Arcadia Shipwreck Porter - Arcadia Brewing Company
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3.95/5 rDev +2.6%
Pours black with a light brown head with some decent retention. Initial smell is large on sugary vanilla, also has some bourbony alcohol and roastiness. As i get further into it, the smoky roasty aroma and alcohol aroma become stronger. Taste starts with a nice roasted malt flavor, then a sweet creamy vanilla and cola-y flavor followed up by some nice alcohol presence and more roastiness with a little tang. This beer is fairly creamy on the palette with a decent size body and also a fair but proportionate amount of spicy alcohol and a large amount of acidic tanginess. I enjoy this beer, it definitely seems bigger than 7.8 abv and may be too rich to sample too much of but 22 oz is perfect tonight.
08-18-2006 21:52:55 | More by hoppymeal
3.93/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
08-17-2009 21:10:08 | More by oberon
3.9/5 rDev +1.3%
I didn't get detailed notes on this one from the Goose Island Beer Academy tasting on October 28, 2009 but this didn't really impress compared to other offerings. It comes across as a solid Baltic style Porter, the barrel aging is minimal, deep chocolate malts and roastiness, but as a special offering it falls a bit short for my tastes. Underperforms most of the Tyranena offerings, my favorite for Imperial porters.
11-28-2009 18:09:14 | More by robbyc1
3.9/5 rDev +1.3%
What it is! Not my favorite style for summer quaffing but a nice treat on a hot summer's day anyhow. HUGE vanilla and oak from the barrel on the nose, also plum, licorice, espresso, and a touch of tobacco. Perfect tan head leaves a merengue-like film on the side of my tasting glass (from the 1st ever Gitchee Gumi fest, heh heh) and makes me think of dessert. A smokey, tannic dessert beer? Sure, why not. Velvety-smooth with soft carbonation on the first sip, but with a nice hop bite and significant bitterness braced-up against the malt complexity. Notes of green apple in the aromatics, along with complex phenols and warming alcohol. A sipper, not a beer for easy quaffing or light cuisines . . . probably great with cigars. Definitely cellarable and worth stashing a bottle. While this certainly isn't a beer for everyong, it is a beer for me.
Way to go, Arcadia!
07-07-2006 19:52:45 | More by Chaz
3.88/5 rDev +0.8%
(Served in a dimple mug)
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.
01-27-2008 02:57:55 | More by rhoadsrage
3.88/5 rDev +0.8%
Nice deep brown color-slight cocoa colored head on top. Very oakey and whiskey like aroma. Good flavor-some roasted malt against a huge whiskey flavor. Tends to be over done for my own personal liking. Oak flavor is way up front as well. Decent level of lactic sweetness-comes across as a sweet stout in spots. Nice body-very smooth and the sweet stout quality balances the overdone oakiness and whiskey. Quite drinkable though not my thing all around. Enjoyable-I would recommend in small doses for sure.
07-09-2007 00:39:17 | More by lackenhauser
3.85/5 rDev 0%
Wow, is this an interesting beer. Not perfect by any means, but very interesting.
Pours almost black, more like a deep brown, with very little head. The nose is quite sharp -- lots of alcohol and bourbon aromas in there, lots of vanilla, along with chocolate and espresso. Very baltic porter-like. It's not terribly pleasant, but it sure is compelling. On the tongue, there's malt sweetness, then bitterness, and then a big alcoholic burn that's reminscent of the hard alcohol that, apparently, formerly occupied this beer's aging barrels. Surprisingly thin mouthfeel, coupled with a sticky film on the back of the tongue, reduce this one's drinkability. But man, is this one interesting. I'd love to actually see the process of making this one.
Overall, this one is flawed (alcoholic burn, not enough body, overly overt bourbon aromas) but fascinating. I always like to see beers like this -- they don't entirely succeed, but they try real hard and end up being far more interesting than even most of the micro dreck out there.
06-09-2006 01:50:06 | More by geexploitation
3.85/5 rDev 0%
I didn't realize that this was a whiskey barrel aged beer before I tried it - so that first sip was a shocker. It pours a very dark color with a moderate head that falls quickly and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass. The aroma has a lot of dark malt character with chocolate, but the whiskey comes through as well to create a complex combination. Quite sweet and flavorful flavor with plenty of dark roasted malts combining with a very strong whiskey/bourbon flavor. The body is medium and the drinkability is ok considering the extremely strong flavor of the whiskey.
