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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: 629
Reviews: 252
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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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
Photo of thecheapies


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
Photo of UnderJoath


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
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4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz red waxed bottle into my blue mountain snifter. bottle is from 2011.

a - opaque dark brown in color with a thin cap of sudsy beige head. foam calms to a film and leaves a few small spots of lacing in the glass.

s - smells like a bottle of red wine upon opening - fruity, spicy and boozy. after that initial rush i'm getting dark chocolate, dark fruits, and tons of vanilla and wood.

t - more of the vinous qualities found in the nose. bourbon, vanilla and woody flavors are very present, but not overpowering. subtle dark fruity notes, black cherry or currants maybe. molasses like sweetness and a faint, peppery spiciness. has enough of a pale and roasted malt base to support everything. no hop bitterness to speak of but has a bit of an alcohol bite still.

m - fuller in body but not heavy. medium carbonation with a medium co2 profile. plenty of alcohol warming going on here.

o - by far the best beer i have had from arcadia. almost a year old (not including the year spent in barrels) and, while the flavors blend extremely well, this beer is still pretty hot. enjoyable and quite drinkable for 12% though. i will definitely be picking up more of this.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 01:47:15 | More by divineaudio
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3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been sitting on this beer for about one year since I purchased it.

Pretty quick , khaki colored head that recedes to nothing. Motor oil black color. Looks oily in texture for sure.

Kirschwasser with coffee, dark chocolate, brandy, and blackberries make up this boozy nose.

Medium dark rasted coffee and malt flavors upfront. Caramel and black cherries with some brandy booze notes hit the middle. The abv. warmth lasts to the finish. Chocolatey and sweet, with roasted fruit flavors, make this one complex brew.

Oily and warm palate make for a great sipper and nightcap.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 04:52:39 | More by scruffwhor
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3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 02:18:55 | More by oline73
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4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brought back by Maddog!

A: poured jet black, opaque, deep rocky head that was tan in color
S: medium nose with bourbon and sweeter malt, boozy
T: this one has got some guts, deep roasted dark malt, well-balanced with hops to the right proportion (aka a bit more on the sweeter side like a Baltic Porter should be), lots of heat in finish, bourbon noticeable but not overpowering, slight oxidation in finish but it's not distracting
M: rounded, tons of bourbon depth

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 02:33:18 | More by wisrarebeer
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2.63/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 04:26:43 | More by ThickNStout
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4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to gratefulbeerhead, poured into a snifter.

Pour: Very dark brown, nearly black with a finger of khaki head. Head manages to stick around and leave really nice lacing.

Smell: Really nice caramel, milk chocolate, and smooth bourbon vanilla. Not too boozy on the nose, even thought I was fully expecting it.

Taste: Smooth bourbon vanilla up front, followed by nice roasty chocolate. A light touch of coffee, but just a little. Some marshmallow as well.

Mouthfeel: Nice a full, but not as much as an imperial stout. I really appreciated how this beer maintained a splashy drinkability given is high ABV

Overall: Really nice, would definitely have again

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 22:39:01 | More by cfrances33
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New York

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

Reviewed this blind, thanks to abraxel...

A: Pours a deep brown, pretty much black, with about one full finger of dark beige head. The foam settles in a reasonable amount of time, leaving some solid lacing as it drinks. The bubbles fade over time, leaving this beer looking very still about halfway through.

S: The nose is chocolate malt, some nice roast, and that familiar barrel aged aroma. It's sweet with notes of vanilla, caramel, and alcohol. Smells great.

T: I get a lot of that barrel right up front with the vanilla and caramel. It shifts into roast, milk chocolate, slight coffee, and a mild nuttiness. The finish is sweet and boozy, without being too overwhelming.

M: Full bodied beer. It's sweet to start, coats the palate, but moves off without being too clingy. The boozy burn lingers for a bit, but I'm liking it.

O: This is a really nice beer. The barrel treatment is overdone, as I can still get a good amount of roast and malt out of it. I'm a fan.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 12:37:01 | More by trxxpaxxs
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2.3/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 23:04:13 | More by JohnnyHopps
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4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into an Eagle Rock snifter.

The beer pours a nice deep brown color, borderline black, very opaque. Hues of burgundy and tan when struck by the light, atop the beer rests about a quarter finger of foamy tan head, very tightly packed bubbles that vanishes almost immediately. A thin ring of foam remains at the rim of the glass with a very fine layer of film at the surface of the beer. The aroma is nice, hints of chocolate, oak, mild vanilla but unfortunately, astringent alcohol takes over the aroma and mutes it a lot more than I'd like. The flavors are much more prominent, great chocolate cake flavors, toffee, caramel, bourbon, oak, vanilla, so perfectly balanced, lingering alcohol pops out at the finish and does stick on the tongue, but isn't cloying. A mild amount of coffee roast comes through that pairs well with the malt and chocolate flavors, but doesn't overpower at all, subtly integrated and very enjoyable. The body is good, a bit thinner than I'd hope for a beer at 12%, it's almost milky, but not quite full enough, nice smooth body, carbonation is great, just enough warming as it goes down however, there is a bit of a drier finish than I anticipated, but not off-putting.

