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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
87
very good

135 Ratings
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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.25%
Wants: 11
Gots: 7 | 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 tavernjef
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of RoyalT
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – This one is dark brown in color with orange highlights and a modest, brown head.

Smell – The rich malts were covered with a harsh alcohol aroma that diluted the pleasure of this nose. There was a whiff of coffee at the end that helped things out, though.

Taste – This fella shows off a big coconut flavor at the taste along with some vanilla notes. There’s a light, rather flimsy malt base that’s too small to respect.

Mouthfeel – This is shy of medium-bodied and too thin for a BP. The alcohol is much too stingy for a beer that’s less than five percent.

Drinkability – This is a barely drinkable BP that had an unusual vanilla character.

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of KarlHungus
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Once I popped the cap of this beer a torrent of foam gushed out. This wasn't too surpising, because it seems to be the case with most of Arcadia's beers. It was still annoying, none the less. The beer poured an opaque black color with a large, creamy, light tan head. The aroma is very boozy, chocolate, coffee, and malt are also present, but overpowered by the whiskey. The taste is slightly more balanced than the aroma, but still too boozy for my liking. This beer certainly tastes hotter than 7.8% ABV. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, but seems a little lighter due to excessive carbonation. Overall, this beer is a close miss. The whiskey aspect of it reminds me a lot of Founder's Kentucky Breakfast Stout, but Shipwreck seems to lack the massive amounts of malt to balance out all that whiskey.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of hopdog
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of morimech
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of Vancer
4.63/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

These big beers aged in whiskey barrels just kick me in the sack, in a pleasant way. If ya luv bourbon, like Jim Beam, this is the brew for you. (Can’t wait to try the local O’Fallon BASP).

A big ol’ brew, poured jet black with cola brown edges. Nice tan head and laces.

Then, WHOO, the enticing aroma of Jim Beam sour mash bubbles up through the chocolate coffee vapors. Superb. The taste was just top notch of the sour mash mixing with the porter malt backbone. Raisins, cherries also make an appearance. Just a hint of alcohol, nicely presenting itself.

How this rated below a 3 for some is beyond my feeble mind. Man! Wish I had cellared a couple of these critters.

Photo of jmdrpi
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

4/7/08
Appearance - pours black, two+ fingers of light mocha foam sitting on top. Nice hold at a half-finger and some good wavy lacing to boot.

Aroma - intensely oaky to the point of drowning out all other smells. A heady alcohol vapor mixed in also. An occasional whiff of chocolate but the wood here is very strong, too strong.

Taste - some decent chocolate malts to start. Slightly sweet, they are quickly replaced by an intensely woody flavor. Did they add 'Liquid Oak'? It's a big block of wood in handy liquid form. Some chocolate following and a good measure of abv warmth. The swallow has some balancing bitterness but the oak never lets up and allows anything else to blend in. I guess after a number of bourbon barrel beers, it's different to taste just the oak without the whiskey, but I don't care a whole lot for it. While waiting a bit before sips, I do notice at long last a slow emergence of bourbon as an aftertaste. Quite good but it takes a while to develop, so there's a bit of redemption for this one. And as with many higher abv brews, after a bit of palate adjustment, the flavors are more amenable.

Mouthfeel - good mouthfeel; smooth, slightly heavy.

Drinkability - I can appreciate the effort in making it, but it's not up my alley.

9/26/06
Appearance - all black pour, a dense mocha head of about a finger or so, insulating quite well. Thick rings of lace on this one. 5.0

Aroma - chocolate covered bourbon balls. The chocolate fades to something a bit smoky, the bourbon stays right where its at. Hmmm, beer or bourbon? 3.5

Taste - sweet and chocolatey at first, like Kahlua. Alcohol warming on the swallow, roasted malts and sweetened bourbon take over. Finishes with a dry sweetness, bittersweet chocolate, and one of the most pleasant alcohol infusions running through it all. 5.0

Mouthfeel - insanely smooth from the first sip. The heaviness goes well with the sweetness and "bigness" of the flavor. 5.0

Drinkability - for the bourbon-loving sweet tooths out there, this is a treat. Quite approachable for a beer of this style and crafting. 5.0

