Blue Fin Stout
Shipyard Brewing Company

Blue Fin StoutBlue Fin Stout
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From:
Shipyard Brewing Company
 
Maine, United States
Style:
Irish Dry Stout
Ranked #106
ABV:
4.7%
Score:
81
Ranked #27,529
Avg:
3.57 | pDev: 14.85%
Reviews:
257
Ratings:
321
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jul 18, 2022
Added:
Oct 23, 2001
Wants:
  24
Gots:
  65
SCORE
81
Good
Blue Fin StoutBlue Fin Stout
Notes: A classic Irish Stout. Full bodied, yet smooth and spectacular in appearance.
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Rated: 3.54 by shelby415 from Oregon

Jul 18, 2022
 
Rated: 2 by 1971bernat from Virginia

May 19, 2022
 
Rated: 3.5 by KatieGregBeers from New Mexico

May 22, 2021
 
Rated: 3.77 by smi69 from New York

May 25, 2020
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
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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Reviewed by Reef from South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
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
 
Rated: 3.5 by bluehende from Delaware

Apr 23, 2019
 
Rated: 3.77 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts

May 01, 2018
 
Rated: 3.57 by Tcsox from Massachusetts

May 01, 2018
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

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.
Dec 02, 2017
 
Rated: 3.5 by ColSanders123 from Georgia

Nov 13, 2017
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Reviewed by illpass78 from Maine

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.
Aug 12, 2017
 
Rated: 3.52 by ScottP from New Hampshire

Jul 29, 2017
 
Rated: 3.36 by Prost76 from New Hampshire

Jul 14, 2017
 
Rated: 3.25 by Kurzman from Rhode Island

Jun 30, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

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.
Jun 25, 2017
 
Rated: 3.34 by mamaraza from Texas

Jun 18, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by Mjward from Texas

May 31, 2017
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Reviewed by GreatHammerhead from Pennsylvania

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.
Apr 11, 2017
 
Rated: 3.65 by ackeeper from Illinois

Mar 09, 2017
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Reviewed by DraconusDesanctus666 from Florida

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.
Jan 30, 2017
 
Rated: 3.49 by mmorris15 from Maine

Dec 20, 2016
 
Rated: 3.69 by OldDirty from New York

Oct 11, 2016
 
Rated: 3.28 by IckyT2012 from Florida

Sep 17, 2016
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Rated by bigred89 from Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Overcarbonated.
Aug 20, 2016
 
Rated: 3.54 by Hammerhead79 from Massachusetts

Aug 18, 2016
 
Rated: 2.64 by TTripp725 from Pennsylvania

Aug 02, 2016
 
Rated: 5 by tfsimpkins from Florida

Jul 29, 2016
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Rated by rockjockpro from New York

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.
Jul 18, 2016
 
Rated: 3.53 by Griphon from Florida

Jul 09, 2016
 
Rated: 3.5 by Doomcifer from Rhode Island

Jul 02, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by mikr from New Jersey

Jun 17, 2016
 
Rated: 3.67 by dougbreathe from France

Jun 12, 2016
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Reviewed by Bierliebhaber3 from Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev +6.2%
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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Rated by thanides from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
When poured as a nitro beer it reminds me of a guiness. Smooth stout to drink.
May 21, 2016
 
Rated: 4.08 by TheBeerdedCharmer from Pennsylvania

May 17, 2016
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Rated by DavesBeerReviews from Florida

2.58/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
Nice coffee taste goes great in the morning out at sea.
May 17, 2016
 
Rated: 3.9 by BlueKurenai from Vermont

Mar 26, 2016
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Reviewed by q33jeff from New Jersey

2.4/5  rDev -32.8%
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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Rated by Shellynix from Massachusetts

1.36/5  rDev -61.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5
This was a watery, distasteful stout.
Mar 06, 2016
Blue Fin Stout from Shipyard Brewing Company
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