Bourbon Barrel Aged Shipwreck Porter | Arcadia Brewing Company

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Shipwreck PorterBourbon Barrel Aged Shipwreck Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
arcadiaales.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,023
Reviews:
332
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
9.47%
 
 
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1.75/5  rDev -57.5%

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2/5  rDev -51.5%

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2/5  rDev -51.5%

Photo of JohnnyHopps
2.35/5  rDev -43%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

In terms of the genre of bourbon barrel aged beers, I have never had one that I hated. I do have a strong dislike for this one.

Poured into a snifter, this beer has the expected black color with low carbonation and very little head. The aroma was a grapey-like whiskey aroma. This was not a typical whiskey aroma, which should have been my first clue that something was wrong. The initial taste was the smooth yet biting sensation of alcohol. Rather than drinking beer, it felt like I had a mouth full of cheap whiskey. Amidst, the burn were hints of a bunred dark malt, vanilla, and dark fruit. These pleasant notes could not overcome the burn of the alcohol in my mouth that continued to burn in the aftertaste. There was no sense of balance to this beer. I am able to recommend several good barrel aged porter, but this would not be one of them.

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Photo of Gaddabble
2.47/5  rDev -40%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.25

Appearance is expected dark brown with very little head. Smell is of booze, slight bourbon, and red-wine. Taste follows smell, but very harsh booze and unflattering red wine. None of the typical rich chocolate flavors one might expect from the style. Only positive note on the tasting was some vanilla, but otherwise difficult to drink. Smooth, velvety mouth feel, but carbonation was too low. Personally, I hold barrel-aged beers to a higher standard than non-barrel-aged beers as, even if it is marginally well-done, barrel-aged beers typically have a lot to offer. I can say unequivocally that this is one of the worst barrel-aged beers I have had.

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2.57/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Well... if you like sours, this one's for you. It's as infected as it gets. Tart tart tart cherries and a shell of what a Bourbon barreled porter presence might taste like. Fizzy light body for the ABV, proving my accusation correct. Red wax cap.

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2.65/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle from Main Street Party Store (Ann Arbor, MI). 7.49. No bottling info. Served in a Terrapin snifter.

Pours deep dark chocolate brown with wisps of mocha head.

Smells of bourbon, vanilla and cocoa.

Taste is a big boozy bourbon bomb. The bourbon pretty much dominates but some other flavors seep through. Vanilla, oaky wood, chocolate and bitter cherry skins. The alcohol is never hidden.

Medium bodied (much lighter than expected) with mild carbonation. Hot bourbon finish.

Not bad but it's not not for me. It doesn't seem to even try for balance. The base beer never quite surfaces. There are much better and well rounded barrel aged beers out there for far less money.

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2.75/5  rDev -33.3%

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2.77/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

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2.93/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Shipwrecked porter

Wax-dipped 12 oz bottle of most recent vintage poured in a DFH signature glass. 

A: Appears to be deep brown, but when held up to light, clear amber brown is revealed. Wispy brown head and no lacing. 

S: Light aroma of bourbon, dark fruits and alcohol. No appreciable dark malts. 

T: Stronger bourbon than expected hits front of palate, then a vinous wave of dark fruits, especially red grapes and red-grape skins wash through taste. Some damp wood and caramel. A noticeable lack of roasted malts. Not sweet. Finish is somewhat boozy and definitely short-lived.

M: Inappropriately high level of carbonation and thin body. Somewhat warming and quite astringent. 

D: The lack of depth adds to the beer's drinkability but that is more than offset by too much barrel and attenuation. A sipper, for sure, but not a particularly interesting one. 

Thanks to cetherid for the assist!

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2.98/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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3/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -27.2%

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3/5  rDev -27.2%

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3/5  rDev -27.2%

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3/5  rDev -27.2%

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3.02/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: The head built in the glass just shy of a finger tall and quickly fell into the black liquid. The tan foam left some stepped lacing before it fell and a dusting on top. Although very dark and black at first glance, peaks of dark mahogany around the edges come out. And of course some of the wax fell in my glass.. it took a ridiculous amount of time to get it open even.

