Indra (2531) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 12, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pleasant, mildly roasty aroma of toffee, milk chocolate, yeast and dark brown sugar, some deep, glazed berry and plummy fruit. Dark red-brown in color, clear, with a lasting, slightly rocky ivory head. Malty flavor profile, some roastiness, buttery toffee and cocoa, subdued bittersweet tanginess and hop spice late, with low, smoky and very slightly woody notes on the finish. Smooth and lightly effervescent palate, reasonably full-bodied. Mellow but having some complexity. An interesting hybrid of a beer. Allow proper warming for best results. Cheers, Matt!
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2004 Beautiful dark Tootsie Roll brown with an impressive head that slightly laces. Aroma is classic strong ale, earthy and sweet with subtle alcohol mixed in. Looks like a Porter and tastes almost like one with its smoked malt. Chocolate notes with Tettnang and Goldings providing some bitterness. Great smooth full bodied ale and probably the best I've had from Shipyard.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 4, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown, thick, medium head dies quickly to a thin topping of cream. Delightful nose of caramel/dark chocolate and some plumminess. Mmm Christmasy. Flavor a bit sweeter than I expected but that's ok, very smooth, richly chocolaty, fairly mild finish. I didn't get the roastiness or hops that many of you mention, but mine was about 6 months old or more also. If this really is an ESA, its one of the better American examples I think. Extremely drinkable, wonder what the ABV is?
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
By far the best brew from shipyard. Tasted more like a robust porter almost stout like. Very deep brown almost black- with a nice brown head. Very roasty with some chocolate flavors and well balanced with lots of different hop varieties. Not a true english strong ale- should be classified as a robust porter.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 30, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown with amber undertones and little head. Sweet malty aroma with some fruity notes. Sweet malty flavor with a smokey hop finish. full bodied and slightly dry.
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 14, 2002
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2003 New.........Pours a dark dark brown, almost black. Light shines red through it. Thick tan head which diminishes while drinking. Aroma is very roasty, with a fairly agressive hoppiness. Flavor is initially roasty and bittersweet, with a good hop presence, tapering off to a rich estery fruit sweetness as you continue through the glass. Very good beer...............Old.....Very very dark and rich looking, with a rough tan head. Extremely roasty, with a medium body. You can tell there's a lot of hops, but they're dulled out by the vast quantities of roasted malt, and subtle spicing? I can't really tell, but it seems like there's a little something extra to this beer. Maybe orange peel, clove or coriander? A bit rough and unrefined, very much a coastal new england feel. Very very good. Probably Shipyard's best beer.
argo0 (11092) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 7, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet, slightly milk chocolate aroma. Sweet chocolate flavor that’s balanced with a nice roastiness at the end. Not sure how it’s categorized as it is, but it seems very much a porter to me.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep, dark brown. Sniffs like a cafe au lait, milky-rich mocha. Has typical winter spicing, and continues the milky-creaminess in the flavor, a bit of malted milk. Coats the tongue nicely. Awfully dark for a winter ale.
boto (1760) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - NOV 29, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Almost a stout. Get the taste of chocolate in this. Not much carbonation or head. Dark, malty, excellent on a cold, snowy night.
Nonians99 (8) - hingham, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 23, 2002 does not count
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good winter ale, try it its worth it