11-11-2006 20:06:45 | More by clvand0
3.83/5 rDev -0.5%
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
06-03-2007 02:09:29 | More by Billolick
3.8/5 rDev -1.3%
22oz bottle acquired in a couple of trades.
***This one was a gusher - poured all over my bar and left a nice trail all the way to the bathroom sink. Why do the majority of Arcadia beers do this (and why don't I remember that until too late!).***
Poured a dark, dark brown with a large sized off white head. Aromas of wood, vanilla, anise, and bourbon. Tastes of ligher wood, vanilla, brown sugar, roast, and light chocolate. For some reason, both the aromas and tastes reminded me a little of root beer.
Notes from 9/2/06
11-21-2008 00:49:51 | More by hopdog
3.8/5 rDev -1.3%
Tons of carbonation bubbles come up through a deep brown brew with slight light around the edges. It has a light, billowy large cola head.
Nose is heavy whiskey, with some malts. Very oaky.
Taste is more whiskey, roasted malts, and alcohol warming in the throat. Heavy whiskey flavors are not really my style, but this seems to be well done and if you're a whiskey lover you'll enjoy this beer.
Mouthfeel is pretty good. Drinkability is ok but not great, because of the whiskey. Kind of a sipper, but still quite nice.
04-27-2008 14:19:32 | More by shivtim
3.78/5 rDev -1.8%
It pours a rich, deep mahogany, pretty ruby along the edges. A finger of loose, light tan head ebbs soon to frothy globules. Points of lacing minimalize the inside of the glass.
The aroma swirls bittersweet roasted malt, toying with dark chocolate, coffee, port, bourbon oak, cola, and licorice. A mere floral hint of hops caresses a veritably present spine of alcohol.
Upon tasting, there's a flow of slightly charred but mildly sweet roasted malt, with plum, raisin, and smokey oak in play. A vinous note hints at port, and is joined by a strident tendon of seemingly mentholated alcohol. The grain replays briefly before sneaky hops bitter things rather abruptly, leading to a lingering dry finish. It seems like a compressed, almost rushed version of the aroma, but it's still a decently crafted profile.
Medium bodied, the combination of malt, cooling alcohol, and bitter hops keeps the palate awake.
The aroma starts with plenty going on, but pretty much leisurely. Then the flavor compacts the elements into a more concentrated and harder to read burst. The one real distraction, though, is the gleaming streak of alcohol that tries to part the flavor like Moses and the Red Sea. And that ABV goes a long way toward keeping consumption well in line. It's a beefy bugger that has some in the plus column, and is worth a try.
08-22-2006 17:46:24 | More by Foxman
3.75/5 rDev -2.6%
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!
07-21-2007 21:42:27 | More by CharlesDarwin
3.73/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
12-17-2008 00:02:35 | More by beerthulhu
3.68/5 rDev -4.4%
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.
02-20-2011 22:01:21 | More by claspada
3.68/5 rDev -4.4%
Appearance: pours a dark black color with a tan colored 1" head. The head slowly recedes. Spotty lacing develops.
Smell: the aroma is full of roasted malts, dark chocolates, and a touch of alcohol.
Taste: roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, molasses, mild bitterness, and a soft background hint of bourbon. Alcohol level is mildly noticeable. Roasted malts and chocolates are up front, but the other flavors are a bit behind.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp at the start, smoother towards the finish. Aftertaste is long on the flavors.
Drinkability: a decent version of a baltic porter, but personally this didn't overly excite me. This would go nicely with some smokey BBQ. Worth a try as personal mileage may vary.
12-17-2006 18:04:51 | More by Gavage
3.68/5 rDev -4.4%
Appearance: Pours a near black body with some reddish hints to it and capped by a well-sized, beige head.
Smell: Dark malt aroma, predominately, with a touch of chocolate and molasses. Lesser notes of vanilla and oak. To my dismay, there's also a teensy, worrisome touch of sourness up in this bouqet.
Taste: Dark maltiness with tastes of chocolate and a few globs of gooey molasses. Restrained sweetness. some dark fruits. Minor hints of vanilla, oak, and light brown sugar. There's a noticeable bit of sourness within. All the flavors make a curtain call in the slightly warming finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Not too bad beyond that sour twang in the flavor. I'm sure it's nothing a little tinkering and adjusting couldn't cure.
07-10-2008 19:25:23 | More by ChainGangGuy
Arcadia Shipwreck Porter from Arcadia Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.