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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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BA SCORE
93
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711 Ratings
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Ratings: 711
Reviews: 263
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 139
Gots: 254 | FT: 25
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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Photo of emerge077
3.4/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a snifter it pours out a reddish brown, no foam at first but later a thin cap of tan foam materializes. Soon it dwindles to a thin ring around the edge, no lacing. Still and glassy surface.

Brown sugar, vanilla, roast and earthy chocolate notes in the nose, seemingly dry and subdued even when at room temperature.

Flavors are similarly muted, drowned out by a steamrolling astringency and a deadening alcoholic presence. Some vague vanilla, roasty malt, and boozy barrel elements. Body is oddly thin and boozy also. Seems like the alcohol got a little too rampant, the barrel obliterated the nuances of the original Porter. Wafting heat rises off the palate, leaving a bone dry finish with some lingering roast malt in the aftertaste, but it lacks nuance and depth. Not something i'd revisit, or consider all that successful overall. More body and less alcohol would definitely improve things...

emerge077, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of Urbancaver
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear brown with an orangish reddish tint and a nice solid light brown head. Very pretty pour. Smells bourbon heavy on the nose. Lots of vanilla and oak on the nose and tongue. The malt backbone is subtle and almost none existant on the tongue. the oak hits first and strongest with some light vanilla undertones. The booziness hits a bit hard but overall is a pretty solid brew. I would definitely drink it again

Urbancaver, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of EgadBananas
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big ups to my bro JM03 for the hookup!

A - Black pour, lighter tan colored head. Nice and creamy. Dissipates to a big grouping of larger bubbles, with nice lacing.

S - Big ol' bourbon notes on the smell! It's not overpowering though, which is a great thing. Some oaky woodiness comes through, along with some candied sweetness, toffee, roasted malts and dark fruits. Small amounts of chocolate and coffee are somewhere in there.

T - Sweet oak and plentiful bourbon notes, again, not overpowering and at the perfect level to enjoy the rest. Along with that, there's nice bits of vanilla, plenty chocolate and little bits of coffee, roasted notes, toffee and rich malt sweetness.

M - Upper medium in body, could be heavier. Very slick and oily, carbonation is good. Nice and creamy.

D/O - Nowhere in there could I pick out the alcohol, which makes this dangerously drinkable.

This was a stellar Barrel Aged Porter! Thanks John!!

EgadBananas, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Mark – thanks!

Pours black with a half-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malts with good amounts of dark chocolate and slightly smaller amounts of vanilla.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not quite as smooth. Slightly dry roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by smooth vanilla flavors. Mild amounts of rich dark chocolate come into play midway through the sip, carrying through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was impressed with this beer after not expecting a whole lot based on previous experiences with Arcadia. A well done beer that’s worth a shot.

glid02, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of stakem
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12oz twist off cap that was dipped in red wax. Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a very dark brown to black color with a thin layering of bubbles that rise to the surface and pop. Some bubbles collect around the wall of the glass. Some faint clarity shows through the sides but when held to the light, some ruby coloration is seen. A swirl revives a quick fading tan head.

The smell of this brew is sweet with a solid presence of tangy whisky. Barrel contributions of toasted coconut meets cocoa, vanilla, licorice and dark fruits somewhat like raisins. A touch of alcohol burn evolves as the brew gets warmer. Very big and enjoyable barrel influence in this brew.

The taste includes coconut mixed with whiskey that is lightly tangy. Lots of herbal hop character is present to balance out the sweet smoothness of the barrel aging. Faint aftertaste of licorice mixes with fruit like raisins and semisweet chocolate. A lightly medicinal quality is present in this brew when you focus on the hops, fruity element and alcohol.

