Shipyard Smashed Blueberry (Pugsley's Signature Series) | Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Smashed Blueberry (Pugsley's Signature Series)Shipyard Smashed Blueberry (Pugsley's Signature Series)

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Shipyard Brewing Co.
Maine, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Pintofbrown
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

You bet I got Blueberry smashed in a nonic pint glass.

Appearance- This Shipyard brew pours like a Coca-Cola, dark brown and slick. Thankfully, not a furious torrent of fizzy bubbles. I'm impressed by the black body, with only the tiniest sliver of ruby highlights.

The foam looks smooth and frothy, with about a half-finger in width. The color is still that dark cola brown. It is retaining well after many sips.

Smell- I get some notes of caramel malt and a little bit of alcohol heat. Everything else is blueberry! Not an actual blueberry, but certainly more like a blueberry pie filling. I am still impressed that it is so distinct.

Taste- It starts to fall off just a little on the palate. As the drink starts, I get some coffee roast, a little burnt, and a bit of dark chocolate.

Then comes some alcohol heat that is not exactly out of place, much like what you would find in a strong and peaty wee heavy. Blueberry? Well, there is a little bit there, but it comes out REALLY strong in the finish.

I wonder for a second if I had been eating blueberry pie while drinking this beer.

Mouth feel- I like the feel. I don't love it, but I like it. The beer fills up the mouth with a nice medium body. However, I would like a little more stick and a slightly smoother feel at the back of the throat.

Overall- This is the best blueberry stout I have had. Is there room to put even MORE blueberry in this beer? Certainly. The nose could have a little more, and the palate could back off on the heat to let the fruit come through.

As it is, I definitely enjoyed this beer, and would seek it out again. Next stop six packs? Make it so Shipyard. Make it so.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a minimal beige head and little lacing.

I can smell the blueberries from several feet away. Smells like a fresh blueberry cobbler with a little roasted malt.

Strong blueberry flavor as well. A little bit of roasted malt along with it, but the fruit is prevalent.

Light mouthfeel with medium carbonation. This could use a bit more thickness.

Blueberry tastes like it's slightly artificial, but this is one of the few blueberry beers I've had that actually tastes distinctly like blueberries. Not world class, but still an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of beertunes
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Despised 22oz bottle poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a very dark brown, almost black, color with about a half-inch of tan head that had OK retention and lacing that also featured lots of clinging bubbles on the side of the glass.

The aroma was dominated at first by a huge blueberry blast. After a few moments some light grain showed through, along with a bit of roast. The taste was pretty much the same, with the sweetness of the berries overpowering everything else. Good thing I like like blueberries. In addition, there was a noticeable alcohol taste and the roast aspect was also much bolder.

The body was good, solid without being heavy or sticky. Drinkability was OK for a sweet, 9%ABV brew. Overall, a good, but not great, brew. Worth checking out due to a low price at Trader Joes.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.39/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

625 mL bottle from the LCBO. About a month ago I split a bottle of this with a friend, and we both agreed it was one of the best fruit beers we'd ever had. I wasn't sure when I'd see it again though, so I went out of my way to procure this bottle for review purposes.

Pours an opaque brownish-black colour, with deep red highlights next to the light - reminds me of blueberry pancake syrup. Topped with one finger of smooth, dense tan-coloured head that wilts away over a period of minutes, leaving behind a wispy film and thin collar. Not much lacing. The aroma is rich and intense, with heaps of roasted malts, tart blueberries, as well as some chocolate, espresso, blackcurrant and some booziness. Easily one of the best-smelling glasses of beer I've ever had.

The flavour is no less rich and luxurious than the nose - though the alcohol is perhaps a more significant factor. The heat actually works quite well with the backbone of burnt, roasted malts, coffee beans and the ever-present blueberry flavour - which is neither overbearing and obnoxious, nor half-heartedly weak. Dark chocolate and earthy, herbal hop notes become more prominent toward the finish. Some ethanol heat lingers into the aftertaste, alongside roasted malts and some light tartness. Medium-bodied, with some syrupy thickness, and restrained carbonation that keeps the mouthfeel fairly crisp. I could probably drink this fairly quickly, but at 9% I'd rather just sip it slowly.

