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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

134 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.25%
Wants: 10
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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 added by: ypsifly on 04-15-2006)
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +6%

2007 vintage.

Has the liquid consistancy of a viscous brandy. Only a little head after the pour, but nothing at all after that. Light black to dark brown with brownie colored highlights. Nice color. Smells cacao mixed with blended whiskey, toasty oak and with jst a light splash of milk. Not to mention the alcohol you get with the whiskey smell. The taste carries more creamy notes. Marshmellows and vanilla. The blended whiskey comes in about halfway through. With toasted wood, and chocolate covered coffee beans in a smooth finish. Great cream and warming whiskey notes. Great to sip and pay close attention to while watching an episode of Miss Marple with my girlfriend.

04-30-2008 02:41:23 | More by scruffwhor
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mroberts1204

California

4.08/5  rDev +6%

2008 Vintage

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights at the edges and a tan head that never completely dissipates. Glorious! Decent lacing.

Smell: Oak, whiskey and sweet chocolate (in that order). Restrained roastiness and unripe plums.

Taste: Follows the nose but falls a bit short. The depth and complexity of this beer isn't there. Nice whiskey flavors without the alcohol. Sweet chocolate and very mild roastiness follows the immediate oak and whiskey. Sweet, bitter plum flavors linger throughout but never come into the forefront.

Mouthfeel: A little thin. The carbonation is good. Warming alcohol but nothing out of the ordinary.

Drinkability: This thing finishes a little dry allowing you to drink up. Getting through an entire bomber solo may be the only difficulty.

This is a well crafted beer. And a big porter without coffee!! Is that possible?? Yes, yes it is. Tasty stuff.

06-28-2010 03:41:08 | More by mroberts1204
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Cresant

Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

04-30-2009 13:29:10 | More by Cresant
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%

Thanks mughugger for sharing this fine ale
A - An eye appealing dark brown cascade into deep brown with garnet highlights as the finely beaded tan head creeps upward. The microfoam leaves relatively little lacing behind.

S - Scents of woody bourbon are dominant in the nose. Subtle fruity esters, mineral and hop scents follow behind meekly.

M - The warmth of bourbon and woody dryness are felt primarily. Next, a sweet caramelized malt that is slightly on the molasses side w/ a tinge of hop spice and tickle of cinnamon distract from the initial taste. A light body for a strong porter.

T - A big woody presence that seems to push the fruity dark Imperial porter flavor into a deeper realm. I find it tasty since it has the Bourbon aging assisting the ale flavors, but I wonder if maybe it is using the conditioning in bourbon casks as a boost. It is fruity, sweet and mildly bitter with vinous qualities. I am a fan of wood flavor in dark ales or I might be turned off to this Porter slightly.

D - A tasty brew that benefits from wood aging. Meant to be shared imo with above average abv in bomber packaging. Worth a taste, certainly, but I probably wouldn't seek it out.

05-25-2007 21:58:58 | More by Slatetank
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

01-24-2010 13:22:25 | More by lordofthewiens
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let8it8grow

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.9%

02-29-2012 06:40:43 | More by let8it8grow
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jheberle

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.9%

01-10-2012 18:50:53 | More by jheberle
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tclapper

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-17-2011 03:28:18 | More by tclapper
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Another6Pack

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-22-2011 02:16:47 | More by Another6Pack
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Zaphog

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.9%

02-04-2014 04:27:54 | More by Zaphog
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Reneejane

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.9%

For starters, I don't have a lot of experience with Baltic porters, I don't think I've had more than one before this. The beer was black with a white head. Definite roasty aroma but with a hint of hoppiness. Taste was roasty but with more hop taste! Some chocolate and coffe hints through the roast. I have to say I'm surprised with the hoppiness that come through the robust malt flavors. What an enjoyable experience! The mouthfeel was nice and thicker than many other porters *yay* I get a little sick of watery porters.

09-22-2009 18:06:38 | More by Reneejane
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granger10

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +3.9%

Mohagany black color with a cappucino brown head. Settles to a layer of foam atop the liquid. Aroma is strong on the bourbon barrel notes. Lots of vanilla sweetness and woody esters along with a twinge of alcohol. It's all a bit sharp with some roastiness. It really comes out at you. Taste is also on the strong side. Honestly there's not a whole lot of porter in this beer. The bourbon barrel aging really dominates. And I'm not a big time whiskey fan esp. for beers but this one is quite good. It's more of a vanilla/oak flavor rather than whiskey, which just seems to compliment. Not a whole lot of depth or subtlety but I really enjoyed this beer and that's what it's all about in the end. Different, give it a try.

06-13-2006 18:55:17 | More by granger10
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TasteTester

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-17-2011 01:37:35 | More by TasteTester
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Greggy

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +3.9%

A- Pours a light black color with dark ruby highlights. The head is big and fluffy and tan in color. Some HUGE thick lacing is present.

S- Big chocolate aromas, cream, some buttery oaky aromas, some bourbon, some dark fruit is also evident.

