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RATINGS: 256   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
This beer is indeed a full-bodied Strong Ale; a Hybrid between a Porter and a Scottish Ale…
This hearty winter warm ale is named in honor of American poet Henry Longfellow.

I remember the black wharves and the ships, and the sea tides tossing free……. And the beauty and mystery of the ships, and the magic of the sea. –“My Lost Youth”

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Pours with a rich, billowy head that makes the pint glass look like a root beer float. The color of the beer is a dark caramel and it resembles a porter. The taste is sweet, very malty. Strong caramel and raisin presence. Not over-the-top tasting at all. Subtle. Nor is there the oftentimes overwhelming presence of alcohol!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DYCSoccer17 (3629) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 7, 2004
Slight DMS notes in the nose to start, giving way to a more choco/coffee maltiness in the nose. I might also smell a touch of licorice in this as well. Doughy. Very dark mahogany that is transparent with a nice creamy manilla colored head. Lots of big roasted malts in the middle finishing with a slight sweetness in the end. Start has a funky licorice flavor. This beer doesn’t particularly jive with me. It’s too segmental and not smooth enough. Somewhat dry in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 4, 2004
What’s up with the massive carbonation and neverending head? Appearance of a porter and flavor of a roasted dry coffee stout, with a moderate hop level. The body is a little thin, but the general grain bill makes an interesting combo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - NOV 23, 2004
One of Shipyards best, this one measures up to the standard. I like ESA’s and this one is a good one. I lkike the complexity as it warmed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2004
Dark brown body, reddish ’round the edges, under a fizzy, cocoa-colored head that slips down to size with a quickness. Aroma, dark fruits, nuts, nuts, some spices, a bit cola-esque, but it gets better through time, opens up and becomes more awake and alive, feels like a snootful of a dank pine forest and all that comes with it... Taste: quite interesting, dark, spicy, malty, but mellow, and I taste further things now, maple, rum, molasses, more than I can’t exactly finger, though more able, adept minds surely could. Feels more complex of an ale the more I sip into it, and instantly qualifies as the best brew from Shipyard I’ve sampled so far. Rich flavor, sometimes fruity, sometimes treacly continues to delight, and altogether this brew is a worthy ale to close a night in freezy mid-January Minnesota. If I had further samples at my side, this is one winter brew I could really get comfortable with!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 17, 2004
Dark and inviting. Aroma is malty and somewhat fruity. Flavor is roasted malts and raisins. Very smooth mouthfeel with a slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2004
A beautiful brew! Deep garnet/maroon color with a fluffy white head that doesn’t quit. Aroma of dark roasted malt and fruits (figs and raisins come to mind). Mouthfeel is very full-bodied. Flavor of burnt malt, roasted nuts and faint dark chocolate. Pleasant vinous and mineral-like dry finish. Low in alcohol for a winter-warmer, but big in every other way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 28, 2004
Bottle pours dark brown with ruby highlights, large frothy cream colored head, and attractive lacing.   Smells inviting, roasted malts, nuts, and caramel.   WOW, this one tastes fantastic.   Its like a complex Brown Ale, lovely roasted malt flavor, nuts, slight chocolate tinge... Mmmmm... good!   Smooth mouthfeel, full bodied, this is damn tasty!   It has qualities of a Nut Brown (taste) and a Stout (mouthfeel).   Slight pitted fruit flavor on the finish.   This is rather enjoyable!   Thanks goes out to BierBauch for the trade!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - APR 15, 2004
Dark beer with caramel. I had it served with a chocolate and raspberry desert at dinner and it went very well together. This beer is tough to find, but if you can get it, give it a try!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2004
On tap - David Copperfields NYC. Good caramel aroma and a pleasing brown colour. The flavour is strong on caramel and is reminiscent of some of the better English ales.

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