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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Reviews: 249 | Ratings: 558
Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly decently drinking stout found by MarkB at the co-op in Burlington Vermont. Pours black with malt in aroma. Balanced, and not as dry, and decent balance of roast and malt and a bit of chocolate, all at sessionable ABV. Bottle..finished before lunch begins.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by 5/2012.

Pours an opaque black with a 1 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Tiny streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt and some subtle cocoa and dark fruit aromas. Taste is of dark roasted malt with some minor cocoa powder flavor. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a high level of carbonation that is a bit too much in my opinion. Overall, this is a pretty average stout with an emphasis on roasty malt without any real balance.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.3/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I really thought that I'd enjoy this beer, I pouted it out and it looked great at that point. Being a fan of most stout's this one should be good. I took my first sip and I was stunned with a taste of some kind of metallic flavor. I was a little grossed out by it. I let it sit for a little and went back to it and it still gave off this old metallic scotch like flavor. I was able to finish the beer thankfully, but I told myself that this had to be the worst stout I'd ever had.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.91/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry coffee with not much else in term of discernable characteristics. Taste is also very dry with some coffee notes and limited roasted malt notes appearance. Body is about average with goo carbonation. I thought that overall this was too dry which limited the drinkability factor.

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Photo of zeff80
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a small, tan head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of sticky lace on the glass.

S - It smelled roasty with chocolate and some toffee notes.

T - It tasted of flaked oats with roasty malt. Subtle chocolate and toffee flavors, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied stout with a very dry finish.

O - This hits the style very well. It would make a nice sessionable stout.

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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 jlindros
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was excited to try this one, but seeing the score I'm not so sure. However, I have to judge it for myself.

A: A thick dark quickly rising head shows up with a nice fluffy composition and a little lacing as it slowly fades. Color is almost pitch black with a little brownish hue.

N: A definite creamy malty roast and coffee. A nice milky lactose aroma, with some nice roasty malts and other dark malts mingled in. Some caramel aromas, a slight sweet malt, and a touch of black patent malt, that with some burnt coffee. Some scorched malt and dry earthy tones.

T: Starts with more of that creamy stout flavor, but it's very light actually. A little lactose sugar. It's pretty dry and light, but smooth and creamy. Some light spicy hop flavor and bitterness from the scorched malts and hops together. Some more dark malts and roasted flavor, with I want to say black patent malt. Perhaps even a touch of oatmeal. It is pretty smooth and creamy though. A slight dark fruit flavor is hidden in the background too.

M: Smooth and creamy, semi thick with a pretty good body, lower carbonation, but decent for the smoothness of the beer.

F: Finish is pretty dry and spicy, with some lingering bitterness. Despite being dry it has a little bit of a sticky syrupy lingering flavor and feel. Some roasted and scorched malts also linger that bring out more of that dry and bitter taste. I think this is actually pretty underratted for the score it has. It's a pretty decent dry irish stout with a little hint of bitterness from hops, some creamy lactose, smoothness, and overall tasty. The lower abv lets you drink a lot and makes it very sessionable.

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Photo of chinchill
3.19/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured very dark brown, looking black and opaque in the glass. Weak, light brown head.

Feel: medium body with light carbonation.

Flavor: U.K. style stout with plenty of very dark roasted malt flavor with little burnt or char elements.

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color with a large foamy light brown head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very chocolaty and creamy, which is very nice. There’s a little bit of hops in there but not very much as you would expect.

T: The taste is very smoky, malty and full of chocolate. There’s hardly any hops presence, but that’s what you expect from this style. There really isn’t very much else to say about it, except that if you like Guinness, then you should definitely try this one because it’s much better. The after-taste is mostly dark chocolate bitterness.

M: Very smooth with a little crispness, medium-to-heavy body, carbonation is a little high for the style, finish is sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, slightly filling, good representation of style, it’s definitely one of the better beers that I’ve had within the style. I could knock back a few of these even though I normally don’t this type of beer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours an inky black body with brown edges and a beige, sea foam-style head.