This is a medium bodied brew with a low level of carbonation that somehow is strangely prickly on the tongue. Big alcohol influence and lots of flavoring in this. For 12% abv, it is integrated quite nice. A mighty fine sipper that I really enjoyed. I picked through the flavors of this beer and it was complex enough that I feel that I still missed out on some nuances because of how much I enjoyed and concentrated on the barrel aging characteristics. If I see this around, I plan on buying it again.

stakem, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of RodneyX
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Has a licorice and nut smell right off the bat, almost a barleywine influence on it. Pours a thin looking black with just a touch of a white head. Taste is about in line with the smell and has some nuts and other earth things in with the roasted malts. Finishes a little bit sour. The beer is kind of thin, but this is pretty good. I won't buy tons more because of the cost but this is a solid beer.

RodneyX, May 31, 2011
Photo of MarkIntihar
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from my Anderson Valley snifter.

A - Pours a very dark brown color with a very thin lacing of tan head. Doesn't have the body I would expect for the lack of carbonation.

S - Smell is almost pure bourbon vanilla, with perhaps a hint of dark chocolate in the background as well.

T - Taste is slightly less bourbon than the smell. It is more of a syrupy vanilla than a warmer bourbon vanilla. Very little dark chocolate notes as well, similarly to the scent.

M - Very smooth for such an alcoholic beer. Disguises the bite very well.

O - Overall a very good beer, but the taste is a bit disappointing after the smell. Still a good pickup though.

MarkIntihar, May 25, 2011
Photo of nhindian
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blind Beer #9 from Khazadum, with the text: "The season may be ending for the following beers but I love'm!"

Glassware recommendation is a pint glass, but I accidentally grabbed the nearest snifter before reading that. Oops. This Jackie O's glass needed some loving anyway.

A - A red waxed 12oz bottle gives way to a dark brown beer that resembles soda. A light tan, 1-fingered head lays on top with moderately low retention. Big sudsy bubbles stick around behind. Some moderate lacing as well, with slick alcohol legs. (3.5/5)

S - The opening whiff gives way to bourbon booze and earthy malts. This is pretty nutty and has some alcohol-soaked fruits in it as well. This is most definitely a bourbon-aged beer which complements the chocolate in here well. The alcohol comes across a bit strongly, however. (3.5/5)

T - Thankfully the alcohol is integrated smoother in the taste, as the flavor opens with rich chocolate and bourbon. The earthiness continues here and the malts give off sweet nuts. The bourbon gives off that fruit vibe here again as well, with raisins and figs. Pretty tasty! (4/5)

M - The mouthfeel is a little thin and has a surprising amount of carbonation to it for what appears to be a barrel-aged beer. Even the cap gave a nice cap after opening. It's a little watery, so it's making me think this may be a porter. Despite that, it's still fairly smooth. (3.5/5)

D/O - Drinkability is moderate. This is pretty easy to drink and it feels nice in the mouth, but the alcohol in the nose is astringent and off-putting. The tastes hides this a bit, but it still lingers in the back of my mind. (3.5/5)

Given the mouthfeel and color of this, I'm thinking this is probably a porter. The wax and barrel-aged notes makes me think this may be Arcadia Bourbon Shipwrecked Porter?

The reveal: Arcadia Ales Barrel-aged Shipwreck Porter. Woooo. It actually was a little unfair, since I was sent this in a trade a few months ago and the wax looked familiar. I was looking forward to this though so now I can sit on my other bottle for a little!

nhindian, May 24, 2011
Photo of seeswo
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, let me say bravo to big beers in 12 oz packages.

Anyway, pours black with a very small dark tan head. The nose is muted - cocoa, oak and a bit of a malty, maybe smoked malt sweetness. The taste is a combination of big oak and a small, melded bourbon heat, cocoa, malts, and a finsh of bitterness that seems like a combination of the 50 some IBUs and the tannic, oak quality. This beer isn't boozy in the same way at BA beers can be boozy, and yet the big oak and the bourbon are aggressive. It's somewhat hard to explain how this beer comes together, but it oddly does for me. Mouthfeel is a little thinner than desired, with reasonable lower carbonation. Overall, I like this beer better than what I described below. It does come together pretty nicely.

seeswo, May 23, 2011
Photo of JimmyW
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Delirium snifter from 12oz bottle.

Beautiful dark dark brown to black color with a nice brown head.

