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Arcadia Shipwreck Porter - Arcadia Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

134 Ratings
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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.25%
Wants: 10
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:
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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Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -7%
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.

Sammy, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +3.9%

t0rin0, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

djrn2, May 21, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Done side-by-side with the barrel-aged version thanks to rmalinowski4. Served in a snifter.

Pours black. Completely opaque. Thin, quarter-finger light tan head with some spotty lacing. Fairly-good retention with a bit of a cap throughout. The nose carries a bit of roasted malt and some milk chocolate. Light espresso. The flavor is fairly sweet with a bit of an espresso an accompanying crema kick. There's a mild cherry presence as well. Strong roast. Bit of chocolate. Medium body with moderate carbonation. A bit creamy, though too much carbonation to really be so. Not bad, but not quite up to par with the barrel-aged version.

Thorpe429, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

brentk56, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the Gods."

--Albert Einstein

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.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

BEERchitect, Jul 30, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

mikesgroove, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

oberon, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of zeff80
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

zeff80, Dec 12, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
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!

NeroFiddled, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

RblWthACoz, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of russpowell
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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

russpowell, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of Slatetank
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Slatetank, May 25, 2007
Photo of WesWes
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a wonderful malt nose that boasts of roasted and chocolate malts along with hints of vanilla from the oak barrels. The taste is awesome. It has a kick ass roasted and chocolate malt flavor. It's thick and rich with loads of malt flavor. It goes down silky smooth with a nice warm finish. The oak barrels really add a tremendous amount of complexity to this already tastey beer. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine porter. Enough said.

WesWes, May 16, 2009
Photo of smcolw
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

smcolw, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of Gavage
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Gavage, Dec 17, 2006
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +3.9%

imperialking, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of corby112
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

corby112, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of Billolick
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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

Billolick, Jun 03, 2007
Photo of akorsak
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

akorsak, May 14, 2007
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

rhoadsrage, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of jdhilt
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

jdhilt, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of Wasatch
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Wasatch, Jul 19, 2007
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Arcadia Shipwreck Porter from Arcadia Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.