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Arcadia Shipwreck Porter - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia Shipwreck PorterArcadia Shipwreck Porter

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BA SCORE
86
very good

136 Ratings
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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 11
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ypsifly on 04-15-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

The second in a limited edition, 22oz bottled Brew Crew Big Beer Series. This beer was aged in 10-year old whiskey barrels.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 136 | Reviews: 99
Reviews by meathookjones:
Photo of meathookjones
1.59/5  rDev -58.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Almost pitch black with a small tan head that drops pretty quick leaving some light scattered lace. Sweet caramel comes out first only to be drowned out with booze and an out of place fruitiness. Aroma is just a mess with too much alcohol and not much else able to show through. Flavor starts off with a bit of sweetness and some strange ripe fruitiness. Some burnt and woody notes peak through before the bourbon takes over. Really bad alcohol burn fruity finish that is just as much a mess as the aroma. Mouthfeel was decent except the burn. No drinkability here for me it was a drain pour after forcing my way through the first glass. I waited to review till I had my second bottle figuring I had on off bottle but it was identical. A very appropriately named beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thru the years I have thought of Arcadia to be hit or miss with there wares,alot of their "big" beers havent lived up to expectations that I had for them.

2008 version.Poured a deep cola color with a creamy toasted almond colored one finger head,aromas mainly of chocolate,dark fruit,and oak induced vanilla notes.The oak is much more pronounced on the palate with some vanilla and wood,dark fruit and bitter chocolate round out the flavors with a bit of sweetish alcohol showing thru more as the beer warmed.Its a solid Baltic porter but not mind blowing.

Photo of RoyalT
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – This one is dark brown in color with orange highlights and a modest, brown head.

Smell – The rich malts were covered with a harsh alcohol aroma that diluted the pleasure of this nose. There was a whiff of coffee at the end that helped things out, though.

Taste – This fella shows off a big coconut flavor at the taste along with some vanilla notes. There’s a light, rather flimsy malt base that’s too small to respect.

Mouthfeel – This is shy of medium-bodied and too thin for a BP. The alcohol is much too stingy for a beer that’s less than five percent.

Drinkability – This is a barely drinkable BP that had an unusual vanilla character.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very dark brown, nearly black beer with a thick cafe au lait head. A bit of lace. Sweet chocolate aroma, and noticeable whiskey. Mostly tasted of sweet chocolate, some vanilla. A bit of espresso late. I could also taste the alcohol in the background. Pretty smooth beer. Would buy it again.

Photo of Billolick
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bomber bottle, no freshness info offered. Pours darkest brown with orangy light shining through the edges of the glass, dark tan, middle of the road head and minor lacing. Nose of vanilla, and smoke. Intense flavors here of wood, burnt grains and smoke. Decent enough porter, perhaps a little thin, went well with some bread cheese and nuts. Not my favorite offering from Arcadia, but worth a try anyway

Photo of ADR
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out an opaque black Stout color with a decent head of cream with lots of big bubbles on top. Laces in patches and smaller marks. Aroma has Irish coffee elements, some reminders of red wine and oak from the barrel conditioning. Mouthfeel is nice to begin with, creamy with subdued carbonation. Flavor features lots of bitter dark chocolate with a snap of vinous raisins and current and highlighting the bourbon casks. It also has good persistance, but perhaps the carbonation (initially smooth) seems a little too active at the end. Plenty of aftertaste, perhaps with a small touch of hops re-inforcing the roasty bittering of the brew, along with some smokey whiskey flavors. Arcadia has a wide range of beers to my tastes, this one works for me.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a dimple mug)
2007 vintage
A- This beer has a deep dense brown body with a hint of brown glow from the base. There is a light tan head of foam that sticks to the side of the glass forming a big meniscus. The body is a bit too dense to see any carbonation.

S- A faint sour cherry note gives way to a big woody oak smell and then to dark roasted malt supported by a soft dark coco powder note.

T- The big woody oak flavor seems to grow larger with each sip. There are supporting flavors of a soft sweet and sour notes, roasted black malt and some toasted malt flavors. A dark raisin note comes through before the finish of soft chocolate malt and chalk finish the beer.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel iwth a tight fizz finish but no alcohol heat noticed.

D- The slight funk hint of sour is a nice twist to a barrel aged porter, but the barrel keeps punching me in the mouth and I can't appreciate the rest of the flavors. I know there is a very nice Porter underneath.

Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice black colour,good aroma of the bourbon. I think this was aged in a bourbon barrel and would have liked it not to be. It was woody and I tasted the corn sweetner. We Canadians are not so oy-yoy-yoy on bourbon. I also found the mouthfeel to be a tad on the thin side.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle. Standard cap. Fairly nice pressure sensitive label with some nice Celtic details.

