Bourbon Barrel Aged Shipwreck Porter - Arcadia Brewing Company
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2.3/5 rDev -45%
In terms of the genre of bourbon barrel aged beers, I have never had one that I hated. I do have a strong dislike for this one.
Poured into a snifter, this beer has the expected black color with low carbonation and very little head. The aroma was a grapey-like whiskey aroma. This was not a typical whiskey aroma, which should have been my first clue that something was wrong. The initial taste was the smooth yet biting sensation of alcohol. Rather than drinking beer, it felt like I had a mouth full of cheap whiskey. Amidst, the burn were hints of a bunred dark malt, vanilla, and dark fruit. These pleasant notes could not overcome the burn of the alcohol in my mouth that continued to burn in the aftertaste. There was no sense of balance to this beer. I am able to recommend several good barrel aged porter, but this would not be one of them.
10-06-2012 23:04:13 | More by JohnnyHopps
2.63/5 rDev -37.1%
12oz bottle from Main Street Party Store (Ann Arbor, MI). 7.49. No bottling info. Served in a Terrapin snifter.
Pours deep dark chocolate brown with wisps of mocha head.
Smells of bourbon, vanilla and cocoa.
Taste is a big boozy bourbon bomb. The bourbon pretty much dominates but some other flavors seep through. Vanilla, oaky wood, chocolate and bitter cherry skins. The alcohol is never hidden.
Medium bodied (much lighter than expected) with mild carbonation. Hot bourbon finish.
Not bad but it's not not for me. It doesn't seem to even try for balance. The base beer never quite surfaces. There are much better and well rounded barrel aged beers out there for far less money.
10-31-2012 04:26:43 | More by ThickNStout
2.98/5 rDev -28.7%
Bottle into Darkness tulip. Black with brown edges and a tiny brown cap that fades quickly to a collar. Smell is cheap bourbon, sweet oak, artificial fruit flavored candy, some dark roasted malts. Taste is much different, slightly brash oak flavor at first, vanilla, toasted oak, alcohol, bourbon, finishing with a hot burn. Mouthfeel is medium to thin with a medium carbonation. Overall not a terrible beer but certainly not worth $7 for a 12oz bottle. Definitley a bit hot and overcaronated, maybe this will get better with a little time.
04-28-2011 05:39:35 | More by nkersten
2.98/5 rDev -28.7%
Wax-dipped 12 oz bottle of most recent vintage poured in a DFH signature glass.
A: Appears to be deep brown, but when held up to light, clear amber brown is revealed. Wispy brown head and no lacing.
S: Light aroma of bourbon, dark fruits and alcohol. No appreciable dark malts.
T: Stronger bourbon than expected hits front of palate, then a vinous wave of dark fruits, especially red grapes and red-grape skins wash through taste. Some damp wood and caramel. A noticeable lack of roasted malts. Not sweet. Finish is somewhat boozy and definitely short-lived.
M: Inappropriately high level of carbonation and thin body. Somewhat warming and quite astringent.
D: The lack of depth adds to the beer's drinkability but that is more than offset by too much barrel and attenuation. A sipper, for sure, but not a particularly interesting one.
Thanks to cetherid for the assist!
04-19-2011 03:47:19 | More by Wadsey
3/5 rDev -28.2%
A: The head built in the glass just shy of a finger tall and quickly fell into the black liquid. The tan foam left some stepped lacing before it fell and a dusting on top. Although very dark and black at first glance, peaks of dark mahogany around the edges come out. And of course some of the wax fell in my glass.. it took a ridiculous amount of time to get it open even.
S: Light milk chocolate aroma with a kind of milky lactose aroma? Oak barrel character is very low and there is some earthy hop aroma present. Light overall.
T: The base beer has mild milk chocolate flavor with a chalky flavor. The bitterness comes off fairly assertive with the barrel flavors adding to the hop bitterness. The barrel flavor itself is moderate and keeps with the vanilla and caramel standards. Soy sauce character in the finish.
M: Carbonation is low to mild. Defiantly getting some alcohol warming. Body is moderate and there is a sharp bitting character that comes off as bitterness, but not the normal hop bitterness, more of a drying mouth feel from the barrel sugars? Guessing here. Also gets slightly creamy as the sips get bigger.
O: I picked this up on a trip to Michigan on a recommendation from the store owner (it's the last bottle!) but have to say this fell flat for me. If the aroma was better and some of the off flavors I was picking up (maybe it was age, or an infected bottle?) were fixed it probably would be a very solid beer. But this one.. not so much.
02-17-2014 01:29:22 | More by guityler83
3.08/5 rDev -26.3%
12 ounce bottle poured into a Lakefront Brewery Fixed Gear Red Ale 12 ounce glass.
Appearance- One shade off pitch black with white foaming head that quickly settles to the surface. Very thin head stays nicely on top with decent lacing.
Smell- Lots of burbon and sweet fruit. Minimal alcohol scent in the nose.
Taste- My problem here is that the star of the show is the burbon with the porter being more of a supporting actor role. I would prefer the burbon to be more of a nuance in the porter.
Mouthfeel- A bit watery and over carbonated for what I like I a porter.
Overall- Decent but to much burbon flavor for my liking.
12-30-2011 18:16:05 | More by BrownAleMale
3.18/5 rDev -23.9%
50 ibu's 12%abv
Pours quickly with a large, elegant head. Solid head retention which laces the glass well.
Malty nose...sweet bread, raisins, vanilla and some boos.
First sip. MUCH thinner body than I was expecting. Quite unexpected. Flavor profile sits most strongly on the back of my tongue. Burned coffee, charcoal, vanilla and a very present alcohol taste (maybe not enough malt to hide behind?)
Long finish, but rather astringent and out of balance.
