Shipyard Blue Fin Stout | Shipyard Brewing Company

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Shipyard Blue Fin StoutShipyard Blue Fin Stout

Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-23-2001

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

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5/5  rDev +40.1%

Photo of Mpsmooth31
4.78/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Photo of ESimmons
4.75/5  rDev +33.1%

Photo of John
4.66/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

An awesome US made stout. In the inevitable comparison to Guinness, this one doesn't give away a thing.

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Photo of StevieW
4.55/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Federal Jack's in Kennebunkport. Pleasing deep dull black color. Foamy tan head matched nicely. Lacing was near perfection, rich creamy head stuck to your lips, glass, and everything else. Smell was subtle roasted chocolate malt and coffee bitterness. Taste was super smooth combination of the same, and crisp dry hoppy finish, as advertised. Chocolate taste is by no means over powering. Very good. One of my new all time favorite stouts. I bought 4 22 oz bombers for $1.50 each and carried them home to Florida. Great beer, great name, beautiful souvenier of my trip to Maine.

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Photo of MaineBeerMan
4.55/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pure black beer with a big, dense brown head that stayed for about 1/2 the glass. Aroma of dark roasted malt with a background smell like iced coffee.
Nice rich malty flavor, not sweet more of a dark chocolate dryness. Smooth mouthfeel with a dry finish and hop bitterness in the aftertaste.
Damned tasty stout, seemed maybe a bit over-carbonated at first, well worth drinking more of it.

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4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

Photo of spedprof
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

Photo of mfigueroa713
4.45/5  rDev +24.6%
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.

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4.41/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, what an appearance! Perfect for the style-nearly black with an awesome, luxuriously creamy, light brown head that stayed at the 1/2 inch mark throughout, the first sip imparting a creamy stout stache. The lace was a work of art. Aromas were tough to get hold of as they were blocked by the fine head, but soft espresso and roasted bean were present. The mouthfeel was perfect-full-bodied yet soft and very creamy. The carbonation was very fine and subtle. The taste was fantastic! Creamy, milky chocolate and bittersweet mocha-like the freshest, richest cream added to a very fine coffee. Long and roasted in the mouth, it don't get much better-Guiness Schminess!!

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Photo of Portertime
4.37/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shipyard makes has a good line of tasty brews and being a dark beer I am always loving a good stout. I enjoyed this in my Warsteiner mug. Poured a deep dark brown. Nose had a pleasant scent of roasted malts, some bittersweet chocolate. Taste of sweet roasted malt but not too overpowering. The bittering hops do a good job of toning it down. Served slightly chilled.

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Photo of auxiliary
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance – Black, black color, dark brown head when poured.

smell – Roasted malts and brown sugar smells here.

taste – Nice big dark malt taste here, with a bit of hop taste at the end. Nice balance.

mouthfeel – Medium body, and carbonated.

drinkability – Very nice stout, dirty dirty was the first thing that came out of mouth when I took a look at it, smelled it , and then drank it. Very good beer, would buy again.

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4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is gorgeous when poured. Great light bitterness and great all around dry stout.

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4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours an opaque black, with a thick nitro creamy tan head. Light lacing, particularly towards the bottom ogf the glass. A dollop of head remains after the beer is finished.
Aroma is subdued, probably from the nitro, with a strong roasted malt presence, pronounced chocolate, and rather agressive aroma hopping for a stout.
The flavor starts out with roasted malts, coupled with a dark bittersweet bakers chocolate flavor, traveling into some coffee and a touch of black cherry, finishing with a moderately dry hoppiness. Hops are earthy and somewhat herbal. The chocolate flavor is strong, providing a bitterness up front, which melds into the hopping, keeping a light bitterness throughout the sip. A smooth, slightly tingly nitro carbonation. A strong coffee bean flavor in the aftertaste, which persists long after the sip.
A faithful and flavorful dry irish stout. I'd take this one over many others.

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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 RBorsato
4.28/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Black with a full brown head and very active carbonation (overcarbonated due to age?). Dry roasty malt aroma. Roasted malt flavors dominate with dark chocolate underneath and nice coffee notes. Light-medium bodied with a dark chocolate and coffee bean finish.

A nice sessionable Dry Stout ... much more so than Guinness.

Per BOM notes: 37 IBU. 4.8% ABV.
Malts: Pale, Crystal, Chocolate, Black, Roasted Barley, Wheat.
Hops: Warrior, Cascade, Tettnang, East Kent Goldings

Best Before: Jan '05 (notched on side)
Tasted: 08/04/05

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Photo of mshallah
4.28/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Federal Jack's in Kennebunkport Maine. Nitro into a 16oz standard pint glass. Arrived at the table still cascading with a half inch of thick dense creamy head. Aroma has a hint of the ringwood yeast which is of caramel and a little banana. Taste is more of the same with a perfect blend of aromatic and bittering hops. There are the usual coffee mocha dark chocolate flavors that keep this stout true to style. Blue Fin is a must try on nitro tap and Federal Jack's does a great job of serving this beer. If it seems a little cold, enjoy it while holding the glass and it will warm nicely to open up deeper mocha flavors as well as summon the complex blend of bittering and aroma hops. A great New England stout that doesn't quite achieve in the bottle(big bubble soda-like carbonation) what it does from a nitro tap(creamy fine bubbles with a luscious mouthfeel).

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