TheCrowsNest (76) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - APR 17, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a rich, dark brown. Aromas of sweet bourbon and wood; chocolate, vanilla; fantastic nose. Such a clean malt profile that’s bolstered by booze and sweet bourbon. Amazing offering out of Shipyard, the quality of this caught me by surprise.
Dogbrick (8310) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2014 Sample at GABF 10/03/2014, thanks to my sis for assistance with note-taking. Dark reddish-brown color with a medium beige head that diminishes gradually. Small patches of lace. Aroma of bourbon, malt and chocolate. Full-bodied with flavors of oaky bourbon, peaty malt and slight black licorice. The finish is boozy with a malt and bourbon aftertaste. Pretty good overall.
JHeath99 (1025) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - OCT 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared. Pours an opaque dark brown with thin spotty head. Aroma of dark fruit and bourbon. Taste of oak on the back end with raisins.
AirForceHops (3315) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 mlBottle, vintage is 2012 bottle number 08897. With an ABV of 11.6. Dark brown bordering on black, no head. Aroma is nearly all bourbon barrel with light caramel and vanilla.
Flavor is pretty nice without any oxidation. Mild chocolate, caramel, toasted nuts with light dark fruit hints all the while with a strong level of bourbon notes. Light raisin notes. The heat after the sip is here but without any alcohol taste. The texture is oily / slickly with a milder level of carbonation. Really damn smooth. The body is leaning on full, the scotch ale base is here and has integrated with the bourbon nicely, very surprised how nice this is.
mR_fr0g (3437) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at Chrisso’s May 2014 tasting 25/05/2014. Thanks to Ken. Dark caramle brown coloured pour with a greyish tan head. Aroma is boozey bourbon, toffee, vanilla. Flavour is choc, tangy acid, warming bourbon, wood and a touch of raspberry. Decent balance. Palate is dry tanin and warming alcohol in the finish.
slowrunner77 (5986) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 6, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"Not very scotch ale like, at least not in the traditional sense. No peat, but very malty and chocolatey, with molasses, licorice, and a good dose of bourbon. Wavy barreling and abv, but pretty smooth with just the slightest bit of astringency as it warms. Far and away the best I’ve had from Shipyard."
Leighton (11434) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at chriso’s May 2014 tasting - London. Pours clear amber-brown with a frothy, off-white head. The nose holds vanilla, toffee, oak, brown bread. Medium to heavy sweet flavor with raisins, more toffee, booze, brown sugar. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Sticky sweet finish with rich fruits, more raisins, figs, other dried fruits, vanilla pods. Tasty.
Homer321 (1984) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JUN 14, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Nose is prominently malt and barrel with some distinct wood character. Taste is primarily wood with some booze character. A slightly tart and smokey flavor to it. Semi sweet finish. Ok. Probably the best shipyard beer I’ve had but not great.
madmitch76 (15420) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
25th May 2014
Tasting at the ever gracious ChrisO’s. Hazy dark brown beer, small pale cream colour head. Palate is light and semi dry and a little crisp. Mild tangy bourbon, fruity. Lesser notes of oak and a whisper of vanilla. Light spice and sourness. Light dry finish. Not bad.
minutemat (1779) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Chriso May 14 tasting. Pours dark brown, big choc / Christmas cake aroma, sumptuous dark fruits, subtle whisky, dark malts, toffee, vanilla, raisins, tangy alcohol.. full bodied with a sweet finish. Great stuff.
harrisoni (13897) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Chriso May 2014 tasting. Very dark brown beer lasting tan head. Vanilla chocolate little bit of bourbon. Not all bourbon. Not hot. Ok I thought.