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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)
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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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Photo of nick76
2.43/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

The aroma is pretty good for the style with toasted malt, coffee, and hops. The appearance is quite nice with a foamy tan head and dark brown color. The taste is very bitter and tastes burnt. I think it also tastes chemical. The palate is smooth but not thick. Overall I think this one is a major disappointment, it just doesn't taste good.

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Photo of seaoflament
2.51/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Dave for the opportunity to try this beer.

Pours dark with over an inch of mocha colored foam.

Nutty malts, coffee, chocolate malts, soft cocoa, and some hints of vanilla and condensed milk. A touch grainy and a bit of malted milk. I'm also detecting some very light earthy and floral hop aromas in the background. As the beer warms up it seems to get sweeter with more pronounced chocolate notes. Decent, but not great.

Thin body upfront and a tad over carbonated, after that is over I get a rush of bitter chocolate, toasted malts, and hints of coffee. Flavors disappear very quickly and they don't have staying power on the palate. A bit of nutty malts in the finish and aftertaste, along with some bitter toast. Also some cola flavors late in the aftertaste. The back label states "this Porter is best enjoyed at 55 degrees Fahrenheit," and I poured this one around that temperature, if not a little warmer. I will let it sit and warm up to see if it improves at all. There's a slightly burnt flavor that really shouldn't be there and seems out of place. Almost tastes oxidized with a bit of wet cardboard flavor.

Medium carbonation but the thin body makes it seems as if this one is over carbonated. Not very enjoyable to be honest and doesn't make me crave another sip in between sips either. Way too thin of a body and lacks complexity and presence on the palate.

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Photo of sweetbrew82
2.56/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. into a snifter

P: Dark brown with a khaki-colored head of frothy foam. Showed good retention before retreating to a thick collar with webs of lace in its wake.

A: The malt bill smells like half was deeply roasted and the other half was burnt to a crisp. There is some chocolate and hops in there, but the smell of charred grain, black coffee, and booze isn't particularly appetizing for me. In fact, the more I smell it the more hesitant I become to take the first sip...

T: ...and rightfully so. The first thing I notice is a weird metallic flavor, and some notes that remind me of blood. M'm M'm good! Aside from that, the malts are deeply roasted up front and much more charred on the back end. The bottle says they used black patent, chocolate, and crystal; and it tastes like this is the order of strength in which they appear on the palate. Cocoa powder, licorice, and coffee flavors are there, but the first half of each mouthful is marred by the taste of seltzer water. Unfortunately, the back half of each mouthful is equally disastrous from the charred sour malt that combines with the earthy hops to leave a nasty astringent bitterness that just won't quit.

M: Helping the flavor become even more of a train wreck is the body. Imperial Porter? Only in name! This just barely even qualifies as medium-light bodied, by just a hair. It's thin and watery, has no depth or roundness to it, and doesn't even offer a smidgen of creaminess or chewiness to it.

Notes: To tell you the truth, I've had a handful of regular American Porters that offered fuller bodies and bolder flavor profiles than this "Imperial." The body indicates that this is way under-malted, while the flavor says it's overly burnt. This is just not a very good beer in my own humble opinion. I want my $7.99 back!

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Photo of ppoitras
2.57/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Gold foiled cap.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a scant 1/8" dark brown head over the almost opaque dark brown brew. What head there is quickly recedes to the rim, encircling a swirly skim, with leggy slow-falling lace. Aroma is dark malt, anise, and alcohol. Taste follows the nose, but weakly, and the alcohol close is harsh and fusel-involving. Mouthfeel is thin for the style, and drinkability is limited by above noted traits. Sorely disappointed.

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Photo of StoneyPeaches
2.6/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pugsley Sig looks fantastic poured - dark and rich with impressive "look at me" head that lingers on forever. But the nose is weak with a faint hint of metallic notes. Mouthfeel is nice and full though. Taste.. not so much. Starts interesting - toasted malts and hard coffee but soon butterscotch flavor overpowers and then pure bitterness. Toasted malts taste more like burnt malts. This Imperial porter is not your everyday drink. It's demanding and unruly.

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Photo of biglite351
2.66/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - a not of red around the edge. Creamy tan head that leaves a good bit of lace.

S - malty with mild chocolate and something that reminds me of wine.

T - roasting bitter malts. Dont like the flavor much. Too much bitterness and not much of anything else.

M - light coating, but not thin, with no real tingle.

D - pass.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
2.68/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

22 Picked up in the 2nd round of Fight Club.. Czoch75 put a hurting on me.. Thanks Clint for this bottle.. This was an unknown brewery for me.... Shared with my bro.

Poured into my Delerium goblet.. Big tan head.. foamy.. settles back fairly quickly.. The brew is pretty much black.

Nose is pretty roasty with a fair amount of other stuff going on.. molasses comes to mind immediately.. licorice!?! toffee and some chocolate.. most normal porter aromas seem to be in the background.

Flavor is just a mash-up of the above aromas.. molasses seems to be the big player here. smokey.. raisins.. still again licorice.. more than abundant coffee as it warms up.. burnt sugars and char... peat smoke?? ... lite mouthfeel and too much carbonation..

Overall... there are almost no traditional aromas or flavors that I would expect in a big porter... instead it seems like a bunch of shit was thrown into the kettle and hoped (cross your fingers) that something epic is gonna be produced.

