AirForceHops (7140) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 16, 2010
12 oz. bottle. Poured a clear, dark ruby color, light khaki head that mostly diminished. The aroma was moderate to heavy nutty malt; less caramel malt; moderate to heavy herbal hops; light spicy hops; butterscotch, buttered pecan and slight alcohol. I got to say the color and nose is the only thing it got going for it. I didn’t like the after taste or anything before it. Shipyard has a few brews I like.... this isn’t one of them. I will never buy again. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 9, 2008
2007 Vintage bottle: Pours a transparent dark copper amber with a clingy-lacing froth of light tan head. Aroma of semi-dry caramel and doughy English malts with a touch of English hops and light fruity esters. Body starts mild, dark caramely sweet with some earthy toasted malty notes and a drier semi-sweet finish. Has a hint of milk chocolate as well. A pretty good English strong ale. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2009
Bottle:   Fiery amber, quite clear, strong carbonation, decent sized head, foamy, so-so lacing.   Nose is primarily biscuity and nutty.   Reminds me of a toned down Hibernation Ale.   Pretty much the same on the tongue,
certainly biscuity, malty, bready, with soft nutty notes.   Seems like there is another very light spice in there.   Maybe a dash of ginger.   Warming, but not alcoholic.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate, somewhat full.
Finish is a bit tangy, very minor astringency.   Perhaps its a bit green.   Other than its biscuity and nutty aftertaste, its a little minearaly on the tongue.   Yeah, this is a toned down Hibernation for sure, just
doesn’t really have all the heaviness and fruitiness that Hibernation does.   Not bad for a Shipyard. wlajwl (6747) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - DEC 26, 2011
Mild malty aroma with a bit of nuttiness to it. The flavor is nutty with a decent malty backbone. Several of the Shipyard ales I’ve had has been nutty in flavor, regardless of style, this was okay, passable but don’t really get why its like this on so many of their ales. kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clear dark amber to chestnut body with a one finger frothy beige head that retained as a thin covering. The nose is malt driven with a lot of biscuity and slightly sweet caramel malt. Just a light bit of English hops. One of the better aromas from a Shipyard beer. The flavor is really a pretty good attempt at making a beer that doesn’t scream butter bomb like most Shipyard offerings. Somewhat sweet up front with just a light touch of their ’house’ character if you want to call it that. Finishes with a light touch of English hops, some nutty malt, and a little burnt caramel. Medium bodied with a slight clinginess on the finish. This isn’t all that bad.
ClarkVV (6642) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 14, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2005 2004 bottle. Good cherry-to-light burgundy appearance. Mostly filtered, with a light amount of haziness. Big off-white foamy head. Aroma of light cinnamon, dry toffee and a hint of goldings or something similar. Not tremendously powerful. Fruity and spicy beginning, with a dry almost nutmeg like spiciness. Gains some sweetness, and balance. I enjoyed the flavor and it wasnt all that boring, the biggest problem was that it just didnt pack enough flavor in it. Lightly dry, nutty finish, more spice and lightly toasted malt. Quite reminiscent of the Fullers Vintage Ale line (though not as full flavored, balanced or interesting) but it’s on the right track, and for being a year old, it tastes pretty good. Hops and a hint of brown sugar linger on the aftertaste as well as a bit too much bitterness and alcohol. This vintage (2004) has some definite aging potential, as this didnt seem to get watery at all. blutt59 (6562) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2013
bottled, amber color , frothy tan foam, has a lot of prickly hops, some dryness, plain with some cardboard, never really goes anywhere BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 7, 2003
Mahogany hue with a lasting small off-white head and very good lace. The aroma hinted of spices, plum, candycorn, pipe tobacco, and bittersweet chocolate. The taste starts malty and sweet then leads into a spicy and biscuit background. Very dry and chalky palate, with some lingering spice. A solid but not overwhelming winter brew. Nice to have once. ben4321 (6413) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2009
November 2008 Beer of the Month Club vyvvy (6392) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 30, 2007
(Rating is from 12/19/08)
Kind of smokey and bitter, bit of a scotchy flavor to it, dark color.
Another one from Shipyard that delivers like almost all the others. Pours bronze with a dense tan head. The aroma has light cinnamon, bit of butter and some bread. Medium / thin body with semi-sharp carbonation. The flavor starts with sharpness that’s very phenolic, light malt and over spiciness. The finish has sour licorice, mineral water and lots of astringency. Not one to seek out.