Photo of kmpitz2
2.88/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber. Pours a fairly dark brown color with a 3 finger tan head over top that falls to about a finger before settling. The brew is murky, with a moderate cascade of bubbles maintaining the head. Nose brings prominent sour notes, reminding me more of a sour brown than a porter of any type. Behind that I find some deeper roasted and lighter chocolate notes with a light alcohol blanked in the background. As it warms, this become more clear on the aroma. There are definate aggressive alcoholic whiskey notes in this one. Moderate vanilla tones sit over top of coffee and chocolate. Not quite what I was expecting on the nose with this one from the initial pour, but after letting it sit and come to stasis, it is okay. Flavor is interesting. The sourness is there, but more subdued. My initial impression is that the alcohol really stands out in this one. I get an initial hint of it as I first sip the beer, but after swallowing the brew, it really hits almost like a spirit, in my sinuses and then as a moderate burn in my stomach. Outside of this, I find some chocolate and roasted notes, with a very mild fig that rounds things out. The aftertaste is a little solvent-like due to the alcohol as well, making this less than desirable. I would have to say that the alcohol detracts pretty heavy on this one. Mouthfeel is thick, with a light to moderate carbonation that serves to break it up a little. As I said, this one lights up my stomach a bit, even leaving traces of heat in my esophagus. Overall, this one just isn't captivating my senses. At 7.8%, it should not be as aggressive on the alcohol as it is. I am not sure if the sourness is supposed to be there or not. I may grab another bottle now that its on shelves near me and see if this is a product of the bottle I have or if it is chronic.

Photo of mcallister
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This porter is nearly black if not black. With a generous tan head that leaves behind trace amounts of spotty lacing.

Aromas are big in bourbon almost overly so. Hints of vanilla, bitter choclate, roasted malt, and some dark fruits.

Malty malty porter. Much of the flavor and complexities of this beer seem to be hidden behind a vail of bourbon and oak. Still good flavors of bitter choclate, vanilla extract, black currant, smoke, tobacco, and some meaty earthy flavors.

Mouthfeel is good but not great. Again the bourbon leaves this once out of whack making a somewhat undesirable mouthfeel but not making it bad. This isn't one I'm going to drink an abundace of but worth a try.

Photo of ADR
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out an opaque black Stout color with a decent head of cream with lots of big bubbles on top. Laces in patches and smaller marks. Aroma has Irish coffee elements, some reminders of red wine and oak from the barrel conditioning. Mouthfeel is nice to begin with, creamy with subdued carbonation. Flavor features lots of bitter dark chocolate with a snap of vinous raisins and current and highlighting the bourbon casks. It also has good persistance, but perhaps the carbonation (initially smooth) seems a little too active at the end. Plenty of aftertaste, perhaps with a small touch of hops re-inforcing the roasty bittering of the brew, along with some smokey whiskey flavors. Arcadia has a wide range of beers to my tastes, this one works for me.

Photo of StoutHunter
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of matjack85
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I found this 22oz brown bomber bottle at the Binny's store in Plainfield, IL for $7.99.
2007 vintage opened in 2010.

The beer pours a dark brown, almost black color, with a touch of ruby red highlights when held to light. It made a huge 4-finger fast rising light brown head, so be careful with the pour. The head lasts several minutes and leaves tons of thick lacing - resembling a root beer float.

Nice whiskey/raisin smell along with some wood, cocoa, and faint coffee aromas.

The whiskey/raisin taste dominates, but there are plenty of other flavors in here as well. Roasted and even burnt malts provide balance along with some vanilla and cocoa for sweetness. Hop bitterness is low but there is some in here. A very tasty porter with a whiskry/alcohl kick.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a warming alcohol feel to it The low to moderate carbonation is a bit odd for a porter, but it seems to work well here.

At 12% alcohol you would think this one would be a sipper, but I had no trouble quaffing down a few big gulps.

Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of I_BYE_MI_BEER
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage

Pours jet black with a tan foam head and splashy lace. Alcohol tears.

Charred malt nose, moderate strength, some black strap molasses.

Big charred malt up front, with scorched coffee and bitter chocolate. An immediate sour note, then alcohol, then bitter dark malt at the end. You get the oak, which is great considering the strength of the other flavors.

Fuller bodied, tongue coating.

Very nice, with a good punch of intensity.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of TastyTaste
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of clvand0
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of bonbini26
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of HopStoopid120
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Phatz
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.
Cheers!

Photo of Photekut
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Arcadia Shipwreck Porter from Arcadia Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.