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Bourbon Barrel Aged Shipwreck Porter - Arcadia Brewing Company

Bourbon Barrel Aged Shipwreck PorterBourbon Barrel Aged Shipwreck Porter

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Ratings: 627
Reviews: 251
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.02%


Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: jale on 02-01-2011)
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king75

Michigan

4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- dark chocolaty silky brown in color. Small toffee colored head that does not stay around for very long but does leave a nice lacing around the entire rim of the glass.

Smell- Has a light vanilla whiskey node but not to the extent of most barrel aged beers. Can pick up hints of black strap molasses, dark chocolate, cocoa nibs and hints of toffee.

Taste and mouthfeel- a light crisp toasty chocolate flavor is the most prevalent flavor profile that hits and permeates the palate. The whiskey barrel flavor is barely present when cold so I will let it warm up some...after reaching room temperature the whiskey flavors start to come through but are much more mellow than most barrel aged beers. The barrel primarily adds a nice vanilla node and toffee flavor profile to this beer which help to balance out the sweetness of the dark chocolate flavors. Lacks the bitter bite one would expect with most beers that have been barrel aged or have a dark chocolate profile. This one is extremely smooth and balance from beginning to end. The one big knock against this beer is the mouthfeel is rather light, lacking the heavier body that one would expect with this style.

Overall, the best beer I have ever had from Arcadia and restores my faith in this brewery. An exceptionally well balance barrel aged beer that could be enjoyed by a novice or a connoisseur. Worth trying and is one beer that I plan to revisit in the future

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 23:16:08 | More by king75
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Steamer

Missouri

4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a light beige head that dissipates quickly leaving some very nice lacing. Strong bourbon aroma - excellent, but not overpowering, with a hint of vanilla bean . Complex bourbon, expresso, and vanilla flavor, and a little alcohol bite, still goes down smooth. A full bodied porter that has the mouthfeel of a stout. Overall outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 04:36:24 | More by Steamer
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chanokokoro

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz. red wax-dipped bottle into a snifter branded with the Arcadia Ale Celtic knot symbol

Pours a very dark brown capped by a one and half finger beige head. Above average retention; bits of thin lacing evident. Baker's chocolate and light hints of oak and bourbon on the nose. Opens with dark chocolate, some toffee notes; a bit nutty and biscuity midpalate. Finishes with roasted cocoa powder, light espresso notes, a very light hint of prunes, and pleasant oakiness accent with a bit of bourbon. Medium, slick body with a touch of creaminess. Lower level of carbonation that still makes its presence known. Overall, a solid BA brew that I'd revisit again.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 06:33:40 | More by chanokokoro
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle with the date 2/11 written on it in marker; I've had this one in the cellar for a couple years, so I think 2011 is probably right. Thanks to knifestyles for this bottle.

A: Black body with clear brown highlights and a finger of tan head that dissipates completely and leaves no lace. Not bad for a nearly 3-year-old beer, but not memorable either.

S: Smells a little bit old, but in a nice grape/sherry kind of way. Underneath the fruitiness is a substantial barrel aroma, with notes of marshmallow, vanilla, and oak. Some chocolate and graham cracker as well. Very s'more-esque. Impressive.

T: Even better here, with rich bourbon, toffee, chocolate, marshmallow, oak, and raisin all melding beautifully ahead of a long, clean, oaky finish. Incredibly smooth, particularly after it warms a bit. Delicious.

M: Soft, smooth, and slick, with light carbonation and a medium body. Quite nice.

O: This was a treat, and aged a lot better than I expected. Really tasty stuff.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 05:27:36 | More by woosterbill
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a brown-black color with a very fine head, though overall more carbonation than would be expected considering the extended barrel aging process. Rich aroma of bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, cherry, dark, faintly roasted malt, tobacco, prune, charred wood and alcohol. Flavor profile is rather sweet throughout, with plenty of toffee and brown sugar, combined with dark, dusty chocolate, malt roast, more bourbon and vanilla, and finishing warm and moderately bitter, with a background of earth, cherry, and some detected booziness. Warming and hefty on the palate, smooth and coating, with a very full body, as anticipated. Overall, this was a solid porter considering I do not drink much of this style!