Nearly every time I review a fruit beer, I mention that I am not a big fan of the style, mostly because of their tendency to be fizzy, one-dimensional, poorly integrated, and just not very beer-like in general. This one does not fit any of those stereotypes. The blueberry flavour (despite the fact that it is clearly an extract) is an absolutely perfect match for the underlying brew itself (which the label describes as a porter/scotch ale hybrid), and everything blends together virtually flawlessly.

Final Grade: 4.39, a brown-nosing A grade. Coming from someone who has never been very enthusiastic about fruit beer OR high abv beers in general - Shipyard Smashed Blueberry is really worth trying. This is an amazing fruit beer that is well worth the relatively high price (at least in this market). I might save another bottle and crack it open after Thanksgiving dinner - hopefully the LCBO will bring back the Smashed Pumpkin this fall too! Either one would be perfect as a dessert pairing.

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Photo of circus_cat
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was skeptical but this. beer. is. marvelous. And I normally don't like fruit beer (though this doesn't have that fruit beer character anyway).

A: Pours black with red/light brown edges when held up to the light. Khaki head that starts out about two fingers in a tulip glass and goes down at a moderate pace, some alcohol legs, little lacing.

S: Blueberry up front, but a tart real blueberry, not blueberry flavoring. You also get bready malts and a little bitterness. A little tobacco, not much.

T: What a complex beer. Blueberry sweetness up front, but again it is that tart real blueberry kind. It's more like blueberry skins if that makes sense. Follows with toasty malts. Some dark chocolate/black coffee bitterness on the finish.

M: Full bodied, not too boozy feeling for 9%. Smooth, but also has enough carbonation to cleanse the palate.

O: This is an awesome beer. Maybe I think it's so awesome because I expected it to not be...but I think it's because it's just AWESOME. Unique, complex, rich. Very nice, Shipyard. This is a perfect dessert beer.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.59/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Cola body with ruby red highlights. Khaki head with ok retention and lace.

S - Huge nose full of chocolate covered blueberries and oatmeal. Great fruit character. Nice touch of booze on the backend.

T - Fantastic profile. Caramel malt, hot chocolate with blueberries, and warm booze pave the way for escalating wave of fresh blueberry flavor.

M - Medium/light body. The booze is a touch sharp, but not bad.

O - Stellar brew. Definitely the best blueberry dark beer I've had, and maybe even the best blueberry beer I've had in general.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a bomber of this for $6.99 when back home in CT.. not sure why people are complaining about the price. Anyways, if you're buying this expecting a fruity beer, think again. Pours a jet black color, boozy smell. This is a porter first and foremost, with a touch of blueberry. I thought the flavors went together very well, but this one will sneak up on you for sure.. and its definitely a sipper. Tasty and worthy trying for sure if you can get your hands on it.

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Photo of Mit
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- very dark blueberry colour that sucks up the light.

S- blueberry....figs...dates...

T- blue berry....slight alcohol burn...same dark fruits...molasses notes.

M- thick as you would expect for higher alc beer.

O- a very decent beer....a little pricey but I would buy again for sure.

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Photo of KajII
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

[Best served in Nonic Pint glass]

The pour was a thick pitch black with a huge (3-4 finger) light/medium brown creamy head that lasted throughout and produced some seriously excellent sheeting of lacing which totally engulfed the glass.

The aroma was a tad sweet and had a strong blueberry presence along with some roasted chocolate malts and a sweet doughy yeast with hints of milk chocolate and roasted coffee.

The taste was extremely malty and a bit sweet with the blueberry presence right up front and then progressed into a mild bitter taste with notes of coffee and chocolate (which fought for dominance with the blueberry) before having a mildly sweet finish. The flavor lasted a very long time after the swallow with a nice bitter sweet blueberry chocolate taste, which lead up to a slight alcohol warming sensation at the end.

Mouthfeel was a bit beyond medium in body with a creamy dry texture and a soft carbonation.

