Arcadia Shipwreck Porter - Arcadia Brewing Company
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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
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
4.08/5 rDev +6%
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.
06-28-2010 03:41:08 | More by mroberts1204
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
4.3/5 rDev +11.7%
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.
04-08-2010 02:57:34 | More by mikesgroove
3.58/5 rDev -7%
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
02-20-2010 02:45:38 | More by jrallen34
4/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
02-04-2010 03:36:21 | More by BedetheVenerable
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
4.53/5 rDev +17.7%
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.
12-01-2009 02:49:35 | More by techfed87
3.9/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
11-28-2009 18:09:14 | More by robbyc1
4.3/5 rDev +11.7%
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
11-03-2009 00:38:45 | More by brentk56
4.55/5 rDev +18.2%
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!
10-30-2009 17:05:30 | More by buffettfan
4/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
09-22-2009 18:06:38 | More by Reneejane
3.93/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
08-17-2009 21:10:08 | More by oberon
3.33/5 rDev -13.5%
GLASS: Sam Adams Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
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.
07-28-2009 04:06:34 | More by coldmeat23
4.4/5 rDev +14.3%
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.
07-09-2009 04:58:28 | More by PorterJan
4.2/5 rDev +9.1%
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.
06-16-2009 03:13:07 | More by Dotcubed
4.5/5 rDev +16.9%
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.
05-16-2009 22:19:06 | More by WesWes
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
4/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
03-02-2009 23:04:16 | More by doppelmeup
4.13/5 rDev +7.3%
Pours a three finger light tan head that leaves a good lace. Totally black color, no highlights. Oak nose. Good carbonation and heavy bodied. Flavor is smooth, some sweetness, with a good oak sharpness. Decent porter. 2008 vintage, $10.20 for a 22 oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.
02-14-2009 00:27:38 | More by jdhilt
3.63/5 rDev -5.7%
The look of this beer was pretty good. I must say I was a little thrown by the label(the label didn't mention whiskey barrels). I'm not a big whiskey fan, so I was surprised when I tasted the hint of whiskey after my first sip. After my taste buds settled down I did enjoy it. Only one for this old boy. I really liked all the qualities it possessed, the dark color, the malty/whiskey taste. It left a nice warm feeling in my mouth. But only one.
02-10-2009 23:22:26 | More by MaineBirdMan
4.3/5 rDev +11.7%
I got this bottle in a trade with Nutbrown. Thanks Alan!
This pours a very very dark brown with just a bit of reddish hues showing when held up to the light. The head of foam tan is a good +1 finger and there's plenty of sticky lacing.
The smell has lots of things going on. I get oak, vanilla, dark fruit, and sweet malty goodness. Little bit of booze here as well.
The taste is quite sweet with lots of caramel malt and vanilla, light chocolate, some toffee, some oak(that one's growing on me) and a very light bitterness in the background that shines in the finish. Nice job there of not letting tyhis puppy get too sweet.
This on the upper end of medium bodied and it is fairly well carbonated. Very nice sipping brew.
Drinkability? It sure is tasty and has a very good mouthfeel so I'm going to say...very good. Maybe a bit stronger alcohol wise than the numbers say but that's not much of a gripe.
Thanks again to Alan for the chance to try another Baltic Porter and this is certainly an excellent one.
02-06-2009 01:41:18 | More by Bitterbill
4.2/5 rDev +9.1%
2007 vintage poured into a pint glass
A: Very dark brown/almost black with creamy tan head
S: wo, it smells as if i walked into a bourbon barrel, very bourbony and oaky. next thing i smell is vanilla, sweetness, and smokiness
T: bitterness attacks the pallet followed by a malty sweetness with vanilla and carmel overtones. some heat from the alcohol as the beer warms on the tongue. again the oak barrel aging comes through strongly on the taste...i like that.
M: medium to heavy body, creamy mouthfeel with mild carbonation, finish is on the slicker side.
D: this beer is a wonderfully complex brew but one or two glasses is going to be more than enough for me
Notes: working my way through their big beer series and now having tried this and their hopmouth I am excited to get to the rest of their big beer line-up
01-22-2009 02:09:11 | More by lamarr04
3.98/5 rDev +3.4%
Cheers to czoch75 for this one, thanks Clint!
Pours mahogany with 3+ fingers of rocky mocha head. Above average lacing & head retention
S: Bourbon notes & dark fruit
T: Sour mash, dryness & oakyness up front. More of the same, with some oaky & coca-cola vanilla notes & more sour mash & some dark chcolate as this warms. Finishes sour with vanilla sweetness 8 a bit of a booze kiss
MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation, smooth & sticky
Drinks prety easy, a pretty good crack at the style, needs more chocolate or dark fruit to make me happy. If you don't like sour mash you may want to avoid this one
12-28-2008 23:17:24 | More by russpowell
Arcadia Shipwreck Porter from Arcadia Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.