Shipyard Imperial Porter (Pugsley's Signature Series) | Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Imperial Porter (Pugsley's Signature Series)Shipyard Imperial Porter (Pugsley's Signature Series)

Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co.
Maine, United States

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Jason on 11-16-2008

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Reviews: 176 | Ratings: 269
Photo of selecter70
4.7/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful! I savored every drop. Deep blackish pour with light beige head with brown drops on top and excellent retention & lace. Delicious cask draught with the typical but full chocolate-toffee-coffee aroma and a nice bitterness that followed not to sweet mouthy flavor. Smooth & rich with a hint of sourness behind the bitter. Definitely up there with Mayflower!

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Photo of aforbes10
4.63/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the Vacaville, CA BevMo. Pours a nice dark brown with a creamy light brown chocolate head. Laces fairly strongly, and stickily too. A very pretty beer. Nose has hints of chocolate and toasty grains. Flavor is rich and creamy, with a little dry malt bitterness clawing through. Lots of nice truffle-like chocolate fudge, some roasted grains. Barely a hint of alcohol. Very little fruity flavor, which i generally like in this type of beer, but there's a little yeasty character that mixes in with the chocolate and serves the same purpose. Very, very tasty.Extremely smooth and creamy. Wonderful full body and texture. This one was a really, really nice surprise. I could drink a few more of these (well, maybe not tonight!)

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Photo of RickS95
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks killer sitting in my snifter. Pours an almost completely black, thick liquid. Dark black with only slight brown hues mixed in. The head is slow forming and thick. Full of both small- and large-sized bubbles, light brown in color. Good retention and nice, thick lacing.

It's a malt bomb. Full of roasted barley, chocolate malts and even a little coffee. Smells like coffee mixed with charcoal.

You can pick up the black patent and chocolate malts. Bittersweet chocolate and coffee tastes. Just enough hops in the finish to balance the malt flavors and give a tick of bitter and acid.

Creamy up front. Very smooth. Full bodied. A nice crisp, hoppy bitter finish.

Almost perfect. Exactly what I'm looking for in a beer. Wish is had more alcohol, being an imperial porter, but that's picking nits. Excellent beer.

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Photo of jbertsch
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bomber of this at Whole Foods on a whim, because after I was utterly disappointed with Shipyard's Pumpkinhead ale, I was hoping they could redeem themselves. They did.

This looks black, essentially, although it's probably more of a super dark brown. There are red edges showing when you hold the glass up to light. Head is caramel colored and frothy, with nice lacing.

A thin umbrella of smokiness hangs over aromas of chocolate, coffee, molasses, and caramel. I also smell esters of raisin.

Taste matches the plethora of aromas, with a medium-to-long finish. A little bitterness is found at the end.

Drinkabilty is awesome given the style. I'd buy this again.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.37/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Finger and a half of tan head, black as a country night body.

Smells rich and dark: molasses, black licorice, and roasted and burnt malt.

Tastes quite rich as well. Lots of black molasses, a good amount of bitterness too. Then the burnt malt rolls in and it's all over.

Heavy body, almost chewy and low carbonation.

Pretty amazing. Strong, dark and tasty.

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Photo of aepb1
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Black with a brown foamy head

S- Malty chocolate and coffee

T- Dark coffee and chocolate malts up front moving to a dark molasses and some fruity sweetness. Nice deep flavor

M- Medium bodied, creamy bit the carbonation cuts the creaminess a bit which is dissapointing

D- This was aged for about a year before opening but if I had another I'd definitely look forward to more age!

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Photo of shanem
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Super dark brown, almost black with a tan head about an inch tall, fell pretty quick with minimal lacing

S: sweet, a bit of chocolate. alcohol isn't completely hidden on this one eiher

T: Starts with an initial sweet hit with some smooth roasted malt after. has a woodsy, smokey finish and aftertaste that I thought was really good

M: Medium/full body with good carbonation

D: The only thing that keeps the drinkability down at all would be the abv. It's not super high, but you can taste it, not as masked as some imperials.