Overall a brew which has a mild battle of flavors fighting on the taste buds, eventually neither wins and they wind up blending in a superb fashion creating a fantastic explosion of flavor that leaves you wanting more...

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to Founders tulip.

A - Poured very dark brown. A small layer of light brown head formed and quickly receded to a ring around the glass.

S - Big fresh blueberry jam aroma up front along with roasted malts and lighter chocolate aromas.

T - Blueberry up front that gives way to roasted malts and sweet chocolate. Very tart throughout which is necessary to cut through the sweet blueberry jam. A very good balance of the blueberry with the base beer (porter) flavours.

M - Medium body with a slight chew. Low carbonation.

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Photo of shand
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter.

Here we go, the most highly rated Shipyard beer. I tend to like fruit beers, so let's see if they can impress me here. It pours out a very dark brown with a tiny head. The aroma has a nice amount of blueberries over roasted malt. The taste is rather interesting. It comes on with roasted malts reminiscant of a scotch ale, then there's a bit of alcohol burn that fades into a long finish of semi-sweet chocolate and blueberries. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and syrupy, and the drinkability is decent. Overall, this is a solid and different take on the fruit beer. It's not exceptional, but it's something different.

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Photo of korguy123
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into pint. No date, was purchased at the LCBO for their summer 2012 release.

A- Dark, murky brown pour with a half finger off white head. Lacing is okay.

S- Popped the cap and got a huge whiff of grape jelly and blueberry smoothies. After a bit there is a nice fresh blueberry aroma, followed by dark chocolate, slightly burnt coffee, vanilla, brown sugar and caramel.

T- Dark roasted coffee and blueberry, brown sugar, coffee and bakers chocolate. Definite scotch ale characteristics in there. Very delicious.

M- Medium bodied, good carbonation, slightly sticky on the lips.

O- I didn't know what to expect with this one. I'm at the point now where I'll basically try anything, I'm really glad I got this. Might get another one or two.

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Photo of biegaman
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smashed Blueberry looks pretty intimidating for a fruit beer; it's so dark that even Darth Vader would be shaking, nevermind the typical fruit beer drinker! It's impossible to know how much colour the blueberries lent since the beer is so black and opaque. Even its head, which is thick and abundant, has a dark tint.

A spritz of blueberry came from just prying open the cap. Once settled in the glass the blueberry aroma grows to giant proportions and is accompanied by a roasty coffee-and-cream flavor. There are also other fruits present: dates, currants and prune. Alcohol isn't noticed outright but the beer's strength is impressed immediately.

Smashed Blueberry drinks like a specialty coffee; it must make an excellent after-dinner tipple. The flavor of blueberry is wonderfully pronounced (sometimes resembling blackberry) and mixes lovely with the coffee-and-cream backdrop. Despite the roastiness, blueberry tea also comes to mind (due to a good dollop of earthy hops).

We think of fruit beers as summer quenchers, but this offering is better suited to damp, chilly evenings. It is warming, bittersweet and heavy. Sweetness is derived more so from caramelized malts than the fruit (although the extract becomes saccharine). Hoppy floral hints resembling heather or juniper factor in before a sooty dark chocolate finish.

Smashed Blueberry may be the only beer with saccharine fruit extract that isn't likely to appeal to a mainstream audience. There's enough roasted malt and alcohol to overwhelm casual drinkers. There might also be enough porter-like qualities to force those who dismiss all fruit beers as pedestrian to reevaluate their stance. An interesting brew.

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Photo of TonyAlires
4.57/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is delicious! Some people don't like fruity beer, but if you tend to be skeptical, you should let down your guard and give this one a go! It has a deep brown/midnight blue color that is complimented nicely by both the smell and taste. The aroma is sweet and pleasant to the palette. As you begin to drink, you will taste a sweet creamy liquid that is not overpowered by the blueberry in the least. It has a little bit of a tart finish, but at 9% ABV, this beer is a must try! Highly recommend.

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Photo of KingPuuChuu
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a lipped pint glass from a bottle.

The scent is heavy. A huge mixture of roasted malt & blueberry, though I feel that the berry is overpowered.

