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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-23-2001

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Reviews: 251 | Ratings: 560
Photo of rabidawg
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2002 vintage? This beer’s almost exactly one year past its “best before” date of July 2002, and it hasn’t lost a beat. I had my doubts, but it seems to have mellowed well with time.

Appearance: Absolutely opaque black color. Creamy, fluffy espresso-colored head that lingers. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Heavy espresso and soft chocolates. Earthy, smoky hints. Any hoppiness to the nose has disappeared, leaving a slightly sweet maltiness.

Taste: Heavy carbonation, with initial dry, musty, earthy dirt flavors. More than slight smokiness. Still, a light chocolate throughout, with more espresso in the finish. Quite dry, and maybe a little too thin in the mouth.

Overall, a good Maine stout.

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

This is a nice stout, all the way. Good balance, nice chocolate-expresso flavors. Pours a large foamy head, nice retention and lacing. Nothing totally stands out, but nothing detracts either. Maybe a tad thin for the style, but a real nice beer, nonetheless. (thanks for sharing it, Ron).

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

Great stout from a consistent brewer. Deep brown color with a nice creamy head that scantily laces the glass and dissapates very slowly. Aroma is all coffee and bitter chocolate. Flavor is very balanced with nice chocolate and coffee notes. Finishes on the dry side. Excellent stout.

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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 edchicma
4.23/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich dark appearance....The smell was rich in chocolate and coffee aromas. The taste was smooth, with a bite of black coffee. The mouthfeel was smooth with a hint of the aftertaste you get from black coffee. It felt well-rounded with a nice medium body. Smooth and drinkable, a cross between a sip and a gulp. If you like coffee, you should try this offering.

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Photo of Rocko
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pitch black with a medium brown head that is quite bubbly so it doesn't last for long, maybe a few minutes, leaving a thin lace.

Rich, deep 'rocky' smell with a bit of roasted hoppyness. The mouthfeel is disappointing, thin and watery, not really what I expected of it. Pretty bitter taste with a clear coffee taste and maybe a bit of citrus in the background.

I have to say this is a decent stout but I've definately had better.

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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 nixhecks
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blue Fin poured a solid black with a decent tan head that held for a few minutes. The nose is very slight, tiny hints of roasty coffee and cocoa. The first sip really left me impressed, a totally unexpected burst of smooth mocha - reminded me of one of those starbucks doubleshot coffee drinks. A little high in carbonation, but nonetheless a top quality brew from a reliable brewery.

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

This beer is as close to black as you can get. A creamy brown head tops it off and disipates to a thin film and respectable collar in a minute. Aroma is heavy on the roasted coffee bean. Also some slight chocolate notes are detected. Flavors are nice, but just a little weak. Some bittersweet chocolate is detected. Black coffee and roasted malt. Finish is appropriately dry. Mouthfeel silky smooth. Body medium-full. All in all, pretty decent stout, even if somewhat subdued.

Thanks much cokes.

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Photo of aaronh
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A black beer that pours with a modest head the color of wet sand that fades to a minimal film. Adequate lacing on the glass. The aroma is very sweet and fruity, like chocolate covered cordials, with a touch of roasted coffe and malt. Very appetizing to say the least. The taste is strong on roasted coffee up front, with some sweetness and a nice hop bitterness late. A very nice roasted note comes through on the finish a lingers well through the aftertatse. Very good, but perhaps a bit too much roastiness on the finish. The mouthfeel is solid and very dry. Not my favorite (I prefer Imperials), but good for the style. The drinakbility is good, especially if you like coffee. The high levels of roasted coffee in the flavor and finish are enjoyable.

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

Straight 4's here.Probably one of the best beers Shipyard puts out.Poured a beige coffee colored head.Quick to dissolve and didnt last long retaining a small thin head.The color was an opaque solid black.Had a great aroma of smoke and coffee.The finish was dry,long,and bitter.A very creamy and smooth Stout.Crisp and carbonated mouthfeel but nothing too strong and overwhelming.A hint of hops on the finish if you concentrate.Overall very good and worth another buy.

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Photo of ethosx19
3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The appearance was impressive, very black with a nice brown head. I smelled roasted grains and coffee. The taste was dominated by the roasted grains and some bitterness. I'm rather new to stouts and the dark roasted grains got to be too stong by the time I finished the glass. Give me some time and I think I'll start to love this one.

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

Appearance: Beneath a large, creamy, dark tan head sits a pitch black, opaque body. There are some particles floating at the bottom of the glass, which I had to use a light bulb to see! The head has incredible staying power for coming from a bottle.

Smell: Roasted grain, and a great coffee aroma. There's a touch of hops, but it's restrained and in the background.

Taste: Starts with a bold coffee flavor. There's a good deal of complexity in the roasted flavors here. I pick up on the smallest touch of sourness. Really solid malt backbone...very full flavored. It ends with a touch of green hop flavor and alcohol. Very nice...

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel with a fairly strong carbonation. The body floats in the middle between oily and dry/crisp.

Drinkability: Pretty high. This stout is quite good, and I could see myself drinking a few more of these. The coffee flavor is quite aggressive...and I like that.

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Photo of cokes
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black all the way through. Very impressive. A tan head quickly fades to a patchy skim.
Char and belches of sweet fruits in the nose. Dirty and earthy impression.
Heavy on the roastedness, tastewise. Very smoky and burnt. Ends up tasting like ash. Sweetness increases as it sits. Subtle peach-like (?) fruity essence. Returns to the earthy, charred hues. The hops only serve to further desiccate the brew. Yes, this is indeed a dry stout.
Thinnish mouth, but nothing too out of place for the style.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a huge tan head that lasted. Malty, chocolaty and very bright. Tons of carbonation as it explodes in the mouth. I might even go as far as saying over-carbonated. The aftertaste is coffee and chocolate all the way. I need to have another bottle of this to get a better grip on it.

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

Dark, black, sun-blocking. Average head. Good tasting, plenty of "roasted" taste, with a semi-sweet sensation. Always good on tap, not so in the bottle. A good stout, but not superior. I can only handle one or two.

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Photo of MaineBeerMan
4.55/5  rDev +27.1%
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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Photo of StevieW
4.55/5  rDev +27.1%
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 QXSTER1
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, rich mahogany with a dense brown head that dissipates but leaves a sticky lace on the glass. First impression is of bitter chocolate and burnt grain and heavily roasted malts with a bit of an oily hop resin on the back of the mouth. Definitely a dry style without the body and sweetness of a sweet stout. More guts than a Guiness, but lacks the depth of the full bodied examples of the style. Leave it warm a bit to improve it's flavor profile.

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Photo of Murph
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours blacker than black with a decent brown head that fades very quickly. Barely discernable hop and roasted/burnt malt on the nose. The flavor starts off with some bittersweet dark chocolate and tons of coffee. Fades slowly into a very nice coffee flavor that has a lingering finish. Somewhat thin for a stout but very drinkable. Not a bad stout but not a super one either. Thanks to the Bierman for the sample.

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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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Shipyard Blue Fin Stout from Shipyard Brewing Co.
3.58 out of 5 based on 560 ratings.
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