Appearance: pours black with some impressive viscosity. Little to no head; what there is has hues of espresso crema which starts thin and disappears almost immediately. Swirls with a thin crema collar which disappears equally quick.
Nose: rooty and burnt, char and tar. Dark fruits are dense, meaty, and hearty. A tart nip in the back follows the dark fruits. Tobacco and burning cigars; the blackness of smoldering leaves, dry not green.
Palate: thinner in mouthfeel and body than nose implied. Sour tannins with grape and plum skins. All natural black root and licorice with dense dark fruits underneath. Bright finish atop the tongue. Root beer candies. Frothy thing mouthfeel is a bit distracting. Prune juice goes along with the thinner mouthfeel.
Final Thoughts: it smelled really good and tasted just okay. For such a rich nose, a rich body and palate should follow and it didn’t. I enjoyed it, just as not as much as I had hoped. For Shipyard though, a fine offering.
(an original written work by Kristyn Lier. plagiarism is not tolerated)