T- Starts out a bit tart and almost sour, then moves into notes of chocolate, some bourbon and some oakiness. The finish has some coffee notes and is relatively dry.

M- The tart/sour initial twang is a little off-putting, but as it warms, it lessens. Carbonation is appropriate.

D- The initial slightly tart/sour note is a touch off-putting but this is a pretty nice bourbon aged porter.

11-08-2008 03:58:50 | More by Greggy
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gratefulbeerhead

Indiana

4/5  rDev +3.9%

01-11-2012 23:32:06 | More by gratefulbeerhead
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doppelmeup

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.9%

This poured a rich dark chocolate color with a light cocoa colored head. No light shines through at all. The head was not real thick, but lingered on top and left spotty lacing on the sides.

The aroma is really intriguing. I smell more of an oaky, Bourbon smell then a "beer" smell. There is just a slight, sweet maltiness in the background. The Bourbon aroma is not overpowering, but was surprising.

The flavor is really a melding of bourbon and porter, with neither flavor overpowering the other, but rather complementing the other. There is a bit of a chocolate maltiness under the bourbon flavor. The bourbon aspects do give this beer a bit of a sharpness and brightness.

The beer is medium bodied, but does leave a very dry finish, sucking the moisture right out the mouth.

Overall, this is a nice beer, definitely unique. I find that the oaky, bourbony flavors tend to overpower the "beer" flavors, but not necessarily in a bad way, given the intent of the brewers to create an oak-barrel aged beer. As far as oak-aged beers go, this is one of the better ones I have had, but that doesn't mean it is my favorite style. I also found that this beer was quite expensive at about $12 a bomber. I am glad I tried this, but wouldn't purchase another, especially at this price.

03-02-2009 23:04:16 | More by doppelmeup
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-05-2011 05:22:48 | More by HopStoopid120
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Rons35

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.9%

02-19-2013 23:34:24 | More by Rons35
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Brian700

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.9%

22 oz. bomber with a picture of a shipwreck. Hmmm...I wonder why that ship wrecked, they probably had to much of this stuff on board. It bours black with a brown head that sits low and creamy.

The aroma is all Whisky man, after it warms a bit the Whisky aroma starts to smell a little like maple syrup in the end.

The flavor is an abundance of whisky flavor with some roasted malt and chocolate flavor. The flavor is good but the whisky is a little bit too much. I think I am going to pick up a few bottles of this to let every thing mellow out a bit and then try it again, it seems like it would be good with some age on it.

The mouthfeel is full bodied with medium carbonation.

The drinkability is o.k. but not great because the whisky flavor is so over the top. Try aging this and the drinkability could improve.

06-02-2006 05:48:02 | More by Brian700
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BedetheVenerable

Missouri

4/5  rDev +3.9%

Presentation: 22oz brown pop top bomber with nice label; 2008 vintage

Appearance: Somewhat hazy, dark brown (nearly black) beer with a medium tan head with decent retention.

Smell: Lots of sweet dark chocolate and a pleasant (mild) dark fruity booziness as well. Sweet dark malt as well. Not a large burnt or roasted malt presence. A really nice toasted nut presence emerges as this warms. This is vibrant and pretty mellow at the same time.

Taste: Lots of boozy dark fruit up front, with some mild burnt grain and a hint of toasty wood in the background as well. Ends medium-bitter and slightly burnt. It's not a complicated flavor profile, but it's pleasant nonetheles.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied, nice level of carbonation

Drinkability: Pretty high

Conclusion: This is really a pretty ncie Baltic Porter. The wood notes are restrained but clearly preasent (which I like) and though the beer doesn't have a ton of depth, it's tasty and well-crafted. At $4.99 it's an absolute steal. At the regular $9.99 it's still a pretty good deal.

02-04-2010 03:36:21 | More by BedetheVenerable
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Hoopman

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-22-2011 11:50:17 | More by Hoopman
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +3.9%

08-18-2012 20:42:11 | More by t0rin0
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THECPJ

Delaware

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-19-2011 16:41:10 | More by THECPJ
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kzoobrew

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.9%

Bottle shows 2007 vintage on label, however label does not confirm abv. Listed here @ 7.8 2008 vintage is at 11%. I can say there is alcohol in the beer but just not how much.

Pours nearly black with a coffee two cream colored head. Retention is quite decent with some lacing left.

Oak character is quite strong but not overstated. Good amount of vanilla aroma. Roasted malt and a slight smokiness rounds out the smell quite nicely.

Once again the oak is very noticeable in the taste as it was in the nose. Coffee and maybe slight chocolate taste appear under the woodiness. Light vanilla flavor as well. Alcohol is slightly warming.

Medium to just shy of full bodied. Drinks very smooth. Lower carbonation but well suited.

Rather enjoyable and easy to drink. Though I would not want more than a bottle.

11-24-2008 01:36:08 | More by kzoobrew
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.9%

01-08-2012 22:30:49 | More by imperialking
Arcadia Shipwreck Porter from Arcadia Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.