Dismiss Notice
Microbrew Invitational
Join us June 3 + 4 in Boston and help us drink 300+ beers, ciders, kombuchas, meads, sakes and more!

TICKETS: beeradvocate.com/micro/

Bourbon Barrel Aged Shipwreck Porter | Arcadia Brewing Company

322 Reviews
no score
Send samples
For Trade:
Bourbon Barrel Aged Shipwreck PorterBourbon Barrel Aged Shipwreck Porter

Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by jale on 02-01-2011

User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 322 | Ratings: 972
Photo of larryarms847
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a smooth and silky dark brown and sits black in the glass with a finger of surprisingly fizzy carbonation.

Right away I got a big pungent tart aroma of sour cherries, a little vanilla, lots of sweet and spicy bourbon notes.

While the barrel notes of warming bourbon and sweet vanilla are there, there is a rather tart flavor of sour cherries that seems to over power everything else.

Medium-heavy bodied, medium carbonation, tart, thin.

Overall, while this was decent, the sour cherry tartness really through me off with this. Was not expected and seemed to over power all of flavors. A sour flavor is not something I look for in a porter so this was not great.

 671 characters

Photo of spacecake9
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pulled this one out of the cellar after about a year of aging.
Poured into a snifter glass.
A - Pours black with a half inch of tan head.
S - Big nose of vanilla and bourbon.
T - The flavor is similar to the nose. Vanilla up front, then molasses and some sweetness followed by the bourbon on finish. Still a decent bourbon kick even after a year in my cellar.
M - Low carbonation. A little sticky, above average thickness.
O - Pretty tasty beer. But there are a lot of competitors out there in the BBA category so I probably would not pick this one again.

 556 characters

Photo of FBarber
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark reddish black with a one finger tan head that quickly dissipates leaving some tan lacing along the top.

Smell is bourbon up front - very boozy - with undertones of figs, oak and sweet caramels.

Taste follows the nose with a nice warming bourbon up front mellowing into a bouquet of flavors including caramel, figs, dark chocolate, molasses and some of the barrel/wood flavors coming through. Really complex and damn good. Its not hiding the ABV here, but at the same time there is no "burn" while drinking it, just a perfect

The feel is really what sets this one apart. There is a warmth to the beer that compliments the robust and rich almost velvety feel of the beer. Mild carbonation, very smooth, and drinkable. Just excellent.

Overall a really outstanding BBA porter. Definitely going to buy this one any chance I get.

 845 characters

Photo of larryi86
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thank you strohme2 for this
12 oz bottle poured into a teku

A- Black with a two finger light tan head.

S- Bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits, oak.

T- Bourbon, fudge/chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits, figs, hints of coconut, big and complex.

M- Smooth, full body.

O- An awesome, heavy barrel aged Porter. Holds it own against other big barrel stouts. This is on my rader now, worth seeking out!

 393 characters

Photo of angelmonster
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Review is of a bottle that was aged roughly 2 years

Pours a black body with walnut highlights. Head is sand colored and 1/5 of an inch. Head retention and lacing were pretty good.

Smell is of molasses, brown sugar, charred oak, fudge, and slight bourbon. Hops arent present but alcohol is definitely there.

Taste is pretty sweet for a barrel aged baltic porter, getting molasses, chocolate covered cocoa beans, some vanilla and oak. Alcohol is smooth for a 12% barrel aged porter.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice frothy head that stuck around for a long time. Carbonation levels were good also.

Overall this was an amazing beer that kind of took me by surprise. Tons of flavor melded beautifully with the bourbon barrel. Alcohol was restrained but still had a nice warming presence. Dont know if aging two years mattered that much but will try getting some fresh ones to compare.

 894 characters

Photo of Jkolls
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Here we go....

Look: black/brownish, small beige head

Smell: bourbon. not much else.

Taste: again, bourbon. disappointing. Perhaps the smallest hint of vanilla? Maybe this one will improve with age, but not impressed fresh.

Feel: decent, low carb mouth feel.

Overall: 3.75 hopefully this one gets better with time

 319 characters

Photo of smanson56
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a dark black color into my snifter glass. Nice nose with lots of bourbon coming through. Taste is mellow with hints of vanilla and the smooth mellow bourbon coming through here also. Nice mouth feel for a porter. A real enjoyable beer.

