Bourbon Barrel Aged Shipwreck Porter | Arcadia Brewing Company

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Shipwreck PorterBourbon Barrel Aged Shipwreck Porter

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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.

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Photo of GoldenChild
4.95/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank out of a chalice bought for 5.78 12oz bottle dipped in wax

A: Dark but some light does shine through if you look real hard. not a whole ton of head but i didnt give it a very aggressive pour.

S: Bourbon, Oak, Vanilla, and Alcohol.

T: Wow Lots of bourbon, Oak, Slight coffee, Bitter chocolate, Vanilla, and Alcohol.

M: Smooth, Medium body, Low carb

O: The is a amazingly complex brew that leaves this wonderful taste in your mouth a half hour after you have drank it. Due to the high abv its warming all the way down. I sipped on it for around an hour. They have two more bottles of this at the beer shop and i will be going in and grabbing them both. This beer will get better and better with age they are going in my beer celler. I love living in michigan


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Photo of greshdoghophead
4.74/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from the brewery July 2015. Very surprisingly rich and delicious. Huge toffee and caramel notes with that nice punch of alcohol on the back end...lingering richness down throughout with a nice heat up from the lungs after. Worthy of a seat at the table with some of the big boys!

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Photo of SirBenton
4.64/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer, holy crap. Where to begin...

Pours great with a deep rich color lighter towards the top and bottom. the head is lightly colored and stays for a good amount of time. the smell blew me away. smells like a great bourbon with vanilla and a slight hint of oak and smokeyness followed by a hit of alcohol. vanilla, chocolate, espresso, oak and a buttery taste are all blended magnificently with the vanilla and bourbon flavors shining through the most. the feel, when drinking, is phenomenal. It lingers and leaves the tastes to dance upon your taste buds. This is such a great beer and the best barrel aged beer I've had.

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Photo of vic21234
4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled date is not listed but I assume it is 2015 Vintage as it was just released at my local shop.

A- Pours a fairly thin black, with a large amount of khaki head that slowly fades.

S- Very nice smelling beer, with aromas of chocolate, oak, and plenty of bourbon.

T- Tons of bourbon and oak takes over each sip, with some notes of chocolate and dark malts.

M- Medium bodied, bourbon forward, great sipping beer.

I was thoroughly impressed with this one. Must grab a few more to age.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

cracked this bad boy open as my night cap after a long day of hobo tasting at the railroad tracks. served into a pint glass while i watched tv.

poured out black as night with a thick oil like look to it and a big tan head that left streaks of lace all throughout the glass, really a damn near perfect look with a wonderful settling.

aroma is deep bourbon, oak, vanilla, hints of dark roasted malts, coffee, bitter ark chocolate and a rich and roasty profile that is cut with a slight touch of alcohol, really very well done here. each sip was better then the one before as the thick liquid coated the tongue and left no room for an error. boozy bourbon and vanilla creep across the palate with hints of molasses and chocolate, chewy at times with a bit of heat left in the finish as well. warming brings out a hint of dark fruit notes that gently graze the palate. smooth and strong finish leaves a long taste that lingers forever.

overall a fantastic beer that you really need to seek out. one of the best i have had in a long time. i would have to really, really recommend this one.

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Photo of GRPunk
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Red-waxed bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass. A little surprised it's a twist-top under the wax.

A- A careful pour left a 1-finger head that settles to a thin film that showcases rising carbonation. The body is near black with dark, chocolate edges. Good rings left on the glass. As the glass empties, more light comes through and the body even looks whiskeyish.

S- Lots of barrel qualities. Sweet, vanilla, and woody aromas. Some chocolate. Whiskey aroma is more sweet than smoke-like. Very complex. I even pick up some maple syrup at points. There's a certain, grainy quality that reminds you this is a beer and not a distilled beverage. I can sit here all afternoon just sniffing it.

