slowrunner77 (5805) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 14, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
"iím not sure why i was expecting more from Shipyard...maybe the shnazzy bottle, or the $7.99 price tag (mine was on sale for $6.99 - yeah me)...but I was. A signature or reserve series is supposed to represent your best, and if this is the best Shipyard has to offer, well... Pours a dark carmel tinged brown, almost as dark as a Porter, similar to Marinís BW. The aroma is nice if not as complex as Iíd hoped. Definitely sweet malt dominated, with some vanilla, caramel, and a touch of dark fruit in there as well. The taste was also sweet-leaning...like Alaskanís but much much simpler, and therefore not nearly as appealing. Had some more vanilla, oak, raisin, sugary qualities, that while not completely unpleasing, were fairly boring for the style. Low-medium complexity. Slightly syrupy mouthfeel with more than expected carbonation (although still pretty low). Low head and lacing. I wanted to move on to a different beer by the end. Overall, an ok beer, maybe even above average, but for $7...a crappy Barleywine. Way better and/or cheaper options out there. Letís see...$2.50 for an Old Horizontal or $7 for this. Hmmmmmm."
tonyte123 (6) - - AUG 24, 2014 does not count
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is the best part of this beer. I got a good whiff of chocolate and the malt backbone. However, the taste falls flat and the aftertaste has a decent amount of alcohol burn. Overall, not a balanced beer and is average at best.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
DuffMan (6858) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 21, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, shared with Robbie. Deep sienna hue, average light gold head. Sweet caramel, light kirsch, a tad boozy (even after 18 months), with a very astringent bitter finish.
Silvan7 (714) - Samarate, ITALY - JUN 30, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ home. Marrone, con riflessi rubino, leggermente velata. Schiuma beige poco fine a non molto persistente, molto piý abbondante che nello stile. Aroma intenso, di cioccolato, caramello, luppolo aromatico erbaceo che ricorda líortica. Gusto secco allíingresso, di cacao, mitigato dallíabboccato di caramello e melassa, seguito immediatamente da un amaro intrigante, erbaceo/floreale. Corpo pieno, poco carbonata, non molto calda. Non molto armonica ma piuttosto equilibrata, un pelo fuori stile.
rougeau13 (2016) - Richmond, Texas, USA - JUN 6, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark reddish brown with a light beige colored head. Aroma of caramel, grapes and other sweet dark fruits, chocolate, toast, and wood. Tastes sweet and fruity, toasty, and moderately bitter. Something isnít quite right with the aftertaste, but other than that itís not bad. Medium bodied with average carbonation.
nakedwhendrunk (2196) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAR 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reviewed from notes.
The appearance was a very dark black/brown body with a small white head that dies within several seconds, body was too dark for any carbonation to be seen. Some light spotty lacing is left.
The smell had a roasted barley and chocolate come out pretty strong. Some malts and alcohol come out as the beer warms.
The taste had a roasted barley and chocolate come out fairly strong but some dark fruits come out in the taste as the beer warms. The aftertaste is a bit smoky.
The palate sat about a medium to heavy with a good carbonation felt.
Overall, its not bad, there seemed to be a lot of different flavors going on. I liked this and am pretty sure Iíd have this again.
Kosmokrator (493) - ITALY - MAR 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2014 Limpido color mogano con sottile velo di schiuma beige mediamente persistente. Aroma intenso e dolce con sentori di toffee, frutta passita, lievito, torta e malto leggermente abbrustolito; gusto inizialmente dolciastro, caramellato e fruttato che evolve abbastanza in fretta verso un amarognolo discretamente luppolato con note tostate e di cacao. Corpo medio-abbondante, effervescenza gentile, struttura oleosa e parzialmente liquorosa, finale persistente. Buona!!
Stuedmaster (223) - Vista, California, USA - FEB 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is definitely a maritime beverage, has a salty sea flavor and aroma to it. Nice dark brown caramel pour with a slight off white head that leaves lacing. Aroma of toffee, caramel, toast, raisin, roast, chocolate cookies, nuts, salty sea, oak, basement, earth. Has a nice coffee thing going on, with some licorice or star anise lingering on the palate. There is even some plum and dark fruit as it warms, some brandy flavors. Full bodied, oily, sticky texture, soft carbonation, mellow finish. A nice variation of the style, almost a brown ale/stout/barley wine hybrid.
hotstuff (4139) - Indiana, USA - JAN 29, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rated on 11-30-2009 (Bottle) This beer forms a small fizzy tan head that mostly diminished, opaque dark brown body with a red tint and one ring of lacing. The Aroma is roasted, caramel malt, hoppy and fruity. The Taste is hops, chocolate, caramel malt, roasty, alcohol, and has a dry finish. The Palate is tingly and this beer is medium bodied. Overall, this certainly is a different take on this beerís style and for that it lost points with me. The flavors did not leave me wanting to have this beer again.
Frothmeister (565) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
625ml bottle. Iím not 100% sure how long this has been sitting in the cellar, but itís been a while. Best before is July 2013. Pours a dark, dark brown with a thin beige head. Tons of dried fruit on the nose. Raisin, dates, figs, with molasses, brown sugar, and dark bread notes. Taste wise, the bitterness makes itself known immediately, molasses, plum, dates, eucalyptus like notes, with some very noticable alcohol that leads into a dry dark rye bread note, dried fruits, dark coffee and a Fishermanís Friend like note that rides it out until the end. I like it. No complaints here.