Arcadia Shipwreck Porter - Arcadia Brewing Company
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4.43/5 rDev +15.1%
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!
12-09-2008 04:54:18 | More by NeroFiddled
4.43/5 rDev +15.1%
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.
05-14-2007 01:05:24 | More by akorsak
4.4/5 rDev +14.3%
This is a 2007 Vintage, it pours with a nice strong tan head. The color is black with no noticeable highlights. Aroma is a sweet maltyness with hints of blackstrap molasse and a touch of roastyness. The flavor is clean with a well balanced bitterness and thin to medium sweet maltyness with hints of blackstrap molasses and a touch of smokeyness at the finish. The alcohol is very subdued in the aroma and flavor. This beer is a very good example of a porter and is easy to drink. They say it is aged in oak barrels which mellows the beer. The mouth feel is a medium body that finishes quick with some creamyness. The carbonation is perfect the head leave a beautiful lace on the glass. As it warms the smokeyness comes out more in the flavor also a touch of fruity sweetness in the aroma. If Porter is your favorite style this is the beer for you. I think this is a great beer very well made the brewer should be proud of this beer.
07-09-2009 04:58:28 | More by PorterJan
4.38/5 rDev +13.8%
label notes 2008 vintage, 220z bomber, poured into nonic pint glass.
A - extremely dark brown, almost black, with tan head which disapates into a thin covered. however, nice lacing that remains stuck to the glass
S - dark roasted malt, vanilla, burnt sugar
T - a little licorice, sweetness, whiskey
M - typical of a porter - lower carbonation, very smooth
D - since the label doesn't list it, I would have no idea this is 12%abv. the barrel aging and the 2 years of aging since has done it wonders, as this honestly tastes no stonger than your typical 4% or 5% session porter
04-28-2010 02:56:30 | More by jmdrpi
4.38/5 rDev +13.8%
Thanks goes out to Vancer for this brew.
22oz. Bomber The Brew Crew Big Beer Series
Pours a nice clean black color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus creamy tan head, lots of creamy sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, nice bourbon scent, and lots of toffee/caramel. The taste is malty, big hit of bourbon, nice touch of toffee/caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very nice brew from Arcadia, glad to have had a chance to try it out.
07-18-2007 23:26:45 | More by Wasatch
4.33/5 rDev +12.5%
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.
07-12-2010 01:40:38 | More by StoutHunter
4.33/5 rDev +12.5%
Arcadia Ales Shipwreck Porter pours a stiff brown head over
an inky black brew. The nose is amazing- fruit, mocha, wood,
and alcohol- almost a port or madeira quality to it. The flavor
is likewise complex- big malt flavors, wood, dark fruits, tannin
from the oak barrels this stuff was stored in, and a bit of tartness
from that environment as well. Mouthfeel is full and round, with
a very long dry finish to it. Alchohol is a constant, if well modulated
presence, but it's only obvious as a warming effect. The bottle does
not list the alcohol by volume, but I would advise anyone trying this
to plan on staying in that night. This fine brew is not to be taken lightly!
08-05-2008 05:59:54 | More by shadow1961
4.3/5 rDev +11.7%
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.
04-08-2010 02:57:34 | More by mikesgroove
4.3/5 rDev +11.7%
Appearance: Pours an espresso brown color with a rocky tan head; retains nicely and leavea a few squiggles of lace
Smell: Great aromatics, with dark fruit, whiskey barrel, smoke and burnt caramel
Taste: Dark fruit and caramel, at the outset; by mid-palate, the whiskey, vanilla and caramel flavors take over, along with a sour element that while, off style, I actually enjoyed; after the swallow, the flavors blend together nicely, with the sour aspect making a stand against the sweet flavors
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: I really enjoyed this; perhaps the sour flavor is a flaw, but I thought it added a unique element
11-03-2009 00:38:45 | More by brentk56
4.3/5 rDev +11.7%
Undated bomber, purchased at Cloverleaf.
