philvil (162) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
At 13+% alcohol, of course the aroma and flavor are "boozy". But everything is pleasant. Delicious beyond expectations. I know shipyard gets a bad rap, and Iíve always been a big fan of the Export but little else. This is the first barrel-aged offering Iíve tried from them, and it is exceptional.
DrSilverworm (2968) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle, thanks to radarsock. 2012 bottle, #341. Hazy dark red / orange color. Good thin bubbly off-white / khaki head. Lots of dots of lace. Bourbon, woody vanilla nose. Pretty hot in the finish, light bitter. Good caramel malt base, light bitter fruity hops in there, but a lot of bourbon / spicier wood warmth. Tasty bourbon wood hop aftertaste, but a bit of a bite right now. Would have liked to save it for longer, what with the purported "infinite shelf-life", but curiosity prevailed, and New Yearís seemed like a good occasion for tasting
bb (5974) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Rich amber beer with a dark cream head. Light bourbon aroma with light malt and light butter. Bourbon and rich malt flavor with brown sugar. Medium bodied. Bourbon and brown sugar lingers with rich malt.
b3shine (2453) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle to snifter. Looks good; a mostly opaque caramel with off-white lacing. Smells and tastes semi-sweet, tart, and malty. Average on the palate. Good stuff!
mikem409 (1215) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle thanks dr silverworm. pours brown with frothy head. aroma of malt and slight barrel. taste is mild barrel and lots of malt. some hop
crossovert (4772) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2012
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
A pretty insipid beer. Rank of alcoholic notes, the bourbon doesnít mesh with the beer. A disaster brew.
thornecb (3689) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clear amber into a snifter. Tan head recedes to nothing. Sweet toffee and oak aromas. Hot front to back with bourbon and oak upfront turning to a dusty lasting finish.
womencantsail (7100) - Garbage Grove, California, USA - DEC 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice copper color with a khaki head. Nose is sweet bourbon, vanilla, and toffee. Hints of chocolate, toasted bread, and some floral hops. Light oak, raisin, and alcohol on the finish. Excellent sweetness to the flavor. Bourbon, vanilla, toffee, chocolate, and caramel. Slightly nutty, some dark fruits, mild alcohol, and very subtle hops.
OmegaX (1001) - Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks, Harold, for bringing this one. A double ESB? From Shipyard? Not what I would expect. Nose is cheap whiskey, some light grainy malt, toffee, citrus. Tons of alcohol in the nose. Pour is clear light orange color with a white head. Taste is pretty similar with tons of alcohol, some caramel malt, light citrusy hops, and a touch of bourbon and vanilla.
Chipalsa (1117) - Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Iím not sure if I had much hype to begin with here. The body was full of bubbles, had a big yellow body matched with a sudsy olí head. It smelled like cheap whiskey, almost like rubbing alcohol actually, but it wasnít too intense among scents of butterscotch, honey and oak. The taste was thin, sort of weak with light hints of raisins, hops, wood and toffee. Alcohol was abundant in the taste as well, finishing hot and sort of heavy. Definitely the best Shipyard brew Iíve had, but they need to work on the barrel-aging program for sure.