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Bourbon Barrel Aged Shipwreck Porter - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Shipwreck PorterBourbon Barrel Aged Shipwreck Porter

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Ratings: 782
Reviews: 272
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 147
Gots: 284 | FT: 28
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Arcadia Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: jale on 02-01-2011

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DruC4
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lucoli
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Irishace9
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JGlitz87
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of infinitebruner
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

January 11, 2015

12 oz bottle, snifter

A – Black, slightly oily, with high viscosity. Appears to be clear, but mostly opaque. A thin layer of light tan head with low retention.

S – Vanilla and bourbon, oak barrel character is up front. Some roastiness and chocolate, caramel. Hop aroma is not discernible.

T – Vanilla along with some bourbon, oaky, alcohol warmth. Roasted but not very bitter malt, with some chocolate in the mix. Hops might be slightly herbal/medicinal, but that may just be the bourbon. Hop bitterness in the finish.

M – Alcohol is a bit harsh. Low carbonation and medium body, relatively thin compared to complexity of aroma and flavor. Very sweet to start and then bitter to finish. A bitter and slightly astringent aftertaste.

O – Has an aroma profile to match the best barrel aged beers, but the alcohol is a bit harsh and the bitterness is not very pleasant in the finish. A tasty but unbalanced beer, to a fault in this case.

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4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Barnoloid
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a very bourbon forward barrel aged porter. The booziness is apparent from the nose right from the get go. Definitely get a lot of toffee, caramel and chocolate here. At 12% this packs a punch, but it goes down easier than the ABV would have you imagine. A sipper with complexity and a smooth mouthfeel.

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4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I think this is a fantastic example of this particular style of beer.
Perhaps a bit extreme in some respects but overall a pretty awesome brew.

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4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is black when viewed from afar but very dark brownish red near the edges of the glass when held up to a bright light. It poured with a short white that quickly died down, leaving only wispy lacing on the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of bourbon and associated vanilla are present in the smell.
T: The taste follows the smell and has moderately strong flavors of vanilla and bourbon. No alcohol is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and finishes a little thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. Slight bits of warming from the alcohol are perceptible.
O: This beer tastes nothing like a 12% abv beer and is incredible drinkable because the alcohol is very well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

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4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Whopping $8 single -- same price I paid for the BCBS I had a couple weeks back. No wax cap on mine -- instead it had a cute little tin foil red hat. No bottling date at all: no month, no year.

Appearance: Slow pour right down the middle of the glass gave a light, creamy tan head about a finger high. The beer is just what I expect from a porter: clear black/ruby when held to light.

Smell: Just when pouring this I could smell all of the bourbon. They say this is bourbon barrel aged, but are they sure the barrels were empty? Loads of bourbon on the nose with vanilla. Strangely, it's almost as if the roasty notes and faint dark fruit aromas are what's accenting the barrel, rather than the other way around. I really don't mind much, since I don't think much can smell better than a BBA'd stout or porter, but a little less bourbon would make more sense for balancing reasons.

Taste/feel: First things first, very thin. This beer just about has the body of a 5% porter. I was expecting a little more of a body than what this one has... I liken it to skim milk. There's a light prickly carbonation in there, but it almost comes off as a bit flat. The feel just doesn't quite match the ABV... a *little* more body would be great. The taste has plenty of bourbon, but it's not overwhelmingly intense. In fact, the thing I'm most impressed with is the mellowness of the alcohol -- I honestly get nothing in the smell, taste, or feel. I would guess this was something like a 7% BBA'd porter. If you don't like bourbon though, you likely won't like this beer. Some BBA'd beers just accent the base beer: while I haven't had regular Shipwreck Porter (does it exist?), this beer is all about the bourbon with vanilla notes, some oak, and then the coffee and dark chocolate you'd normally expect.

Really nice beer that slowly gets better as it warms. It stays true to being a porter with its mouthfeel, but I still can't help but feel it could use a little bit more body. As it stands, it's way too damn drinkable for an 11-12% beer. This beer is an absolute treat, but at $8 a single, it makes me hesitate... but it also makes me wonder, why do I think twice about getting a 12oz bottle for $8, but I don't double take at the price of $18-$20 for a 22oz bomber?

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3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Shipwreck Porter from Arcadia Brewing Company
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