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Bourbon Barrel Aged Shipwreck Porter - Arcadia Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
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740 Ratings
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Ratings: 740
Reviews: 265
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 143
Gots: 259 | FT: 27
Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jale on 02-01-2011)
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

boonejag75, Jan 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

ROBSTARR, Jan 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

thewimperoo, Jan 11, 2013
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.

UnderJoath, Jan 08, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

YCantWeNotBeSober, Dec 31, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

eawolff99, Dec 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

DonFrap, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of divineaudio
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.

divineaudio, Dec 12, 2012
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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.

scruffwhor, Dec 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

AaronBurr, Dec 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19.3%

Proteusx, Nov 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

ejimhof, Nov 24, 2012
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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.

oline73, Nov 16, 2012
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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

wisrarebeer, Nov 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

jlenik, Oct 31, 2012
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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.

ThickNStout, Oct 31, 2012
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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

cfrances33, Oct 30, 2012
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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.

trxxpaxxs, Oct 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Stinger80OH, Oct 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

MButkus, Oct 07, 2012
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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.

JohnnyHopps, Oct 07, 2012
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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.

kevanb, Sep 24, 2012
Bourbon Barrel Aged Shipwreck Porter from Arcadia Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 740 ratings.