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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 hopdog
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle shared courtesy of egadjzis .

Poured a dark brown color (almost black) with a smaller to medium sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, and had a lighter nuttiness. Tastes of roast, chocolate, caramel, and nutty.

Notes from and tasted on: 5/21/09

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Photo of BrewerB
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to Nate Lopez for hooking me up with this one!

A - Poured a dark brown color into my New Belgium globe glass. Head is a thin, light tan color.

S - Initial impressions yielded a zinfadel-like spiciness that faded into cocoa, nuttiness, and a touch of earth. Raisins.

T - More chocolate/cocoa pulling through. Moderate level of bitterness. Roasty. Interesting but hard to describe yeast character. Medium finish with lingering roast. Slightly spicy.

M - Medium bodied, moderately carbonated. Smooth.

D - Good, not great example of the style. The yeast character is throwing me off a bit but the roasted malt profile works well. Could use some more complexity and a cleaner lager-like character.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Keg Liqour.

Pours dark brown color with an average frothy light brown creamy head that was lasting with good lacing. Moderate toasted dark chocolate aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate roasted bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration.

This is a complex good porter.

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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 bilyboy65
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this offering. The nice rich dark coloring with tan frosting is a nice way to start off. Makes it look inviting. The head dose dissipate quickly though. Nice rich nose on it. Nothing really far fetched for a porter though. Coffee, chocolate, dark malts and a little plum comes through as it warms. Taste is pretty consistent with the scent. Good mixture of the nose hints at. A little bitter on the aftermath, but nothing sharp. The tongue accepts this with pleasure and allows it to easily pass this medium/full body through.

Would definitely recommend this.

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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 scruffwhor
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with ruby highlights. Pretty quick foam that recedes to nothing. Creamy and deep roasted malts help give this beer a coffee and dark chocolate aroma. Mayb a little vine ripened fruit and smoke a well. Very smooth roaste malts have a lovely char to it. While the creamy, mocha flavors blend together well. Creamy smooth start with a roasted coffee and grain finish. A mix of sip and session. Lots of flavor and hard to detect alcohol.

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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 magictrokini
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured murky dark brown with a dense tan head. Thick lacing creeps down the sides with the beer. Heavily chocolate and caramel nose, along with an very earthy/peat aroma. Low carbonation in the mouthfeel, but avoids feeling flat or watery. Powerful roasted malt and caramel taste up front that ebbs slightly to a Baker's chocolate taste. Heavy molasses throughout. A wooden barrel flavor blended with peat/earth again pops up and stays until the finish. Slightly veggie and soy sauce at times when it warmed up. It was good, but felt like a meal.

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Photo of Zorro
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear deeply brown colored beer, it takes a strong light to see through it. Good sized light brown colored head.

Smell is patent malt, toasted bread, figs, smoke and the scent of medicine.

The taste starts out mildly sweet and smoky with a strong patent malt flavor. Burned bread faint sweetness and heavy char in the taste. Faint chocolate and quite a bit of smoke in the flavor this is almost like a smoked beer. Rather dry and smoky for a Baltic Porter.

Mouthfeel is thick.

Really seems more stout than Baltic Porter. For one thing it is quite dry and smoky for the style. For a second there really isn't and fruity or fig flavors to this. Not really something I will order again.

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber. Nice gold tin foil on top. The beer poured a deep dark color that I couldn't even quite figure out. I am gonna go with it being black. Hmmm. Not much in the way of head. Some tan colors along the side, but nothing that spectacular.The nose was somewhat thin. A bit of sharp alcohol with a deep breath. Some thick meaty flavors popped up just on the edge and just the slightest hint of molasses. The taste was a bit better than the smell. Nice roasty flavors, rich notes of bitter chocolate. A slick, sweet finish. Mouthfeel was a bit sharp, but not too creamy. Perhaps a tad too much carbonation. This was an okay go at the style, but it lacks a bit of the real definition that I like in the porter style. I'll stick with Old Thumper when I drink Shipyard.

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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 Tolann
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another grand bottle via a trade with jleblanc! Poured into a pair of chalices and enjoyed with dinner of broccoli normandy and a smoked hickory rib eye.

A - Very dark. Small tan head that quickly settles to a nice ring. Slight ruby hue.

S - some sweet chocolate, some smoke. Not a huge nose, but lots of character. Some bit of earthyness.

T - Chocolatey, and followed by smoke. Sweet and some malty.

M - Smokey yum aftertaste that kinda lingers. Not too much alcohol burn. Light-medium mouth feel. Not a lot of carbonation. Really like the after taste.

D - Very good. I'd seek out this bottle again. I'm really enjoying the style. It fits my mood very well.

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Photo of meday
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into two chalices:

Dark opaque color

Slight earthy peat smell, but otherwise not inviting.

