Nightwind
Shipyard Brewing Company

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From:
Shipyard Brewing Company
 
Maine, United States
Style:
English Porter
ABV:
5.8%
Score:
86
Avg:
3.78 | pDev: 10.58%
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
38
Status:
Active
Rated:
May 01, 2020
Added:
Nov 10, 2017
Wants:
  1
Gots:
  9
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Reviewed by CTHomer from Connecticut

3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
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
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
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
 
Rated: 3.54 by smithj4 from New York

Apr 13, 2019
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Reviewed by PMakowski from New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
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
 
Rated: 3.92 by edthehead from Maryland

Jan 31, 2019
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Rated by izraelc from New York

3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
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
 
Rated: 3.89 by rorjets from Connecticut

Jan 21, 2019
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Reviewed by dacrza1 from New Jersey

2.86/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
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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Reviewed by Mashtun_Martian from Massachusetts

4.51/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
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
 
Rated: 4 by pantz9 from Massachusetts

Jan 06, 2019
 
Rated: 3.5 by teamgalt from Massachusetts

Dec 16, 2018
 
Rated: 3.56 by tpauer from New Hampshire

May 16, 2018
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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
 
Rated: 3.54 by madelf66 from Pennsylvania

Feb 23, 2018
 
Rated: 3.77 by Fitzy01 from Maine

Feb 15, 2018
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Reviewed by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
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
 
Rated: 4 by redsoxjim from Massachusetts

Feb 01, 2018
 
Rated: 3.96 by 1jonnyz from Pennsylvania

Jan 31, 2018
 
Rated: 3.63 by socon67 from New York

Jan 27, 2018
 
Rated: 3.5 by bundy462 from Texas

Jan 24, 2018
Nightwind from Shipyard Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 38 ratings