Poured into a pint glass.
First off, this beer is all about the bourbon!!!!
Average appearance, half inch head that fades quickly. Leaves a thin cream colored line around the edges. Black in color with some brown highlights. Fantastic smell, a great combination of bourbon and chocolate, some roasted malts. Taste is mostly bourbon, like almost doing a shot. After the bourbon fades, you can pick out some dark chocolate, wood and roasted malt. This has a much greater bourbon taste than Founder's Kentucky Breakfast. On the verge of maybe too much, but personally, I love it!!! Velvety smooth as easy too drink. I have no clue what the abv is. A nice sipping brew to have after dinner. Very enjoyable and a definite winner from Arcadia. Limited release!!!
04-23-2006 23:55:26 | More by BigDaddyWil
4.3/5 rDev +11.7%
I got this bottle in a trade with Nutbrown. Thanks Alan!
This pours a very very dark brown with just a bit of reddish hues showing when held up to the light. The head of foam tan is a good +1 finger and there's plenty of sticky lacing.
The smell has lots of things going on. I get oak, vanilla, dark fruit, and sweet malty goodness. Little bit of booze here as well.
The taste is quite sweet with lots of caramel malt and vanilla, light chocolate, some toffee, some oak(that one's growing on me) and a very light bitterness in the background that shines in the finish. Nice job there of not letting tyhis puppy get too sweet.
This on the upper end of medium bodied and it is fairly well carbonated. Very nice sipping brew.
Drinkability? It sure is tasty and has a very good mouthfeel so I'm going to say...very good. Maybe a bit stronger alcohol wise than the numbers say but that's not much of a gripe.
Thanks again to Alan for the chance to try another Baltic Porter and this is certainly an excellent one.
02-06-2009 01:41:18 | More by Bitterbill
4.28/5 rDev +11.2%
Unpolished black with barely a brownness peeking at the bottom. Small tanned, evenly foamy top. Collar stays thin and tight with a broken skim once the top creeps away. Not much lacing, a bit of low ended sheeting and skragly, boney fingered strings.
Aroma is deeply whiskey-fied with modest maple and vanilla sweetness hovering with very light roasted chocolate. Perhaps a bit understated and uncomplexing, but man do I like it.
Same goes for the taste. Deeply whiskey toned and warming with a nice inlay of vanilla tossed in. Dark and deceptive. Intriguingly layered in depth with the whiskey; first the vanilla, very open and soaking, then some maple, a thin peel of sweet banana, and ends with a puff of chocolate resonating under the heat late after the finish. A nice little roasty effect is also evident as it begins to peak interest, but the chocolate puff and fluff is the mainstay once the warming begin to set in. A tender pull of dark vanilla sweetness is left soaking into the cheeks as the warmth sits firmly in the throat, belly, and mind. Quite nice.
Feel is left with a middle grounding of mediumish body, leaving the warmth do alot of the work and not so much the body or flavor. Perhaps a tad to whiskey-like. The front is the most empty, gains then fades, then gains again, and as already stated, mostly in warmth and not so much in thickness.But all the flavors inside the warmth do keep it interesting enough to persue more sippage.
And that is what you'll do with this big warming brew, sip and sip and sip, through and through and through. Quite nice overall really. Impressionable, yes, but could use more stature and thickness compared to other, more complexing Porters. Whiskey Oak-aged or not. Still...a very solid Porter worth checking out.
06-07-2006 01:51:06 | More by tavernjef
4.25/5 rDev +10.4%
Thick, dense beige head. It leaves plentiful chunky lace. The color is dark, ruby brown where the faintest of light shines through.
Cocoa and a mild iron aroma. There is some notable alcohol in the nose as well.
Strong milk chocolate flavor; leans on the sweet side. The 12% abv is notable but not dominating. Rich body (slightly oily from the alcohol content) with a low level of carbonation. There's a nice balancing hop that shows up in the swallow.
