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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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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 warnerry
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Early 2011 release. Notes form 3/2/11

A - Pours deep brown with some reddish hues and two fingers of thick, creamy head that has very good retention.

S - Vanilla, bourbon and a bit of oak. Also some subtle toffee and chocolate.

T - Similar to smell with more roasted malts coming through than in the aroma. Alcohol somewhat apparent. A bit of black cherry and also a faint cola taste.

M - A bit on the thin side but not watery. Medium mouthfeel overall.

O - A nice night capper. Alcohol a bit too apparent, but this is still pretty young. I look forward to trying again after letting it sit for awhile.

Photo of therobot
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Jspriest
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of mjmadsen21
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of ThirstyHerf
3.55/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Blind BIF #6. Reviewed last night with Chaseabeer. Poured into two snifters as instructed.

A Pours very dark brown with a slight amber hue, very little light allowed through. A nice tan & creamy finger and a half of head, nice big bubbles in the head (i used the words Fluffy in the middle). My immediate thought is this is some type of porter 3

S this has the smell of a milk stout - lactic acid, cream, light chocolate, raspberries, & alcohol, 3

T Chaseabeer remarks that the beer tastes as if it was slightly barrel aged, I agree. I am getting raisins, fruit, sweet lactic flavor, sweet malt, vanilla, cake & alcohol.. this is perplexing me.. the appearance and smell says Porter but the flavor has me thinking a BA barleywine.. the more i drink, the more i pick up on the porter characteristics.. My guess at this point is CW Mudpuppy porter. 4

M this is nice. smooth mouth feel, coats the mouth. It is just right for a porter. The alcohol while present doesnt effect the creaminess this beer permits. 3.5

O I am pleased with this beer. It is familiar, yet I am racking my brain. I would definitely seek this beer out and drink it again. we are both voting a CW beer at this point 3.5

The reveal: what?!? BA Shipwreck Porter by Arcadia Ales. Awesome! I havent had this before but what a treat! Thanks Alewatcher!! Simply delicious.

Photo of Pat316
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of BB1313
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 11-28-11; red wax. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours black, decent off white head and nice lacing/retention. Bourbon does dominate the nose, due to how fresh it is. There's also strong chocolate notes and tons of oak. Although this one isn't too sweet, there's a low bitterness. Bourbon ultimately dominates, but the chocolate does its' job and tried to blend in. Lots of wood and oak in the flavors, strong, but not completely dominant. There's also a touch of vanilla and caramel. Mouthfeel is nice, but very light and maybe too much carbonation.. but nothing to really complain about. I just wish it had a little more body to it. This is extremely easy to drink, especially at 12% ABV. Alcohol goes unnoticeable.

This might not be a mind blower, but it always satisfies. Nice beer by Arcadia.

Photo of imperialking
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of WuAnquo1
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of Scout11
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of webmanspidey
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter, this is a dark black color with light lace head. Smells are creamy bourbon, vanilla, butterscotch, and raisin. Taste is very sweet, with a lot of brown sugar, molasses, bourbon, cream, and chocolate. Mouthfeel is fairly light and alcohol is masked extremely well. This is delicious and surprisingly easy to drink. I am very impressed.

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.

Photo of adamk1978
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of Auracom
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First brew of 2012. Heard some good things about this, passed it up once before, decided not to second time 'round. 12 oz. bottle from Marion Street, poured on January 4th, 2012 into a Bruery tulip.

A - Deep rye bread-brown coloring, hints of a lighter brown around the curves. Soft, light brown head quickly reduced to a thin layer of foam on top. Poor lacing.

S - Whiskey-bourbon barrel, vanilla extract, and alcohol. There's not much depth here but these main flavors are strong and inviting, especially close to room temp.

T - Surprisingly, the barrel flavor is balanced here. The vanilla seems more natural in the drink and flattens out the bourbon quite well. Bits of dark fruit and wood components for added depth. Middle of the tongue is slightly sweet and then quickly picks up some astrigency in the finish.

M - Velvet. Medium body (though a bit on the lighter side), low/soft carbonation. Medium-length finish with a little alcohol heat.

D - Satisfactory is a good descriptor for this one. I'm not astounded, but it makes me want to check out more barrel-aged porters (Birth of Tragedy, where are you?). This porter mouthfeel integrated with bourbon is a solid combination.

Photo of averagejake872
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Darkness snifter.

A- Pours a 2 finger light brown head that dissipates slowly to a nice bubbly ring around the glass, pitch black color, splotchy lacing, attractive looking BA Porter.
S- The bourbon comes out right away, buttery vanilla aroma, chocolate, oak comes out from the barrels, really nice aroma.
T- Nice roasted coffee comes out in the finish, bourbon upfront, vanilla, buttery taste, chocolate, the alocohl is definitely present in every sip.
M- Big mouthfeel, abv is present, silky smooth drinking, coats the palate, well carbonated, sticky.
O- Really impressed with this beer, haven’t had anything from Arcadia and was excited to try this BA porter for the first time. The bourbon is very nice in this beer, not very balanced overall, a lot of heat as it goes down. Overall really impressed.

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

The wax was thick and covered most of the neck of my bottle. Someone got carried away. It was a pain to open. Not a real complaint, especially if you're going to age the bottle.

And I do think this beer could benefit from mellowing a bit.

I love bourbon, and I enjoy BA beers. This one is good, and readily available. But after enjoying the aromas coming from the head of this beer, it gets a little over-intense, for the style. So know what you're in for... This is not a mild bourbon hint. It's currently very much in your face.

