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Bourbon Barrel Aged Shipwreck Porter - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Ratings: 816
Reviews: 276
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 149
Gots: 295 | FT: 32
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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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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Delivers a big beer with rich bourbon. Aged and that added to richness. Black, thick head, fuller mouthfeel. Solid porter, and drinkable, but too big a beer to have on a regular basis. Chocolate and understated roast.A spot of wood and coffee.Worth a try.

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of nmann08
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle done side-by-side with the regular version courtesy of rmalinowski4. Thanks as well to jale for gifting me a bottle to cellar. Served in a snifter.

Pours black with a very, very thin light tan head. A few spots of lacing on the way down, though they don't stick. Half a cap as well. The nose carries a nice, smooth bourbon presence along with some chocolate and roast. Touch of coffee along with some light oak and vanilla. Uber-smooth. The barrel character really shines in the flavor, and carries a good amount of vanilla and light chocolate with it. Good moderate roast in the background, and a bit of oak and accompanying tannin on the backend and through the finish. Medium, chewy body with low carbonation and a really nice creaminess. Barrel-aging well done, Arcadia. Solid brew that I'd love to have ready access to.

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of metter98
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

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of jaydoc
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Knapp85
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

cracked this bad boy open as my night cap after a long day of hobo tasting at the railroad tracks. served into a pint glass while i watched tv.

poured out black as night with a thick oil like look to it and a big tan head that left streaks of lace all throughout the glass, really a damn near perfect look with a wonderful settling.

aroma is deep bourbon, oak, vanilla, hints of dark roasted malts, coffee, bitter ark chocolate and a rich and roasty profile that is cut with a slight touch of alcohol, really very well done here. each sip was better then the one before as the thick liquid coated the tongue and left no room for an error. boozy bourbon and vanilla creep across the palate with hints of molasses and chocolate, chewy at times with a bit of heat left in the finish as well. warming brings out a hint of dark fruit notes that gently graze the palate. smooth and strong finish leaves a long taste that lingers forever.

overall a fantastic beer that you really need to seek out. one of the best i have had in a long time. i would have to really, really recommend this one.

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

Thanks to both Mike and Derek for hooking me up with bottles of this beer.

A: The beer pours a very dark brown color with notes of red and a finger of off-white head.

S: Smells like vanilla with notes of bourbon and milk chocolate. A very mild roastiness, some notes of dark fruits. Really quite smooth with a pleasant nose.

T: A nice bourbon bite on the front end with plenty of smooth vanilla. A little bit of cocoa and dark chocolate. Light roasted flavors with just a hint of bitterness.

M: Medium in body with a smooth, medium carbonation.

O: Really heavy on the barrel, but nice flavor and mouthfeel.

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Eric!

Appearance: Pours a dark but clear brown. A finger of light tan head forms and then quickly recedes to a thin collar.

Smell: Straight fucking bourbon. It isn't boozy, surprisingly enough, but the barrel is overwhelming. I let it warm up a bit expecting more porter to come through more, and eventually I detect a hint of chocolate and roasted malt, but it remains ridiculously barrel forward. Still, it's enjoyable if you like a lot of bourbon character in your -bal aged beer (as I do).

Taste & mouthfeel: Bourbon, caramel, chocolate, bourbon, whiskey, oak. Did they just pour a shot of bourbon into each bottle? It's one-dimensional but enjoyable. The body is medium-full and there's a touch of dark fruit in the finish.

Overall: Bourbon.

Photo of emerge077
3.4/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a snifter it pours out a reddish brown, no foam at first but later a thin cap of tan foam materializes. Soon it dwindles to a thin ring around the edge, no lacing. Still and glassy surface.

Brown sugar, vanilla, roast and earthy chocolate notes in the nose, seemingly dry and subdued even when at room temperature.

Flavors are similarly muted, drowned out by a steamrolling astringency and a deadening alcoholic presence. Some vague vanilla, roasty malt, and boozy barrel elements. Body is oddly thin and boozy also. Seems like the alcohol got a little too rampant, the barrel obliterated the nuances of the original Porter. Wafting heat rises off the palate, leaving a bone dry finish with some lingering roast malt in the aftertaste, but it lacks nuance and depth. Not something i'd revisit, or consider all that successful overall. More body and less alcohol would definitely improve things...

Photo of zeff80
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cola-brown color with a small, light brown head. It left no lacing at all.

S - It smelled like a barrel aged brew should - bourbon, oak, vanilla and toasty malts.

T - The flavor deliver way more bourbon than the aroma did. Mild vanilla and oak. Somewhere in the background is the malt-bomb that is Shipwreck.

M - It was smooth and medium bodied.

