Ship Wreck Porter | Carton Brewing Company

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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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3.67/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Torst. A decent porter, perhaps smoother by the rum which did not overwhelm the character. Drinkable stuff but do not see what all the fuss is.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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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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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jason
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Large growler, sample from the brewery.

Exceptional looking brown head leaves a lot of lacing, pitch black hue. Big molasses-like nose with wood and booze and bitter dark chocolate in the nose. Deep smoothness with in the big creamy body, sweet to start but balanced all around. Semi-thick wood character, leveling booziness, and lots of dark sugars. Unsweetened chocolate, faint coffee, and some black currant action in the middle. Long barrel aged finish with roasted grain and a mild boozy sweetness.

Nothing short of mind blowing with this brew. Barrel qualities are near perfection as is the balance. A real treat.

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4.07/5  rDev -3.8%

From 11/27/14 notes. Enjoyed a 32 oz. growler of this on Thanksgiving, 24 hours after getting it from the brewery capped and waxed.

Pours a deep mahogany brown color with one inch of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Roasted malts, dark chocoate, burnt malts, toasted malts, milk chocolate, and chalk. Medium body and low carb, pretty smooth body. Very nice.

Overall I thought this was pretty good...one of their better beers I've had. I wish it had more milk chocolate than dark chocolate, but the mouthfeel is great and it doesn't feel 10% ABV. Worth checking out and would like to have again.

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4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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4.33/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Growler shared at the Plan Bee Savage release.

Pours a fairly dark brown, almost black, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like rum and all its involved spices, cinnamon mainly, with some chocolate, and roasted malt.

Though the rum is definitely a prominent flavor here, at no point does it overwhelm anything. It's integrated well with honey, chocolate, coffee, and cinnamon flavors. The porter is quite sweet, but stops short of being cloying.

This is medium bodied, not quite as thick as I would've wanted, but still sufficient enough. It's creamy, with some spice graininess in the mouthfeel. It's very drinkable.

I continue to be impressed by Augie Carton's brews. I need to visit soon.

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Ship Wreck Porter from Carton Brewing Company
4.23 out of 5 based on 192 ratings.
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