Not a bad beer, but I think it kind of loses it's identity as a porter through excessive alcohol presence. I'll let one sit for a year then give it another shot.
05-15-2011 16:36:11 | More by drumminbrewer
3.23/5 rDev -22.7%
Bottle to CBS snifter. No apparent bottle dating.
A - Poured dark brown, settled black with one finger of bubbly espresso coloured head that quickly receded to a few scattered bubbles.
S - A huge hit of bourbon up front with vanilla, oak and some noticeable alcohol. Some faint roasted malt notes in the background but the barrel aromas dominate the nose.
T - Lots of char and a huge alcohol kick up front. Some oak is evident but the wonderful vanilla aroma from the nose is non-existent and the bourbon is barely noticeable. Some roasted malts and a touch of sweet chocolate are present in the background but the alcohol completely overshadows the flavours from the base beer.
M - Medium body but thin at times. Light carbonation.
O - Way too boozy. This would probably benefit from aging and become a completely different beer.
04-20-2012 01:58:25 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.23/5 rDev -22.7%
Appearance -- Pours a translucent cola brown, but opaque in the glass. Slim sudsy tan head that soon dissolves into a faint fog and a dirty halo
Smell -- Cocoa and molasses, bourbon, sticky oak, and vanillin. The base beer is difficult to pick out from the barrel notes, save some roast malt sweetness.
Taste -- Very much barrel-forward, with lots of sour mash bourbon, woody oak, and vanillin. The base lends flavors of roast malt, cocoa, and some molasses. It does a fair job of masking the alcohol, though it still slightly boozy. Finishing bite of boozy alcohol, vanilla, herbal hops, and roast malt.
Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with ample carbonation. Not over-carbonated, but mellower bubbles would've been preferred. Also slightly thin. Alcohol presence is moderate for 12% abv.
Overall -- There seems to have been a lot of hoopla when this was released, but I'm not seeing the appeal. It's not bad by any means, but I'm really not floored. The barrel really overwhelms the base beer, and I'm willing to guess that this would've been better as a partial BA blend. In any case, it was definitely worth the cost to try this handsome bottle.
My suggestion is to pick up a bottle of you have it available, but keep your expectations grounded.
05-20-2011 03:06:01 | More by yeahnatenelson
3.25/5 rDev -22.2%
Bottle. Found in MI on my last trip out there. Not cheap at about $5/12oz bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a light tan tan. Rich aroma of molassess, oak barrel, bourbon, and light roast. Medium mouthfeel. The alcohol not only adds flavor but seems to also thin out the body a little bit. Booze, roast, and then back to bourbon. This one just seems it needs to mellow out a bit as it is pretty hot right now. Some lace.
01-21-2012 21:49:51 | More by kbutler1
3.28/5 rDev -21.5%
A: Pours a nearly opaque black color with a bit of ruby/brown around the edges. A small, bubbly tan head forms and recedes in a second. Not much lace.
S: Light roast and some coffee. Vanilla and chocolate with a light barrel character in the nose.
T: Again, light roast and coffee. Vanilla beans and chocolate seem to be the big players here. Along with a fusel, almost ethanol like alcohol punch.
M/D: Thin, watery, and low carbonation. Especially for being barrel aged, and the ABV to boot. A slow sipper, and one that will take me a while to get through. To much fusel almost burning alcohol, and not much more to take away from that.
Pretty mediocre here. Not outright bad, just to thin taste and body wise, with to much fusel alcohol.
12-31-2013 01:09:41 | More by champ103
3.34/5 rDev -20.1%
2011 vintage. Pours a very dark brown, almost black color as it sits in the glass. A light-ish, tan colored head perches on the top of the beer at a little less than a quarter-inch, but grows significantly when the glass is swirled.
One whiff of this and there's no doubt that this baby spent quite a while inside of an old bourbon barrel. Bourbon is probably the heaviest smell up front, along with some mild oak and a soothing vanilla aroma. It's obviously malt heavy but still a little sweeter than I would have imagined. Very syrupy and molasses-like with lots of melted brown sugar around the edges. Very light oak and wood aromas join in at the tail end, but don't impeded or stick around for too long.
Much like the aroma, the taste is very bourbon heavy as well. Very, very hot at first, almost akin to the burn from taking a sip of straight-up scotch or whiskey alone. Wow, did they forget to empty the barrels when they aged this stuff? There's a huge oak and wet, musty wood flavor that pops through in spurts between the blanket of heavy booze. Light vanilla and coconut notes travel through the profile but again, they're not match for the heavy bourbon. Despite the heavy booze, the beer is still extremely sweet, almost cloyingly so, and it has a strange soy-sauce like flavor heavy in the aftertaste. Medium-heavy body, slick and oily with medium carbonation.
Eh, I was definitely let down a bit by this one. A little too sweet, way too bourbon heavy, and has some strange flavors that didn't mesh well. Maybe it's the 2011 version? I've heard later releases have toned down the bourbon quite a bit, but this one was a little too much.
03-10-2013 21:54:52 | More by tectactoe
3.35/5 rDev -19.9%
A: Deep and dark body with hints of brown. Nice lacing.
S: Sharp alcoholic bite with the classic bourbon profile: oak and vanilla. Not much in the way of roast or sweetness.
T: Really sharp profile, heavy on the booze and oak. There are a few hints of vanilla and sweet malt and the finish has a bit of the hop bitterness; the heat of the bourbon lingers until the bitter end. Not enough malt presence to balance the bourbon and oak.
M: Nice and light, pretty good for a porter. Maybe a little bit too carbonated for my tastes.
O: Honestly, pretty out of balance. The barrel-ageing is overdone and the malt underdone.
04-25-2012 21:04:27 | More by cmadd
Bourbon Barrel Aged Shipwreck Porter from Arcadia Brewing Company
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