Ship Wreck Porter | Carton Brewing Company

BA SCORE
92
outstanding
192 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Carton Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
cartonbrewing.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged 1 year in Brinley Rum barrels.

Shipwreck Porter
Barrel Aged Porter
ABV: 10% | IBU: 26 | SRM: 42

When our friends and neighbors at Brinley shipped us ten of the barrels used to make their Brinley Gold Shipwreck Rum from their distillery on St. Kitts, we were given the opportunity to create a beer that would take advantage of wood rather than the other way around. We looked to coax complexity out of the marriage of a barrel's soul and a brew's potential, not just to bomb a huge beer with huge flavor. The rum that lives in these barrels for four years integrates its spice to the wood so well that it ends up reminiscent of a Bananas Foster. A sturdy brown honey porter seemed the best host to receive the ghosts from Shipwreck's old home. We started with a base of deep malts looking for notes of coffee and chocolate, then enhanced them with the floral bouquet of local wildflower honey and the preservative strength of 10% ABV while keeping the body sensible. This was put in the casks to meld with the vanilla, wood, and spice notes, toned down by the oxidative effect of a year in the cellar. Drink Shipwreck Porter because a barrel should be so much more than a depth charge.

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Added by Hessian257 on 10-20-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
192
Reviews:
27
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.69%
 
 
Wants:
26
Gots:
30
For Trade:
5
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4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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3.81/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

**
01/20/17
In a 4-beer carton sampler at Blend.

LOOK: dark black, small white head, typical porter.
AROMA: Coffee; roasted malt.
TASTE: Coffee leaves it a little bitter and astringent. Otherwise, pretty tasty porter.

**
03/22/17

Porter tasting with DC.

Sealed growler from the brewery to tulip glass.

Liking this a little more this time.

Taste is coffee and vanilla; vanilla is very sweet. Tastier than before. Still get an odd aftertaste, baking soda or soap.

3.52 up to 3.81

**

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Photo of spycow
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mltobin
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Capped and waxed growler purchased 11/26/16 at brewery and poured into Kane tulip glass.

L: Very dark with a tiny bit of see-through dark brown in top mm. 2F light tan head, not much retention, leaves thin ring and a little bit of lacing here and there.

S: Rum and rum barrel are fairly prominent, roasted malts and vanilla.

T: Pretty much follows nose. The rum and barrel really take charge, but the malts and honey come in to mitigate and balance out the taste. Some vanilla and cocoa on close.

F: Medium body, light to medium carbonation. Balance pretty good, but unlike a stout, this actually seems to lose a bit of complexity as it warms (or the rum overasserts itself).

O: It's pretty good, but maybe experiments at 6 and 9 months in the barrel might be useful, because it really wants to take over the more the beer warms, and at 10% you can't exactly crush it, nor do you want to as the initial display of flavor is quite good.

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Photo of CharlesK
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stofko1992
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Coorsy
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SebastianMandeville
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of njcraftguy
3.35/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I luv porters and enjoy most offerings from Carton but this one missed the mark to me. Nothing bad going on here but nothing that would make me seek it out again.

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Photo of dvmin98
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerBeast
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Elimav
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rich_K
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gjoker321
2.5/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Infected

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Photo of MacMalt
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this on draught at a bar. It was served in a tulip glass. It pours a color between dark mahogany and jet black ,with one finger of foamy, mocha-colored head and lacing. The lacing lasted though the entire pour. It smells of roasted malt, rich coffee, and dark chocolate with whiffs of vanilla and rum. It's a delightful aroma. The taste is rich and pleasing with dark coffee, cocoa, and a subtle touch of rum. It finishes with a slight smoky bitterness. For a porter, it has a nice, creamy, full body with moderate carbonation. You can feel the 10% ABV but there isn't much of a burn. Overall, this is an outstanding American Porter. It would pare well with a fine meal or as a dessert beer. Another outstanding Carton offering!

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4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mikexw
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Syracuse12
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 32 oz wax topped growler. Pours a very dark brown that settles in the glass near-black, with a thick, frothy light brown head. Aroma is big and roasty with tons of barrel on the nose and a hint of liquor-like sweetness. Flavor is big on roast, vanilla, honey and hints of wood. Noticeable rum presence on the finish, but not as boozy as you might think. Feel is full, medium carbonation, rich, but velvety at the same time. A really nice beer all around, with huge flavor and big complexity. Differentiates itself nicely from the slew of BA beers out there.

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4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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