T- Wow! Very whiskeyish at first. Alcohol is present, but in no way harsh. There are a lot of sweet qualities I get from some bourbons. Nice, grainy flavors late. Some chocolate and coffee. Overall, it's a little sweet and smoothly boozy. Dark chocolate and juicy hops throw in just the right bittering to tame sweetness and booze from the barrel aging.

M- Warming alcohol isn't harsh. Moderate carbonation and viscosity at first. Slightly coating. Warmth lightens the carbonation, making for a very smooth drink.

D- It's so easy to drink this slowly, let it warm, and really enjoy the changes and subtleties. The 12% ABV is very dangerous, as I really want more. It's just so smooth. I'd like to age a couple and see how the bourbon mellows over time. Maybe a vetical if this becomes a yearly offering? It's perfect during this new cold snap. I took a little food break with Bergerost cheese and water crackers as the alcohol started to go to my head on an empty stomach. It was a good match.

This is a great after dinner, nightcap, winter-warmer type of beer. Though not my style, I wonder if this might be the right place for a cigar.

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Photo of Dan3279
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In my search for KBS several people suggested this Porter to me as a substitue. I cracked open the red waxed bottle tonight and really enjoyed the experience.

It took me over an hour to enjoy the expereince of drinking this beer. Being a big bourbon lover I always look forward to the barrel aged beers and this one definalty holds its own against the best.

The appearance was a deep dark dark brown. The smell seemed to be dominated by the bourbon with a small hint of malts & chocolate. The taste was domiated by the bourbon but at the same time it came across balanced with the alchol & carbination.

Though I took my time sipping the beer I found the drinkability very easy and enjoyable.

All in all it met my expectations and I hope to pick up several more bottles for special occasions.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was sent as extra by surlytheduff and kzoobrew-- not sure whose bottle I'm opening but thanks guys!

Dark ruddy brown, small wispy head. Nice legs and spotty lacing.
Smells and tastes of huge bourbon, vanilla, some sweet malts underlying, and a hint of black licorice. Nice dry boozy finish.

Medium oily feel with surprisingly ample carbonation.

Very impressed. This is an unbelievably good beer.

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Photo of Frosty80
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Color: pours dark brown with gold highlights. sits almost completely black with deep ruby highlights and a medium brown rim. the head is a couple fingers high, creamy and chocolate nougat colored. doesnt stick around too long though

Smell: this is really NOTHING but bourbon barrels! big oak tones with incredible bourbon and vanilla notes all melded together for a rich, creamy smooth aroma. the robust roasted malt of the porter struggles to make its presence known. the 12% is well hidden but noticeably cools the nostrils

Taste: again, all bourbon barrel here. significant bourbon flavor that latches on to the warming 12% alcohol. lots of vanilla and oakiness. finish is somewhat dry with some roast and alcohol and a hint of caramel and a tinge of dark fruit

Mouthfeel: low-full body with medium-high carbonation

Notes: brilliant porter! the barrel aging does kinda mask most of the other porter elements but is well received. just as barrel flavor as BCS but not as rich and slightly less flavorful

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: black body of beer, slim finger of tan foam atop; naught but a few motes of lace trailed behind...

S: potent bourbon, chocolate and vanilla issued forth and persisted throughout the drink...

T: the bourbon and wood, chocolaty malts and vanilla-like accents from the nose were all there, coupled with a strong anise/licorice flavor

M: medium-bodied, low carbonation, low bitterness; vague bourbon barrel vapors in the mouth; the licorice character really wrapped itself around my tongue and stayed there - the best feel of any porter I've ever had

O: completely stunned - not often partial to porters, this one easily eclipsed the very best of 'em - the bourbon barrel aging was superior, coupled with some favorite flavors and feels. Gotta try it.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter.

Pours a jet black with a tan two finger head.

Aromas of vanilla, oak, alcohol.

Flavors of bourbonized mocha coffee shake. Oak, strong vanilla, cocoa, roast coffee, malt sweetness. Very nice, very complex flavor profile. some alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel is full, mouthcoating milk stout sweetness, alcohol heat.