Pours an opaque black body beneath a creamy head of dark tan that borders on moving into 'light brown' stature. The head retention is quite good, and it maintains a solid cap throughout the glass, leaving solid walls of lace as it goes.

In the nose the Bourbon is quite apparent; as is a bit of lightly charred oak. And there's also a very hearty helping of yeasty fruitiness that includes juicy red delicious apples, sweet red berries, a hint of melon, and even some coconut milk.

The darker, more roasty notes appear in the flavor, but they're also threaded through and through with the yeasty fruitiness, giving it a thinner, and more accessible character throughout. If this is "Shipwreck Porter", then it must have been a pirate ship loaded with gold, bananas, tropical fruit (melon, papaya), and cocoa. It's bright and vibrant, and full of flavor. It finishes dry with loads of fruit (apple, strawberry, kiwi) and cocoa.

The bitterness is balanced, and without being strong it's still firm. It lingers on the palate with melon and apple and a bit of Bourbon. It's almost exactly like Laird's AppleJack. Interesting!!!!

Overall, I was impressed at how drinkable this beer was given the hype. It finishes dry with loads of fruit (apple, strawberry, kiwi). Very nice! Certainly worth trying!

Photo of MaineBirdMan
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The look of this beer was pretty good. I must say I was a little thrown by the label(the label didn't mention whiskey barrels). I'm not a big whiskey fan, so I was surprised when I tasted the hint of whiskey after my first sip. After my taste buds settled down I did enjoy it. Only one for this old boy. I really liked all the qualities it possessed, the dark color, the malty/whiskey taste. It left a nice warm feeling in my mouth. But only one.

Photo of russpowell
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to czoch75 for this one, thanks Clint!

Pours mahogany with 3+ fingers of rocky mocha head. Above average lacing & head retention

S: Bourbon notes & dark fruit

T: Sour mash, dryness & oakyness up front. More of the same, with some oaky & coca-cola vanilla notes & more sour mash & some dark chcolate as this warms. Finishes sour with vanilla sweetness 8 a bit of a booze kiss

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation, smooth & sticky

Drinks prety easy, a pretty good crack at the style, needs more chocolate or dark fruit to make me happy. If you don't like sour mash you may want to avoid this one

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 Oz Bottle. Rich bourbon vanilla, oak, bourbon browned malt sugars and nips of candied licorice. Warm, creamy and rich. Pours dark brown-black with creamy tan head. Flavor starts very warm, with lots of barrel char, some scotch alcohols, nips of fusels, a run of burnt coffee and a hot hand of 77% dark chocolate. Moves into a mingling of hops and fragrant malt character. A touch hot, but a fairly decent melding of barrel and beer. Higher hopping enjoyable, and working well with oak dryness. Could use a touch more density and creaminess, but overall a well-done. Bits of salty sea oats. Thanks Sean!

Photo of morimech
3.04/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Pours a dark creamy brown with a solid two-fingered head. Retention is very good eventually receding to a thick cap with solid lacing left in its wake that quickly rejoins the cap.

The smell is very boozy. Bourbon and alcohol are right out front assaulting the nose. If I didn't know better I would say this is some sort of liqueur. Just a touch of dark malt and cherries can be detected hiding behind the booze.

This beer took on too much of the flavor of the bourbon barrel. Hardly tastes like a beer at all. If you don't like whiskey, stay far away from this beer. It is strongly flavored of whiskey. Some of the more background flavors are chocolate malt and a roasted, smokey flavor. It finishes sweet until the alcohol warming takes affect. Feels medium body and has a creamy, coating quality.

I would consider this a beer based liqueur by the intense whiskey aroma and taste. Just too much for me to consider drinking this again. The ABV is lower than the taste would lead you to believe. Knock the whiskey qualities in half and this would be more my thing.

Photo of marcobrau
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown with a a nice bit of tan foam and an aroma of bourbon and cocoa. The head settles slowly leaving some lace. This is a good looking beer. The first sip yields raisin, fig and cocoa flavors, plus something mysteriious I can't quite pin down...ah, that would be bourbon! A lactic note accents these flavors, which adds compexity, but accentuates the sweetness a bit too much for me. The finish is warming and rather boozy, with the malt and hops pretty much in balance. The mouthfeel is fairly smooth, but the body is quite thin. In some respects, this is how I imagine porter might have tasted 150 years ago back in England; strong with lots "dark" fruity flavors. Overall, this is pretty enjoyable, but it needs more body and a little less alcohol.

