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Bourbon Barrel Aged Shipwreck Porter - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Shipwreck PorterBourbon Barrel Aged Shipwreck Porter

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Ratings: 788
Reviews: 273
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 149
Gots: 284 | FT: 29
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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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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.

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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.

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4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Shipwreck Porter from Arcadia Brewing Company
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