Verdict: Delicious porter, great barrel characteristics and nice complexity on the tongue, not overly boozy for 12% but certainly a big warm beer. Arcadia certainly hit the mark with this one, a must try for anyone who loves a porter or barrel aged beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 01:26:07 | More by kevanb
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4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Bourbon Barrel-Aged Shipwrecked Porter from Arcadia Brewing Company out of Michigan.
Score: 93

December 2011 vintage bottle served in a snifter glass and enjoyed on 03/13/12.

Appearance: Pours a jet black color with a think strip of caramel colored highlight at the top of the glass. Average lacing, but amazing retention. One finger of creamy tan head at pour that settles quicker than usual. 4/5

Smell: Very smooth bourbon and raisin, milk chocolate, tiramissu, brown sugar, a little walnut and a hint of alcohol esters. The aroma is nice and complexly inviting, but a lot more subtle than most barrel-aged beers that I have experienced to date. 4.5/5

Taste: Like the nose, the taste is mellow-but-flavorful (and quite creamy). Rich milk chocolate, smooth bourbon and a super-light alcohol bite. Raisin and vanilla on the midpalate. Residual smooth bourbon flavor and bitter chocolate finish. Hint of brown sugar and a touch of oaky spice in the mix too. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, low carbonation. Creamy, smooth mouthfeel. Bittersweet finish. 4.5/5

Overall: At $6 per bottle, this one is a bargain. Very nuanced with barrel-aged complexity. I will be seeking this one out again (in multiples) next year for sure.

Recommendation: An underrated beer that is worth hunting down. It is a slightly bit boozy, which leads me to believe that it is not the best starter barrel-aged craft beer for the casual beer drinker.

Pairings: Vanilla ice cream.

Cost: $5.99 for a 12 oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 17:58:57 | More by jegross2
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4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Founders Brewing Company snifter. The wax dip is very difficult to remove and the bottle warms up nicely as I perform the delicate procedure. I enjoyed this while listening to Van Morrison's "A Night in San Fransisco." This is my first BA review.

Appearance: This brew has a beautiful black cherry coloring. An agressive pour produces a one finger head that dissapates quickly.

Smell: A strong bourbon and brown sugar/molasses excites the olfactory glands.

Taste: A bold bourbon profile supports a subdued and lingering sweet cherry and vanilla background.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is on the thin side as compared to most bourbon barrel aged brews,(i.e. stouts/imperial stouts).It does not necessarily detract from the overall experience, but it is noticable until the strength of the 12% abv takes over.

Overall: This is one delicious brew. It is certainly bourbon forward. It is a little hot, so be forwarned if you do not enjoy bourbon forward barrel aged brews. This is a most enjoyable brew and I am glad I had the opportunity to put a few of these away.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 04:17:26 | More by bozodogbreath
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Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 03:43:52 | More by Sammy
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3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into an Ithaca Excelsior! tulip.

Appearance - Almost black with a small khaki head. Retains well for what it has. Nice lacing also.

Smell - Bourbon and a ton of oak. Grainy corn kind of bourbon. Strong oak. Vanilla is secondary. Coffee back there too.

Taste - Much more boozy alcohol up front. Coffee stronger. Milk chocolate all over. Thin body with a coffee finish. Oaky as hell again.

Mouthfeel - Rather thin. Not as boozy in the finish, but the barrel is hot.

Overall - The porter has difficulty standing up to the barrel, but it all tastes good. I don't get how a 12% porter feels too weak for the barrel, but it does.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 00:45:29 | More by Alieniloquium
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4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle thanks to RyanMcFly1985. Poured into Founders snifter.

A- Pours a slightly reddish dark brown that is mostly opaque. About a half finger of creamy bubbly mocha brown head that has about average retention- doesn't recede slowly but not fast either. Recedes to pretty much no head and foamy mocha bubbles surrounding the edges. Decent carbonation. Leaves spotty lacing that clings to the glass.

S- Bourbon, molasses, cherries, brown sugar, some dark chocolate in the background and maybe a tiny bit of espresso. Everything is very well balanced, I liked how the bourbon wasn't too overpowering, the strength of the cherry smell definitely surprised me. overall above average aroma strength.

T- Bourbon, some light cherries, some light dark creamy chocolate and espresso on the finish. Taste of bourbon and some light cherries lingers.

M- Fairly thin but still maintains a fairly creamy full-bodied presence to it, abv extremely well hidden, nice carbonation, very easy to drink.

O- This was a very good BB aged beer. The bourbon wasn't too overpowering, there was a nice fruity cherry flavor that balanced well with the bourbon and light chocolate, and is very easy to drink especially at 12%. Due to it's high abv it's not something I'd want to drink all the time or a full 12oz again, but definitely a nice beer to have from time to time in small doses. I hope to enjoy this one again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 01:26:06 | More by jaasen64
Bourbon Barrel Aged Shipwreck Porter from Arcadia Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 629 ratings.