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Ship Wreck Porter | Carton Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Carton Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

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.


Added by Hessian257 on 10-20-2013

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of Fezzik1970
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Just yum. The rum and vanilla notes do so much with the honey and malts. More please.

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5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.81/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed several times of the past few years.
13 & 14 Ship Wreck were fantastic beers, so much so that when the 15 was released I went to Carton to get a few growlers and glass on draft.
Something changed in the brew or the Rum Barrel aging for the 15 vintage, it lost the mouth feel, aroma and taste which all made this BA Porter one of my favorites in the past.

My rating is for the 14 Ship Wreck and unfortunately I didn't record the tasting notes.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of thampel09
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of Footballtennishockeygolf
4.74/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CaysE
4.69/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Aging porter in spiced rum barrels is right up there with stouts aged in bourbon barrels: they make a great pair. The rum flavor is distinct and sweet, and balances well in this beer.

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4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely exquisite Imperial Stout. I had this on tap at Free Bridge Wine & Spirits in Phillipsburg and am providing the couple of notes I took when tasting this there. Aroma had some nice chocolate malt and coffee bean elements as well as caramels and a hint of banana. Flavor-wise, I picked up more of a 'molasses' aspect of the rum rather than boozy rum. Syrup and brown bread in the finish. Nice and smooth - another winner form NJ's Carton!

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4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tbub18
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this along with Regular Cofee in a trade. Expectations were kind of low, but I have to say this beer certainly held its own with the RC. Fantastic rich porter, incredibly drinkable at 10%. I get the rum barrels a bit, but not in the overly boozy way that many porters struggle to balance. Would definitely want this bad boy again, really really well done Carton.

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4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.56/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of TheGent
4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Smooth rum, vanilla, coffee, chocolate on the nose. Pillowy soft mouthfeel. I mean perfection here. Low carbonation and round. The flavor is phenomenal. You've got Porter, barleywine and nutty brown ale components. Cask wood forward, smooth rum that is never boozy, dark malts
of coffee and chocolate with a roasted/slightly smokey finish in the flavor. Let this beer warm up and you'll see just how complex it is all while being subtle and highly drinkable. Probably my favorite offering from Carton.

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4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a brown head that fades and doesn't really lace the glass much. Nice rum barrel character in the aroma with coffee, chocolate and burnt malt character from the porter base. What I really enjoy here is how well the rum barrel character plays with the porter. Underneath it all you can tell the porter is truly the hero. Big porter characteristic pops on the flavor with coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, burnt caramel and toffee which melds perfectly with the rum barrel and wood flavors. Mouthfeel is heavy medium and very creamy. This is fantastic drinking and all the flavors are there but compliment one another. I'm looking forward to seeing this one again!

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4.52/5  rDev +7.4%

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Ship Wreck Porter from Carton Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 198 ratings
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