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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of thehyperduck
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

625 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before March 2013. Poured into a mug and served only slightly chilled.

Pours a deep brownish-black colour with red highlights; more-or-less opaque, and topped at first with more than 3 fingers of pillowy, puffy, light tan-coloured head that reminds me of marshmallow fluff. Great retention, with multiple rings of lacing left behind on the sides of the glass as it slowly recedes. Looks great, but the aroma is comparatively meek - roasted malts, herbal hops, anise and ethanol are really the only things I can pick out. It opens up a little as the glass warms, but as a whole the aroma is too weak to be anything memorable.

Fortunately the flavours are considerably more pronounced than the aroma. There is a solid backbone of roasted malts, molasses and semi-sweet chocolate that dominates at first. Some faint dark fruit (plums, cherries) and coffee flavours come through mid-sip, but these are quickly outshone by notes of anise and the herbal, earthy bittering from the hops. The aftertaste leans toward the bitter side, with some lingering roast and black licorice notes. The alcohol is vaguely noticeable if you look for it (a little surprising at only 7.1%), but works nicely with the flavour profile. On the thin side of medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation - too much for my tastes, and it doesn't make the beer seem any thicker/chewier, that's for sure. Drinkable enough, but mostly because it doesn't come across as very heavy.

Final Grade: 3.62, a B grade. Shipyard's Imperial Porter is one of the most bipolar beers I've ever reviewed. It looks amazing and definitely tastes pretty good, but the weak aroma and thin, fizzy mouthfeel do not help this beer's case at all. I still have to give this stuff a thumbs up, but the aforementioned flaws prevent it from being a truly memorable imperial porter. There are local options (Wellington RIS and Grand River's Russian Gun) that are more affordable and equally satisfying, so this is not something I am likely to repurchase. Not an amazing deal at its LCBO price point, but potentially worth a try if you want a changeup.

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Photo of TerryW
3.04/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Impressive looking beer. Black brew under a large, firm, long lasting head. Lots of lace.

Not a big nose. A whiff of dark fruit, some subdued sweetness. Just a hint of alcohol.

First impression is the taste of black licorice, followed by some dark chocolate, charcoal. Malty sweet before giving way to ashes and dryness. Lingering bitterness. Pretty strong flavours all along the way. Alcohol is well-concealed. Thin-bodied.

Too much char for my taste, too one-dimensional.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

props to andrenaline for including this in our most recent beer trade
A - nearly impenetrable black, big creamy head retained fantastic
S - big roasty amd chocolate malts with mild candied cherry, slight coffee finish
T - big roasty flavor followed by cola and coffee, mild dark fruit syrup
M - creamy and a bit on tje chewy side for a high abv porter
O - tasty and bold, definitely glad my BA in crime decided to include this one

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle best before March 2013 poured in to tulip.

A - Dark brown with a massive amount of light brown head. Carbonation appears high from the pour.

S - Dark roast, coffee and cocoa with some brown sugar.

T - Big roast profile with some dry bitterness and nutty flavours. Some sweet cocoa and brown sugar flavours are also present.

M - Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Props to peensteen for hooking me up with this treat...

A - Pours pitch black, thumb of mocha head with decent retention and nice spotty lacing.

S - Nose is sweet cocoa and leafy greens, hints of oatmeal, rye and a touch of vanilla.

T - The cocoa flavours dominate, with a non-sweetened cocoa flavour that lingers alongside a touch of ABV sweetness and hints of burnt toast, tobacco smoke and fresh coffee grounds.

M - Lighter bodied, fills the mouth, a tad prickly and finishes with a touch of dryness.

O - Overall a tasty Imperial Porter, nice flavour profile that posseses a solid cocoa profile and a hint of sweetness. Quite tasty and easily drinkable. One of the better brews in the Pugsley Series for sure.

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Photo of KajII
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Nonic Pint]

The pour was an extremely dark brown with some red highlights and an average (1-2 finger) light brown creamy head that diminished down to a thin film with a small collar, thus creating fair spotty lacing.

