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Ship Wreck Porter - Carton Brewing Company

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Ship Wreck Porter
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.34%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Carton Brewing Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: Hessian257 on 10-20-2013)
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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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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
90 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.