Black Cherries! Smells of black cherries with a soft bourbon aroma behind it. As it warms up a bit, I get more sweet dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, caramel and oak.

Taste is very mild. I can taste bourbon, but not too much heat from alcohol. This is delicious. Must drink this one closer to room temperature to fully experience all this beer has to offer. Sweet dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, bourbon and oak all equally present without any one flavor dominating over another.

Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than expected, but not a bad thing. Low carbonation, but again not a bad thing. Has a certain creaminess to it that is momentarily disrupted by somewhat harsh, but pleasant oakiness. I'm not sure that makes sense, but that's what I get from this beer.

This is very drinkable. I need to force myself to take my time drinking this one. So easy to drink. If drunk too fast, however, I'd surely miss out on the wonderful changes this beer goes through in the 45 minutes I had with it.

JimmyW, May 22, 2011
Photo of GregSVT
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours on the lighter side of black with a tan head that fades to a ring and leaves a tiny bit of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is mainly cocoa and chocolate malt with a muted vanilla aroma in the background. Smells a lot like chocolate milk.

T: The taste is mostly the same with notes of cocoa, muted milk chocolate and vanilla. I get some molasses in the end but it's not too apparent. I was expecting a bigger bourbon component to this one after the praise it got.

M: The feel is medium bodied and a bit creamy. The carbonation is big and bubbly which takes away from the body a bit...could be slightly thicker.

O: This actually reminded me of Rahr's BA Winter Warmer. I have a feeling the beer was only aged for around 3 months in the barrels like the Rahr beer. It's tasty and I enjoyed it but I would love to see it aged a bit longer in the barrels to get more of that charred oak and bourbon flavor in there.

GregSVT, May 21, 2011
Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.23/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Pours a translucent cola brown, but opaque in the glass. Slim sudsy tan head that soon dissolves into a faint fog and a dirty halo

Smell -- Cocoa and molasses, bourbon, sticky oak, and vanillin. The base beer is difficult to pick out from the barrel notes, save some roast malt sweetness.

Taste -- Very much barrel-forward, with lots of sour mash bourbon, woody oak, and vanillin. The base lends flavors of roast malt, cocoa, and some molasses. It does a fair job of masking the alcohol, though it still slightly boozy. Finishing bite of boozy alcohol, vanilla, herbal hops, and roast malt.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with ample carbonation. Not over-carbonated, but mellower bubbles would've been preferred. Also slightly thin. Alcohol presence is moderate for 12% abv.

Overall -- There seems to have been a lot of hoopla when this was released, but I'm not seeing the appeal. It's not bad by any means, but I'm really not floored. The barrel really overwhelms the base beer, and I'm willing to guess that this would've been better as a partial BA blend. In any case, it was definitely worth the cost to try this handsome bottle.

My suggestion is to pick up a bottle of you have it available, but keep your expectations grounded.

yeahnatenelson, May 20, 2011
Photo of techfed87
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For a beer that is barrel aged, this one still has a pretty big head to it. Color is jet black. Smell is malty, but noticeably stronger than the regular baltic porter.

First sip is definitely a hum-dinger. This is a very aggressive baltic porter with big flavor notes that I haven't seen anywhere else. Mouthfeel is enormous and full of different flavors, but not so audacious as to be overwhelming.

One of the few barrel aged beers that I can say that the barrel aging actually mellows the beer. A very good beer.

techfed87, May 17, 2011
Photo of gnemesis
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle pored into snifter on 04/11/11.
Pours black with dark brown edges and topped with a thin mocha head. Dissipates quickly and recedes leaving little lace. The nose of this beer is pretty good: notes of bourbon, oak, coffee, caramel, and bitter chocolate. I pick up bourbon immediately and it follows up with more coffee, chocolate, caramel, plus some black licorice. This beer is medium to full in body, and carbed on the low side. This ale was a tasty treat! I will seek more for aging and maturing.

gnemesis, May 16, 2011
Photo of drumminbrewer
3.18/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

50 ibu's 12%abv

Pours quickly with a large, elegant head. Solid head retention which laces the glass well.