Smell: Aroma of dark roasted malts with a heaping handful of licorice and just a hint of dark chocolate.

Taste: Dark, roasty malt character with a hint of sweetness. All the hints of licorice really start to give the impression of an imperial root beer. Finishes with a roasty bitterness and hints of flowers.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Somewhat spritzy carbonation that carries a sharp carbonic bite.

Drinkability: A very impressive root beer!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Ebony with a few gem-like ruby sparkles at the bottom edge of the pint glass, but otherwise only darkness. Blue Fin has an excessively large head and seems to have at least as much carbonation as the Shipyard IPA that I drank yesterday. Does Shipyard bubble the hell out of their beer on purpose? The dark ecru cap doesn't last all that long because, despite its initial size, there isn't much substance. A few random scraps of lace, no more.

The nose is relatively weak. I can appreciate a little roasted malt, but it's faint, and there's no chocolate or coffee to speak of. Actually, hops are at least as prominent as the usual aromas associated with this style.

Things improve somewhat on the palate, but it still doesn't soar. The flavor profile is made up of roasted barley, chocolate and hops. Black coffee, while present, is in the background. Blue Fin drinks roughly halfway between a sweetish milk stout and a dry stout. Citric hops add complexity, but complexity isn't always a good thing when a beer tastes this jumbled and unfocused.

The mouthfeel is a disappointment. It's way too light and way too carbonated. I know that dry stouts are typically on the lighter end of the stout spectrum, but this is ridiculous. For a stout, of whatever subtype, to have a mouthfeel that would be at home on a pilsener (not much of an exaggeration) is just plain wrong. If that means that I don't have a proper appreciation of the style, then that's what it means. I do know what I like though.

The first Shipyard brew that I drank (Summer Ale) was pretty decent. The last two, including this one, leave quite a bit to be desired. I'm a little curious about the rest of their line, but not curious enough to go to great lengths to try to acquire them. Blue Fin Stout isn't my thing. If light-bodied stouts are your thing, then by all means, knock yourself out.

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

had a nice cascading pour but with not quite the retention and look of a guiness, but the foaming was decent. aroma of roasted malts, hints of brown sugar, touches of vanilla and a small dose of caramel, the flavor is really kinda odd as it seems to just not go anywhere at all. the feel was a touch thin and left me hanging looking for more taste. roasted malts fade quickly and leave me with little more then a touch of light cocoa.

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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 vfgccp
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pitch Black color with very slight brown highlights. Head is a little low, but lacing is great. Head is a really nice dark tan color. Great look, very stout-like.

S- A bready sweet malt smell with strong coffee presence. Slight notes of bitter chocolate, but the pure coffee taste overwhelms the palate

T- Up front there is a malty sweetness mixed with a bright acidity. This quickly mellows out to a nice sharp bitterness from a coffee bean and slight bitter coco taste. Finish is mellow and smooth.

M- Has a slight creaminess to the feel, could be detected as light carbonation but does not detract from the overall experience. Overall has a nice coating to the palate, and finishes very mellow and nice.

O- Great drinkability, if lightly bitter and predominantly coffee stouts are your cup-o-tea this is definitely worth taking a try. Great as a slightly warmer sipping stout, or a cold refreshing stout for those dark beer lovers.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A very nice super dark midnight body with a foamy light cap the forms nicely. Light tan head in color with nice retention. Dark, ominous looking... looks impressive.

Bouquet is a real nice solid mix. Husky dark grains, and milk chocolate. Solid. Simple just darn good.

Taste should bring the win I am hoping and for the most part does. Texture sort of finishes kind of wet and a little fizzy. Light coffee grains on the finish which is nice that didn't come apparent on the nose. Light milk chocolate taste in the mid palate as well, with dark grain of roast and pleasure.