The aroma was of a dark roasted malt and a sweet leathery yeast with notes of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, vanilla and a hint of lactose sugar.

The taste was very malty and a little bitter-sweet with a touch of chocolate from the onset, becoming a tad bitterer with a nice large dose of coffee towards the finish. The flavor lasted a little longer than expected, with a mildly bitter java taste settling on the taste buds along with a slight milky sweetness and a mild alcohol warming sensation at the very end.

Mouthfeel was medium in body and dry yet creamy in texture with a moderate carbonation.

Overall a very flavorful and satisfying Porter that possessed a moderate ABV and an awesome drinkability, this is one I need to watch out for...

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Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a two-finger, light brown head of bubbly foam. It left some sticky tan patches of lace on the glass.

S - A little boozy with chocolate notes and a touch of pine.

T - Good dark chocolate flavor with a burnt molasses taste. Some toffee and nuttiness. A piney bitter hop bite, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A slow sipped with a fairly dry finish and a medium body.

O - This is probably the best beer I've had from Shipyard. Well done.

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Photo of SebD
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice dark brown color to it with some amber hues shining through. It has a nice thick tan head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of dark fruit, molasses, roasted malts and chocolate.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some dark fruit, sweet molasses, roasted malts, chocolate and light coffee.

Mouthfeel: It has a high carbonation with an average overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas.

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Photo of beergoot
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice brown body with a good tan head; excellent glass lacing. Nice milk chocolate scents; rich malt aromas. Toasted grain flavors; unsweetened chocolate tones; earthy and mildly sharp bitterness. Medium bodied; silky and smooth.

A pretty decent imperial porter. Good balance and flavoring all around. I'd really enjoy another bottle or two on down the road...

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Photo of korguy123
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

March 2013
Suggested temp 55. Removed from fridge 40min prior to opening.

Opaque black/brown pour with a two finger light tan head. Sorry lived, leaving loads of sticky lacing on the glass.

Roasted malts, sweet milk chocolate, light roasted coffee, molasses, slight dark fruits and a slight bitterness. There is a touch of alcohol in the back.

Dark roasted malts, baker's chocolate, black coffee, some dark stone fruits with Vanilla and brown sugar.

Medium body, good level of carbonation, sticky on the lips.

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Photo of liamt07
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO, 650ml into a tulip. Best before March 2013.

Black with some burgundy highlights, big dense tan head with loads of lacing and good retention. Sweet nose, some dark fruits, chocolate and some brown sugar. Light almond liqueur scent with a whiff of alcohol. Taste has chocolate, roast, dark malts and some sweetness. Bitter hopping that's a little much for me. Body is fairly thin, carbonation is medium. OK flavours, but body is thin and this isn't really anything too exciting.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BB March 2013

Beer is black with a large tan head. Good retention and lacing.

Roasted malt in the nose, anise, a bit vegetal and some dark fruit.

Taste is similar. Roasted malt, anise, some dark fruit. A vegetal-like flavour detracts and results in the beer feeling a bit thin.

Full bodied, but this for the style and feels too light. Moderate carbonation. Sticky.

Overall, OK. The roast flavour is nice but too much anise and the vegetal flavour is not great.

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Photo of peensteen
3.29/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Near black in colour, 2 fingers of tan head, big sheets of lace on the glass and good retention. Smell is strong of anise, bits of roast and coffee, some fruit and herbal/vegetal notes also, little hop presence but mostly herbal anise/black liquorice. Deeply roasted and almost ashy, chocolate and coffee present mid palate, finishing with a bit of tart fruit and black liquorice/anise but not as strong as it is in the nose. High and sometimes prickly carbonation, light-med body though it felt thin at points. Overall this is pretty average and not all that drinkable, the above average flavours aren't enough to make up for nose and mouthfeel for me, wont revisit this I don't think.

