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RATINGS: 318   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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"Pugsley’s Signature Series is named after Shipyard Brewing Company’s master brewer, Alan Pugsley.”

A hybrid between a Porter and a Scotch Ale, this beer has a rich mouth feel and a body of complex intensity. Up front, there are notes of coffee and chocolate; beautifully accentuated by the aroma of blueberries. The finish features a delicate balance of sweet fruit and dry hops. To fully experience all the flavors, this beer is best enjoyed at 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

First Brewed: May 2011
Available: January - March
Malt Style: 2-Row British Pale Ale, Roasted Barley, Crystal, Chocolate, Light Munich, Torrified Wheat
Yeast: Top-Fermenting English
Hops: Warrior, Glacier, Cascade
Color: Dark Brown
OG: 1.087
ABV: 9.0%


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (6720) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2012
Sampled at an esbls tasting. This smells so much like blueberries. Black with a tan head. It tasyes like blueberry coffee. Some nuttinesscomes out late. Just a hint of hops add bitterness and only a bit to the flavor.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - JUL 3, 2012
Bottle. The pour was a thick pitch black with a huge (3-4 finger) light/medium brown creamy head that lasted throughout and produced some seriously excellent sheeting of lacing which totally engulfed the glass. The aroma was a tad sweet and had a strong blueberry presence along with some roasted chocolate malts and a sweet doughy yeast with hints of milk chocolate and roasted coffee. The taste was extremely malty and a bit sweet with the blueberry presence right up front and then progressed into a mild bitter taste with notes of coffee and chocolate (which fought for dominance with the blueberry) before having a mildly sweet finish. The flavor lasted a very long time after the swallow with a nice bitter sweet blueberry chocolate taste, which lead up to a slight alcohol warming sensation at the end. Mouthfeel was a bit beyond medium in body with a creamy dry texture and a soft carbonation. Overall a brew which has a mild battle of flavors fighting on the taste buds, eventually neither wins and they wind up blending in a superb fashion creating a fantastic explosion of flavor that leaves you wanting more...

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bookman10 (948) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - JUL 1, 2012
Pours a rather thick, dark brown, with small head. Looks like a rich stout. Aroma is dominated by blueberries. Flavor is a combination of coffee, chocolate, licorice, and blueberry, though not sweet. This is a very appealing combination and a satisfying beer. More stout or porter than a "fruit beer," which might be misleading to some tasters. Very much worth trying.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
OntBeerDrinker (515) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2012
IN Hobgoblin glass. Big head,black,little brown. Smell"Blueberry Pie Taste:Cold creamed coffee.roasted,chocolate,blueberry’s. Heavy in mouth. Aftertaste:Chocolate & blueberry’s. Awsome stuff but not cheap. Cheer’s!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chris__hartley (397) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2012
It pours dark brown with auburn highlights; the head is foamy and beige. The aroma has notes of: liquorice, blueberries, bitter cocoa, and rum. The taste is medium sweet that finishes medium bitter; there are notes of: blueberries, toffee, espresso, lemon-zest, and roasted cacao (finish). The palate is medium bodied, a little watery, with a long fruity finish. Overall, it was pleasant, though the body could have been thicker, especially since it is more of a dessert beer.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUN 27, 2012
Intense big blueberry aroma. Impressive combination of blueberry and chocolate on the palate. Some strawberry too. Kind of like a roses candy. Like it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matt7215 (2278) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 24, 2012
bomber from the lcbo. poursdark brown with a tan head. big blue berry nose. nice sweet malty base beer with a huge fruit influence. the fruit flavour seems genuine. nice sipper.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jjgmd (1985) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2012
Pours a dark brown with a small head. Nose is fruity of course, with some alcohol and fruity sweetness. Taste is more chocolate than blueberry with alcohol and sweet fruitiness. Finish is medium and sweet, good with a chocolate dessert. Well balanced was expecting much less since I am not a Shipyard fan. Quaff Score 7 / 10

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zgaier (1889) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2012
Pouts dark red brown with an aroma of heavy blueberry as well as some alcohol. Taste is sweet, of chocolate, alcohol, and some fruit notes with a lingering finish. Nice balance of blueberry and chocolate throughout, nice brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 20, 2012
Bomber bottle and served in standard pint glass: Pours much darker than I expected, sort of like a porter with browns and ruby highlights topped by a light beige head and spotty lace. The nose has plenty of blueberry character but closer examination reveals some roast, chocolate, butterscotch, caramel, and herbal hops vapours. There is some plastic notes as well which does drop the score slightly.

The taste is twangy and fruity for sure but I like the sublime hops and the chocolate tones that embrace the blueberries. Really, with the bold alcohol and the finishing hop bitterness this became a shocking discovery. It is also a case where the Diacetyl commonly found with the British yeast that Shipyard uses actually helps not hinders the flavor profile. The mouth feel is lively and brash, a tad thin and the finish is short. The weakest part of the brew IMO. After my disappointments with some of the latest Shipyard brews I held my expectations in check, this far exceeded them. (note: I love Blueberries, chocolate, porters and scotch ales so my rating would likely be higher than most) A WOW MOMENT... sorry all you Danes, but you’re utterly wrong about this beer and proving the rating is indeed a moment of time between the rater and the beer. So sayth a guy who home brews a 10% Blueberry Imperial Java Stout. :-)


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