Nightwind
Shipyard Brewing Company

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From:
Shipyard Brewing Company
 
Maine, United States
Style:
Porter - English
ABV:
5.8%
Score:
86
Avg:
3.78 | pDev: 10.58%
Ratings:
38
Status:
Active
Rated:
May 01, 2020
Added:
Nov 10, 2017
Wants:
  1
Gots:
  9
SCORE
86
Very Good
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Photo of CTHomer
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by CTHomer from Connecticut

A: crystal clear; cola brown with ruby highlights if held to the light; less than a 1 finger tan head that receded quickly to a wispy cap; OK lacing;

S: sweet malt, caramel, and molasses;

T: sweet dark malt; a little dark fruit; mostly sweet at the end with a touch of bitterness;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: I would have liked a bit more bitterness to balance the sweetness;

May 01, 2020
Photo of chinchill
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by chinchill from South Carolina

Cold 12 oz bottle of "winter ale" on a very hot Carolina day.
Pours with a clear reddish-brown body topped by a modest size beige head that has excellent retention.
Aroma: relatively hoppy (for style), faintly spicy dark ale.
Flavor: malt forward, more so than the aroma suggests, with plenty of dark roasted malts, some black coffee and spicy hops.

Jul 16, 2019
 
3.54 by smithj4 from New York on Apr 13, 2019
Photo of PMakowski
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by PMakowski from New Hampshire

12 Oz bottle poured into glass
Look - dark brown color like cola. Very little foam head and only minimal lacing
Smell - coffee. aroma of a coffee shop. some caramel chocolate. hints of burnt smokiness.
Taste - lots of bitter roasted malt. black coffee with some chocolate cocoa. Semi-sweet but balanced. Some cream and maybe a little ginger? Carbonation is medium and body is only medium, typical of a porter. I would say slightly more carbonated though than an average porter. Spices seem to get more apparent the warmer it gets.

Overall, an interesting beer no doubt. It isn't an average porter, it has some winter spices added that give it a bit of warmth, but the porter body is still strong and robustly almost burn malt flavor. It's pretty good. Grade is a B+

Feb 01, 2019
 
3.92 by edthehead from New York on Jan 31, 2019
Photo of izraelc
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by izraelc from New York

Darker than I thought it would be. Brown with a little ruby glow. Very malty aroma. Good malt character. Slight bitter finish. Not bad.

Jan 27, 2019
 
3.89 by rorjets from Connecticut on Jan 21, 2019
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2.86/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by dacrza1 from New Jersey

DATE: January 10, 2019... OCCASION: working on salary negotiations data and in need of a lift...GLASSWARE: Abita pint... draws a dark, nearly opaque purple brown body with a bubbly, off-white head that rings to a simmer... thick, roasted malts merge with some citric kick--orange, lemon--and plum, cola, and some hints of menthol... not too distinguished overall... first sip is fizzy, medium-bodied, and deep... its cola quality is overstated--gassy in its finish and bubbly yet mildly thick through the mouth... drinkable but not engaging beyond its style--carries its 5.8% ABV well enough, though some syrupy finish detracts from the experience...the flavor profile is malt, wood, plum, grape, light citrus and cola.... its malts are the featured element, and it carries well enough... nice chocolate late... this one was a fun introduction on New Year's Eve at the Morgans, and though it doesn't quite hold its own as a stand-alone, it does accompany a cold, windy night appropriately, which is all one could ask for in a brown ale...

Jan 11, 2019
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4.51/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Mashtun_Martian from Massachusetts

This really is a terrific ale. I’m guessing it has a fair amount of crystal malt, because it reminds me of an Irish red in sweetness, mouthfeel, and aftertaste. There are rich malty notes, and very little hop presence. Also almost no hop bitterness.

The head doesn’t foam up a lot, but remains modest. If you let it sit, the bubbles seem to shrink and turn into a nice foam reminiscent of something nitrogenated.

Color is dark brown, like a porter. At 5.8 ABV it’s a nice slow sipping warmer for winter enjoyment.

Jan 09, 2019
 
4 by pantz9 from Massachusetts on Jan 06, 2019
 
3.5 by teamgalt from Massachusetts on Dec 16, 2018
 
3.56 by tpauer from New Hampshire on May 16, 2018
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

Shipyard Brewing Co. "Nightwind Winter Ale"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "B.O.11.30.2017"
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Nightwind pours a very dark mahogany brown colored body that appears black in the full glass and only reveals its color when held to the light. The creamy tan head above it slowly drops to a wide collar leaving some nice splashes of craggy lace and spots about the glass. The aroma is restrained but mainly gives the impression of a very dark, almost-burnt sugar or caramel. At times it can almost seem like cola. That's backed by some dark skinned fruit and a smear of melted chocolate. The flavor is fuller and follows in the same general steps but with more chocolate, more of a molasses character than almost-burnt sugar, just a hint of raisin, some additional apple/pear and red berry, a mild suggestion of smoky roastiness, and some leafy and earthy hops. Hmmm? Is there some pine there? That might explain the cola character. It finishes dry with some bitterness and hop flavor lingering. Medium leaning towards medium-light in body and softly carbonated to give a smooth mouthfeel. Having fairly recently returned from a trip to England I'll say that overall it's not bad for an English style porter of some strength - I'd have been happy to find this on cask.

Feb 26, 2018
 
3.54 by madelf66 from Pennsylvania on Feb 23, 2018
 
3.77 by Fitzy01 from Maine on Feb 15, 2018
Photo of woodychandler
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

It is the occasion of New Southern Samuel Springhouse Shipyard, But NO Super Bowl, Sunday (Week 676) and since I have gotten off my opening salvo, this one is next. I was at the Beer & Beverage Shoppe on Friday on my way home from substitute teaching in a new school district when I spotted this one on the singles shelf.

