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 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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Photo of billab914
2.96/5  rDev -20.2%
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 DrJay
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very dark with just a faint mahogany edge visible. A gentle pour produced a couple inches of fluffy tan foam, much more than expected. Good head retention, a bit of clumpy lacing. Lots of dark malts in the aroma, burnt and chocolate, nutty and malted milk, mild caramel and a hint of smoke. Plenty going on in the flavour, building from a malty base of chocolate and caramel. Notes of fruity cherries and licorice, mild vanilla, slight roast in addition to the burnt malts. Medium bodied with moderate-plus carbonation, mild astringency from the dark malts and faint alcohol spiciness. Overall it was quite nice, but would have been better with carbonation a bit lower.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tumbler.

Where do I get the gold-foil-tipped pen Pugsley uses on these labels...? Anyway, this stuff pours a dark russet brown topped by a finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, light toasted caramel, very light coffee, and a touch of seared wood. The taste brings in more of the same, but with a stronger char/vinyl character, along with some deep molasses notes. Something tells me they overdid it a bit on the black patent malts here. This character tends toward the astringent and kinda ruins the whole experience for me. The body is a solid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a mostly solid porter, but that astringency holds it back significantly. Beyond that, though, pretty good.

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Photo of ProudBeerSnob
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Very dark brown with thin head that dissipates quite quickly.

Aroma is quite good: roasted malt and dry cocoa. Tastes a bit thin, missing that sharp bite I expect from an imperial porter.

Not bad, but there are too many other porters I will seek out over this one in the future.

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Photo of Krakistophales
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours jet black with a nice chocolatey head that disappears quickly and leaves a nice film of bubbles

S: Toffee, slight caramel, hints of dark fruit

T: Toffee and caramel at first which rounds out into a woody/smoky dryness towards the end

O: All in all, a nice porter. The nose could use some work, and I've had better flavors, but this is quite nice and is possibly the creamiest porter I've ever had.

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Photo of ksimons
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-deep brown, almost black, with just a thin layer of lace around the edge

S-rich malts, molasses, plums, and some milk chocolate

T-roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and a hint of smokiness

M-medium body, light carbonation, leaves a roasted aftertaste

Overall it is a fine beer, nicely roasted malts, could be a fuller mouthfeel but overall is a nice beer

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

I gave this a vigorous pour into a nonic glass. Came out dark, opaque and black in dim lighting, with a tremendous bit of roast on the nose. Body is thin and creamy, with some sweet and tart notes that remind me of a milk stout. It’s not a big and boozy as I remember it being, but this might be due to the fact that I’m drinking a bottle with a ‘best by’ date of March 2011 and it’s mid September. Or maybe I just remember it differently, as the last one I had was towards the end of winter. All in all it’s a solid porter. While I wouldn’t suggest cellaring it for years and years I think it’s held up nicely over the last 9 months.

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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 MaliciousMatt
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this beer from my parents who went to Maine on vacation and got it straight from the brewery. I was discovering a new craft so I was pretty excited.
First and foremost, I would like to say that there is no such thing as an Imperial Porter. You either brew an Imperial Stout or you brew a Baltic Porter. However, I understand the point... it is a "strong" Porter.
Visualy the beer was nice, but it was not THE thing. Not su much lacing, nice tan head and color dark with dark brown of ligth coming through.
Smell was good. Toasted malt is present. Alcool is peeking.
Taste is toffee, ripe fruit and molasse. Too much sugar for me to be in style.
Carbonation is good and it is thin but that is something to me that is okay for a porter.
Overall, the beer is pleasant to drink, just not in the style advertise. It was somewhat closer to a scotch ale...

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Photo of Brambleman
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber into pils glass at room temp. The appearance was the best thing about it. Dark w/ amber head and lots of lace. Plenty of carbonation.

S- malt, coffee, toffee...but not up there with the big boys

T- malty, bitter, coffeeish to me

M- this is where this beer underwhelms me. A little thin

O- Very drinkable...but thinner than I hoped after the beautiful pour. Just does not compare to any BAS. Maybe an unfair comparison as it is not BA...and is a porter...but is what I have come to expect when I see that coloring.

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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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