I thought this beer was fantastic. If you enjoy any smoked porters, check it out

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Photo of duracell
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a black color with red hues. The off-white head has medium retention and leaves a ring at the surface.

S - Smell is very complex. A blend of generous amount of malt (chocolate, roasted malt, blackberries) and herbal aromas.

T - Bold flavors. Chocolate is intense. A simply perfect balance malt/hop. Alcohol shows up at the end to conclude the experience.

M - Full body, amazingly smooth, with a low carbonation which suits perfectly the rest. The mouthfeel is just perfect!

O - A really good porter I would recommend and buy whenever I can!

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Photo of Blitzstyle
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a sniffer glass. Very little tan head, really dark brown color, some average lace.

Smells of rich chocolate and some sudel coffee notes. Smells like it has some real big abv but it doesn't.

Taste some really good chocolate flavor backed up with some nice coffee notes. Has a bit of a sourness to it which I find very nice. Some licorice on the back. The warmer this beer got the more it opened up.

Medium heavy body, with some decent ligering effects on the back of your tounge. Would love to have another, big fan of the Pugsley series altoghether.

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Photo of Trappissed
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I usually don't go for Baltic Porters. The reason being, I found a sort of uncomfortable kick of extremely sweet dark fruits in the middle. The beers I'm referring to are Baltic Porters like Zywiec and Okocim. Shipyard's still has it, but nowhere near to the degree of the others. This has a nice chocolate malt base. A little rush of acidity/sourness on the end. The chocolate malt lingers after though, which leaves a good impression.

This is the second Pugsley's Series I've had, first one being the English Barley Wine. They are both unique in their own right. This one has a great mouthfeel. Perfect amount of carbonation and texture feels just right. I can taste the hops in the background and they seem to compliment this beer nicely. As the beer warms, it becomes even better. A little less bite and little more smoothness.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of loren01
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark black color, good sized tan head with great lacing
S: Chocolate/hazlenuts/pecans. Bourbon scent in there as well
T: Dark bitter chocolate, slight honey sweetness. Also some nutty flavors in there.
M: Medium to full bodied, finished a bit dry
D: This is a pretty nice porter, would buy this again for sure.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Ale and Witch

A - It pours a deep brown-black, shiny, and with a medium body at most. There is an inch of tan foam, short-lived.

S - The nose is mostly comprised of various roasted qualities: coffee, cocoa, hazel- and chest-nuts; but it is not too heavy or one-dimensional either. As it airs out, I pick up on various dried dark fruits.

T - The taste is just pleasant. Again, continuing the theme of the nose, there is a lot of roastiness. Coffee (not espresso) and cocoa nuance are subtle but discernible, the booze is not discernible at all. Sweetness is moderate, and well-balanced by a slightly earthy hop.

M - The body is just about right at medium, which works well. The carbonation, however, could've been more enhancing, as it felt a tad prickly.

D - This is easily one of Shipyard's best.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue XI:

A moderate level of carbonation forms a thin tan lacing, which leaves several sticky rings on the glass. The charcoal black color is dark enough not to let any light through, and a lovely darkness it is. Complex nose of chocolate cake batter, hint of bubblegum, ripe figs, iced coffee and a bit of brown bread. Creamy, silky, lush, full body flows onto the palate with a rich smoothness. There's a mild burnt flavor throughout, with roasted grain and suggestions of burnt sugar and unsweetened chocolate. Solid malt foundation, not too much sweetness, but certainly more than enough to hold the beer together. Woody herbal hopping shows a modest bitterness--more of a tagalong flavor with the roasted character. There's a mild warmth from the alcohol with a mellow fruitiness that goes from raisins to figs. A clean roasted finish points toward dry.

Very impressive, a really robust Porter here. Very balanced, and with just enough complexity to make it interesting without cutting into its drinkability.

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a bomber into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours out a big, bad black. Massive creamy brown head.

