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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: 676
Reviews: 259
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 137
Gots: 248 | FT: 23
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: jale on 02-01-2011)
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Photo of claminat420


3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cracked this one on my 25th b-day.

A- poured into my "it's not too expensive, you're too cheap" stone pint glass. nice tannish head. the common stout or porter shade but seems from holding it the beer is less thicker than porters i know. leaving alil lacing.

S- is there alcohol is this thing?? hahaha i'm joshin. you can def smell the booze. i'm detecting a very very slight vannila scent mixed with the fruity yeast. slight raosted smell but mostly blasted by the booze.

T- booze bomb but not in the worse of way. even tho booze is highly detectable it's not too bad with the malts. pretty much same as smell tho.

M- medium/ heavy side. i feel like for a porter this beer is lighter in body compared to founder's porter which i love. not too bad tho. carbonation is pretty good.

Overall- not too shabby of a porter. i feel it fits in the overpriced/ overhyped categories that seem to be about today. um...what happened to drinkability??

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 07:05:05 | More by claminat420
Photo of EricCioe


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

This pours a very dark brown with a small, thin khaki head that died away leaving just traces of lace. On the nose, the bourbon, vanilla, and oak are the big three notes, but underneath that is a backbone of roasted malt, some earthiness, and a big of booze. In the mouth, the bourbon takes up residence right on the mid part of the tongue and hangs around, well, forever. There is also a bit of toasted malt, and a big, oaky finish. The alcohol presence is pretty huge, but that's not something to complain about with a bourbon barrel beer. The feel is a slightly sticky medium body, not as thick as some of the bigger stouts that seem heavier on oats, coffee, and chocolate than this beer. Overall I wish this beer had just a bit of a bigger backbone as the bourbon flavors dominated the base beer pretty well, but the end result is pretty great and well worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 01:55:47 | More by EricCioe
Photo of jwinship83


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

12oz bottle drank from my stone IRS tulip. this is the first time i have seen an arcadia beer sold in an individual 12oz bottle. i think it cost something like $6.50.

A- this one pours out a very dark brown body, almost completely opaque. a small khaki colored head forms on top. the head is very quick to fade and leaves behind tiny spots of lacing.

S- the barrel aging quickly becomes very evident. lots of bourbon and vanilla. lots of dark roasted malts. pretty boozy.

T- the alcohol/bourbon is the first thing that i pick out of the taste. very strong. after that i get some dark roasted malts and a little bit of coffee. the vanilla/oak comes through, but to a much lesser extent.

M- this one was lighter bodied than i would have expected. lots of warming from the alcohol, but its a 12% beer so its what i would expect.

D- a pretty easy going sipper. take your time with this one, i could see it sneaking up on me if i drank it too quickly. this is something i would like to have another of.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 23:13:18 | More by jwinship83
Photo of homebrewhawk


3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. wax dipped bottle. Served in a snifter. Poured a deep brown/black with a finger of tan head that quickly dissipates. Lots of whiskey in the aroma along with a little alcohol. Chocolate, vanilla in the flavor. Not as much Bourbon as the aroma would suggest. Long, lingering finish of chocolate and vanilla. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Body is a little thin. Definitely a sipper. Good beer, plenty of complexity, not just a bunch of bourbon.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 15:10:31 | More by homebrewhawk
Photo of Donerik


4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked this a lot, if I could only drink this for the rest of my life I wouldn't complain.

A: Black, dark, filled my snifter, minimal head. my only question in the overall presentation is that after popping the top I saw it was a twist off,...wax sealed twistoffs for 6 dollars...

S: great, is great a smell? bourbon, malt, smoke and oak...maybe not smoke, but it rhymed so well...lets call that scent roast.

T: Great, Roast melts into bourbon into a warm alchohol. Carbonation is spot on to keep this refreshing and flavorful across the whole palate.