S: Light milk chocolate aroma with a kind of milky lactose aroma? Oak barrel character is very low and there is some earthy hop aroma present. Light overall.

T: The base beer has mild milk chocolate flavor with a chalky flavor. The bitterness comes off fairly assertive with the barrel flavors adding to the hop bitterness. The barrel flavor itself is moderate and keeps with the vanilla and caramel standards. Soy sauce character in the finish.

M: Carbonation is low to mild. Defiantly getting some alcohol warming. Body is moderate and there is a sharp bitting character that comes off as bitterness, but not the normal hop bitterness, more of a drying mouth feel from the barrel sugars? Guessing here. Also gets slightly creamy as the sips get bigger.

O: I picked this up on a trip to Michigan on a recommendation from the store owner (it's the last bottle!) but have to say this fell flat for me. If the aroma was better and some of the off flavors I was picking up (maybe it was age, or an infected bottle?) were fixed it probably would be a very solid beer. But this one.. not so much.

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3.05/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle into Darkness tulip. Black with brown edges and a tiny brown cap that fades quickly to a collar. Smell is cheap bourbon, sweet oak, artificial fruit flavored candy, some dark roasted malts. Taste is much different, slightly brash oak flavor at first, vanilla, toasted oak, alcohol, bourbon, finishing with a hot burn. Mouthfeel is medium to thin with a medium carbonation. Overall not a terrible beer but certainly not worth $7 for a 12oz bottle. Definitley a bit hot and overcaronated, maybe this will get better with a little time.

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3.15/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle poured into a Lakefront Brewery Fixed Gear Red Ale 12 ounce glass.

Appearance- One shade off pitch black with white foaming head that quickly settles to the surface. Very thin head stays nicely on top with decent lacing.

Smell- Lots of burbon and sweet fruit. Minimal alcohol scent in the nose.

Taste- My problem here is that the star of the show is the burbon with the porter being more of a supporting actor role. I would prefer the burbon to be more of a nuance in the porter.

Mouthfeel- A bit watery and over carbonated for what I like I a porter.

Overall- Decent but to much burbon flavor for my liking.

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3.2/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

50 ibu's 12%abv

Pours quickly with a large, elegant head. Solid head retention which laces the glass well.

Malty nose...sweet bread, raisins, vanilla and some boos.

First sip. MUCH thinner body than I was expecting. Quite unexpected. Flavor profile sits most strongly on the back of my tongue. Burned coffee, charcoal, vanilla and a very present alcohol taste (maybe not enough malt to hide behind?)

Long finish, but rather astringent and out of balance.

Not a bad beer, but I think it kind of loses it's identity as a porter through excessive alcohol presence. I'll let one sit for a year then give it another shot.

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3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Pours a translucent cola brown, but opaque in the glass. Slim sudsy tan head that soon dissolves into a faint fog and a dirty halo

Smell -- Cocoa and molasses, bourbon, sticky oak, and vanillin. The base beer is difficult to pick out from the barrel notes, save some roast malt sweetness.

Taste -- Very much barrel-forward, with lots of sour mash bourbon, woody oak, and vanillin. The base lends flavors of roast malt, cocoa, and some molasses. It does a fair job of masking the alcohol, though it still slightly boozy. Finishing bite of boozy alcohol, vanilla, herbal hops, and roast malt.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with ample carbonation. Not over-carbonated, but mellower bubbles would've been preferred. Also slightly thin. Alcohol presence is moderate for 12% abv.

Overall -- There seems to have been a lot of hoopla when this was released, but I'm not seeing the appeal. It's not bad by any means, but I'm really not floored. The barrel really overwhelms the base beer, and I'm willing to guess that this would've been better as a partial BA blend. In any case, it was definitely worth the cost to try this handsome bottle.

My suggestion is to pick up a bottle of you have it available, but keep your expectations grounded.

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3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

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