 242 characters

Photo of Stevem68
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark chocolate color. Aroma is boozy with a touch of sweetness. Flavor is bourbon up front with a mellow vanilla sweetness and a touch of roasted malts on the back of the tongue. Has a nice feel for a porter and overall I really enjoyed this.

 255 characters

Photo of greshdoghophead
4.74/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from the brewery July 2015. Very surprisingly rich and delicious. Huge toffee and caramel notes with that nice punch of alcohol on the back end...lingering richness down throughout with a nice heat up from the lungs after. Worthy of a seat at the table with some of the big boys!

 292 characters

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a Dark Brown-black with a thin, tan head. A little more carbonation than .
Much bourbon tones in the smell with the slight malt sneaking through. Vanilla also shows up.
The Bourbon jump sout front with the taste. There is a slight pause into the transition into the sweet, caramel malt.
Not a huge beer, but very tasty and pleasant in the mouthfeel.

 358 characters

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a solid black color. a two to three finger tan head with strong retention and leaving behind a big lacing. completely opaque and dark.

Smell: huge bourbon presence: caramels, oaks, vanilla, light toasted coconut. strong booze to it, and a little bit of dark malts but nothing too roasty.

Taste: opens with a little bit of toffee. booze and vanilla come through powerfully next. a little bit of caramel blends with chocolate malts. backend has some toasted coconut to nutty flavor. ends with some brown sugar and a bit more booze.

Mouthfeel: velvety and smooth. some astringent alcohol that leaves behind a nice long burn. definite warming qualities. ends up being fairly bitter.

Overall: captures all the complexities of a fairly nice bourbon and adds a small amount of porter too it. great velvety mouthfeel. drinks like every bit of its strong self. Very nice beer if you are looking for something with a lot of spirit/barrel character in a nice body.

 977 characters

Photo of do_ob
3.74/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into a New Belgium snifter. Dark brown pour and black in the glass.1/2 finger of khaki foam. Nose is bourbon, dark chocolate, vanilla, cherries, mint, and coco. The taste follows, with a strong lingering bourbon and sweet cherries on the finish. Incredibly sweet. The feel is a little disappointing, as it is quite thin and watery. Overall, not bad, but definitely not worth the pricetag.

 395 characters

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Lost Abbey Teku. Very dark pour with a thin layer of brown head and decent retention for a barrel-aged beer. Notes of toasted oak, dark fruit, vanilla, and bourbon on the nose.

Full body with a velvety feel. Lots of bourbon and a hint of boozy warmth, but still retains a good amount of roast and is identifiable as a porter. Up front are coffee grounds, dark chocolate, and caramel. These give way to bourbon and dark fruit. Even after several months in the bottle, the bourbon notes are still a bit harsh.

Overall, a nice beer, but not a ``top shelf'' bourbon-barrel-aged beer. Too harsh and the flavors don't meld together as harmoniously as they do in the better examples.

 706 characters

Photo of Gaddabble
2.47/5  rDev -40%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.25

Appearance is expected dark brown with very little head. Smell is of booze, slight bourbon, and red-wine. Taste follows smell, but very harsh booze and unflattering red wine. None of the typical rich chocolate flavors one might expect from the style. Only positive note on the tasting was some vanilla, but otherwise difficult to drink. Smooth, velvety mouth feel, but carbonation was too low. Personally, I hold barrel-aged beers to a higher standard than non-barrel-aged beers as, even if it is marginally well-done, barrel-aged beers typically have a lot to offer. I can say unequivocally that this is one of the worst barrel-aged beers I have had.

 658 characters

Photo of MacMalt
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulip glass. It pours a dark mahogany, nearly black, with a rather thin, khaki-colored head and lacing. It smells of bourbon, chocolate, coffee, and faint caramel. The taste features bourbon, roasted malt, burnt coffee, chocolate, and a faint caramel sweetness throughout. The flavors blend very well. This porter is medium-bodied, lightly carbonated, and has a real kick with its 12% ABV. Notwithstanding the alcohol burn, it is quite smooth and easy to drink, although it is definitely a sipper. Overall, this is one of the best Baltic Porters I've tasted. I generally prefer Imperial Stouts over Porters but this one is truly world class.

 660 characters

Photo of buschbeer
4.51/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 FLUID OUNCE bottle
Served in a snifter
2012 vintage

This beer pours black and is topped with a short-lived tan head that leaves little lacing.

The bourbon has morphed into sweet caramel and vanilla. It smells like dessert. There is still some bourbon that compliments the sweet aromas.