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Photo of divineaudio
2.95/5  rDev -20.5%
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 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 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 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 CaptDavyJones
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown color from a 22 oz bomber, with ABV on the label. Did not see a date of bottling anywhere on the label or on the bottle. Almost dark as night once it is in the glass, with some ruby red hues along the edges.
Aroma is very malty, with sweet notes of dry fruits and some cocoa/chocolate.
Taste is more robust, lots of coffee and bitter roasted malts. Slight sweetness upfront which gives way to a nice roasty taste. Easy to drink with very good mouthfeel.
Not a lot of lacing along the edges of the glass.
Overall, this is a nice porter worth a try.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

A: Very dark brown in appearance. 1 1/2 finger head with decent retention.

S: Moderately roasty aroma with chocolatey background.

T: Balanced taste for a porter. Mild bitterness at the end but not unpleasant.

M: Seems too thin for the style.

O: Don't think I'll be going out of my way to find this one again. Not bad but there are better options.

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Photo of dtivp
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark black with one finger dark tan head that faded into a thin collar with little lacing.

Aroma of dark chocolate, with roasted malt and coffee.

Taste followed the nose with strong dark chocolate followed by roasted malt hints of bold coffee with a slight bitter hop ending.

Mouth Feel was medium bodied, moderate carbonation, smooth well balanced with a slight bitter after taste.

Overall a nice Imperial porter, a little touch of sweetness and a little less carbonation would make this a much better Porter.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. brown bottle. No freshness date.
Served in a SA perfect pint glass.
Pours a deep and darkest brown possible. It takes a hard pour to get the mocha head billowing to a 2" level. There is a fair amount of patchy and webby sliding lace.
Smells of chocolate malt, cocoa, coffee and fruit cake carry more minor smells of resinous and citrusy hops. A whiff of black licorice rolls in late.
The flavors follow the smells closely, but the taste of licorice is more noticeable, as is a hint of peppery spices. An ever-so-slightly sour Old Ale tang is detected with some effort.
The body lacks the fullness and depth of some Finnish, Polish and Swedish Baltic Porters, but it is a really enjoyable brew anyway.

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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 Pencible
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a nearly opaque black, with moderate tan head.
S: It smelled like bitter dark chocolate with roasted coffee, and a little cream and licorice.
T: It tasted like licorice and old coffee, with some dark chocolate and smoke/roasted malt. It had a bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with a little carbonation. Very thin body.
D: This was not a bad porter, but the scent and taste weren't great and the body was weak. The alcohol was well hidden, so it wasn't difficult to drink. But it wasn't really exciting to drink either. Not recommended.

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Photo of zaphodchak
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A finger of tan head, dark black body, some surface memory and plenty of lace.

Nose was initially curiously like red wine. Some tang, and a healthy dose of malt. Smells nice.

All right, when the bottle boasted "a good hop bite," I was apprehensive, but I bought it off the recommendation of a stranger. I don't like hops in my porter/stout (even if it's a Baltic porter). I was not at all disappointed; it's subdued, and they're mild English hops, not American. They're well balanced by sweet, slightly nutty, slightly roasty malt.

Feel is a bit coarse, but just a bit.

This was a refreshing reminder that 'imperial' porters/stouts needn't be off the wall and full of chocolate/vanilla/chile/bourbon/etc to be good.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a huge creamy dark tan head that shows excellent retention. After the burst of head building from within, then you are left with a wonderful looking beer. The head is substantial enough to rise well above the top of the glass. Beer is very dark brown with only a hint of light getting through at the bottom edge of the glass. Good looking pint.

Aroma is actually very nice. Dark chocolate Sauce, in fact almost like a chocolate liqueur as there is a nice sweet sense of alcohol.

You would almost swear there was actual chocolate in this beer. Very roasty and chocolatey. Gosh I wish there was a touch more sweetness here. Starts with a burst of the chocolate and then mid palate it gets a little flat. After this a nice phase of hop bitterness blends nicely with the dark roasted flavors.

Medium to lightly bold body. Very mild carbonation. Nice.

Decent little Imp Porter. A slightly bolder body and a touch more rounded sweetness would help immensely.

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Shipyard Imperial Porter (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
3.71 out of 5 based on 269 ratings.
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