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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Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
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 kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of acurtis
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
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 -35.6%
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 nmann08
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.17/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of zeff80
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
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 Phyl21ca
2.91/5  rDev -18.5%
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 superspak
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of chinchill
3.19/5  rDev -10.6%
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 jlindros
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
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 oberon
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
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 olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of vfgccp
3.75/5  rDev +5%
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 smithj4
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice stout! 12 oz. bottle. Good smell.

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Photo of ZEB89
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
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 -13.7%
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 Jason
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
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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