Shipyard Brewer’s Choice Special Ale Honey Porter (2007)

Formerly brewed at Shipyard Brewing Company
Style: Porter
Portland, Maine USA


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RATINGS: 94   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 188   ABV: 6.25%
The complexity of this limited edition brew comes from the interplay between the roasted nutty undertones of Crystal, Chocolate and Black malts and the sweetness of orange blossom honey. Balance is achieved by the addition of Warrior and Tettnang hops. Ample body and smooth mouth feel enhance drinkabilty. Don’t get stung and miss this one! 6.25% alcohol by volume.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
muzzlehatch (4942) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - APR 25, 2008
12 ounce bottle from the Corner Market next door to where I live in Richmond, VT, BBD March ’08 but purchased in late April 2008, served in a Unibroue glass a little below cellar temperature. Well, I’m always excited by a new (semi-local) beer, even one from this less-than-stellar factory, but seeing as how it’s date, hmm...could be even worse than the usual. pours nicely, deep and nearly opaque black with a respectably persistant tan creamy head and a bit of lacing....there’s more than a bit of honey in the nose, and some light roastiness, perhaps a bit of apple, so far so good....the body offers nicely balanced honey-orange sweetness, a fair bit of roasty coffee-bitterness, a full mouthfeel, low to moderate natural-feeling trace of the typical diacetyl infection, no bad brewing here. It’s not exciting, exactly, but it’s decently crafted and is the first Shipyard beer I’ve had in years that I’d buy again. Well done guys.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Enjoyit (3809) - Vadum, DENMARK - MAR 13, 2011
Reddish brown of color with a beige head. An aroma of sweets and prunes. A flavor of prunes, malt and bread.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2010
12 oz bottle. Pours a deep ruby brown with a thin head. Aroma is dark chocolae, dusty cracker malts, light roast, some light fruity ester, nuts, light plastic and some diacetyl butter hint. Flavor is almonds, nuts, roasted malts, light sweet chocolate, hazelnut, with a thin weak finish. Meh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
phredrik (1024) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - OCT 23, 2010
deep red/black pour, frothy brown head.Aroma has sweet toffey, slight coffee, chocolate, roast. Taste is roasted one-sided bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gyllenbock (8800) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 13, 2010
Bottle, old notes from 2007. Almost black with a medium tan head. Sweet aroma with some coffee, chocolate, yeast and roasted malt. Sweet taste of roasted malt, coffee and with some sourness. Quite bitter finish. Unfortunately quite thin and dull.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 13, 2009
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Smells of syrup, some chocolate, earthy. Tastes sweet and earthy with some spice hints on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
CanIHave4Beers (4183) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAR 18, 2009
Pours a deep reddish brown with an enormous loose khaki head. Aroma is fruity with notes of chocolate and a slight peaty character, pretty nice. Flavor is a little oxidized but this does not detract too much from the other flavors. Notes of licorice, chocolate, and plenty of roasty and fruity flavors balancing each other very nicely. The mouthfeel is kind of watery. This is ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 12, 2008
Dark red, near black colored with huge light brown head. Sweet aroma with roastiness and rich licorice. Medium bodied, crispy palate. Flavor is more berryish with slight licorice and sweet caramel, somehow short ending with slight licorice. Well, good aroma, flavor is somehow empty and carbonated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - MAY 26, 2008
Bottle; pours a dark, cola brown. Large head. Aroma of toffee, honey, roasted malt with some vegetable and milk notes. Palate ws weak; too much carbonation created an undesirable harshness. The flavor was just ok; roasted malt and toffee. Below average for the style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2008
Jägermeister in cola. Sweet, carbonated, faintly syrupy malts. Overly carbonated which dominates the flavour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
theisti (4088) - Kansas, USA - MAY 8, 2008
12 oz bottle enjoyed at haukur’s tasting on 1 May 2008. Not sure how supplied this one. Pour is brown-black with a huge, fizzy out of control off white head. Aroma of dirty milk with some honey sweetness. Taste is porter-coffee, some milk, slight sweetness near the end. Just OK, overly carbonated for the style.

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