eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - DEC 20, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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!
DYCSoccer17 (3629) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 7, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 4, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - NOV 23, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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!
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 17, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark and inviting. Aroma is malty and somewhat fruity. Flavor is roasted malts and raisins. Very smooth mouthfeel with a slightly bitter finish.
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 28, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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!
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - APR 15, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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!
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.