I immediately taste caramel and some roasted malt. Then bourbon cascades over my taste buds. The finish is sweet with caramel and vanilla.

Full mouthfeel and velvety smooth

This beer has aged wonderfully. It is delicious and has almost became a dessert beer. There is enough bourbon flavor remaining to cut some of the sweetness.

 625 characters

Photo of KillerJigger
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of my first porters ive liked in a long time. Great flavor that masks the high ABV. Looking to get another. Would recommend this to someone who doesnt like porters.

 171 characters

Photo of CowsandBeer
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle with thick red wax poured into a Sierra Nevada snifter. 2015 bottle.

Appearance: Pours a thin cap of khaki color head which quickly reduces itself to a bubbly ring with a center film. Nice shiny black body.
Aroma: Upfront mildly sweet whiskey, light brown sugar, coconut oil and toasted oak. The porter brings notes of cream, cherry, and chocolate.
Taste: More of that sweet whiskey held up by a chocolatey porter base. The porter tastes of char, malted milk balls, some baltic porter sweetness, and cream. Very nice malt finish and soft whiskey barrel. The whiskey comes off as a tart sweetness with a coconuty finish. Not as much dept as something like BCBS in terms of barrel depth but still unique enough to stand on its own.
Mf: Low carbonation with a slick, medium/full feel. High drinkability for what it is.
Overall: As the beer warms it tastes like a strawberry chocolate milk cocktail. I’m curious as to what kind of barrel they used to age this beer as it adds a really nice spiced wood/sweet bourbon character. The base beer on its own it seems to be a sweeter, maltier base that works quite well with the barrel. More of roasty char and port like sweetness come out of the porter as it warms. Having only had Arcadia’s barleywine before this is another welcome surprise. Highly recommended.

 1,345 characters

Photo of hardysf
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a rating based on style only. The beer tastes good but definitely not worth the 7.99. This is the 2015 version with wax cap. Not much carb and what there is goes away immediately. Smell is a bit bland but some notes of vanilla shines through. Some roastiness and some chocolate. Well balanced. Not much bourbon flavor at all. Smooth to drink, but cost prohibitive when there are so many other better BBA beers for cheaper.

 438 characters

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter at Sheffields. Huge bourbon on the nose and palate throughout. Didn't seem to change much as it warmed. Feel is thinner than expected for a 12% beer. Nice chocolate notes as it warms.

 205 characters

Photo of K-Dog
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice jet black color and great bourbon smell and taste. This was aged for about 2 years. I will say that I remember this being better after one year of aging. It has lost a little of its flavor after 2 years bit still a pretty darn good brew bur in the future wouldn't age more than a year.

 291 characters

Photo of chinchill
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter.
The body is very dark red brown and clear but nearly opaque in the glass.

Aroma: Almost completely dominated by bourbon and bourbon barrel aromatics. Very woody and boozy.

Flavor: also dominated by the bourbon barrels. The woody aromas were very strong, these didn't much impair the aroma; but I normally find even less barrel flavor to detract from beers. Not so here. Still, this is a beer only for those who like low ABV aged bourbons. Of course, for a beer this is quite boozy, although the 12% alcohol is partially hidden in tasting.

 586 characters

Photo of wcu80
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I nearly sliced off my finger trying to get the wax off and open the bottle. Even had that happened, it would've been worth it to get at what's inside the bottle. A REALLY nice BB Baltic that I wish I had more of. The 12% ABV was nowhere to be found and the barrel notes were incredible. Highly recommended.

 307 characters

Photo of Qbdoo
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark with a somewhat weak head. Aroma is fantastic though, with chocolate, vanilla, molasses and of course bourbon. The taste is similar with a slight but not overwhelming alcohol burn. It's just a tad. And though the feel is medium thin, the texture is smooth and creamy. I hadn't been blown away by Arcadia in the past but this is a great beer.

 351 characters

Photo of mjpolzin
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this during a bottle share with a buddy. He picked it up on a work trip in Michigan. I have to admit I had never heard of this before I tried it. But now I want to get more. This beer was incredibly well balanced but the bourbon flavor was sweet, strong and smooth. So you had a beer where the bourbon was the main flavor but not so much that you couldn't get other elements in the taste.

 392 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Bourbon Barrel Aged Shipwreck Porter from Arcadia Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 322 ratings.