Photo of CortexBomb
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Undated bottle.

Pour is standard porter black with a 1 inch tan head on it. Nose is odd, almost chalky with sour aspects and oak, not at all what I was expecting. The barrel aging is clearly affecting the smell in a big way.

The flavour starts out oakey as well, exceptionally so, which is accompanied by bourbon, a slight alcohol warming, some sourness, and the vaguest hints of chocolate. Finish has hints of coffee and roasted malts. Quite a brew.

Mouthfeel is adequate, though not remarkable, Somewhat thin for the flavour, which tastes like it should be motor oil. A shade above average for the style though. Drinkability is good, easy to drink, and a unique, tasty beer at an affordable price.

The bottom line: I have become a bigger and bigger fan of Arcadia as time has gone by. While many of their standard brews (beyond Whitsun and Scotch Ale) are only so-so, the big beer series is almost across the board solid, and Shipwreck Porter is another example of that.

Photo of Neffbeer
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle marked 2008 vintage
Poured into an Oerbier tulip

A: Jet black with a good looking off white two finger head. It shows pretty good retention and leaves bits of lacing behind.

S: The oak barrels stand out with a twinge of vinous like sourness. After the wave of oak there is chocolate, vanilla, ash, and a hint of berries.

T: Barrel forward with a nice dose of chocolate and black malt. The vinous notes from the notes show in the flavor with a slightly sour twinge. The finish is a bit dry with some lingering chalkiness.

M: A bit thin overall for my liking, but the interesting flavor keeps this level. Absolutely no detection of the 12% abv, really smooth in that sense.

O: I enjoyed this beer very much, but overall I felt it lacked that certain something to make it really good. I like the sour notes, but I could see how that would be off-putting for some.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dark, near black color with a light cinnamon/beige colored head that was creamy and well lasting but left little lacing.

S: boozy with an oaky alcohol aroma along with some vanilla and dry bitter chocolate.

T: a slight astringency. The beer was aged in 10yr old oak cask barrels that once held whiskey which is very noticeable in both the nose and flavor. A big alcohol flavor of whiskey. 7.8 abv but drinks much bigger greets you from the get go. There is some slight burnt malting and charred woodiness with an earthy bitterness as well. Some dark burnt sugars add just a hint of sweetness as well some dry vanilla creamer notes. The huge whiskey flavor is huge, perhaps a tad to much so and is comparable to dropping a shot in a 12oz glass of dark beer.

M: thin with light carbonation while the oaky vanilla alcohol flavor just takes over dominating the tongue.

D: Not bad but just way to much whiskey flavor in my beer to enjoy in 120z. Maybe if left to mellow a bit through aging this could be much more subtle and drinkable, otherwise while fresh was a little strong.

Photo of akorsak
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 22 oz bomber purchased at Joe Canal's.

A: The porter is a dark brown color that has ruby red highlights. The head is quite large, thick and sponge, measuring in near 3 fingers. The lace is extensive in the glass.

S: The nose has the unique yeasty nose of a baltic porter with an underlying bourbon edge.

T: This is a rare beer that has a bourbon element without overdoing it. The chocolatey caramel body of the baltic porter comes through cleanly, creating a sweet body that is a strong conduit for the bourbon. Said bourbon is oaky, sweet with some vanilla and alcohol warmth. The bourbon manages to compliment the sweeter body of the porter without completely overtaking it.

M: The sweet bourbon and porter mix well together, creating a very nice body, delicious even.

D: I am extremely imrpessed with the beer. The bourbon element is great without making things too strong. This is up there with Curieux and KBS in terms of bourbon beers.

Photo of lou91
3.12/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I thought the pour the beer looked a bit thin as I’m used to Russian Imperial Stouts barrel aged. It looked good – dark with a light brown head. The nose was slightly sour with definite whiskey on the nose. To like this beer you must like whiskey and weak porters. The beer is not bad only that it can not hold up to the whiskey aging. Worth a try but not a repeat for me.

Photo of matjack85
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I found this 22oz brown bomber bottle at the Binny's store in Plainfield, IL for $7.99.
2007 vintage opened in 2010.

The beer pours a dark brown, almost black color, with a touch of ruby red highlights when held to light. It made a huge 4-finger fast rising light brown head, so be careful with the pour. The head lasts several minutes and leaves tons of thick lacing - resembling a root beer float.

Nice whiskey/raisin smell along with some wood, cocoa, and faint coffee aromas.