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 21:40:05 | More by CuriousMonk
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champ103

Texas

3.28/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 01:09:41 | More by champ103
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Davepoolesque

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

No Date - Red Wax dipped 12oz Bottle

I was underwhelmed by this one. Most likely due to the almost non-existing barrel presence, thin mouth feel and an overall lack of flavor. Weak in the nose, but I found a little roasted malts, even less vanilla and some chocolate. I don't know, I really wanted to like this beer. I like more of a bourbon flavor forward, and from what I've read, the 2011 vintage was probably for me. Definitely going to give it another shot.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 13:41:24 | More by Davepoolesque
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krustster

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a very pretty beer. Dark brown to black, mostly opaque (of course), lighter colored head that lingers for a while and leaves a lot of "lacing" around the glass. As a high ABV dark beer there are also the expected oily alcohol traces around the foam. The appearance is very appealing.

Smell is pure bourbon and oak. Personally I love bourbon so this is a big plus, but not a lot of the base beer is detectable underneath. I'm okay with that. Lots of raisin sweetness.

Taste is like the smell, but even more raisin to go with the bourbon. It's hard to tell this is a porter unless you've tried Arcadia's bourbon barrel stout as well; this one is noticeably lighter in comparison to that one but still a lot heavier than most regular stouts. Again lots of raisin, bourbon/oak, extremely "dark fruit" sort of taste to this one. The bourbon barrel really took over this brew. I had a Bell's Double Cream before this one and the taste difference was jarring, but in a good way. Lots and lots of sweetness to this one, somewhere between pecan pie and.... did I say raisin already?

Mouthfeel is thick but not as a heavy as a comparable stout, I'd rate it as a medium-to-heavy for being a 12-percenter but this is still a lot fatter than your average non-barreled stout.

Overall this is about what you'd expect from a bourbon barreled porter, only with more bourbon than you might be ready for. To me that's a good thing.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 04:57:02 | More by krustster
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Gryphon69

Michigan

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

12oz bottle
no date / red wax

A- Black/Brown like used motor oil, very light tan lacing but not much of a head. Under a light it has the particles floating around inside. Very good looking beer.

S- Bottle: Chocolate, booze, molasses, vanilla. Glass: booze, dark fruit, caramel, chocolates. Boy this smells awesome.

T- Bourbon dominant but not overbearing like a shot. After the bourbon you get some dark fruits, chocolates, caramel. Taste is excellent.

M- Full body, chewy, smooth, slick- very consistant to a good bourbon and porter

O- With the price, the wax I was expecting a lot, and it delieverd. Right from the aroma coming from the pour, the color. Then you stick your nose into it and ...just breath in deep and smile.
The taste is very bourbon dominant but has a lot of character following it, I really liked the flavor and the feel of this, I will be getting more and enjoying more often. Excellent

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 03:27:41 | More by Gryphon69
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kajerm

Illinois

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

Wax-dipped bottle, undated.

Pours viscous dark brown and opaque with a thin tan head and scant lacing.

Aroma is deceptively light but style-appropriate, coffee and a hint of vanilla.

Flavor opens up with barrel flavors--nuts and vanilla--before swelling into a big rush of coffee, maple syrup, and chocolate mid-palate. LIngering finish is slight malt bitterness (not too chalky), coffee, and just a whiff of hops.

Mouthfeel is viscous, chewy, and substantial.

Very, very nice.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 23:00:47 | More by kajerm
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz.

Pours jet black, tan lacing for a head.

Smells of molasses, brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, cocoa and a bit of cinnamon.

Flavor is of coffee, chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, cinnamon and bourbon. Mild toasted biscuit and oak malts underlying with walnut and hazelnut too.

Full, viscous body with a sting of carbonation on the tongue. Numbs slightly and warms going down.

A truly delicious and potent porter, meant for sipping. Decadent and very strong. Highly recommended for fans of big slow-drinking beers, as it goes down smooth and velvety, but you can feel the alcohol right away. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 01:06:18 | More by Cylinsier
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andrewjraab

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black with a thin cap of khaki head that quickly thins out. Some spotty lacing after each drink that quickly disappears.

S - Vanilla, coffee beans, bourbon, raisins. Big powerful nose on this one....lots to decipher.

T - Big chocolate malt forward flavor, followed by some cutting bitter flavor, alcohol warms but isn't overbearing. Velvety Smooth and rich mouth feel.

