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Ship Wreck Porter - Carton Brewing Company

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Reviews: 18
Hads: 152
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 9.77%
Wants: 18
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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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely awesome beer. This one had tons of coffee and dark chocolate on the nose and the flavor was very well balanced. Nice big creamy mouthfeel with roasty malts despite the fact that this was a porter.

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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 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 Dustin_Sallitt
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Awesome and unique creation here by Carton. Pours near pitch black with a nice two finger head with fantastic retention. The nose is packed with spiced rum, but also has a chocolate component. The first sip instantly let's you know this beer is way more than just a rum barrel aged porter. The base beer is pretty complex. You get an instant warmth from the rum and alcohol content, followed by a honey light sweetness that sticks around throughout, with barrel tannins coming in, and a slight bit of chocolate and coffe, which finally brings up a perfect amount of roast which lasts into the finish. My only complaint is that the mouth feel is a bit thin, but not a major issue.

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

Pouts deep brown with frothy tan head. Rum is apparent on the nose with roasty caramel , vanilla, and toast behind it. Taste has lots of roasted flavors again, alcohol is apparent without being boozy (I'm told much less so than last year). Some brown sugar and maybe pumpernickel on the finish. Mouthfeel is full without being heavy, dangerously drinkable for a 10% beer. Overall this was a surprisingly great beer. the barrel flavors are apparent but don't overpower what appears to be a roasty complex porter.

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Photo of CaysE
4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Aging porter in spiced rum barrels is right up there with stouts aged in bourbon barrels: they make a great pair. The rum flavor is distinct and sweet, and balances well in this beer.

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Photo of dar482
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer hits of sweet and spicy rum up front, decent rum flavors, vanilla, lots of licorice throughout. A slightly sweetness of milk chocolate and porter base.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely exquisite Imperial Stout. I had this on tap at Free Bridge Wine & Spirits in Phillipsburg and am providing the couple of notes I took when tasting this there. Aroma had some nice chocolate malt and coffee bean elements as well as caramels and a hint of banana. Flavor-wise, I picked up more of a 'molasses' aspect of the rum rather than boozy rum. Syrup and brown bread in the finish. Nice and smooth - another winner form NJ's Carton!

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

Look: Pours a nice black color with a good fluffy light brown head that leaves good lacing

Smell: Molasses, rum, roasted malts, caramel, vanilla, oak

Taste: Rum is the predominant flavor. Caramel, vanilla, oak, roasted malts, and molasses are also in there

Feel: Medium to full body, medium carbonation, very smooth

Overall: Lots of flavor and character, but the rum is so strong, I feel the rum is the star here rather than the porter. But still, overall it is very good. Very easy drinking so be careful with it. I like what Carton is doing, showing that they are capable of more than just hoppy beers

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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 SammyJaxxxx
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 32 oz growler that was capped and sealed with Orange wax at the brewery
Appearance: Deep Dark Mahogany brown beer with a fluffy cocoa head. It dissipates to a slight ring that sits on top of the beer and leaves good lacing.
Aroma: Rum, molasses and brown sugar. The nose reminds me of a dark spiced rum.
Taste: Rum is at the forefront, followed by dark chocolate, vanilla , molasses, burnt sugar. You can taste the 10%. The underlying beer tastes like a barleywine.
Mouthfeel" Very smooth sipper It is sweet, but not too sweet, chocolaty Very smooth but offset by a slight alcohol burn. The rum subsides and leavves the cocoa, vanilla, burnt sugar flavors in your mouth.
Overall: This is a great beer from a brewery that never fails to impress me. This beer reminds me of something that DFH would do (and I mean that in a good way) The perfect accompaniment to this cold evening.

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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 mdfb79
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%

From 11/27/14 notes. Enjoyed a 32 oz. growler of this on Thanksgiving, 24 hours after getting it from the brewery capped and waxed.

Pours a deep mahogany brown color with one inch of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Roasted malts, dark chocoate, burnt malts, toasted malts, milk chocolate, and chalk. Medium body and low carb, pretty smooth body. Very nice.

Overall I thought this was pretty good...one of their better beers I've had. I wish it had more milk chocolate than dark chocolate, but the mouthfeel is great and it doesn't feel 10% ABV. Worth checking out and would like to have again.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Growler shared at the Plan Bee Savage release.

Pours a fairly dark brown, almost black, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like rum and all its involved spices, cinnamon mainly, with some chocolate, and roasted malt.

Though the rum is definitely a prominent flavor here, at no point does it overwhelm anything. It's integrated well with honey, chocolate, coffee, and cinnamon flavors. The porter is quite sweet, but stops short of being cloying.

This is medium bodied, not quite as thick as I would've wanted, but still sufficient enough. It's creamy, with some spice graininess in the mouthfeel. It's very drinkable.

I continue to be impressed by Augie Carton's brews. I need to visit soon.

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Photo of Act25
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

At the brewer, new release, 10-18-14, into a tulip named Carton. Benchmarked vs Founders Porter and TenFidy - 2 of my faves in this dark realm.

A- Syrupy from the honey, ship stain brown-black, scads of lace, looks as good as TenFidy.

S- Roast malt, milk chocolate, Kahlua, spices and sweet rum. Nicely integrated. Dessert like, last beer of the night.

F- Follows the smell nicely, with more sweet rum barrel and honey on the tongue coupled with long, smooth roast malt softened by Kahlua, milk chocolate, espresso, with a dash of spice. Complex. Up there with TedFidy, sweeter.

M- Full body, silky, smooth, like an after dinner drink, it's boozy.

O- I really need to place this side-by-side with TENFidy and Founders Porter to fairly compare. But Carton seems to bring a bit more of the rum barrel, wood, and honey to the experience.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Orange wax growler. Poured into a FFF/DMC snifter 6/21/2014.

A- Well, this one was a gusher when Roger opened this one up. All the foam in the world rose out of the bottle and coated the ground. But well. This is a dark brown bodied beer with a two finger dark mocha head with fine retention. Bits and bits of lacing.

S- Roast malt, milk chocolate, spices and sweet rum. Smells well-bought together in terms of its components.

F- More sweet rum barrel on the palate that seems to get on the verge of being overshadowing, but there is still a nice roast malt character with milk chocolate and cold pressed coffee, a little bit of what seems to be nutmeg or cinnamon to round things out.

M- Medium in body, silky and smooth. Fairly boozy.

O- Enjoyed this one despite the fact that this was a gusher. There didn't seem to be any off-flavours or signs of infection, so perhaps it was a very vigorous growler fill?

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Photo of thedoubler55
3.91/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Black in color with no transparency, barely no head at the top with no lacing to go along with it.

S: Almost all rum on the nose with slight hint of brown sugar and caramel, very dark rum all over the place, felt like I was smelling captain morgan.

T: Lots of rum on the tongue as well with a strong backbone of sugar, dark roasted malts somewhere in there as well. Not a bad flavor but lots of booze all over.

M: Sticky, lots of carbonation and a medium bodied mouthfeel.

O: Overall not a bad beer from a local brewery but lots going on here and lots of rum flavor on this brew, definitely a Ship wrecker.

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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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Ship Wreck Porter from Carton Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.