Peninsula Porter - Shipwrecked Brew Pub, Restaurant and Inn

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Peninsula PorterPeninsula Porter

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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Shipwrecked Brew Pub, Restaurant and Inn visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: cokes on 08-15-2003

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Photo of blackearth
2.91/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Once again used the Sam Adams glass. Poured a black body with a light tan head. Aroma of dark roasted malts. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly creamy. Flavors of roasted malt and toast with a bit of astringency. Finishes up sweet. A decent porter that I suspect would be better fresh on tap. Not very special from the bottle however.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.22/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer pours a dark dense brown body that glows a garnet in the light. There is a bubbly thick ring of foam that last for a good bit and a random racing bubble trails up the side of the glass.

S- This beer has a caramel malt aroma with some darker caramel malt notes underneath. There is a nice richness and depth to the smell.

T- The soft dark toasted malt has a caramel sweetness to it with a watery and flint taste that leads to a clean slightly dry finish.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a gentle fizz and no alcohol heat to it.

O- This beer has a nice rich aroma with a complimentary flavor and is a classic brown porter. It has a lot of qualities of a second running beer that make it very sessionable.

Photo of KTCamm
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served as beer four as part of the six beer sampler at the Shipwrecked restaurant - unfortunately, in a plastic cup.

Color is a dark brown/black with a touch of white foam. Its opaque as you'd expect a porter to be.

A roasted coffee nose.

Kind of a chocolate/coffee taste, very smooth with very little carbonation in the mouth. Slightly sweet.

Moderate drinkability, the taste is ok, nothing wonderful - that said, I am not a huge porter person. Maybe a full pint would give a better impression.

Photo of dhannes
3.86/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this into a Sam Adams lager glass; the color was what you'd expect from a Porter--a nice, rich dark brown. But there was almost no foam to speak off. I only noticed a faint smell, not overly impressive. After two or three sips, I knew that I would be able to finish this beer--not because of outstanding flavor, but because of the lightness in flavor and body--more like a traditional lager than a Porter. The mouthfeel was not impressive--it *felt* watery in the mouth as well, not what I usually see in a Porter. The flavor was reminiscent of a Porter, but more of a weaker, watered-down Porter. One could easily drink three or four of these during a night out and not feel bloated...but the strong flavor I like was a bit lacking.

Photo of emerge077
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black body, looks a little coffee colored around the edges in the light. Head has a bit of a soapy look with sparkling bubbles hop it isn't infected. Head recedes to a tan skim with irregular clusters of larger bubbles around the sides.

As it warms up, there's a decently roasty aroma that suggests bakers chocolate and coffee, slightly woody and lactic also.

Flavors are similar, there's a good dose of earthy char that lingers, a little dark roast coffee bitterness, mild roast malt. Slightly astringent and watery, though medium bodied. Aftertaste has a little dry roastiness, no sweetness, somewhat dry. Overall it's a middle of the road porter, not much stands out but it's also not terrible. Main flaw is the thin body, but otherwise decent.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sprecher nonic. No date or info.

A - Dark cherry red-brown beer pours clear from the bottle but ends up black as night in the glass. Short-lived cascading from the tall pour resulted in an also short-lived light khaki head. The creamy pile of foam sank down to almost nothing but left some dense curtains of lace on the glass.

S - A rather classic porter aroma comes from the nose of this beer. Dusty cocoa and roasted chocolate malts with a light bitter-sweet chocolate impart a dark but not-so-full-bodied aroma. Hops are absent as this beer focuses on roasted malt aroma.

T - Heavily roasted malts give the beer a typical porter feel and flavor of light coffee, hints of chocolate, but mainly dusty, dry cocoa. Hops remain absent in the flavor as well.

M - Despite the roasted malts, the texture remains thinner with a medium body and a very dry finish. Classic for the style.

D - Hands down, Peninsula Porter is the best offering from Shipwrecked giving up a good level of roasted malt flavor and a classic feel for a porter, it's a pretty easy drinking brew.

Photo of DrDemento456
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very strange find at my bottle shop. Never heard of these guys, a very cheesy label, and no notable ABV. Let's go!

A - Wow no head, never a good sign. Color is a very dark chestnut brown with hazy tones.
S+T - Very little smell or flavor. Very watery if any brown malt, a touch of cocoa powder, and a reminiscent of roast. I have a feeling this may be over a year old since it was marked down but I didn't find much sediment. Age doesn't do this beer any good but without any bottled dates its hard to tell when the hell it was made...
M - Very watery at this point it reminds me of Guinness Draft.