Overall this is quite enjoyable I would have this again for this style no problem. It might be my favorite Shipyard beer to date.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An ebon hue, with crimson shining in through the corners, under a big, towering, thoughquick to crumble, soft brown head, leaving tendrils of lace behind.
Aroma is slightly bitter, slightly sweet, but feels like a coco-cola too much, to me, way too much carbonation. Some cocoa, hints of coffee, soft and smooth.
Brief hops, mild, then smooth malt, slight chocolate, minor espresso-ish tones, just smoothness all along. Cocoa stands on top as a cheif flavor, but the carbonation is still too high for me, and, ultimately, this stout lacks an essential mark of character. It feels too underwhelming, too easy-to-please, too low-expectations,...the carbonation clashes with whatever else the beer was trying to could be smoother, could be stronger, could be bolder...but can't...too bad...

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

Picked up a growler from the Shipyard in Eliot, ME. Poured into a pint glass, the beer is jet black, with only a thin ring of milk chocolate colored, bubbly head. Aromas are strong, with a heavy roasted coffee base and the slightest hints of bittersweet dark chocolate. Flavors are rich and full, with a heavy, bitter coffee tone overpowering almost everything else. There is a slight nutty and smokey highlight throughout, also. The body is light, dry, and slick, which is perfect for the style. The aftertaste is short-lived, but in the span you get a blast of toasted oats and bitter, dark coffee, with a slightly drying and clean finish. Very tasty and smooth.

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Photo of Tone
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of a tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, dry hops, and a hint of citrus hops. Fits the style of an Irish Dry Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, slight sweet malt, hint of sugar, hops, and a hint of dry hops. Overall, decent appearance, aroma, and body.

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Photo of Gavage
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arrived in a pint black looking black in color with a thick 2" creamy tan head built by nice cascading carbonation bubbles for the first few seconds. Nice lacing developed through the drink.

The aroma was very tame as only some mild coffee tones were barely detectable. The flavor was much better for the tastebuds as the roasted malts, coffee, wisps of chocolate, and butter were well balanced.

Creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Medium in body. nice long coffee and roasted malt finish. One of the better Shipyard brews.

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Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from The Party Source in Syracuse. Appeared pitch black with a tall tan head that left lacing. I have to say this is my favorite beer from Shipyard. The Ringwood makes a great pairing with the roast malts, coffee bean, and dry cocoa flavors. Check this beer out, it's a great addition to the style and very worthy session beer.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.14/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Stout Month at Vine Street has arrived! This one was included on my first day visit.

Dark brown pour, not much head, but that's the way they poured it.

Aroma is very light. Some cocoa and coffee, maybe some dark fruit, but not much is coming up

Flavors include coffee, chocolate-dark, molasses and roasted malt, but they aren't powerful. I get more sharp hop in the middle, but not quite dry. This isn't a very dry stout, nor a hugely malty one. Seems like a 'pilot' beer in the stout arena.

But still, it's not bad and quite easy to drink. It's

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.04/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - very dark, almost black colour. Very little head and some visible carbonation at the end of the pour.

S - Rich malty smell with hints of rich coffee.

T - Very bold coffee/expresso flavour. Bitter. Slightly too much carbonation. After a few sips the flavour becomes more bitter.

M - medium/heavy body with slightly too much carbonation.

D - Average drinkability.

This wasn't my first blue Finn - it was the 3rd of a 6 pack I bought but my first review of it. I remember the first 2 tasting better. Maybe I will revisit this review later....

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a very dry and roasted malt scent that boasts of special roast and chocolate malts. The taste is good as well. It is light and quite dry with a lovely roasted character. It's an easy drinker, but it doesn't lack in taste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a near perfect Irish stout. I love the flavor and the mouthfeel; a really enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to mikereaser for this one.

Best By: May 09

Pours a black color, nice carbonation, huge three-finger plus foamy light tan head, with tons of sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some nice toffee/chocolate notes, also some coffee thrown in. The taste is slightly sweet, lots of dark stuff. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On nitro at The Inn on Peaks Island, Portland, Maine.

Poured a deep black hue with a one finger frothy off white head. There was very good retention and good lacing.

The smell featured roasted barley and a touch of caramel.

The taste consisted of roasted and crystal malts, coffee and some light charcoal.

The mouthfeel was full for the style.

Overall a good and complex IDS.

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