Shipyard Brewing Longfellow Winter Ale

Shipyard Brewing Co.
Portland, ME
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.

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