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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
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 claspada
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2007 vintage.
Aromas are fairly different than I expected. It starts out fruity and winey presumably from the barrel aging. Some lighter roasted/chocolate maltiness with a little vanilla.
Taste follows the nose with dark prunes, plum, cherry and red grapes. Roasted and chocolate malts support the flavor profile. I wonder what this tasted like fresh, because the ABV is completely undetectable after 3+ years. Really unique; the more I think about it this may have developed the fruitiness from some infection or bugs because this is really off in flavor profile. No bourbon or woodiness or hops are detectable.
The mouthfeel is good but too thin for how big this beer is. Good carbonation but way too drinkable. Overall a good beer; not a Baltic porter really though. Not roasted or chocolatey enough for my liking and while I like the unique dark fruit notes, it's just not what I was expecting. Recommended although probably hard to find since it was made 4 years ago.

claspada, Feb 20, 2011
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 jale
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours dark brown with a finger of brown head. Lacing last just briefly.

S: Slight chocolate followed by some roasted malt and just a hint of bourbon.

T: Taste is close to the smell. Slight sweet chocolate, roasted malt and a just a hint of bourbon. Just a tad alcohol burn. Finish is slightly acidic like a baltic.

M: Good carbonation. A little thin.

D: Decent, but I would like a little thicker body.

jale, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of beerman207
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Found this on the shelf of a small beer store. I think it's an 08.

A: Light brown and a small head to go along with it.

S: Vanilla, chocolate, a little booze

T: Whiskey, burnt sugars, vanilla, some creme - very nice

M: Light carbonation and a really good texture

D: Really enjoyed this one. Can't see having it very often with how big it was but a unique offering that was impressive.

beerman207, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of bamadog
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I haven't seen this one on the shelves for some time now, so I'm guessing this is the 2008 vintage. Review is from notes taken on 12/12/2010 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Pour is the standard deep dark brown/near black, like coffee, but it has some dark ruby and chestnut highlights near the edges and at the very bottom of the glass; starts with a 1/2 finger creamy tan head that fades immediately to a thin wisp of a skim and an uneven milky ring around the surface; body is nearly opaque, with the exception of the highlights mentioned above; only a couple strands and spots of lacing are left behind as an oily residue makes it slide back into the drink.

Smell: A lot of vanilla right up front, which is awesome, I love picking up on vanilla and just a touch of caramel; some earthy roast in there; a bit of barrel as well; not quite as robust as I would like, but I really like the sweet vanilla that comes out

Taste: Pretty impressive -- a good array of flavors that are well blended -- the sweet and oaky vanilla blends with the earthy roast; a definite presence of dark fruit that is just a little tart (cherry, perhaps?) and just a bit of caramel; an aged presence of alcohol as well that is pretty mellow, but still effective in the set of flavors.

Mouthfeel: Body is just a bit lighter than medium and the carbonation is there, but nearly a non-presence as it is "just" prickly and then fades to a smooth, near flat body (not awful for a 12% porter though, as I wouldn't expect it to be overly carbonated; a moderately thick and dry sticky coating is left all over the palate; for being 12%, the alcohol really creates no burn at all, but the belly is left just a little warm.

Drinkability: Definitely a sipper, but a tasty one. I like the well-rounded set of flavors, but do wish the body was a bit thicker (I guess not every porter can be as viscous as Black Butte XX, which may have unfortunately set the bar a little too high for me); ABV is definitely a factor in this being limited to a 22 oz. bottle by myself, and demands that I enjoy it over the course of at least 1 and 1/2 to 2 hours.

bamadog, Dec 13, 2010
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.

matjack85, Oct 26, 2010
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.

StoutHunter, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of mroberts1204
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights at the edges and a tan head that never completely dissipates. Glorious! Decent lacing.

Smell: Oak, whiskey and sweet chocolate (in that order). Restrained roastiness and unripe plums.

Taste: Follows the nose but falls a bit short. The depth and complexity of this beer isn't there. Nice whiskey flavors without the alcohol. Sweet chocolate and very mild roastiness follows the immediate oak and whiskey. Sweet, bitter plum flavors linger throughout but never come into the forefront.