From the bottle: "43.6615 (deg.) N, 70.2553 (deg.) W". Ooh, as aretired U.S. Navy sailor, I LOVE when they talk Lat & Long to me! The house band on Diego Garcia was "Seven Degrees South" as in, of the Equator. Haha.

I wasted no time with Pop!ping the cap since it was simply another screwed-up screw-off cap. Oh well. I gave it a moderate pour followed by a vigorous in-glass swirl to raise just over a finger of dense, foamy, deep-tan/light-brown head with moderate retention. Color was Brown to Dark Brown (SRM = > 22, < 27) with NE-quality clarity & coppery highlights. Nose was an odd mélange of dark chocolate, dried dark fruits, treacle, light smoke and a general earthiness. Hmm. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not watery, but not great for the style. The taste was interestingly slightly sour, especially in terms of the dried dark fruit flavor, offset by the bittersweet chocolate flavor and the earthiness that most likely came from the hops. Finish was semi-dry, slightly sour, very earthy & quite evocative of an English Porter. Definitely worth drinking on a cold winter's night with freezing rain dampening the atmosphere.

Feb 05, 2018
 
4 by redsoxjim from Massachusetts on Feb 01, 2018
 
3.96 by 1jonnyz from Pennsylvania on Jan 31, 2018
 
3.63 by socon67 from New York on Jan 27, 2018
 
3.5 by bundy462 from Texas on Jan 24, 2018
Photo of Act25
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Act25 from New Jersey

An odd English porter, without much to brag about, but solid, basic.
a) Pours a clear, dark brown, transparent and light at the edges. Head developed and left fast, fizzy and done, leaves a micro dot lace.
s) Much too faint, but it's malt first with back notes of prune, winter earth, chocolate, toffee, and brown sugar.
t) Follows smell but develops much more especially as it warms, more hops, more coffee, more juicy smokey prune & molasses flavor, but well tempered. Perhaps too mild.
f) And likewise too thin and flat to be interesting all the way down the glass. Might be a good blending beer.

Jan 21, 2018
Photo of mikeg67
2.82/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by mikeg67 from New Jersey

12 oz bottle. Pours brown with tall, long lasting, fluffy, off-white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of toasted malt, dark fruit and salted fish. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Toasted malt, herbal hops, coffee and dark fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and very dry. So-so brew.

Jan 19, 2018
Photo of MaineBrewing
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by MaineBrewing from Maine

A - Poured a a nice solid dark brown, which was transparent when held to the light. Head was fizzy much like a soda, although a nice two fingers, it fizzled out quickly and left nothing in its wake.

S - Malt dominant aroma with notes of chocolate, toffee, and brown sugar. Slight earthy hops are also present.

T - Taste follows the aroma quite well, a malt forward brew with sweet dark sugary flavors of toffee and molasses, almost hazelnutty. A slight earthy hop character, nothing to write home about, but enough bittering to smooth out the sweet flavors. Its really mild in flavor, actually reminds me more of a mild than a porter.

M - There is very little carbonation, but I think that hinders the appearance more than the mouth feel. The low carbonation meshes well with the flavor profile, and makes this an enjoyable drink. I could image this being really nice on Nitro.

O - Overall this is not bad. I think the appearance is the glaring negative. The Beer has no head retention, no lacing. It looks like I'm drinking a pepsi. Aside from that the aroma and flavor is akin to a mild, but it packs more alcohol, which you wouldn't know just from the taste. I seriously thought this was a 4% beer until I read the bottle. This is just a nice and simple malt forward brew that is easy drinking and very enjoyable.

Jan 16, 2018
 
3.96 by PJCarnell from Massachusetts on Jan 11, 2018
 
4 by williahd from Maine on Dec 30, 2017
 
4.27 by hmcdunna from New Hampshire on Dec 28, 2017
 
4.37 by coshag from Massachusetts on Dec 21, 2017
Photo of Moses1618
5/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Moses1618 from Maine

Ruby Brown
Cream colored head. Decent retention.
Notes of Coffee, toffee and sweet cereals
Medium Bodied, but very smooth and easy to drink
Nice slightly lingering bitterness

I'd describe it as a hybrid between a Porter and a Scottish Ale. Delicious!

Dec 20, 2017
 
4.17 by Craven from New York on Dec 15, 2017
 
3.49 by Johncnh from New Hampshire on Dec 14, 2017
 
3.96 by jacktar1983 from Maine on Dec 12, 2017
Photo of puboflyons
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by puboflyons from New Hampshire

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle from November 2017. Sampled December 9, 2017.

It pours a deep dark brown tone with a modest to decent foamy tan head that slowly fades to a ring. Opaque.

The aroma is vibrant with dark roasted malts, sweetness, coffee, and molasses. Any earthy hop profile is very low.

The body is medium or better but smooth.

Big coffee character in the taste and those Ringwood yeasts! Sweet dark malts lead to a coffee bitterness rather than a hopped or dry bitterness.

Dec 09, 2017
 
3.77 by thoglund from New York on Dec 09, 2017
 
3.11 by Jonny41 from Maine on Dec 03, 2017
 
3.58 by IBUBrew from Vermont on Dec 01, 2017
Photo of selecter70
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
by selecter70 from Massachusetts

Solid but not stellar. A glad companion in the 12 pack for sure.

Nov 25, 2017
 
3.99 by dpgoblejr from New Hampshire on Nov 18, 2017
 
3.92 by Prost76 from New Hampshire on Nov 10, 2017
Nightwind from Shipyard Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 38 ratings