The whiskey/raisin taste dominates, but there are plenty of other flavors in here as well. Roasted and even burnt malts provide balance along with some vanilla and cocoa for sweetness. Hop bitterness is low but there is some in here. A very tasty porter with a whiskry/alcohl kick.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a warming alcohol feel to it The low to moderate carbonation is a bit odd for a porter, but it seems to work well here.

At 12% alcohol you would think this one would be a sipper, but I had no trouble quaffing down a few big gulps.

Photo of peabody
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out with plenty of brown suds leaving little lacing.
the aroma is sweet and bitter at the same time. There is a fruit smell in there as well. The Whiskey aroma really shines through when the drink warms up a bit. Best tasted above 50 degrees.
It has a clean taste with slight caramel and hopps mixing in with the bourbon flavor.
Mouthfeel is really clean for such a Porter which makes me think it might be a little watered down.
Drinkability is the better quality here. Arcadia has better beers, but this one is worth another goaround.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was waiting for this one to be honest, as I knew this was going to be where my day was really going to get going. The only BA offering I brought with me today, I had to save it for last and it did not disappoint. A 2007 vintage bottle I had been holding onto this one for a while as I wanted to save it for when I could really enjoy it. Served chilled and poured into a 6 ounce tasting glass, this one was consumed on 04/04/2010.

The pour was spot on for the style with a rich dark brown color that is quickly capped by a light tan head. Fading out it leaves a wring of light brown foam around the outside of the glass that quickly coats it, leaving a sticky web like lacing. Aroma is strong, rich bourbon and oak notes coming through. Apparently three years aging has not faded this one at all. Bringing it up to room temperature you are quickly faced with light notes of vanilla and a touch of molasses. Near perfect taste as each sips melts as you take it. Rich oak and vanilla notes play off each other perfectly leaving a wonderful flavor at the tip of the tongue. Warming really makes these subtle flavors come to life as bourbon and oak come forward and steal the show. Like chocolate and coffee notes are buried in here somewhere providing a touch of depth and complexity to it, but the show is again stolen away by superb aging and a wonderful oak led flavor. Smooth, decadent feel and a light drying finish capped this off nearly perfectly.

Overall I am beyond impressed here. This is really where it was at for me and reassured me that the style can be done right. This was nowhere on my radar but has really moved up the list now. Really great stuff I have to admit.

Photo of StoutHunter
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

08 vintage bomber

A- Pours pretty black, with hardly any head and very little lacing.

S- Roasted Malts stick out first follow by some very sweet chocolate, way sweeter then any porter i have ever had, could tell this baby had some alcohol in it but it wasn't overpowering.

T-Super sweet chocolate and roasted malts steal the show on this one. You can tell your drinking a big beer but it doesn't taste the slightest bit hot.

M- Typical porter mouth feel, nothing to different going on here

D- For being a 12% Baltic porter it drinks very well, with beers like this i consider being able to drink a bomber by yourself fairly drinkable, this goes down to easy

Overall I am glad i decided to try this brew, will be on the lookout for this and any other of the beers in Arcadia's big beer series. This is the only other Blatic porter i have ever tried besides gonzo form flying dog, this was tastier and will try and seek out more beers this style.

Photo of claspada
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2007 vintage.
Aromas are fairly different than I expected. It starts out fruity and winey presumably from the barrel aging. Some lighter roasted/chocolate maltiness with a little vanilla.
Taste follows the nose with dark prunes, plum, cherry and red grapes. Roasted and chocolate malts support the flavor profile. I wonder what this tasted like fresh, because the ABV is completely undetectable after 3+ years. Really unique; the more I think about it this may have developed the fruitiness from some infection or bugs because this is really off in flavor profile. No bourbon or woodiness or hops are detectable.
The mouthfeel is good but too thin for how big this beer is. Good carbonation but way too drinkable. Overall a good beer; not a Baltic porter really though. Not roasted or chocolatey enough for my liking and while I like the unique dark fruit notes, it's just not what I was expecting. Recommended although probably hard to find since it was made 4 years ago.

Photo of Cresant
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a Sierra Nevada hops glass. 2007 vintage. The body was dark brown/black. Clear of sediment with a creamy, uniform head. A cap remained throughout.

Smell was woody and chocolatey. Hints of brown sugar. Aroma of a drawer full of screws.

Taste was woody. There was a nice initial tartness followed by a lingering light sweetness. Hints of molasses, but not much. Well balanced and flavorful. Very well hidden alcohol. Drying in the end.

Mouthfeel was medium to light in body. Adequate carbonation with a smooth silkiness. Overall a nice porter.

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Arcadia Shipwreck Porter from Arcadia Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.