Shipyard Brewing Co.
Longfellow Winter Ale
A dark porter (though technically a cross between a porter and a Scottish ale) the beer pours dark, almost opaque, with a faint crimson tone when held to the light. The head is chocolaty and clings reasonably well. The nose is almost like hot chocolate. Cocoa notes and a slight roastiness come through at first. On the tongue, the hop character at the beginning is remarkable, opening up the beer to a wonderful fullness. The mouthfeel is wholesome but not thick, and the roasted barley complements the sweetness of the hops perfectly, though a slight bitterness remains through the swallow. At 5.8%, it’s not a session beer but this is a supremely drinkable brew.