Blue Fin Stout | Shipyard Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Company
Maine, United States
shipyard.com

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-23-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#35,999
Reviews:
254
Ratings:
571
pDev:
14.85%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
66
Trade:
1
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Photo of Bogdawg
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tcsox
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of superspak
3.91/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of ColSanders123
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of illpass78
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of ScottP
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Prost76
3.36/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Kurzman
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of mamaraza
3.34/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Mjward
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreatHammerhead
3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of ackeeper
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of mmorris15
3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OldDirty
3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IckyT2012
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bigred89
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overcarbonated.

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Photo of Hammerhead79
3.54/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TTripp725
2.64/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of tfsimpkins
5/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of rockjockpro
4.31/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is one of my favorite beer to enjoy while in Maine. Nice black thick pour, with an aroma of coffee and a creamy feel.

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Photo of Griphon
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Doomcifer
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mikr
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Blue Fin Stout from Shipyard Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 571 ratings