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Arcadia Shipwreck Porter - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia Shipwreck PorterArcadia Shipwreck Porter

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134 Ratings
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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.25%
Wants: 10
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
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 Fishman007


4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

I poured the beer from a 12 oz bottle with red wax on the cap quite quickly into a pint glass and the head still remained considerably small. I would say this beer does a great job of hiding the 12% alcohol content. The beer is very drinkable and I drank it relatively fast while typing this review. The bourbon taste is present, but not overwhelming. There are notes of chocolate that make the after taste feel comfortable and ready for the next sip.

05-17-2012 01:22:04 | More by Fishman007
Photo of let8it8grow


4/5  rDev +3.9%

02-29-2012 06:40:43 | More by let8it8grow
Photo of Marti403


4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

02-21-2012 04:13:09 | More by Marti403
Photo of cynical1027


3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

02-20-2012 21:23:53 | More by cynical1027
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

01-27-2012 19:02:49 | More by PhineasGage
Photo of B33R501


3.53/5  rDev -8.3%

this was just ok for me. not alot of barrel aged experience, the only porter i can compare this to is williamsburg bourbon barrel, and that was alot better, as in one of my favorite beers last year.

black, good head, pretty beer. smells and tastes chocolate, vanilla, some bourbon. smooth and easy drinking considering 12% abv, certainly hides the alcohol well.

reasonable price but will not be a repeat purchase. maybe this one is too refined, i really enjoy the killer booziness of williamsburg's version, which i did not get here.

01-24-2012 13:29:07 | More by B33R501
Photo of bonbini26

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

01-12-2012 17:12:40 | More by bonbini26
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

01-11-2012 23:32:06 | More by gratefulbeerhead
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

01-10-2012 18:50:53 | More by jheberle
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

01-08-2012 22:30:49 | More by imperialking
Photo of kirkse


5/5  rDev +29.9%

12-27-2011 23:51:06 | More by kirkse
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-22-2011 11:50:17 | More by Hoopman
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-19-2011 16:41:10 | More by THECPJ
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-17-2011 01:37:35 | More by TasteTester
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-05-2011 05:22:48 | More by HopStoopid120
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2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

11-22-2011 03:17:42 | More by rab53
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-22-2011 02:16:47 | More by Another6Pack
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

11-19-2011 23:05:49 | More by brewpubbung
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-17-2011 03:28:18 | More by tclapper
Photo of busterthecat


4.58/5  rDev +19%

Picked up a 2008 vintage for $6. Bought it blind. Kept at ~55 degrees for a few months then poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle says "Ale aged in Oak Barrels", so a little confusion on my part on which beer listing this is, but the label looks like this one.

A- Pours a semi-transparent dark brown, sits a very dark brown in the glass. A nice khaki head forms and a good capping lingers for a while. Slight lacing,

S- Wow! the aroma of this beer is unlike any that I have yet encountered. It is a bold sweet chocolate covered cherry surprise. It has a tanginess that melds with the sweetness of cocoa. Bourbon and vanilla also present. It has some booze to it, but definitely expected at its ABV. Very nice, original & complex. I probably have smelled this beer for 5 min before taking a sip.

T- Again, Chocolate and tangy cherries take center stage. Softly roasted malts, vanilla, bourbon and strawberries are also in the mix. Very interesting and different. Quite refreshing.

M- Full bodied yet not heavy on the palate. Starts wet and calmly dries. The cherries really linger on the tongue and the memory of sweetness is retained. Not overpowering at all. Slight booze warmness felt on back of throat, but rather enjoyable on this cold rainy night.

O- A very different and well done baltic porter. I can't remember tasting anything like this before. A steal at $6. I just hope I can find more bottles of this. Reminds me of the holiday season.

10-28-2011 00:35:11 | More by busterthecat
Photo of bobhits


2.88/5  rDev -25.2%

Pours deep brown, turning black in the glass with a density that’s a touch light for the bourbon barrel beers, but denser than most porters. The age on this one has thinned out the carbonation a touch, but still about a half inch of head, a bit of lacing, and the head lingers well.

Strong sweet nose of vanila bourbon, nearly cold bottle of bourbon in nature. The finish is a powdery cocoa malt. Hopefully it opens up more as it warms.

Wow sickeningly sweet combination of sugar and bourbon with chocolate malts mixed in. Bourbon has just dominated this one and age has mellowed (I assume) any of porter nature. I feel this porter just wasn’t bold enough to handle this much bourbon aging. I should point out I’ve had issues with infections (or maybe Arcadia just makes awful explosive messes of beers) so perhaps part of the sweetness in here is something similar to what I notice with Cocoa Loco and Big Dick.

Smooth and creamy. This one drinks well. Medium thin for a bourbon barrel much like the appearance, but does the job.

I really like this one. This is an awful awful example but this bourbon dominance here reminds me a bit of Goose Island Rare, you know without this being a pappy barrel and the beer base being most likely just an ok porter vs a world glass masterpiece of a stout. It also doesn’t have the world class finish, in fact the finish is a touch lacking.

10-27-2011 02:11:03 | More by bobhits
Photo of Neffbeer


3.53/5  rDev -8.3%

22oz bottle marked 2008 vintage
Poured into an Oerbier tulip

A: Jet black with a good looking off white two finger head. It shows pretty good retention and leaves bits of lacing behind.

S: The oak barrels stand out with a twinge of vinous like sourness. After the wave of oak there is chocolate, vanilla, ash, and a hint of berries.

T: Barrel forward with a nice dose of chocolate and black malt. The vinous notes from the notes show in the flavor with a slightly sour twinge. The finish is a bit dry with some lingering chalkiness.

M: A bit thin overall for my liking, but the interesting flavor keeps this level. Absolutely no detection of the 12% abv, really smooth in that sense.

O: I enjoyed this beer very much, but overall I felt it lacked that certain something to make it really good. I like the sour notes, but I could see how that would be off-putting for some.

09-28-2011 23:55:11 | More by Neffbeer
Photo of Thorpe429


3.53/5  rDev -8.3%

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.

06-18-2011 01:59:44 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of TwoHeartedMale


4.13/5  rDev +7.3%

A- Very dark black, no light gets through. Thick white head
that was reduced to a thin layer.

S- Sweetness of the coco followed by richness of roasted malt, followed by the lush spice of bourbon.

T- Smooth creamy chocolate followed by smoky spice of bourbon. a hint of oak.

M- A lot lighter than I expected. Very creamy and smooth with the sweetness of coco. I got the aftertaste of vanilla and oak.

D- This beer is much more smooth than expected. They did a great job of balancing the coco and the bourbon. This if one of the smoothest and easy drinking 12% beers.

03-24-2011 03:39:04 | More by TwoHeartedMale
Photo of yonitan05


3.58/5  rDev -7%

Vintage 2007.
Pours a very dark brown with a very slight hint of copper-red color under light. A very thin head disipates almost instantly. At first smell, bourbon. Next smell picks up a little roasted malt and maybe chocolate. I taste roasted malt first then a very subtle hop character. Let it linger and the bourbon comes out in full force but not exceedingly sharp. Mouthfeel is a bit dry but well balanced and offering an excellent finish.

03-09-2011 00:25:58 | More by yonitan05
Arcadia Shipwreck Porter from Arcadia Brewing Company
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