without the crushing alcohol most stouts have in these imperialized times. Not that I don't enjoy a bit of rocket fuel. Plenty of dark breadiness kind of heavy bread aspect to it. Carbonation seemed just fine. Does qualify as the namesake, as there is a light drying effect on the backend of the mouth feel. Hints of burnt cardboard. Some might not like the levity or "thinness" but like I said, imperialized times make people forget anything in terms of style guidelines. This might be the best beer I've had from this brewery.

Apr 13, 2020
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Reef from South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

20 oz. on tap at the Shipyard Brewport in the Providence airport.
Deep ebony with fine bubbled two fingers of tan head. Thick sheets of lacing, 1 cm cap
Subtle coffee,chocolate, caramel, whole wheat bread scents
Taste is also understated, with light char, dark malts, chocolate, hop fruitiness, grass flavors.
Abundant stubborn carbonation, medium bodied, dryish bitter finish.
That time you had to wait at the Providence airport for a few hours, this was a good choice.

Dec 01, 2019
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superspak from North Carolina

3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 4/20/2016. Pours clear opaque dark brown/black color with a 2 finger fairly dense and rocky tan head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, and toasted dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of nuttiness, smoke, char, herbal, grass, pepper, dark fruit, and roast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, and toasted dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of nuttiness, smoke, char, herbal, grass, pepper, dark fruit, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/grassy hop and roast/char bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toasted dark/brown bread, nuttiness, light smoke/char, herbal, grass, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance, and zero acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from hop/char bitterness. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.7%. Overall this is a delicious dry stout. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the modestly bitter/drying finish. Very flavorful for the low ABV. Nicely rich English pale/roasted malts, balancing hops, and mild fruity yeast characteristics. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

Dec 02, 2017
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illpass78 from Maine

3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pint on draft at Shipyard's brewpub at Portland Jetport.

Appearance: Jet back (LOL!) with a big cascading bubble action. Recedes to crown of brown film.

Aroma: Some chocolate, some coffee, some dark malt.

Taste: Big bitter chocolate presence. Very nice. Has that bitter milkshakish kick that makes an IDS so wonderful.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and velvety.

Overall: Well executed Guinness-like stout. Good stuff.

Aug 12, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance had a black colored body with a finger of light brown head. The smell had a light bitter chocolate, coffee with some sweet roasted malts. The taste was sweet through previously mentioned flavors, slightly roasty. The palate sat about at a medium, fairly sessionable, dry bitter aftertaste and finish. Overall, this was good for the style and good for me. I also was able to make a decent Black & Tan with the Pumpkinhead.

Jun 25, 2017
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GreatHammerhead from Pennsylvania

3.44/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Presentation: 12 oz bottle bottled on 10-29-16 poured into a Guinness gravity pint glass.

Look: Very dark brown, almost black in coloration with a one finger dark tan head. Head quickly collapses to just covering the top of the beer.

Smell: Dark fruits with some chocolate and dark coffee.

Taste: Has a bitter, almost stale flavor.

Feel: Medium body with light carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: Not something I'd be looking to have again.

Apr 11, 2017
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DraconusDesanctus666 from Florida

3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle,into a Funky Buddha snifter.

Frothy,tan colored head that stands 2 fingers tall.Dark black in color,with no light showing through the glass.Medium carbonation.

On the nose i get mostly roasted barley,with some toffee,and roasted coffee notes hidden.Trace elements of sweet chocolate as well,though pretty subdued.

On the palate I get roasted barley up front,with dark roasted coffee on the back end.

The body is light,with lots of carbonation rolling around on the tongue.Dry finish as expected from a DRY stout.

This isn't a terrible stout,but it doesn't really stand out at all.Not something I would chase,but also not something I would turn down.Overall...Its okay.

Jan 30, 2017
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Bierliebhaber3 from Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This stout pours a black color with a fairly thin, brown, foamy head. The smell is fairly strongly of roast barley with hints of molasses. The taste matches up pretty much exactly with the scent. Roast barley come boldly to the forefront with some molasses flavor in the back seat and maybe a hint of dark chocolate there too. The finish is fairly dry. The flavor is pleasant if a bit lacking in complexity. My main criticism of this stout though would be with the body, which is far lighter than preeminent stouts. This is a stout that could possibly be appreciated by people that don’t particularly like stouts because of their heaviness. Stouts are one of my favorite beers, however, largely because of their heaviness, so even though this is quite pleasant to drink I can’t say it is one of my favorite examples of the style.

Jun 12, 2016
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q33jeff from New Jersey

2.4/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

On rap. At blend. Looks nice, dark black, light tan head. Aroma is roasty, but a little funky. Stale malt, mulch. Taste is barley, seashell , veggie. Feel is a bit silty, but not too much.

Not impressed.

Mar 06, 2016
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James954 from Florida

2.39/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

L: Pitch black with yellow granules suspended throughout the beer
S: faint brown sugar and molasses
T: Toasty malt and molasses mostly with a mild stale wheat finish
F: Good carbonation with a mouthfeel on the thinner side

Overall: It's okay stout but the little yellow granules can be unsettling to look at for a true beer snob.