The flavor is also very heavy. It's not very hoppy, but there is a bitterness here that cuts through the sweetness. I think that probably belongs to the heavily roasted malt, which also creates the color of the beer, more stoutish than anything else. There is also a coffee note in here, though it's more of that dark chocolate style. This would be awesome with dessert.

Mouthfeel is more bubbly than I'd expect, but it's nothing horrible. Also, the alcohol is almost undetectable. Almost. There is a slightly burn every few sips, which is almost unenjoyable.

Overall, this beer is a pretty great entry into the realm of fruit beers, but I wish there was more fruitiness, less roast.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber from the Conestoga LCBO, enjoyed on a muggy afternoon with chocolate and fruit dessert. Label says this is in the porter style with some scotch ale characteristics as well.

Poured into my Duvel tulip. Dark chocolate in colour with chestnut around the edges. Decent head of foam, recedes into a thick ring. Some lacing. Nice looking porter, actually.

As soon as the bottle was opened, from about a foot away I got a potent whiff of blueberry pie - quite inviting. As my nose became accustomed to the blueberry blast, I was able to pick out semi-sweet chocolate and a bit of woodsiness.

I've long said that fruit beers always sound much better than they turn out to be, but I think I've finally found the exception. This brew really was quite enjoyable. The porter/scotch ale base was very nice, boasting some dark chocolate, oak/wood and cream flavors, while the blueberry flavor - while certainly potent - did not dominate the beer, save for in the aftertaste. The high ABV is well hidden - I would have put this at 6 or 7 tops if I hadn't already read the label. Creamy feel, thick bodied (!) and with light carbonation.

This is a great fruit beer because of two things. First, the two parts (fruit flavor and beer base) are done well and could survive on their own. Secondly, the fruit flavor accentuates the brew rather than overpower it, clash with it or be so faint as to fade into nothingness. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of BostonHops
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a SA 'perfect pint' glass.

pours a dark brown/mahogany tone with orange highlights; yields just shy of a 1" head. good retention and lacing, slowly fades to a thin cap, collar around the glass. the label reads that the beer is a cross between a porter and a scotch ale, but the nose is dominated by blueberries. not unpleasant at all, just more one-dimensional than i was expecting. maybe a little roasted malt in the background.

taste opens up to the flavors i was anticipating. very unique flavor profile: interesting and flavorful balance between the roastiness and chocolate of the stout, the scotch character, and the blueberry. some bitter hoppiness and a boozy presence evident in the finish... medium-full bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, i'm halfway through the bomber and still can't determine whether i'm enjoying the thing. well made and definitely outside the box, but i'm having trouble deciding whether if the flavor profile necessarily works for me. in the final analysis i would say that it does, with the caveat that it's limited to small doses.

(originally reviewed: 06-28-2011)

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Photo of alk3kenny
2.5/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a nice dark color with a tan head... Head goes away pretty quickly and does not lace the glass. Smell is semi-sweet very much of artificial blueberry not very inviting... The dark part of the beer tastes ok but the blueberry flavor isn't that great and damn is this beer hot the alcohol lets you know its there without fail. Not a big fan of this at all next beer please.

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Photo of peensteen
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours near black with a ring of tan head, light lace points as well. Smell is full on blueberry and roast at first, as it warms it becomes a little more bready and starts to smell like a blueberry scone or pie, chocolate and toffee notes and some faint alcohol, quite nice when this got warmer. Taste upfront is a mix of milk chocolate and berry, toffee and lightly bitter, some roast flavours, the berry becomes a bit much though and almost becomes grape soda like 3/4 the way through the bottle, more chocolate in the finish with a blueberry aftertaste. Light carbonation, medium body and lightly dense and chewey. Not a bad brew but not something I will likely purchase again though.

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Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another from the summer seasonal release at the LCBO...

A - Pours a dark ruby red colour, thumb of head with solid retention ans no real lacing.

S - Rich cocoa, espresso, hints of peat and a lingering medicinal blueberry scent.