Overall looking at it's score even fresh doesn't make for a great beer. Avoid this one if you can a poor rep of a porter.

Photo of PurpleCloud
4.17/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Very dark with a light head that lingers. Pretty.

S: Roasted barley with hints of cocoa. Quite pleasing.

T: Initially a tad bitter, then the hops hit your palate fairly hard. Aftertaste is a rich roasted barley that should be a bit heavier.

M: Light, and not as smooth as porter should be.

D: Pleasant and light enough to drink a few.

Overall: The appearance and nose are fantastic. They really are exceptional! The taste is should be more intense. The roasted barley is fantastic, but the beer needs more of it. After taste is great, mouthfeel isn't. Give it a shot, you'll like it as far as porters go.

Photo of Owlwithknees
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Dark brown color, not quite black. Smells mostly of coffee (not too bitter) and little bit of chocolate. Overall a pretty satisfying taste, a little light, but not to the point of tasting watery. Being that its pretty light, it's easy to drink. A pretty average beer, nothing too special.

Photo of sweemzander
4.14/5  rDev +20%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic. Thanks to Beerwolf77 for this one!

(A)- Pours a very dark brown; almost black color that produced some tan bubbles.

(S)- A light nutty roastedness with hints of raisins and coffee.

(T)- Same as the smell pretty much. A nice mellow roasted profile with raisin and molasses with a tiny bit of coffee.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Minimal bitterness with a medium-bodied profile.

(D)- A solid porter. Not overly roasted or bitter. Just a nice, easy drinking porter.

Photo of aggiearcher13
3.31/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark chocolate brown, about a half inch of coarse tan head on top.

S: A little light. Some coffee and chocolate, but could be a lot maltier in the nose.

T: Roasty, coffee, nutty. It's interesting but doesn't wow me.

M: A little thin and over carbonated.

D: Pretty drinkable, it's a rather mild porter but it goes down easy. Not a whole lot to bring me back to it though.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Better to be shipwrecked on a peninsula than an island, right? Anyway, this stuff pours a deep black-brown topped by a finger of faded khaki foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, toasted rye bread, and funky oak. The taste brings in more of the same, though now the oak is replaced by a cola-like flavor. The body is a very light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly watery feel. Overall, a fairly limp porter, one that's a bit off flavor-wise and a bit too thin for its own good.

Photo of Greggy
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very dark brown/amber color with a super fine sediment in suspension. The head a cream color and has some nice clinging lace. After a few minutes the head recedes to a thin cap.

S- Delicious. Ample chocolate, a bit of caramel, suggestions of coffee, heavy on the cream.

T- Starts out with a very dark dry chocolate note, a bit subdued, with hints of creamy milk, a touch of graham cracker. The finish has some nice hop oil and some extremely dry chocolate.

M- Low bubbly carbonation works well but the body is quite low for such a beer. I'd like to see a little heavier body, personally.

D- Here is one thing the lack of big body contributes to. The drink-ability is quite good given the beer.

Photo of beerwolf77
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark cherry red nearing black. Solid finger of light mocha head. Good retention. Sticky lace.

S: Mild coffee and roast malt. Hints of dark chocolate and hops. Caramel and burnt sugar.

T: Flavors are a bit muddled. Faint roast burnt coffee, dark chocolate and mild hops. Nothing really steps up as a main flavor.

M: Medium to light body. Mild carbonation.

O: A less than impressive porter. Nothing offensive but nothing special either.

Photo of jimbotrost
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another nice beer in the 6 samples available. Pours a deep ruby red, almost brown. Nice full head on top of medium carbonation. Nose is big, with coffee and roasted malt. Dry chalky body is on the lighter side but nice. The flavor is dominated by the roastiness, and the finish is long and sweet.

Photo of WJVII
4.07/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a nice dark chocolate color with a 2 finger head that settled but left a real nice amount of lacing on the glass. This brew has a nice roasted malt aroma with deep chocolate notes and some mild coffee and some burnt sugar. I drank it a little colder than I usually would (kept in garage in WI winter) but the carbonation helped the flavors pop in my mouth. Very nice chocolate taste, some coffee in the finish with a really good balance. This was a very good brew and I was only expecting OK. Too bad I got it as a single... Will need to see if sixers are still there.

