BREWMUSKCLES (2686) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2009
bottle says best by 3/2008 well its still quite good. hint of raisin and toasted bread and soy sauce with a toasty hop finish that is quite endearing. good little kick with aged caramel in a bit of rum with that aforementioned hop finish flavor too bad it was one of a kind at the palisades in Jersey City. hey someyomes you just get lucky! Dark and dank looking with that bit of nuttiness . williamherbert (1544) - Syracuse, New York, USA - OCT 17, 2009
Rouge red colors, like a watered-down Coca-Cola. Big puffy head. Glassy and clear given its depth.
The aroma is good, pungent and slighly sweet, almost like a barleywine. Strong alcohol smell. Hint of dark grape sweetness.
Very pungent sweet grape with lots of alcohol. Like a light barleywine. Very sweet, very strong. Bitter barleymalt balances it. Spicy with some apparent ginger. Minor dry yeast.
Feels thick and chewy. Has a liqueur burn on the way down. Syrupy. Strong, sweet loaded with alcohol. Really a fine beer. philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2010
Shipyard Brewing Company, LLC.--The Shipyard Prelude Special Ale 2007 Release--12 oz. Bottle--6.60% ABV--45 IBU’s. (4.0 / 5.0) Winter Ale-Beer of the Month Club Selection January. 2007. Foamy lacy dense off white head. Settling sediment hint. Clear deep amber red color. Malty floral fruit hop winter spice front. Creamy thick sweet cloying caramel mild toffee toasty doughy bisquit spiced body. Mild tangy malt hop fruit end. ESBish. Sampled 4/29/2008. superspak (5597) - 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. Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - APR 26, 2002
Well I don’t know what all you guys were thinkin’ I think this is a very well done beer.
Aroma is spices and spruce. Pours dark brown with creamy head. It starts spicy, then becomes quite malty, with a nice hop bite at the end. The spruce, spicness lingers on the finish. Very enjoyable.
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 29, 2002
I really enjoyed this. Dark, rich, malty, and altogether tasty. I wouldn’t mind a little less carbonation, but the beer overall was quite good. The ever-present ship on the label is covered in snow. How crafty! dlovell2 (2140) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 25, 2007
Amber with tan head. Malty fruity aroma. Nutty, fruity, malt start with alcohol bite and hoppy finish. sigma23 (380) - , Maine, USA - APR 4, 2009
nose is sweet and malty with a bit of spice hiding in there. pours dark amber with a small head. malt sweetness comes through first with a little hop bite and a nice nutty spice. light easy drinking seasonal. SanfordBrewer (1574) - Sanford, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2010
Lucent mahogany, thin beige head, syrupy full body, medium-high carbonation.J_man (997) - Tustin, California, USA - DEC 17, 2011
Aroma: toffee, alcohol, spray paint, leafy hops.
Taste: lots of caramel and toffee, some chocolate malt, some leafy hop bitterness, fruity brandyish alcohol, and a slight vegetal note.
Sweet but fairly balanced. Lots of complex ale yeast character. Sure beats all those nutmeg and cinnomon holiday beers. Like an english version of samichlaus.
Creamy malt aromas with wooden overtones float off a beautiful, crystal clear deep copper/amber body with an initially foamy white head that recedes eventually to a wispy layer. Definitely malt driven (as it should be), there’s an overtone of nuttiness followed by caramel, light molasses, and a bit of raisin and dark fruit. Good, earthy hop bitterness balances this out and ties up each sip perfectly. Leaves on a slightly (and delicious) bitter note with some lightly charred wood. Excellent winter ale!