Arcadia Shipwreck Porter - Arcadia Brewing Company
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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
3.78/5 rDev -1.8%
It pours a rich, deep mahogany, pretty ruby along the edges. A finger of loose, light tan head ebbs soon to frothy globules. Points of lacing minimalize the inside of the glass.
The aroma swirls bittersweet roasted malt, toying with dark chocolate, coffee, port, bourbon oak, cola, and licorice. A mere floral hint of hops caresses a veritably present spine of alcohol.
Upon tasting, there's a flow of slightly charred but mildly sweet roasted malt, with plum, raisin, and smokey oak in play. A vinous note hints at port, and is joined by a strident tendon of seemingly mentholated alcohol. The grain replays briefly before sneaky hops bitter things rather abruptly, leading to a lingering dry finish. It seems like a compressed, almost rushed version of the aroma, but it's still a decently crafted profile.
Medium bodied, the combination of malt, cooling alcohol, and bitter hops keeps the palate awake.
The aroma starts with plenty going on, but pretty much leisurely. Then the flavor compacts the elements into a more concentrated and harder to read burst. The one real distraction, though, is the gleaming streak of alcohol that tries to part the flavor like Moses and the Red Sea. And that ABV goes a long way toward keeping consumption well in line. It's a beefy bugger that has some in the plus column, and is worth a try.
08-22-2006 17:46:24 | More by Foxman
3.95/5 rDev +2.6%
Pours black with a light brown head with some decent retention. Initial smell is large on sugary vanilla, also has some bourbony alcohol and roastiness. As i get further into it, the smoky roasty aroma and alcohol aroma become stronger. Taste starts with a nice roasted malt flavor, then a sweet creamy vanilla and cola-y flavor followed up by some nice alcohol presence and more roastiness with a little tang. This beer is fairly creamy on the palette with a decent size body and also a fair but proportionate amount of spicy alcohol and a large amount of acidic tanginess. I enjoy this beer, it definitely seems bigger than 7.8 abv and may be too rich to sample too much of but 22 oz is perfect tonight.
08-18-2006 21:52:55 | More by hoppymeal
3.53/5 rDev -8.3%
Pours out with plenty of brown suds leaving little lacing.
the aroma is sweet and bitter at the same time. There is a fruit smell in there as well. The Whiskey aroma really shines through when the drink warms up a bit. Best tasted above 50 degrees.
It has a clean taste with slight caramel and hopps mixing in with the bourbon flavor.
Mouthfeel is really clean for such a Porter which makes me think it might be a little watered down.
Drinkability is the better quality here. Arcadia has better beers, but this one is worth another goaround.
08-08-2006 02:19:34 | More by peabody
3.9/5 rDev +1.3%
What it is! Not my favorite style for summer quaffing but a nice treat on a hot summer's day anyhow. HUGE vanilla and oak from the barrel on the nose, also plum, licorice, espresso, and a touch of tobacco. Perfect tan head leaves a merengue-like film on the side of my tasting glass (from the 1st ever Gitchee Gumi fest, heh heh) and makes me think of dessert. A smokey, tannic dessert beer? Sure, why not. Velvety-smooth with soft carbonation on the first sip, but with a nice hop bite and significant bitterness braced-up against the malt complexity. Notes of green apple in the aromatics, along with complex phenols and warming alcohol. A sipper, not a beer for easy quaffing or light cuisines . . . probably great with cigars. Definitely cellarable and worth stashing a bottle. While this certainly isn't a beer for everyong, it is a beer for me.
Way to go, Arcadia!
07-07-2006 19:52:45 | More by Chaz
3.1/5 rDev -19.5%
I thought the pour the beer looked a bit thin as Im used to Russian Imperial Stouts barrel aged. It looked good dark with a light brown head. The nose was slightly sour with definite whiskey on the nose. To like this beer you must like whiskey and weak porters. The beer is not bad only that it can not hold up to the whiskey aging. Worth a try but not a repeat for me.
07-07-2006 05:09:41 | More by lou91
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
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
3.85/5 rDev 0%
Wow, is this an interesting beer. Not perfect by any means, but very interesting.
Pours almost black, more like a deep brown, with very little head. The nose is quite sharp -- lots of alcohol and bourbon aromas in there, lots of vanilla, along with chocolate and espresso. Very baltic porter-like. It's not terribly pleasant, but it sure is compelling. On the tongue, there's malt sweetness, then bitterness, and then a big alcoholic burn that's reminscent of the hard alcohol that, apparently, formerly occupied this beer's aging barrels. Surprisingly thin mouthfeel, coupled with a sticky film on the back of the tongue, reduce this one's drinkability. But man, is this one interesting. I'd love to actually see the process of making this one.
Overall, this one is flawed (alcoholic burn, not enough body, overly overt bourbon aromas) but fascinating. I always like to see beers like this -- they don't entirely succeed, but they try real hard and end up being far more interesting than even most of the micro dreck out there.