T - The scent begins with blueberry notes, followed by some tobacco smoke, leather, hints of peat and the cocoa and espresso lingers alongside the medicinal blueberries. Reminiscent of Berry flavoured Skoal chewing tobacco, this brings me back to my high school days. ABV is very well hidden, making it dangerous.

M - Medium, smooth and a touch of dryness.

O - I really enjoyed this one, though I can imagine some may find the flavours a bit contrasted and/or conflicted. I enjoyed the way the scotch ale flavours mingled with the berries and how the cocoa malts lingered. Even if its not your cup of tea, I'd still suggest giving it a whirl.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In a pint glass:

A: pure dark black body left a small white head that lasted for about thirty seconds and then died. The body was too dark for any carbonation to be seen. No lacing was seen at all.

S: centered around the chocolate and blueberries, combined very nicely. A bit of coffee and vanilla came out as the beer warmed. Some roasted malts also became slightly present.

T: centered around the coffee and roasted malts with the blueberries taking a background.

M: medium to heavy, very creamy with slight carbonation felt on the roof of my mouth, not sessionable

O: this was a superb beer. The alcohol was hidden extremely well. The flavors that were selected to be in this beer were combined perfectly. I actually didn't think this was going to be this good. I'm looking forward to this late September/early October when I think it'll be a perfect time to have this again. Best beer by Shipyard? - hands down!

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Photo of RickS95
4.63/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

By far the best looking fruit beer I've seen. I'm a fan of porters and stouts, and this is pitch black, with a moderate light tan head full of bubbles of all sized. Somewhat lacking in retention, when all is said and done there is a creamy film around the edges.

Smell is mostly of chocolate and dark roasted malts, some coffee to the side and the faintest hint of blueberry in the background. As it warms, vanilla seems to be involved as well.

Like in the smell, the blueberry is present, but not the major player, taking a secondary role instead. This is mostly a stout with it's chocolate/coffee/roasted flavors and the fruit playing a supporting role.

Very creamy, almost thick, fullish bodied. Sweet and coffee bitter at the same time.

Overall, this is as good a beer as I've had in a long time. It is a fruit beer, but I'd categorize it as a fruit stout. Despite the alcohol, it's well hidden and extremely easy to drink. Exceptional beer.

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Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep brown color with crimson hues around the edges. Thin burnt sugar colored head. Smells, well, like blueberries. Subtle hints of sloe gin, currants, and anisette. Touch of coffee and sweet chocolate as well.

Flavor is extremely strange. Starts on the tip of the tongue almost like grape soda. Big belgian like body rolls across the tongue flashing sweeter flavors such as blueberries and currants. The flavor cuts out immediately on the back end of the tongue though to bitter black coffee and chocolate creating huge contrasting flavors.

While the nose smelt amazing. I didn't get enough of the blueberry in the beer. Along with this, the start and finish were two totally different monsters, and i mean tongue slapping monsters. From berry fruitiness to coffee bitterness and a faint hint of alcohol. The beer is unique and far more than quaff-able but it's just trying to stretch what flavors go together a bit too much.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.62/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours pitch black with a small tan airy head. Faint lacings.

S: Rich blueberry. Roasted dark malts, semi-sweet. Bitter hops.

T: Blueberries, rich oh how rich. Chocolate and coffee. Faint vanilla. Sweetness. Liqourice. Loaded with blueberries.

M: Aftertaste is long and bitter, also rich in blueberries. Body is full while carbonation is low.

O: This is a crazy, fantastic beer.

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Photo of MatthewWilde
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sample: 1 bottle 2011

A: Very deep red, moderate internal carbonation, not hazy, pours a short medium-brown head

S: Quite a complex nose, strong blueberry aroma, of course, mixed with traces of cocoa, vanilla, cinnamon, finishes with a bit of alcohol

T: Akin to the nose, complex, light blueberry, espresso, cocoa and vanilla, some citrus to finish, hardly any alcohol taste

M: Smooth and drinkable, light citrus/espresso (interesting) aftertaste, only slightly drying on the palate

O: Complex, unique, smooth, and delicious, but that being said, not perfect in execution

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Shipyard Smashed Blueberry (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
3.91 out of 5 based on 591 ratings.
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