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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: 812
Reviews: 276
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 150
Gots: 296 | FT: 32
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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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Photo of chugalug06
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Zero tan head. Very brown, not very clear... No lacing, kinda thin.

VERY nutty. deep robust caramel. Nice oakey vanilla aroma.

Very little oak flavor...but nice amount of boozy traces. Nice nutty-ness. Kinda thin, yet very palatable. Not really deep, yet still nicely complex. Overly carbonated, no heat or bitterness.

Recommended, but not worth seeking out @ $10/12oz. Its good, but not as good as it gets...

Photo of monitorpop
3.43/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: slightly transparent black with a one finger chocolate tan head.

S: Strong bourbon with light chocolate and sweet vanilla.

T: Dark chocolate, roasted malts, subtile oak and vanilla. Harsh lingering bourbon.

M: Thin body with a mild alcohol burn in the finish.

O: Too thin and not as smooth or balanced as I would like.

Photo of Acuity
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of dblab33
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of pocwolf
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of CFHMagnet
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A rather quickened pour left a half finger of light cocoa brown head over a seriously dark brown body. The head dissipated in less than a minute to a ring. No lacing noted.

Bourbon and oak are first noted in the nose. Dark chocolate, light coffee and a hint of vanilla are noted upon deeper inspection.

Taste is fan-freaking-tastic on this beer. It opens with a mix of chocolate and vanilla, and this gives way to a light oak and bourbon melange. A bit of coffee and some dark chocolate close it out with a little bit of alcohol on the very end. Good stuff.

Very smooth for a beer this heavy in ABV. Carbonation is well suited to it, keeps a medium to heavy body. Rather sweet, alcohol burn really builds in the back of your throat, but otherwise alcohol is not really a big factor. Good stuff.

Photo of ellswrth
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: The beer is nearly black or ebony colored, with a thin brown edge where it becomes slightly transparent. A rocky brown cap forms but quickly fades, reviving with a few swirls of my snifter. No real lace to speak of.

Smell: The aroma is full of sweet bourbon. Roasted malt is almost burnt with a touch of smoke, vanilla, oak, dark semi-sweet chocolate, and a bit of coffee grounds.

Taste: Bourbon really coats the flavor the whole way through. Luckily I am in favor of this sweet bourbon flavor, so it provides a delicious undertone to the base beer. Speaking of, the beer itself has dark chocolate and roasted malt up front. Any syrupy sweetness that might be there originally is swept away by a drying bourbon presence. Vanilla and oak provide a strong smoothing presence in the middle, and a light coffee and accompanying bitterness help to finish out the sip. A flourish of bourbon is the true end, lingering into an alcohol-infused aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: The body is predictably full, with a full, mostly creamy carbonation. There is a slight rough or graininess to how it feels in my mouth, to go along with a slightly acrid finish, even though there is not much bitterness. The oak and bourbon prevent the sweetness from becoming too syrupy up front, and the end is a bit on the dry side.

Overall: The bourbon is clearly noticeable throughout each sip, and I am pretty sure it was the brewer's intention to make it overtly noticeable. This is definitely a pleasant sipper, almost comparable to Bourbon County Stout, although I like that a bit better.

Photo of J0E
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Jakers90
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of TheMonk41
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of mulder1010
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz waxed bottle shared with Mr Kennedy
Thanks to Forgetfu for the bottle

A-- Poured a dark muddy brown color. Decent amount of ruby tints on the sides of the glass. Short lived one finger off white head that quickly disappeared. Very visible alcohol legs and good spotty lacking.

S-- Big bourbon nose. Very nice. Oak, vanilla, chocolate and toasted coconut. Very impressive nose. No real trace of the 12% ABV.

T-- Lots of chocolate, Vanilla, and bourbon. Very earthy and gritty but quite smooth.

M-- Medium heavy, lower carbonation and quite warming. Smooth and easy to drink. Earthiness is more in the front and disappears in the back. Quite oily and finishes very chocolate and coffee dry.

O-- Just impressive. Really good beer something I would want to get again as a good example of what a BA beer should be. Get the notes of the base beer and the barrel takes it to another level

Photo of Namarsha82
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of enelson
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of CardShark
5/5  rDev +19.6%

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

First wax dipped bottle - note to self - remove wax first before trying to remove top.

Pours a deep black color with a nice two finger off-white head. Nice looking beer.

Smells mostly of bourbon with hints of roasted coffee , dark chocolate and vanilla.

Starts off with a ice combination of coffee and chocolate which is washed away with a smooth, bourbon finish. Also get some bitterness from the roasted notes. Not a trace of the 12% ABV.

Mouthfeel is really creamy, nice carbonation and is medium full. Just a tad thinner than I was hoping for.

Overall, a very good beer and my first barrel aged porter so I don't have much to compare it to.

Photo of davidthebruce
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of AleWatcher
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was sent as extra by surlytheduff and kzoobrew-- not sure whose bottle I'm opening but thanks guys!

Dark ruddy brown, small wispy head. Nice legs and spotty lacing.
Smells and tastes of huge bourbon, vanilla, some sweet malts underlying, and a hint of black licorice. Nice dry boozy finish.

Medium oily feel with surprisingly ample carbonation.

Very impressed. This is an unbelievably good beer.

Photo of sublime313
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of ithinkimasofa
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of IlPostino
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Thanks to mikesgroove for this one.

A: Pours a very dark brown with a small, beige colored head on top. Nice head retention but sporadic and thin lacing.

S: Rather sweet and rich with a nice bourbon aroma, wood, vanilla, and some roasted malt. Very inviting.

T: Wow, lots of vanilla and bourbon in the flavor profile, mixed with some dark chocolate and a little bit of coffee. Really bursting with flavor, with a nice warming in my stomach.

M: Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, very creamy and smooth.

O: Really nice, for 12% the alcohol was held in check very nicely and the bourbon added some nice depth.

Photo of ShanePB
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Final beer of the mini-tasting with mdaschaf, thanks dude! 12 ounce waxed bottle poured into a snifter. Very nice presentation.

A: Very deep dark brown, hell I'd probably call this black in dim lighting with a rich, creamy off-white head forming. The retention is rather nice for the high alcohol content, but the lacing could use some work. Not entirely surprised though given the stats - good looking beer.

S: Bourbon but it's sweet in nature. It's not that harsh liquor smelling aroma, instead there's a rich sweet mature element to it. Good amounts of wood, plenty of dark roasted malts and a touch of vanilla in the background. Everything seems to blend well together giving this a nicely balanced aroma.

T: Front of the palate are the roasted chocolate malts and the slightest hint of dark coffee. The bourbon and vanilla are the center of attention, giving a very sweet and tingly feel across the tongue. Back of the mouth is some caramel notes and perhaps a hint of smoke? Whoa, very flavorful and certainly a big surprise for me.

M: Creamy, lower on the carbonation but enough to keep the beer lively especially for the 12% ABV. Nice feel, somewhat dry in the linger.

This was a very nice surprise especially considering bourbon barrel aged beers can have anywhere from a lot of bourbon to not enough. Shipwreck achieves a great balance with plenty of other flavors coming through. Thanks again, Matt!

Photo of HopStoopid120
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of Nitrogenx
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Bourbon Barrel Aged Shipwreck Porter from Arcadia Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 812 ratings.