This beer had about an inch of head after pouring cold from my refrigerator on the day I bought it. The first sips are just massively bourbon soaked. Hard to even get to the beer. Honestly, I like it a lot, but I can really imagine it being off putting to folks who are looking for a little less boozy flavor.

I'm letting it warm, and 2 feet away, I can still smell it. Sweet and boozy. But it's a good smell.

The aftertaste is where I'm getting the porter giver, especially as it warms. Tastes a lot like Buffalo Trace to me right now. But it's pretty nice.

I think of this and another BA beer available in Chicago... And then another from Michigan... And this beer would be the bronze medal of the three... But as it's own thing, this is really good.

I will buy more, because I'm interested in seeing if this balances out a bit more after a few months.

This is worth a shot, folks.

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

Picked this up at the Anderson's in Maumee today. A 12 percent porter aged in bourbon barrels...I was, and am, intrigued by this beer. Date on the bottle reads: Bottled 11/28/11

The beer pours a dark, dark brown, almost black color. It has reddish hues around the edges, and these are very apparent when first pouring the beer. Very little head to speak of here, but what is there leaves a decent lacing along the edges of the glass.

Wow...that aroma is hot! Loads of vanilla, wet oak wood, dark chocolate, and serious alcohol. The bourbon barrel aging really shines through in the aroma here. There are also hints of dark fruits, molasses, caramel, flaked oats, and peppercorn.

The flavor is quite sweet up front, and really hangs onto those bourbon elements--vanilla, some roasted wood char, pepper. Behind that sits the porter--dark chocolate, brown sugar, oatmeal, dark fruits, homemade caramels. There is a slight bitterness, too, on the back end of the beer.

This beer really is like sipping on a decent porter, and but, at the same time, sipping on a good glass of bourbon. Yes, the bourbon is the overpowering flavor here, but that isn't necessarily bad. The beer is strong, and, while the alcohol is present in the overall flavor of the beer, does not overwhelm the palate.

The body of the beer and mouthfeel are a bit watery, and not as dense as one may assume with a beer of this strength. However, the body seems to attach itself quite well to the bourbon barrel aging--it isn't too sticky, too lingering--but sits quite well on the palate.

If you are looking for a really, really good, strong bourbon beer, this one is totally worth picking up. So many times I have tried beers that have been aged in bourbon barrels, but don't carry those flavors too prominently. Bourbon barrel aging should impart that fine bourbon flavor, but also be a good balance and companion to the beer placed in the barrel.

This porter works quite well, tastes great, and, for 12 percent, is a nice sipper.

Photo of BrianOhio
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ran across this in my local shop, and while this style is not typically in my wheel house, I like to support Michigan craft beers so I thought I'd give it a shot.

The pour is dark, almost coffee-like. I was surprised other reviews mentioned very little head, as mine was easily 2 fingers. Looked nice in the glass.

Aroma is sweet, and you pick up the bourbon and oak notes.

Taste starts with chocolate, then some fruits like plum/raisin, and then the finish is a warm boozy bourbon. I am NOT a bourbon guy, and this beer picks up just enough from the aging that is does not overpower.

I really, really enjoyed this beer. It's an expensive one, but well worth it.

Photo of DWolf
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

Photo of mikereaser
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is reviewed blind as part of the Blind BIF 6

A - Poured from a 12 oz. bottle it appears, wrapped in a brown paper bag with duct tape wrapped around it to secure the secrecy. The pour is an opaque dark brown with a small tan foam that faded fairly quickly leaving just a top layer of fine bubbles resting on the surface.

S - i'm picking up some dark fruit, plum, raisins surrounded by some brown sugar sweetness. Its a fairly faint aroma.
T - Nice taste, first you're hit with a sweetness along with the dark fruit, then a blast of alcohol fills your mouth finally finishing with more of the dark fruit and almost a rum quality. There is hints of coffee and a roasty quality as well
M - Almost creamy mouthfeel, nice crisp carbonation, very smooth and easy to drink.
D - Pretty nice all around flavor. I'd definitely go for this one again.
I don't think i'd have this one before and quite enjoy it.

I rip off the paper to reveal
Arcadia Ales Barrel Aged Shipwreck Porter
I'm pretty sure i've had the regular version of this, but I don't remember it being this good. The BA version is quite nice and what a way to start off the Blind BIF for me.

Photo of BrownAleMale
3.15/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle poured into a Lakefront Brewery Fixed Gear Red Ale 12 ounce glass.

Appearance- One shade off pitch black with white foaming head that quickly settles to the surface. Very thin head stays nicely on top with decent lacing.

Smell- Lots of burbon and sweet fruit. Minimal alcohol scent in the nose.

Taste- My problem here is that the star of the show is the burbon with the porter being more of a supporting actor role. I would prefer the burbon to be more of a nuance in the porter.

Mouthfeel- A bit watery and over carbonated for what I like I a porter.

Overall- Decent but to much burbon flavor for my liking.

Photo of otrejo
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of dorianmarley
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is almost black, with a light tan head and good lacing.

Nose is drenched with whiskey and oak. Some sweet malts and alcohol sizzle. Faint aroma of hops.

Taste is very smoky and chocolately. Also has a great bourbon flavor with a slight tanginess. Oak runs throughout. The alcohol is mellow, despite its overall content.

The mouthfeel is very smooth and full. It has some creaminess. Carbonation is medium to mild. The alcohol provides a faint burn.

Overall, this is an excellent example of what barrel-aging can do.

Photo of hopburster
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Bourbon Barrel Aged Shipwreck Porter from Arcadia Brewing Company
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