Sep 28, 2015
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TonyLema1 from South Carolina

2.46/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

L: beautiful jet black with a tight tan head
S: metallic, medical
T: no mistake....this is a dry roasty stout
F: way too thin of a body for what I was expecting
O: true to style, I guess I don't like this style

Sep 25, 2015
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jeranbrews from Oklahoma

3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - copious billowing stained oak head. Near black opaque body. Minor lacing. 4

S - subdued liquorice notes. Pumpernickel. Day old coffee. 3.5

T - roasted hops. Burnt toast. Hits of liquorice. Good but simple. 3.25

M - pleasantly effervescent but slightly creamy. 4

D - relatively inexpensive. Good anytime Guinness replacement 3.5

Jun 01, 2015
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garymuchow from Minnesota

3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Smallish head on a very black body. Served a little cold so expressed aroma seemed a little light overall. Some roast with a cooked malt.
The feel was not as smooth as it should be with a prickly carbonation and too much of it as well. Decent roast flavor with a touch of sourness. Just a little bit of hop noted. Decent mix.
Not quite as robust as I would hope. Drinks pretty well with a lighter body and feel. Not keeping up with the big boys.

Mar 28, 2015
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mfigueroa713 from New York

4.45/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent example of an Irish stout. No bitterness, light alcohol and deep rich roasted flavors. Smooth texture and great head volume,retention and color.

Mar 21, 2015
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loubar from California

4.01/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle from BevMo. Black body with a frothy tan head that quickly dissipates. Flavors of black coffee, dark chocolate and burnt toast give way to a big malt base and a surprisingly dry finish. Extra carbonation for a unique mouth feel that helps the flavors dissipate. I think they achieved their goal: a tasty, yet light, session stout.

Feb 09, 2015
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Jeffreysan from Virginia

3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with an eighth of a finger of caramel-colored head that quickly dissolved into a few wispy clouds of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Surprisingly, not much in the aroma department at all. Actually, I don't get any aromas at all, nothing.

Taste: This beer as lots of flavor, though. Strong flavors of roasted malt up front, imparting flavors of slightly burnt dark bread, espresso, licorice, dark molasses and dark chocolate, followed by lots of brown sugar-like sweetness and finished by some pronounced, hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium/medium-thin and pretty effervescent as there’s quite a bit of carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 4.7%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is an ok stout. There are some nice flavors of roasted malt and brown sugar-like sweetness, but in my opinion, there’s too much espresso, licorice and hoppy bitterness for me to really like it. Further, I think the mouthfeel is too thin, as I like my stouts, to have a thicker, fuller, more viscous mouthfeel that this one has. If the flavors of espresso, licorice and hoppy bitterness were dialed down some, and the mouthfeel was thicker, more vicious, it would go a long way to making this a better stout.

Jan 26, 2015
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micromaniac129 from Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, it's smell good at least.
A nice smelling beer with roasted barley, cocoa and some hints of coffee.
Looks decent enough with a dark body and mocha head.
The taste was to me was very lean. There was hints of roast and coffee but it drinks so dry and watery and feels way over carbonated that the flavor was almost mute.

Jan 25, 2015
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.19/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured very dark brown, looking black and opaque in the glass. Weak, light brown head.

Feel: medium body with light carbonation.

Flavor: U.K. style stout with plenty of very dark roasted malt flavor with little burnt or char elements.

Oct 21, 2014
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jazzyjeff13 from England

3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A 355ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2014. Acquired a little while back from a B&M store. Imported by Marstons; otherwise the label doesn't give much away.

A: Poured into a straight pint glass. A very dark brown colour that appears pitch black in the glass. Forms a decent head of mocha-hued foam that lasts for a minute or so before dissipating.

S: Aroma of roasted malt with hints of cocoa, coffee, mild burnt grain, stewed leaves and subtle yeast. Not too shabby.

T: Tastes of roasted malt with a lingering bitter finish. Notes of dark malt, roasted grain, mild coffee, faint cocoa, a hint of molasses, stewed leaves and vague earthy yeast. Ever so slightly vinous, with a twinge of harsh cardboard in the background. Well-attenuated, followed by a strident malt-driven bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with pleasant carbonation but a thin body that verges on watery. Would benefit from some beefing up. Mildly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of subtle roasted malt, faint coffee and stewed leaves/cardboard.

O: Well - it's OK but not amazing. Looks alright, though the head could do with sticking around. The aroma and flavour are decent enough; roasted malt and a dry, bitter finish. The insubstantial body disappoints. Drinkable but won't blow your socks off. No need to hunt it down.

Oct 16, 2014
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.81/5  rDev +5.5%

I like that this only has 4.70% ABV. I could not resist the fish on the label.

Appearance (4) : A khaki-beige 2 fingered head on top of a fully opaque dark black body.

Aroma (4) : Very fresh-smelling. Plant, mocha coffee, milk chocolate, coffee bean. A little bit of peppermint and cocoa. Spiced aroma. The aroma is pleasant and the bouquet is strong.

