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RATINGS: 313   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%


3.5
   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 (1950) - 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 (1883) - 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 (6527) - 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. :-)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kevinsenn (1895) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 19, 2012
Bottle from LCBO. Pours clear dark brown with some ruby highlights if you look hard. Aroma is mostly blueberries, and smells pretty nice, despite the fact that I know it’s not real blueberry. The taste is even better; starts of roasty, then quickly moves into a battle between chocolate and blueberries over which taste will dominate. I was surprised it was this tasty. Nice body too.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joergen (25604) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2012
Bottle at Papsø. Clear red-brown coloured with a small off-white head. Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel and blueberries. Sweet and perfumed flavour of caramel, licorice and blueberries. Sweet finish of blueberries.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Theis (14977) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 18, 2012
Bottle at Papsø’s - Thanks. Black - offwhite head. Aroma of blueberries and puke/vommit, roasted malts, glue, buttery, fatness, butterscotch, candy, caramel. Not that pleasant.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madsberg (11283) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUN 17, 2012
Bottled. Dark Brown coloured. Dense light Brown head. Aroma of blueberry, Citrus, vague roast. Flavour of blueberry, liqourice, citrus and sweetness. Light medical. Medium bodied. Ends on Loads of berries.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Plovmand (7716) - Helsinge, DENMARK - JUN 16, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark reddish brown with a small off white head. The aroma is loaded with blueberries and has some sweet malty notes. The flavour is quite sweet and has notes of blueberries and light roasted malt.


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