This is much better cold than warm.. but that's really not saying too much. Clint thanks for the opportunity.. but this would have been a drainpour had I not shared it.

Ehhhh I am seriously "trying" to just finish the last half glass.


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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.71/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a deep, deep brown with good crabonation and nice dirty white head. Nose is mainly cheap cocoa powder and some roastiness. Taste is pretty awful. Lots of cocoa powder that I could have pulled from my kitchen, thing bodied, astringent and a light roastiness. Mouthfeel is thin some booze more cocoa powder. Avoid.

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Photo of Sagehawk
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of bgibbard
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of cjgator3
2.8/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brownish black color with a light tan colored head.

S- The aroma is dark roasted malts, molasses, coffee, hints of cocoa and esters.

T- The taste like the aroma suggests features a dark bitter roastiness with some coffee and a good amount of bittering hops in the finish. There is an unpleasant bitterness in the taste, almost like burnt coffee.

M- The mouthfeel is somewhere between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I'm not a huge fan of this beer, definitely not something I'd purchase again.

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Photo of CharlatanSin
2.84/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a super dark brown with mahogany around the edges. That's all fine, but the beer pours with an explosion of a tan head. My girlfriend poured first and she got half foam. I thought she messed up the pour (as she is wont to do) and so I poured extremely carefully, with more or less the same result. Once it settled down it looked okay.

S: Very roasty. The expected chocolate and light coffee, with a little more dark fruit than usual. Not too bad.

T/M: A letdown. It's got all of the normal tastes for the style, namely roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. Some dark fruit too. But the bitterness does not work with the rest of the taste at all. I've had some hoppy imperial porters and stouts that have been great (Long Trail's comes to mind), but the bitterness here is overly astringent, which combines with the roasted coffee to unfortunately evoke coffee grounds. This is made even worse by the excessively dry mouthfeel. This is the first beer I've had where "chalky" is the primary characteristic that comes to mind.

Overall: It just didn't work. I had it the same day as the Pugsley's Series Imperial IPA (both being delayed birthday presents from a good friend), which was actually quite good, which made me all the more disappointed with this one.

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Photo of illidurit
2.85/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

An unexpected gift from Oscar at The Red in Santa Cruz. Pours ruby brown with a wispy, wet tan head. Okay retention, no lacing. Aroma is mainly cocoa with black coffee and some nuts, possibly some diacetyl butteriness. Flavor is one dimensional: black coffee. Just tastes bitter and thin, like someone aged seltzer water in a used-coffee-filter-lined barrel.

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Photo of kingcrowing
2.9/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a DFH snifter.

Pours a very dark black with a HUGE brown head that slowly fades away to some really nice fine lacing. Nose is gross, it smells like vomit or bad chocolate, bleh.

Taste is decent, lots of roasted chocolate and burnt coffee, it's got a very nice mouthfeel though, it's really creamy with nice carbonation, but that's the highlight of this beer. It's decent and I got it cheap but don't pay more than $3-4 for a bomber.

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Photo of ocbears
2.95/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Murphy's in Hanover. Served in an Imperial Pint glass.

A: Dark brown, near black. Small, tan head.

S: Mostly dark chocolate and roasted, almost burnt malt.

T: Pretty much the same as the aroma but with an ever so slight hop kick at the end. The alcohol is noticeable but doesn't detract from the overall flavor.

M: Quite thin and watery. I was most disappointed with this aspect of the beer.

D: Not all that bad I guess but I don't think I would want more than one of these.

Notes: Just an extremely average brew.

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Photo of divineaudio
2.95/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

bomber into a snifter.

a - pours deep, dark brown with a thin cap of tan head. after calming i get a thin film with light, spotty lacing.

s - dark chocolate, cherry, booze, vinous fruits.

t - taste is flat with notes of wet cardboard. faint dark chocolate, dark fruits and spiciness unfortunately all take a back seat to oxidation.

m - full bodied with very little carbonation. fine co2 profile.

o - what was this beer once? may have been great but this bottle is definitely in decline. i'd really like to get my hands on a fresh batch and try again.

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Photo of billab914
2.96/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz snifter into my CBS snifter. It poured black in color with a thin, frothy, tan head covering the top of the beer and sticking to the edges of the glass.

The aroma has a buttery, caramel, chocolaty flavor to it. Some toasty malts are there as well. The buttery, caramel flavors are just way too overpowering in the aroma for me.

The taste thankfully shows more of the chocolaty, porter character to it. I get some bitter-sweet chocolate mixing with the caramel and a little bit f a roasty, bitterness in the finish. The caramel, malty flavors seem a little overpowering in it making it seem a little one dimensional.

The mouthfeel is on the thicker side and a little syrupy. Carbonation is moderate. Overall I didn't really think it was a very good beer of the style. The buttery, caramel flavors were just overdone for me and not that enjoyable. The roasty, chocolaty porter characteristics just seemed overshadowed, which didn't work well for me.

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Photo of beyah
2.97/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark as a Maine Winter Night. The correct amount of head for this style deep tan head.

Stong malt profile. It smells of coffee and molasses.

The hops are there but not overpowering, a very smooth full bodied porter.
The mouthfeel, is good but this is a sipper not one to drink quickly.

It's a good beer but left me looking for more, as porters go it was middle of the road.

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Photo of jdougherty
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of WynnO
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of MattPS
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of dna1964dna
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Rollzroyce21
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of baybum
3/5  rDev -19.4%

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