Blue Fin Stout
Shipyard Brewing Company

Blue Fin StoutBlue Fin Stout
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Shipyard Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Irish Dry Stout
Ranked #103
Ranked #26,416
3.57 | pDev: 14.85%
Jul 18, 2022
Oct 23, 2001
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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