Malty nose...sweet bread, raisins, vanilla and some boos.

First sip. MUCH thinner body than I was expecting. Quite unexpected. Flavor profile sits most strongly on the back of my tongue. Burned coffee, charcoal, vanilla and a very present alcohol taste (maybe not enough malt to hide behind?)

Long finish, but rather astringent and out of balance.

Not a bad beer, but I think it kind of loses it's identity as a porter through excessive alcohol presence. I'll let one sit for a year then give it another shot.

drumminbrewer, May 15, 2011
Photo of colforbin73
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer is so complex... at once it is satisfying and sweet and aged.... this is a cured beer for those who need to be cured. delicious stuff....

pours a luscious brown black with minimal carbonation. pulls up a 1/2 finger tan head that fizzles out quick. the aroma is a knock-out -- bourbon barrel and deep sweet roasted malt. the texture is thick ale, but the flavors are very deep: roasty chocolate, dried fruit, dark roasted coffee bitterness.... and a silky sweet undertone from the barrel aging. woody, rich and aged.... this beer delivers.

the bitterness is about right, but could be a little less. the malts are singing a rich aria in this beer -- sloshy and thick i want to just bask in their roasty sweet side -- tone the bitterness down one TICK and this is a 5.

colforbin73, May 12, 2011
Photo of SirBenton
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer, holy crap. Where to begin...

Pours great with a deep rich color lighter towards the top and bottom. the head is lightly colored and stays for a good amount of time. the smell blew me away. smells like a great bourbon with vanilla and a slight hint of oak and smokeyness followed by a hit of alcohol. vanilla, chocolate, espresso, oak and a buttery taste are all blended magnificently with the vanilla and bourbon flavors shining through the most. the feel, when drinking, is phenomenal. It lingers and leaves the tastes to dance upon your taste buds. This is such a great beer and the best barrel aged beer I've had.

SirBenton, May 11, 2011
Photo of n2185
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with only a half-finger of tan head even with a rough pour. It quickly fades into nothing, leaving no lacing behind.

S: Some slight roasted malt aromas at first followed by lots of sweet vanilla, some touches of caramel, and then a hefty serving of oak and bourbon.

T: Similar to the aroma, only a touch of roasted malt followed by lots of vanilla with some caramel. Oak, bourbon, and some toffee notes bring up the finish. Surprisingly, it's not extremely sweet or boozy, so those are nicely balanced.

M: Medium-thick body with low carbonation, this beer is oily-slick in the mouth.

O: A good, but not great beer. The bourbon notes are well-balanced so that they don't become too sweet or boozy, but I really wish I could get more from the porter that went into the barrels.

n2185, May 09, 2011
Photo of boomer31
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep brown, near black in the center with brown edges. Thinner than anticipated. Small beige bubble disappear quickly

S - Bourbon first then a hint of chocolate. As it warms the wood character and tanis come forward. Very nice

T - Big chocolate then comes the bourbon. This one is pretty hot which adds a nice spice to the taste.

M - Low carb, rather thin

O - Overall a solid beer. Good bourbon character. The nose keeps getting better. The best beer I've had from Arcadia. Happy I've got another to sit on. The edges may round a bit with a year or two.

boomer31, May 09, 2011
Photo of b3shine
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to shifter. Anyone who gives this beer less than an A is flat out wrong. Unless they don't like the type, in which case they shouldn't be drinking it in the first place. The beer is dark and robust in color. Smell is good, with malt and bourbon present. Tastes great. All the great characteristics of a porter, souped up from bourbon barreling. Mouthfeel is good - definitely a sipping beer. Enjoy at stout-like temperature. This beer is excellent. I'm not sure how it had flown under my radar, especially being from SWMI and very familiar with Arcadia, but it had (past tense). I'll be going back for more soon, just to make sure I can hold on to a few for special occasions.

b3shine, May 08, 2011
Photo of abecall98
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ice never heard of this brewery, or this beer. All I know is that I got this from Kzoobrew in just a cool back and fourth beer send, no set trade.