M: Perfectly carbonated, but a touch hot, I bought 6 so I'll amend this when it has aged if need be

D: Just one of these is enough, but I had no problem with the one I had, sipped it slow over an evening at home.

If this is part of a new tone from Arcadia, I am buying in, a nice subtle porter, melded with bourbon. Arcadia, please make more bourbon barrel beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 04:20:06 | More by Donerik
Photo of chicagobeerriot


4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black, but translucent at the edges with ruby highlights when held to the light. An inch of off-white head provides gauze lacing on the side of the glass that is rare but welcome for a barrel-aged porter.

The smell is a well-balanced mix of notes from the barrel: bourbon, vanilla, oak and caramel, and notes from the parent beer: chocolate, coffee and molasses.

Mouthfeel is appropriately velvety. Maybe a shade too much carbonation tang on the tongue, but, overall quite nice.

The most striking part of the taste is that the bourbon barrel flavor is nearly perfect. The full, round bourbon, vanilla and wood notes are front and center, but without the heat that it usually takes to get those flavors to the fore. There is some bitter bakers chocolate and sweet molasses in a supporting role. I wish there was a bit more roast from the parent beer here, but this is as spot-on of a barrel aging process as you're going to find. You really get the full character of the barrel. Very well done.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 02:10:36 | More by chicagobeerriot
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

cracked this bad boy open as my night cap after a long day of hobo tasting at the railroad tracks. served into a pint glass while i watched tv.

poured out black as night with a thick oil like look to it and a big tan head that left streaks of lace all throughout the glass, really a damn near perfect look with a wonderful settling.

aroma is deep bourbon, oak, vanilla, hints of dark roasted malts, coffee, bitter ark chocolate and a rich and roasty profile that is cut with a slight touch of alcohol, really very well done here. each sip was better then the one before as the thick liquid coated the tongue and left no room for an error. boozy bourbon and vanilla creep across the palate with hints of molasses and chocolate, chewy at times with a bit of heat left in the finish as well. warming brings out a hint of dark fruit notes that gently graze the palate. smooth and strong finish leaves a long taste that lingers forever.

overall a fantastic beer that you really need to seek out. one of the best i have had in a long time. i would have to really, really recommend this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 03:41:51 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of ChugginOil


4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark brown and settles black with brown edges. A fingers worth of tan head dissipates fast, leaving lacing along the glass.

S- Bourbon comes through first with vanilla and a bit of oak. Some toasty and sweet malt hide underneath the bourbon beast in this one.

T- Holy Moses I'm in love. Sweet butterscotch and caramel malt nail my palate, followed by the bold bourbon flavor. Within the taste of bourbon comes sweet vanilla and a tad of oak to accompany. The flavors presented here are done so equally and create an awesome blend of complexity, holding great balance.
The slightest bit of alcohol comes through at the finish (but barely noticeable).

M- Silky, velvety, creamy goodness lathering my palate with rich flavors and amazing texture. Little carbonation is present but there's just enough to satisfy.

D- I am totally blown away by this barrel aged butte. A nearly absent sense of alcohol surprises me delightfully with each sip. 12%? Is this a typo? No, no. I am definitely feeling this brew after a few sips. Seek it out!!

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 00:45:29 | More by ChugginOil
Photo of sweemzander


4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a pitch black color. Produced a great fluffy tan colored head with great retention behind it.

(S)- A sweet bourbon-like oak aroma with lots of raisin. Very rich with brown sugar and caramel sweetness.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A rich profile with lots of raisin, brown sugar, and caramel. Lots of vanilla with some oaky bourbon notes.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Boozy, but balanced well with equal parts rich and sweet components.

(D)- This really took on the bourbon barrel characters well. It rivals some imperial stouts in sweetness and richness; almost dessert-like.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 03:31:52 | More by sweemzander
Photo of enfield249


4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark, dark brown with a tan head.

S - Roasty, malt, smoke, bourbon, molasses, brown sugar, caramel.