D - This could use some age. Tons of bourbon flavor that I would like to see mellow out in time.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.67/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Bruery snifter.

Never thought I'd see this on the shelf at my local stores, much less in relative abundance. It pours a nearly onyx black-brown topped by a minor bit of dirty ash foam. The nose comprises bourbon, oak, light roasted malts, and a dusting of cocoa powder. There's some minor heat in the background, but not enough to warm the nose uncomfortably. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some dark chocolate, light molasses, and a distinctive heavy touch of licorice. The licorice detracts a bit with its strength (rather than helping things by blending in better with the rest of the flavors). The body is a hefty medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a fairly smooth feel. Overall, a solid beer, but it doesn't really come all the way together for me.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well I've had Shipwreck Porter a few times, but I've never really cared for it and never even put my thoughts down on it. Here goes a 12 ounce of the Barrel Aged 12% version. Pours a pitch black hue with a thicket of tan head dwindles slow and leaves chunks of scattered lacing. Aroma has a full on bourbon nose, with hints of caramel/vanilla creaminess. Dark roasted malts provide a touch of black chocolate but is pretty much overshadowed by the bourbon barrel aging. Touch of oak and strong sweet bourbon notes, I'm thinking you really have to love bourbon to drink this beer. To compare this to KBS is unfair, two totally different types of BBA beers. Flavor is full of intense booze and bourbon flavors, that 12 percent is packing some heat instead of abv I feel like I should be talking what proof this is. The base porter doesn't stand up to the barrel, it totally absorbs all of the bourbon barreal effects inlcuding toasted/charred oak, sweet bourbon, hints of vanilla/caramelized dark sugars. Mouthfeel is medium bodied carbonation is low, I'm sure alot is lost during barrel aging. Head formed nicely though I'm not calling this flat in anyway. A warming effect with each sip from the 12 percent abv or 24 proof. Overall you better like you some bourbon or your not going to care for this particular beer, I could give a non bourbon drinker a KBS but if I gave this one to them they may be a bit offended by the straight up bourbon character if their not used to it.

Photo of oline73
3.69/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've had this bottle in the cellar since last Dark Lord Day. Poured into a Hunahpu's snifter.

Appearance: The beer pours a very dark brown, almost black color. There is a very little bit of off white head that leaves a small ring around the pour.

Smell: This one smells like it is going to have some heat to it. I'm getting some bourbon and roasted malt along with a dark fruit sweetness. The warmth is rather nice.

Taste: The flavor of this one isn't as full as I would have thought given the smell. There is a very strong bourbon flavor, but the rest of the taste pales a bit in comparison. I'm getting some peppery notes from the bourbon along with a strong roasted malt presence. The finish is bitter and full of roast. Chocolate and dark fruit notes are there, but they're really overshadowed.

Mouthfeel: The body is just on the thin side of what I would have wanted for this beer. The carbonation is very thick and smooth with a dry finish. I really need more body here.

Overall: I would say that I thought this beer was a bit underwhelming. I needed a more full flavor and a thicker body. I don't think I need any more in the future.

Photo of russpowell
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent mahogany with 3 fingers of mocha head. Very good lacing & above average lacing

S: Bourbon, dark fruit, loads of cherries & figs

T: Follows the nose, big fig notes, some cherry, a touch of boozeyness. Some earthy hops, & boozey figs as this warms, the bourbon part fades, but oakyness is still fairly assertive. Finishes fruitty, woody, some what hoppy (herbal hops mostly) & dry with a nice cherry flourish

MF: Medium bodied, fairly assertive carbonation, fairly warming

A decent barrel aged porter, started stronger than it finished. Drinks a bit slow

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of MasterSki
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a Darkness snifter.

A - Pours with a dime of tan foam that settles to a few wisps and some spotty lace. Near-black body, with some light brown transparency at the fringes.

S - Oak, vanilla, chocolate, and perhaps a faint hint of alcohol as it warms up. You can tell this was in barrels a long time due to the dominance of the oak and vanilla flavors - only ild overt whiskey. Base beer is largely nebulous sweetness, and comes across as more of an American Imperial Porter rather than a Baltic one.

T - Smooth roasted malts, vanilla, and chocolate. Oaky and lightly charred finish. Quite enjoyable, and well-integrated. Alcohol is better hidden here.

M - Medium-full body, with low carbonation. Not much alcohol heat, even with the high ABV. Smooth texture with some oily viscosity.

D - Definitely the best beer I've had from Arcadia. I'd be curious to try this beer at earlier stages in the barrel-aging to see how much bourbon presence there was initially. A nice 12oz treat that's perfect for a nightcap.

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Shipwreck Porter from Arcadia Brewing Company
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