Another superior beer from Arcadia. This is one of my favorite breweries. I cannot understand why their beers are not far more popular in the northeast.
02-05-2011 03:50:22 | More by smcolw
4.25/5 rDev +10.4%
I poured the beer from a 12 oz bottle with red wax on the cap quite quickly into a pint glass and the head still remained considerably small. I would say this beer does a great job of hiding the 12% alcohol content. The beer is very drinkable and I drank it relatively fast while typing this review. The bourbon taste is present, but not overwhelming. There are notes of chocolate that make the after taste feel comfortable and ready for the next sip.
05-17-2012 01:22:04 | More by Fishman007
4.22/5 rDev +9.6%
Appearance: Poured into a Sam Smith Tulip, huge 2" head, slow fading, billowy, atop a coal black body that allows no light.
Smell: The rich wood scentss are immediately evident, smoke, coffee, chocolate, many stout qualities here, but maybe that is because I have never had a barrel aged porter.
Taste: At first it is a little bewildering. The flavors all mix together and take a little while to work through. I do like the beer, though, the barrel realyl adds charachter and bite to the beer. The porter flavors are a little more subdued that a stout in it's place, but it stands up well to pairing with charred oak. The alcohol is strong, but is is a good beer voerall.
Drinkability-Mouthfeel: A little bit thinner than you would expect, creamy and lightly carbonated. I hope Arcadia continues this line, I appreciate them branching out.
05-20-2006 03:46:27 | More by TastyTaste
4.2/5 rDev +9.1%
A great night of porters thanks to mughugger for bringing this beer. After the Gonzo it seemed a tad lack-luster certainly a terrific beer. Thanks Karen.
Appearance: Pours a dark almost black color with a chocolaty brown head that has great retention and leaves loads of lacings in the glass.
Smell: Chocolate malt, boozy vinous alcohol, port, roasty coffee.
Taste: Dark port chocolate grape flavor with a roasted malt a espresso feel on the cheeks, and a splash of vanilla and toffee. The best attribute is the warm alcohol finish.
Mouthfeel: Light (for a BP) and roasty, with a pleasant dry feel.
Drinkability: This is a very easy drinker that won't fill you up too quickly.
Hope this is helpful.
05-21-2007 07:48:17 | More by Phatz
4.2/5 rDev +9.1%
If you don't like bourbon, I highly recommend you stay clear of this one. Pours a deep, almost black brown in color with a thin wispy tan head that left a crown all throughout. Nose is distinctly bourbon, alcohol, vanilla, old wood. Taste is very much the same, initially the bourbon hits followed by a dose of vanilla, bittersweet chocolate and roast. The finish has a lot of vanilla. I quite like this, but the bourbon really dominates which I don't really like, I prefer when it takes a backseat in a beer, but alas, it is what it is.
I liked this a lot though overall.
04-23-2006 05:24:22 | More by Gaisgeil
4.2/5 rDev +9.1%
I was looking forward to this as it was warming up on my coffee table for like an hour. I walked the dog for half an hour, came in opened it and it gushed over onto the carpet, some bills, and a nice long trail into the kitchen. Not sure why, maybe overly re-fermented in the bottle I think this one's like 2 years old. Maybe older. The label has a little fold over the "b", no idea what that means.
Super big foam. Smells really good. Woody, intense vanilla.
Tastes Sour, burning matches? Brett. Interesting. Some bitter vanilla. Some dry cocoa powder hints and maybe palm sugar.
I'm more annoyed that I lost like a quarter to a third of it. A good temperature, cool not cold. I waited long enough to open it but I think I needed a bigger glass to catch the fountain of deliciousness. Makes for a good drinking bottle but a sticky clean up. Surprising since it's not sweet.
While I'd drink it again, I'm not sure if I'd age another bottle for such a short time. I'd go older of drink much younger.
