Pugsley's Signature Series: Imperial Porter
Shipyard Brewing Company

Pugsley's Signature Series:  Imperial PorterPugsley's Signature Series:  Imperial Porter
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Shipyard Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Porter - Imperial
Ranked #213
Ranked #23,448
3.72 | pDev: 12.37%
Sep 23, 2021
Nov 16, 2008
Pugsley's Signature Series:  Imperial PorterPugsley's Signature Series:  Imperial Porter
Notes: A full-bodied, very dark, malty beer with a good roasted character. The beer has an OG of 1.070, rounding out after fermentation with just a slight residual sweetness and cutting dry at the finish.
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Photo of tone77
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by tone77 from Pennsylvania

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of chocolate, roasted malts. Taste is roasted malts, light chocolate, slightly sour, hints of smoke. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

Sep 23, 2021
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3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

Pugsley’s Signature Series: Imperial Porter from Shipyard Brewing. Purchased 11/10/20 for $ 9.25 (Including tax and discount) for 22 oz SCREW-TOP bottle ($ 0.420/oz) from State Line Liquors in Elkton, MD. Reviewed 6/1/21.
Undated bottle. On room temperature shelf at store and stored at home at 42 degrees. Served at 50.9 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 55.9 degrees.
Appearance – 3.25.
First pour – Amber brown (SRM 18), clear.
Body – Deep brown (SRM 30), opaque. When held to direct light, same.
Head – Average (Maximum one cm, aggressive center pour), buff, medium density, short retention, leaving a two to five mm crown fed by effervescence, and a thin partial cap. Second pour high density 0.8 cm.
Lacing – Fair. Thin strands of extremely tiny bubbles forming occasional tiny stalactites and stalagmites, connected by short, thin columns.
Aroma – 3.25 – Begins vaguely sweet with a bit of chocolate malt, no hops, and no yeast. Weak.
Flavor – 3.5 – Begins slightly bitter with a chocolate malt taste, no hops, no yeast. No alcohol (7.1 % ABV, as marked on container) found in either nose or taste. Gastric warming does not occur. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl.
Palate – 3.5 – Medium, watery, lively carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 3.25 (After deducting 0.25 point for an undated container) Quite nondescript. Very drinkable but certainly not something I’ll seek out unless they start dating the bottles. The hops are certainly well-hidden, not unexpected for Fuggles and Golding, but the suppression of Warrior makes me think this bottle is old.

Jan 06, 2021
3.11 by Fubudu187 from Illinois on Feb 25, 2018
3.94 by ScottP from New Hampshire on Jul 29, 2017
Photo of colts9016
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by colts9016 from Idaho

Cellared 5 plus years. A little concerned that the ABV is a little low for it being cellar for 5 year. A massive two finger head with okay retention. The head is medium light tan head that is rocky and foamy. The color of the beer dark brown with some reddish brown hues.

N: A nice dark roasted malt with coffee, chocolate, so port notes, raisins, molasses, and dried figs.

T: A rich roasted malt with coffee, chocolate, port, raisins, bread, molasses, dried figs, yeast, and earthy.

M: A strong carbonation, medium body, slightly creamy.

This is far better than the barleywine that I tried a few days ago. It is a good example of baltic porter, I can taste the age on the bottle. I think I pushed it a tad too far. A good beer nonetheless.

Jul 09, 2016
4 by nathanmiller from New York on Nov 21, 2015
4 by Magister_Beav from Vermont on Sep 05, 2015
3.69 by OKCNittany from Oklahoma on Sep 03, 2015
Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by pat61 from Minnesota

Cellared 2 years. L: deep brilliant chestnut, 2” tan finely bubbled foam cap, moussey and persistent head S: a touch of sherry and over ripe fruit T: Caramel, not a lot of roast, some intense creaminess, hints of cola and chocolate, traces of pepper. F: medium high carbonation, medium to medium full body O: A big, interesting porter that handles 2 years in the cellar quite well.

Aug 04, 2015
3.85 by kjkinsey from Texas on Jun 29, 2015
3.25 by rderedin from Maine on Dec 14, 2014
4.75 by RevCraig from Canada (ON) on Dec 04, 2014
3.5 by spycow from Illinois on Nov 30, 2014
3.75 by a77cj7 from South Dakota on Nov 23, 2014
4.75 by pwdiamond from Connecticut on Oct 15, 2014
3.5 by kwjd from Canada (ON) on Sep 09, 2014
3.2 by drinkfella from Florida on Aug 23, 2014
3.75 by zestar from California on Aug 06, 2014
4 by mscudder from Georgia on Jul 28, 2014
3.75 by JMBSH from Colorado on Jul 12, 2014
3.75 by nleaders from Arizona on Jul 03, 2014
3.25 by Brutus627 from Maine on Jun 24, 2014
3.75 by Latarnik from New Jersey on May 28, 2014
4 by BrewJ_Okland from Virginia on Mar 26, 2014
3 by baybum from Pennsylvania on Mar 20, 2014
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3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by scotorum from Massachusetts

Another of Shipyard's Signature Series, the XXXX IPA, is one of my very top rated brews, so I had to pick this one up to try. Plus it was half price. No date visible. If it's not a recent product perhaps the hops are underrepresented.

Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

a: Black with hints of clear ruby when held to light,. Inch thick tan head receded quickly to thin surface foam and spotty lacing.

s: Sweet malt.

t: Smoke builds along with sharp bitter notes which linger on the back sides of the tongue. Later the smoke becomes muted and mild hints of dark fruit and malt emerge.

m: Light to moderate. Very smooth once you get past the hop bite.

o: An easy drinking and flavorful porter with a good malt profile and hop bite, if perhaps a bit mild compared to some of today's Imperials. Needs to be around the suggested 55 degrees or warmer to taste its best.

Feb 13, 2014
3.5 by JAHMUR from Connecticut on Dec 04, 2013
3.75 by InfragilisBrew from Illinois on Dec 01, 2013
3.5 by Kegatron from Pennsylvania on Nov 20, 2013
Photo of spinrsx
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by spinrsx from Canada (ON)

Bomber from the Ottawa LCBO for $6.75

Appearance - Dark brown colour with a massive size frothy beigen head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 10 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate syrup, coffee, grains

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate syrup, and a bit of coffee. There is also a bit of a booziness which is odd considering the moderate ABV. It ends with a malty grainy chocolate aftertaste.

Overall - Nice sent and a good appearance but the taste is fairly boring. Quite drinkable but just not something that I'd have any reason to search out again.

Oct 27, 2013
Photo of chinchill
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by chinchill from South Carolina

12 oz bottle stored in a cooler with a best by date of 9/2012.
Pours nearly black and is opaque in the glass. Nice tan head leaves some irregular lacing.
The aroma is wht weak spot for me, with the dark roasted malts presenting a slightly sour note. Improved maredly with some warming/airing. The taste is better, with just an acceptable hint of sourness at times, but a little more burnt flavor than I prefer. Still, nicely rich dark malt flavor with a momentary hit of sweet up front.

Oct 25, 2013
3.5 by hopkrid from Florida on Oct 20, 2013
3.75 by ThisMoonlife from Massachusetts on Oct 02, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by UCLABrewN84 from California

Bottle pour at mrbubbler's tasting.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, dark fruit, and slight cocoa aromas. Taste is much the same with char and dark fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but fairly boring in my opinion.

Aug 26, 2013
3.5 by JTomczak from Connecticut on Aug 13, 2013
3.75 by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois on Aug 13, 2013
3.75 by nygannon from California on Aug 03, 2013
3.75 by WOLFGANG from South Carolina on Jul 14, 2013
Photo of artoolemomo
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by artoolemomo from Oregon

Appearance- Pours up a lot of head which appears to have decent retention. The head is beige/light mocha while the body is a dark chocolate brown which shows garnet around the edges when it is held up to the light. Minimal amounts of lacing left behind. The head retention is much more than decent- this is one sluggish beer.

Nose- Not as potent as I would like from a porter and an imperial one at that. Perhaps it needs to open up more but all I'm getting at the moment are some weak roasted notes and a little bit of coffee. Some hints of smoke and maybe a little bit of burnt toast. A bit of sourness from the roasted malts. Fairly disappointing.

Taste- So far, pretty much like the nose but with more presence. The roasted malts dominate the flavor profile. Lots of coffee, some nuttiness, some sour notes. Lacks complexity at the moment. Some sweet notes but nothing cloying. Don't really sense any sort of hop bite- maybe the bittering qualities of the Warrior hops are hidden by the dominant roasted notes. Pretty average beer- definitely looking like something I would never buy again.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with some syrupy qualities and some grittiness. Might be a little too much carbonation.

Drinkability- Fairly easygoing. No heat present. The biggest problem is that this is a pretty boring beer. A boring beer that costs 9 bucks.

Overall- Probably should pass this one by. Nothing wrong with it; it's just quotidian. It seems to be true to the style guidelines and mellows out as it opens up. However, it doesn't become more interesting.

Jul 07, 2013
Pugsley's Signature Series: Imperial Porter from Shipyard Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 273 ratings