Ship Wreck Porter | Carton Brewing Company

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4.21/5
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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 mindfuldave on 10-20-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,724
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
203
pDev:
9.5%
Bros Score:
4.32
 
 
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27
Gots:
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Photo of Rich_K
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of gjoker321
2.5/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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Photo of MacMalt
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
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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Photo of 1levelabove247
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mikexw
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vivs85
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Syracuse12
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
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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Photo of johnlatona
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of alucard
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a kraken black with dark mocha head.

S: Chocolate and coffee initially. Wood char, vanilla, oak, gritty grain battle with traditional aroma apart from scenes associated with barreling. My only complaint is after i let this beer sit for about 30 min it's almost all spiced rum booze and the playfulness goes away.

M: Lurking wateriness, but made fuller with rush of carbonation. Stays creamy with am espresso graininess on the edges.

T: Great notes of chocolate, raw cocoa, andcoffee. Fruit flavor doused in rum. Guava like with elements of banana and pears topped with shaved chocolate. Burnt molasses. Spiciness from rum barrel reminiscent of ginger root and oak. Overall, a good marriage between the spicy-sweet character of rum and bittersweet malt base.

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Photo of Tim725
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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Photo of johnpalisi
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rspauldi
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of cp45
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Raziel313
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of fthegiants
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ncelauro
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of w5baron
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sammy
3.67/5  rDev -12.8%
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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Photo of stomioka
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Ship Wreck Porter from Carton Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 203 ratings