06-09-2006 01:50:06 | More by geexploitation
3.03/5 rDev -21.3%
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. Theres a light, rather flimsy malt base thats 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 thats less than five percent.
Drinkability This is a barely drinkable BP that had an unusual vanilla character.
06-08-2006 02:09:10 | More by RoyalT
4.28/5 rDev +11.2%
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.
06-07-2006 01:51:06 | More by tavernjef
4/5 rDev +3.9%
22 oz. bomber with a picture of a shipwreck. Hmmm...I wonder why that ship wrecked, they probably had to much of this stuff on board. It bours black with a brown head that sits low and creamy.
The aroma is all Whisky man, after it warms a bit the Whisky aroma starts to smell a little like maple syrup in the end.
The flavor is an abundance of whisky flavor with some roasted malt and chocolate flavor. The flavor is good but the whisky is a little bit too much. I think I am going to pick up a few bottles of this to let every thing mellow out a bit and then try it again, it seems like it would be good with some age on it.
The mouthfeel is full bodied with medium carbonation.
The drinkability is o.k. but not great because the whisky flavor is so over the top. Try aging this and the drinkability could improve.
06-02-2006 05:48:02 | More by Brian700
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
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
1.58/5 rDev -59%
Almost pitch black with a small tan head that drops pretty quick leaving some light scattered lace. Sweet caramel comes out first only to be drowned out with booze and an out of place fruitiness. Aroma is just a mess with too much alcohol and not much else able to show through. Flavor starts off with a bit of sweetness and some strange ripe fruitiness. Some burnt and woody notes peak through before the bourbon takes over. Really bad alcohol burn fruity finish that is just as much a mess as the aroma. Mouthfeel was decent except the burn. No drinkability here for me it was a drain pour after forcing my way through the first glass. I waited to review till I had my second bottle figuring I had on off bottle but it was identical. A very appropriately named beer.
05-18-2006 19:43:35 | More by meathookjones
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
4.3/5 rDev +11.7%
Undated bomber, purchased at Cloverleaf.
Poured into a pint glass.
First off, this beer is all about the bourbon!!!!
Average appearance, half inch head that fades quickly. Leaves a thin cream colored line around the edges. Black in color with some brown highlights. Fantastic smell, a great combination of bourbon and chocolate, some roasted malts. Taste is mostly bourbon, like almost doing a shot. After the bourbon fades, you can pick out some dark chocolate, wood and roasted malt. This has a much greater bourbon taste than Founder's Kentucky Breakfast. On the verge of maybe too much, but personally, I love it!!! Velvety smooth as easy too drink. I have no clue what the abv is. A nice sipping brew to have after dinner. Very enjoyable and a definite winner from Arcadia. Limited release!!!
04-23-2006 23:55:26 | More by BigDaddyWil
4.2/5 rDev +9.1%
If you don't like bourbon, I highly recommend you stay clear of this one. Pours a deep, almost black brown in color with a thin wispy tan head that left a crown all throughout. Nose is distinctly bourbon, alcohol, vanilla, old wood. Taste is very much the same, initially the bourbon hits followed by a dose of vanilla, bittersweet chocolate and roast. The finish has a lot of vanilla. I quite like this, but the bourbon really dominates which I don't really like, I prefer when it takes a backseat in a beer, but alas, it is what it is.
I liked this a lot though overall.
04-23-2006 05:24:22 | More by Gaisgeil
4.53/5 rDev +17.7%
The second installment of the Brew Crew Big Beer Series. Packaged in bombers featuring what looks like a sailing ship from the 19th century beached and laying on its port side with a lone figure walking precariously along the upturned starboard.. Side of the label sez, "Marooned on a deserted island after a violent storm shipwrecked him, Brewer John Osborne used whatever raw materials and supplies he could salvage from the flotsam of the wreckage to brew his beloved Porter, including oak barrels that once held 10-year old whiskey. Rescue could now wait! This legend and our Brew Crew Big Beer Series continues...."
This Porter was aged for six months in Evan Williams casks.
Undated bomber purchased at Merchant's in Dearborn, MI and poured into an imperial pint glass.
Damn near black with some hints of reddish brown at the edges. Tan head that rises up and threatens to spill before settling down to a few dense centimeters. Good retention with thick sheeted lace left clinging to the glass.
The nose has lots of bourbon and a good amount of rasted malts and chocolate. Deep, rich and warming. Not as intense as the aromas in the Founders Kentucky Breakfast, but its damn good.
The taste follows along the lines as the nose but it also has a good nutty flavor that works really well. The bourbon flavors are not hot and unrestrained. They add a sweetness that works well with the roasted notes. A bit of alcoholic heat in the back with some lingering heat and roasted flavors in the aftertaste. Well rounded, at least for someone who loves bourbon. Some may appreciate this beer a little more after some aging but I like it now.
For style, the mouth was right on. Full and smooth with no oily residuals. For those of us who like bourbon and bigger beers, this is a real winner and was worth the wait.
04-15-2006 03:17:21 | More by ypsifly
Arcadia Shipwreck Porter from Arcadia Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.