Mouthfeel: A little thin. The carbonation is good. Warming alcohol but nothing out of the ordinary.

Drinkability: This thing finishes a little dry allowing you to drink up. Getting through an entire bomber solo may be the only difficulty.

This is a well crafted beer. And a big porter without coffee!! Is that possible?? Yes, yes it is. Tasty stuff.

mroberts1204, Jun 28, 2010
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

jmdrpi, Apr 28, 2010
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 jrallen34
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a 22oz bottle into a tasting glass at NoTB.

The beer pours a dark brown with a light tan head, rising only a about a finger, but not much retention or lacing.

The aroma is light and sweet with a little vanilla.

The taste is shockinly differntly than the aroma as it i s mostly all bitter coffee. Its really offputting because its so unexpected, but its also pretty boring.

The feel is ok full bodied, but rough and bitter with a warm finish.

Overall, this an ok porter, nothing special

jrallen34, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of BedetheVenerable
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22oz brown pop top bomber with nice label; 2008 vintage

Appearance: Somewhat hazy, dark brown (nearly black) beer with a medium tan head with decent retention.

Smell: Lots of sweet dark chocolate and a pleasant (mild) dark fruity booziness as well. Sweet dark malt as well. Not a large burnt or roasted malt presence. A really nice toasted nut presence emerges as this warms. This is vibrant and pretty mellow at the same time.

Taste: Lots of boozy dark fruit up front, with some mild burnt grain and a hint of toasty wood in the background as well. Ends medium-bitter and slightly burnt. It's not a complicated flavor profile, but it's pleasant nonetheles.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied, nice level of carbonation

Drinkability: Pretty high

Conclusion: This is really a pretty ncie Baltic Porter. The wood notes are restrained but clearly preasent (which I like) and though the beer doesn't have a ton of depth, it's tasty and well-crafted. At $4.99 it's an absolute steal. At the regular $9.99 it's still a pretty good deal.

BedetheVenerable, Feb 04, 2010
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.

lordofthewiens, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of techfed87
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a standard English pint glass. Pours a dark dark brown, with a cocoa head to it. Has a distinctive bourbon scent to it that comes from it's aging. Very distinct in that sense. Has a slightly licorice scent to it as well.

This is my first barrel aged porter, so I'm not sure exactly what to expect. Taste is very colorful, with bourbony notes mixing and interacting with the rich, chocolate flavors of the porter.

Most of my experience in barrel aged ales have come in the form of very heavy stouts, all of which I've enjoyed immensely. However, aged Imp. Stouts are, to put it lightly, very intimidating to the pallet. This beer takes everything I enjoy from those brews and makes it more drinkable. Definitely worth a try.

techfed87, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of robbyc1
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I didn't get detailed notes on this one from the Goose Island Beer Academy tasting on October 28, 2009 but this didn't really impress compared to other offerings. It comes across as a solid Baltic style Porter, the barrel aging is minimal, deep chocolate malts and roastiness, but as a special offering it falls a bit short for my tastes. Underperforms most of the Tyranena offerings, my favorite for Imperial porters.

robbyc1, Nov 28, 2009
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 buffettfan
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring into pint glass.
Appeared very dark brown. A lite tan, thin ring of head wrapped the glass.
Aroma was a little bitter, a little hop charecter, with a rich malty almost chocolaty charecter. A pretty strong alcohol presence as well.
Taste was spectaculer! A smooth, rich malty chocolate flavor. A warming alcohol presence makes this a very comfortable beer to drink!
Mouthfeel was heavy, but smooth. Overall drinkablity is good, its a somewhat heavey beer, not for everyday, but a great evening, after dinner beer! I loved it!

buffettfan, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of Reneejane
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For starters, I don't have a lot of experience with Baltic porters, I don't think I've had more than one before this. The beer was black with a white head. Definite roasty aroma but with a hint of hoppiness. Taste was roasty but with more hop taste! Some chocolate and coffe hints through the roast. I have to say I'm surprised with the hoppiness that come through the robust malt flavors. What an enjoyable experience! The mouthfeel was nice and thicker than many other porters *yay* I get a little sick of watery porters.