O - This is a knock your sox off ass kicking Barrell aged porter. I wanted to savor every sip and really make this one last, but before I knew it, this wild ship wrecked bitch was gone. I got two of these with the idea of aging one, but I may just go back and get a few more to age for a few years.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 23:31:22 | More by andrewjraab
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mtomlins

Ontario (Canada)

4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

A: Very dark brown/black and opaque in color pouring to 1-2 fingers of mocha head, dropping quickly to a thin, sudsy collar and leaving some nice lacing.

S: BIG boozy, bourbon dominates the nose, some vanilla, sweet chocolate and tons of sweet malt and dark roasted notes (charred wood and coffee).

T: Big boozy bourbon dominates the taste as well, the alcohol content comes through more and more as the beer warms. The dark roasted character comes through second with lots of round sweetness and heavy jammy notes from the big grain bill. The finish is very long, sweet and boozy but the dark malts and hops pleasantly dry the finish out a touch.

M: Medium-high body with low carbonation; smooth, full, round.

O: Dominated by the boozy bourbon, not hot, but the alcohol is definitely present. The finish dries out and is maybe a touch astringent at the bottom of the glass. Super tasty; I am wondering how age will affect the beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 13:11:51 | More by mtomlins
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MATT0404

Pennsylvania

4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12 ounce bottle. A great bourbon nose, full mouthfeel, and lingering aftertaste. A one inch head appears when poured that quickly dissipates. Minimal head retention and no lacing on the glass. This is still a very enjoyable barrel aged porter.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 03:59:22 | More by MATT0404
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

snagged a bottle of this for 9 bucks at the Giant Eagle. Into a pint glass.

A - Kind of thin for such a heavy porter. As expected black as night with just a 1/4 inch of head that slowly fades to nothing. Not sure of the color of said foam "opaque"?
S - Mostly heavy bourbon notes with heavy caramel and has a sort of chocolate note to it. Smell is not very in your face so hopefully drinks well.
T - Great bourbon presence. Pretty much takes up the whole beer but doesn't hit you over the head or choke you with it. Sweetness is very strong of caramel or toffee maybe prunes and chocolate? Hard to describe without trying the base porter. Very well done.
M - Well you don't have to sip this so smoothness I can enjoy! With the bourbon tones it does drink with a medium to heavy body. Slick and boozy.

Overall quite possible the most balanced strongest porter I ever drank so worth the price of admission. Seeing the base beer retired makes me sad as it was a long time want with me. Still trying this I can see an enhanced bourbon soaked version of what I once loved. Pick it up if you can.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 04:29:51 | More by DrDemento456
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Barrel Aged Shipwreck Porter. Comes in a red wax-top 12oz bottle. Poured it into a prepared snifter glass.

Opaque dark brown. Almost black. Didn't glug out with a whole lot of viscosity, but the low visible carbonation gave it an oily look. Very little head had a chance to form. Alcohol legs look weighty, but not sticky.

A sultry sweet bourbon note that doesn't fly up at you. It's ever-present, but remains inside the bowl of the glass. No stinging booze note to describe. Notes of dark caramel, hearty roast grain, dark chocolate, pecan, oak, corn mash, vanilla, grape, and rich porter aromas abound. Very much accented by a big barrel presence, but sweeter, and without all of the excess woodiness that could've joined along.

Opens up with a smart bourbon whiskey note that dreams are made of, but the middle starts to push bitterness up against that sweetness. The finish is a spicy sting of alcohol and heavy roast bitter follow-through. Has a pecan nuttiness, still. Semi-sweet chocolate, burnt sugars, burnt grain, light licorice, and a light butteriness that reminds me of pie crust. There's a seawater minerality in the background, right there from the first tastes, but it's pretty diminished as a lost dry note. Some seeming residual salinity in the finish, like salt crystals sprinkled on a slice of chocolate bourbon pecan pie. Utterly fantastic.

Wrapped up snug in a fuller body than even I could've anticipated. You're not asking for excessive girth in a porter, per se, so the amount of smooth chewiness that I get is very much appreciated. Sure, the alcohol is chiming wet and strong in the taste and feel, but it's hard to pick it apart for that, unless you think they shouldn't of dialed up the ABV so high. I'm not complaining on this freezing late autumn evening. Carbonation is low, but not fouling.

