TheBeerGod (6241) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 18, 2005
Thanks to matta for the bottle! Ruby colored with a small tan head. Nose is light spice, hops, light caramel, raw nuts, and hints of alcohol. Taste is very nutty with spicy hops, creamy malts and light alcohol notes. A surprise that the alcohol comes through like this on a 6.8% beer. Light lingering hop bitterness and some mild sugary notes throughout. Body is moderately carbonated with a medium overall feel. Finishes with more spicy hops, light cocoa, nuts, and light brown sugar notes. Hint of caramel as well. Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Reviewed from notes.
The appearance had a dark reddish brown body, slightly creamy colored one finger head that dissipated fairly quickly, small amount of light bubbles slowly rising near the edge of the glass.
The smell had light spices such as cinnamon, clove, and toasted malt, some really super light dark fruits that come out as it warms a little.
The taste was sweet yet spicey yet soft all around through previously mentioned flavors.
On the palate, it sat about a medium, soft carbonation on the tongue, sessionable, quick slightly spicey aftertaste and watery finish.
Overall, so Shipyard makes a decent winter warmer, check, I’ll come back to this if I ever get the chance to. ganache (6012) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2009
Bottle, not exactly fresh, but not ancient, either. Dusty, musty, nutty nose reminds of a lightly-hopped Nut Brown. Deep clear mahogany body with a hint of ruby, light brown huge rocky head. Bittersweet taste, sticky-sweet malt with light red berry, caramel, toast, nut, lightly tart grapefruit/orange/cherry. Milk chocolate and seeming lactose. Feels like citrus-heavy American hops late in the boil and English hops during fermentation. There’s some resin in there, too, which surprises. Spices are a little indistinct but nicely earthy. Star anise? Touch of diacetyl. Lightish medium body, soft and creamy, alcohol there but not boozy. A ton of fun to break down, but a chore after five or six ounces. thornecb (5994) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 16, 2008
Pours mahogany into a trappist glass. Head quickly recedes to form large bubbles on the surface. Dark caramel and pit fruit aromas. Sweet upfront with dark pit fruits, turning fizzy and resiny, dry hop in the finish. cheap (5962) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2008
On tap at BJ’s in Pinellas FLA. Decent leathery aroma. Nice lacing on the glass. Perhaps a little darker than the typical pale yellow american lager. Oily soapy mouth coating feel to the palate. Slight whiskey flavors in the background. Taste is somewhat like chewing on leather, it carries over from the aroma. Not bad but a little too much alky in the personality. Terrible bitter linger, good example of the style.
snoworsummer (5917) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 27, 2013
Bottle. Smells nutty, malty, and delicious. Tastes toasty, malty, and smooth. Low carbonation. Not much hops. superspak (5797) - Michigan, USA - SEP 19, 2015
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 6/28/2015. Pours fairly crystal clear reddish brown color with a 2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, raisin, plum, fig, light chocolate/nuttiness, herbal, floral, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malts, earthy hops, and fruity yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, raisin, plum, fig, light chocolate/nuttiness, herbal, floral, pepper, and yeast earthiness. Moderate amount of herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, raisin, plum, fig, light chocolate/nuttiness, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and fruity yeast flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice English strong ale style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering. hayduke (5575) - Eureka, California, USA - JAN 25, 2009
This needs updating. It is called Special Ale.. And this bottle no longer looks like this.
But with that out of the way it poured a rich amber with very large white head and sticky lacing. Nose of caramel malts, and light hops. Smooth mouthfeel. Good rich flavor. Good beer. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 23, 2007
350 ml bottle from pizza port. Copper colored with a fizzy white head. caramel, malt, and spice aroma and taste with a dry finish. nearbeer (5521) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 28, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2008 12 oz, bb Nov. 08. Clear, chestnut color with a four finger head. Nice soapy frosting of lace. Butterscotch, toasted nut, slight cocoa and a hint of alcohol in the aroma. Front flavors of toffee and butterscotch are balanced by bitter, woody herbs. Finish is hard apple cider balanced by bitter and peppery resin flavors, and a touch of chest-warming alcohol. Medium body is smooth, dry, and slightly astringent.