S - Ahh sweetness. Chocolate smelling comes right through. Coffee and mocha as well. Not strong at all but pleasant.

T - Oh nice aggressive tasting porter but in a good way indeed. Some nice roasted malt flavor with just a hint of sweet. Chocolate taste is great, tastes like a dark. The ABV comes through at the back end with just a bit of warming in the throat.

M - Full bodied and nice and creamy. Coats the mouth just right. Leaves a surprisingly nice tingly feeling on the palate.

D - Yes very drinkable for the ABV. It goes down very smoothly. So smoothly it would get me in trouble quickly.

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Photo of BeerCon5
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown almost black color with less than one finger of tan fluffy head.

The scent is of roasted malt, chocolate, and notes of coffee.

The taste is of cocoa, burnt coffee, roasted malts, and a smokey presence.

Full bodied, smooth and creamy, low carbonation.

This was a pretty good beer, very good flavor, a bit filling so its not easy to drink more than one or two. I might drink this again.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

OK, let's see if Maine can redeem the East Coast...Pours a wicked super-dark mahogany - near to black. Head is a beautiful tan, persistent, leaves awesome lace. Really robust aroma, tons of dark chocolate, maybe some cinnamon, a little raspberry...complex and yummy smelling. Flavor is intense - deep, tangy bites of the chocolate roast hit you right away, and with an excellent, full mouth of flavor. VERY robust and delicious. Strong hop character on the finish, with some sour fruit rolling around in there. Outstanding beer, really delicious. $5.99/bomber though so it's not cheap, but it is worth every penny.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to FooFaa for sharing this bomber on 10/18/09.

A - Poured a really dark brown color with a thin tan head that reduced to a patchy ring of retention and spotty lace.

S - Initial aroma combines hints of chocolate cake and subtle coffee notes with a nutty malt character. Some earthy, woody hop notes also emerged as the liquid warmed up a bit. Some sweet lactic notes round out the equasion.

T - Bitter chocolate ganache and milky lactic notes dominate the flavor of this Imperial Porter. The chocolate imparts a dual character that emphasizes dark, bitter character but also displays some cake-like sweetness as well. Subtle woody and herbal bitter hop notes emerge in the backend, and are soon joined by a touch of peppery spiciness in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with a smooth, creamy texture and soft carbonation. Dry, bitter finish with very subtle astringency on the palate.

D - Overall, this is a very good Imperial Porter with lots of chocolate cake character and plenty of hop bitterness. The alcohol remained well-concealed for an Imperial brew.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber and served in a pint glass, the beer is a deep, dark brown coloring with some chestnut highlights around the edges of the glass. Poured with a ton of light tan head at first, but it quickly settled into a thin film of dense head. Aromas are slightly coffee and dark chocolate, with a slight booze characteristic. The beer's flavors are more coffee centric, with a good balance of dark chocolate and a highlight of milk chocolate. Very complex and well blended. Bitter from the coffee and from hops hit the tail end of the palate, cleaning everything up nicely. No cling on the glass, and the beer tends to be standard for the Porter style, with a thin, light body overall. The aftertaste is heavy on the bitters, with highlights of the coffee and chocolate flavors lacing through. The finish is slick at first, and then dry through the end. Very strong, robust flavors, but not overpowering or off-putting. Extremely tasty brew.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one for $8.59 at what's formerly known as, Smoker's Den in Bennington, VT.

22 oz. gold foil topped bottle poured into a nonic. Served at the suggested 55 degrees.

Pours a midnight black with a two finger tan colored head that dies down to a thin layer of foam. A decent amount of chunky lacing remains on the sides of the glass. Nose consists of smoked malts, roasted barley, and some good 'ol ringwood yeast. Smell also has some coffee notes and cocoa powder as well. Taste starts off with ashy bark, some brown sugar, and roasted coffee grinds. Ringwood emerges midway but isn't overly strong, thank god. Aftertaste is smokey and sweet with toasted grains, some molasses, spicy hops, metallic notes, and a touch of butter from the ringwood. The body is a bit thinner than I like for the style, with a dry feel and a medium to strong carbonation. This is a nice English Ale that is true to style. I've found that the Ringwood yeast strain is hit or miss for certain styles with Middle Ages being a stones throw from my apartment, but this is definitely one that works. The only problem I have with this beer is the price tag, bring it down a couple bucks and I'd be all over this bad boy again and again.