Taste (4) : Plantlike vegetals really comes out in the taste, as well as the coffee bean. It's got a bitter snap to it and it ends with a nestle milk chocolate/mocha/bitter roast bean finish.

Mouthfeel (3.25) : Creamy and prickly. Medium bodied, perhaps bordering on full bodied. Ends with a coffee bean aftertaste and an average finish.

Overall (3.81) : I'm beginning to find that any stout made right is a stout worth drinking. This is another example of that. There are extraordinary stouts, that make you go "WOW", and there are some that make you go "hey, it's okay." That's this one. It's not the greatest or most unique stout I've had, and it doesn't taste like a blue fin fish, so all I can say is that this stout is par for the course. Good drinking, maybe a bit planty compared to the other ones. Due to the abundant carbonation, it may be a good gateway stout for those who are stout-shy. Give it a try.

Oct 03, 2014
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fscottkey from New York

3.1/5  rDev -14.1%

A: [2.50] Dark black, but not oily looking. The head was a 1/4 finger khaki brown - but it evaporated pretty quickly. Leaves no lacing on the glass. The bottle sports a Julian code - I don't have the decoder ring - but it is a stout so date is a little less important.

S: [3.50] Strong roasted malt character. Some chocolate and coffee scents sneaking in there too.

T: [3.50] Nice roasted character that lingers in the after taste. It is a very enjoyable flavor.

M: [1.50] It is all wrong. Too tingly feeling for a stout. It detracts from the smoothness and overall enjoyment of the beer.

O: [2.75] A middle of the road stout that is torpedoed by a stinging mouthfeel. The Appearance was not great either with the fast receding head and lack of lacing. With so many good and accessible stouts this one is off the list.

Aug 25, 2014
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paulytasker from New York

3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. No best by date to be found.

A) Dark, dark brown with no hints of light penetrating. A quarter inch of light tan head caps it of and recedes to sporadic patches of dense tan rings clinging to the sides of the glass.

S) Am I drinking a caramel mocha because it sure smells like one. Touch of bitter hops and some malty sweetness floating around also. Some dark chocolate also.

T) Roasted malts accompanied by rich caramel that I picked up on heavily in the nose. CoaCoa and black coffee with a little hop bitterness round things out nicely.

M) Rich, creamy, and smooth. Carbonation is light, makes for a very sessionable, easy drinking stout.

O) First offering I've tried from Shipyard, a pretty damn tasty Irish Dry that hits the spot. Well done.

Jul 17, 2014
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EmperorBevis from England

3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled and purchased from bargain supermarket B&Ms
Pours a jet black body with decent enough tan head
Roasty but underpowered aroma
Some char and dark fruit flavour

Jun 09, 2014
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8stringfan from District of Columbia

2.69/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Popping the top on this one I was surprised at the “poof” of air and slight sizzle of carbonation and unsurprisingly, poured straight into a large tulip I didn’t get a quarter of the way through the beer before a thick four finger head stopped just short of overflowing the rim of the glass. I’m not lying - it took nearly 15 minutes of letting the head die down and pouring a tiny bit more before the whole bottle was in the glass. Umm...maybe a bit over-carbonated, particularly for a style that tends towards lower levels of carbonation? Eventually things settle down into a tan one finger head with zero lacing. Color is almost entirely black (39), with perhaps just a hint of dark brown amber. Nose is moderately strong and essentially all about dark roasty notes, dark chocolate, espresso beans, and perhaps a touch of hazelnut. Sip is sweet dark chocolate up front with coffee notes all over the midpalate. Back of the tongue is somewhat thin and both tastes and feels a bit like club soda. Now may be as good as any time to point out that the massive carbonation in the pour is apparent in the taste and mouthfeel - Blue Fin Stout is vastly over-carbonated, much to its detriment, both for the style and for the overall effect on flavor. Subsequent sips see a slightly more nutty presence, but as a whole this is pretty one-dimensional and actually quite thin, both in flavor and mouthfeel. Finish is bitter dark chocolate and coffee. All in all, this is a pretty unimpressive stout which I would neither recommend nor pick up again. Furthermore, along with their IPA (which had some odd blueberry notes) this is a second beer from Shipyard that has left with unimpressed. (4-18-14)

Apr 18, 2014
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charlatan from Scotland

2.8/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

From 355ml bottle with freshness date six months away. It has a pretty dark colour (certainly can't see through it) and a fairly borwn head which mostly dissipated to the rim before I began drinking. It has a roasted malt nose: dark chocolate and coffee. I hope it doesn't taste of coffee.'s riding the coffee line for me, although I'm not the best judge since I've avoided the evil stuff for more than the last 50% of my life. It starts quite sweetly and chocolatey but then as the hops kick in and it becomes more bitter it tends towards coffee. After a couple of sips I'm glad I let the wife have half of the bottle, but trying to be objective I can see this is fairly well done, just not my, er, cup of tea.

Apr 06, 2014
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