Reneejane, Sep 22, 2009
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 coldmeat23
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

GLASS: Sam Adams Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
VINTAGE: 2007

Pours up a nice, deep, dark brown...almost black. Two-fingers of thick, creamy, light brown foam sit on top, where it just stays and stays. Lacing is pretty good.

Mild notes of coffees and chocolates. Nice hint of whiskey and oak. Mild touch of oxidation. Hints of brown sugar.

Instant coffee and cocoa powder, along with a mild roasty maltiness. Definite hints of whiskey, which is nice. Mild oakiness. I believe that the oxidation is bringing about a slight 'twang' that shouldn't be here. Not overpowering, but makes for an odd finish.

On the lighter side of full-bodied. Very smooth and nicely creamy.

This is very tasty, but I'd love to be able to try a fresh bottle, for comparison factors.

coldmeat23, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of PorterJan
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is a 2007 Vintage, it pours with a nice strong tan head. The color is black with no noticeable highlights. Aroma is a sweet maltyness with hints of blackstrap molasse and a touch of roastyness. The flavor is clean with a well balanced bitterness and thin to medium sweet maltyness with hints of blackstrap molasses and a touch of smokeyness at the finish. The alcohol is very subdued in the aroma and flavor. This beer is a very good example of a porter and is easy to drink. They say it is aged in oak barrels which mellows the beer. The mouth feel is a medium body that finishes quick with some creamyness. The carbonation is perfect the head leave a beautiful lace on the glass. As it warms the smokeyness comes out more in the flavor also a touch of fruity sweetness in the aroma. If Porter is your favorite style this is the beer for you. I think this is a great beer very well made the brewer should be proud of this beer.

PorterJan, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of Dotcubed
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was looking forward to this as it was warming up on my coffee table for like an hour. I walked the dog for half an hour, came in opened it and it gushed over onto the carpet, some bills, and a nice long trail into the kitchen. Not sure why, maybe overly re-fermented in the bottle I think this one's like 2 years old. Maybe older. The label has a little fold over the "b", no idea what that means.

Super big foam. Smells really good. Woody, intense vanilla.

Tastes Sour, burning matches? Brett. Interesting. Some bitter vanilla. Some dry cocoa powder hints and maybe palm sugar.
I'm more annoyed that I lost like a quarter to a third of it. A good temperature, cool not cold. I waited long enough to open it but I think I needed a bigger glass to catch the fountain of deliciousness. Makes for a good drinking bottle but a sticky clean up. Surprising since it's not sweet.

While I'd drink it again, I'm not sure if I'd age another bottle for such a short time. I'd go older of drink much younger.

Dotcubed, Jun 16, 2009
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 Cresant
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Cresant, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of doppelmeup
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured a rich dark chocolate color with a light cocoa colored head. No light shines through at all. The head was not real thick, but lingered on top and left spotty lacing on the sides.

The aroma is really intriguing. I smell more of an oaky, Bourbon smell then a "beer" smell. There is just a slight, sweet maltiness in the background. The Bourbon aroma is not overpowering, but was surprising.

The flavor is really a melding of bourbon and porter, with neither flavor overpowering the other, but rather complementing the other. There is a bit of a chocolate maltiness under the bourbon flavor. The bourbon aspects do give this beer a bit of a sharpness and brightness.

The beer is medium bodied, but does leave a very dry finish, sucking the moisture right out the mouth.

Overall, this is a nice beer, definitely unique. I find that the oaky, bourbony flavors tend to overpower the "beer" flavors, but not necessarily in a bad way, given the intent of the brewers to create an oak-barrel aged beer. As far as oak-aged beers go, this is one of the better ones I have had, but that doesn't mean it is my favorite style. I also found that this beer was quite expensive at about $12 a bomber. I am glad I tried this, but wouldn't purchase another, especially at this price.

doppelmeup, Mar 02, 2009
Arcadia Shipwreck Porter from Arcadia Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.