What a fantastic Baltic Porter! I love when I find myself drinking exactly what I want to be drinking at this point in time. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 04:10:52 | More by thecheapies
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 07/15/2013 printed and smeared on the bottleneck. My first encounter with this beer, and my first of the barrel aged beers from Arcadia Brewing Co. I've never had the original Arcadia Shipwreck Porter, so I'm unable to comment on how they compare.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours a thick viscous cola colored body; opaque black in the glass. One finger of creamy khaki head thins to a thick bubbly ring quickly. Looks pretty nice.

S - Smell is pretty promising. Smooth creamy vanilla, earthy oak barrels, damp wood, some chocolate, hint of malt roast, some grapey wine like presence.

T - Taste follows the nose, only with more loads of complexity. Smooth creamy vanilla, bitter chocolate, malt roast, some dark fruity tartness, and lots of boozy bourbon heat on the finish. The tart chocolate-covered fruit begins to emerge more as the beer sits.

M - Goes down smooth and velvety, with some chocolate bitterness and alcohol heat lingering on the finish.

Overall, a rather nicely done barrel aged porter from Arcadia. Probably one of the best, if not the best beer I've had from them yet. Definitely has me intrigued to seek out more of their barrel aged beers. Recommended, if this beer is available to you.

Arcadia Barrel Aged Shipwreck Porter ---4/5.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 21:12:21 | More by mfnmbvp
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Jas45678

Michigan

3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle (2013) into tulip

Pours black with a tiny tan head. A little light on the nose with notes of bourbon, vanilla and roasted malt. Taste has slight tartness to it with the the vanilla and bourbon flavors from the nose and a little coffee. I hoped for a little more barrel flavor than I got. Medium body and carbonation. Overall a decent beer, but there are better non-barrel aged options for a lot less money.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 03:03:25 | More by Jas45678
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PaulyB83

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip glass

A- Pours a thick jet black with small light brown head.

S- Soft but prominent bourbon, vanilla, coconut, dried fruit. As it warmed up the alcohol started coming through.

T- Bourbon flavor up front, touch of sourness, not much of the 12% is coming through, very smooth, leaves that acidic coffee aftertaste in your mouth

M- Chewy, goes down smooth

O- This is an interesting brew and most memorable one from Arcadia that I've had. The bourbon character doesn't linger as much as I hope for in BBA beers. Kinda of turns into a regular porter/stout after the initial bourbon leaves your palate. I was surprised to feel little burn with the 12%. Would like to try Black Butte sometime to compare, glad I picked this up.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 04:23:13 | More by PaulyB83
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TheBrewo

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

We cut the wax on a bottle of the 2013 release and pour a brew of the deepest, darkest brown coloring. It holds a one finger head of thin, tan, overly stretched soapy bubbles, showing nice retention, and leaving stellate lacing all around the glass. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be medium. The aroma is rich, giving sugary sweetness of coffee and heavily roasted chocolate malts, soft smokiness, raw honey, warming booze of massive bourbon, buttery oak, dried straw, vanilla, coconut, and black cherry fruitiness, cardboard, and vinegar acidity. With warmth the booze becomes even more fusel in the form of corny, delicious bourbon. Our first impression is that while the bourbon is fusel and heavily pervasive, the malts still take the spotlight in their astounding complexity. As we sip, the taste begins with fusel booze, authentic bourbon warmth, black pepper, balsamic vinegar, huge buttery diacetyls, chocolate syrup, Concord grape skin dryness, heavy oaked woodiness, vanilla extract, sea saltiness, caramel and chocolate malts, and tinny metallics. The peak comes with enhanced sweetness and brief, borderline cloy, with notes of rich and roasty chocolate and brown malts, melted brown sugar, dark chocolate nibs, and continued spicy and peppery alcohol. Blending through the finish are chalky chocolate malts, bittering yeast, coiny metallics, more fusel bourbon booziness, smoke and char, toffee and caramel candy sweetness, coconut husk, resinous pine bark, and vinegar sourness and acidity. The aftertaste breathes bitterly of soured oak, raw barley bite, dried brown grassiness, salty brown and chocolate malts, bourbon, cherry flesh, oat, chalk, metallic yeast, and a metallic coffee been sheen. The body is heavy and full, and carbonation is medium. Each sip gives hearty slurp and smack, thick cream and froth, and wet finishing pop. The mouth and tongue are entirely coated, eventually burning off into warmth and chalky astringency. The abv is appropriately big, and the beer sips slow as can be.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its aroma and its flavoring. The aroma takes the bourbon barrel aged aspect of this guy all the way, to the point of boxing many of the other components out, just so it can be seen and appreciated. The flavor, while inclusive of the wonderful, warming, oaky, bourbon glory, leaves much more room for the base and the rest of the beer to blend and show through. The balance is actually great, but may be a touch to boozy for the unseasoned. This beer marks our introduction to Arcadia’s barrel program, and only makes us more excited about Shipwreck’s brethren. This is one beer that certainly lives up to the hype in every category, and we are ever so grateful to have finally gotten to experience this local gem.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 01:08:00 | More by TheBrewo
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CMUbrew