Complex flavor with a nice balance of dark roast and sweet malt.

Very clean finish, with great mouthfeel. Not a hint of the 7.1 ABV.

Very drinkable considering it's strength.

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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 bbothen
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a dark brown, almost black color with a thin 2 finger deep off white head. Head quickly forms a ring of bubbles around glass.

Some roasty aromas, chocolate, coffee, yeast, sweet malts.

Sweet, toasty, bitter, some coffee, cocao, bitter, more fruitiness, banana, butter.

Medium, smooth, not thick, fairly creamy.

Fairly drinkable, others in the style I enjoy more.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours an abyss-like black, or rich mahogany. tan head with a low retention rate, leading to a galaxy looking head. decent lacing.

S: some bananas and berries. smells like the ringwood yeast shipyard utilizes regularly. some light roasted malts, some minor chocolate notes.

T: big banana flavors, english ale yeast. nice roasted malts, a little more than most imperial porters. its a little too fruity for my liking. not enough roasted malt flavors.

M: medium bodied, slightly rich with a mild carbonation rate. very drinkable, just some flavors through me off.

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Photo of scottoale
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. brown bomber with a full wrap-around label and thin gold foil covering the twist-off cap. It pours a nearly opaque, very dark brown with a 1/2" kahki-tan head. The foam recedes leaving very little behind.

The nose is fairly sweet with malt and a big butterscotch aroma dominating that reminds me of AleSmiths Decadence Imp. Porter...hmmm. A bit of alcohol and hops emerge as it warms.

Sweet and dark fruity intro, with chocolate, tobacco and butterscotch pulling the taste to a spicy hop of a finish. Well balanced with a rather bitter finish...nicely done.

Mild carbonation with a medium heft to the body. The alcohol is burried within the flavor and adds complexity to the brew. The actual mouthfeel is a tad watery and has a slightly chalky bite in the end. I've had a few bombers of this and definetely recommend giving it a try. It's very English-like, but that's not a wonder. I prefer Pugsley's Sig. BW a bit more than this one...both are nice offerings though.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with ruby highlights. Head is initially a thick tan mass, but quickly dissipates to a thin sheen.

Aroma is dark grain, smokey, with a generous touch of chocolate.

Taste is dominated my the smokey dark grain from the nose. Peaty with a powdery chocolate character. Some dark fruit sweetness appears early, but is quickly overwhelmed by a dry woody bitterness. Herbal hops are present in the finish with green leafy quality.

Mouthfeel is medium-full. Slightly slick from diacetyl butteryness.

Interesting and drinkable. A tasty porter that is certainly worth a try.

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Photo of bashiba
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep dark brown though clear with some nice ruby highlights. The head was thin and quickly gone.

The smell was bold with a bit of fenal, coffee, and toffee sweetness.

Has a nice burnt malt flavor with the fenal and chocolate flavors giving it a nice touch, the infamous ringwood yeast is apparent giving it some of the classic buttery taste, but its mild enough not to be a detriment like it is in so many other shipyard brews.

The mouthfeel has a slick oily quality to it with a long lasting bit of resiny hop oil leaving a lingering taste.

Overall not a bad stab at the style, the price seems a bit unreasonable and would stop me from buying a second time, but worth it as a one time shot.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle and sampled on Feb. 23, 2009. The pour is a very dark brown and almost black with a foamy, tan head the remains on top for a few moments, Decent lacing. The aroma is of chocolate malts and of bitter hops. The mouthfeel is bold. The taste is bitter and hoppy and a little like smoked licorice. Actually a nice Porter.

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Photo of saintwarrick
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoping this brew is better than Shipyard's barley wine. This brew pours a dark brown and rust with a thin but sudsy tan head. Aroma is cocoa powder and chocolate bars and a bit of caramel, not much from the roasted category. But the taste has roasted malt hints, sweet cocoa and then a slight shot of bitter chocolate with some hop notes. Very light body like a porter, not too thick like a strong stout and does very well in hiding its strength.

A solid brew that hits the porter bulls eye pretty well.

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Photo of far333
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black as night and opaque. An oatmeal colored head rises minimally and settles to a cap of thin foam with a ring of lace around the inside of the glass.

Aroma of cocoa and roasy malt, some marshmallow and oakiness.

Rich and pungent flavor of burnt espresso, cocoa, molasses, smoke and oak. Finishes with a tart and burnt coffee flavor, a bit dry.

Even mouthfeel, just a tad thin, somewhat tannic. Good beer, very drinkable.

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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 jdhilt
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger light tan head that leaves traces of lace. Almost black, faint mahogany highlights color. Roasted coffee nose. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Flavor is smooth, roasted coffee, slight burnt coffee finish. Pricey for Shipyard - $10.15 for a 22 oz bottle from Tullys Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Shipyard Imperial Porter (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 270 ratings
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