Photo of brdc
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Similar to the other two reviewers, I would agree that this one is their best offering, however, more because of the low quality of the others than the high quality of this one.
It has a few good qualities, though:
Mostly brown, with a tan head that shows little retention.
Aroma is mild but pleasant, including mostly roasted malts, coffee and chocolate.
Medium bodied, it has a pleasant if not complex taste; roasted malts, coffee and choclate.
Easy to drink more than one, I would have this again if I had to come back to Shipwrecked; however, given their poor service this is unlikely to happen.
I would consider trying the bottles, though, if I come across it.

Photo of Winter
3.76/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my favorite of the regular microbrews offered at Shipwrecked. Served a reddish-brown in color with a light tan head. Aroma consists of chocolate, roasted malt and a hint of coffee. Mouthfeel is medium to full-bodied and somewhat coarse. Taste has flavors of dark chocolate and heavily roasted (but not quite burnt) malt. Hints of coffee are barely detected. Finishes very dry.

Photo of cdkrenz
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Extremely dark brown body with a nice inch and a half of medium tan colored head with some nice stamina. The head has some real girth to it with the look of styrofoam

S - Chocolate and malt can be picked up even a couple of feet away. This brew's aroma really casts itself.

T - Coffee flavor immediately followed by dark chocolate which makes its way all the way to the finish where it and hops meet.

M - The feel is smooth and creamy at the beginning. Around the mid-point a hint of texture comes in and carries it to a relaxed finish.

~ I am quite impressed with this beer. I will certainly recommend this one to my friends and hope they too will be able to enjoy it as much as I do.

Photo of Pauly2X
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Nearly opaque black with slight ruby tones, virually no head only a slight wisp.

S- Light aromas of chocolate and coffee.

T- Solid dry roasted malt up front with a hint of sweetness. In the middle there's a hint of a strong hop finish, but it just quietly fades out to a neutral aftertaste.

M- A little thin for a porter.

D- Although the mouthfell is a little thin this makes it more refreshing.

Not a great porter, but not a bad beer by any means. The light mouthfeel makes this a great warm weather porter.

Photo of Parrotbeak
3.57/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Burgundy, with a thin, off-white head that fades quickly, leaving some paatches and a ring around the perimeter. Little bit of lacing.
Smell is slightly roasted malts with some ample, grassy hops. Light buttery and caramel tones. Notes of cocoa and light toffee at the finish.
Taste is dry, roasted malts with some fairly subtle hops. Cocoa and very faint caramel come in after.
Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, yet there is a little crispness to it throughout. Dry on the finish. Medium body.
Drinkability is good.

Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am not generally a fan of porters, but was pleasantly surprised by this gem. Though it is not perfect, I would certainly drink it again. The porter pours a black color with only a slight head. This yields to a gentle malty aroma which hardly grabs the reader's attention. Initial taste is a mild sweet coffee flavor with hints of malt. The taste is not complex, but it is well balanced. Some porters have little flavor at all, while other try to overcompensate and create an intense flavor. It is smooth and not overly heavy in texture. The aftertaste is pleasantly bitter, but does not take away from the general sweetness of the beer.

Photo of kbutler1
2.04/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Draft. Ever so slight coffee notes coming from this. Dark brown with slight tan head. Bitter ending. Not really a good porter. This brewery makes the claim that they are the only craft brewer in Door County, which is probably true, but it doesn't make their beer any good. It was served in a plastic cup too, fyi. Thx Shipwrecked!

Photo of ZAP
2.7/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A-Dark brown colored...a little creamy tan head on top.

S-Not as roasty as expected...some light java...a little sour aroma

T-Not bad....some cocoa and java....just not real full flavored..almost like a dry stout version of a porter...

M-Feels thin...some astringent notes on the finish.

D-Average at best. Not bad but not good. It doesn't help that I started with an O'Dell Cutthroat Porter and then had this next. The O'Dell blows this out of the water. Kind of like one of those early Tyson knockouts...not even close.

Photo of Bighuge
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark ruby body. Thick crop of whipped brown froth. Retention and lacing properties are strong. Aroma's got some of that milky sweetness to it and also cocoa powder. Almost like a milk porter. Smooth malty flavors with a slight lingering roasted bitterness. Milky. Bittersweet chocolate comes to mind. Solid flavor profile. Medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Good porter.

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