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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JAN 5, 2004
Cask, at Federal Jack’s, Kennebunk, Maine.</br> Dark brown, with a frothy brown head. Roasted malt and vanilla notes throughout. Smooth palate and a treasured rate in the US considering its own of only 3 brews I saw on hand pump. The down side to this was that I ended this season in pieces.
Earlier Rating: 1/4/2004 Total Score: 3.5
Cask, @ Federal Jack’s, Kennebunk, Maine.</br> One of the two hand pubs on that day. Dark brown fluffy head. Lovely looking porter / old style ale. That gets me every time. Big chocolate flavours amongst the malts. Enjoyed this thoroughly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pivo (2571) - GERMANY - JAN 5, 2004
Dark dark brown color and tan frothy head. Toffee, roasted malt and chocolate with some syrup. Could be spicier or hoppier, but nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aracauna (3094) - Georgia, USA - DEC 30, 2003
Very dark. Looks pretty much black. The head was light, but not white, and fizzy. Soon faded to nothing but the circle of bubbles caused by the scoring at the bottom of my Petrus Triple snifter. The nose is heavy on the apple peels. Caramel, apples and assorted fruits are dominate in the flavor, but there's a lurking char flavor that stirs things up a bit. A really interesting beer and I can't really say I've had anything like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
YogiBeera (2480) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 28, 2003
Sweet malt and caramel nose. Black with a little head. Medium malty taste, roasted. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 14, 2003
Dark mahoganey. Ivory head that lasts for a whileThe richly complex nose just bursts with the aromas of bitter chocolate, plums, raisons, dark brown sugar and nutmeg. Plums, black cherries and alcohol dominate the initial taste. The midtaste reveals hints of dark chocolate, raisons, spices and a hint of orange. The aftertaste is clean and only marginally bitter. Smooth mouthfeel. A delicious dark fruitcake in a glass.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Oakes (12723) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 6, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2008 Dark amber. Caramel, diacetyl and a good bit of earthiness on the nose. Somewhat earthy, chocolatey character with slight diacetyl issue. Kind of watery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 24, 2003
Has a dark reddish/brown color and a hop smell. Taste somewhat strong alcohol/malts and finishes with a good bitterness. Overall a pretty good winter brew.
Earlier Rating: 10/24/2003 Total Score: 3.7
Has a dark reddish/brown color and a hop smell. Taste somewhat strong alcohol/malts and finishes with a good bitterness. Overall a pretty good winter brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Indra (2625) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 12, 2003
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2003
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 4, 2003
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?

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