Bourbon Barrel Aged Shipwreck Porter | Arcadia Brewing Company

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Shipwreck PorterBourbon Barrel Aged Shipwreck Porter

Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Baltic-style Porter has a robust malt character and a slight herbal hop bitterness. Aged for 12 months in 10-year-old Kentucky bourbon oak barrels, this alluring dark liquid features appealing undertones of vanilla, oak, cocoa, and coffee. The aging occurs in abandoned mines in Michigan, at a constant temperature of 45F.

Added by jale on 02-01-2011

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Photo of BeerMe8
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RobertColianni
3.42/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

NOTE: 2016 bottle, thin, minimally oxidized, lacking head retention, subtle acidity.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours Black with thin tan head that settles to a thin ring.

Aroma - Ton of bourbon and oak, sweet chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts. The barrel in this is just huge.

Taste - A bit of a sour cherry taste which could come from the light smokiness, chocolate, coffee, bourbon, lost of barrel again just like the nose.

Feel - Sort of thin, carbonation is done well slightly dry oily finish.

Overall- Well done porter lots of barrel bourbon comes through well.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
2.52/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Photo of beersampler6
3.3/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Oh man - I was really looking forward to this one but I felt I was let down by a dud. No date stamp on the beer so I can’t attest to its exact freshness (though these beers usually age well). Looks nice, deep dark brown color with just a little tan head and very spotty lingering lacing. Smells like nice dark chocolate and rich roast coffee, along with the bourbon and wood. But the taste reminded me of sour, over-roasted or burnt acidic coffee. That taste and feeling just overwhelmed everything else. I could barely make out the underlying tastes of wood, bourbon, malt and cocoa. The mouthfeel was decent but that sour puckering just didn’t let up. Decent carbonation. The higher ABV was really well-hidden and mellow. But the overriding sour taste just ruined everything for me. Here’s hoping this was just a bad batch.

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Photo of Radcpa
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown appearance with a slight head. Aroma is a mild malt. Taste is a very thin malt that has a pleasan malt taste without any alcohol aftertaste.

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Photo of cmurphy7
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mikecd234
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cmukid87
2.12/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2


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Photo of degueulasse
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've tried a couple different vintages of this one (2015, 2016). Both are very dark burgundy with a soft dark cherry smell and not much head. They taste strongly of cherries but have a smooth bourbon taste. This beer isn't sour at all, instead having a sweetness that appears to mellow out over time. It's a thick but clean beer that is right up my alley.

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Photo of C_Adams
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bobv
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

7 year old bottle with red wax and no date.
Moderate to vigorous pour yields a 1/2 tan head over a very dark brown (almost black) body with a little lacing. Head doesn't disappear for some time though and its ring is there for the duration. Nose of roasted malt, chocolate, and bourbon. Taste mirrors nose very nicely and the 12% abv is definitely present. If this had a thicker mouthfeel, I'd swear it was a BBA RIS, but it is a porter and feels like most BBA Porters. Overall, a great job from Battle Creek, Michigan where (as per label) this was made. Cheers!

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Photo of robotic_being
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigpoppa67
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Finally popped this at March Madness 2017(?). Was surprised it is classified as a baltic porter, would not have guessed but for this. Pours black, dark brown at about a 80/20 split. Dark brown head 1/6".

I would have guessed a Russian Imperial Stout before Baltic Porter, but upon reflection, its not that big of a mindwhoa. It does have some dark fruit like presence on it. The bourbon and malt character were both darker than on average. Mild carbonation but not bothersome. Smoothes out quite well for 12% abv. Kind of a wet barrel feel. Not drying. Didn't really pick up on vanilla or coffee. Good amount of dark chocolate feels, unsweetened and a viscosity that isn't sludge at all, that aspect is like a porter and nicely done. Decent beer.

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Photo of BergBeer
2.14/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Look: Dark brown with ruby highlights. No head at all. Flat.

Smell: Sharp bourbon, fudge, and dark pitted fruits. Sweet and sticky on the nose.

Taste: Boubon soaked date cake. Notes of vanilla, dates, sharp bourbon, tons of oak, black currants, and some hints of plum and dark cherries.

Feel: Here is the hard part. This bottle is flat. Like tap water flat. It really wrecks every other aspect. This might be just this bottle but it made this very difficult to drink. The body is seemingly a bit too thin as well.

Overall: A real shame. The taste and nose was promising. However the lack of carbonation in the bottle just ruined it all. Your mileage my vary.

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Photo of shivtim
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MileHighBeerMike
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2014 foil topped Shipwreck...AMAZING! If you can find it, don’t hesitate. Cheers.

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Photo of wshinevar
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Quackershnoc
3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: black, but ruby highlights come through when held to the light; very thin white head that just rims around the glass

Aroma: huge bourbon; huge oak; huge vanilla; some roasty-malty notes; a little hit of brown sugary sweetness

Taste: starts with the brown sugar; transition into a little malt roastiness; then you get kicked in the face with bourbon, vanilla, and oak-they totally dominate the whole thing; some nice roasty malt notes come through at the very end, with a hint of chocolate; aftertaste is bourbon, oak, and vanilla

Mouthfeel: phenomenal; perfectly thick; great carbonation; silky; smooth

Overall Impression: I’m not really sure about this guy right now; wildly unbalanced-the bourbon barrel is the star so much so that the beer almost gets lost; if I want bourbon, I’ll drink bourbon-if I want beer, I’ll drink beer; I have a second bottle that I’d like to hold onto for at least 6 more months to see if the bourbon barrel mellows out a bit

From notes taken on 04/09/2014

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Photo of psweendogg
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Calraven
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cub7
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CaptainHate
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: 4 Smell: 3.75 Taste: 2 Feel: 2 Overall: 2 Rating: 2.54
I think I was likewise victimized by an infected bottle. Much more sour than expected.

[edit] I subsequently went back to the grocery store where I purchased it. I had thrown away my receipt so they couldn't refund me but they had an uninfected keg and gave me a very generous pour and I've revised my numerical grades accordingly. I'm not sure if that's the right thing to do or not but it's what I'm going with. Btw the guys in the beer department sampled another bottle, agreed with me and pulled the rest to return to the distributor.

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Photo of Carron76
2.3/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

I had high hopes for this $9 bottle and I was looking forward to cracking it open and enjoying it. However, it poured with no head, very little lacing, and had a strong tart cherry scent about it. It had a tart cherry note to it that reminds me of a sour. Not what I want in my Barrel Aged Porter.
Unfortunantly, for me, this was a drain pour. Like washing $9 down the drain. Save your money and buy just about anything else.

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Shipwreck Porter from Arcadia Brewing Company
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