halfonit (1419) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 26, 2013
Had this on tap in the little hospitality bar at the brewery. Pours a hazy dark red / orange color with an off-white / khaki colored head. Nice lacing. Bourbon, woody vanilla, and roasted barley nose. Flavor is of caramel malts, bourbon, spice, booze, and wood. Bourbon aftertaste, but a bit of a bite right now. Still a little too hot. I can see this aging well. OmegaX (1383) - Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2012
Thanks, Harold, for bringing this one. A double ESB? From Shipyard? Not what I would expect. Nose is cheap whiskey, some light grainy malt, toffee, citrus. Tons of alcohol in the nose. Pour is clear light orange color with a white head. Taste is pretty similar with tons of alcohol, some caramel malt, light citrusy hops, and a touch of bourbon and vanilla. Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2012
I’m not sure if I had much hype to begin with here. The body was full of bubbles, had a big yellow body matched with a sudsy ol’ head. It smelled like cheap whiskey, almost like rubbing alcohol actually, but it wasn’t too intense among scents of butterscotch, honey and oak. The taste was thin, sort of weak with light hints of raisins, hops, wood and toffee. Alcohol was abundant in the taste as well, finishing hot and sort of heavy. Definitely the best Shipyard brew I’ve had, but they need to work on the barrel-aging program for sure. Thisis12ptfont (1246) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - MAR 16, 2015
2013 bottle. Classic bourbon barrel aromas of toasted coconut, oak, vanilla, and bourbon as well as toffee, leather, bacon, shoe polish, roasted grains, and deep malts. Appears a slightly murky brown with a thin white foam rim and heavy lacing. Taste is very smooth with creamy caramel, toffee, oak, malt syrup, honey, and molasses. Mid palate brings pleasant coconut milk, vanilla, liquid yeast, deep malts, toasted bread and hints of chocolate milk. Finishes with definite bourbon burn, liquefied caramel and wood characteristics. Very fine offering. A rating. tricyclist (1125) - Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2012
Sample pour at The Ale and the Witch. Nose is healthy bourbon, boozy, vanilla, smooth caramel malt. Very nice and intense. Flavor is smooth and sharp, all at once. Bourbon and boozy up front with vanilla and oakiness. Smooth malt character follows through nicely. Little to no lacing at all. Not bad overall.
philvil (176) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 23, 2012
At 13+% alcohol, of course the aroma and flavor are "boozy". But everything is pleasant. Delicious beyond expectations. I know shipyard gets a bad rap, and I’ve always been a big fan of the Export but little else. This is the first barrel-aged offering I’ve tried from them, and it is exceptional.