Shipyard Brewing Company in Portland, Maine. This beer is part of Pugsley's Signature Series and is presented in a 22 ounce bottle with a deep purple label on it. The story on the back says this is a Porter-Scotch Ale hybrid. Interesting.
Well, I was totally not expecting such a dark beer, so let's start with that. Malty cocoa powder with sweet milky aroma. I guess you can smell some berries, but it's a bit lost in the other rich scents. Holy harsh alcohol to start. The 9.0% alcohol buries everything else in the beginning. There is also plenty of chocolate and tart berry flavors to go around, but only after your liver gets used to the beer. Some coffee flavors add extra dimension and bitterness, and there is a roasted malt in the background.
I'm sorry--this is terrible. Nothing is right about this beer. Acidic, alcoholic, astringent in alphabetical arrangement! Barely a fruity mention and the rest of the flavors are not jiving well with each other or the alcohol. What a mess! I did allow the beer to warm up to the suggested 55 degrees F and though that was slightly helpful, I still didn't even finish half the bottle. Horrible. Don't bother.
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