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

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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Jason on 11-16-2008

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5/5  rDev +34.4%

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5/5  rDev +34.4%

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5/5  rDev +34.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

Photo of selecter70
4.7/5  rDev +26.3%
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 +24.5%
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%
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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4.5/5  rDev +21%

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4.5/5  rDev +21%

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4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of jbertsch
4.5/5  rDev +21%
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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4.5/5  rDev +21%

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4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of Fatehunter
4.37/5  rDev +17.5%
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 +16.4%
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 +16.1%
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 +14.8%
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 +14.8%
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 +14.8%
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 +14.2%
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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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of loren01
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
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 WeissBoy
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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