chickenflea (350) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2009
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
12-oz bottle. Served very cold. Aroma not very pronounced. Light coffee, biscuit and licorice. Poured very black with a one-finger tan head that dissipated quickly. Little or no lacing. Taste is slightly sour, then the sourness sets in and gradually gives way to a pungent bitterness. The bitterness is more like a lemon peel bitterness, though. Medium light body that left the mouth clean but the taste finished long after the mouthfeel recovered. Not a stout I would drink again.
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - OCT 17, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
In this beer, I've finally found a flavor that likens to that of Paw Paws. Adding, of course, smoke and coffee flavors. Most of all this brew has great carbonation. My cup runith over. Dark, heady and very stout like. Imagine that. Anyway, not bad. The locals of Portland Maine have a good stout on their hands. Lets hope they appreciated it. Cheers.
SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - FEB 9, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very distinctive aroma that drew me into wanting to take the next step. Dry but a nice smooth finish.
BobbyAnalog (334) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 27, 2010
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
A malted milk ball head forms, thick and sudsy on top, with a caramel color lacing. Below the foam that ices the top of the beer, the color is squid-ink black. The flavor, however, is pretty atypical of the sweet, syrupy consistency and mouthfeel of good stouts. This Shipyard take on the stout style is much too mellow and housetrained to be rich and robust. Itís almost as if someone poured water, in a half-empty glass of beer, to fill it to the top. Do I want runny beer thatís devoid of richness? Meh, probably not. Not atrocious, but a poor manís representation of a great style of beer.
jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - JAN 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black color. Half inch of brownish head. Mild aroma of chocolate malt. Faint smell and taste of coffee. Very smooth and easy to drink.
Bungalo22 (326) - Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA - MAR 11, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2008 Pours midnight black with a slight aroma of roast. The body is medium to light-medium and not at all what the color leads you to believe it will be but perhaps it is what the aroma does. It just underpowers and is not my definition of a true full body stout. I have a deep fondess for Shipyard as I lived in Portland for a long time but I will stick the rest of their line and drink my stouts elsewhere. Perhaps I have too high an expectation for a stout due to my love of Imperial stouts. This will end up as a mid-level stout in my ratings. Very drinkable and enjoyable but no real mmmm moment.
Re-rate: Had this one up in Maine it was much sharper than when I had it in Conn. Head was better, aroma had more chocolate and it felt more full bodied. I upped it on palate and overall impression.
seth_lfod (325) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
From the bottle. Appears to be jet black. Smell is slight roast, old coffee and cocoa. Taste is old coffee, cocoa, dark fruits, raisins. Clean finish. Decent stout.
Merc (313) - Pullman, Washington, USA - APR 12, 2002
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
hint of coffee my arse. Coffee like a shovel to the back of the head. I tried it on tap at the brewery and thought it was way too coffee then, but decided to give it a second shot out of the bottle. Just as bad. However, the bottle did have an interesting smokey flavour to it, slightly salty. Maybe if I didnít think coffee was so vile I would like this beer a little more.
beeebon (310) - Cornwall, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
£1 for a bottle from Morrisons, canít really go wrong for that! I have tried Shipyard IPA which I was less than impressed by! This is a nice stout, nothing too special but certainly drinkable and smooth. I reckon Iíll get a few more in!
TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 2, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Despite a gentle pour the head on this thing just went crazy, and I had to spend minutes just waiting for it to die down before I could try pouring some more. Overall it tasted good, with dry chocolate flavors with a slightly bitter finish, but it was a little too close to Guinness for me to be impressed.