T - Same as the smell, so much better in the flavor. Also some maple syrup

M - Full, thick and chewey, slight heat on the back end.

D - A great beer, possibly the best beer from Arcadia I've had.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 01:42:41 | More by enfield249
Photo of kzoobrew


4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A moderate pour into my Stone IRS glass. The body is black and opaque admittedly darker than I thought it would be. A two finger malted milk colored creamy head is placed atop. The head fades back slowly leaving a thin but solid sheet of lacing.

The aroma is quite impressive. Every aspect you expect is there and all is proper portions. The bourbon is well integrated and layered within the other components. Strong chocolate melds with a more subtle caramel. Touch of toasted and roasted malts lay a pleasant base. The vanilla is interwoven through out.

As the beer leaves the glass a initial burst of sweetness hits the tongue. Chocolate and caramel flavors are smooth and rich, enhancing the bourbon flavor that follows just behind. The midpalate is all about the lingering sweetness from up front and the developing of the bourbon flavor. Very smooth bourbon with a bit of heat. The oakiness comes through with the bourbon in a rather pleasant manner. As you get to the back of the palate a bit of roasted malt and slight espresso
powder really provide a counterpoint to the sweetness. I think many people will want to compare this to barrel aged stouts, while it cannot match up with many there, this is a top notch porter.

Medium full bodied beer, the carbonation is low but appropriate. The texture is smooth and creamy. The flavor coats the tongue making for a long finish.

Excellent beer from Arcadia, definitely my favorite offering from them yet. Very tasty and easy to drink. The one piece that may be off putting to some is the heat. The heat is more warming and pleasant than hot and boozey. The ABV is hidden very well, could easily be mistaken for a beer a couple points lower. One worth seeking out if you want the opportunity. This is one I will grab a few more bottles of myself.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 21:23:15 | More by kzoobrew
Photo of Wetpaperbag


4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Very very dark black, thin coffee/cream color head.

S- Bourbon, buttery dactyl smell, coffee and vanilla.

T- This is very good, reminds me of a Black Gold in taste and mouthfeel. There is a nice mellow flavor with this. The barrel aging is not overpowering and neither is the bourbon. There is a good after taste as well. There are flavors here that are hard to put my finger on, figs and other dark fruits for sure. The more I drink this the more I can't put it down. The 12% Alcohol is very well hidden.

M- Thinner then I expected, but it still works.

D- Very drinkable, dangerously drinkable for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 04:58:57 | More by Wetpaperbag
Photo of jampics2


4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Eric at Buckeye Beer Engine for having the foresight to put this on tap for my Birthday. Served in a 10oz snifter for around $6. If a candle could float on beer, this could have been my B-day cake.

The beer looks nice in the snifter. It's a dark brown, almost black color with some touches of red at the bottom. There's very little head and just a bit of lace, but, overall we're off to a good start.

The smell is beyond anything I would have expected. A nice chocolate porter that lies underneath is robust and roasty but wow is there a ton of barrel character. Nice bourbon and huge wood lend notes of vanilla and coconut. All that time in the barrel has translated into a finely aged beer with huge barrel presence that never becomes tannic.

The smell is also dominated by the barrel. This beer has just as much vanilla as anything I've sampled. But that's not to say the base beer is totally drowned out - it holds its own with roast and a touch of bitterness. The huge bourbon notes and oak build the house of flavor to the sky because of this solid foundation. There's a touch of booze but how could there not be? This is expertly aged and really sets a standard for barrel aged porters!

The beer is nice and medium to full bodied without being too heavy or too light. The carb is a touch high for me, but the mouthfeel and consequent drinkability score very well. Probably the first beer from Arcadia I've really enjoyed. I'm picking up a bunch for the cellar - maybe I can then celebrate my Birthday all year round!

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2011 15:10:06 | More by jampics2
Photo of Spider889


3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I saw this in a liquor store in Chicago and figured that you don't come across singles of BA beers that often, and took a chance on it.

