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Shipyard Blue Fin Stout | Shipyard Brewing Co.

248 Reviews
Shipyard Blue Fin StoutShipyard Blue Fin Stout

Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co.
Maine, United States | website

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: 550
Photo of donovanneb
2.26/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

With all the “big” stouts out there right now, this one really falls short as far as overall flavor and delivery. Appearance is lighter than most stouts and the taste follows the coloring. It lacked in depth, smell and mouthfeel. Trying to let it stand on its own, I couldn’t really draw anything out of it. There was nothing offensive about it, but basically felt watered down.

With all the killer stouts out there right now, I feel like this beer needs to step it up in order for me to try it again.

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Photo of Bendurgin
2.16/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Andy shared this one. Thanks. Poured into a pint glass. Pours black with no head. Just looks kind of dull.

The aroma is sweet and fruity. Thanks for using the same yeast everytime Shipyard. I appreciate it. Sweet and fruity with a little bit of coffee in the aroma. Sweet mollasses, which has been a good thing in the past but that and the yeast working together are just not good.

The body is light and the carbonation is soft. Overall, this smells and taste like shipyard. Which in my expirience i just bad.

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Photo of andrewinski1
2.48/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Opened this because I need an extra bottle for my homebrew. Screw top cap. Curses! Poured into a pint glass. The color is dark amber/black. There is a small quarter inch head; not much lacing.

The aroma is full of molasses cookie, with maybe a little bit of burnt rubber.

The taste is sweet molasses. This is mostly just sweet malt followed by a yeasty caramel finish.

The body is medium and the carbonation medium.

This is a bit of a disappointment. I guess I like it better on nitro-tap.

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Photo of pants678
2.76/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Black, the head's brown and not beige.

It's got that marshmellow smell, more coffee there than anything.

Not much going on here, perhaps it's a bad bottle. Roasted malts/barely stand out, some crisp hops on the finish. Slightly dark chocolatey but so weak. Flavors are tuned up toward the middle, still they're not definite.

Seems more carbonated than it actually is due to the real subtlety in flavoring. I'd rather this than motor-oil-thick, seems closer to the porter.

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

12oz into nonic pint

A: on the plus side, I'm a sucker for pitch-black beers, and this is definitely that. On the minus, I want those beers to have good head retention for contrast, which this lacks. In fact it doesn't yield much to begin with, although the lacing is decent.

S: huge mocha notes up front, appealingly sweet. Nothing else, really...maybe a hint of anise. Not complex, but nice.

T: bittersweet chocolate and anise, with strong roasted coffee in the finish.

M: good carbonation, but a little light-bodied. Coffee flavors linger nicely.

This was a pleasant surprise. After I recently had Shipyard's (bad) Pumpkin Ale, I wasn't expecting much, but this is a solid, very drinkable stout. Nice contrast of sweet aromas and bitter and roasted flavors.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Shipyard Blue Fin Stout is a black ale with brown highlights and a brown head that quickly fades to the thin film and leaves decent lacing on the glass. It has an aroma of dark, roasted malt with a hint of sweetness. It's pretty light bodied and a little sharp on the tongue. The finish is dry and a touch chalky. The flavor is very simple: dark roasted malt. It's pretty dry and has a little hint of coffee at the finish. No hop flavor is detected and it doesn't really have any noticeable bitterness, except perhaps at the finish. The roasted flavor lingers. It's simple, roasty and sessionable. This is the kind of beer I like to use when cooking chili.

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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 greenmonstah
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice black color with a finger of light brown head.

S - Bitter chocolate and some coffee. Sweet roasted malts.

T - Bitter chocolate and a dry roast coffee flavor. Roasted malts are slightly sweet. Not much else to it, a bit clean overall. Bitter finish.

M - Medium body, more carbonation than expected, with a drying finish that doesn't dry out quite enough.

O - Overall a decent Irish Dry. Nice beer for Guinness drinkers to try, to get them to enjoy more American craft. Can't say it is much better than that, but iI might prefer it just a bit.

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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 TheBigE5
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Brown/tan head. Incredibly dark color, perfect for a stout

S - Coffee and malts. Slightly chocolaty and notes of bread. Semi-sweet.

T - Chocolate and malts come through heavily. Very smokey as well. I agree with a previous reviewer that noted a hint of bacon.

M - Full bodied, but i wish it were a bit more smooth and creamy. It seems a little harsh for the style of beer.

O - I really enjoy stout beers. This has beautiful color and smells wonderful. Its too bad the smoke flavors overwhelm the taste. I could only have one of these in a sitting and it would be a night finisher.

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Photo of u2carew
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz longneck.
A) Pours with a finger thick, tan head that slowly settles. Opaque body. Thin, semi-sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Roasted coffee. Chocolate notes. Bread.
T) Smoky notes. Sweet, milky notes as well. Chocolate.
M) Not as thick as anticipated, but still a stout. Dry in the finish.
O) A decent stout. I'd have another one.