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Photo of Thads324
4.14/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A : pours a lovely dark black. No hues. A pretty thick dark tan head with big bubbles. Dissipates at a medium pace.

S : smells of deep chocolate and slight roasted malts. A bit of coffee. A bit of booze as well. Can't detect any hop. The chocolate is not overpowering, but it's strong, if that makes any sense.

T : starts a bit watery, then the malts hit. A bit roasty, with a nutty and slightly sweet caramel flavor. Mineral water taste and sharp edges on all the flavors. There is a hint of hop bitterness towards the end that is slightly citrus flavored and a bit dirty And earthy also. The chocolate finish is reminiscent of the smell, and lingers very pleasantly.

M : smooth yet crisp, starts slow but has great overall balance.

A damn fine beer. Well balanced, flavorful. Hides it's booze well and is quite drinkable. A repeat coming in my future throughout the cold winter nights.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bomber > Imperial ppint glass

Thanks to Ryan from the Blue Trout Grill for his samples!!!!

This one is a classic dark brown color, decent carbonation, looks rather heavy and livey with a nice 2" deep tan colored head that holds on in moderate fashion with plenty of sticky goodness left over.

The nose is very well-rounded with deep, dark chocolate, slightly bitter yeast and hops kick and smokey coffee beans with vanilla. This is a very smooth aroma.

This is a medium to full and rather heady malty body with smooth dark chocolate syrup effect but not at all slick or clumpy, it's more crisp with a smooth finish and pretty dry. The chocolate flavor is balanced by a earthy and bitter yeast in the middle with green, earthy hops. I really this yeast strain works well with this style, giving it a very English twist. Light-roast coffee with vanilla and a very well-hidden heat pops out more as the brew warms up to room temp.

This is a very good porter, perhaps a bit light for an Imperial but at 7.1% is very drinkable. Gotta love free samples!

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Photo of erosier
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a deep black color with a medium sized and medium bodied tan colored head that fades slowly and gives a nice lacing down the glass.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, hints of chocolate, caramel, smoke, clove, and a sweet almost nutty aroma.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted and deeper blacker malts with hints of chocolate, some smokey flavors, then a nice mix of caramel and the malt sweetness.
M: Rich, warming, perfect amount of carbonation, heavy feeling.
D: Overall I thought it was a pretty good representation of the style, nice mix of flavors and feel and it delivers on the abv end making it a nice imperial style beer.

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Photo of Deuane
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to FooFaa for sharing a bottle of this one.

A-Deep black/brown with dark burgundy highlights. A thick dark tan head reduce to a thin ring and leaves spotty lace.

S-Rich chocolate cake, bready with a touch of coffee, raisin and dark roasted malt.

T-Slight sour twang riding on top a wave of dark bitter chocolate, light coffee and roasted malt. Drying finish.

M-Medium body with good lingering flavours and a nice astringency.

D-Good stuff. Never a big fan of Shipyard brew, you can keep your Ringwood yeast thanks, this one plenty of flavour to keep it interesting. I REALLY liked the aroma!

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Photo of WesWes
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pitch black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a tremendous malt nose that boasts of chocolate and roasted malts. It's sweet and creamy smelling with some Ringwood yeast esters. The taste is good. It has a more robust character than the aroma suggests. It's dry and roasted with some hints of chocolate malt in the finish. The esters are hard to pick up. The patent/roasted malts must be potent enough to hide it. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an easy drinking imperial porter. I like the malt character quite a bit. This is the best Shipyard beer I've ever had.

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Shipyard Imperial Porter (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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