Very nice, very complex brew. Nice bourbon flavor. Just a huge freakin beer! so much going on.

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Photo of justinp444
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 bottle. (Date when reviewed: 1/9/17) Poured into a snifter it has a black body and a light beige ring head. Smell of roasted malt, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, some fudge, alcohol, and coffee. Taste is big bourbon, vanilla, good amount of chocolate, slight coffee on the end, and some roasted malt. Mouthfeel is full as well as body and a moderate to low carbonation. A big bourbon-y porter that has quite a bit of alcohol in it but still manages to taste complex with the base porter having lasting big flavors. I've had this on tap (though didn't manage to review it) and the aging definitely helped a ton with the flavor with this bottle.

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Photo of abecall98
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ice never heard of this brewery, or this beer. All I know is that I got this from Kzoobrew in just a cool back and fourth beer send, no set trade.

A - wow, pours perfect for a BAL-Aged Porter. The beer pours a rich dark black, like melted cocoa. The tab head grabs the bottle, and my sniffer continues to shed bubbles.

S - rather lacking. Not much going on in here. The smell is sweet and slightly like dark fruits. Not much bourbon, heat, or malt noticeable.

T - heebus jeebus. The taste is just divine. There is bourbon, I taste dark fruits, I taste candied sugar, smokey and roasted malts are noticeable. There is even hints of cocoa and black licorice. So much going on in this beer.

M - perfect. Barrel Aged stouts should be carbonated, but overly carbonated barrel aged beers (besides sours) can be a deal breaker. This beer combines a perfect carbonation level with a smooth and tasty creaminess.

O - what the hell is this beer? How have I never heard of this delicious beer?!

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in trade from RC0032! Huge thanks!

Poured into my Duvel tulip out of a 12 oz. bottle sealed in red wax.

A – Deep dark brown on pour with a small tan head that receded fairly quickly.

S – Nice sweet hints of vanilla, chocolate and bourbon. Really great smell.

T – Big vanilla taste initially. Brown sugar with warming bourbon flavor. Caramel. Roasty malts. Chocolate and cocoa. Finishes with great alcohol warming all the way down at the end. Well balanced all together. Perfectly balanced.

M – Light to medium bodied. Sticky. Solid carbonation.

O – I loved this. Just a wonderful porter. Great tasting. Will need more and soon.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - nice bottle with a red foil wrap on it, dark brown black beer with some translucency on the edges, mocha head doesn't stick that long
S - vanilla, oak, chocolate, burnt marshmallow, very malty, butterscotch, toffee
T - big vanilla, oak, dark malts, toffee, Caramel, definite bourbon, burnt marshmallow
M - heavy mouthfeel, alcohol present but appropriate, aftertaste is bourbon, oak
O - good beer, average to below average for the style which makes it good to great overall

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Photo of justintcoons
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

Pours pitch black with 2 fingers of tan head. The tiniest sliver of light peaks through the edges revealing a red highlight.

Big bourbon and vanilla on the nose. Dark chocolate, French vanilla icecream and whipped cream. Excellent!

Upfront – Sweet bourbon, raisin, black cherry, milk chocolate and notes of vanilla.
Mid-palate – Fudge, fig, prune and vanilla ice cream.
Finish: Cocoa nibs, notes of coffee grounds and subtle oak.

Medium bodied, soft, smooth, sticky, creamy and warming.

Excellent BA Imperial Porter! Huge notes of chocolate, vanilla and dark fruits. Balanced bourbon and subtle hints of tart cherry. Very warming yet the booze is well hidden. :)

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Photo of enfield249
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark, dark brown with a tan head.

S - Roasty, malt, smoke, bourbon, molasses, brown sugar, caramel.

T - Same as the smell, so much better in the flavor. Also some maple syrup

M - Full, thick and chewey, slight heat on the back end.