Simple label, porter aged in oak bourbon barrels. Live review.

The wax was a little bit of a pain (when isn't it?), and while I was trying to twist off the wax I twisted off the whole cap instead! Damn twist-tops.

The beer was pouring a dark coffee color, but settles black in the glass. I wasn't getting too much head off of this, but with some work some soapy antique lace colored head does rise, but it falls fast. A half crescent of large soap bubbles floats on top throughout the rest of the glass. Spots of lace, but nothing that really sticks around for the entire experience.

Even in the snifter this had a weaker aroma than I anticipated. I saw numerous A+ reviews and was really having some high hopes here. When I put my nose in it I can detect really strong bourbon notes. There's not much porter/malt in the nose. All bourbon, slightly astringent, strong vanilla, sharp sweet alcohol. Some dark fruit esters are all the seem to escape my snifter to be smelled from a distance. This is a bourbon soaked raisin beer, isn't it?

The taste is more nuanced than the smell. Bourbon is still the most dominant flavor here, but a lot of other things are going on as well. Vanilla is VERY prominent, and I wonder if some vanilla was actually added to the beer. If not, then the oak and bourbon blend well with the base beer.

The beer is very sweet, and the alcohol is prickling my tongue. It's not burning at all, but you definitely know that this beer tops out at well over 10%. There's some grainy brown sugar that comes in towards the end, along with strong licorice flavors. The beer finishes with cocoa and hints of dried cherry.

Clearly the bourbon barreling has worked hard on this porter. My main complaint is that I still am getting little flavors that would be associated with a porter - where's the dark malt, the coffee, the roastiness? This is more similar to a blended strong ale than a porter imo.

The mouthfeel is very slick. The alcohol is warming on the back of the palate and in the throat. The beer starts sharp, and finishes faintly tart. Thinly bodied, not inappropriate for a porter, but the higher the abv the more body I like to have to balance out the beer. The carbonation is on the low side.

Overall this was a nice treat, something I would never find in OH. But I walk away wanting more out of this beer, something beyond heavy-handed bourbon characters. I will continue to let this warm as I sip it; hopefully more flavors poke through.

Also, I am reminded that this is supposedly a Baltic Porter. Really? I would be expecting at least SOME smoke, and deep maltiness. Humph.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 06:04:28 | More by Spider889
Photo of glazeman


3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up from the local whole foods, and believe it to be my first bourbon barrel porter.

A: Medium dark brown with a very thin head even after a vigorous poor. Minimal lacing, but a crown remained for the duration of the drink.

S: Some bourbon and booziness, but for me the nose was pretty underwhelming.

T: Lots of bourbon up front with nice toasty notes at the finish. There's something that tastes like grape jelly in the middle, which I attribute to a mixing of the oaky bourbon with the booziness. Overall an interesting and unique taste.

M: A tad thin for my liking, otherwise this had an appropriate level of carbonation and nice aftertaste.

D: For 12% this beer was quite drinkable and was enjoyable in its uniqueness. As a side note, Battle Creek has always had a special place in my heart.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 01:41:05 | More by glazeman
Photo of airohead2001


3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a pleasant surprise. I never knew it existed until a friend poured it into my snifter. Appearance is thin with no head. Smell is superb - bourbon, caramel, roasts, booze. Smell is bourbon and vanilla up front and nice brown ale roastiness in the finish. Overall this was a good beer. One I would definitely have again.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 01:38:51 | More by airohead2001
Photo of GRPunk


4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Red-waxed bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass. A little surprised it's a twist-top under the wax.

A- A careful pour left a 1-finger head that settles to a thin film that showcases rising carbonation. The body is near black with dark, chocolate edges. Good rings left on the glass. As the glass empties, more light comes through and the body even looks whiskeyish.

S- Lots of barrel qualities. Sweet, vanilla, and woody aromas. Some chocolate. Whiskey aroma is more sweet than smoke-like. Very complex. I even pick up some maple syrup at points. There's a certain, grainy quality that reminds you this is a beer and not a distilled beverage. I can sit here all afternoon just sniffing it.