Michigan

4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a Founders snifter

A: Black, just like you would expect in a porter. Brown head that is quick to recede to a ring around the glass.

S: Huge bourbon whiskey punch hits you right in the snout. Pretty much just smells like neat whiskey. It's impossible to pick up on anything else

T: Smooth and mellow bourbon whiskey meets dark roasty and toasty malts. Wood, vanilla notes, delicious caramel and barrel sweetness on the finish. Seriously tasty right here. Despite smelling like spirits, there is hardly any boozy heat to be found. Age may have done this beer a big favor because it is very easy drinking right now.

M: Medium-full body. Definetely rich and full for a porter, approaching stout levels. Creamy, smooth, slightly slick.

O: This was one incredible beer. I'm very glad I let this sit for a year because it's drinking fantastic right now. Anyone that still has bottles should really consider opening them right now. I can't see it getting much better than this.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 01:22:30 | More by CMUbrew
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.34/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 21:54:52 | More by tectactoe
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AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip style glass. The liquid looks like a standard quality porter during the pour, slightly darker than a cola brown. Once it settles in the glass it looks a little bit darker brown that gets closer to black in the deepest parts of the liquid and some nice mahogany/amber edges. Huge white to almost tan colored head with many different sized bubbles, good lacing too. Overall a really good looking beer.

All the classic aromas of a really good barrel aged porter/stout are present on this one. Plenty of hints of dark roasted malts, coffee and chocolate that's completely surrounded by nice vanilla/oak/bourbon aromas.

I initially wasn't too impressed with the flavor but it grew on me quite a bit, it gets better with every sip. Plenty of roasted malt flavors, the typical coffee and bitter chocolate flavors that is complemented by some oak and a nice vanilla aftertaste.

Mouthfeel threw me off guard initially. Much lighter in the body than I expected, by a lot. I'm not sure if that's a bad thing, it just threw me off since the style is generally very thick in the mouthfeel. Still there is a good carbonation level and not much of a bite from the 12% ABV. I was a little surprised how drinkable this is, dangerously drinkable actually. Thinking more on it, I like the direction Arcadia took here on the mouthfeel, it's good and balances everything out really well. Just a solid brew all around, wouldn't mind seeing more of this one.

Huge props to Ron for an awesome trade!

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 03:05:05 | More by AndyAvalanche
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2012 vintage. Poured from a red waxed 12 oz bottle into a Pipeworks snifter.

A- pours black with a 2 finger tan head. Small blotches and big trails of lacing remain on the glass.

S- chocolate, bourbon/booze, faint vanilla

T- dark chocolate, alcohol/bourbon, slight spice and bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Lighter feeling with some creaminess,

O- ok BA porter. Whatever barrels they use for this beer I get more booze than a specific distill.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 05:55:09 | More by kawilliams81
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UnderJoath

Illinois

4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2011 bottle poured 01/07/13 Pours a midnight black with a thin light brown head that quickly dissipates. Even after aging quite a bit, the bourbon is the star attraction in both aroma and taste. Aroma also contains a wonderful chocolatey malt. Tastes of a heavy bourbon but tapers off nicely into smooth vanilla. It is a bit on the thinner side for a 12% abv beer but makes it very drinkable for such a big beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 20:23:12 | More by UnderJoath
Bourbon Barrel Aged Shipwreck Porter from Arcadia Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 627 ratings.