Ship Wreck Porter | Carton Brewing Company

BA SCORE
92
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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
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 192 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
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 +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of antott0523
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
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 +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rspauldi
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of cp45
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Raziel313
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of w5baron
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sammy
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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Photo of stomioka
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of Beeranator
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely awesome beer. This one had tons of coffee and dark chocolate on the nose and the flavor was very well balanced. Nice big creamy mouthfeel with roasty malts despite the fact that this was a porter.

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

Photo of captainkrad
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Casey3236
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 32 ounce, waxed growler into an oversized tulip.

Produces a lot of dark khaki head over a brown/black body that settles pitch-black. Plenty of scattered lace. 5

Cocoa and coconut and rum. Smells awesome. 4.25

First flavor is coffee and cream, quite the surprise. Dark fruit appears with vanilla. Great taste but get nothing barrel or spirit-wise. Okay, there's a little lingering rum. 4.25

Lighter in body, but creamy, roasty, and a little bit of booziness. Drinks easily and leaves a lingering sticky, wet feel more like liquor but without the heat. 4.25

This is a great beer with some real depth. The patient drinker will be rewarded by letting this warm.

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Photo of aaronyoung01
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of VaTechPhilly
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ultimate
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | 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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Ship Wreck Porter from Carton Brewing Company
4.23 out of 5 based on 192 ratings.
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