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Ship Wreck Porter - Carton Brewing Company

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18 Reviews

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Reviews: 18
Hads: 152
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 9.77%
Wants: 17
Gots: 23 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Carton Brewing Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Hessian257 on 10-20-2013

Aged 1 year in Brinley Rum barrels.

Shipwreck Porter
Barrel Aged Porter
ABV: 10% | IBU: 26 | SRM: 42

When our friends and neighbors at Brinley shipped us ten of the barrels used to make their Brinley Gold Shipwreck Rum from their distillery on St. Kitts, we were given the opportunity to create a beer that would take advantage of wood rather than the other way around. We looked to coax complexity out of the marriage of a barrel's soul and a brew's potential, not just to bomb a huge beer with huge flavor. The rum that lives in these barrels for four years integrates its spice to the wood so well that it ends up reminiscent of a Bananas Foster. A sturdy brown honey porter seemed the best host to receive the ghosts from Shipwreck's old home. We started with a base of deep malts looking for notes of coffee and chocolate, then enhanced them with the floral bouquet of local wildflower honey and the preservative strength of 10% ABV while keeping the body sensible. This was put in the casks to meld with the vanilla, wood, and spice notes, toned down by the oxidative effect of a year in the cellar. Drink Shipwreck Porter because a barrel should be so much more than a depth charge.

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Reviews: 18 | Hads: 152
Reviews by Ego:
Photo of Ego
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

cocoa head of moderate stature (about one finger), moderately clingy while showing ample legs, tidal bubbles, light avoids passing through this beer like the knicks avoid wins... pitch black with some effervescence bubbling upon the surface like a gently simmering cauldron

dark rum, heavy molasses, rum booze, brown sugar, if someone plopped this in front of me and only had my honker to tell what it was.. ? I would not have guessed beer, really reminds me of the dark rums of the Caribbean, fantastic

taste etc...
barley-wine-ish with really oily booze that coats your entire gaping maw, a velvety sipper, subtle carbonation, hints of cocoa roam in the back bathed in molasses (but not overly sweet or heavy notes of the molasses), it almost drinks like a cross between a porter and a barleywine, without heavy notes in either direction... so you have the smoothness of a good porter and then the booze kick (and you know it) of a BW, weight wise this drinks lighter than you would think... and man that is dangerous.. or not (depends on the night really)

tasty as balls..err, I mean damn tasty! really good brew, fantastic temperament meaning it just drinks easy and has a great flavor punch and quite a kick... a winner from carton, easily the best thing I have had from this brewery to date

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a brown head that fades and doesn't really lace the glass much. Nice rum barrel character in the aroma with coffee, chocolate and burnt malt character from the porter base. What I really enjoy here is how well the rum barrel character plays with the porter. Underneath it all you can tell the porter is truly the hero. Big porter characteristic pops on the flavor with coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, burnt caramel and toffee which melds perfectly with the rum barrel and wood flavors. Mouthfeel is heavy medium and very creamy. This is fantastic drinking and all the flavors are there but compliment one another. I'm looking forward to seeing this one again!

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Photo of t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SkiBum22
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lateralundertow
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jason
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Large growler, sample from the brewery.

Exceptional looking brown head leaves a lot of lacing, pitch black hue. Big molasses-like nose with wood and booze and bitter dark chocolate in the nose. Deep smoothness with in the big creamy body, sweet to start but balanced all around. Semi-thick wood character, leveling booziness, and lots of dark sugars. Unsweetened chocolate, faint coffee, and some black currant action in the middle. Long barrel aged finish with roasted grain and a mild boozy sweetness.

Nothing short of mind blowing with this brew. Barrel qualities are near perfection as is the balance. A real treat.

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Photo of Jsonta
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of Triklino
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 32 ounce, waxed growler into an oversized tulip.

Produces a lot of dark khaki head over a brown/black body that settles pitch-black. Plenty of scattered lace. 5

Cocoa and coconut and rum. Smells awesome. 4.25

First flavor is coffee and cream, quite the surprise. Dark fruit appears with vanilla. Great taste but get nothing barrel or spirit-wise. Okay, there's a little lingering rum. 4.25

Lighter in body, but creamy, roasty, and a little bit of booziness. Drinks easily and leaves a lingering sticky, wet feel more like liquor but without the heat. 4.25

This is a great beer with some real depth. The patient drinker will be rewarded by letting this warm.

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Photo of kingkevz
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BravoDawg_WS
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of woodchip
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CraigMack61
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hessian257
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of shoretaxi
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tbub18
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this along with Regular Cofee in a trade. Expectations were kind of low, but I have to say this beer certainly held its own with the RC. Fantastic rich porter, incredibly drinkable at 10%. I get the rum barrels a bit, but not in the overly boozy way that many porters struggle to balance. Would definitely want this bad boy again, really really well done Carton.

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Photo of RobDB
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Matt73
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sunofneurot
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mikeburd1128
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of zero_signal
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bhotz
1/5  rDev -76.7%

Photo of hoppymcgee
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of ArtZan
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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Ship Wreck Porter from Carton Brewing Company
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