T- Wow! Very whiskeyish at first. Alcohol is present, but in no way harsh. There are a lot of sweet qualities I get from some bourbons. Nice, grainy flavors late. Some chocolate and coffee. Overall, it's a little sweet and smoothly boozy. Dark chocolate and juicy hops throw in just the right bittering to tame sweetness and booze from the barrel aging.

M- Warming alcohol isn't harsh. Moderate carbonation and viscosity at first. Slightly coating. Warmth lightens the carbonation, making for a very smooth drink.

D- It's so easy to drink this slowly, let it warm, and really enjoy the changes and subtleties. The 12% ABV is very dangerous, as I really want more. It's just so smooth. I'd like to age a couple and see how the bourbon mellows over time. Maybe a vetical if this becomes a yearly offering? It's perfect during this new cold snap. I took a little food break with Bergerost cheese and water crackers as the alcohol started to go to my head on an empty stomach. It was a good match.

This is a great after dinner, nightcap, winter-warmer type of beer. Though not my style, I wonder if this might be the right place for a cigar.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 19:13:26 | More by GRPunk
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Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. capped and red waxed bottle generously shared by jedwards to round out the evening. Pours two shades shy of black with no head, just a soapy swirl and some residual suds. Nose expresses vanilla, coconut, butter and artificial sweetener on a medium-roasted malty backbone. Taste consistent with nose; however, the vanilla is much more prominent in the flavor profile than in the nose. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a lively carbonation. A decent beer, but the artificial sweetener present in the nose and taste are a bit too much for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 18:53:56 | More by Jwale73
Photo of readbaron


4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, dark brown. I gave it a vigorous pour and was rewarded with 2.5 fingers of tan head. It quickly faded into a ring with a bit of sticky retention.

Smells great. The bourbon definitely smacks you, but not in a bad way. You also get some malt and dark fruit.

Mmmm delicious. Again lots of bourbon - but surprisingly, not too much heat. You can definitely tell it's a porter - it doesn't have the chewy viscosity of a stout - but it still holds up well. There's enough backbone to handle the barrel aging. It's similar to the firestone anniversary beers - but better (in my opinion). Smooth for it's ABV.

Nicely carbonated - very smooth - thick, but not sticky.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 02:07:38 | More by readbaron
Photo of TCgoalie


4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My normal bottle opener wouldn't work as the red wax got in the way. When I finally got this poured into my large snifter, I saw a dark beverage with just enough light shining through the sides to notice some brown hues. Not much head upon pouring but the ring of foam around the edge lends itself to the sides of the glass in a bit of random lacing.

Oh man, the smell is magnificent. It is as if the beer is a wooden plank plucked right from the side of the bourbon barrel it was aged in. I can almost smell the wood fibers. The wood, bourbon, and porter malts combine to make an awesome smell.

I haven't found an Arcadia beer that I love, so I don't know what to expect with this. The bourbon flavor is right on but I feel it overpowers the rest of the ingredients. I think if the porter was more bold it would be better. Sweet bourbon is mellowed by malts with the addition of some vanilla and oak.

Low carbonation combines with a medium feel creating a subpar mouthfeel for the style. Some sweet, bitter aftertastes linger for a while with a drying effect.

This is drinkable considering the 12%. It is a bit sweeter than I would like, but it is ok. A valiant effort by Arcadia to make an elite beer, but they don't quite make it to the next tier with this one. I'll keep turning to their big brothers (Founders, Bells, Short's) when I want something truly exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 22:05:23 | More by TCgoalie
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4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Review # 1700!!! 12oz bottle poured into my De Struise glass... A dark brown body, looks pretty good. A light tan head, weak retention, but decent enough overall... The aroma is very nice, a great job of barrel aging to add an accent and not make it take over the whole beer. Wonderful notes of vanilla, super smooth bourbon, and light chocolate finish. Not sure if could be much better for a barrel aged porter... Wow, the taste is equally outstanding and mimics the subtle barrel aged qualities on the nose. More chocolate base here, the vanilla really becomes the perfect accent, light bourbon finish. As it warms some charred oak comes through, had to re-rate and bring it down a tick.. The mouthfeel is a tad light overall, but it has good carbonation with a light warm finish...CANNOT believe this is 12%, alcohol does not show off at all.