06-16-2009 03:13:07 | More by Dotcubed
4.2/5 rDev +9.1%
2007 vintage poured into a pint glass
A: Very dark brown/almost black with creamy tan head
S: wo, it smells as if i walked into a bourbon barrel, very bourbony and oaky. next thing i smell is vanilla, sweetness, and smokiness
T: bitterness attacks the pallet followed by a malty sweetness with vanilla and carmel overtones. some heat from the alcohol as the beer warms on the tongue. again the oak barrel aging comes through strongly on the taste...i like that.
M: medium to heavy body, creamy mouthfeel with mild carbonation, finish is on the slicker side.
D: this beer is a wonderfully complex brew but one or two glasses is going to be more than enough for me
Notes: working my way through their big beer series and now having tried this and their hopmouth I am excited to get to the rest of their big beer line-up
01-22-2009 02:09:11 | More by lamarr04
4.2/5 rDev +9.1%
Thanks go out to SPLITGRIN for this one.
Pours from the 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Burnt caramel color beer with dark, glazed carrot colored highlights. Tan colored head, about half finger in size. No lacing, head disappears somewhat slowly.
This one certainly smells like a bourbon barrel aged porter. Bourbon aromas, vanilla, oakiness, plenty of sweetness. Smells fantastic.
More bourbon tastes. Almost too much bourbon but in my opinion, the perfect amount. Slightly alcoholic tasting though the alcohol warmth is missing, or atleast subdued.
Medium to full bodied, perfect carbonation. I really liked this one. I feel too many people may be turned off by the strong bourbon flavors and aromas but it was right up my alley. A smooth sipper.
02-04-2008 21:54:55 | More by SaCkErZ9
4.2/5 rDev +9.1%
"Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the Gods."
Chocolate-covered charred chestnut with ruby and amber highlights. I was worried about the incredibly loud escape of carbonation on crown cracking, but no foam has exited the bottle and there looks to be nothing amiss on the pour. The caramel nougat colored cap is attractive, but is only passable when it comes to lace deposition. This is still good looking beer.
If you like big porters and bourbon whiskey, then Shipwreck's nose will be as enjoyable to you as it is to me. It looks like this big porter received quite a boost from the Evan Williams bourbon barrels that it spent an undisclosed amount of time in. Roasted barley and chocolate share the spotlight with the caramelized sugar and vanilla notes of a nicely oaked whiskey.
Although this 'Brew Crew Big Beer Series' offering is tasty, the flavor profile can't match the magnificence of the aroma. I didn't think it was possible, but the typical Arcadia sourness is on display in this beer as well. There's enough else going on (and a certain dark fruity tartness isn't that out of place for the style) that I won't judge it too harshly.
I like the amount of bourbon that has made its way into the final product. It isn't subtle and it isn't overpowering... it's juuust right. Each mouthful results in a controlled burst of molasses, dark brown sugar, bittersweet chocolate, unripe figs, vanilla and charred oak. And bourbon too, but I figured that was too obvious to mention. It's hard to get my mind around the concept of a whiskey-soaked Baltic porter. I do believe the brewery has pulled it off.
Given the flavor profile, the style and the ABV, the mouthfeel is right on the money. Sure, bigger and more viscous would have been great, but things are fine the way they are. Be aware that the less-than-chewy mouthfeel allows one to gulp more quickly than is advisable.
Shipwreck Porter isn't my favorite Arcadia beer, but it isn't that far off either. Without the whiskey, this would be an also-ran. With it, it's pretty close to being a Cutty Sark. I'm now entering the bottom half of the bomber and see nothing but smooth sailing ahead.
09-06-2007 15:50:13 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.13/5 rDev +7.3%
Pours a three finger light tan head that leaves a good lace. Totally black color, no highlights. Oak nose. Good carbonation and heavy bodied. Flavor is smooth, some sweetness, with a good oak sharpness. Decent porter. 2008 vintage, $10.20 for a 22 oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.
02-14-2009 00:27:38 | More by jdhilt
Arcadia Shipwreck Porter from Arcadia Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.