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Bourbon Barrel Aged Shipwreck Porter - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Ratings: 836
Reviews: 278
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 150
Gots: 301 | FT: 35
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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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Ratings: 836 | Reviews: 278
Photo of Madjr
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of zchall23
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of aasher
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle was courtesy of Alewatcher, who gave it to me simply because I hadn't had it before. Thanks Jeff!

This beer pours a medium bodied Coca Cola brown that turns to black as it pools in my glass. It has a soft and creamy beige colored lacing. The aromas are full of barrel. It features a lot of sweet vanilla and sweet bourbon. The sweetness is high enough to overpower any chocolate or coffee that would normally be present. If you're looking for a lot of barrel sweetness though, this is your thing. The flavors begin with a boatload of vanilla then heads into light bourbon, sweet cream, toffee, smooth chocolate and whipping cream. Its a big improvement from the nose and features a lot of complexity. I'm quite impressed. The flavors are just so creamy and smooth and perfectly integrated. The aftertaste is phenomenal, like creamed coffee. It drinks medium in body and doesn't show the 12% at all. Overall this is a really nice beer. The barrel aging is really nice and adds good complexity. This is a great representation of the style.

Photo of aflyershckyfan
4/5  rDev -4.3%

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

this is about a year old, aged half it's cellar life in a fridge at 45 degrees.

pours cola black, with a similar body. light creamy head, little to no lacing and retention. slight oily resin.

big on the bourbon, lots of smooth vanilla and sweet dark candy. light bourbon and chocolate in the back.

some dark chocolate up at first, then quickly the bourbon comes out and really dominates. the porter style is sweet and lightly roasted, but the BA really completes this.

pretty smooth with a mild carbonation. body feels kind of thin for 12%

overall, pretty good. excellent BA flavors.

Photo of GrindFatherBob
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of corby112
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a one finger beige head that slowly settles into a thick lasting ring. Streaks and spots of lace left behind.

The aroma features a strong barrel character that's bursting with sweet bourbon. Slightly spicy with dry oak, vanilla and toasted coconut but the bourbon is the star. Underneath the strong barrel presence there's some nice roasted malt notes, notably dark chocolate, toffee and oatmeal. The nose on this beer is really nice.

On the fuller end of medium bodied with a prominent barrel character that is nicely integrated into the flavor of the base beer. Dry and spicy with toasted oak, vanilla and a blast of sweet bourbon that has boozy flavor without much heat. I'm not sure what kind of barrels they use but the bourbon flavor is really nice. Although this beer is heavy on the bourbon flavor, it's far from one dimensional with lots of rich malt flavor underneath. Toasty with hints of chocolate, caramel, toffee and oatmeal. There's some subtle heat with nice warmth in the finish but overall the high ABV is very well masked. It's nice to have a BA beer that's not a complete bourbon/booze bomb but it's definitely still a sipper. Highly enjoyable.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of schwaeh
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle graciously shared by inebriatedjoker

A: Pours black with some lighter brown hues around the edges. Light bits of foam with no real head. I'm sure the carbonation mellowed in the barrels.

S: Hell yeah this is bourbon barrel aging done right. Rich, sweet bourbon, chocolate cake, fudge, light anise, and molasses. You can really smell the oak and sweet vanilla from the barrels. Smells pretty awesome.

T: This basically tastes like chocolate cake with bourbon used in the icing. Whatever barrels they used along with the length of time spent aging work so well with this base beer. Sweet vanilla and bourbon soaked wood really permeate through this. Slightly smokey(I'm guessing that's the baltic part).There is some slight heat but nothing bad considering the high abv.

M: Velvety smooth and creamy. Heavy medium body without feeling burdensome.

O: Excellent use of barrels, this is very rewarding for anyone that likes this style(everyone nowadays?). I really wish Arcadia wasn't just distributed to odd places here and there-not anywhere near central Ohio, well ok, maybe just this beer. Well worth the higher price tag.

Photo of uno99
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been a bit of time since Ive had anything proper barrel aged. Crack on...

A: Bottle is decently presented with red wax, however the cheap label spoils the desired result of a high end bottle. Beer pours very dark brown. Mocha colored head disappears quickly and leaves a little ring and a little lacing.

S: Very inviting scent. Chocolate, Prune and fig, Burbon, Oak, Almond icing, Baily's Irish Creme, Salt, earth, Leather, Smoke... Could probably go on for several minutes. Quite complex.

T: Upfront is an almondy presence. Figs and dark fruit come next and smokey bourbon slightly after. Definite Baily's (tm) creamy quality in the finish. Quite boozy.

M: Not overly thick, booze make it seem a little thin but in actuality its quite full. Quite dry on the edges of the palate. Sticky on the lips however.

Overall, This is very tasty and very complex. Drinkability is fairly low, but to be honest I don't often get into the 12% ABV range too often.

Photo of kbutler1
3.28/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle. Found in MI on my last trip out there. Not cheap at about $5/12oz bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a light tan tan. Rich aroma of molassess, oak barrel, bourbon, and light roast. Medium mouthfeel. The alcohol not only adds flavor but seems to also thin out the body a little bit. Booze, roast, and then back to bourbon. This one just seems it needs to mellow out a bit as it is pretty hot right now. Some lace.