I had no, or low expectations for this and came away totally shocked. This is the best Arcadia beer out there and a must get. WOW.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 03:32:24 | More by jrallen34
Photo of JPack35


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

A-Poured a very dark brown color, about an inch of head that quickly disappered into a nice lacing.

S-You can definatly smell the bourbon in this, very strong. Nice hints of vanilla as well.

T- Again, the bourbon on this is very apparent, not overpowering though. Vanilla and malts hit you on the back end.

M-Coats the inside of your mouth good, has a nice body, but not too heavy.

D-A sipper. I could have more than one in a sitting, but at $6 a 12oz bottle its not likely.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 17:48:21 | More by JPack35
Photo of Frosty80


4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Color: pours dark brown with gold highlights. sits almost completely black with deep ruby highlights and a medium brown rim. the head is a couple fingers high, creamy and chocolate nougat colored. doesnt stick around too long though

Smell: this is really NOTHING but bourbon barrels! big oak tones with incredible bourbon and vanilla notes all melded together for a rich, creamy smooth aroma. the robust roasted malt of the porter struggles to make its presence known. the 12% is well hidden but noticeably cools the nostrils

Taste: again, all bourbon barrel here. significant bourbon flavor that latches on to the warming 12% alcohol. lots of vanilla and oakiness. finish is somewhat dry with some roast and alcohol and a hint of caramel and a tinge of dark fruit

Mouthfeel: low-full body with medium-high carbonation

Notes: brilliant porter! the barrel aging does kinda mask most of the other porter elements but is well received. just as barrel flavor as BCS but not as rich and slightly less flavorful

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 01:14:55 | More by Frosty80
Photo of SupaCelt


4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance, of course, starts with the bottle's wax dipped neck. The pour releases a lush brown liquid with a cocoa tan head that billows to a half inch before decomposing into a ring for the duration of drinking. Lacing slides down the slickened sides of the pint vessel and reenters the ring leaving the glass clean and neat save for a few streaks that manage to cling tight.

The nose is heavy on black cherry and milk chocolate. Sweet and dark and just a pleasure to sniff. Oaken impartations lie beneath the sweet tones. The rather hefty alcohol content is burried within the more appealing aspects of the nose. Only a mild booze character peaks through.

The taste is smooth and rich with some chocolate tones and black cherry. Dark fruit sweetness is pronounced, yet not overpowering. Bourbon barrel flavour is well controlled allowing the other nuances of the brew to shine equally as brilliant without one facet stealing the spotlight. Superb balance. This is a big and busty brew.

The mouthfeel is heavy but very smooth and enjoyable. The drinkability is good in terms of the size of this brawny baddy. One is easily consumed and loved up until the last swallow, but two would be a gratuitous waste. This brew is substantial and would easily serve as a dessert brew. Expectations are surpassed with ease. Well done, Arcadia.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 02:19:26 | More by SupaCelt
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4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cola-brown color with a small, light brown head. It left no lacing at all.

S - It smelled like a barrel aged brew should - bourbon, oak, vanilla and toasty malts.

T - The flavor deliver way more bourbon than the aroma did. Mild vanilla and oak. Somewhere in the background is the malt-bomb that is Shipwreck.

M - It was smooth and medium bodied.

D - This could use some age. Tons of bourbon flavor that I would like to see mellow out in time.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 14:08:00 | More by zeff80
Bourbon Barrel Aged Shipwreck Porter from Arcadia Brewing Company
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