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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)

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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Photo of JayNH
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep brown/black with a tiny short lived head.

S- A tinge of alcohol. Burnt coffee and a touch of dark chocolate.

T- Burnt coffee with a hint of grassy hops. Finishes with a mild dark chocolate/ cocoa note.

M- Smooth and medium bodied. Carbonation level is just right.

D- Very drinkable, but... This brew would be a decent Porter but for a Baltic the flavor is fairly bland and the body is light. I would expect something with a full body and flavor profile. This ain't it....

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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 hellbilly
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

fairly dark brown pour has a reddish hue to it. on top is a soft beige head with some slug trails and spots of lace.

aromas include cocoa butter, metallic malt, brown sugar/butterscotch, molasses, stale coffee, some vanilla and floral alcohol.

that metallic note doesn*t disappear and shows back up in the flavor... as well as a mild ashiness, fake butterscotch, real caramel when it sits out too long and begins to sour, faint bittersweet chocolate, mild sourness and iced tea hoppiness with a dry ashy finish. it*s a bit too sweet without a whole lot of flavor and character to balance it out which doesn*t really make it worth drinking. the body is on the lighter side of medium. i have to really work to get carbonation going in my mouth. it ends up with a frothy texture which ultimately ends up flat leaving an "empty" mouth feel.

this is not doing it for me.

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

Rich, roasted chestnut appearance, with a tan head that's rich and foamy, with nice retention. This is a delicious looking porter, with fine lacing as well.

There is definitely plenty of strength here in the nose, but I'm not sure if the complexity is there. Even with the beer pretty warm, I'm really only getting some roast malt with a slightly sour component. Diacetyl, or butter flavor emerges as well.

Coffee flavored bitterness, there's a little tartness in the flavor as well. A hint of smoke adds a nice dimension that I didn't see coming in the nose. The hopping is solidly present, without tipping the bitterness over the edge..for me. Not much presence of alcohol here, which is good for a beer of this size - it definitely shouldn't be readily evident. Is this really "imperial" anything? The flavor is pretty good, but definitely not pushing the envelope.

There is a high amount of carbonation that leaves the mouthfeel a bit too thin for a Baltic porter and for anything with an "Imperial" handle. Frankly, however, these bubbles don't really do their job as well as they ought, and the finish leaves a pretty sticky, bitter aftertaste with enough diacetyl to bake a cake. Oh well.

Most everything is pretty pleasant here, although I would sure not mind a little easier finish.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bomber from the local Hannaford. Pours an opaque dark brown/black body with virtually no head to speak of. Toastiness and butter dominate the aroma. Toasty dark chocolate with a fair bit of butter as well. On the lighter side of medium in body with moderate to low carbonation. Okay beer, but I must admit I'm rather underwhelmed by it's simplistic taste and lackluster features. This beer could be cleaned up and dialed in for sure. Not what I look for from a Baltic porter or imperial porter.

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

Good color, with a nice head that dissipated rather quickly.
Smells of coffee, a little cream and vanilla.
Lots of flavors, several layers. Some unidentifiable dark fruit in the middle with a very bitter aftertaste.
A little over carbonated but solid mouthfeel otherwise.
Pretty good beer. Probably wont go out to acquire more but I enjoyed the beer.

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Photo of smcolw
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark, dark brown. No light shines through. Nice moderate beige head that leaves spotty lace on the glass.

Aroma: Refrigerated cocoa made with milk; chalky (in a good way).

Dried cocoa flavor. Quite thin for the style; closer to a brown ale in body. Nice blend of darker malts--like chocolate and dark crystal. Light hop noted in the finish. Easy to drink for an "Imperial" beer. There's no indication of any alcohol nor "big" flavors. Other than the title, this might be a pedestrian porter. Still, it's tasty and worthy of trying.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in my snifter, the beer was a very dark brown, almost black, color with a thin tan, clingy head. Mild roasted malt aroma. Coffee, no espresso, came through more in the taste. I thought it tasted pretty good, but noted an unpleasant bitterness coming through at the end. Not a bad beer. I would buy it again, but not for the $10 I paid for this one.

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Photo of joshsbeerblog
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- deep ruby brown pour into my snifter glass. solid carbonation that leaves neat ring of lacing.

S- aroma is mainly of alcohol... molasses and cocoa too.

T- big coffee taste, smokiness, and bittersweet chocolate.

M- creamy mouthfeel, slightly buttery, dries palate. full-bodied.

O- very enjoyable and a great example of baltic porters.

for more of my reviews, please check out my beer blog at joshsbeerblog.blogspot.com.

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Photo of bkilpatr
3.01/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. 12/04/08.

Pours a very dark brownish-black color with two fingers of dense brown head. The head faded slowly and left slight lacing. Aroma is toasted malt with sweet milk chocolate.

Taste is roasted malt and sweet milk chocolate with a hint of dark chocolate. Very malty with some brown sugar nd molasses, with a bit of roasted coffee at the end. Fairly bitter and earthy hop finish. The only downside to the taste is a somewhat noticeable diacetyl presence. This taste became more prominent as the beer warmed.

Feel is medium-bodied with ample carbonation. Pretty slick with a clean finish. Drinkability is pretty good. It's not too heavy and the diacetyl in the taste isn't too offensive. Pretty easy to drink.

Overall, not a bad porter. It just has that same buttery flavor that finds its way into all the Shipyard beers. If you're a big fan of their beers, then give this a try. But for the price ($8 for 22 oz) it's not really worth it.

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Photo of nick76
2.43/5  rDev -34.5%
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 Brad007
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, pitch black color with a thin brown head to it.

Aroma is smooth with a hint of chocolate and cream in the nose. Enticing.

Taste is full of roasted malt and creaminess. Carbonation is a bit high here. Coffee-like and cream-like flavors as well.

Mouthfeel is of mild bitterness/roastiness. A bit of creaminess lingers as well.

Not a bad example of a baltic porter. The carbonation is a bit too high though. I would have preferred less carbonation in a bigger beer such as this.

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Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased this beer at a Hannaford in ME last weekend. Great find, wish I had bought a second...
Beer pours a deep deep brown - held against the light you can see some ruby tinges to it. About a 1/2 inch head on the pour that fades very quickly with slight lacing. Aroma is slightly of roasted malts and definite coffee notes, slight dark chocolate. Taste is heavy on dark chocolate and coffee, slight bitter aftertaste. Medium body, very little carbonation. I enjoyed this beer, and I really wished I picked up a second bottle.

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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 barleywinebrewer
3.09/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - nice mahogany / black beer with a good tan head.
S - roasted malts, slightly sour porter malts, noticeable diacetyl.
T - roasted malts, acidic coffee, smoke, diacetyl
M - medium full bodied, good carbonation, buttery finish
D - the mouthfeel / finish made ita 1/4th beer for me.

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