Photo of Blanco
3.64/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with light tan head that actually holds pretty well for this style and ABV. Lacing is strong. Smell is of bourbon with strong red wine notes. Taste is pretty much bourbon upfront. A little bit of vanilla and some really strong chest warming. The booze is somewhat forward in this, and though i don't mind a hot beer, this one is a bit much. Flavor is mellow however with some dark fruit. This could definitely use some time to settle down. Full bodied. Very little coating or aftertaste to speak of which is a nice bonus.

Overall, this is definitely a solid beer, if a bit overpowering. As I noted, my thoughts are that this could use a bit more time to let the bourbon and booziness subside a little.

Photo of tito42
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to a tulip. Bottled on 11/28/2011.

A: Extremely dark, barely hints of cola on the edges of the glass when held up to a bright light. Thick, foamy, cocoa head with very good retention.

S: Very strong aroma that wafts far from the glass. Robust roasted malt, bourbon, oak chunks, and pure vanilla in the nose.

T: Very pronounced bourbon. Roasted malt and barley, vanilla, plum, and caramel. A bit of a peppery finish, cayenne and black pepper. Has all of the ingredients of something great, but doesn't meet the potential of the sum of the parts.

M: Full-bodied and smooth. A peppery finish that bites but doesn't dominate. A buzz of bourbon throughout. What I would imagine a Baltic Porter should be.

O: A good porter. I like a little more out of special-release bourbon barrel aged beers, but this is a good one.

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

2010 vintage poured from 12 oz bottle into an oversized snifter

Charred black in appearance with sand like brown head. Bubbles swirl atop the body as the head falls and leaves a thin, hazy brown film.

Sweet malt, vanilla, chocolate and bourbon in the nose. All combine beautifully and not one aroma is dominant. The bourbon is woody and sweet with no after burn.

The taste follows the nose and is bursting with flavor. Bourbon, vanilla and sweet malt first coat the palate followed by milk chocolate and more oak. Fantastic finish that yields a mellow bourbon warmth.

Full and soft mouthfeel. Creamy and silky smooth on the tongue. Incredibly easy to drink. Wow this is damn near perfect.

Arcadia knocks this one out of the park. The barrel aging adds to and enhances the other flavors. Mellow, smooth bourbon throughout that's about as good as it gets. A must seek out.

Photo of ASUBeer
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz Bottle poured into my New Belgium oval snifter. Thanks to jakers90 for this beer.

Prior to reading this review please know that I love porters, and I love barrel aged beers.

A: The beer pours a very dark black. Much darker than a standard porter which you would probably anticipate with this being 12%. A nice thick, bubbly dark khaki head builds much like how a porter has more head than a stout.

S: You get the barrel influence, but you don't get an overwhelming oak/vanilla. I actually pick up a good bit of whiskey on the nose, which makes me wonder if this is bourbon or whiskey barrel aged. You also get some sweet sugary smells, and licorice.

T: a smooth, heavy porter with a touch of whiskey burn. Dark fruits, light smoke, some whiskey are the main flavors.

M: Pretty well carbonated, and not as milky smooth as some of my favorite porters. Stick very thick, and very well done.

O: This is a killer beer. As already mentioned, I love porters, and I love barrel aged beers, but this is very well done. It's a very well integrated beer. I will definitely seek this out to keep in my cellar. And no disrespect but I can't understand reviews that say this is hit and needs time. This is one of the smoothest BA beers ive ever had.

Photo of buddyvelt
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Stev0supreemo
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Red wax bottle.

A: Dark brown. Not seeing through this one.

S: Whiskey aroma most prominent. Not a lot going on here, however.

T: Pretty sweet. Whiskey flavor up front with vanilla coming up from behind. Buttery and fruity.

M: Medium body with light carbonation.

I'd drink this regularly if it wasn't so expensive. I can see how some might think the alcohol is too prominent but it works for me. I like how they balanced out all of these rich flavors. However, had to pay $7.00 (in michigan, mind you) for this one. Probably won't be doing that again.

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

Appearance: It is dark brown opaque color. There is great retain ability on the head and lace. Both were a thick and foamy tan.

Smell: It has a very sweet whiskey like aroma that is mainly based on the malt.

Taste: It starts off like roasted malt and whiskey. There is a strong taste of alcohol. Coffee, toffee and dry fruit in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy and full.

Overall: Great evening sipper.

Photo of stxSS07
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- Pours a cola-brown out of the bottle and settles into a near black body with a finger of espresso-colored head that eventually recedes to a thin cap. Leaves a nice film, legs, and a bit of lacing on the glass.

S- Big barrel notes up front that are paired with a chocolatey-raisin type scent. Vanilla and roasted malts creep through the back end along with a tinge of sweet alcohol. Smells very similar to the barrel-aged Gonzo I had a while back.

T- Bourbon and vanilla lead the way out of the gates in a tasty tango. Followed up with roasted malts, chocolatey sweetness, buttery and woody barrel notes , and just a touch of alcohol. Very tasty.

M- Medium bodied with pretty good amount of carbonation that lets the booze do its thing while it cleans the palate.

O- I think I found a challenger to Barrel Aged Gonzo, and a worthy one at that. This is an incredibly balanced and tasty beer...especially for being a 12% barrel-aged porter.

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%

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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.

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