D - A great beer, possibly the best beer from Arcadia I've had.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.51/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 FLUID OUNCE bottle
Served in a snifter
2012 vintage

This beer pours black and is topped with a short-lived tan head that leaves little lacing.

The bourbon has morphed into sweet caramel and vanilla. It smells like dessert. There is still some bourbon that compliments the sweet aromas.

I immediately taste caramel and some roasted malt. Then bourbon cascades over my taste buds. The finish is sweet with caramel and vanilla.

Full mouthfeel and velvety smooth

This beer has aged wonderfully. It is delicious and has almost became a dessert beer. There is enough bourbon flavor remaining to cut some of the sweetness.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to Kevin (kzoobrew) for sending me this great beer. Cheers!

Appearance - Pours into my badass Darkness Tulip with a completely opaque black. About a finger of mocha colored head is achieved with a moderate pour. The head dissipates slowly leaving slight lacing.

Smell - Wow, massive amazing vanilla aroma up front. This is then overtaken by the oak, coffee, and bourbon. A great chocolatey scent comes through followed by an uncanny butterscotch candy smell (the ones in the shiny gold wrappers that your grandma used to give you). I kid you not, my mouth is salivating.

Taste - So the rumors are true. What a great beer. As I was told by kzoobrew, this does have similar characteristics to BBXXI, however, I do feel the vanilla is more prominent. The flavors are just incredible. As previously mentioned, there is a great real vanilla flavor (let me emphasize this; I've encountered breweries who obviously use fake vanilla extract and believe me, you can tell - it's nasty tasting) that slowly fades to bourbon and oak. Not as much chocolate characteristics as expected but honestly a perfect amount to make that specific flavor meld with the others. Slight coffee bitterness, roasted malts, and just a hint of alcohol. .

Mouthfeel - Velvety smooth, creamy, lower carbonation.

Drinkability - Just a hint of alcohol warmth on the way down, and even less in the flavor. This beer was just sent to me and I can't imagine what a year or two on it would do. It is already practically quaffable for how strong it is. I was hoping not to be let down by this, being a porter lover, and I was most definitely not. I would seek this out in the future for sure. This beer is just SO smooth...I just took a few minute break before posting this to let it warm up even more and my god does it keep getting better as it warms and with every sip. Fantastic.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got Bourbon Barrel Aged Shipwreck Porter for $5 at The Lager Mill. Well it's hard to believe but today marks one year of being on BA. In a year I managed to try almost 150 different beers and I have had lots of fun doing it. In celebration of today I decided to dip into the cellar and pull out something a little special to mark this occasion. I tried the original Shipwreck porter and really liked so I have high hopes for this beer. 2011 Vintage served at cellar temp. Poured from a 12oz waxed brown bottle into a mini snifter.

A- The label on this beer is ok, but I prefer the wrecked ship label of the original, but the fancy red wax dipped bottle makes up for that. This beer poured a very dark brown bordering on black. It had three fingers worth of nice fluffy tan head that died down to a thick ring that left some nice lacing.

S- Man this thing reeks of bourbon, and not some cheap bourbon either, more like some top shelf stuff. I can pick up some nice chocolaty roasted malts, but the bourbon is the main player in the aroma and it doesn't let much else come through.

T- The taste is much more balanced then the aroma. The Baltic Porter base shines through with some nice milk chocolate, bitter coffee, caramel, and toffee flavors that have a nice amount of sweetness to it. The bourbon still remains the major player in this beer as it should be. The combination of bourbon and the base Baltic Porter flavor reminds me of a glass of of chocolate milk with a shot of quality bourbon dropped in for good measure. The alcohol is noticeable and warming but for being 12% its hidden pretty well.

M- Smooth and creamy with a medium full body. It had more carbonation the most beers this big, but I liked it and I thought it worked well with this brew.