A - wow, pours perfect for a BAL-Aged Porter. The beer pours a rich dark black, like melted cocoa. The tab head grabs the bottle, and my sniffer continues to shed bubbles.

S - rather lacking. Not much going on in here. The smell is sweet and slightly like dark fruits. Not much bourbon, heat, or malt noticeable.

T - heebus jeebus. The taste is just divine. There is bourbon, I taste dark fruits, I taste candied sugar, smokey and roasted malts are noticeable. There is even hints of cocoa and black licorice. So much going on in this beer.

M - perfect. Barrel Aged stouts should be carbonated, but overly carbonated barrel aged beers (besides sours) can be a deal breaker. This beer combines a perfect carbonation level with a smooth and tasty creaminess.

O - what the hell is this beer? How have I never heard of this delicious beer?!

abecall98, May 07, 2011
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - It pours a visibly oily brown-black, and is capped with a smattering of mocha bubbles.

S - The nose is right in line with what you'd expect from a BA Stout (or Porter, in this case) replete with vanilla, toffee and a healthy note of earthy oak. Cocoa and coffee round out the nose.

T - The most striking thing about the flavor is the way it hides the listed 12% ABV; I was beffuddled to see the strength of this brew, because it really does not come across as potent or boozy. The mainstay of the brew is a sweetly roasty character that suggests cocoa, coffee and toffee; the accentuating barrel-imparted flavors are of nearly equal strength and convey sweetly earthy oak, vanilla and graham cracker.

M - Big, sticky and rich.

O - This is a very nice beer, especially considering it is a BA brew, available off-the-shelf.

ktrillionaire, May 06, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a Darkness snifter.

A - Pours with a dime of tan foam that settles to a few wisps and some spotty lace. Near-black body, with some light brown transparency at the fringes.

S - Oak, vanilla, chocolate, and perhaps a faint hint of alcohol as it warms up. You can tell this was in barrels a long time due to the dominance of the oak and vanilla flavors - only ild overt whiskey. Base beer is largely nebulous sweetness, and comes across as more of an American Imperial Porter rather than a Baltic one.

T - Smooth roasted malts, vanilla, and chocolate. Oaky and lightly charred finish. Quite enjoyable, and well-integrated. Alcohol is better hidden here.

M - Medium-full body, with low carbonation. Not much alcohol heat, even with the high ABV. Smooth texture with some oily viscosity.

D - Definitely the best beer I've had from Arcadia. I'd be curious to try this beer at earlier stages in the barrel-aging to see how much bourbon presence there was initially. A nice 12oz treat that's perfect for a nightcap.

MasterSki, May 06, 2011
Photo of GallowsThief
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in trade from RC0032! Huge thanks!

Poured into my Duvel tulip out of a 12 oz. bottle sealed in red wax.

A – Deep dark brown on pour with a small tan head that receded fairly quickly.

S – Nice sweet hints of vanilla, chocolate and bourbon. Really great smell.

T – Big vanilla taste initially. Brown sugar with warming bourbon flavor. Caramel. Roasty malts. Chocolate and cocoa. Finishes with great alcohol warming all the way down at the end. Well balanced all together. Perfectly balanced.

M – Light to medium bodied. Sticky. Solid carbonation.

O – I loved this. Just a wonderful porter. Great tasting. Will need more and soon.

GallowsThief, May 06, 2011
Photo of Boto
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle picked up at Binny’s across from Goose Island: This one pours an inky, dark brown color. There was just a wisp of a tan head that went away immediately. The nose is quite good. Only traces of the bourbon. I also get caramel, chocolate, some vanilla, roastiness and some faint dark fruits. The taste is good. a good integration of the caramel and bourbon, with the latter only mildly showing up in the aftertaste. Hardly any sweetness at all, with some bitterness in the finish. Some roasted notes, chocolate. Nothing really overpowering or standing out. A bit of a subtle complexity to it. I’d buy another!

Boto, May 03, 2011
Bourbon Barrel Aged Shipwreck Porter from Arcadia Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 711 ratings.