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Shipyard Blue Fin Stout | Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Blue Fin StoutShipyard Blue Fin Stout

Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co.
Maine, United States

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-23-2001

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Reviews: 248 | Ratings: 556
Reviews by Westsidethreat:
Photo of Westsidethreat
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Holy carbonation batman. My pint glass is literally all foam with no sign of beer at all. This is gonna take awhile to right itself. Eventually the sudsy mocha colored head fell to a manageable level, allowing me to get a look at the beer. Body is a thin looking dark brown cola looking brew…fairly clear for a stout.

S: Sour chocolate milk, roasted barley, grapes and a touch of metal.

T: Starts off a lot like it smells. A slight sour twang hits the tip of the tongue with powdered cocoa and grapes working with it. Roasted barley moves in with some minor smoke aspects. Finishes with some aluminum and lingering buttery roastedness

M: Full bodied and soft with a lot of carbonation on the palate.

D: Take it or leave it. Nothing special but still drinkable.

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Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown/black with a off white creamy head that leaves some nice lacing,aroma was very coffeeish and nutty.Taste was highly roasted and lightly chocolaty,the roasted malt flavor lingered after swallowing.A good beer definently not a wimpy tasting stout in my mind.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Straight black in color with a monster dark brown head. The head just went bonkos and ran away on us, which usually is a sign of overcarbonation. We’ll see.

Smell – This was interesting. I could clearly pick up both toasted and roasted malts, which I’ve never found together before in a Stout. The sweet brown sugar rounded out this awesome nose. This one smells like a winner.

Taste – The big malts just exploded on the taste buds. I thought I could even pick up a bit of hop balance. The roasted and toasted combination from the nose found its way to the tongue, giving this one a very balanced flavor profile.

Mouthfeel – This medium-bodied Stout set off some good sensations in the mouth but it was overly carbonated.

Drinkability – This is a really good beer that would be great if they had better control over the carbonation.

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Photo of OhioBobcat
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A middle of the road stout. It poured black into a pint glass. Thin coffee-colored head. Mostly roasted grain aroma. A coffee, almost espresso, taste with a smidge of chocolate. It was thin and a little more bitter than I would have liked. An OK stout, lots of better ones out there.

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Photo of TTripp725
2.64/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Doomcifer
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jason
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. brown long neck. Burgundy coloured label with a picture of a old New England Shipyard. Best Before Date clearly scored.

Appearance: Tar black with a creamy tiny bubbled tan head that retains.

Smell: Fruity and tangy roasted aromas with a fine floral hop nose.

Taste: Earthy roasted barley that is somewhat dry hits the mouth in the beginning then a rounded smoothness of grain, touches of dark chocolate and roasted husk hits in the middle. Nice touch of hop bitterness with a light but complex leaf flavour. Maltiness seems a bit thin. A fading roasted barley and coffee flavour lasts for a bit and let some burnt caramel in the end.

Notes: Forget American Guinness ... this is a far better stout, better when on tap as the bottle tasted too filtered to me.

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Photo of uconnalum2
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours totally black with a small beige head that did not last long. The smell is rich with roasted malt and has some sweetness to it. The taste is roasted malt and coffee with a mild, dry bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, creamy and some tingly carbonation. Drinkability is good as this goes down quite easily. Overall, a nice, easy-drinking stout.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber from Knightly Spirits Orlando. Poured into a Chimay goblet.

This brew is black as sin, with hardly another colour to penetrate the inky depths. Leaves an impressive head of light mocha foam. Great retention.

Nose is dark coffee, toasted malt, a bit of citric hops.

Bitter and astringent, this brew certainly upholds the "dry" portion of its style. If dry stouts are your thing, this one would definitely fit the bill. For myself, I lean towards the sweeter end of the stout spectrum, though I do enjoy the Irish stout style now and again. This brew was just too much for me, and I rate it so because I also didn't find the flavors mixed well - the tartness of the brew was overwhelming and the coffee flavor wasn't that enjoyable.

Thinner feel to it, and the carbonation was too strong. A miss for me.

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Photo of Byeast
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: poured an opaque black with brown edges, and a big light brown / tan , root beer float head.

Smell: rich and roasty with lots of creamy chocolate, coffee, and a very faint edge of minty like hop.

Taste: Roasty medium body , some rich dark chocolate sweetness that quickly turns bittersweet, black coffee, lightly burnt flavor and bitterness near the mildly dry end , flavor could be a bit fuller.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied , mildly dry finish.

Drinkability: A pretty tasty stout , nice roasty flavors and chocolate taste , just a touch to bitter and thin for me to want to quaff.

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Photo of chudson1992
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.06/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of magictrokini
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Less than impressed. Poured a clear black-brown with a creamy off-white head. Nearly no lacing. Faint aroma of chocolate and milk, malty, but not roasty. Watery, thin mouthfeel, even for the style. Taste was equally thin. Cocoa powder and watery milk, no real bite as expected. It was missing something big-time in terms of flavor. Either more chocolate or cream, but lacking all around.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Sinnian
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Hairrrrrrrr
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Thrasher
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Interesting stout. I liked it, didn't love it. Impenetrable black with full head from a strong pour, head subsides but leaves great lacing. Incredibly fruity aroma, some burnt roastiness too. Flavor contains a big black malt kick, some coffee, burnt toast, caramel, and raisin flavors. Hops add a smoky, herbal element, give the beer a nice earthy kick. A severe fruitiness is introduced by the yeast (Ringwood, I presume) and I have to say it overpowers the beer and isn't quite right for the style. A nice impy stout or Baltic porter often has some fruit elements, raisins, figs, plums, but here it doesn't quite work with the coffee roastiness. This beer has real potential but the yeast tweaks it in a way that I'm not wild about. Mouthfeel a bit fizzy, not the session stout I was hoping for; one of these at the end of the day makes a fine restorative, but I didn't reach for a second.

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Photo of far333
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mmmm. Didn't know what to expect, but this was good. Deep dark borwn with a light brown head about 2 inches high made up of tight, identical, symmetrical bubbles. Light malt smell and even lighter hops highlights. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, but tingly at the finish. Flavor is immediae burnt malt, with hints of bitter chocolate and toffee, and a hops finish. The finish lingers and morphs into a sweet malt flavor. A bit of effervescence on the tongue, and an aftertaste of burnt mutmeg. Very nice.

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Photo of yankeeheel
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep mahogany/black with a thin light tan head. Lacing is minimal. Little light passes through this one.

Smells of coffee. Tastes of coffee. If you like coffee this is your brew. For me it's a little too one dimensional when compared to other NE stouts. Mouthfeel is just a hair thin too. ABV seems a little low also. Either that or my liver is really working well.

Would I have another?...you bet, but there are better local options IMHO.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of hitshtwithsticks
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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Shipyard Blue Fin Stout from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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