Arcadia Shipwreck Porter - Arcadia Brewing Company
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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
4.63/5 rDev +20.3%
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. (Cant wait to try the local OFallon 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.
05-24-2007 22:20:57 | More by Vancer
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
3.18/5 rDev -17.4%
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.
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
09-26-2006 18:27:13 | More by brewdlyhooked13
4.38/5 rDev +13.8%
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
04-28-2010 02:56:30 | More by jmdrpi
2.88/5 rDev -25.2%
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.
06-28-2006 00:33:04 | More by kmpitz2
3.38/5 rDev -12.2%
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.
05-21-2006 20:18:28 | More by mcallister
3.95/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
05-06-2006 01:17:39 | More by ADR
4.1/5 rDev +6.5%
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.
10-26-2010 02:47:43 | More by matjack85
3.95/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
11-01-2013 23:49:07 | More by OtherShoe2
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
4.22/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
05-20-2006 03:46:27 | More by TastyTaste
4.33/5 rDev +12.5%
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.
07-12-2010 01:40:38 | More by StoutHunter
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
4.2/5 rDev +9.1%
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.
05-21-2007 07:48:17 | More by Phatz
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
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
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
Arcadia Shipwreck Porter from Arcadia Brewing Company
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