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Photo of steeldoc36
4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A very pleasing stout. I just had one to complement the black cavendish I was smoking in my pipe. This beer is smooth and very flavorful with its a slightly sweet woody note. It has a pleasent odor. Enjoyable throughout with a rich carbonated, slightly bitter finish. Definetly one I will go back to. A very enjoyable beer especially on a rainy day on the back porch with your favorite pipe.

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Photo of jgurley
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coal black with a very small head that leaves little lacing. Sweet roasty nose. Not as aromatic as one would expect. Nice malty coffee and cocoa taste with a bit of hop bitterness on the finish. Fairly creamy mouthfeel with good carbonation. Pretty refreshing for a stout. Enjoyable.

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Photo of jcartamdg
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my ccb pint glass. Wow, a four finger sudsy head, disapates into a two finger head that sticks around. Aroma of dark chocolate, roasted malts, coffee and light hops. Taste follows the nose but a little lighter than expected. Mouthfeel is also a little light even for an Irish dry stout. Average beer

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

Pours a dark walnut brown, but pitch black in the glass with no light able to penetrate. Nice 2 cm khaki head with very little retention and no lacing.

Notes of roasted coffee and bitter chocolate on the nose with a little hint of bacon.

The flavor is fairly one note. Little depth. With little hints of bacon and coffee up from transitioning to bitter chocolate towards the back end. The aftertaste is a nice bitter chocolate-espresso.

Full bodied mouth. Nice and smooth and creamy with good foamy carbonation.

Overall this is a good standard stout. Not gonna blow anybody away, but a good solid representation of the style. I'd recommend this to someone who hasn't had it.

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Photo of washburnkid
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

About a finger of frothy beige head over a pitch black. Absolutely no color coming thru, not even at the edges. Aromas and flavors are massive roasted malt. Coffee just absolutely dominates. The aroma is predominantly burnt notes. Mouthfeel is what every nitro beer has to offer...thin and low carbonation. But at least this one is flavorful!

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

Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger creamy tan head that faded very slowly, leaving great creamy lacing down the glass.

Smells of cocoa, chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, toasted grains, molasses, syrup, caramel and burnt wood; roasted, smoky essence overall, which was really nice.

Tastes of cocoa, chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, toasted grains, molasses, syrup, caramel, vanilla, charcoal, brown sugar and burnt wood; tastes and smells just like a Guinness with coffee beans and some cocoa powder in it.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth, with little to no carbonation, a medium body, and a watery feel as it flows down. A really tasty stout that went down easy and is a solid recommendation if it’s on tap.

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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 DrDemento456
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - It looks pretty sweet with a thick dark looking brown and a inch of mocha colored head.

S - Slight caramel, roast and coffee. Faint but smells nice.

T - I guess it's OK I mean you really can't expect that much body for a stout made by shipyard. First sip was kind of lackluster but second sip relieved a mild roast and a bit of coffee. Kind of off putting since it's so mild.

M - Medium bodied. Not really thin but it just doesn't seem to pack enough roast flavor.

Overall I don't know why I put faith into Shipyard again. I guess I assumed they could make a half assed stout which they did but it just didn't justify the singles price. Kind of drinkable but really wanted more roast and coffee...

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Photo of gfreed
2.29/5  rDev -36%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Lackluster in nearly every category. Thin aroma of coffee and soap, combined with a body that's too fizzy and a taste that heads toward Pepsi (you remember that old song... "Pepsi Cola's a stinky drink; pour it down the kitchen sink; smells like vinegar, tastes like ink; Pepsi Cola's a stinky drink!") rather than stout or any beer flavor, this is one to avoid. If not for the appealing color this would be a failure in my book. Blech.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a nice mocha head. The head dies down a bit and leaves a nice lacing.

The smell is full of coffee and some dryness. Unfortunately, it fades rather quickly.

The taste is full of coffee and some sweet creaminess. There is quite a bit of dry hoppiness in the finish to balance things out.

The feel is a little light, especially when watching it pour from the bottle.

OVerall, this is a pretty good beer. I don't think I would turn it down if offered, but I'm not sure I would actively pursue it.

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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 ktrillionaire
3.29/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black very good stout appearance with a mocha crown of froth.

S - Really, I can't smell anything, no matter how hard I try.

T - Pretty light flavor, but rich enough, with nice coconut flavor, a deep roast and some cocoa on the finish. Perhaps a bit of English yeast fruitiness, too.

M - Creamy and on the lighter side of medium bodied.

O - This is an easy drinking and inoffensive brew, even if unspectacular.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another six pack for St. Patrick's Day. The beer poured with a slick, black look with a dark brown head. Aromas were rich with a dark chocolate flavor and a slightly burnt coffee smell. Taste was a little off compared to the flavor. I really could not taste much of the same flavor from the aromas, but definitely sensed a thin, watery flavor from each sip. Mouthfeel was pretty good though. The drink had a creamy texture, but somehow balanced with a light body. Overall, a little uneven but worth a try.

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Shipyard Blue Fin Stout from Shipyard Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 248 ratings.
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