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RATINGS: 323   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
"Pugsley’s Signature Series is named after Shipyard Brewing Company’s master brewer, Alan Pugsley.”

A hybrid between a Porter and a Scotch Ale, this beer has a rich mouth feel and a body of complex intensity. Up front, there are notes of coffee and chocolate; beautifully accentuated by the aroma of blueberries. The finish features a delicate balance of sweet fruit and dry hops. To fully experience all the flavors, this beer is best enjoyed at 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

First Brewed: May 2011
Available: January - March
Malt Style: 2-Row British Pale Ale, Roasted Barley, Crystal, Chocolate, Light Munich, Torrified Wheat
Yeast: Top-Fermenting English
Hops: Warrior, Glacier, Cascade
Color: Dark Brown
OG: 1.087
ABV: 9.0%

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3.2
milewide (2222) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 15, 2015
Excellent blueberry aroma...but taste is only alcohol! Purple color with average head and body.

3.7
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 7, 2015
625ml bottle from the LCBO in Peterborough, Ontario. Deep brown in colour with a long lasting large tan head, excellent lacing. The aroma has huge amounts of blueberries, icing sugar, light toasted malts. The flavour is of blueberries, some roasted malts, light coffee, sweet and rich. Sweet mouthfeel, medium body, moderate carbonation. Finishes long, sweet, light bitterness. A lot of blueberries in this, quite sweet but not taking away from the porter underneath. Nicely done.

3.7
JaBier (7871) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - SEP 2, 2015
Sample at HopCat Detroit on 8/9/15. Darkest brown pour with a thick tan head. Aroma of blueberry extract, blueberry extract and blueberry extract. Malty flavor with lots of blueberry and some chocolate before a thin finish.

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AleRider78 (1066) - Winchester, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 31, 2015
Holy mother! That blueberry aroma is pretty in your face. Good though. Poured a very large foamy brownish head, lots of carbonation, very good lacing. Has a very dark look, almost looks like soda pop. Aromas of...you guessed it...along with raisins/grapes, a tinge of hops, some spices. Wow, very tasty and yummy. Watery but smooth mouthfeel, sort of bitter aftertaste, but not offensive. Flavours are very much blueberry-ish, dark chocolate, grapes, spices. And 9% abv on top of it all, a great fruity beer overall. Damn good!

3.6
dfinney23 (3255) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 27, 2015
Brown sugar, blueberry and roasted malt combine to give this a blueberry cobbler vibe. A touch of tartness keeps it from getting cloying.

3.8
SlovakSniper (5561) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 17, 2015
Merci Frank pour cette belle chance! Grosse bière un peu mince au versement avec une mousse quand même développée. Des bleuets plein le nez avec une bonne base de malts rôtis aux accents de café et de chocolat noir. J’aime! Sur mes papilles, un gâteau fait avec des bleuets, du café amer, du sucre brun, du chocolat noir. En bouche, un liquide moyen avec un pétillement modéré et une texture à la limite huileuse. En finale, les bleuets se fondent dans une amertume menée par les houblons et les grains rôtis. Très bien! Aucune présence de l’alcool. Facile à boire. Bouteille fraîche.

3.6
badhack (554) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 14, 2015
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2016 Aroma is a very strong cooked blueberry. Initial taste is dark malts, blueberry with wood, occasionally smoky and the finish is a long slightly sweet blueberry. Dark in color, purple with a hint of light through it. Mildly carbonated.

4.3
ebone1988 (1858) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - JUL 31, 2015
Aroma is blueberry, roasted malt, chocolate. Appearance is dark brown, light brown head. Taste is blueberry heavy, with roasted malt and chocolate, nice. Mouthfeel is a touch light, but the flavor hangs a bit. Overall, I do love what the blueberries bring to this beer.

3.6
AgentAle (1727) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 24, 2015
Aroma is roasty malts, chocolate, vanilla, and obviously blueberry. Taste is deep malts with chocolate, caramel , whiskey cask and very subtle blueberry notes. Finishes with light raisin and chocolate with slight bitterness. Appearance is a almost black amber with a thin pearl head that retains fairly well.

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superspak (5517) - Michigan, USA - JUL 23, 2015
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 11/2015. Pours clear nearly opaque dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of blueberry, brown sugar, caramel, toast, brown bread, chocolate, cocoa, light coffee, light herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of blueberry and dark/roast/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of blueberry, brown sugar, caramel, toast, brown bread, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, light herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of blueberry, brown sugar, caramel, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of blueberry and dark/roast/bready malt flavors; with a good roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, fairly creamy/sticky, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice imperial fruit beer. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of blueberry and dark/roast/bready malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. The base beer felt like a cross between a stout and a brown ale. A very enjoyable offering.


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