This was another Orlando purchase. I picked up a 12-bottle "Captain's Collection" which included three bottles each of four beers including Longfellow. Named after poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the beer is this brewery's winter warmer.
It poured into a glass with ample head. The color was dark and almost opaque. The nose was overwhelmingly of malt as was the taste. In style and appearance it seemed more like a porter. There were very strong caramel-like flavors with little spice. The finish was bitter and lasting.
Overall the beer was disappointing. I would describe it as a cross between a weak old ale and a porter with neither style predominating and with no outstanding characteristics other than the malt. When I brewer is as successful as Shipyard and produces as many beers as it does I guess ones luck turns occasionally.