Overall this was awesome brew. The combination of top shelf bourbon and sweet dark roasted malts made this a delicious and complex beer. This one is a sipper but every sip just keeps getting better and better, so much so that I start to drink this faster then I should. The original came in a bomber and that worked well for it but this beer is much more suited for a 12oz since the flavors are much more bold and complex, one 12oz bottle is just enough for me. This beer left a nice chocolaty coffee and bourbon flavor aftertaste in my mouth that was nice and made me want to keep sipping. The alcohol is there but its not overpowering, its warming, but never hot. I gave the original Shipwreck Porter an A but this one is slightly better, the extra time spent in the barrel did this beer good and made it much more complex. This was a great beer to celebrate a year of BA with. I am for sure going back and getting a couple more bottles to throw in the cellar and see how they develop over time. I recommend this beer to anyone that like barrel aged beers, the best Arcadia brew I have tried to date.

EDIT- I just had the latest batch from late 2011 and it was just as good with a slightly better aroma, but the wax was much thicker and harder to remove. opening this beer was a bitch but it still one of my favorite barrel aged stouts. it is so smooth and drinkable you would never think it is 12%, simply one awesome brew.

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Photo of jale
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just released today in black bottles (12 ounces) sealed with red wax.

A: Pours a dark brown almost black with a finger of brown head. Lacing lasts a few minutes.

S: Initial smell is sweet bourbon followed by chocolate. I pick up some earth as well.

T: Bourbon and alcohol heat up front. Slight bitter chocolate. Slight roasted malt. A little acidic. I taste a little earthiness in the finish. The bourbon hits you at first and then gets out of the way for the other flavors of this baltic porter.

M: Medium-thick body with good carbonation. Slightly oily yet not cloying.

D: I would like several more but at 12 percent...

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Photo of corby112
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a one finger beige head that slowly settles into a thick lasting ring. Streaks and spots of lace left behind.

The aroma features a strong barrel character that's bursting with sweet bourbon. Slightly spicy with dry oak, vanilla and toasted coconut but the bourbon is the star. Underneath the strong barrel presence there's some nice roasted malt notes, notably dark chocolate, toffee and oatmeal. The nose on this beer is really nice.

On the fuller end of medium bodied with a prominent barrel character that is nicely integrated into the flavor of the base beer. Dry and spicy with toasted oak, vanilla and a blast of sweet bourbon that has boozy flavor without much heat. I'm not sure what kind of barrels they use but the bourbon flavor is really nice. Although this beer is heavy on the bourbon flavor, it's far from one dimensional with lots of rich malt flavor underneath. Toasty with hints of chocolate, caramel, toffee and oatmeal. There's some subtle heat with nice warmth in the finish but overall the high ABV is very well masked. It's nice to have a BA beer that's not a complete bourbon/booze bomb but it's definitely still a sipper. Highly enjoyable.

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Photo of maxcoinage
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle to snifter 1finger mocha head settled nicely, dsark black like any imperial stout

Aroma - bourbon vanilla molasses dark fruits

Taste - sweetness, toffee, oak, toasted coconut, I think im even getting a faint cherry flavor, little bit of whiskey on the finish. Amazing taste

Mouthfeel - nice approacble body , quite a bit lighter than I'd expect for 12%, creamy and great smooth finish

Overall this is a fantastic BA beer. I've been hesitant to buy it given the price tag but was fortunate to score this as an extra. I will most likely pick this up in the future when I feel like splurging definitely a must try at least once

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Undated bottle at 42 degrees into shaker
$ 8.99/12moz bottle at Oppermann’s
Aroma – slight bourbon aroma
Head average (3.5 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, diminishing to four mm ring and layer
Lacing excellent – complete wide rings of tiny to small bubbles
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor – very much of bourbon, slightly sweet and oaky, followed by a slight bitterness with alcohol coming through; no hops, no diacetyl
Palate – full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4.25, aroma 4.5, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.5, Overall 4.5

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Photo of MATT0404
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12 ounce bottle. A great bourbon nose, full mouthfeel, and lingering aftertaste. A one inch head appears when poured that quickly dissipates. Minimal head retention and no lacing on the glass. This is still a very enjoyable barrel aged porter.

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