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Shipyard Blue Fin Stout

Rating: 3.25

This one is the last of the three American beers I picked up in Morrison’s supermarket the other week, the other two being Point Classic Amber and another Shipyard beer, their fuggle hopped IPA. This dry Irish stout was first brewed back in 1993 at the Shipyard brewery’s original location a year after the company was founded, at Federal Jack’s Restaurant and Brew Pub in Kennebunk, Maine. Since then they have up-scaled to bigger brewery in Portland, Maine. The original brewpub was one of the first in Maine back when the craft beer movement was in its infancy and today the companies beers can be found in upwards of 40 states, as well as in the UK it would now appear although I’m not sure that many more of their beers will make it here any time soon; hopefully though.
Shipyard Blue Fin Stout

Appearance (4/5): It’s a stout so naturally it’s a dark black colour and this one comes with a thick looking, quite creamy head that is a dark shade of tan brown in colour and holds well at about a centimetre tall.
Aroma (6/10): Dark roasted malts and some chocolate upfront with some sweet notes that follow this. There is some milky chocolate and a dark fruit smell that is pretty standard for the style before being rounded off with some pleasant, earthy tones.
Taste (6/10): Earthy and roasted malts kick things off with a sweetness that is coupled with some dried fruit and darker flavours such as dates and prunes. There is a bitter chocolate taste that follows this with some roasted barley and a little coffee too but this is minimal.
Palate (3/5): This one has a light medium body and seemed more watery than I had expected. There was definitely evidence of stronger than average carbonation but this died down some as the beer settled. The beer was finished with a touch of bitterness towards the end.

Overall (13/20): This one was a bit of a disappointment as far as I’m concerned, a beer that was a little thin and definitely lacked in both flavour and smell. The balance just didn’t seem right with this beer and there wasn’t much going on other the run-of-the-mill stout characteristics which is a shame because I was looking forward to this one. Give this one a miss and opt for something with more going for it.

Brewed In: Portland, Maine, United States of America
Brewery: Shipyard Brewing
First Brewed: 1993
Type: Irish Dry Stout
Abv: 4.7%
Serving: Bottle (355ml)
Purchased: Morrisons
Price: £1.50

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