Arcadia Shipwreck Porter - Arcadia Brewing Company
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Ratings: 134 | Reviews: 99 | Display Reviews Only:
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
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
3.95/5 rDev +2.6%
Served on-tap at Teresa's Next Door in Wayne, PA.
Pours a dark black with a thin beige head. Aroma dominated by whiskey but also has hints of chocolate and coffee. The bourbon barrel aging results in a strong whiskey presence that is accompanied by malty chocolate, coffee, dark fruit and vanilla flavors. Very tasty!
11-28-2008 09:05:13 | More by corby112
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
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
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
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
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
4.08/5 rDev +6%
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
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
4.13/5 rDev +7.3%
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle. Leaves one finger of an espresso-foam colored head, and it has excellent retention, and it leaves very good lacing. Body is the deepest brown possible, almost black.
Smell - rather simple, but mouthwatering nonetheless. There is vanilla, roasted malt, raisins, prunes, and some spicy alcohol.
Taste - exactly as promised by the smell. Vanilla, roasted malt, and dried dark fruits like raisins and plums, all flooding the tongue. There is yet more roasted malt on the finish and the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel - full-bodied, and semi-dry at times.
Drinkability - this is an excellent ale. It is just a little high in abv to be sessionable, but if you excersize caution, it might just be so.
04-03-2008 19:29:56 | More by ultralarry2006
3.33/5 rDev -13.5%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. 03/24/08. 2007 version.
Pours a deep brownish black, with around three fingers of tan head which dropped quickly. Not much lacing. Aromas of chocolate, raisin / plum, and whiskey. Also has kind of a sour smell to it.
Taste is surprisingly sour. There was a hint of it in the aroma, but I wasn't expecting this much. Lots of dark fruits, raisin, plum, date, fig. Some molasses. Tons of whiskey flavor. It isn't too overwhelming, but rather nice. If only it weren't sour.
Mouthfeel is decent, a bit thin though. Tastes like it should be a lot thicker. Leaves the back of my tongue sticky. Drinkability is decent also. Pretty easy to drink, despite the sourness and the tongue-stickiness.
Decent and worth a try if you like whiskey, but won't get this again.
03-25-2008 02:53:56 | More by bkilpatr
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
3.65/5 rDev -5.2%
Arcadia seems to be either hit or miss so we'll see how this goes. Shipwreck Porter pours the darkest of browns bordering on black. A two finger incredibly creamy off white head forms on the pour and leaves the glass covered in sheet lacing on its way down although it falls to a cap. This is a really good looking beer.
Everything in the aroma is very appetizing but...there seems to be a sour milk character floating around in there and although not very strong or prominent does drop the score by a half point. Excluding the sour milk everything else seems to be good. Slight vanilla and oak from there barrel aging combines with roasty malts, mild cold coffee, and mild chocolate.
Luckily the sour milk isn't there in the flavor it's more of an enjoyable combination of coffee, chocolate, vanilla (from the oak), and oak all in that order from least to most intense. All these flavors are supporting a well rounded roastiness. Unfortunately as this beer warms the alcohol becomes a little too evident.
The barrel aging made for a really nice mouthfeel. Carbonation is on the lower end of the spectrum and the oak lends a velvety smoothness to the body.
This is a solid beer but the alcohol shows a little too much as it warms, which of course knocks the drinkability down a notch.
I really wanted to like this beer from the outset but it just seems to fall in the mediocre category. It's a little hard for me to get past the sourness in the smell and I believe that translates into me dropping the flavor score as well. All that said it's not a bad beer just one, if some tweaking was done, could be a lot better.
02-02-2008 04:18:36 | More by joe1510
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
3.03/5 rDev -21.3%
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.
01-21-2008 23:29:10 | More by morimech
4.08/5 rDev +6%
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.
01-06-2008 02:11:25 | More by CortexBomb
4.1/5 rDev +6.5%
Black in appearance with a dense tan head. Lots of lacing. Aromas of oak, vanilla, cherries, maple syrup, and a hint of coffee. You can notice the bourbon, but its not overpowering in anyway. Tastes as it smells, but with some soft bitter citrus hops mixed in there as well. Nice alcohol warming as it goes down. Mouth feel is slightly creamy and medium bodied. Overall drinkability was good for being slightly boozy. Definitely a slow sipper. Recommended!
12-30-2007 06:12:16 | More by DavidEddie
3.65/5 rDev -5.2%
Looks like a case or two of these showed up at HyVee in Columbia recently.
A - Poured out a jet black color with a bubbly, light brown, four-finger head. It was very bubbly and left some big rings of sticky lace.
S - It smelled of malt, vanilla and oak.
T - It tasted malty. There was also a vanilla and nutmeg taste, too. As it warmed up it realy began to taste like bourbon or whiskey.
M - It was soft and smooth. A heavy-bodied beer.
D - Taste is great, but it is just so heavy that it was hard to finish the 22oz bottle.
12-12-2007 18:52:40 | More by zeff80
3.48/5 rDev -9.6%
Picked up at Merchant's in Dearborn ten days ago. Poured black, opaque with red-brown edges when held under a bright light. The head was modest and tan in colour, small bubble carbonation that was slow and steady. Some lacing. Smells of roast coffee, bitter dark chocolate, licorice. There is a sharp, bitter dark chocolate taste as well, with an aggressive mouthfeel and a snappy, whiskey-sour taste that lingers. Unfortunately, I found an alcohol presence detracted from the drinkability factor and inspired a more sour finish than was desirable. This is worth a try and could be much better if the recipe was tinkered with just a bit. As it stands, I'll manage to finish this large bottle but wouldn't think of haviing another.
10-21-2007 02:24:13 | More by ThatWineGuy
2.93/5 rDev -23.9%
A - Dark, almost black, brown with a large head that lingers for minutes, then leaves clumps of lacing clinging to the sides of the glass.
S - Slight molasses, alcohol, prune and coffee (faint).
T - Sour, too sour, alcohol, molasses, raisins, coffee, oak, faint bourbon - a sharp ascerbic sour is present before the shift to the citric acid sour and coffee bitterness in the aftertaste.
M - Smooth, thin, a bit acidic, harsh after the swallow, a bit astringent, thirst quenching at least.
D - Somehow not too bad. I don't think I will have this again, but the entire bomber went down easily. Many better beers of this style are out there, but, in spite of the sourness, this pulled off enjoyable.
09-21-2007 06:03:41 | More by mrasskicktastic
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
3.63/5 rDev -5.7%
Took me about 2 hours to choke this beer down last night. Not that it was bad, it was just chalked full of flavors, textures, and alcohols. Smells very rich withe typical nutty-coffee and semi-sweet chocolate, barley malt; and atypical sour-mash, whisky notes. All this flows overy a dense appearance of dark brown brew and moderately creamy head retention that laced well, for a while. Late, the proteins fell apart along with any head retention at all. The flavors are very sweet and bold with the same coffee, cocoa characteristics found in the nose, but quickly overcome with a sweet, alcoholic whisky flavor that dominated the beers flavor, body, boldness, textures, and impression thereafter. The booze-ey flavors do remain sweet, but also take on a fusal, harshness that sacrifices the drinkability. The body although medium cannot give the weight that is needed for the other flavors and textures, so the beer falls a bit flat. Remains malty, chocolatey, and coffee into the aftertaste, but only behind the whisky. No carbonation late. Interesting brew, just aggressive for agressive's sake.
07-30-2007 17:35:21 | More by BEERchitect
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
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
Arcadia Shipwreck Porter from Arcadia Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.